KEiiNO (members Alexandra Rotan, Tom Hugo and Fred Buljo) was selected directly for the final of the 2021 Norwegian Eurovision selection. Their song is called MONUMENT. KEiiNO is very much a fan based group and during their 2019 campaign traveled across Europe to perform their 2019 Eurovision entry Spirit in the sky to their fans in various countries. Due to the Corona pandemic, such a tour is not possible this year and so ESC Covers has decided to take them on a virtual tour for the next 2 or so weeks across Europe and even beyond. Day 7 takes KEiiNO across the border to neighbouring DENMARK. They had previously made a cover of the 2013 Eurovision winner from Denmark, Only teardrops. Now they are in COPENHAGEN and visiting the LITTLE MERMAID.
The ESC Covers team of Roy van der Merwe, Ian Fowell and Barry Tsai are arranging this virtual tour.
WORST AND BEST EUROVISION by Kyle Woods from the United States of America
As a disclaimer, since I’m participating in judging the competition, I will withdraw myself from eligibility for the prize, but it’s still fun to write a short note.
My best and worst Eurovision experiences…hmm…where to start. I have been to six Eurovisions now, starting in Düsseldorf and continuing through Stockholm.
Let’s start with the worst experience to get it out of the way. It was probably Copenhagen. The whole show felt cheap and poorly run. Having the show on a tiny island out of town accentuated transportation problems and really made me feel unwelcome in the city. Plus the Danes were homicidal with their bicycles. But let’s not dwell on the negative!
But I think my favorite experience from a travel perspective was, somewhat surprisingly, Malmo in 2013. The city was so small that I was constantly running into people I knew. Other cities like Vienna and Stockholm perhaps had more to offer in terms of things to see and do, but Malmo had its own charm and offered much more in terms of interactions with other fans.
I think my favorite thing I did in Malmo was a little river boat tour. It was just a cruise through the canals, and nothing particularly special. However, we happened to be there on the day they were doing a Balkan Music Party. You may not know that I spent a good portion of my life living in the Balkans (primarily in Croatia) so that music and those languages feel like home to me. I was also with a couple fans who live in Switzerland but are originally from Croatia, Serbia, and Kosovo. So it was a Balkan group on this little Balkan music cruise, and we just had a blast. We sang and danced and made utter fools of ourselves, rocking with Riva and longing for Dzuli.
It was a simple diversion, but it put a sort of stamp of approval on that whole Eurovision week, which was spent in many small memorable moments.