Eurovision 7 April

Every weekday, between now and the contest in May, the team from wiwibloggs will round up the latest titbits from the world of Eurovision 2021. We trawl through Instagram, Twitter and elsewhere so that y’all don’t have to. In today’s Daily Digest Barbara Pravi and Black Mamba go acoustic, Ava Max sends her love to TIX and Ireland promises the “wow factor”. But first…

Eurovision news: 7 April

Vincent Bueno shares behind-the-scenes footage from “Amen” recording

Austrian star Vincent Bueno has shared clips taken during the recording of his Eurovision song “Amen”. Vincent takes fans behind the scenes, with short videos of himself getting down vocal takes, and scenes from the control room. And Vicent is working hard — in one clip, he comments on the ab workout he’s getting from delivering the powerful vocals! (Robyn)

 

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Måneskin celebrate gold certification for new album

Måneskin’s new album Teatro d’ira has only been out for a few weeks, but already it has gone gold. The Italian rock band celebrated news of the album’s certification on Instagram, thanking fans for their support. Teatro d’ira includes the group’s Eurovision 2021 entry “Zitti e buoni”. (Robyn)

 

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Natalia Gordienko introduces her Eurovision dancers

Moldova is known for delivering strong dance-based staging to Eurovision and it looks like 2021 will be no exception. “Sugar” singer Natalia Gordienko has introduced the four dancers who will be joining her on stage in Rotterdam in May. The staging will be directed by Eurovision veteran staging maestro Fokas Evagelinos. Natalia notes there’ll be talent from Moldova, Russia, Ukraine and Greece behind her act. (Robyn)

 

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James Newman takes over Eurovision Instagram account

James Newman took over the official Eurovision Instagram page to host a live question and answer session with fans while sharing some of his favourite tunes. Vibing out to Aretha Franklin, Eagles and Spice Girls, the “Embers” singer chatted about his hopes for Eurovision and revealed some little titbits of trivia. His favourite season is winter, he used to be in the RAF cadets, and he revealed that representing the UK at Eurovision is his proudest achievement. The Settle-born star also said that if he wins Eurovision, he would like to see the song contest hosted in Leeds. (Oliver A)

 

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Efendi appears on morning TV and launches the #matahariefendi challenge

Azerbaijan’s Efendi appeared on morning TV to perform “Mata Hari” live for the first time. The clip has already sparked a debate about the use of playback. However, it’s worth noting that most television programmes in Eastern Europe use playback, especially morning shows. Playback is even standard at concert-TV programmes for which people buy tickets. It’s often due to a lack of proper equipment. (Renske)


The “Mata Hari” songstress also launched the #matahariefendi challenge on her social media. The challenge asks her fans to dance to her Eurovision 2021 song on Instagram and TikTok. On Instagram, the Azeri star writes: “Here’s a Mata Hari Tik-Tok for you! Do you like? I invite you to join my #challenge 🔥 Make video of our dance and post it with the hashtag #matahariefendi I will share them in my stories 😉” (Renske)

 

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Hurricane share some more backstage pics

Girlband Hurricane has taken Instagram to again share a trio of behind-the-scenes pictures from their Eurovision 2021 preparations. This time, the pictures show Ivana and Sanja on stage, both rocking black clothes and very large hair. Ksenija, on the other hand, is getting her eyeliner done by a make-up artist. The girls write: “Only a little…”. Does that mean that there is more to come? (Renske)

 

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Victoria talks to Moldovan TV

Bulgaria’s Victoria recently appeared on Moldovan television. In the English-language interview she discusses “Growing Up Is Getting Old”, struggling with the pandemic and how she has evolved over the past year. She also talks about her pets — several dogs, a parrot and a rabbit.

Lesley Roy’s Eurovision staging will have the “wow factor”

In an hour-long interview with Liffey Sound FM’s Deven O’Kearney, Irish Head of Delegation Michael Kealy teased Ireland’s staging a bit more. He says that Lesley Roy and creative director Fredrik “Benke” Rydman have taken the concept to “a whole other level. It’s ambitious. It’s complex. It’s going to have the wow factor.” Lesley has already revealed that she’ll be alone on stage for the performance.

