The guys from JOWST in Norway have some big plans for their act at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kiev. “We are going to make our show even bigger, more lights, more visuals, it will all combine with the music better.”
We spoke to JOWST at Eurovision in Concert in Amsterdam. They have high ambition, but at first want to bring back Norway to the final,as the nation missed out last year. “We are going to have a great goal, do the best we can, and we will make it to the final. Last year there was a lot a attention by the press. The song was really good, but it was unfortunate that she got sick. But now Norway is back again, we are happy to be here and grab the moment.”
Grab the moment
“Our song was not made for Eurovision,” they explain how ‘Grab the moment’ was written and produced. “It was made for everyone, we were not thinking about a contest. I think that could be a big strength. We are going to make our show even bigger, more lights, more visuals, it will all combine with the music better.”
The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 will begin tomorrow with the first rehearsals. Our reporter Erik is already in the host city Kiev and did some sightseeing for you. Enjoy the pictures from sunny Ukraine!
When you enter the city through the airport, the visitors for Eurovision pass a special check-in lane, where you are greeted in your own language by the friendly Ukrainians.
In the city of Kiev, where is between 20 and 25 degrees this week, there is a lot of pretty to see…
The Eurovillage is still being build-up:
And so is the sight around the International Exhibition Center:
The Press Center is not open yet, so we will provide you with pictures from there later this week!
The Finnish duo Norma John has no big changes planned for their act with the song ‘Blackbird’, when compared to the national final. “We got what we wanted, so why should we change anything?” they say.
“We are quite far, almost ready,” they tell ESC Daily during Eurovision in Concert, “Because we will keep it similar. We got what we wanted, so why should we change anything? It is easy to lose the focus on the song if you do something extra too much.”
‘Surprise’ victory in Finland?
Norma John was not the big favourite before the final of UMK took place imn Finland. But how much different their song was from all the other spectaculair songs. “It was different, and maybe that helped us to stand out from the other ones. But it is no use to speculate. Just go on stage and perform.”
Watch our interview with the duo Norma John above. They also explain what their song ‘Blackbird’ is about.
Spanish Eurovision 2017 artist Manel Navarro has recorded a couple of duets with other participants from the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. Watch him team up with Lucie Jones from the UK, Kristian Kostov from Bulgaria and Robin Bengtsson from Sweden below.
Over the past number of weeks, Manel’s done these several collaborations with other Eurovision entrants. Firstly, he duetted with the UK’s Lucie Jones at the London Eurovision Party singing Martin Garrix’s In The Name Of Love, in which she’s said his song is, ‘possibly my favourite of Eurovision 2017’.
He’s also duetted with Sweden’s Robin Bengtsson with John Mayer’s “Free Falling”…
Along with most recently Bulgaria’s Kristian Kostov singing Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You”.
Tell us, which of these three covers did you enjoy most?
The last three winners of Eurovision only got to the contest, after losing in a previous national final first. This year, many artists with a similar track record will try to follow in their footsteps. In this episode we highlight Robin Bengtsson from Sweden.
Robin Bengtsson has been a musician since childhood. At the age of 13, Robin started playing the guitar, after having played trumpet for years. In 2008, at the age of 17, he entered Swedish Idol. He got eliminated just before the final, finishing in third place. Eight years later, he took his first shot at Eurovision.
In 2016 Robin achieved huge success with ‘Constellation Prize’ through Melodifestivalen, placing 5th, selling double platinum and gaining massive airplay.
Coming fifth with the jury, and fourth in the televote, Robin Bengtsson gained some confidence to return with more success the next year in Sweden.
Robin Bengtsson at Eurovision
This year he participated once again in the Swedish national selection TV shows with the song ‘I Can’t Go On’, which took him directly to the final and now to the ultimate goal: Winning the whole thing!
Robin Stjernberg won the Swedish national selection and participated in Eurovision in 2013 with the song You. And since then he’s been busy releasing music on his own as well as writing and producing for others. He wrote the song that will open the first semi final next month: “I can’t go on”.
The Swiss act Timebelle is made up with people of all kind of nationalities. “It is celebrate diversity indeed! The whole team comes from another country, this is what Eurovision is about,” they tell ESC Daily.
“Being together and enjoying the time, be free and be happy, that is what life and Eurovision is about,” they continue.
Swiss entry from Romania, Romanian act like Switzerland
Romania comes with a song that sounds like Switzerland. “That song was actually ment for us,” Miruna Mănescu, the lead singer of Timebelle, says with a smile. “The idea of yodel came from a time in Switzerland when the author of the song was there.”
Watch our interview with Timebelle at Eurovision in Concert above and also pay attention on the yodeling skills by Miruna Mănescu, the lead singer of Timebelle.