Your daily Eurovision 2023 news bulletin has landed. In the build-up to this year’s song contest kicking off in Liverpool, the team here at wiwibloggs is bringing you all the latest updates from the Eurovision world.
In today’s daily digest, Mia Nicolai receives a special message from her childhood hero, and Loreen meets a British drag legend. But first…
Eurovision 2023 news round-up: Tuesday 18 April
TuralTuranX go busking in London
Off the back of their performance at the London Eurovision Party 2023, Azerbaijan’s TuralTuranX stuck around in the British capital for a spot of busking. The Baghmanov twins bumped into London street performer Jordan Carvalho, teaming up for a rendition of James Blunt’s “You’re Beautiful”.
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Monika Linkyte performs surprise gig in Soho
The pre-party circuit may be over, but the class of Eurovision 2023 isn’t done. Lithuania’s Monika Linkyte stayed in London after the London Eurovision Party and performed a small setlist at Soho’s Ganton Arms pub tonight.
lovely London people, if someone is around Soho tonight, Im gonna play some new stuff and #eurovision song at Ganton Arms tonight 8pm ? seeeee yaaaaaaaaa— Monika Linkyte (@MonikaLinkyte) April 18, 2023
Alexander Rybak sends Mia Nicolai special personal message
Dutch Eurovision 2023 songstress Mia Nicolai has made it no secret that Norway’s Alexander Rybak was her childhood idol. The violinist was a true inspiration for the “Burning Daylight” singer. As a surprise, the podcast Songfestival Troubadours surprised her with a special personal message from the “Fairytale” star. Mia burst into tears during the podcast. She said: “It makes me cry! (…) It is so special when you as a child dream about something… And especially then, I had a difficult time. I was severely bullied. And that was such a hope I got from [watching Eurovision 2009]. That’s why it is touching me. I took so much hope from watching videos of him. It took an important role in my life.” (Renske)
Loreen continues press tour in the UK
She touched down in London for the final pre-party of the Eurovision season on Sunday, but Loreen’s not done yet. The hot favourite to win this year’s competition is Liverpool is keeping the hype going by embarking on a press tour of the UK. Today, she talked to Fleur East on Hits Radio UK, and filmed some content with internet legend and drag extraordinaire Bailey J. Mills.
Victor Vernicos reveals his favourite Danish Eurovision entries
Greek-Danish superstar Victor Vernicos is celebrating his roots today as he revealed his top five favourite Danish Eurovision entries of all time. Fifth place went to “Never Ever Let You Go” by Rollo & King, fourth place to “Vi Maler Byen Rød” by Birthe Kjaer, third to “Dansevise” by Grethe and Jørgen Ingmann, second to The Olsen Brother’s “Fly on the Wings of Love”, and first to Emmelie de Forest’s “Only Teardrops”.
@victorvernicos 🇬🇷🇩🇰 JEG ELSKER DIG DANMARK 🇩🇰🇬🇷#eurovisiondenmark #eurovision #denmark #danishmusic ♬ original sound – Victor Vernicos
Additional reporting from Renske ten Veen.