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Duncan Laurence tested positive on COVID19

Duncan Laurence has tested positive on COVID19. That has been announced today by EBU. Yesterday, Laurence had mild symptoms. Therefore, he was tested. The EBU stated the following on this: “Duncan Laurence, winner of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest for the Netherlands and was scheduled to perform live during Saturday’s Grand Final, has tested positive for COVID-19, his management and the Host Broadcaster have confirmed. Duncan has mild symptoms. Because of the 7 day minimum isolation period, Duncan will not be able to perform live in the Ahoy venue in Rotterdam, but will still feature in the show in a different form. Last Monday, Duncan tested negative in the Eurovision Test Pavilion, which granted him access to the venue for his performance in the first Semi-Final. On Wednesday, he showed mild symptoms and then unfortunately delivered a positive result in a rapid antigen test. “We are of course disappointed, first of all for Duncan, who deserves a live performance on our very own Eurovision stage after his 2019 victory and the worldwide success of Arcade,” Sietse Bakker, Executive Producer, said. “We couldn’t be more proud of his opening act for the first Semi-Final. Of course we wish Duncan a speedy recovery!” “Duncan is very disappointed, he has been looking forward to this for two years. We are very happy that he will still be seen in the final on Saturday, May 22,” his management said. A strict COVID-19 health and safety protocol is being applied at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. All those working within the perimeter of the venue must be in possession of a negative COVID-19 test, not older than 48 hours. Since 6 April, when the load-in started in Ahoy, over 24,400 tests have been conducted amongst crew, volunteers, artists, delegation members and press. Only 16 of those (0.06%) have returned positive results. In most cases, they were from people who hadn’t previously been to the venue, or who hadn’t been there recently. To date, no infections have been conclusively traced back to the venue.” in cooperation with Eurovision Artists  

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In the spotlight: Iceland-Daði & Gagnamagnið

Tonight is the night… the 2nd semifinal of the Eurovision Song Contest. 17 countries compete for a place in the final, including Iceland with Daði & Gagnamagnið. But who are they actually? (It was announced yesterday( May 19th 2021) that one of the members, Jóhann Sigurður Jóhannsson, has tested positive for Covid-19. The entire band is in quarantine, and at least they will not be performing live at Ahoy tonight. footage from their rehearsals on May 13) Daði (full name: Daði Freyr Pétursson) was born on June 30, 1992 in Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. Shortly after his birth, he moved to Denmark, only to return to Iceland, Ásahreppur, at the age of 9, where he spent his childhood. From an early age he has been involved in music, playing drums, piano and bass guitar. In 2012 he founded the band RetRoBot, with which he won Músíktilraunir, a national competition for emerging talent. The band disbanded in 2014, after which Daði left for Berlin, where he still lives, for musical training. In 2017 he founded Gagnamagnið (Meaning: Amount of Dates), together with his sister Sigrún Birna Pétursdóttir and his wife Árný Fjóla Ásmundsdóttir, and childhood friends Hulda Kristín Kolbrúnardóttir (backing vocalist), Stefán Hannóðursson (dancer), and Jóðóðursson (dancer), and Jóðursson . Árný and Daði have 1 daughter together, Áróra Björg, and are expecting their second child at the end of 2021. In 2017 they participate with Söngvakeppn in the Icelandic preselection for the Eurovision Song Contest, and become 2nd. They were already performing in what would become their trademark; the signature green sweaters, on which an avatar of themselves is printed, inspired by Daði’s greatest hobby; Lego.   In 2020 they will give it another try and they win.  The 2020 Eurovision Song Contest was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but Iceland was declared the unofficial winner of the festival. In October 2020, Icelandic public broadcaster Ríkisútvarpið, confirmed  that Daði & Gagnamagnið was chosen internally to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021, in which they will participate with the song “Ten Years”. Anyone who thinks that tonight’s act is a gathering of accidentally awkward dance steps will be disappointed. Nothing at all has been left to chance. Everything, but everything is thought out, practiced and executed in detail. The costumes were devised and made by themselves, including the rings, which were designed by sister Sigrún (student goldsmith). They are also high in the polls this year. They will certainly make it to the final. Despite the dire circumstances, we wish Daði & Gagnamagnið a lot of success.   In Cooperation with Eurovision Artists Photo-Video Credits: EBU  

