Eurovision 12 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 Tix films his music video, Stefania plays on Big Brother and Victoria has a big interview. But first…

Eurovision news: 12 April

#ESPreParty hosts announced

Seventeen acts are already in for the party. And on Friday, EurovisionSpain – the #ESPreParty organisers – confirmed that Blas Cantó (Spain 2020 and 2021), Suzy Portugal 2014) and Victor Escudero (journalist at Eurovision.tv and RTVE) will host the show. Blas will welcome all the participating artists, Suzy will contribute with her humour and Víctor will present and comment in English on the show as it unfolds. Additionally, Karina is this year’s “maid of honour” and will get honorary recognition to celebrate the 50th anniversary of her Eurovision participation representing Spain in 1971. (Jordi)

TIX films music video for “Fallen Angel”

Norwegian star TIX has revealed that he’s shooting a music video for his Eurovision song “Fallen Angel”. While the Norwegian version of the song already has a lyric video, it looks like “Fallen Angel” is getting something a bit fancier. As a hint, TIX shared a photo of a piano keyboard covered in feathers, suggesting he’ll be sticking with the theme of angel wings to some extent. (Robyn)

Daði Freyr wins Singer of the Year at Hlustendaverðlaun music awards

Daði Freyr was honoured in Iceland this weekend by winning two awards in the recent Hlustendaverðlaun FM957 — the FM957’s People’s Choice Awards. The awards are organised by Icelandic radio stations and let listeners vote for their favourite acts. Daði Freyr won Singer of the Year, while “Think About Things” picked up Video of the Year. Daði also performed at the awards, treating viewers to a new song. (Robyn)

Vasil performs medley of Eurovision favourites

North Macedonia’s singer Vasil has recorded a medley of some of his favourite Eurovision Eurovision songs. He starts off with a tribute to two iconic North Macedonia entries: Kaliope’s “Crno i belo” (2012) and Tamara Todevska’s “Proud” (2019). Then he mixes in a bit of Netta’s “Toy” (Israel 2018), changing the lyric to “Wonder human don’t you ever forget”. Vasil is sure to include a bit of his Eurovision 2021 entry “Here I Stand” then unexpectedly sings a bit of Spain’s 1990 entry “Bandido” by Azúcar Moreno. (Robyn)

 

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Roxen shows off a sparkling new look

Romania’s Roxen has taken to Instagram to share a new look with her followers. Wearing a brightly checkered bodysuit, the “Amnesia” hitmaker shows a new side of herself. While the look makes a lot of noise, the caption is rather simple: “☀️”. Will this be her Eurovision 2021 style? Or might she go for something darker like in her music video? (Renske)

 

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Samanta Tīna shares a behind the scenes moment

Latvia’s Samanta Tina has taken Instagram to show her fans a backstage photograph from her latest shoot. Dressed in a long glamourous evening dress, the “Moon is Rising” singer writes: “There are times when you really have nothing to say. Also don’t need to. Just Want to nod and wish good luck with smile. Behind the scenes.” (Renske)

 

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Efendi celebrates “Mata Hari” music video reaching 3,000,000 views

Azerbaijan’s Efendi is grateful. Her Eurovision 2021 music video has been watched by over three million people. To celebrate this milestone, the songstress uploaded a set of backstage pictures to her Instagram. Efendi writes: “Today the number of views of the Mata Hari music video on YouTube has exceeded 3.000.000 🔥 I am very grateful to each of you for your support and in this regard, I want to share with you the most interesting shots from the backstage of our video 🤩🎬”. (Renske)

 

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Manizha performs “Russian Woman” live on Russian game show

Manizha took “Russian Woman” to a new audience, performing her Eurovision song on a game show. Russia’s Eurovision 2021 was a guest performer on the long-running game show What? Where? When?. Manizha and her four backing singers performed “Russian Woman” during one of the show’s music breaks. In a change from her national final costume, Manizha was glammed up in a shimmering dark grey jumpsuit, bring a touch of eleganza to the intellectual game show setting. (Robyn)

Lesley Roy gets up early for breakfast TV

There was no Sunday morning lie-in for Lesley Roy this weekend. She was up bright and early for an interview on Ireland AM, Ireland’s only live breakfast TV show. The eight-minute segment covers a range of topics, from safety measures in Rotterdam to her rehearsals in Stockholm. The “Maps” popstar remains coy about her staging — “I’ll be shot”. But she does confirm that “It will be different for Eurovision. It will be different for Ireland. It will be different for me. I will have never performed anything like this on stage before. I’m very excited”. She also names Barbara Pravi’s “Voilà” as one of her 2021 favourites. You can watch Lesley Roy’s Ireland AM interview HERE.

