Your daily Eurovision news bulletin is here. Every weekday 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 news from the world of Eurovision. We scroll through social media to find all the gossip — big or small — so y’all don’t have to.
In today’s daily digest, Merseyrail unveils their Eurovision train and Loreen looses poll position in the OGAE poll. But first…
Eurovision 2023 news round-up: Monday 24 April
Eurovision tickets sell out
The second wave of Eurovision tickets went on sale today at 12:00 BST. And as expected, they got snatched up quickly. Grand final tickets sold out within 40 minutes.
The majority of Eurovision 2023 tickets that went on sale today have now been sold. A small number of tickets are still available to purchase for some shows.— BBC Eurovision (@bbceurovision) April 24, 2023
For those of you with tickets, we’ll see you in Liverpool. And to everyone else, we’ll see you on BBC One!
Belgium, Georgia, Ukraine, Lithuania, Poland and San Marino join the LUSH Liverpool Lounge
LUSH Liverpool’s third floor will be wiwibloggs headquarters for Eurovision season. A selection of artists will join us in the lounge to perform their songs, answer questions from fans, and take selfies and write autographs. Georgia’s IRU, Ukraine’s TVORCHI, Lithuania’s Monika Linkyte, Poland’s Blanka, Belgium’s Gustaph and San Marino’s Piqued Jacks will all appear at the LUSH Liverpool Lounge this May.
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Käärijä takes the lead in the 2023 OGAE poll
After receiving most of the early 12 points, many thought Loreen would be the clear winner of this year’s OGAE poll. But the Swedish star has some competition. After a surge of top points recently, Finland’s Käärijä has now surpassed the 2012 winner to take the lead. The “Cha Cha Cha” singer has a three-point lead after 29 clubs have voted. There’s still a lot to play for, but by the end of the week we’ll have the final results. (Jonathan)
Lord Of The Lost shoot their postcard at Hamburg harbour
Next up to preview their postcards for Eurovision 2023 is Germany’s Lord of the Lost, who headed to Hamburg’s harbour for a nautical clip. We saw them pulling power poses, before hopping onto a boat down the River Elbe. We can expect rambunctious behaviour on the water, and plenty of exquisite eyeliner.
The rock band also shared a cover of the United Kingdom’s entry this year, Mae Muller’s “I Wrote A Song”. The piano-led tribute provided a genre binding version of the track, especially when paired with lead singer Chris Harms’ gravelly vocal. (Lucy)
LOTL covering „I Wrote A Song“ by MAE MULLER— Lord Of The Lost (@LordOfTheLost) April 24, 2023
In the spirit of „United By Music“, we’ve done a couple of short acoustic cover versions of a selection of the other ESC artists.
Today: @maemuller_ – „I Wrote A Song“#maemuller #lordofthelost #eurovision #eurovision2023 @Eurovision pic.twitter.com/EWCwASszpk
Marco Mengoni performs on German TV
Marco Mengoni appeared on German TV programme Die Giovanni Zarrella Show over the weekend. Whilst there, he gave the first live performance of the three-minute “Due Vite” revamp. Marco sang under a spotlight whilst six backing dancers stood on boxes to either side of him. (Jonathan)
Käärijä wins Germany’s Songcheck
Germany’s preview show Songcheck came to a culmination on Saturday evening. The results of the jury and voting public were revealed for the last batch of this year’s competing songs. In the end, it was Finland’s Käärijä who emerged as the winner. The rest of the top five was made up of Austria, Norway, Slovenia and Sweden.
Meanwhile, Danny Estrin from Voyager stopped by the Songcheck studio. He was born in Germany but has now been living in Australia for 30 years. (Jonathan)
Vielen Dank an Danny von @Voyagerau für den Besuch in unserem Songcheck-Studio! ?? Den vierten #Songcheck mit Australien ?? – und alle anderen Shows findet ihr unter https://t.co/5GGlQMrdit. pic.twitter.com/07radQkb9T— ESC Deutschland (@eurovisionde) April 23, 2023
Merseyrail unveils Liverpool Eurovision trains
Merseyrail just got a makeover. The Liverpool City Region rail operator has traded out its signature yellow and grey for a United By Music themed train, carrying passengers on style throughout the Eurovision season.
Additional reporting by Jonathan Vautrey and Lucy Surtee.