Eurovision 16 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 Senhit dances to “Adrenalina”, Daði Freyr covers “Arcade” and The Black Mamba do “Fuego”. But first…

Eurovision news: 16 April

Barbara Pravi recounts her trip to the newsagents

Barbara Pravi was the focus of a special feature in the Friday edition of France’s Libération newspaper. And while subscribers to the publication can read the article here, it’s Barbara’s trip to pick up a copy in the newsagents that’s made us smile. “I ran and bought Libération this morning, frantically opened it before I even paid”, she writes on Instagram. “And seeing the photo the kiosk kindly said, “Hey, is that you?”. I blushed like a tomato and gave him a big smile because on top of that I had a really funny face this morning with my mask and my big scrunchie in my hair”. She continues, “I finished reading in the subway and admit that I held back my tears… How lucky I am. It is full of joy, strength and tenderness. I don’t know if it looks like me because I don’t have the necessary perspective and then a little modesty too, but it seems that yes, it looks like me, since my little sister cried, and a friend of mine too”. And sales of the paper will most likely be up today — “I have already received messages from my mother in all our whatsapp groups asking the whole family to buy her 3 / 4 copies”.

 

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The Black Mamba sing “Fuego”

The Black Mamba went live on the official Eurovision Instagram on Thursday night to treat fans to a live set for almost one hour. They performed much of their repertoire, including “Love Is On My Side”. But they also dropped a couple of treats for Eurovision fans. In amongst their usual songs, they gave covers of Eleni Foureira’s “Fuego”. You can hear at about 24 minutes in.

 

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Senhit and Rafał perform together

Yesterday, we reported that San Marino’s Senhit had jetted into Warsaw to sing with Poland’s own Rafał. We won’t see their performances on Jaka to Melodia until mid-May. However, behind-the-scenes footage of them performing “The Ride”, “Waterloo” and “Adrenalina” are already available to watch.

Senhit releases “Adrenalina” tutorial

And Senhit is making sure that we’re not idle while we wait for her Polish performances to hit TV. The singer has released a TikTok dance tutorial for “Adrenalina”. The official San Marino Eurovision account writes: “Wanna learn all the #ADRENALINA dance moves in time for @Eurovision? Here’s all you need to smash it!”.

Jeangu Macrooy performs in an empty concert hall

The Netherlands’ Jeangu Macrooy performed a set for the weekly Empty Concertgebouw Sessions. Accompanied by Patrick Rugebregt on piano, he played a short acoustic set in the Main Hall of the iconic Amsterdam venue. He closes with his Eurovision 2020 effort “Grow”.

TIX’s MGP win nominated for TV moment of the year

TIX’s victory over KEiiNO at Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix 2021 will live long in the memory of many Eurovision fans. And now it’s been recognised by TV industry experts. The “Fallen Angel” hitmakers win is nominated for “TV Moment of The Year” at the annual Gullruten awards — Norway’s answer to the Emmys. The country’s Head Of Delegation Stig Karlsen marked the occasion on Twitter, congratulating all those involved with the MGP production as well as other nominees.

 

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Hurricane to perform “LOCO LOCO” on Saturday

Serbia’s Hurricane won Beovizija 2020 with a barnstorming live performance of “Hasta La Vista”. However, we’ve yet to witness their 2021 effort live. That’s set to change, as the three ladies will appear on Serbian TV to perform “LOCO LOCO” and some other songs on RTS’s Studio on Saturday night. Croatia’s 2012 singer Nina Badrich is set to appear on the same show.

Daði Freyr covers “Arcade”

Iceland’s Daði Freyr shared on YouTube a cover of Duncan Laurence’s Eurovision 2019 winning track “Arcade”. The Gagnamagnið frontman’s version sees a shift in genre to include more electronic elements the Icelandic star is known for. He also showed off his vocal range — from deep bass notes in the verses to powerful soaring high notes at the chorus. (Oliver A)

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What do you think of the Eurovision covers? Will you watch Hurricane on Saturday? Let us know in the comments.

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Anke
Anke
21 days ago

The moves and choreo of the Polish guy! Was that a joke or he really meant it? Somehow reminds me of Poland 2018 Gromee cringe dancing…

Thisisntourlastdance
Thisisntourlastdance
22 days ago

Does anyone else find Rafal sexy?? Only me? hah

dygh
dygh
22 days ago

I can’t get over how beautiful Barbara is

Michael Green
Michael Green
22 days ago

Like both, among my favorites and their performances are great. A Dadi Black Mamba Show

Lorenzo Celli
Lorenzo Celli
22 days ago

Dadi + covers = perfection.
He’s always on point

Whisker
Whisker
22 days ago

Daði’s cover of “Arcade” was super lovely! Thank *you* Daði!

It was so cool of The Black Mamba to do two longish “live and direct” shows, I enjoyed those.

I hope Tix will win something.

I’ve just finished learning the “10 Years” choreo and I’ll be on to “Adrenalina” next! Thank you Senhit and dancers!

Also, I can see some entries are really upping their game this year.

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
21 days ago
Reply to  Whisker

Really enjoyed Dadi’s cover—it was taking me back to early Coldplay.

Black Mamba’s song isn’t one of my favourites this year but the guys seem really nice and a lot of fun…it seems very unlikely that Portugal will qualify but after watching their takeover, I really do hope they enjoy their Eurovision experience.

Kas
Kas
22 days ago

Hohoho…interesting the fire of the black…snake !!!

3art
3art
22 days ago

Black mamba sounds great!

Rafal from Poland on the other hand doing a cringe dance at 1.18, I really hope for them it’s not their ESC staging … it’s like an uncle “trying” to be cool

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
22 days ago
Reply to  3art

“How do you do, fellow kids?” That’s the vibe I get.

maria
maria
22 days ago

Well done, The Black Mamba! This cover of Fuego is very groove.

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
22 days ago

I don’t like TIX’s song at all, but he seems like such a genuinely good person, which I like a lot. It’s nice to see.

Terry
Terry
22 days ago

The Black Mamba might be a quite likely qualifier, they do know how to perform well. It’s very authentic!

Lisa
Lisa
22 days ago

Tix is also nominated for “Song of the year” in Norwegian Emmy Awards/Spellemannsprisen, tonight, for his songs ‘Karantene’ and ‘Kaller på deg’.
‘Karantene’ : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5naAZnCn7SY
‘Kaller på deg’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COoQclKAToQ
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Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
22 days ago

I don’t know any other Norwegian TV moments, but I fully endorse the MGP voting moment. 🙂

Kristian
Kristian
22 days ago

I didn’t enjoy that moment at all