THE NETHERLANDS – In the video above you can see how the team of Douwe Bob enjoy the stage during the second rehearsal at Globen. They definitely rock on stage and they don’t mind the delay.
UNITED KINGDOM – The Welsh flag will be allowed to fly at the Eurovision Song Contest after organisers decided to “relax the flag policy”. It had been on a list of banned flags, along with ISIS, despite the UK entry featuring a Welsh singer. Previously only flags of contest members and UN states were allowed due to the event’s non-political nature. Organisers have now agreed to allow the national, regional and local flags of the participants.
The Eurovision Song Contest announced that it had held “constructive talks” and that its proposal had been approved by its governing body, the Reference Group. This means the Welsh flag can fly at the Stockholm final on 14 May in support of the UK entry, which features Joe Woolford from Ruthin, Denbighshire.
LITHUANIA – Following their first rehearsals on the gigantic Eurovision stage in the Stockholm Globe Arena , the three Baltic contestants, Jüri Pootsmann (Estonia), Justs Simrais (Latvia) and Donny Montell (Lithuania) were free all day Thursday. The Swedish capital is blessed with long awaited sunshine and the setting on the city streets yesterday was perfect for relaxation, especially as it was a Swedish public holiday. But while many of the Eurovision contestants were enjoying the sunshine and relaxing in the street cafés of Stockholm , one Baltic contestant, Donny Montell of Lithuania was busy in a recording studio far away from the glitter of the Eurovision. “I’m a workaholic” he said as he entered the songwriting studios of Starlab, one of Sweden’s leading music publishers. Here he spent his free day working with composer/Producer Niklas Eklund who has recently had a lot of success with his songs in Japan and the Far East. “Let’s see if we can write a hit!” said Donny as he enthusiastically met the Starlab songwriting team. “Whatever happens at Eurovision is one thing, but it’s what happens after Eurovision that is important to me” says this energetic Lithuanian.
IRELAND – Jedward gives Nicky Byrnes some tips ahead of Eurovision: He’s already tipped to make it to the finals of this year’s Eurovision, but Jedward have given Nicky Byrne some tips ahead of the competition. The dynamic duo messaged the Westlife star on Twitter to wish him luck in the contest along with a suggestions about his performance next week. “Jedward DM’d me through Twitter a couple of times to wish me luck, and gave me a few pointers,” Nicky said. The Dublin twins offered advice to the Sunlight star, having sang on the contest twice themselves. Jedward weren’t the only Eurovision veterans to wish Nicky luck, as Johnny Logan also got in touch with the Sunlight singer. “Johnny Logan contacted me to wish me luck and to say he liked the song and that the Swedish always put on a great show, and to contact him if he could help in any way,” he told TV Now magazine. The supportive messages from past Irish entries came at the right time, as the father of two revealed he feels the real pressure will be at the semi-final, as Ireland hasn’t qualified in two years. “I’m nervous of not doing a good job or not qualifying, or people thinking it was abysmal despite the hype. I don’t want that to happen…I’m representing Ireland and that’s a whole other responsibility.” Nicky Byrne revealed earlier this week that he would be wearing his late Dad’s Irish jersey for the contest.