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EUROVISION 2024 ARMENIA: LADANIVA - JAKO

  Armenia's Ladaniva was the last act to be revealed for Eurovision song contest 2024 when AMPTV announced their (already rumored) entry on March 9, 2024 and four days later their entry Jako was confirmed as well. And brings Armenian back to the contest! Ladaniva is a world music duo made of Armenian singer Jaklin Baghdasaryan (27) and French multi instrumentalist Louis Thomas (37). They met in Lille, France in 2018 in a jam session in a music bar in Vieux-Lille. Jaklin grew up in Minsk, Belarus before moving to France with her mother in 2014. Thomas comes from a family of musicians and is a accomplished jazz musician.  They started releasing music on Youtube during the Covid-19 pandemic and soon reached success first among Armenian community, later also elsewhere. Their third video Kef chilini reached 18 million views in a few months. They released their debut album in September 2023 and their entry Jako comes from it. Their music is a happy mixture of traditional songs from Armen

EUROVISION 2024 SPAIN: NEBULOSSA - ZORRA + BENIDORM FEST 2024

One of the funny details in this season's Eurovision is that Nebulossa participated in Una voce per San Marino last year (and didn't even make the final) and won Benidorm Fest this year  while Megara participated in Benidorm Fest last year and won Una voce per San Marino this year.  RTVE received 825 submissions for the third reborn Benidorm Fest and 16 were chosen for two semifinals before the grand final. Nebulossa won after winning the televote, being tied first in the jury vote with St.Pedro and placing second in demoscopic jury behind Jorge Gonzalez.  Nebulossa is married couple Maria Mery Bas (who also happens to be the oldest this year at 55) and Mark Dasousa (50). They have been married over 20 years and have two kids. Mery has been running a beauty salong among other things while Mark has been involved in music as author and producer. Their Nebulossa electrosynthpop duo released their debut EP in 2019 and album in 2021. They have released also a dozen singles before Z

EUROVISION 2024 UKRAINE: ALYONA ALYONA & JERRY HEIL - TERESA & MARIA + VIDBIR 2024

Ukraine organized once again Vidbir, the national selection for Eurovision song contest. This time it was broadcast from Kiev's National museum of  history of Ukraine WW II instead of underground metro station bunker. The show was hosted Eurovision veterans hosts Timur Miroshnychenko and Julia Sanina.  Out of 389 submission 20 were selected for auditions and eventually ten chosen out of them. The 11th entry, Anka,  was voted by people, as were the three judges as well. Alyona Alyona & Jerry Heil won the final with outstanding numbers, nearly 7 times more votes than the second most voted act. Alyona Alyona or Aliona Olehiva Savranenko (Альо́на Олегівна Савране́нко) (32) is Ukrainina rapper and songwriter. She's been described by Ukrainian media The Sensation of rap and The new rap star, while New York Times included her among 15 European Pop star that matter right now comparing her to Azelia Banks. She has released four albums and an EP, over 20 solo singles and several feat

EUROVISION 2024 FINLAND- WINDOWS95MAN - NO RULES + UMK 2024

YLE brought Finland's UMK aka Uuden musiikin kilpailu 2024 the the biggest ever arena for our national show and expectations were high after last year's Käärijä and Cha cha cha mania and second place in Liverpool. Tickets sold out in minutes and the fever was high before the songs were even released. For the selection it all remained the same and open call received 419 submissions and as usual seven was chosen for the one off final. Why seven? Yle has explained it's the amount they can fully give their all for the production, music videos and staging. And why not? UMK is living its prime time and for a few years already every song has charted and three years in a row a song from UMK has been the most streamed and sold one of the year so sometimes less is more! In every way. And just like last year most every act was already known, or even a big one. Except one. At least to the majority of the audience. And just like last year that one won. But unlike last year as a huge sur

