Arilena Ara - Fall From The Sky - Albania 🇦🇱 - Official Lyric Video - Eurovision 2020
Athena Manoukian - Chains On You - Armenia 🇦🇲 - Official Music Video - Eurovision 2020
Montaigne - Don't Break Me - Australia 🇦🇺 - Official Video - Eurovision 2020
Vincent Bueno - Alive - Austria 🇦🇹 - Official Music Video - Eurovision 2020
Born in Shköder, Arilena Ara (21) has been singing since the age of 5 and, as a kid, participated in many festivals and song competitions, eventually winning X Factor Albania at the age of 14. In 2014, Arilena released her first successful single Aeroplan, and 2 years later, she participated at the Kenga Magjike festival with the song Nentori where she won the Best Ballad Award. The song went on to become a hit, even beyond Albania, accumulating well more than 100 million streams online. Arilena is the winner of several international awards and has performed hundreds of live shows in the last few years. Most recently, Arilena was one of the coaches in The Voice Of Albania.
Athena Manoukian is a 25-year-old Armenian-Greek singer. Her first experience in the music industry was in 2007 when she won first prize at an international talent contest. A year later, she participated in the Greek national selection for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2008. In 2011, Athena, alongside DJ Kas, released her first single Party Like A Freak, which garnered over 1 million views on YouTube. Following its success, she was nominated twice at the Greek Video Music Awards. Other hits followed, like I Surrender, Na Les Pos M’agapas, and especially XO, which was a hit in both Greece and Armenia. Later she took a shot at The X Factor UK and, as a songwriter, collaborated on the song Palia Mou Agapi, performed by Eurovision winner Helena Paparizou. In February 2020, Athena won Depi Evratesil, Armenia’s national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020, with her song Chains On You.
The voice of a new generation in Australia, at only 24, Sydney-based artist and activist Montaigne (born Jess Cerro) has become an important name in the indie music scene. The past few years have seen her recognized for her work: her original songs voted on to Triple J Radio’s Hottest 100, an ARIA award for Best Breakthrough Artist and a nomination for Best Female Artist in 2016. Montaigne’s debut album, Glorious Heights, produced by Tony Buchen, hit the charts at #4 and her second album COMPLEX was released in 2019 to rave reviews. Singles such as Ready gained extensive commercial radio play and propelled her even further as a household name. As Craig Mathieson of the Sydney Morning Herald put it, “Montaigne creates music that has a thrilling waywardness, baroque pomp and storm-the-stage energy”. Montaigne has just completed her third national tour, where she played some of Australia’s biggest summer festivals like Splendour in the Grass, Lost Paradise, Woodford Folk Festival, Groovin the Moo, Party in the Paddock, Field Day and WOMADelaide. Having opened for international acts like Cindy Lauper and Blondie, the young performer continues to garner praise for her stunning live presence. “Her performance will go down as one of the best concerts of the year, without a doubt,” wrote The Music of her most recent Sydney show. The challenging and inspiring lyrics of Don’t Break Me are reminiscent of the philosopher who inspired her moniker. With melodies to get lost in and the most energetic of live performances, Montaigne represents the next generation of artists who march to the beat of their own drum.
Vincent Bueno was born in Vienna on 10 December 1985, where he grew up attending school. Music was always important to him; he started making his own at the young age of 6 and, accompanied by his father, who is himself a musician, began performing as a child. In 2003, Vincent decided to turn his passion into a profession and began his training at the Vienna Conservatory in Musical Entertainment Theater – Musical, which he completed in 2007. Vincent became widely known through the ORF show Musical! The Show, in which he emerged the winner. In 2009, Vincent also participated in the TV show Dancing Stars. With his studio, SUITCASE MEDIA, he now produces his own music, including his entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020, Alive.
Efendi - Cleopatra - Azerbaijan 🇦🇿 - Official Music Video - Eurovision 2020
VAL - Da Vidna - Belarus 🇧🇾 - Official Video - Eurovision 2020
Hooverphonic - Release Me - Belgium 🇧🇪 - Official Music Video - Eurovision 2020
Victoria - Tears Getting Sober - Bulgaria 🇧🇬 - Official Music Video - Eurovision 2020
28-year-old Efendi has competed in popular musical programs, such as Yeni Ulduz, Böyük Səhnə (3rd place) and The Voice of Azerbaijan (3rd place). In 2017, she also took part and finished in 3rd place in the Silk Way Star, an international singing competition aired in Kazakhstan. In 2019, she successfully represented Azerbaijan at the Voice of Nur-Sultan, again in Kazakhstan. After 4 attempts to become Azerbaijan’s representative at the Eurovision Song Contest, the 5th attempt was victorious. Efendi was chosen by an international jury, which included music producers, composers, television industry professionals and journalists, to represent the country with the song Cleopatra. Aside from music, Efendi loves painting, Pilates and dancing.
VAL is a Belarusian duo consisting of music producer Vlad Pashkevich and singer-songwriter Valerie Gribusova.
