Your daily Eurovision news round-up has landed. In the build up to the song contest kicking off in Liverpool this May, the team here at wiwibloggs is bringing you all the latest news from the world of Eurovision 2023.
In today’s Eurovision daily digest, Mimicat covers Brunette’s “Future Lover”, and Loreen goes behind the scenes of her costume creation. But first…
Eurovision 2023 news round-up: Monday 10 April
“Carpe Diem” played at Anfield football stadium
Eurovision is seeping into all aspects of life in Liverpool. Ahead of the city’s football game on Sunday, Anfield football stadium had music blasting out of the speakers to get fans in the mood. Slovenia’s Joker Out were featured on the playlist — spectators were treated to the English-language version of “Carpe Diem”. (Jonathan)
Lovely bit of @JokerOutBand at Anfield this afternoon! ??? #Eurovision2023 pic.twitter.com/qlvujHKxFR— JackESC? (@escjacks) April 9, 2023
Victor Vernicos to have light and dark moments on stage
Konstantinos Rigos is the artistic director of Greece’s Eurovision 2023 performance. In a recent interview with ERT, he revealed a bit more about the staging plans for Liverpool. Rigos notes that Victor’s song has light and dark moments, thus he wants to bring this world of emotion to the Eurovision stage:
“It’s a very nice moment! I really like doing this part. I really like that he is a kid, so young, so fresh and that he is also the songwriter. It’s a difficult song because it has a lot of changes… but I believe that Victor will accomplish it in the best possible way! I want Victor to look fresh on stage!“
?? Greece stage director in #Eurovision 2023, Konstantinos Rigos, talked about the elements he plant to introduce into the performance in Liverpool!— OGAE GREECE (@OgaeGreece) April 8, 2023
?https://t.co/8QXPVtj3QV#Eurovision2023 #KonstantinosRigos #VictorVernicos #WhatTheySay #Eurovisiongr #ESC2023 #OGAEGreece
Loreen goes behind the scenes of her outfit creation
On TikTok, Swedish superstar Loreen shared some behind the scenes detail about how her costume for “Tattoo” was created. Designer Fadi el Khoury worked with Loreen to create a powerful outfit she could still move in to complete the choreography — and it was ready in a tight four day turnaround before she began rehearsals for the Melfest heat in Malmö. She said: “The first sketch was just amazing. When you’re in the right space with the right people, things just flow.”
@loreenofficial Let’s talk about “The Outfit” A massive thanks to the one and only Fadi el Khoury, who made this happen ❤️🙏🏽 🏽 #FashionTok #loreentattoo #designer #eurovision2023 ♬ Tattoo – Loreen
Let 3 win the first episode of Iceland’s Alla leið
Iceland began airing their Eurovision preview show Alla leið over the weekend. The country’s Head of Delegation, Felix Bergsson, moderates the show, but it’s a separate four jurors who award points to each song. In the first episode, they looked at the songs performing in the first half of semi-final 1: Norway, Malta, Serbia, Latvia, Portugal, Ireland and Croatia. At the end of the show, it was Croatia’s Let 3 who emerged as the panel’s early favourite. (Jonathan)
La Zarra sings “Évidemment” live on France 5 C á vous
Finally, a full live performance from the French-Canadian songstress. Tonight on France 5’s C á vous, La Zarra sang “Evidemment” on French TV for the first time. Inside the red panelled studio, she was accompanied by three backing vocalists, performing the nu-chanson disco track with elegance and ease.
? @LaZarra_ en live sur la scène de #CàVous ? pic.twitter.com/FEdeHLBlsR— C à vous (@cavousf5) April 10, 2023
Australia’s Voyager cover Käärijä’s “Cha Cha Cha”
The Aussies are showing their love for their Eurovision rivals. After covering Alessandra’s “Queen of Kings” last week, Voyager have shared their version of Käärijä’s “Cha Cha Cha” — stripped down to just a guitar, vocal, and kazoo. Clock some very impressive Finnish from lead vocalist Danny Estrin.
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TuralTuranX give street performance in Istanbul
Baghmanov brothers Tural and Turan went back to their busker roots today as they performed “Tell Me More” at a street concert in Istanbul, Türkiye.
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Gustaph ranks his favourite Eurovision vocal performances
Celebrating his love of Eurovision, Belgian entrant Gustaph shared another song contest top five — this time, ranking his favourite vocal performances. Fifth place went to Ruth Jacott with “Vrede”, Anabel Conde’s “Vuelve Conmigo” in fourth, Sam Ryder’s “Space Man” in third, and Imaani’s “Where Are You” in second. First place went to Céline Dion for her winning performance of “Ne partez pas sans moi”.
@gustaphofficial Queen @Celine Dion 👑 #eurovision2023 #gustaph #favorites #eurovisionsongcontest ♬ original sound – Gustaph
Mimicat covers Brunette’s “Future Lover”
Another one for the Eurovision 2023 covers playlist. Portugal’s Mimicat shared the love with Armenia’s Brunette today, as the “Ai coracao” singer shared a TikTok of her covering “Future Lover”.
@mimicat_music @Eurovision @Brunette ♬ som original – Mimicat
Additional reporting from Jonathan Vautrey.
La Zarra is amazing !!!
My La Zarra, my Mimicat, big love.
What do you mean new name? Rigos has previously directed the staging for “Watch my dance” and “Aphrodisiac”.
Well, much better than the worn out Dream Team that turned 2 perfect contemporary songs like Last Dance and Die Together into old fashioned clichés from 30 years ago. Good riddance!
Oh, Mimicat, you’re so sweet… <3
I’d like to contact the Icelandic head of delegation and inform him that his panel is actually insane for daring to rank Serbia below Ireland, what is wrong with you? You are absolutely not fit to represent the country of Bjork and Sigur Ros, this is unbelievable…
People do have different opinions and tastes you do realise?
Yes, but please don’t try justifying that horror choice, Serbia below Ireland is just indefensible, this goes way beyond differing opinions and taste, the contest is in real danger if people like this are deciding the results…
First they are not in the same semi so it really doesn’t matter and Secondly, it’s not like Iceland is the only country voting in eurovision. its ok if one country doesn’t like it its opinion
You may not like what I’m about to say…but some people prefer Ireland over Serbia. Let it go.
What’s unbelievable is your over dramatic reaction to someone or a group of people having a different opinion to you. Music is about having a connection and this Icelandic panel struggled to connect with the Serbian song and that’s fair enough.
here is no technical problem, sabotage, headset problem, microphone. zarra kills live. so the bad people who like to go after artists for free. you are disgusting . Amazing France.
Will be voting for Paloma and La Zarra.
Why vote for them? Everybody knows Sweden already has won. Les jeux sont faits, indeed.