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, James Newman unveils his team for Rotterdam, Lesley Roy introduces her backing vocalists and Dadi Karaoke has arrived. But first…
Eurovision news: 5 May
Blind Channel begin documentary series of their journey to Eurovision
Blind Channel are taking fans behind the scenes of their journey to Eurovision 2021 with a new documentary series. There will be six videos in total that give an insight into what the Finnish band have been up to since winning UMK 2021 in February. The first episode, uploaded today, shows just how busy Blind Channel have been over the past few months with constant interviews and rehearsals (while also recording a new single). The band go into detail about the pressure this has put on them and how it has negatively affected their physical and mental health at times. However, as Joonas notes at the end, they’re still pumped to be making history and topping the charts. The documentary is in Finnish, but English subtitles are available. (Jonathan)
Hooverphonic hope to be the dark horses of 2021
As we’ve mentioned in a previous digest, the Belgian city of Sint-Niklaas is celebrating Hooverphonic’s 25th anniversary with a special exhibition dedicated to the group. It will run from 8 May to 6 June, and ahead of its launch the trio told VRT that they hope to become this year’s dark horse. Next to that, Alex Callier spoke of his hope that the Flemish entry will for once be more successful than the Walloon efforts in recent year. (Renske)
Manizha says Eurovision performance is “more dynamic, more positive”
Russia’s songstress Manizha told Russian television guide Teleprogramma that we are to expect a different performance than the one we saw in Russia’s national final. One of the previously announced new elements contains a dress made out of pieces of fabric from different regions of Russia. Adding to that, Manizha told Teleprogramma: “We are not complicating it, but we will make it more dynamic, more positive. There will be new elements in my performance that have taken my breath way. We overcame different technical difficulties and now we are preparing for the flight to the contest.” (Renske)
Dadi Karaoke is here
Their Think About Aliens mobile game is still fresh off the digital press, but Daði og Gagnamagnið already have a new game ready to go — “Dadi Karaoke”. The new app will let players join Daði and sing along while collecting points when they hit the right note. The game is made in collaboration with the creator of the award-winning music learning app for children, Mussila. All of the group’s biggest songs are featured — “10 Years”, “Think About Things” and “Is This Love”. Dadi Karaoke is available on the App Store and Google Play.
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“Set Me Free” at the Wiwi Jam
She’s been set free thanks to her stunning ESC revamp. And now Israel’s Eden Alene is headed to the Wiwi Jam at Hone concert. On May 19 the Israeli star will shake things up on our YouTube channel, bringing her undeniable presence and fierce sense of style. She will also hit the highest note in Eurovision Pre Party history!
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The moon is acoustic
Latvia’s Samanta Tīna has become the latest Eurovision 2021 star to go acoustic. “The Moon Is Rising” singer is joined by Haralds Stenclavs on piano. Tālis Timrots oversees the mix. In the video description, Samanta explains the song’s message: “This song is about powerful and admirable women, about every single woman. I invite not to be afraid of ourselves and of being different. My song invites women to make a crown with their hands and put it on the head to be the ruler of life: to love and believe in ourselves. Then we will be loved by the people around us. I believe that such an attitude changes the way people treat you, but it is not enough – for this reason, the most important line in my song is: if you have something to say, say it to my face! Let’s accept and love ourselves, let’s be proud of what God has given to us, let’s accept our differences and stand for equality!”.
James Newman’s on-stage team revealed
James Newman is finishing off his final rehearsals in the UK before flying to Rotterdam. The BBC Eurovision Twitter account shared a picture from the latest rehearsal and revealed that James will be joined by four male backup performers on the Rotterdam Ahoy arena stage – Israel, Shaun, Yves and Alex. Many fans have been hoping that the British singer will be joined by some dancing brass players, much like in the music video for “Embers”. Although no specific details were given on exactly what the four men would be doing alongside James, the tweet does finish with a trumpet emoji… 🎺 (Jonathan)
?? It’s Team UK’s final rehearsals before heading to Rotterdam!??
— BBC Eurovision?? (@bbceurovision) May 5, 2021
Lesley Roy names her backing vocalists
We know that Lesley Roy will be alone on stage. However, she has confirmed on her Instagram stories that she will be joined just off-stage by two backing vocalists — Philip Strand and Emelie Eriksson. The names should be familiar to “Maps” fans as both Philip and Emelie were part of the songwriting team.
Meanwhile, the Irish Embassy in the Netherlands has announced a special online event with Lesley. Described as a 30-minute “fireside chat and song”, fans have until 7 May to register their interest.
The Eurovision Song Contest is approaching! ?
— Embassy of Ireland in The Netherlands (@IrelandinNL) May 5, 2021
The Roop meet the Lithuanian Prime Minister
Before heading off to Rotterdam, The Roop have had a meeting with Ingrida Šimonytė, the Prime Minister of Lithuania. She wished them well and said “Spread the yellow wave virus and promote the name of Lithuania. I sincerely wish you to win this year, because you are worth the victory.”. Ingirda also commented through her Twitter account and hoped everyone would discoteque with The Roop when they participate in the first semi-final on May 18th. (Jonathan)
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Additional contributions from Jonathan, Renske and William
What do you think of the acoustic “The Moon Is Rising”? Can Hooverphonic be dark horses? Let us know in the comments.