Valerie Gribusova participated in The Voice Ukraine and won a vocal competition at the Slavic Bazaar festival. Vlad Pashkevich produced Belarus’ Eurovision 2017 entry Story Of My Life by Naviband and has collaborated with various global brands. Experimenting with genres such as house, R&B, pop, hip-hop, and many other, VAL have been pushing the boundaries of their music and live performances since 2016. With influences of vogue and fashion, the duo consistently surprises fans with extravagant looks. Valerie and Vlad first met in 2015, with the little help of their friends. Their first single, Who Are You, was entirely written and produced by the duo. In May 2017, VAL released their first EP In My Room, which consisted of 5 tracks, mixing house with R&B, along with other electronic musical influences. It helped the duo begin their live performances, along with session drummer and keyboardist. Since then, VAL performed as an opening act for Cream Soda, Zivert, Beissoul & Einius and other famous artists. In 2018, VAL was featured a ToneTwins’ track, where Valerie first experimented with folk vocal influences. On 14 September 2018, VAL released the single Aftermath, along with their first professional music video. The track became a radio hit in Belarus. Their creative path continued to unfold into 2019: VAL released the single Safe Haven, where Vlad sang lead vocals alongside Valerie for the first time. Near the end of 2019, the duo decided to put themselves forward for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 and, together with lyricist Mikita Naidzenau, wrote Da Vidna. The single was released in January, and one month later an acoustic version was released along with the music video, shot in one take. On 28 February, the song won the National Selection contest in Belarus and became the Belarusian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020.
For the past 25 years, Belgian band Hooverphonic has blurred the lines between symphonic soundscapes and highly infectious pop tunes. Never one to place all of his eggs in one basket, frontman Alex Callier has always strived to deliver quality songs, sung by the best singers in the business. Since 2018, the golden pipes of Luka Cruysberghs – winner of The Voice of Flanders of that same year and coached by Alex during the contest – have elevated Callier’s compositions to aural perfection. All the while, guitarist Raymond Geerts has been the steady foundation of the band, providing his trademark grooves, licks and riffs. The band’s work has been put to good use in television series, commercials and movies around the globe, and songs like Mad About You, Vinegar & Salt, Eden, 2Wicky, Badaboum, and Romantic have become cornerstones of Belgium’s musical heritage. This year, Hooverphonic celebrates the 20th anniversary of their landmark album The Magnificent Tree. Their Eurovision 2020 entry, Release Me, was written by Alex Callier. It is a universal song about saying goodbye, elegiac acceptance and coming to terms with finality. The result is a sweeping, majestic ballad that only Hooverphonic seems to be able to craft time and time again. They’re looking for stars and – rest assured – they will find them.
VICTORIA’s distinctive voice and style position her as one of the most promising new artists in Bulgaria. Her Eurovision 2020 entry ‘Tears Getting Sober’, written by Victoria and Symhonix International and produced by Ligna Studios, tells a story about overcoming your fears and pain and moving forward. The young singer-songwriter and her team are working on VICTORIA’s first EP, expected to be released in autumn 2020. VICTORIA loves animals and has 4 rescue dogs, 2 rabbits and a parrot. In 2020, she will be one of the official European ambassadors of Earth Hour.
Damir Kedžo is a 32-year-old pop singer and one of the most recognizable faces within the Croatian music scene. Kedžo was born in Omišalj, on the island of Krk, and began his music career by participating in a music show 16 years ago. For the last few years, Kedžo’s songs have been among the most-played in Croatia, and his singles are award-winning hits. He has also tried his hand at acting and won the Croatian Actor Award for his role in the famous musical, Crna Kuća. He captivated the audience with the song Sve u meni se budi, which won the title of the most-played song in Croatia. Ever since that time his songs have been one hit after another. His song Srce mi umire za njom won the Zagreb Festival, and Vidi se izdaleka and Poljubi me sad captured the air and the hearts of his audience. He was the most listened-to male singer in 2019 in Croatia, for which he received the Best Male Performer Award according to official statistics. He was nominated for a Porin Award for Best Male Vocal Performance, the most important professional award in the country. Damir Kedžo has successfully performed abroad, winning the Grand Prix of the Slavyansk Bazaar Festival in Vitebsk, Belarus, and winning the New Wave Festival in Sochi, Russia.
Sandro, the stage name of Alessandro H. Ruetten, was born on 2 August 1996 in Germany, where he currently resides. Sandro is of German, American and Greek roots and fluent in German, English and Greek. Sandro’s calling for music was founded at the tender age of 4 when he started to sing and play the drums. Influenced by his musically-inclined family, Sandro began to play the guitar when he was 8, and at 19, the piano was added to his list of skills. A multi-instrumentalist, Sandro is characterized by a distinct and colourful voice and by his natural ability to connect with the audience and convey the emotions of the songs he performs. His favourite music styles are op, Rock, R&B, Soul, Hip Hop/Trap, Alternative, Funk and Blues. Sandro founded his first band when he was 15 years old, and it was at this time that he started to write and produce his own songs, predominantly of the rock and pop genres. In 2018, Sandro’s cousin filed an application on his behalf for The Voice of Germany. Strengthened by all that he gained from The Voice, Sandro went on to represent the United States at the 2019 New Wave Festival in Russia. This December, Sandro was internally selected by the CyBC to represent Cyprus at the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. His philosophy is that music must be authentic, truthful and reach peoples’ hearts. This feeling is, of course, reflected in Running. The song tells a dark story that showcases the struggle against adversities and the storms that we have to weather in life. Having experienced depression himself, Sandro’s performance underlines the tunnel of darkness that we must keep on running through in times of difficulty, but also of the strength needed to stand tall through it.