Happy birthday Barbara!

France’s Barbara Pravi is the latest Eurovision 2021 star to celebrate a birthday in the run-up to Rotterdam. She turned 28 over the weekend. In a message thanking her fans for their well wishes, Barbara reveals that one of her birthday gifts was a guitar which she has named Céline.

 

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Elena Tsagrinou warms up for “El Diablo”

On Sunday, Cyprus’ Elena Tsagrinou shared a boomerang from a dance studio in Greece. In the caption, she confirms that she’s rehearsing for “El Diablo” and Eurovision 2021. She’s joined by choreographer Chali Jennings and three dancers.

Stefania’s “Last Dance” makes Big Brother

The Dutch edition of Big Brother came to a close at the end of last week. And what better way to wrap up the season than a little bit of Stefania’s “Last Dance”?

 

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Victoria’s big interview

VICTORIA was a guest on Bulgaria’s Tursi Se (The Search) on Sunday. The interview, which lasts almost an hour, proved to be very emotional for the “Growing Up Is Getting Old” singer. “The last few months were really hard for me and my family”, she tells her Twitter fans. “I am speaking openly about the diagnosis of my father in order to raise awareness about ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) in Bulgaria”. However, there were lighter moments — including when Victoria sings “Tears Getting Sober” after inhaling helium. You can watch the full interview below. It is in Bulgarian but there are English subtitles.

Additional contributions from Robyn, Renske and Jordi

Are you excited for the “Fallen Angel” music video? What did you think of Manizha’s live performance? Let us know in the comments.

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craig
craig
26 days ago

didnt lesley roy say she wouldnt listen to any of competing songs but says France is her favourite

Candy
Candy
26 days ago

Btw Albania hosted a show about eurovision last saturday

esc1234
esc1234
26 days ago

Manizha’s backing vocalists are pure gold. She must take them with her to Rotterdam

Maya
Maya
26 days ago

Good for you!!!

Jonas
Jonas
26 days ago

It’s sad that Eurovision winner Shay Healy died on Friday. I think Johnny Logan’s 1980 win was the best of his three, I hope Shay enjoyed seeing it performed on Shine a Light last year.

Jonas
Jonas
26 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

The last songwriter to win in The Netherlands…until next month…

SÉIMÍ
SÉIMÍ
26 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Sad indeed and I saw no article here marking Shay’s passing, instead silly articles like “Ava Max sends her love to Tiix” who really cares about rubbish like this. What’s Another Year is a classic, when I heard Shay saying he wrote it about his Dad after his Mum died it really struck a cord with me. Whatever song wins this year I doubt we’ll be listening to it in 40 year’s time.

Grft
Grft
26 days ago

I have a feeling Manizha will make top10.

notyourtoy
notyourtoy
26 days ago

Suzy’s song on my opinion is one of the most underrated songs from the last decade. Recently I just listened for the first time the song and I’m still like ”Eu Quero Ser Tua Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh”. So happy that RTVE will have her as a host (if they have her sing her hit I will be more excited). Let’s hope that Stefania and Elena Tsagrinou will be part of the Pre-Party!

Una
Una
26 days ago

Roxen looks very pretty with long purple curly hair but her look in the video was so beautiful. The blue-black hair. The contrast of the hair colour with the skintone – her face looked like porcelain. I prefer the aesthetic in the video but I encourage her to stick to whatever makes her look pretty and then she will look the prettiest 🙂

Whisker
Whisker
26 days ago

I’m so happy Manizha gets to perform her song in Russia to several audiences. It would be great if the song got a lot of love in Russia!

Congrats to Daði! (elves, but hush hush!)

When is the Fallen Angel video coming?

Lesley, choose your words wisely?

Una
Una
26 days ago

Samanta looks stunning – OMG! But can she *move* in that gown?

Whisker
Whisker
26 days ago
Reply to  Una

She only needs to nod and smile!

Una
Una
26 days ago
Reply to  Whisker

I hope she won’t be wearing that gown on stage. I still remember Eneida from Albania 2016 who had the most amazing song but a tight gown. And she just stood and sang. Too stark contrast with her performance in FiK. I hope Samanta will not do the same.

