It’s exactly one month until the Eurovision 2023 grand final. And in the lead up to the contest kicking off in Liverpool, the team here at wiwibloggs is bringing you all the latest news updates from the world of Eurovision.
In today’s daily digest, Romania’s Theodor Andrei starts his quest to cover all 37 Eurovision songs, and Lithuania’s Monika Linkyte opens up about her health. Let’s find out what the stars of Eurovision 2023 are up to.
Eurovision 2023 news round-up: Thursday 13 April
EuroVillage grand final screening ticket sales launch tomorrow
For the first time since its introduction, the EuroVillage — the Eurovision Song Contest fan zone — will be ticketed on the night of the final. Fans wishing to watch the grand final in the EuroVillage will need to pay £15 entry. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, Friday 14 April at 12 noon BST via TicketQuarter.
Voyager cover Blanka’s “Solo”
Norway and Finland are ticked off the list — and Poland is next to receive the Voyager cover treatment. On TikTok, Australia’s singer Danny Estrin posted his rendition of Blanka’s “Solo”, giving the uptempo summertime track a mellow feel.
@voyagerau @blikeblanka @eurovision @Eurovision-Spain #korg #solo #downdididowndowndown #Eurovision2023 ♬ original sound – Voyager
Victor Vernicos films Greece’s Eurovision postcard
Continuing the daily Eurovision behind-the-scenes drops, Victor Vernicos is up next to share his postcard footage. In the heat of the Greek sun, the “What They Say” singer goes on an exercise journey — running up hills, skipping, and boxing.
Your daily #Eurovision2023 postcard BTS just dropped! ?— BBC Eurovision (@bbceurovision) April 13, 2023
We try to avoid looking at gorgeous Greek scenery while it's cold here in the UK, but for Victor Vernicos, we'll make an exception ? pic.twitter.com/VygKLtimfe
Theodor Andrei releases Eurovision 2023 medley part one
Romania’s Theodor Andrei is hard at work putting his rock’n’roll spin on all of this year’s entries. In a five-minute video, he manages to cover excerpts from 12 of the 37 songs, and even sneaks in a cheeky reference to “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen ahead of his cover of Let 3’s “Mama SC!”. Stay tuned for another medley in the near future. (Scarlett)
Monika Linkyte opens up about health struggles
Eurovision is a journey. And often, that journey is filled with ups and downs. In a heartfelt Instagram post, Lithuania’s Monika Linkyte is opening up about her health journey as she embarks on the Eurovision voyage for the second time. She said: “I still have to put a lot of inner strength into my relationship with myself, to be gentle with myself, that as much as I am is enough”, adding “I am worthy of love and of my dreams”. We wish Monika all the best for this Eurovision season, and we hope her time in Liverpool is filled with joy.
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Iru teases “Echo” acoustic version
Get ready for another acoustic Eurovision 2023 track. On TikTok, Georgia’s Iru said the acoustic version of her song “Echo” is coming soon. Stay tuned!
The acustic version of ECHO is coming soon…🤍♬ needed me rihanna – xxtristanxo
Additional reporting by Scarlett Kao.
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Duuuuude, I love Theodor’s rendition of Croatia and Sweden’s songs. Its so lovely to see contestants who have a genuine interest in the contest enjoying themselves like this.
Wow! What a Talent! Really like Teodor Andrei’s medley. Sure, he will deliver in Liverpool. Will call for him.
Theodor shows again how much he loves ESC. He is so talented. I hope he will do every year a medley like this.
I absolutely LOVE Theodor’s video medley…what a talented singer he is !! I also much prefer his version of Tattoo….full version please! Excited to see his follow up videos with the other songs. I do not understand the hate his song gets either…i like it and think he is great.
I hope Theodor will change his staging completely. The song itself is not bad. But something is very interesting about these covers. Theodor is a good singer and made some songs better. But he also showed how good Alika and Dilja are. You can’t cover them 🙂
He revamped his song significantly so I believe that staging will indeed be different.
I am so obsessed with Theodor’s rendition of Tattoo, wasn’t a fan of the song but he elevated it to a new level! The boy is amazing!
I know he has his haters, but I personally love Theodor and his song. And I have to admit, he put a firecracker in some of those songs!
Theodor is spectacular. I love the rock version of Solo.
Why charge fifteen pounds into the EuroVillage? Sad. Seems to go against the whole spirit of the event.
Somehow I agree. But last year I was outside the Eurovision Village in Turin about three hours before the final show was about to start. It was impossible to get in and hundreds (or thousands) of people were outside without getting any information about if the park was full or not. Some British guy had been standing there waiting five hours without information. I was deeply dissapointed and we ended up watching the show on television in the appartment instead. Pre-buying tickets will at least guarantee an entry to the park, and hopefully avoid the stress and dissappointment especielly for… Read more »
Better organization or a bigger venue is the answer to that. Maybe the money will go to a good cause, they could at least do that.
There will never be a venue big enough. I agree with your idealism though.
“Some British guy had been standing there waiting five hours without information. I was deeply dissapointed and we ended up watching the show on television in the appartment instead.”
Do you mean you and the British guy watched it in an apartment?
No, the British guy was just a random guy me and my friend started talking to. ?