Eurovision 3 May

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, Montaigne teases her music video, Albina sings “Husavik” and Victoria performs “Growing Up Is Getting Old”. But first…

Eurovision news: 3 May

Senhit covers “Bandido” on her #FreakyTripToRotterdam

As Senhit gets closer to Rotterdam, she has released the latest instalment in her #FreakyTripToRotterdam series of iconic Eurovision covers. San Marino’s Freaky Queen has covered “Bandido”, originally performed by the duo Azúcar Moreno at Eurovision 1990. Senhit adds extra fuego to the performance, includes a spicy encounter with Strictly Come Dancing star Graziano Di Prima. Senhit also pays tribute to Spanish surrealist artist (and Eurovision 1969 logo designer) Salvador Dalí by wearing a replica of his iconic gravity-defying moustache. (Robyn)

James Newman does the rounds on morning TV shows

As we enter May, the BBC is cranking up their Eurovision coverage. This includes giving James Newman the chance to appear on a couple of morning TV shows. Last Friday, the British singer appeared on BBC Morning Live, where he was interviewed by the hosts and presented a pre-recorded live performance of his song “Embers” (though it wasn’t shown in full and was interrupted by some morning exercise routines).

On Saturday morning, James was a guest on the children’s show Saturday Mash-Up! on CBBC. Chelcee Grimes, who will commentate the semi-finals on BBC4 this year, was also a guest. In amongst playing some games and answering viewer questions, James was this time given the opportunity to perform “Embers” live in full. Those with access to BBC iPlayer can watch the performance here. (Jonathan)

Albina performs “Husavik”

Croatia’s Albina’s might be known for her upbeat Eurovision entry “Tick-Tock” but she recently showed off a different side. On Saturday night’s Adriatic PreParty, Albina performed the Oscar-nominated ballad “Husavik” from the film Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga. She even managed her own version of the song’s iconic speorg note. (Robyn)

 

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Destiny performs a mashup of recent Eurovision winners

As part of her contribution to the Adriatic PreParty, Malta’s Destiny performed a mashup of recent Eurovision winners “Euphoria”, “Toy”, “Heroes” and “Arcade”. She brought her unique soul style to the performance, perhaps hoping that her Eurovision 2021 entry will be given the same treatment in the future. The performance was accompanied by scenic footage of Malta. (Robyn)

NU.nl reveals some detailed statistics about the Eurovision 2021 stage

Dutch news aggregator NU.nl summarised some of the key statistics Eurofans should know about the Eurovision 2021 stage. In total, all delegations can make use of 25 different cameras. The roof of Ahoy is carrying a total of 280,000 kilos of weight, 1,782 lamps and 1,556 meters worth of LED strips are being used to make the contestants shine as brightly as possible. But the organisers are also thinking of safety. A total of 175,000 masks have been bought and reserved for delegation members, employees and press. (Renske)

 

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Blind Channel go platinum

Blind Channel have revealed through a post on Instagram that their Eurovision 2021 entry “Dark Side” has gone platinum, which means it’s reached sales of 10,000 units. This is the first single to go platinum in Finland in 2021. The band also revealed that they’re set to return to the live stage “bigger than ever”. Tickets for their Helsinki show in August are now on sale. (Jonathan)

 

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Efendi performs “Cleopatra” on The Voice Kids Azerbaijan

Efendi grew to attention in Azerbaijan after participating on the country’s version of The Voice, where she placed third. Now the star has returned to the grand final of the junior version of the show as an interval act. Despite participating in Eurovision 2021 with “Mata Hari”, the Azeri star instead decided to perform “Cleopatra” – the song she was due to perform at the 2020 contest before it was cancelled. Efendi was joined on stage by four backing dancers while she stood in place and delivered the performance. Azerbaijan’s Eurovision 2019 star Chingiz Mustafayev is a judge on the show, and the finalist from his team, Amina Hajiyeva, was crowned the winner. Watch here. (Jonathan)

 

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The Roop set the seas “On Fire”

The Roop’s Eurovision 2020 entry “On Fire” has become the official anthem for the Lithuanian Amersail-2 team in the world-famous Ocean Race. The trio write: “The Ocean Race has a musical tradition – every team in the competition must have their song. A song that represents their values and inspires for a fight. @ambersail2 have chosen their own without any doubts and hesitations, because THE ROOP has truly captured the essence: there’s fire in their souls and the world is their desire. Yes, „Ambersail-2“ is on fire! Thanks to the Ambersail-2 crew for this wonderful evening onboard!”

 

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Efendi, Jendrik and Era Rusi for the Wiwi Jam at Home

 

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Get ready to shout, “Mah-mah-mah Ma-ta Ha-riiii!”. Efendi has also confirmed for the Wiwi Jam at Home concert. She loves singing about strong women from history. And on May 19 she’ll write herself into the history books with an iconic performance in our online concert. The Wiwi Jam at Home airs the night between the semi-finals. We’re revealing more ESC 2021 stars and special guests every day, so stay tuned! Over the weekend we also announced FiK star Era Rusi and Germany’s Jendrik. (William)

 

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Tusse is on the mend

Back in April, Sweden’s Tusse told fans that he was to undergo surgery to sort out an issue with his vocals. Thankfully, all appears to have gone well and the “Voices” singer is well on the road to recovery. In an Instagram update, he writes: “back to work! today it has been full speed ahead with interviews and preparations for the ESC. now I’m going to rehearse for the UNICEF gala “the world’s most important night”. tune in [Monday] 20:00 on TV4″.