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2nd semifinal overview

The 2nd semifinal also opens with beautiful images of the Netherlands. Eefje de Visser and the ballet with Redouan Ait Chitt can then be seen on stage in Ahoy. After that we see the presenters. Edsilia Rombley stands out most because of her bright green dress, and what you cannot see from afar: Nikkie de Jager’s dress has stitching in the colors of the trans flag. San Marino: Senhit wears one thing around her head at the start of her act. It most closely resembles an icon, and at the first rehearsal there were also images of Christ on it. They were later replaced by photos of Flo Rida, but they are now redundant because Flo Rida is on stage herself. We are absolutely sure of a place in the finale. Estonia: Uku Suviste had to fight for his place at the 2021 festival himself, even though he was already the candidate in 2020. Still, many feel that he got so many votes this year out of pity. He is a good singer, but with this song he really does not convince us. No Eurovision final for Estonia this year. Czech Republic: In recent days, Benny Cristo has been everywhere. Now that he is on stage, we still feel that he has forgotten to take that energy with him into Ahoy. We get a very strong feeling something is missing. His voice is not perfect either. We think it is not impossible for Benny to reach the final, but it will be hard. Greece: Stefania, who represents Greece, is secretly also a bit from the Netherlands, because she comes from Uitrecht. Greece has pulled out the technical gadgets of the greenscreen, which makes it seem as if the dancers are invisible. You only see their clothes. In addition, Stefania seems to float through the city. Greece, Stefania in the lead, makes something beautiful out of it. She will very likely reach the final. Austria: Another prayer, again “Amen”. David Bueno sings a ballad in which he can let us hear his strong voice. The staging has been kept simple. With the LED light around him, the whole thing is still spectacular. If Belgium succeeds on quality alone, you would say that Austria succeeds too. We think that’s what’s gonna happen. Poland: Hardly anyone believes in the Polish entry. The question that arises is whether Rafal does that himself. Rafal is on stage with four dancers and wears sunglasses. All fine, but with his song he doesn’t seem to impress for a single moment during the entire song. No final for Poland this year. Then Nikkie de Jager shows up. She gives the floor to Molly Sandén, who sang the soundtrack of “Eurovision Song Contest: the story of Fire Saga”. We also see Jeangu Macrooy pass by for a short while. Moldova: Natalia Gordienko once played a (scantily clad) supporting role, now she plays a leading role in the Moldovan entry about sugar, surrounded by dancers. Lots of pink on stage, but we still have the feeling that the Moldovan team has run out of sugar. Unfortunately, Moldova makes very little impression. However, it can still reach the final. Iceland: Do you see the Icelanders? In fact you don’t really see them, because they are not allowed to enter the stage stage. So you will see a recording of one of the rehearsals. The green sweater and the wicked dance: it has been thought through. Same goes for the instruments. We can reveal that they are not real. Still, it looks like a slick show. Nobody has any doubts about a place in the finale. Serbia: There is something weird about the Serbian entry: unlike you might expect, the ladies can sing quite good. Their dance is a bit stiff. Unlike the song, the Hurricane ladies themselves are not really rocking. Our entire team expects the girls to be in the final. Georgia: Before the festival, Tornike Kipriani grumbled that it was a shame you had to participate in such a shit show. Now he brings his ballad with verve with his Leonard Cohen-like voice. It is not such a shit show. Georgia is not going to reach the final. Albania: Just like two years ago, Albania has remained close to its own culture. The song is sung in Albanian. Lots of red and green smoke, especially in the second half a kind of golden glow like the setting sun. Does the Albanian trick work twice in a row? It’s not impossible, but it will be difficult. Portugal: Nobody gave a cent for the Portuguese entry beforehand. But with the right staging, people are no longer so sure that this will go wrong. Portugal starts in the time when the world was still in black and white, to bring some color to the stage halfway through the song. Portugal can be the big surprise in the final. Then Chantal Janzen will reveal that we are going to see former winners this Saturday. In the meantime she talks to Helena Paparizou (ESF05). Bulgaria: Victoria sits on a rock in the middle of a virtual sea. The picture is one of her and her father. That picture is dear to her because of her and her father. The father has ALS and therefore cannot be in Rotterdam. Viktoria’s vocals are fantastic as always. Bulgaria in the final? Was that a question? We know the answer: yes. Finland: You may not raise your middle finger in the family program that the Eurovision song contest is: then you paint it red. A number of metal fans were angry that the song is called metal. So, dear reader, this is not metal. It is enjoyable for those who like heavy rock. Or would people who enjoy enjoyment get angry now? Anyway, we will see Finland back in the final. Latvia: Samanta Tina brings a song that is extremely suitable for getting everything out of the closet in an act. We don’t understand why she doesn’t.