🇨🇿 CZECH REPUBLIC
Ben is one of the most significant mainstream artists on the Czech scene, singing in both Czech and English. His music career began in 2009 when he appeared on a Czech singing contest on television. Before that, Benny was a sportsman on a professional level; known for both tennis and snowboarding. The experience gained from his participation in the singing contest show motivated him to focus more on his music career. In 2010, he released his debut album Definitely Different and, 2 years after, the album Benny Cristo. In 2014, he released an album called Made In Czechoslovakia, which he celebrated with a concert in a Prague hall Forum Karlin with 4,500 visitors. In 2017, he released an EP called Poslední which he performed live during an open-air gig in Prague for 7,000 visitors. In 2019, Ben released his EP Kontakt and performed for 15,000 people in Prague’s O2 Arena. This year he wants to repeat the event in the O2 Arena again. Benny often collaborates with various other artists, from mainstream bands and solo artists to alternative hip hop artists from the Czech and Slovak Republic. Benny has released 5 solo albums thus far, and most tracks were in collaboration with Canadian music producers The Glowsticks, led by Osama Verse-Atile.
Ben & Tan both live in Denmark and met each other during X Factor Denmark in 2019 as co-competitors. During the season, they often found themselves jamming to Ed Sheeran songs backstage; it was meant to be that they later would join forces as a charismatic duo. Ben & Tan will participate with the upbeat and happy song YES: what could be more positive than saying yes? YES has some notable songwriters behind it, including prolific Swedish composer and former Melodifestivalen act, Jimmy Jansson. Also included is Linnea Deb, who co-wrote Sweden’s Eurovision 2015 winning song Heroes and Emil Lei co-wrote and produced last year’s Danish entry Love is Forever. YES is a hopeful song encouraging everyone to say yes to life and love even in hard times. “Our dream is to have everyone at Eurovision shouting ‘YES’ back at us, and we are very much looking forward to spreading the message all over Europe,” says Ben & Tan.
Uku Suviste - What Love Is - Estonia 🇪🇪 - Official Music Video - Eurovision 2020
Aksel - Looking Back - Finland 🇫🇮 - Official Video - Eurovision 2020
Tom Leeb - Mon Alliée (The Best In Me) - France 🇫🇷 - Official Music Video
Tornike Kipiani - Take Me As I Am - Georgia 🇬🇪 - Official Music Video - Eurovision 2020
Uku’s father is a TV producer, and his mother is a classically trained singer. Still, instead of pursuing music, she devoted her energies to working for the Estonian General Staff, at the Estonian Defence Forces. After graduating from university as a Computer Systems Administrator, he studied Singing and Contemporary Writing & Production at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Massachusetts, USA, making the Dean’s List every semester. In 2011, he became a patron of UNICEF Estonia, and in 2012, he produced a song in collaboration with the Estonian Ministry of Defence & Defence Forces called Võitmatu (Invincible), dedicated to all the Estonian soldiers who had served in Afghanistan. In 2018 he set his sights abroad and took part in The Voice Russia, landing himself on the team of Ukrainian Eurovision icon, Ani Lorak. Uku made it to the semi-final round. No stranger to the Estonian Eurovision selection process, Uku has competed in Eesti Laul several times, with his previous closest success coming last year when he finished second with the song Pretty Little Liar. Uku has been involved in many other festivals, singing competitions, television shows and productions – most notably the 2010 New Wave Festival, where he placed third, and a stint playing Danny in the Estonian production of Grease! In his spare time, Uku is a big fan of playing tennis, going to the gym and running. He has previously been named by Kroonika magazine as ‘Estonia’s Sexiest Man’. He has a fondness for football and cars and speaks three languages; Estonian, English and Russian.
22-year-old Aksel Kankaanranta is determined to show that being shy shouldn’t prevent you from performing in front of an audience. “People ask me why I want to appear in front of an audience of a million even though I’m shy. Why should that be a problem?” In his free time, Aksel listens to vinyl records and spends time with his dog Topi – to whom he also sings. Aksel’s entry, Looking Back, is a song about world-weariness, love and the feeling of inadequacy. “We set all kinds of milestones for our lives. Are they actually of any value, and does achieving them really make us happy? I want to make people understand that they should seize the day,” Aksel says, describing the song. Looking Back is the result of a collaboration between Joonas Angeria and Whitney Phillips, as well as brothers Connor, Toby and Riley McDonough, who are behind the American pop-rock band, Before You Exit. Angeria, from Finland, has composed music for Finnish and international stars like Alma, Vesala, Julie Bergan and Isac Elliot. Whitney Phillips has written songs for Christina Aguilera and Zara Larsson, among other artists.
Singer, actor and comedian Tom Leeb is a man of many talents. In 2019, he released his album ‘Recollection’ under the label Roy Music. A version of Tom’s single, ‘Are We Too Late’, has clocked over 25 million views on YouTube. Tom’s music inspirations are other male singer-songwriters, such as Ben Howard, Matt Corby Bon Iver and John Mayer. He has also played as the supporting act for international stars such as Sting and Tom Jones. Tom spent 5 years in New York, studying theatre, cinema and singing. He has since performed in a theatrical adaption of Mrs. Doubtfire and acted in French TV shows and movies alongside established stars such as Jean Reno. He also performs as part of a comedy duo with fellow comedian Kevin Levy. As Kevin & Tom, the pair have a popular YouTube channel which includes skits and songs.
