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Wiwi has launched a video player on his new site which lets you watch all 39 of this year’s contestants. Click here to watch them now!

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Wiwi Bloggs New Home

Wiwi's new home

Eurovision may be over, but Wiwi knows that the gossip and non-stop drama surrounding its contestants will continue. With that in mind, Wiwi has relaunched this blog at www.wiwibloggs.com. The new site is bolder, more colorful and easier to use. It also allows for better video streaming and provides a clearer forum for comments. Lastly, Wiwi will expand coverage to include news and popular culture, as he doesn’t want anyone to overdose on Chiara Siracusa, Alexander Ryback or Sakis Rouvas. See you guys soon! xoxo, Wiwi

WWW.WIWIBLOGGS.COM

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On May 17 Eurovision winner Alexander Rybak arrived at Oslo’s Gardermoen International Airport, where a mob of screaming girls was waiting. After carefully reviewing Alex’s reaction to said mob, Wiwi Bloggs is happy to report that Alex is still, like, totally nice. “It’s just unbelievable,” he told Norwegian news reporters. “I don’t understand. I hoped for 20 to 30 people.”

Ahead of the Eurovision final he appeared on Norwegian TV and apologized to fans for not being able to respond to their texts. Since winning Europe’s largest song contest, he’s received a few more messages. “Famous people are sending me texts,” he said. “I don’t know how they get my number.” If any of you do, please send that number to Wiwi!

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Hundreds of supporters gathered in Reykjavik’s town center on Monday to welcome home Yohanna, the runner-up at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. She performed her single Is It True? (above) before rushing to a television studio to record a program about her success at this year’s contest. Páll Magnússon, the head of Icelandic broadcaster RUV, greeted Yohanna at Keflavik International airport earlier that morning. “I want to thank Yohanna for her ‘consideration’ towards RUV,” he told ESC Today, joking that Iceland’s recession would have prevented them from hosting the event next year. “She has brought us as much success as we could’ve bared to take.” Of course, given how well Yohanna’s romantic ballad is doing in the charts, she may well earn enough bling to fund her own song contest. Her romantic ballad is already# 1 in Iceland, and has cracked the top ten on the iTunes charts in nine European countries.

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Top of the Pops

Top of the Pops

Europeans returned to work today and rushed to download their favorite Eurovision singles. Alexander Rybak’s Fairytale has now topped the iTunes charts in 12 European countries and broken the Top 10 in three others. Here’s a break down of all the Eurovision songs cracking the iTunes Top 10 in various European countries. See the complete list here. And by the way, Wiwi had three OMG moments compiling this.

(1) Doesn’t it totally freak you out to see Alexander Rybak’s Fairytale listed alongside Ciara’s Love Sex Magic? Worlds collide.

(2) Scandinavians download a lot of Eurovision songs. In Sweden, the top eight songs are from Eurovision. Love it.

(3) Why isn’t the U.K. showing fifth-place finisher Jade Ewen any love? Shameful.

Always, Arash and AySel, Azerbaijan

#2 in Greece

#3 in Sweden

#7 in Norway

Be My Valentine! (Anti-Crisis Girl), Svetlana Loboda, Ukraine

#9 in Greece

Believe Again, Brinck, Denmark

Denmark: Brinck

Denmark: Brinck

#5 in Denmark

Bistra Voda, Regina, Bosnia & Herzegovina

#8 in Sweden

Düm Tek Tek, Hadise, Turkey

#2 in Belgium

#4 in Greece

#5 in Sweden

#10 in Finland

Et Cetera, Sinead Mulvey & Black Daisy, Ireland

#3 in Ireland

Jan Jan, Inga and Inush, Armenia

#6 in Sweden

Fairytale, Alexander Rybak, Norway

#1 in Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland

#2 in Austria and France

#3 in the U.K.

#8 in Portugal

Is It True?, Yohanna, Iceland

Iceland: Yohanna

Iceland: Yohanna

#2 in Finland, Norway and Sweden

#3 in Greece and Switzerland

#4 in Denmark

#5 in Belgium

#6 in Germany and the Netherlands

La Voix, Sweden, Malena Ernman

#7 in Sweden

#9 in Finland

#10 in Norway

Lose Control, Waldo’s People, Finland

#4 in Finland

Mamo, Russia, Anastasia Prihodko

#5 in Finland

This Is Our Night, Sakis Rouvas, Greece

#7 in Greece

Urban Symphony, Randajad, Estonia

# 3 in Finland

#4 in Norway and Sweden

#5 in Greece

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Wiwi was horrified to read accusations in Britain’s Daily Mail that Elena was lip-synching during the final. The paper speculates that the extraneous woman standing stage left was actually providing lead vocals. It’s true that there was a lady standing near the LCD screen. But Wiwi thinks the claim is absolutely ridiculous. We’ve all heard Elena’s voice and it would have been really obvious if she hadn’t sung her part. A non-dancing back-up singer was necessary given how much moving Elena and her fellow Balkan Girls did. Wiwi assumes that this mystery woman provides the low voice that comes on during the song’s break before the final refrain. And having a non-dancing singer is perfectly within the rules.

Here’s what the Daily Mail says:

As the scantily-clad women performed, a lone figure was seen in the shadows, but Romania insisted she was simply a backing singer.

This speculation was fuelled by Norton who revealed competition rules state all performers must be present on stage, but that the rules said nothing about whether others could mime.

However Romania’s performance sparked speculation that the foxy lead singer could have been lip-syncing.

Elena has already rejected the accusation. “The allegations are ridiculous,” she told Romania’s Gandel. And Dan Manoliu, the chief of the Romanian Eurovision delegation, turned the insult into a compliment. He joked that Elena must have sung really well to convince people she was lip-synching. 

[Thanks to Ramona for pointing this drama out to Wiwi, and to “usrboss” for informing Wiwi that Elena had responded].

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norway-flag,jpgBefore y’all get excited about the new jury system, be sure to check out the semi-final results. Nine semi-finalists were chosen from each semi-final based solely on the traditional tele-vote (and one more country was saved by the jury). Iceland and Turkey came first and second in the first semi-final. Norway and Azerbaijan came first and second in the second semi-final. And in the grand final those four countries finished first, second, third and fourth. Wiwi suspects they would have finished in the same position even without a jury. Only the Big 4 nations like the U.K. (fifth place) and France (eighth place) actually benefitted. And TIME, the American newsmagazine, makes the point that Alexander Rybak would have won even if bloc voting came into play: hello, people, he is a media darling in the Russian-speaking world!

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