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Lithuania

The Roop

Song: Discoteque

The Roop is a group from Lithuania that consists of members Vaidotas Valiukevičius, Robertas Baranauskas, and Mantas Banišauskas. Their musical style can be described as a mix of rock, pop-rock, soft-rock, dance- rock, indie and pop.
Their debut single Be Mine was only released in 2014 but each artist has come from a long history in other music projects. The Roop have appeared in all of the largest music festivals in Lithuania, including Granatos Live and Karklė, Galapagai, as well as multiple international shows.

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slovenia

Ana Soklic

Song: Amen

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. As a songwriter, she wants to take people to an unexpected place. For Ana, music is a way of life.

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Russia

Manizha

Song: Russian Woman

Some acts are described as ‘triple threats’, but Russia’s Manizha excels at so many different vocations, it’s impossible to describe the limit to her talents.
A singer-songwriter, musician, author, director, performer and public figure (a UN Goodwill Ambassador for Refugees since 2020), she can now add Eurovision Song Contest participant to the list of her achievements!

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sweden

Tusse

Song: Voices

Tusse has won ‘Melodifestivalen’ and will represent Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest with ‘Voices’ in the first Semi-Final on Tuesday 18 May.
Tousin Michael Chiza also know as Tusse is a Swedish singer with Congolese routs. He rose to fame in Sweden when he won talent show Idol in 2019. He participated at Melodifestivalen for the first time in 2021 where he reached the final and won the Swedish ticket to the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam.

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Australia

Montaigne

Song: Technicolour

At only 24, Sydney-based artist Montaigne has become a major name in Aussie indie music. In the past few years, she was recognized for her work with multiple spots on the Triple J’s Hottest 100, an ARIA award for Best Breakthrough Artist and a nomination for Best Female Artist on her debut album Glorious Heights. Her second album ‘COMPLEX’ was released in August to critical acclaim.
After winning over the Australian public with 54 points and a jury of industry experts with 53 points, an impressive 107 points overall, Montaigne was crowned the winner of the second Eurovision – Australia Decides. She will perform Don’t Break Me in the first half of the first Semi-Final.

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North Macedonia

Vasil

Song: Here I Stand

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.

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Ireland

Lesley Roy

Song: Maps

Lesley Roy is a singer/songwriter from Balbriggan Co. Dublin, who splits her time between her home in the East Village in New York City and Ireland. Lesley released her debut album, Unbeautiful, in 2008 on Jive/Sony Records, which was executive produced by Max Martin. 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. A lifelong fan of Eurovision, Lesley Roy said that finally getting to represent Ireland with a song she worked extremely hard on has meant that one of her lifetime ambitions has been fulfilled.

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Cyprus

Elena Tsagrinou

Song: El Diablo

Elena Tsagrinou is one of the most talented and glamorous singers in the Greek pop scene. She was born in Athens in 1994 and by the time she was 14-years-old she had already taken part in the talent show Greece Got Talent where she made it all the way to the semi-final. In 2013 she joined the band OtherView but after five successful years with the band, Elena embarked on her solo career. She released her debut single with the symbolic title Pame Ap’ Tin Arxi, meaning ‘Let’s go from the start’ which was written by Dimitris Kontopoulos and Nikos Moraitis.

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Norway

TIX

Song: Fallen Angel

Andreas Haukeland, better known as TIX, hails from Bærum (just outside of Oslo) and is one of Norway’s most popular artists. TIX chose to perform the English version of his track Ut Av Mørket (Fallen Angel) at the Melodi Grand Prix final, a bold move that paid off as he’ll now perform at Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam this May.
The musician, producer and songwriter performs as his persona TIX, a nickname he chose so he could take ownership of his experience of growing up with Tourette’s syndrome (a condition which can lead to different types of involuntary tics).

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croatia

Albina

Song: Tick Tock

The singer from Split has had a burning passion for performance since she was young; her talent for singing was nurtured by her family who encouraged her to also learn the piano.
The Dora ‘21 champion released her first single Imuna na strah (English: Immune to Fear) towards the end of last year, but says of her winning track Tick-Tock that she knew this would be the song to define her as an artist and performer.

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Belgium

Hooverphonic

Song: The Wrong Place

Over the course of their 25-year career, Hooverphonic developed an instantly recognizable sound, somewhere between trip-hop and pop. From day 1, Alex Callier (producer/songwriter) & Raymond Geerts (guitar player) have formed the core of the band and over the years, they have worked with a variety of singers. Since 2018, Luka Cruysberghs is Hooverphonic’s singer. In 2017 she won The Voice of Flanders, with Alex as her coach.

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israel

Eden Alene

Song: Set Me Free

Born and raised in Jerusalem, the 19-year-old Eden won over Israel with her powerful voice and electrifying performances in the country’s national selection tv programme ‘The Next Star’. With her parents both hailing from Ethiopia, Eden will bring a fresh and contemporary combination of sounds and influences to the Eurovision Song Contest.

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Romania

Roxen

Song: Amnesia

20-year-old Roxen will represent Romania at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. She became the country’s representative via a songwriting camp that public broadcaster TVR organized in collaboration with the music label Global Records.
At a young age, Roxen already knew that music meant the world to her. She started singing at the age of 7 and won several musical competitions throughout the years.

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Azerbaijan

Efendi

Song: Mata Hari

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.

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Azerbaijan

Go A

Song: Shum

The story of the band started in 2012 when the sound producer Taras Shevchenko met signer Kateryna Pavlenko. Today, Go_A consists of the lead singer Kateryna Pavlenko and musicians Taras Shevchenko, Ihor Didenchuk and Ivan Hryhoriak.
Kateryna 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. Taras is a keyboard and percussion player and the sound producer of Go_A. He works in various music styles and knows how to harmonize completely different things, such as Ukrainian sopilka and Brazilian drums, or the bandura, heavy guitar riffs and drum ‘n bass.

