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, Mimicat and Joker Out join the part at wiwibloggs’ LUSH Liverpool Lounge, and Let 3 host a Reddit AMA session. But first…
Eurovision 2023 news round-up: Thursday 20 April
Mimicat and Joker Out confirmed for LUSH Liverpool Lounge
Wiwibloggs is taking over LUSH Liverpool for two weeks starting on 28 April — and the class of Eurovision 2023 is joining us. Our first acts confirmed to appear at the LUSH lounge are Portugal’s Mimicat and Slovenia’s Joker Out. They’ll join us on the top floor of the world’s biggest LUSH store, performing their Eurovision tracks and taking part in fan meet and greets — all for free. Keep an eye on our socials to see who else will be joining the fun!
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King Charles to visit Liverpool ahead of Eurovision 2023
King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla will visit Liverpool next Wednesday 26 April to meet with the Eurovision 2023 presenters and UK entry Mae Muller. In the Liverpool Arena, His Royal Highness will turn on the lights to reveal the Eurovision stage in its full glory.
"King Charles III will officially turn the lights on to reveal what the Eurovision Song Contest stage will look like, Buckingham Palace has announced."— Tom O'Donoghue ??? (@tomodo) April 20, 2023
A sentence you couldn't imagine only a year ago
Loreen snatches wigs in London
Eurovision icon Loreen has been figuratively snatching wigs for over a decade with her music. But in between her engagements in London, the Swedish star also did it physically. Professional dancer and social media influencer Austyn Farrell invited Loreen to be part of a TikTok montage of her songs. Austyn opens things up by delivering some slick choreography to “Euphoria” whilst in drag. Then who should appear than Loreen herself — she snatches Austyn’s wig and then shows him how it’s done by lip-syncing to her 2023 entry “Tattoo”. (Jonathan)
@austyn_farrell When @Loreen stops by and wants to snatch ya wig…you let her 👑 😍 For me this was such a moment dancing for and alongside loreen! A college I got to perform to her songs and now I got to do it with her 💃🏻 Jo Dyce 💃🏻 Zoe p 🎥 Alan Thank you! #eurovision #eurovision2023 #Ad ♬ Fighters – OctaSounds
Mimicat’s dancers continue to rehearse
Mimicat has promised changes to her performance for Liverpool — we know that there won’t be a sofa like at Festival da Canção. But it seems she will be retaining the four dancers from her grand final performance. The fierce foursome have shared footage of themselves rehearsing their choreography. For now, most of this seems the same as the national final. (Jonathan)
#Eurovision #Mimicatchy— Festival da Canção ?? Archive/News (@fdcarchive) April 19, 2023
Mimicat 's dancers with new choreography! pic.twitter.com/6rCTJWXJf2
Croatia’s Let 3 host Reddit AMA
Ever wondered what goes on in the minds of Let 3? Well, now you know. The Croatian wonders went live on the Eurovision subreddit today to host an Ask Me Anything (AMA) session, chatting all things “Mama SC”. They answered questions about their musical image, LGBTQ+ rights in Croatia, and the inspiration behind their lyrics. NSFW warning — things get a little adult and sexual in the thread. Viewer discretion is advised.
Käärijä leads Germany’s song check after two shows
Germany is broadcasting its Eurovision preview show this week. Two episodes of ESC-Songcheck have aired so far, looking at all the acts in semi-final one plus half of the automatic qualifiers (Spain, France and Italy). The result is determined by a 50:50 split between an online public vote and a jury (which features Austria’s Eurovision 2018 star Cesár Sampson). Norway’s Alessandra and Finland’s Käärijä topped the two shows, with the latter leading the overall standings. Based on the ranking of just those acts in semi-final one, the non-qualifiers would be Netherlands, Portugal, Azerbaijan, Switzerland and Ireland.
The final two shows take place this Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd. (Jonathan)
Blanka films Poland’s Eurovision postcard
Poland’s Blanka is up next to share behind the scenes footage from her Eurovision 2023 postcard shoot. In the Physics Department at the University of Warsaw, the model-come-singer danced and partied with students on the top floor of the prestigious education institution.
Let's go back to school with Blanka, who brings us the BTS of her postcard from the University of Warsaw ?#Eurovision2023 pic.twitter.com/kGzJwwiHu2— BBC Eurovision (@bbceurovision) April 20, 2023
Additional reporting from Jonathan Vautrey.
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Camilla and Charles need some Eurovision glory because no one cares about the coronation other than some old people living in another century. We live in a period of high inflation, high costs of living, people are homeless and cannot feed their children, yet we see stupid coronations of rich people (he didn’t pay inheritance tax and he’s worth 2B).
Happy to see the whole country behind Eurovision tho!
Charles likes Ireland 1996 by the way!
Oops, wrong place. Ignore.
It felt as if we were in a different space
(You’re in the wrong place)
It’s “KING CHARLES III” and “QUEEN CAMILLA”. It’s important.
It’s ridiculous to attach the “consort” to her title just because she is not the first wife of Charles. She’s no different to Queens Silvia, Sonja, Mathilde, Máxima, or any of the others out there.
Not that “Queen” by itself is any less ridiculous, of course.
I think that “consort” was used right in the aftermath of the passing of HM QE2 who had been a Queen Regnant. Her husband Philip had been a Prince by birth and a Duke upon marriage. Commentators could distiguish between Queen Elizabeth 2 as the “Queen” and Queen Camilla as “Queen Consort” when using their titles only and not the first names when used in the same context of the passing and the ceremonies. When the head of state is the King, the Queen is implicitly “consort”, no need to mention that fact. Thus we have His Majesty King Charles… Read more »
That all seems reasonable, for now. Next up, gender equality. A male consort known as King. A gay monarch, meaning two kings, or two queens. A non-binary monarch, meaning perhaps a new title.
The Dutch have already allowed the possibility for the next in line – a Princess – to have same-sex partner.
Yes I see what you mean.
it is not important for normal people.
meanwhile Alessandra’s full italian version slays, Regina Dei Re would be huge competition for Loreen
<3 <3 <3
His Majesty The King! Her Majesty The Queen!!
Wiwibloggs, have you had the chance to interview Theodor Andrei at any pre-party? He is part also from ESC family. Please do not ignore him. Thanks!
Serbia, Spain and Portugal are all in the bottom 7 of those 18 entries the German Songcheck reviewed, were those voters actually sober? It seems like all of these irrelevant preview shows around Europe might as well be canceled due to an extremely severe lack of taste…
Again like for all the polls it’s just for the fun and it’s just a way to present the songs to the local audience before Eurovision. They don’t pretend to represent something or to predict the future results, it’s only a panel with few people, at the end there are millions of people around the world who will vote and not only 8 or 10 people in a TV studio.
Also, different taste does not mean lack of taste. It just means different taste…..
This “different taste” you’re talking about is just a massive cop-out to justify clueless and entitled voters ignoring the few artists that truly deserve to be rewarded, and I’m not having that at all.
Remember when Charles represented the UK, back in 1987?
Not something I could remember but I’ve not seen this before, so it’s very interesting to see. It manages to pull off being both a fun mockery and slightly celebratory. Sad to see that Diana was obviously a perenially tragic figure.
I always appreciate all of the various Eurovision references you pull up! You have a deep well of references to British comedy too.
Thank you! My well isn’t as deep as it seems, just some classics. A lot of the newer names that can sell out big arenas I don’t know at all.
Do you know the classic Goodness Gracious Me? It’s one of my absolute favourite examples of British comedy.
By name only. Without googling, I could not tell you anything about it – sounds like it’s worth looking into, though!