The Black Mamba perform acoustic version of “Love Is On My Side”

On the official Eurovision YouTube channel, The Black Mamba shared an acoustic version of “Love Is On My Side”. From a sunny garden in Portugal, the Festival da Cançao winners gave a mellow, stripped-back performance of their Eurovision 2021 track, with just three guitars, a tambourine and a rainstick. (Oliver A)

Barbara Pravi releases acoustic “Voilà”

French chanteuse Barbara Pravi has also released an acoustic version of her entry “Voilá” via the official Eurovision channel. She’s joined by just two musicians, a pianist and a cellist. The YouTube comments include keywords like “masterpiece” and “perfection”.

Ava Max sends her love to TIX

Tix was one of the co-writers on her big breakout hit “Sweet But Psycho”. And now Ava Max is lending her support to the Norwegian singer, sending him a good luck message ahead of Eurovision. “Hey Tix”, she says. “It’s Ava Max. I miss you first of all. First and foremost, I miss you so much. I hope to come to Norway really soon and hang. And I just wanted to wish you a lot of luck for Eurovision. And hopefully, we get another hit together”.

Additional contributions from Robyn, Renske and Oliver

Are you excited for Lesley’s staging? What did you think of France and Portugal acoustic? Let us know in the comments.

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Alex
Alex
2 months ago

She is just doing what all the Azeris were told to do on social media. Why did you expect her to be partial? She lives in Azerbaijan and by being silence it would be considered a betrayal from her country and the national broadcaster.

Safiya
Safiya
2 months ago

“Eastern Europe” is a very broad term. As a Polish person, I consider myself Eastern European (yes, I know some will argue that Poland is Central Europe, but that’s not the point) and I have never seen a playback like this. To say that MOST Eastern European countries use playback in TV programmes is an exaggeration. Maybe someone from Azerbaijan could confirm in the comments, whether the playback usually looks that bad on their TV. Because it looks bad… They really did Efendi dirty. The studio version is clearly not meant to be performed in this kind of studio, when… Read more »

Berco
Berco
2 months ago

Oh Efendi looks like singing in her mother’s clothes in the living room with a comb. What a horrible fashion taste.

Mws
Mws
2 months ago

I was expecting Ava Max to wish Albania all the best. Would be cool if she represented them one day.

Alex
Alex
2 months ago
Reply to  Mws

Why would she do that? Wishing good luck to Albania every year? She’s a busy superstar, not a eurofan.

She recorded this small video for TIX because they cowrote one of her hits so i guess her label asked her to do it.

dmg
dmg
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

Well as half Albanian it would have been nice if Awa wished Albania all the best too. My opinion as an norwegian.

Jake
Jake
2 months ago

I am so curious how the juries are gonna rank all the dance bops this year…clearly the fandom loves all of them but they will all be measured against each other on the night and I don’t see juries placing all of them in their top 10s

stefjov
stefjov
2 months ago
Reply to  Jake

Stagings are gonna make it or break it for all of them..

Alex
Alex
2 months ago
Reply to  Jake

Did you forget that Cyprus and Israel did well with juries in 2018?

Sabrina
Sabrina
2 months ago

Playback performances in morning shows tend to be awkward, so I won’t judge Efendi for that. But the delegations should be more careful about this promotion period, knowing the video of an embarassing moment will end up being accessible to the rest of Europe. If you can’t perform live or at least give an elaborate playback performance, just give an interview, show an excerpt of the music video or some behind the scenes footage of preparations. Just don’t create an atmosphere of doubt around your artist.

stefjov
stefjov
2 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Exactly, well said!

Mike
Mike
2 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlLN-R622M0
Efendi is great vocal singer.

David Bebb
David Bebb
2 months ago

I hope Ireland’s staging will be good

Darren
2 months ago
Reply to  David Bebb

They weren’t getting help from the circus, ThisIsPopBaby are renowned theatre professionals.

Jenny
Jenny
2 months ago

Azerbaijan is a clear NQ

esc1234
esc1234
2 months ago

If only eleni foureira performed Mata hari. Efendi’s lack of charisma is something else…

Alphalpha
Alphalpha
2 months ago
Reply to  esc1234

Fish lips Foureira is so 2018. Let it go, sweetie.