Tornike Kipiani was born 11 December 1987 in Tbilisi, Georgia. He is a 32-year-old musician, the father of 3 children and a professional architect. When he founded his own band at age 19, he didn’t even consider becoming a vocalist. While Tornike and his bandmates looked for an additional member to fill that vacant spot, he took that spot. The rest is history. In 2014, Tornike won the first season of X-Factor Georgia, where his mentor was the future Georgian-Greek Cyprus Eurovision star, Tamta. In 2017, Tornike tried to represent Georgia at Eurovision with the industrial techno song, You Are My Sunshine. In 2019, he returned to Georgian Idol and was selected to represent Georgia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 after winning the show. Tornike will enter with the song Take Me As I Am.
Ben Dolic - Violent Thing - Germany 🇩🇪 - Official Music Video - Eurovision 2020
Stefania - SUPERG!RL - Greece 🇬🇷 - Official Music Video - Eurovision 2020
Daði og Gagnamagnið - Think About Things - Iceland 🇮🇸 - Official Video - Eurovision 2020
Lesley Roy - Story Of My Life - Ireland 🇮🇪 - Official Music Video - Eurovision 2020
A Berliner-by-choice who grew up in Slovenia and has lived in Switzerland for years, Ben is an ideal representative of modern and cosmopolitan Germany on the Eurovision stage. Born on May 4, 1997, in the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana, he began to pursue his dream of music at the age of 12. With a performance of Michael Jackson’s Man in the Mirror, he applied for Slovenia’s Got Talent and made it to the semi-final round. He spent his youth making music, for instance as a member of rap/pop group D Base who took part in the Slovenian Eurovision national selection show EMA in 2016. At 18, Ben moved to Switzerland with his family, where he first learned the German language – and continued to advance his career. In 2017 he released his first solo single. Then, in 2018, Ben made the most important decision in his still-growing but promising career: he applied for The Voice of Germany. Ben made it to the Blind Auditions, where he immediately enchanted both jurors and audience with his voice – one that calls to mind musical icons like Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake. Eventually, Ben reached second place in the finals and performed around Germany and Austria as part of the Voice of Germany Tour.
Shortly after Stefania turned 10, she convinced her parents to apply, on her behalf, for the acclaimed TV show The Voice Kids, where she made it through the audition stage. After The Voice Kids, she became a member of the established children Choir, Kinderen voor Kinderen. In 2016 she was chosen by an internal committee to represent the Netherlands in the Eurovision Junior Contest in Valletta as part of the girl-band, Kisses. The group performed the song Kisses and Dancin, managing to secure 8th place. In 2018, Stefania released her first solo single, Stupid Reasons, which reached the top spot in the Kids Top 20. In 2019, she released 3 new singles: Wonder, I Am Sorry and Turn Around. That same year, Stefania broke into the Greek market at the MAD VMA Awards where she performed a cover of the song Con Calma. Since 2018, the multi-talented artist has taken part in 3 Dutch movies and acts as the lead in the well-known teenage series, Brugklas.
An artist who obsesses over the intricate craft of the pop song, Daði is a student of Eurovision. Working with the group Gagnamagnið – which translates as ‘data plan’ – their song Think About Things radiates with all the joy and unity the competition can provide, while also offering something deeply authentic and new. It all started in his small Berlin studio: Part of the Icelandic diaspora, Daði takes a part of the island with him wherever he goes. Think About Things was directly inspired by becoming a father and by changes in life; things that brought him closer to those around him. His wife, Árný Fjóla Ásmundsdóttir, is on the keys, and his 2 sisters provide backing vocals. Daði even borrowed a vintage microphone from his father – a noted sound engineer – to help get the perfect sound. ‘Think About Things’ is an irresistibly joyous song that not only connects Europe; it also links three generations of his own family. Think About Things is impeccably pieced together, from the layered breakdown to the tongue in cheek wind machine section. The song is designed to be seen by the world, all part of his complex masterplan, coupled with the stunning live performances and the viral video. Daði worked with Icelandic director Guðný Rós Þórhallsdóttir and cinematographer Birta Rán Björgvinsdóttir to bring his dream to life. The family-based performance clip self-consciously plays within Eurovision rules – instruments cannot be plugged in onstage – while offering something jubilant and gently triumphant. Humble focused on the music, Daði Freyr ends the song as he begins – surrounded by his family, reaching out to Europe.
As a songwriter, Lesley’s career has been prolific, lending her talents to numbers performed by artists including Adam Lambert, Miss Montreal, Medina, Jana Kramer, Marlee Scott and Deorro. Ireland’s entry, Story of My Life, was penned and co-produced by Lesley Roy alongside some of her favourite co-writers in Nashville: Robert Marvin, Catt Gravitt and Tom Shapiro.” We wanted something uptempo and triumphant, which centres around overcoming your difficulties in life and getting back up again,” Lesley says. Writing her album with Max Martin in Sweden and performing at Coachella with Deorro have been Lesley’s major career highlights to date. She credits early Motown, Fleetwood Mac and Sheryl Crow among her early musical influences, and more recently, she has been inspired by acts including Robyn, Kacey Musgrave and Christine and the Queens. Lesley said that working with theatre-makers and club creators ThisIsPopBaby on this year’s Irish entry “changes the game as far as Ireland and the European song competition goes – ThisIsPopBaby are injecting a fresh, fun vision that encapsulates a modern Ireland.”