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Press conference Hosts Eurovision

Today we followed the press conference of Edsilia, Nikkie, Jan and Chantal, the hosts of this years Eurovision Song Contest. After last night’s first live show, the quartet was highly praised. They themselves experienced, especially the opening as emotional and wonderful: “When the doors opened, (and we had rehearsed it so many times), there was suddenly the real audience, the applause. It was fantastic. “ The four presenters with completely different backgrounds tell that each with their own talent completes the total picture of the qualities of the quartet. As Nikkie says: “When I need a moment of reassurance, I look at Jan, he has no nerves, Chantal teaches me: This is our house, with our rules, WE do this, and when I need the laugh of the day, then I look at Edsilia. ” She also says that in every dress she wears, the colors of the rain bloom flag have been incorporated, as an expression of support to the LGBTQI+ community. Jan told us that he was somewhat insecure in terms of language. He is used to speaking in Dutch and German, English is a bit more difficult for him. Often he wants to be too quick not to be left behind. He realizes that he must maintain his calm and his own pace in this, so as not to stumble over his own words. When asked whether he would like to participate again as an artist in the Festival, he replies in the negative: “I once had that ambition, but I left a number of years behind me. The Eurovision Song Contest is for young people, and I think I’m too old now ” To our question to Edsilla: You participated twice as an artist (she participated at eurovision in 1998 and 2007). What’s more exciting: Participate as a host, or as a singer? she replied: “My heart is with the artists. When I see them backstage I know how they feel. In my heart I am a singer, but this, I have never done anything as big as this, is really great ” Chantal picked up the moments with technical problems during the jury rehearsal and live show flawlessly. As a presenter of various live shows, she did not panic, but made the best of it. She confirms that she is the right person to handle these kinds of moments. She jokes: “In addition to “In de maneschijn ”I have rehearsed 80 songs for moments like this” The quartet comes across as relaxed and relaxed, and they look forward to the next live shows… Just like us.

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Eurovision romance in the air

Eurovision romance in the air!    There have been some rumors going around that there is a love story going on between two artists from Eurovision 2021. It all started when Norwegian Tix wrote a love song dedicated to Azerbaijan and hinted someone with a name starting with an E should see it.    https://www.instagram.com/p/COuekxTHAQK/?utm_medium=copy_link    After this adorable song, Tix decided to send some gifts to Efendi’s dressing room. He surprised her with beautiful flowers and milk chocolate.   Video reaction of Efendi.  In response, Efendi also sent gifts to Tix’ dressing room. With the gifts, she also wrote a note proposing a question: “where would you like to go with me? 1) dinner, 2) Baku or 3) Grand Final”. Tix was very surprised and sang “Can you feel the love tonight” in response.   Video reaction Tix. https://www.instagram.com/p/COzrjqTHnia/?utm_medium=copy_link   Tix also posted another Instagram video of him covering the Pokemon theme song after a so called ‘night of drinks’:  “I had a crush on the very best, like no one ever was. The language is my real test, to meet her is my cause. I will travel across Ahoy, searching far and wide.  Teach Efendi to understand, the power that’s inside. Efendi! Gotta meet her!  It’s you and me I know it’s my destiny! Efendi, oh be my girlfriend In a world we must defend  Efendi! Gotta meet her! A heart so true Our courage will pull us through You like me and I like you Efendi! Eurovision love, eurovision love Efendi!”  https://www.instagram.com/tv/CO5IOusnIqI/?utm_medium=copy_link       The two love birds were later spotted, by Wiwibloggs, on a socially distant encounter:      Efendi made the next move with a song and music video dedicated to Tix:  “I know that when you look at me  There’s so much that you just don’t see  But if you would only take the time  I know in my heart you’d find  Youre prepared to fight  Who knows what’s right or wrong  If you respect this side of me  I think we’ll get along  I wanna sing to you  I wanna sing to you  We’re both in semi 1  Grand final here we come  I wanna sing with you  I wanna sing with you  Tell me, will we cry   Or will we qualify?”    You can watch their Eurovision Saga develop here:  https://youtu.be/lYryAOtvDX8  

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Icelandic broadcaster: COVID infection among Daði og Gagnamagnið (UPDATE)