EUROVISION 2024 LATVIA - DONS - HOLLOW + SUPERNOVA 2024

  Latvia's LTV organized the national selection Supernova once again. 15 semi-finalists were selected among the 108 submissions and 10 of them reached the final. Dons took an easy win with his Hollow. He has been twice the runner up already: in 2010 with My religion is freedom and 2014 with  Pēdējā Vēstule .  Artūrs Šingirejs aka Dons (39) is a Latvian singer-songwriter, born of Belarusian father and Latvian mother. He has learned to sing and play guitar by himself and has studied culinary arts instead. He started performing at school but didn't get into music until 2003 when he took part in Talantu Fabrika talent show where he also met Lily (or Linda Kalnina, his future wife) and they did an album together. His solo debut  album came in 2006. Since then he has become one of the most succesful Latvian singers and has won Top Hit Radio award eight times for the most played song, and The Song of the Year award for five times. Add twice the Best Pop Album (out of five nominations

EUROVISION 2024 ITALY - ANGELINA MANGO - LA NOIA + SANREMO 2024

The 74th Sanremo was again a five day affair hosted for the 5th year in a row by hit maker Amadeus. His choices for the festival have sold already millions and beaten his previous records in streaming and sales and those platinum and multiplatinum certifications keep coming every week for the artists. The winner La noia was just awarded a double platinum record. As usual there were several previous Eurovision stars taking part from Mahmood to Il Volo, Emma and Ricchi e Poveri. And for the first time in ten years a woman won! However by far the biggest hit has been Mahmood's Tuta cold that incredibly didn't make the Top-5 superfinal and placed only 6th. Then again, after 2019 and 2022 maybe he didn't need it anymore.... Angelina Mango (22) is relatively a new name to the music scene in Italy. Daughter of legendary Mango (read more here ) and Laura Valente, ex-voice of Matia Bazar among others, it was clear she would end up doing music. She plays guitar and piano besides sing

EUROVISION 2024 GERMANY: ISAAK - ALWAYS ON THE RUN + ESC DAS DEUTSCHE FINALE 2024

NDR launched an open call for both songs and artists without songs and in the end got 693 singers applying and 572 songs that eventually became 32 judged by an international jury and eight were chosen for the final. Ich will zum ESC selection in pure Sanremo newcomers style added one more act to the line up, Floryan. But it was Isaak with Always on the run that won both jury and televote in the final with a song co-penned by a Finn, Leo Salminen. Isaak Guderain (29) is a German singer who has an Icelandic mother. His musical path has been from a street musician to forming a band then taking part in X Factor in 2011 and then finally starting to compose his own music during the pandemic and in 2021 he won Show Your Talent show that lead to taking part in the national final and going to Malmö 2024 for Germany.  He's been releasing a lot of singles since 2020 Always on the run being already his 12th. His only charting one so far has been Baby steps with David Puentes in 2022. So, what

EUROVISION 2024 MOLDOVA: NATALIA BARBU - IN THE MIDDLE + ETAPA NATIONALA 2024

TRM organized once again Etapa națională 2024, the Moldovan national final for Eurovision song contest 2024 and as almost every year there was some controversy.  Open call resulted in 51 submissions and 32 were invited for auditions, and eventually 11 took part in the final won by Natalia Barbu, already an Eurovision veteran from Helsinki 2007.  Natalia Barbu (44) is a Moldovan singer-songwriter who lives in Romania these days. Her music career started in 2006. Her biggest success has been  Îngerul meu that topped the Romanian Top-100 for 11 weeks in 2006. In 2007 she was selected to represant Moldova in Helsinki Eurovision.  The legend goes she had to pay her trip herself unless she reaches the Top-10, then TRM would pay her back everything. And yes, she placed 10th with Fight. In 2012 she topped the Moldovan charts with I said it's sad. In 2013 she tried her luck in the Romanian selection with Confession placing 13th.  She has released several albums and string of singles in he

