Eurovision 9 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 Natalia Gordienko releases “Sugar” in Russian, Hurricane’s backing singers are revealed and Daði Freyr shares a “10 Years” dance tutorial. But first…

Eurovision news: 9 April

Blas Cantó performs a piano-version of “Voy a Quedarme”

Live from Barcelona and surrounded by an audience, Blas Cantó filled the room with tenderness and delivered a raw version of his Eurovision song. This performance was part of a mini-concert he did in promotion for imagin – which was rescheduled following the COVID-19 restrictions. As he speaks at the end of his performance, singing in front of an audience gives him strength. “It’s tough for me to sing this song, […] but if there’s somebody that helps me much on the stage, are you all”. The full concert can be seen here. (Jordi)

Blind Channel answer questions from fans

Ahead of Rotterdam, Finnish band Blind Channel sat down to answer some questions from fans. Among the topics covered are the origin of the band’s name, the importance of clean socks, their favourite European countries and which member has “aesthetically pleasing” nostrils. (Robyn)

Manizha is the cover star of Sobaka magazine

Manizha has appeared on the cover of the Russian lifestyle magazine Sobaka — not once, but twice! She appears in two different cover designs, while inside the magazine she speaks extensively about her Eurovision journey and creative process. Manizha reveals that she only submitted an unfinished demo of “Russian Woman” to the Russian broadcaster just three days before the national final was due to take place — but the broadcaster liked what they heard! (Robyn)

 

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Destiny gets a deal with Sony Music Sweden

She’s one of the hot favourites for Eurovision 2021 and now Destiny has a record deal. Sony Music Sweden has signed a worldwide deal for Destiny’s Eurovision song “Je me casse”. In a statement, Destiny enthused, “This is a dream come true and this is a testament that I am on the right track and that hard work pays off.” A Sony Music spokesperson shared their ambition, saying Sony Music was “looking forward to making Destiny a worldwide household name.” (Robyn)

 

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Natalia Gordienko premieres Russian version of “Sugar”

Moldova’s Natalia Gordienko has premiered the Russian version of her Eurovision 2021 entry “Sugar”. The Russian title of the translated song was changed to “Tuz bubi”, meaning “Diamond Ace”. Its title refers to the playing card, which often coincides with ideas about love, relationships and new starts. (Renske)

Lesley Roy shares a throwback to her music video shoot

Irish singer Lesley Roy posted a little throwback video from the music video for “Maps”. It sees Lesley running alongside a dirt trail in the Wicklow Mountains, just south of Dublin. Lesley captions the clip: “Run into the weekend like you literally don’t know how to stop!! 😂🥴🇮🇪”. (Renske)

 

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Jendrik says “Moin”

A lot of Eurovision stars are currently very busy preparing for Eurovision 2021 with little time to post on social media. But Jendrik took the opportunity to say to tell his fans “Moin” on Instagram, greeting his fanbase in his native Northern Low Saxon language. The picture was however a bit more extravagant than that: Jendrik showed his golden shoes and his shiny ukelele. (Renske)

 

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Daði Freyr shares “10 Years” dance tutorial

Are you tired of giant monsters breaking your house and destroying your town? Well, Iceland’s Daði Freyr is here to help. The “10 Years” hitmaker shared the dance tutorial for his Eurovision 2021 entry, so you too can get up and boogie with Gagnamgnið in Rotterdam. From “the flowy hands” to “the sass”, Daði shows us how to perfect these classic dancefloor moves with ease. (Oliver A)

Hurricane’s backing singers revealed

Serbia’s Hurricane confirmed in a recent wiwibloggs interview that they’ll be alone on stage with no dancers. However, they will have three offstage backing singers. And the trio’s identities have now been revealed. All of them have Eurovision pedigree, but fans are most likely to recognise Mladen Lukic first. He was the lead singer with Sanja Ilić & Balkanika at Eurovision 2018. He also provided backing vocals for Nevena Božović in 2019. Olga Popović was on stage with Željko Joksimović in 2012. Jelena Pajic supported Knez in 2015 and Tijana Bogićević in 2017.

 

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Additional contributions from Robyn, Renske, Oliver and Jordi

Will you try the “10 Years” dance? What do you think of Russian “Sugar”? Let us know in the comments.

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Mara
Mara
3 months ago

Earlier this week, Twan Van De Nieuwenhuijzen, the head of the contest, said that one of the countries, will bring something that has never been seen in Eurovision before. Dutch journalist Katja Zwart, confirmed that he was referring to Greece’s performance. He said that if the Greek team can pull this off, it’s gonna be super impressive.

AM2PM
AM2PM
3 months ago

Why is Destiny always styled so old?

Kristian
Kristian
3 months ago

Is the OGAE club vote not happening this year ?

Grft
Grft
3 months ago

Is the wiwijury gonna rate all the songs ? 🙂 I wish

Henry
Henry
3 months ago

Glad Serbia is playing the game fairly. I’m already expecting some countries to layer so many vocals it won’t sound live(Norway) or relying on the backing track a little too much( Croatia). God forbid playback is allowed like at JESC.

Steven
Steven
3 months ago
Reply to  Henry

I am hoping the juries will appreciate this!

jojo
jojo
3 months ago
Reply to  Henry

They are using one of the backing singers than Tijana Bogicevic had, though. And the backing singers were part of ruining it for Tijana – they sang too loud and too low, which threw the song off.