One of the members of the Icelandic group Daði og Gagnamagnið, Jóhann Sigurður Jóhannsson, has been tested positive on COVID19. Icelandic head of press Rúnar Freyr Gíslason stated this on the website of Icelandic broadcaster RÚV. The positive test makes it unlikely that the Icelandic team will perform today at the rehearsals. It is also unlikely that the group will perform in the live show tomorrow. It is, according to Gíslasson, not sure whether Daði og Gagnamagnið will perform on Saturday if they reach the final. It is likely that one of the recordings of previous rehearsals will be used for the live broadcasts where the group can’t take the stage in person. A statement by EBU has not been made yet. To be continued…. UPDATE: A statement from the EBU says the following: “In close collaboration with the EBU and the host broadcaster, Daði og Gagnamagnið have taken the difficult decision to withdraw from performing in this year’s live Eurovision Song Contest shows, as they only want to perform together as a group. Their song will remain in the competition and we will broadcast their rehearsal performance, recorded on the stage on 13 May.” photo credits: EBU

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Reactions: the artists who missed the final

Six countries, so six artists missed the final yesterday evening. Five of them already knew they would go to Eurovision more than a year ago. They were supposed to represent their country in the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. Only the Croatian Albina was recently selected for the contest. Most of them showed a reaction at their social media. We did a small view: Vasil (North Macedonia) and Roxen (Romania) haven’t given a reaction so far. Montaigne did, but she did not mention her result in Eurovision in it. She says that it is a good moment to advertise for a t-shirt she wore. Albina (Croatia): Did we make you dancin’ ? Well that’s most important! Sending you a lot of positive energy, and thank you for the love you are sending us. Everything happens for a reason – can’t wait to see what’s coming for me next. Lesley Roy (Ireland): I gave it my all for Ireland for the last 18+ months! I am so grateful for such an amazing team and creative staging. This Eurovision experience has been so memorable during such a historic time for everyone across the globe. Thank you @rteone, @michaelkealy1, everyone on my team, my friends, my family, my wife and the Irish cousins. Ana Soklic: There’s only one life and in Christ.. everything is.. already DONE! She places a YouTube video of the song “Everything is done” by Kim Burrell. Team Eurovision Universe would like to thank them all for being in the Eurovision Song Contest. in cooperation with Eurovision Artists.

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Qualifiers 1st Semi Final

After tonight’s show, the 10 qualifiers (in random order) are: Lithuania. The Roop – Discotheque Belgium. Hooverphonic – The wrong place Russia. Manizha – Russian Woman Sweden. Tusse – Voices Cyprus – Elena – El Diablo Azerbaijan – Efendi – Mata Hari Ukraine – Go_A – Shum Malta – Destiny – Je me casse Israel – Eden – Set me free Norway – TIX – Fallen Angel We will see them back in the grand Final on Saturday.

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Flo Rida arrived in the Netherlands

It was the biggest questionmark of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest: will Flo Rida perform in Rotterdam? San Marinese representative Senhit said that we all have to find out. Tonight, we found out: Flo Rida arrived on Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. That is what Senhit posted on her instagram. Senhit and Flo Rida will perform in the 2nd semifinal, upcoming thursday.

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What is it the artists want to tell us?

The last few hours before the first semifinal…. some of the artists are still posting messages for us on social media. We collected some of the messages for you: The Roop (Lithuania): We have very good news for those who live in: Australia, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Cyprus, Israel, Ireland, Italy, North Macedonia, Norway, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Sweden, The Netherlands, Ukraine. You will have an opportunity to support us TODAY Share the message. Montaigne (Australia): international followers! if you love technicolour as much as I do, you can vote for me during the eurovision semi-final 1 live broadcast. details on how you can vote below. my number is 05. Vasil (North Macedonia): One heart united in music. I invite you all to stand tall with me, send me your love, energy, and if I deserve it … your vote. * Thank you for you! Lesley Roy (Ireland): Today is Semi Final One 9pm CET! Vote Song 7 #Eurovision I’m so happy it’s finally here. Albina (Croatia): Wonder Woman don’t you ever forget, You’re divine. Eden Alene (Israel) does not text anything but shares a video. We see her walking through Ahoy. Go_A (Ukraine): Last night we had two performances at the dress rehearsal of Eurovision 2021 before the jury. Even technology could not withstand our crazy energy  But technical problems with the sound did not prevent us from performing with dignity. It will start at 22:00 on UA Pershiy @ 1tv.ua and STB @stbua  

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