Eden Alene - Feker Libi - Israel 🇮🇱 - Official Video - Eurovision 2020
Diodato - Fai Rumore - Italy 🇮🇹 - Official Music Video - Eurovision 2020
Samanta Tīna - Still Breathing - Latvia 🇱🇻 - Official Music Video - Eurovision 2020
The Roop - On Fire - Lithuania 🇱🇹 - Official Music Video - Eurovision 2020
While living in Jerusalem as a teenager, Eden was in a choir of local young adults who would come together from all backgrounds and religions to show the potential of music to bring people together. Growing up, Eden was particularly taken with soul and pop artists such as Beyoncé, Jennifer Hudson and Chris Brown. She takes inspiration from many different styles and genres of music, including Arabic folk music, Gospel and Opera as well. In 2018, Eden won X Factor Israel and, 2 years later, The Next Star, Israel’s national selection show for the Eurovision Song Contest. Today, Eden serves in the military as a singer in a band and splits her time between performances in the army, in Israel and abroad.
Diodato signed with Carosello Records in 2016 and, in January 2017, he released the album Cosa Siamo Diventati, followed by a tour. That same year, he participated in #EveryChildisMyChild – Live for Syria, a project in Vulci organized Italian artists to support the construction of a school in Syria. The single Cretino Che Sei marked a stylistic turning point in Diodato’s career. In December 2017 he won the Critic’s Choice at the 68th Sanremo Festival with Roy Paci and the song Adesso. He was again back on the Ariston stage as a guest of Ghemon in 2019 performing Rose Viola with the Calibro 35. He then inaugurated a new phase of his musical career with the songs Il Mercante, Non Ti Amo Più and Che Vita Meravigliosa, which became the soundtrack to Ferzan Ozpetek’s new movie La Dea Fortuna. Diodato won the 70th Sanremo Festival with the song Fai Rumore, a song that has now topped the Italian charts. On Monday 24 February, the Mayor and the Council of Taranto conferred the Civic Merit award to Diodato for paying homage to his city with his Eurovision entry.
A strong competitor in singing competitions, Samanta won a local TV show that allowed her to attend a music school in London in 2010. In 2012, she was runner up in Slavianski Bazaar in Belarus, and in 2014, she finished in the top 8 of the Lithuanian series of The Voice. Most recently, in 2016, Samanta was among participants of the international contest of popular music New Wave. Each time the singer has brought different songs to her competitions, but the one thing to remain consistent is her powerful vocal range. Samanta describes her voice as a god-given talent that needs to be heard on the big stage. Anyone lucky enough to witness her live performances would find it impossible to disagree. Still Breathing offers a strong message of female empowerment and is an ode to women who are held to unrealistically high standards. They’re meant to be beautiful at all times, while also being perfect mothers and devoted wives – all the while working to chase their dreams. It’s about the relentlessness of the expectation to do it all and the ability still breathe despite the endless struggle. The song was co-produced by Samanta and seasoned Latvian musician, Arnis Račinskis. The lyrics were written by Eurovision 2015 finalist Aminata Savadogo, who represented Latvia with Love Injected. Samanta wants to show Europe and the world that Latvia is not a small country to be underestimated. Her love of Eurovision runs deep: in 2019, the singer wrote her graduating paper based on an analysis of the national selections for the Eurovision Song Contest in Latvia and Lithuania.
Although their debut single Be Mine was only released in 2014, the artists each have long histories in other music projects. The Roop shows are a mix of energy and feel. Listeners never remain indifferent and bravely get immersed in the musical storytelling of the band. Live shows are characterized as lively, honest and having a strong relationship with the audience. The Roop appeared in all of the largest Lithuania’s music festival, such as Granatos Live, Karklė, Galapagai, as well as across the world. The band’s third and latest record – an EP entitled Yes, I Do – was released in May 2018, named after a song the group wrote for the Lithuanian national selection show for the Eurovision Song Contest. That year, their performance stood out, and they won the Lithuanian public’s heart. The Roop’s music has since been played in different countries all around the globe: in Lithuania, Belgium, Germany, France, Australia, Columbia, Romania, Serbia, Brazil, Portugal and the United States. After their successful appearance in the 2018 Lithuanian national selection, The Roop was frequently asked about participating again. According to the band, those questions strengthened their decision to return to the competition. Two years after Yes, I Do, The Roop have introduced their brand-new Eurovision song, On Fire. “This year’s song is about something I carried within and observed around myself. It’s about writing yourself off too quickly. We are underestimating ourselves too often,” said band leader Vaidotas Valiukevičius – Naive. According to the group, the name of the song On Fire means being in the state of excitement, feeling passionate, engaged and full of energy. While talking to one music producer, Vaidotas learned that rather often people in their early twenties come to producers but declare feeling too old to achieve something. The singer believes that the youth cult is too big and inadequate. “People in their thirties already feel untimely aged and hopeless. I believe this is not normal. I faced such thoughts myself, but I strived to change my approach to things, put more energy into my activities than I did when I was 20. With this song, I wish to send my listeners confidence and good vibes. We are all capable of being who we want when we want, and age is not important.” The vibrant music video for On Fire was produced by director Indrė Juškutė and cinematographer Adomas Jablonskis.