Henry
Henry
3 months ago
Reply to  jojo

Yeah that one girl was the one who did the instant chorus shout after the ad lib. It was actually better than Tijana, but it’s just a matter to mixing probably. Kiev had a lot of issues with it.

Ant
Ant
3 months ago
Reply to  Henry

I think there’s nothing wrong with taking advantage of the rule change. It doesn’t mean you don’t have to sing live yourself but if you’re given an opportunity to enhance your performance in clever and creative ways, why not? Just like making use of LEDs and pyro isn’t unfair and we’ve seen such performances rank highly and even win the competition when used smartly

Eugenie
Eugenie
3 months ago

It’s really strange that Natalia Gordienko russian title is written with letter “?” and not with letter “?”. “Tus bubi” is not spelled in Russia that way. It’s “Tus buby” , so it have to be with “?”. Did Russian lyricist forgot how to speak his own language?

Eugenie
Eugenie
3 months ago
Reply to  Eugenie

Oh, I didn’t know that Russian keyboard letters aren’t recognised by the website, sorry. But i still wonder why there’s a mistake.

Jamie
Jamie
3 months ago

Sugar should be in Russian. Sounds so much better. Even Natalia sounds way more confident and comfortable.

Whisker
Whisker
3 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

The English lyrics are quite embarrassing and quite OTT for this kind of show. Tho it would have been interesting to have Saade represent Sweden this year. Who would have won between those two? Impossible to tell, LOL.

Whisker
Whisker
3 months ago

Daði Freyr is my favourite person-I-don’t-know-IRL on this planet! I was going to teach myself the dance, and now that he shared the tutorial, I feel an obligation to learn from the very best, Daði himself.
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Blind Channel are the antidote to those super PRed artists, barf. I enjoyed the interview, they are intelligent and funny at the same time. The scream was super-impressive and even more so, the fact that Niko was able to utter at least one word after he screamed. Well done! 

Kristian
Kristian
3 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

Rafael Nadal for me

Whisker
Whisker
3 months ago
Reply to  Kristian

What a champ!

Kristian
Kristian
3 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

I started playing Tennis cause of him. Even though he doesn’t even know I exist , he made a huge difference in my life. Funny when you think of it 🙂

Joe
Joe
3 months ago

Has anyone told Natalia and Kirkorov that they’re representing Moldova? I’ve seen her doing things in Russia a ton but it feels like she’s forgotten about Moldova.

James
James
3 months ago
Reply to  Joe

To be fair, many Moldovans are bilingual in both Romanian and Russian, given its former Soviet status and all. 🙂

Agent 007
Agent 007
3 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Russian is as important in Moldova as Romanian (they call it Moldovan in Moldova).

Trina
Trina
3 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Moldova has a lot of people whose first language is Russian, and a very, very large number who speak and understand Russian as a second language. A lot of the music scene is crossover into Russian where they can have larger fanbases (Zdob si Zdub, for example, whose albums were maybe 60-40 Moldovan-Russian). This is not as if she’d sung in Swedish to cynically garner votes – this is totally normal. If she wants to make it is an artist, garnering a fanbase in Russia is almost certainly her best bet for career mobility.

Fabio
Fabio
3 months ago
Reply to  Trina

By the way, I don’t know her background but Gordienko sounds more Russian or Ukranian than Moldovan/Romanian.

Oksana
Oksana
3 months ago
Reply to  Fabio

Gordienko is Ukrainian surname.

Aura
Aura
3 months ago
Reply to  Fabio

Wikipedia says that she is of Ukrainian descent.

Kristian
Kristian
3 months ago

Love the shade , lol

Colin
Colin
3 months ago

Sugar sounds really good in Russian. Natalia’s Russian accent is so seductive. I mean, as far as I know, the lyrics might be silly, but it’s not like the entry has it’s strength in the lyrical department anyway. It would’ve been cool to have another Russian song in the contest, but I like it in English too.

Dan Arthy
Dan Arthy
3 months ago
Reply to  Colin

You are right, it sounds amazing.

Agent 007
Agent 007
3 months ago
Reply to  Colin

The lyrics are much better in Russian. At least they have sense and there are good rhymes. I think the original song was in Russian, then it was translated into English.

Fabio
Fabio
3 months ago
Reply to  Agent 007

It seems you’re right. English lyrics were provided by Sharon Vaughn…

Darren
3 months ago

And Sweden’s 12 points will go tooooooo…………

Congrats to Destiny though. Best vocalist in the competition this year, and I’m saying that as someone who isn’t the biggest fan of “Je Me Casse”, but let’s appreciate the talent that Destiny is.

Kristian
Kristian
3 months ago
Reply to  Darren

Very true . The song doesn’t play to her strengths but she is a really good performer .

Darren
3 months ago
Reply to  Kristian

Exactly.
She was my winner last year though, still listen to “All Of My Love” when I need a lift lol

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
3 months ago
Reply to  Darren

She definitely has a claim to best vocalist though I’m pretty sure arguments could be made on behalf of Ana Soklic, too. 😉

Kristian
Kristian
3 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

Voooooooooooooooooooo da miiiiiiiiiiiiii

That moment last year was really cool

Last edited 3 months ago by Kristian
Jackson
Jackson
3 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

Or Serbia’s Sanja Vucic

stefjov
stefjov
3 months ago
Reply to  Jackson

Exactly, Sanja Vucic from Hurricane is amazingly talented too, you can find on YouTube her singing opera too, she is so versatile!