 

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Montaigne teases “Technicolour” music video

Montaigne’s long-awaited music video for “Technicolour” is almost upon us. The Aussie songstress teased the clip on social media, sharing a 5-second snippet. We see Montaigne and a dance troupe prepare to take off their “cloaks”. There’s also a teddy bear and some comic book style effects.

Victoria sings “Growing Up Is Getting Old” before Rotterdam

One week before her departure to Eurovision, Victoria performed “Growing Up Is Getting Old” on Bulgaria’s Zabranenoto shou na Rachkov. Her fellow guests included other past Eurovision stars such as Poli Genova.

Additional contributions from Renske, Jonathan, Robyn and William

What do you think of Albina’s “Husavik”? Are you excited for the “Technicolour” video? Let us know in the comments.

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Aeria
Aeria
5 months ago

oH nOo, Oh NoO, oH nOoOoO!1!

View
View
5 months ago

Is is just me, but I don’t like how Victoria sings GUIGO live?

Whisker
Whisker
5 months ago

IIRC, Andreas/TIX was saying something about a video for “Fallen Angel”. I hope it’s happening.

Sabrina
Sabrina
5 months ago

Albina is very good, that was a great rendition of “Húsavík”. And I loved the #excusemyicelandic. 😀

raylee
raylee
5 months ago

Efendi can sing that’s for sure but the problem is her position on stage , i mean she is so motionless. hope she worked hard for Mata Hari dance , because Azerbaijan is not a certain qualifier so it needs a good show. Sooo we’ll wait and see , ready for some action

Whisker
Whisker
5 months ago

The Roop rule the sea and the sky too, an airline did a thing about Discoteque, something with yellow as per the yellow fashion in their performance, and a choreo.

I LOVE THE ROOP!

John
John
5 months ago

I think we just got the idea of what Victoria’s staging will look like. And I like it.

Alex
Alex
5 months ago

Albina is so talented. Whatever happens this year, i hope she comes back in the future with a big song (power ballad?).

Giolo
Giolo
5 months ago

Am I the only one who would rather have Albina singing Husavik in Eurovision? She is such a good vocalist, I am really sad she will have to fight against other pop songs that may appeal more the general viewers, because she really deserved to stand out

Hélène
Hélène
5 months ago
Reply to  Giolo

It is Molly Sandén’s haunting voice that is the whole song. So no. However Albina should have chosen a better song writer. Her song is very generic.

Kristian
Kristian
5 months ago

Going by Eurojury , Croatia is the least supported song by jury in semi 1. Even below North Macedonia .

Sot
Sot
5 months ago
Reply to  Kristian

Ouch

Sot
Sot
5 months ago

‘Technicolour’ went on to be like that one music video we have been waiting for ages, like ‘Sul Tsin Iare’ in 2019…

Also I love the way Senhit slays a song I personally hated as a little kid because the duo scared me… (oh, and, no, I wasn’t even born in 1990)

Last edited 5 months ago by Sot
Carl
Carl
5 months ago

Loved Destiny’s covers of previous winning songs! She can do whatever with her vocals <3

Last edited 5 months ago by Carl
Kristian
Kristian
5 months ago
Reply to  Carl

Techno Technicolor we can do whatever

Alex
Alex
5 months ago

efendi singing cleopatra was so random!!!!

Fatima
Fatima
5 months ago

Why is the UK being represented by someone who just admitted to taking “a lot of singing lessons” just three weeks before the contest?

Last edited 5 months ago by Fatima
pooky1001
pooky1001
5 months ago
Reply to  Fatima

I dont think there is anything unusual about that. My sister-in-law is a vocal coach/teacher and she often works with celebrities and established performers especially before they go on tour or have a big live show to make sure their voices are in top condition.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
5 months ago
Reply to  Fatima

Does an olympic sporter stop training in the weeks leading up to the olympics? 😀

Last edited 5 months ago by Frisian esc
Boreal
Boreal
5 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

Excellent point.

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
5 months ago
Reply to  Fatima

Performance is the facade of hard work.

Colin
Colin
5 months ago

Albina’s Husavik is simply gorgeous. 🙂

Mufasa
Mufasa
5 months ago

Oh Efendi, toooo static. When she will perform like this in Rotterdam no chance to qualify!!
Love the song Husavik btw applause to albina

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
5 months ago
Reply to  Mufasa

I’m sure she’s training her eurovision choreography over and over again and with camera angles and backing dancers there’s not a whole lot to worry about on that front. That doesn’t mean she’s a certain qualifier of course. Since the 2nd half has Albina, Eden, Efendi and Elena all with uptempo pop and probably using a lot of choreography some might take a bigger slice of the televote cake than others.