In 2015, Destiny was selected to represent Malta in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Bulgaria where she ended up winning with a record of 185 points. She was invited as a guest at the Eurovision Grand Final in 2016. As she grew older, her soulful voice developed even further making her the powerhouse she is today. She has been compared to legends such as Aretha Franklin who happens to be one of Destiny’s music idols. Her most recent international success included singing in front of music mogul Simon Cowell when she auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent. Destiny secured her spot at the live shows out of thousands of applicants and gave viewers a taste of the magic behind her voice. At home, she recently participated in the X Factor Malta Season 2. Mentored by Ira Losco, she reached the finals and was crowned the winner. Her performances were shared numerous times on X Factor Global. Being signed to a record company and artist management, she is now one step closer to having her dream come true.
While still being a student at the Academy of Music, Theater and Fine Arts, Natalia participated in the Eurovision Song Contest held in Athens in 2006. The same year she won Slavianski Bazaar and became the most famous singer in the country. In 2007, she received the Grand Prix at the New Wave competition in Jurmala. She then represented her country at the World Championships of Performing Arts in Los Angeles where she won the gold medal in the Voice Category. In addition, Natalia was awarded the title Honored Artist of the Republic of Moldova. Natalia has recorded 3 solo albums and featured duets with well-known Moldovan, European and Russian artists such as Irakli Pirtskhalava, Mohombi and CRBL. Moreover, her videos were shot by famous Directors from Ukraine, Russia and Romania, which have more than a million views on YouTube. She eventually collaborated with one of the largest Romanian labels, Fly Records.
🇲🇰 NORTH MACEDONIA
From a child pop star to a member and soloist of the Chicago Children’s Choir to over 50 Opera roles and recitals at eminent music Festival across the world and collaborations with some of the world’s most prolific artists, Vasil’s motto in life is simple – wherever words fail – Vasil sings. Vasil Garvanliev started his musical journey at age 7, performing at some of the most popular Macedonian children’s festivals. At age 12, together with his family, he moved to the United States where he continued his career as a soloist at the Chicago Children’s Choir. Educated at some of the world’s most prestigious music schools, including Academia Liricia Italiana in Milan, the University of Toronto Opera School and the Royal Conservatory of Music Glenn Gould in Toronto, Vasil has performed at some of the world’s most respected festivals. Since his return to North Macedonia in 2018, Vasil has released several successful pop songs and has held solo concerts.
In 2020, Ulrikke was one of the pre-qualified artists for the national selection, and quickly after Attention was released, it became a favourite to represent Norway. Ulrikke comes from a close-knit family and grew up in the small city of Sarpsborg. As a young girl, she adopted her Grandfather’s life motto, “waking hours are working hours”. After winning the public vote at Melodi Grand Prix, Ulrikke is busy touring Europe, promoting her song and meeting fans. Attention is a song that asks why we change ourselves to please others when it comes to love. The song is based on Ulrikke’s personal experiences, written together with Christian Ingebrigtsen from the world-famous pop group A1 and Eurovision legend, Kjetil Mørland. “We wrote the song during a few sessions, and then spent a lot of time on the production. It was important for me that the song sounded organic and raw, so we used live string players in the studio, instead of computer-generated strings. We wanted the song to take the listeners on a journey, both lyrically and musically. I feel we managed that with the bridge, which is probably my favourite part of the song”, says Ulrikke.
Alicja, like every teenager, has big dreams. She also dares to fulfil them. At the age of 14, after winning a TV music program, Alicja met with Michael Jackson’s vocal trainer, Seth Riggs, who helped her develop her voice. In her spare time, Alicja fills her notebook with verses and rhymes with the hopes that they will see the light of the world very soon. She collaborated with Neve from the UK on her first single Almost We, which resulted in millions of views online. Alicja sees Empires as an important song in terms of how we treat planet Earth and life itself. “We are a threat to the planet. The song tells about the mechanism of destruction and difficult issues in our present world. People tend to build empires, and they become blind to what is important. They become obsessed, and it provides them to distraction. But there is hope because we rise and fall; it is the circle of life, but the question remains, why? Do we have to repeat the same scenario all the time? We build and destroy…maybe we should learn.”
Elisa was born in 1999 on the island of Madeira and started singing at the early age of 7. From her childhood, she remembers her father playing records from the great classics like The Beatles, Ray Charles, Queen, ABBA and The Eagles, among others. From an early age, she took a particular interest in music from the 60s, 70s and 80s. Elisa has participated in several regional festivals and, at the age of 13, joined some musical projects and started to perform around the island. Her love for jazz music appeared at 17 years old, leading her to study jazz at the Conservatório da Madeira. In 2018, she moved to Lisbon to continue her studies and, there, began to compose her own songs. Today, she is studying at the Music Academy of Lisbon, and she has joined the Great Dane Studios. Meanwhile, she was invited by Marta Carvalho to be the singer of her song Medo de Sentir (Fear of Feeling) for Festival da Canção 2020. In February 2020, Elisa signed a record deal with Warner Music Portugal and anticipates the release of her original songs soon.
Roxen was born in Cluj, a small but cosmopolitan city in Romania, and has been singing since she was 7 years old. She won several musical contests at an early age and knew from the very beginning that music was her life and savior. In her childhood, Roxen was fascinated by the artistic fields: writing and publishing books, singing at school festivals, acting and filming theatre plays. She has always felt like she belonged on stage. For her, every single musical experience is a journey towards another dimension. Roxen’s musical aura is like a spell that creates a whole new world.