Alex
Alex
2 months ago
Reply to  Alphalpha

As if Efendis more natural/better…. Foureira proved to everyone how good she is on the stage.

Corey
Corey
2 months ago

Efendi is a masterpiece on showing us why the playback shouldn’t be allowed! I mean look at her, she can’t sing live and the dancing is just embarassing.

Alex
Alex
2 months ago
Reply to  Corey

the problem is that she cannot even lipsych. No stage charisma.

Corey
Corey
2 months ago
Reply to  Alex

Very true, the stage charisma can really make it or break it.

Mike
Mike
2 months ago
Reply to  Corey

She can sing live.
Search “Efendi – Silk Way Star” on youtube and listen her amazing live performances.

Mike
Mike
2 months ago
Reply to  Corey

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlLN-R622M0 Efendi’s live performance.

Alex
Alex
2 months ago

lol so they told Ava Max to record a 10sec video for TIX (he cowrote one her hits), wow #not

About Azerbaijan, it’s mostly playback in morning shows which is fine – what bothered me was the lack of effort from her side to do the playback and dance but then it was too early in the morning so i understand lol.

Moldova will have 4 male dancers like Greece lol ok

dmg
dmg
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex
Tix wrote the melody to her break through song. "Sweet but psycho" made her a superstar. Your jealousy is so childish. 

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Grft
Grft
2 months ago

Btw, I think this version of Voilà is the best yet. Her vocals are stunning.

Grft
Grft
2 months ago

What a fantastic live singing Efendi ………… please

Nick
Nick
2 months ago

Anybody ever heard Efendi live vocal?
why so many people assume she can’t sing, I’m very curious

Darren
2 months ago
Reply to  Nick

If she was a strong vocalist, surely she would have sung live? Considering it’s a song contest and she’s trying to promote the song, I dunno.

Nick
Nick
2 months ago
Reply to  Darren

fair enough, though I’m not sure she really can’t sing her song, it would be odd

Darren
2 months ago
Reply to  Mike

She looks stunning in that video

Nick
Nick
2 months ago
Reply to  Mike

thanks, she sings just fine, don’t think she will have problems with live vocal, though Mata Hari song is not easy to perform, we will see

myoozik
myoozik
2 months ago
Reply to  Nick

she may be strong vocalist, but she can’t dance (at least she’s not doing it properly in this performance) and she’s not that charismatic. the beat and the staging will probably carry her through to the final though

Jamie
Jamie
2 months ago

Getting strooooong NQ vibes from Efendi lmao

Leo
Leo
2 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

One word. Stiff.

Darren
2 months ago

I cringed a little watching Efendi mime on that morning show.
Sorry.

Una
Una
2 months ago
Reply to  Darren

I had to watch it after reading so many comments. I cringed hard. The clip was very short – imagine that cringefest for three minutes. Not sorry.

Darren
2 months ago
Reply to  Una

Shame really because I like the song. But like I’m still trying to uncringe myself after watching that.

Jofty
Jofty
2 months ago
Reply to  Darren

Don’t forget that Jedward qualified twice with little or no “singing”. Anyone who thinks this will not qualify is kidding themselves.

Ende
Ende
2 months ago

Why is Efendi “singing” a dancing song if she cannot dance at all ? Use your strenghts or change the lyrics of the song “Moving my hips, I am trying”.

Last edited 2 months ago by Ende
Alex
Alex
2 months ago
Reply to  Ende

I think that’s the problem, she is cute but she clearly cannot dance. Let’s see what the Danish team has figured out for staging. I guess the dancers will do all the stuff and she will be there standing.

Yup
Yup
2 months ago
Reply to  Alex

Danish team for the staging?

Song bought from The Netherlands
Staging bought from Denmark

How terrible the Azeri culture really is, when the land of “Is That For Sale” can’t seem to get any originality ever?

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
2 months ago

Barbara’s acoustic version…wow. It’s stunning.

Ende
Ende
2 months ago
Reply to  Jimmy Smit

Way better than the Spotify version !!!!