Whisker
Whisker
26 days ago
Reply to  Una

She totally could wear it and have a Eurovision costume change situation!

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
26 days ago

Nobody seems to be more touched by Vasil than Vasil. “Crno I belo” is one of my favorite Eurovision songs ever, so I was curious. I had to stop watching after a few seconds in, so he wouldn’t ruin the song for me. The interpretation is just like his Eurovision song. He seems to be so moved by his own existence. I realize that nobody can do Kaliopi better than Kaliopi but yikes. The same overdramatic on the verge of crying style as in his Eurovision entry. North Macedonian TV, what on earth were you thinking?

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Una
Una
26 days ago

Vanilla – AFAIR you asked something about Roxen’s cats? She talked about them in the interview with wiwi that premiered today.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
26 days ago
Reply to  Una

Awww tell me everything. I had lots of cats when I was a child. I loved their indifference and independence.

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Una
Una
26 days ago

The one she has with her is called Nia. The other one she had with her sadly passed. Roxen was so moooved. And she talked about the “cleansing energy” of the cats or something like that. Like in making one feel good and/or cleaning up the mood. It was nice hearing her talk like that. A bit of light, innocent and loving chat about pets. She seemed very nice.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
26 days ago
Reply to  Una

That’s so sweet. And so true. Cats can have a very calming, positive energy on people.

Una
Una
26 days ago

I listened through the end – “Crno i belo” is possible my most fave entry from NM but I was curious to hear his version of that absolute gem that was and still is “Lost and Found”. He didn’t sing it!! It would have been a much better choice than “Bandido”.

notyourtoy
notyourtoy
26 days ago

Well, there’s only one KALLIOPI. And none will ever achieve her high note that sounds like me when I try to hit high notes lol (just kidding, that high note is one of my faves in the entire ESC history)

Maya
Maya
26 days ago

I think that he’s singing in front of the wrong person. He doesn’t feel very comfortable there, his body language is so strange, the facial expression is intense… like he’s is trying to deliver his message for someone else who is not there with him, that’s why there is soooo much drama…. I don’t know why I’ve got that vibe, but however I don’t think that he is a bad singer. Good luck to him, and to all the participants!!!

Darren
26 days ago

Everytime Lesley discusses her staging I get both excited and nervous in equal measure.
She’s the got my heart cross ways do she does.
Agggh bring on next month!!

Ende
Ende
26 days ago

Greece is in my top 3 but I must say I am a bit surprised to see how Dutch medias promote Stefania’s song more than the Dutch one….

Darren
26 days ago
Reply to  Ende

It’s like the Netherlands have 2 entries this year.
Not really fair on Jeangu I think.

lol
lol
26 days ago
Reply to  Darren

its not really suprising. Her fan base and home is the Netherlands after all. but ya i feel kinda bad for Jeangu

Darren
26 days ago
Reply to  lol

Yeah I know she’s residing in the Netherlands but in Eurovision she’s not representing them, they have their own act and should support him.
Let Greece support Stefania.

lol
lol
26 days ago
Reply to  Darren

they dont really seem to be supporting her that much 🙁

Darren
26 days ago
Reply to  lol

Any article about Stefania, it seems to be Dutch related.
Like who is she representing?
I bet Jeangu is like “Hey I’m over here!” (Waves Dutch Flag).

Thisisntourlastdance
Thisisntourlastdance
25 days ago
Reply to  lol

They dont because Stefania isnt signed by a music label in Greece. Music labels are the ones who do the promo.

George Don
George Don
26 days ago
Reply to  Ende

Same thning here in Greece. They promote the Cypriot song only. It plays on the radio all the time. The greek song no. Maybe cause the singer from Cyprus is Greek or cause it s from panic records? I don t know!

notyourtoy
notyourtoy
26 days ago
Reply to  Ende

Well remember the support Helena Paparizou had from the Swedish medias. And by the way, last year there was also high support from Greece towards Athena Manoukian (much more support than for Cyprus, I even bet that Armenia would get the 12 points instead of Cyprus in 2020 if both reached the final)

esc1234
esc1234
26 days ago
Reply to  Ende

Dutch media are promoting the song even more than the greek media. The song has 0 impact in Greece

Aeria
Aeria
26 days ago

Reading these is such a blast. It really gives me a feeling of who the artists are off-stage. I’m so excited for next month!