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Malmö messages: Fire, costume changes, sand and tradition

“Pedestal” is the entry that Aiko brings for the Czech Republic. The Czech team announced, although they had said this before, that they would be depicting the five stages of grief. By now, Aiko has reached the fifth stage, acceptance. The four dancers represent denial, anger, bargaining, and depression. The dancers are dressed in black. Aiko herself too, with wide-legged pants. The lighting mainly consists of red and black. And if we are to believe eurovision.tv, there will be flames throughout the song. The ESCZ Instagram account had images of this, but unfortunately removed it. Austria has a costume change act. During her song “We Will Rave,” Kaleen starts in a long white coat with a train, which she later removes. Underneath, she wears a glittery outfit and matching boots. All this takes place under an inverted pyramid, where she and her four dancers perform. The men wear huge sunglasses. Dance plays a major role in this act. Eurovision.tv reports that Kaleen wears a different coat during the second rehearsal. And there’s a lot of smoke. We’re very curious about the singing in this song. In contrast to Austria, Denmark’s performance is static: Saba sings her song “Sand” entirely in one spot. She stands on a raised platform. She wears, as during the national final, a white pant suit. Her pockets are filled with sand which she then scatters across the stage. Behind her, a large LED version of herself is projected. The smoke machine is in full operation. As we move to Armenia, we see a circle of torches. Amidst them, Ladaniva sings their song “Jako.” Singer Jaklin Baghdasaryan wears traditional Armenian attire and has her hair in traditional braids. Many traditional Armenian images are also seen on the LED screens and the cube above the duo.

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Malmö messages: a bunch of dancers and a singer dressed in fur

Today, the favorite Switzerland takes the stage. Will Nemo live up to their role? We will see. For Malta, Sarah Bonnici will perform. She will sing “Loop” while incorporating dance moves she showcased during the national final. Sarah wears a silver swimsuit, and four dancers lift, place, and dance around her. The graphics display various colors. The dance break has been changed somewhat (so there is one!) and the act naturally ends with fireworks. photo: EBU/Sarah-Louise Bennett Albania is represented by Besa, who sings “Titan” in English. She is accompanied by two backing vocalists and three dancers. More dancers are visible on the LED screens. Besa wears a blue bodysuit with white sleeves. The lighting alternates between red and blue. photo: EBU/Corinne Cumming Marina Satti will sing “Zari” for Greece. She wears a purple skirt and black boots, accompanied by four dancers in the act. During the act, she will showcase some street dance. The dancers, three men and one woman, somewhat resemble Marina’s personal gang. There are many close-ups according to eurovision.tv. They also report that the act is based on the same idea as the music video. photo: EBU/Sarah-Louise Bennett The favorite in the betting odds is Nemo, who sings “The Code” for Switzerland. According to eurovision.tv, Nemo doesn’t disappoint in their act. However, we decide for ourselves whether we are disappointed or not. So far, we have no reason to be. Nemo wears fur, though we’re unsure if it’s real or fake. It’s pink and white, and even their boots match. Nemo stands on a platform with a diameter of about two to three meters, which moves. This allows them to climb on it, jump off, and dance on it. photo: EBU/Corinne Cumming in collaboration with Eurovision Artists

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🇸🇪 News about the postcards revealed

Swedish broadcaster SVT shared what the Postcards will before each singer’s performance will be like. People watching the Eurovision Song Contest 2024 from home can expect a new way of meeting the 37 artists competing in Malmö. The Postcards before each performance will now be much kinder to the environment. They’ll also be more personal, giving viewers a special greeting from the singer. These Postcards will also show a little bit of each country’s history in the Eurovision Song Contest. Per Blankens, who works on the TV show, explained the idea behind this year’s Postcards: “For the postcards this year we decided on a fun challenge. What if the postcards could be sent to us rather than us traveling in order to save the environment – and money. After all, they are called postcards.” With the Postcards being made in a greener way, we also get to see where each artist is coming from more clearly. Now, the artists themselves hold the camera, so we see things from their perspective, not from someone else’s. source: eurovision.tv  

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Malmö Messages: many cubes, flashy graphics and white clothes

