Everything You Need To Know About Eurovision's Finalists
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Slovenia: Maraaya, “Here For You”
Marjetka and Raay are married and have two sons. Raay is a popular singer in Slovenia, and Marjetka is a music teacher. Their ~thing~ is that they perform wearing their studio headphones to make them feel more relaxed. Their first single, which was released in 2014, was a big hit in Belgium, Germany, Italy, and Slovenia.
France: Lisa Angell, “N’oubliez Pas”
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Lisa is a French-Italian singer who has performed in French shows for years. She is dedicating her Eurovision entry to her daughter. Awhhh.
Israel: Nadav Gudej, “Golden Boy”
Nadav, who is French-Israeli and was born in Paris, won HaKokhav HaBa, an Israeli TV talent show in 2013. He is only 16, and is still at school. In his home country he is known as the “Israeli Justin Timberlake”! . Plus, he’s tipped to do very well.
Estonia: Elina Born & Stig Rästa, “Goodbye To Yesterday”
Stig is a famous Estonian songwriter, who discovered Elina via her YouTube channel. This is Stig’s fifth attempt at representing Estonia at Eurovision, and Elina’s second. Elina also came second on Estonia’s version of Pop Idol in 2012.
United Kingdom: Electro Velvet, “Still In Love With You”
Bianca, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, has previously appeared on The Voice, and Alex is part of a Rolling Stones tribute act.
Armenia: Genealogy, “Face The Shadow”
Genealogy were put together specifically for Eurovision. They all come from different continents, but have Armenian descent. One of its members, Inga, represented Armenia in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest with her sister.
Lithuania: Monika Linkytė and Vaidas Baumila, “This Time”
These guys properly
Eurovision. Monika has tried to represent Lithuania at Eurovision five times before, and Vadias has tried once before. Aaaaand Vadias came third on Dangus, a Lithuanian TV talent show.
Serbia: Bojana Stamenov, “Beauty Never Lies”
In 2012, Bojana came 4th in Serbia’s Got Talent, and she is the first Serb to sing an English entry at Eurovision.
Norway: Mørland & Debrah Scarlett, “A Monster Like Me”
Debrah competed on the Norwegian version of The Voice in 2013, and she has the most beautiful hair in the whole world. And Mørland’s band, Absent Elk, have supported Girls Aloud on a UK tour.
Sweden: Måns Zelmerlöw, “Heroes”
. Måns appeared on Sweden’s Idol in 2005, and then won Sweden’s version of Strictly Come Dancing the following year. He’s the favourite to win.
Cyprus: John Karayiannis, “One Thing I Should Have Done”
John is a Greek-Cypriot singer who has tried to represent Cyprus at Junior Eurovision twice before. He wrote Cyprus’ 2004 entry, which was their highest ever scorer.
Australia: Guy Sebastian, “Tonight Again”
Guy won Australian Idol in 2003, and is now a judge on Australia’s The X Factor. He’s massive in Australia, and has had 12 top 10 singles. If he wins this year’s competition, Australia will be allowed to enter next year too.
Belgium: Loïc Nottet, “Rhythm Inside”
Loïc is only 19
. He came second on Belgium’s version of The Voice in 2013, and his smile makes me want to eat him up.
Austria: The Makemakes, “I Am Yours”
The Makemakes have been together since 2012, and have had a number 2 single in Austria. Their ~thing~ is wearing very tight jeans
Greece: Maria-Elena Kyriakou, “One Last Breath”
Maria-Elena is a Greek-Cypriot singer who won Greece’s The Voice in 2014. Her brother, Kyriacos Pavlou, plays football for Cypriot team AEK Larnaca. What a power family.
Montenegro: Nenad Knežević Knez, “Adio”
Knez has been a popular singer in Montenegro forever — he’s released 10 albums there. Woahh.
Germany: Ann Sophie, “Black Smoke”
Ann Sophie came second in Germany’s national selection contest, but Andreas Kuemmert, who won, turned down his place on live TV and said that Ann is “simply much more qualified and suited.” Aaaaand that’s how she came to represent Germany in Eurovision. She was born in London, and she’s only 24.
Poland: Monika Kuszyńska, “In The Name Of Love”
Monika used to be in a band called Varius Manx. In 2006, all of its members were involved in a car accident, which resulted in Monika becoming paralysed from the waist down. In 2012 she was a coach on the Polish version of Clash Of The Choirs and she’s basically a top babe
Latvia: Aminata, “Love Injected”
Aminata grew up in Latvia, but is of Russian-Burkina Faso descent. She got to the national selection rounds last year. She is currently an Economics student at the university of Latvia.
Romania: Voltaj, “De La Capăt”
Voltaj have been together for over 20 years, and they’re really big in Romania — they even won Best Romanian Act at the MTV European Music Awards in 2005. Their song supports Romanian NGOs who work with children left to grow up with their grandparents.
Spain: Edurne, “Amanecer”
Erdune took part in Operación Triunf, a Spanish reality TV talent show. Since then, she has worked as a model, actress, and singer in Spain. Her song is written by Thomas G:Son, who wrote Eurovision classic “Euphoria”.
Hungary: Boggie, “Wars For Nothing”
Boggie became internationally known when she released “Nouveau Parfum”. The music video shows her being digitally retouched, in an effort to prompt conversations about image retouching. She’s basically an all-round powerful woman
Georgia: Nina Sublatti, “Warrior”
In 2013, Nina won the Georgian version of Idol. Her song has the word “oximated” in it, and it’s also written by Thomas G:son, aka classic Eurovision banger.
Azerbaijan: Elnur Huseynov, “Hour Of The Wolf”
Elnur represented Azerbaijan in their first ever Eurovision back in 2008 as part of a duo who came 8th. Earlier this year he also won Turkey’s version of The Voice. Also, he’s hunky
Russia: Polina Gagarina, “A Million Voices”
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In 2003, Polina won Star Factory, a Russian TV talent show. She’s one of the favourites to win. She’s one of the favourites to win, and during her semi-final performance a lot of were caught on camera.
Albania: Elhaida Dani, “I’m Alive”
Elhaida has won Star Academy, Albania’s version of Fame Academy, and Top Fest, an Albanian TV talent show. She also won Italy’s The Voice in 2012. She’s basically really famous in Albanian-speaking countries.
Italy: Il Volo, “Grande Amore”
Il Volvo are an operatic trio, who once toured with Barbara Streisand. They’ve been nominated for two Latin Grammys, and they’re a pretty big deal.