Punk-pop-rave group Little Big was formed on 1 April, 2013. The collective consists of 4 members – Ilia Prusikin (frontman), Sonya Tayurskaya (frontwoman), Anton Lissov (MC) and Sergey Makarov (DJ). The band’s debut album, With Russia From Love, was released in 2014. The group now has more than 20 music videos in its arsenal and, in 2019, their YouTube channel reached 1 billion views. Little Big are prizewinners of lots of international award shows, like the Berlin Music Awards, Global Film Festival Awards, Het Gala van de Gouden K’s and others. The band dropped their second album, Antipositive, in 2018 with Skibidi as the first single. In one day, the music video got more than 23 millions of views and now has more than 360 million. The dance from the video became the most viral meme in Russia: the #SkibidiChallenge has been supported by many famous TV stars, popular artists and influencers. In the summer of 2019, the band released the new single, I’m OK, which went viral in TikTok.
🇸🇲 SAN MARINO
Senhit began her career playing leading roles in successful musicals throughout Europe: The Lion King in Germany, Hair in Switzerland, Fame and Il Grande Campione with Massimo Ranieri in Italy. In 2009, she performed the single No More in San Siro Stadium in Milan in front of 60.000 people for the charity event Amiche per l’Abruzzo. After opening the national tour of Zucchero, Francesco Renga and Stadio, Senhit took part in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 in Dusseldorf, representing the Republic of San Marino with the song Stand By. In 2016, Senhit travelled all over Europe for a tour of the most popular clubs: she sang in Milan, Amsterdam, Paris, Manchester, Berlin and London. One year later she released the EP Hey Buddy and her single, Something on your Mind, reached the Top 5 in the UK Commercial Pop Club Chart. In 2019 Senhit released two new singles in Italian, one also released in English, the videos for which were both directed by Luca Tommassini. Senhit recently acted as a jury member for the Italian TV show All Together Now. This year, Senhit will enter the Eurovision Song Contest, representing San Marino, with the song Freaky!; a song about the beauty of being out of the box, the freedom of living thoughtlessly, not caring about prejudices, breaking old rules and making up new ones. Freaky! was chosen by European fans in a digital battle between it and the song Obsessed.
Hurricane was formed in 2017 on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin. Band members include Sanja Vučić, Ivana Nikolić and Ksenija Knežević. Over the past 2 years, the group has garnered international attention with songs that have been broadcasted by more than 100 radio stations around the world. The trio has released 7 songs in English, and in 2019, they released their first single in the Serbian language titled Favorito. The song was very successful in the Serbian music scene, confirmed by the 30 million views on their official YouTube channel. Hurricane is currently in Los Angeles, working on 2 songs for the US market and an album for the Serbian market which is expected to be released in 2020.
Ana Soklič started her music career early; as a young person, she studied with Alenka Dernač Bunta, a solo opera teacher, the acclaimed Slovenian musician Darja Švajger (two-time Slovenian representative at the Eurovision Song Contest) and singing coach Nataša Nahtigal. In 2018, Ana undertook further vocal training with Dileesa Archer (a professional in soul, gospel, R&B) in the United States. At 18, she set foot on her path as a songwriter as well. Ana competed twice at EMA, the Slovenian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, and 3 times at the Slovenian Song Festival, where, in 2019, she won 2 jury awards for best interpretation and best song overall. She often performs her songs with symphony orchestras at festivals and on television. In 2014, Ana performed a sold-out solo concert at the Veneto Jazz Festival in Venice, which also hosted names like Keith Jarrett, Cassandra Wilson and Chick Corea. In 2017, she sang in Dubai, Naples and Monaco, and performed with a symphony orchestra at the Lignano Sabbiadoro amphitheatre. She has performed with the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra and often sings with smaller ensembles, as well. These are her favourite concerts because she feels the connection with the audience is at its most genuine and intimate. She covers songs by the great names of jazz, soul and blues; music that has a story to tell, but also enjoys performing pop music and the way it allows for an engaged interpretation of the lyrics. As a songwriter, she wants to take people to unexpected places, since this is, as she says, “the true freedom of expression”. For Ana, music is a way of life.
Blas Cantó, born 26 October 1991, is one of the most influential musicians in the Hispanic pop music scene at the moment. He is a versatile artist, a perfectionist and a performer who thrives in front of a live audience. Blas currently has a hit solo album, Complicated, released in 2018. It is described as an intimate album that shows the personality of the young artist, mixing different genres of music to bring his signature sound to life. Additionally, Blas was part of one of the most influential pop boy-bands in Spanish history, Auryn, with whom he released four albums and sold more than 14,000 copies. Blas won an award for best Spanish Artist at the MTV European Music Awards and has toured internationally. At only 4 years old, Blas started going to music school where he learned to play the piano and the trumpet, although his favourite instrument was always his voice. Since he was a teenager, he dreamed of participating in the Eurovision Song Contest. In 2004, Blas was the runner up in Eurojunior, the Spanish selection show for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Years later, with Auryn, he tried for the first time to be selected to represent Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest 2011.
