Your daily Eurovision news bulletin has arrived! Every day in the lead up to Eurovision 2023 kicking off in Liverpool, the team here at wiwibloggs is bringing you all the latest updates — big and small — from the song contest world.
In today’s daily digest, Latvia’s Sudden Lights bounce back at BBC news, and Iceland’s Diljá drops the acoustic version of her Eurovision song. Let’s take a look at what else our Eurovision stars our up to.
Eurovision 2023 news round-up: Friday 7 April
Sudden Lights respond to BBC News’ critique
Following Joker Out’s light-hearted comments yesterday, Sudden Lights are the latest Eurovision 2023 act to comedically respond to BBC News’ review article. Music correspondent Mark Savage wrote that their lullaby “Aijā” sounded like “someone pushing a cupboard of saucepans over a cliff”. Through their TikTok account, the Latvian band revealed how they really composed the song. (Jonathan)
@suddenlights @bbceurovision u got us 🍽️ #eurovision #fyp #bbc #aijā #suddenlights #latvia ♬ original sound – suddenlights
Eurovision artists arrive in Madrid for PrePartyES
The stars of Eurovision 2023 are continuing to touch down in Madrid today as the another pre-party kicks off. A plethora of stars including Luke Black, Loreen, and Spain’s own Blanca Paloma will sing at Madrid’s Sala La Riviera tomorrow night as they showcase their Eurovision songs in the Spanish capital.
HOLA MADRID ?? pic.twitter.com/5Sy3f8JEL0— Luke Black (@lukeblackmusic) April 7, 2023
Joker Out’s Kris falls ill in Madrid
While most artists celebrated at the PrePartyES launch ceremony, one of the stars was missing from the action. Joker Out’s guitarist Kris Gustin fell ill while in Spain and remained in his hotel room to rest up ahead of the big show tomorrow. We wish Kris a speedy recovery.
Kris is in his room resting as he is pretty sick 🙁 https://t.co/YKwcMZY4Cg— Joker Out Official (@JokerOutBand) April 7, 2023
Switzerland’s Remo Forrer wins latest episode of Eurovisiooni laulud 2023
Ahead of Eurovision, several countries have review shows where a panel discusses the competing entries. Estonia’s Eurovisiooni laulud 2023 has been running for the past three weeks, with Finland and Sweden topping the first two episodes. In Thursday’s late night third show, hosts Grete Kuld and Tõnis Niinemets were joined by Eleryn Tiit and Rene Puura. The four of them looked at the United Kingdom, Spain, Slovenia, Lithuania, Austria and Switzerland. At the end of the show, the panel decided Switzerland’s Remo Forrer was their favourite of the bunch. (Jonathan)
Diljá releases acoustic version of “Power”
The Icelandic songstress is slowing things down. Diljá has dropped the acoustic version of her Eurovision 2023 song “Power”, turning the high-energy pop track into a mellow piano ballad. It’s out on streaming services right now.
Joker Out record Slovenia’s Eurovision postcard
Pinball on a rooftop? You better believe it. Slovenia’s Joker Out are next to share footage from their Eurovision 2023 postcard clip, which features the boys playing the classic arcade pastime amidst the Ljubljana skyline.
Additional contributions by Jonathan Vautrey.