Berta
Berta
2 months ago

guys Go-a stage costumes were leaked, check their Twitter, looks really cool!
they also said their staging will be very mysterious and have elements from both Shum clips

Kuhkatz
Kuhkatz
2 months ago
Reply to  Berta

A mysterious staging is what Shum really needs. Also I hope they can create some sort of climax for the fast part of the song. I see lots of potential in here.

Darren
2 months ago

Ahhh Lesley!!!! Dont give me false hope!!! I’m excited enough as it is to see the staging that’s in mind.

Also, did Deven O’Kearney used to comment here?? That name sounds sooo familiar to me.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
2 months ago
Reply to  Darren

Now that you are saying it, I believe so.

Darren
2 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

I thought so!
FairPlay to him anyway getting his radio slot.

DanyQueen
DanyQueen
2 months ago
Reply to  Darren

I remember before they released Story of my life, they said it’ll have the same wow effect as Euphoria. Just putting this out there.

Darren
2 months ago
Reply to  DanyQueen

Aye Dan
I remember that, hence why I’m afraid of false hope.
I am cautiously optimistic though, Lesley has a strong team this year.

Deven O'Kearney
Deven O'Kearney
2 months ago
Reply to  DanyQueen

Yeah, I do have my reservations, even though it’s a largely Swedish effort for us this year.

Alex
Alex
2 months ago
Reply to  DanyQueen

haha good point, what a failed comparison!

However, knowing that the guy behind Heroes is doing Maps i keep my hopes up! Besides, Story of My Life was supposed to have a very colourful and energetic performance. I think lesley knows what she’s doing.

Marc
Marc
2 months ago
Reply to  DanyQueen

No ‘They ‘ didn’t. A radio presenter made this Europhia comparison which media lumped as a quote from the delegation which it never was.

Fatima
Fatima
2 months ago
Reply to  DanyQueen

Yes I made that connection too. Set the bar too high and you’ll get a no-jump.

Deven O'Kearney
Deven O'Kearney
2 months ago
Reply to  Darren

Yes I did. I am THE Deven O’Kearney of the “Eirevision Song Contest” (a NF that I proposed for RTÉ way back in 2014, let’s leave it at that). ???

Darren
2 months ago

AH!
There he is now! Little celeb!
Well done on everything!
You should of pitched Eirevision to our HoD haha

Rasse
Rasse
2 months ago
Reply to  Darren

If Efendi qualifies over Lesley I’m going to get crazy! Hopefully all of Europe won’t be too oversold by cheap ethnic elements over Quality!

Darren
2 months ago
Reply to  Rasse

Would agree Rasse

Whisker
Whisker
2 months ago

The James Newman video doesn’t work!

Una
Una
2 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

Yes I know! I’ve tried to watch it too!!

Whisker
Whisker
2 months ago

I love “Love is on my side” so much, I’m so happy The Black Mamba won FdC, that was one of my happiest ESC moments EVER!

Ende
Ende
2 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

Could not agree more !

Ende
Ende
2 months ago
Reply to  Ende

Not sure why people are so upset and downvote …

WannaEatMySpaghetti
WannaEatMySpaghetti
2 months ago
Reply to  Ende

Because they don’t agree with you and it’s easier to push a button than taking the time to talk. But I agree with you two, I love this song and it is in my top 10.

Trina
Trina
2 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

I listened to the acoustic version based entirely on your guys’ high praise in this thread – thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you!

WannaEatMySpaghetti
WannaEatMySpaghetti
2 months ago

God no… lip synch and Tik Tok. Someone tell Efendi that this is not the right way to promote her song.

Last edited 2 months ago by WannaEatMySpaghetti
ESCFan2009
ESCFan2009
2 months ago

Avaaa <3 <3 Finally in a Eurovision article! Well,the right article for my dreamland would be “Ava Max wins Eurovision 2022 for Albania with a banger”, but I’ll take what I get!

Kristian
Kristian
2 months ago
Reply to  ESCFan2009

Are you a teacher lol ?

ESCFan2009
ESCFan2009
2 months ago
Reply to  Kristian

No, why should I? Am I not getting some kind of joke right now 😀

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
2 months ago

Efendi’s miming and lip-syncing is the nightmare of pre-recorded vocals at Eurovision.