For Azerbaijan, Fahree and Ilkin Dovlatov will perform this year. They sing a song with an Azerbaijani title, but mainly sung in English. Dressed in black and silver, they sing their song, with Ilkin taking on the traditional Azerbaijani mugham vocals, especially in the second half of the performance. Before that, Fahree stands alone on stage, with graphics of a figure slowly emerging from the water. Hands play a prominent role in this. photo: EBU/Sarah Cumming Electric Fields is the duo representing Australia with “One Milkali (One Blood).” No one had seen a live performance of this song yet. Zaachariaha Fielding, half of the duo, wears a white dress. The graphics initially depict a rainbow, later described as an explosion of color and light by eurovision.tv. Zaachariaha and Michael Ross are surrounded by cubes. The whole presentation is very flashy. photo: EBU/Sarah Louise Bennett Portugal is represented by Iolanda singing “Grito.” She performs in the same manner as during the Portuguese selection round. Iolanda is surrounded by five dancers dressed in white and masked. Above the heads of the six, a large cube is visible. photo: EBU/Sarah Louise Bennett For the first time since 1993, Luxembourg is on the stage. Tali will sing “Fighter” for this country. She herself wears a dark bodysuit, her dancers wear red, but not uniformly. They use some kind of white blocks during the performance. Everything is visible: smoke, fireworks, and flames. The whole presentation looks very flashy. photo: EBU/Sarah Louise Bennett in collaboration with Eurovision Artists

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Malmö Messages: returning artists, strong women and underwear

Iceland is represented this year, 14 years after her participation in 2010, by Hera Björk. This time, she sings “Scared of Heights”. She starts on a sort of black platform. She has swapped her reddish-brown dress for a golden one with fringes. She is alone on stage without dancers. We see lots of lasers in the background. It seems like Hera is mainly focusing on singing. Given her past experiences, that will undoubtedly be good. And Hera is impressed, as she told us: “It was fantastic! It’s much bigger and more professional than in 2010”. Photo: EBU/Sarah Louise Bennett After the Irish witch comes a song about a witch from Slovenia. That is to say: Veronika really existed and was accused of witchcraft. Raiven sings about her being a powerful woman. She wears a silver bodysuit. Those who know the music video will recognize a lot. She starts off sitting and adds a lot of drama to the whole performance. She is surrounded by five dancers; and no, they are not naked, but wearing a skin-colored bodysuit. photo: EBU/Corinne Cumming Windows95man and Henri Piispanen show more or less the same act for Finland with “No Rules” as they did during UMK. Henri in denim and Windows95man in his underwear and then in a still not very revealing denim. The difference is that the Windows 95 logo is now blurred. It’s still advertising, and that’s just not allowed. Although he sings about the absence of rules, he still has to follow the rules. “I was nervous at first, but the more we performed the better it went. I burned my sock from the fireworks, so it was even quite dangerous. But it’s nice to be in Malmö and rehearse with all the professional technical stuff”. Photo: EBU/Corinne Cumming Also returning: Natalia Barbu. We have to go all the way back to 2007 for her last participation. Now she sings “In the Middle” for Moldova. Interestingly, she hasn’t brought the ladies who were around her during the national final. According to sources, that would be a matter of money. So Natalia is alone on the stage now. We see butterflies and blossoms at the LED screens. During the part with the violin, wings are shown on the LED screen, making it seem like Natalia is an angel. photo: EBU/Corinne Cumming in collaboration with Eurovision Artists

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🇱🇹 Silvester Belt shows his emotions

At Eurovision In Concert in Amsterdam, our reporter Kal managed to talk to Silvester Belt. He will represent Lithuania in this years Eurovision Song Contest. The two were talking about London and why the performance there was so special. They talked about Silvester being no. 1 in the charts, about his youth and the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Silvester showed he is a man with emotions. Enjoy the video!

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🇳🇱 Joost Klein: There’s no Eurovision simulator yet

At Eurovision In Concert in Amsterdam, our reporter Kal managed to talk to Joost Klein. He will represent The Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest. Kal and Joost were talking about Fortnite, a Eurovision simulator and about Joost’s friends. Joost also mentions his favourite part of the song, and they talk about Käärijä. Enjoy the video!

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🇨🇿 Aiko: I am spiritual

At Eurovision In Concert in Amsterdam, our reporter Kal managed to talk to Aiko. She will represent Czechia in the Eurovision Song Contest. The two talked about the revamp of Aiko’s song “Pedestal”, about her album “Fortune’s Child” and the reactions on her song, and about spirituality. Oh and Kal had a good advice for her on her sour throat. So… here’s the interview: 

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🇸🇪 Marcus and Martinus: It’s a dream come true

Last Saturday, our reporter Kal was able to talk to Marcus and Martinus, the Swedish representatives in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. They talked about Loreen, about the difference between their songs “Air” and “Unforgettable”, the difference between the two of them and so much more. Anxious about the interview? Yes of course you are. So… here it is!

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