EUROVISION 2024 ESTONIA: 5MIINUST & PUULUUP - (NENDEST) NARKOOTIKUMIDEST EI TEA ME (KüLL) MIDAGI + EESTI LAUL 2024

The longest song title comes this year from Estonia even with two brackets! It translates to something like We don't (yet) know anything about (these) drugs. Ok. The song became soon a fan favorite and despite placing second in both semi-final and the final's first round to Ollie they stormed to victory in the superfinal. With this Estonia goes Estonian for the first time since Birgit' in 2013. This year ERR changed the Eesti laul selection to that of San Marino: semi-final qualifiers and invited artists/songs in the final. A total of 215 songs were sent.  5miinust is an Estonian hip hop group formed in 2015. The members are Kristjan Jacobson aka Estoni Kokver, Mihkel Tamm aka Päevakoer, Kari Kivastik aka Põhja-Korea and Priit Tomson aka Lancelot. Pavel Botšarov aka Venelane left the group last year and went solo under Gameboy Tetris.  They have two hit albums and five #1 singles (8 Top-10s altogether) one of them, Tsirkus ,  together with Nublu from this year's UMK 202

EUROVISION 2024 LITHUANIA: SILVESTER BELT - LUKTELK + EUROVIZIJA.LT

LRT rebranded their national final to select Lithuania's entry for Eurovision song contst 2024 as Eurovizija.LT. Open call was launched for the songs and they received just over 60 submissions and out of them astonishing 40 were selected for selection. When you say more the merrier...  But sometimes less is really more! After five semifinals the grand final was won by Silvester Belt after a tie with Shower as he got more televotes.  Silvester Belt or Silvestras Belté (26) is a Lithuanian singer-songwriter. He started studying music at the age of 4 and continued in Juozas Gruodis conservatory in Kaunas and later Westminster University in London with a degree in Commercial Music Performance. But before all that he already took part in the Lithuanian Junior Eurovision selection 2010 placing 8th with Pi-pa-po . In 2017 he won reality talent show  Aš – superhitas (I Am a Superhit). After that he did some television and later tried his luck in X Faktorius placing 7th. He was set to retur

EUROVISION 2024 DENMARK. SABA - SAND + DANSK MELODI GRAND PRIX 2024

Saba won the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2024 winning her ticket to Eurovision song contest 2024 with Sand. Over 600 submissions were made for the contest and DR also invited directly some acts for the selection. Eventually eight songs were chosen for the final with two voting rounds. Saba won the superfinal thanks to juries even if with televotes she was only third or last. Saba or Anna Saba Lykke Oehlenschlæger (26) is a newcomer to the pop stardom, but she has already done career as model, singer and in music theater. She and her twin sister were adopted from Ethiopia at the age of 8 months and raised in Denmark. High school drop out the sisters went into teeth whitening business while her sister Andrea also pursued a career in singing and musical theater. Then Andrea got pregnant and Anna replaced her in musical Hair. The rest is history.  Sand is Saba's debut single and recording.  So, what do I think? First hearing left no impression but with further listening I have warmed up to

EUROVISION 2024: LOREEN & KÄÄRIJÄ TOGETHER FOR THE FINAL INTERVAL ACT "CHATTOO" REVEALED BY SVT

It's happening: Eurovision 2023 winner Loreen of Sweden and runner up Käärijä of Finland will perform together for the Eurovision song contest 2024 final's interval act announced by SVT tonight in Bngolotto show. In their joint medley Loreen will Cha cha cha with Käärijä's original staging and choreography while Käärijä will recreate Loreen's Tattoo as well and with the magic of live television the performances will melt together at some point.  Other interval or opening acts haven't yet been confirmed but Eurovision 2003 winner Turkish Sertab Erener confessed she's one of them in a medley that is rumored to inlude also Cypriot runner up Eleni Foureira among others.  Käärijä will be also present in Malmö performing in Eurovillage and Euroclub. There is still no news whether Loreen will appear somewhere as well during Eurovision week.