The Mamas - Move - Sweden 🇸🇪 - Official Video - Eurovision 2020
Gjon's Tears - Répondez-moi - Switzerland 🇨🇭 - Official Music Video - Eurovision 2020
Jeangu Macrooy - Grow - The Netherlands 🇳🇱 - Official Music Video - Eurovision 2020
Go_A - Solovey - Ukraine 🇺🇦 - Official Video - Eurovision 2020
James Newman - My Last Breath - Official Music Video - United Kingdom 🇬🇧 - Eurovision 2020
The Mamas got their breakthrough overnight when participating in Melodifestivalen 2019 as backing vocalists to the singer John Lundvik on his song ‘Too Late For Love’. The result was striking, not only for John, who won the competition but also for The Mamas, who made a fantastic debut and first impression. Together with John Lundvik, they represented Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv. Their performance reached the top 5 in the Grand Final. In 2020, The Mamas won Melodifestivalen with the song Move, written by Melanie Wehbe, Patrik Jean and Herman Gardarfve. Today, The Mamas are officially a group of 3 super divas – Ash Haynes, Loulou Lamotte & Dinah Yonas Manna – with extraordinary talent. Their vocals are as magical as their stage presence. The Mamas are set to take Sweden and the Nordic countries by storm.
It has been 10 years since Switzerland has chosen a French song for the Eurovision Song Contest. With the song ‘Répondez-moi’, written and performed by 21-year-old Gjon Muharremaj from Broc in the Canton of Fribourg, they will do just that. Gjon has dedicated his heart and soul to music since he was a child. Moving his grandfather to tears with his rendition of Elvis Presley’s Can’t Help Falling in Love as a 9-year-old was a formative experience for him. The artist’s name came from this very experience: Gjon’s Tears. “Whether it’s joy, sadness or melancholy – I want to touch people with my music in every possible way.” Gjon’s grandfather, who has Albanian roots, was so moved by his grandson’s voice that he registered him for a talent show in Albania on the spot in 2011. The then 12-year-old came third in Albania’s Got Talent. A year later, he reached the semi-finals in the Swiss equivalent and again in the French talent show The Voice France in 2019. Gjon has a deep admiration for cinema, is passionate about theatre and loves to draw inspiration from museums and art galleries. Old objects also arouse his interest because, as a child, he visited flea markets with his father. But music has always been his top priority: he is not only a great lover of classical music but also admires “the magic of Cesária Évora, the eccentricity of Grace Jones and the musical intelligence of David Bowie”.
🇳🇱 THE NETHERLANDS
In the Netherlands, Jeangu enrolled in music college where he began collaborating with producer Perquisite. Jeangu’s soulful debut album, High On You, was nominated for an Edison Pop Award and he has since performed at prominent festivals such as Lowlands, North Sea Jazz and Eurosonic Noorderslag. His second album, 2019’s Horizon, is critically acclaimed by both press and public and preceded international headline tours and frequent appearances on national TV and radio. In the autobiographical song Grow, Jeangu Macrooy opens his heart and mind to the world around him. His entry is his personal story about getting older and the quest to find himself. Jeangu believes there is no instruction manual for life. As he sings, “the more I learn, the less I know.” By accepting that life consists of highs and lows, he believes that you make progress and get closer to who you are. “Emotions, good and bad, are a universal language. I hope the song makes people feel a little less lonely in their search for happiness. I think that openness and honesty about how we really feel will ultimately bring us closer. I believe in the power of music to bring people together. It’s the reason I do what I do.”
The band Go_A creates a modern reinterpretation of Ukrainian folklore, packaged in electronic sound. The name of the group consists of ‘Go’, as ‘movement’, and ‘A’, as in the ancient Greek letter ‘alpha’ which refers to going back to one’s cultural roots. The story of the band started in 2012 when the sound producer Taras Shevchenko met signer Kateryna Pavlenko. After recording several songs together, they realized that Ukrainian folklore and electronic music are a perfect match, combing energy and emotion into an engaging mix. Today, Go_A consists of the lead singer Kateryna Pavlenko and musicians Taras Shevchenko, Ihor Didenchuk and Ivan Hryhoriak. Kateryna Pavlenko leads the ethnic component of the band: she has studied folklore most of her life. Kateryna can sing with the so-called ‘white voice’, an authentic folklore technique, and has a command of a significant vocal range. Today Kateryna is a veteran choir director while she writes songs for Go_A, including the Eurovision entry Solovey, and works on her solo project.
🇬🇧 UNITED KINGDOM
James Newman is a multi-platinum selling, Brit Award-winning and Grammy-nominated songwriter. The artist won a Brit for co-writing the British Single of the Year ‘Waiting All Night’, performed by Rudimental and Ella Eyre. It was James’ first UK Number 1 single in 2013. It wasn’t long before he was able to co-write another UK Number 1, this time for Calvin Harris and his younger brother John Newman called Blame. The song topped the charts in several countries including the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway and Mexico. James has worked with many famous artists over the years, including Ed Sheeran who recorded the vocals on Lay It All On Me, a certified platinum single in the UK and US. Aside from UK success, James has also been Grammy-nominated twice, co-writing Coping from Toni Braxton’s album Sex & Cigarettes, and Let ‘Em Talk from Kesha’s album Rainbow. James has always wanted to be an artist in his own right and is ready to launch his solo material. He has already been a featured vocalist on many successful songs; James’ biggest hit came in 2018 when he collaborated with acclaimed Dutch DJ Armin Van Buuren on the hit song Therapy. James recorded his Eurovision entry My Last Breath in Scotland while he was staying on a loch (lake) with fellow songwriters Ed Drewett, Iain James and Adam Argyle. He knew the song was ‘the one’ after first recording it; he loves the simplicity and feels like it gets you right away.