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Malta

Destiny

Song: Je Me Casse

Destiny lives on the island of Malta. From a tender age, she participated in singing competitions, where she succeeded triumphantly and was frequently referred to as a child prodigy.
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. 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.

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San Marino

Serhat

Song: Adrenalia

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. She 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 2 new singles in Italian and 1 in English, the videos for which were both directed by Luca Tommassini.

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Estonia

Uku Suviste

Song: The Lucky One

Born in the Estonian town of Võru, multi-talented Uku Suviste is a singer, pianist, composer and music producer. The entertainment industry flows through his veins as his father is a TV producer,and his mother a classically trained singer
In 2018 he set his sights on international success and took part in The Voice (Russia), landing himself on the team of Ukrainian Eurovision icon Ani Lorak, and making it all the way to the semi-finals. The following year Uku competed in Eesti Laul, taking the silver medal with Pretty Little Liar before winning the contest in 2020 with What Love Is.

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Czech Republic

Benny Cristo

Song: omaga

Benny Cristo has been a regular on the Czech music scene for over 10 years. In 2019, he released his new EP ‘Kontakt’, which contains a total of 6 songs including hits ‘Aleiaio’ and ‘Plan’. His biggest hits so far are ‘Bomby’ (24 million views on YouTube), ‘Asio’ (14 million views) and ‘Padam’ (24 million views).
Over the years, Benny has built a strong fan base on social networks; he is followed by nearly 800,000 people on Instagram alone. In addition to his musical career, he is a professional jiu-jitsu competitor, holding prestigious awards from international tournaments in his category.

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Greece

Stefania

Song: Last Dance

Stefania was born in the Dutch city of Utrecht in 2002. She started singing at the age of 8 and rose to fame 2 years later, when she competed in ‘The Voice Kids’. She also sang as part of the Dutch kids choir ‘Kinderen voor Kinderen (Kids for Kids)’.
In 2016, Stefania represented the Netherlands at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest as part of the girl group Kisses. They finished 8th at the contest in Valletta, Malta. Since then, Stefania has been performing as a solo singer and has her own YouTube channel and popular TikTok account.

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Austria

Vincent Bueno

Song: Amen

34-year-old Vincent from Vienna will perform the up-tempo song ‘Alive’ in May in Rotterdam. Austrian broadcaster ORF will reveal his participating song in March 2020. Vincent describes himself as someone who is motivated, loves to laugh and is full of love all around. “I love my family above all, have a deep faith and both give me strength in my life. I love music, I love people. I’m very sensitive, which can sometimes be a disadvantage – ‘open-hearted’.”

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poland

Rafal

Song: The Ride

Eurovision fans might recognise Rafał Brzozowski as a co-presenter of the 2020 Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Warsaw, Poland. His other TV work includes the popular music show The Name of the Tune and his time as co-host of the Polish version of Wheel of Fortune.
RAFAŁ’s music career started with his participation in The Voice (of Poland), releasing his debut single Tak blisko (“So Close”) shortly after. Riding high in the Polish airplay and sales charts, the entertainer found further success with his albums Tak blisko and Mój czas (My Time).

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Moldova

Natalia Gordienko

Song: Sugar

Natalia Gordienko was born on 11 December 1987 in Moldova’s capital Chisinau. She has been performing on the big stage since the age of 15.
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 Honoured Artist of the Republic of Moldova.

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Iceland

Daði Freyr and Gagnamagnið

Song: 10 Years

An artist who obsesses over the intricate craft of the pop song, Daði is a student of Eurovision. He will perform together with the group Gagnamagnið – which translates as ‘data plan’. In February 2020, Daði Freyr and Gagnamagnið won the Icelandic national selection Söngvakeppnin. They were set to perform their song Think About Things at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2020. It is not yet sure what Daði’s new song for the Contest in 2021 will be about, but the family aspect will stay with him as his wife, Árný Fjóla Ásmundsdóttir, plays keyboard in the group Gagnamagnið, and his 2 sisters provide backing vocals.

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serbia

Hurricane

Song: Loco Loco

Hurricane is back! Sanja Vučić, Ivana Nikolić and Ksenija Knežević will represent the country in Rotterdam with a brand new song.
The trio was set to represent Serbia in 2020 with their song Hasta La Vista before the Contest was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now, they’re back in the race and ready to make an impact!

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Georgia

Tornike Kipiani

Song: You

Tornike, or Kipo, is a 31-year-old singer from Georgia. He became famous with the Georgian public after winning the X-factor in 2014. Tornike’s mentor on the show was none other than 2019 Cyprus delegate Tamta.
Tornike was in the running to represent Georgia at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2017, hosted in Kyiv, but his song You Are My Sunshine was not chosen that year. In 2019, he won Georgian Idol with 33.82% of the public votes and will therefore represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam.

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Albania

Anxhela Peristeri

Song: Karma

Anxhela Peristeri released her music album Anxhela për ju in 2004. For years she has been singing at concerts and performing at festivals including Kënga Magjike, Çmimet Kult, Netët e Klipit and YFSF where she has won various awards. In 2018 she released her first recital concert, Reflektim. Anxhela has many songs to her credit as a singer-songwriter. Her first participation in Festivali i Këngës was in 2001. This year she returned for the second time and won with the song Karma.

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Portugal

The Black Mamba

Song: Love is On My Side

Portuguese band The Black Mamba won Festival da Canção 2021 and will represent Portugal at the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam.
Pedro Tatanka, Ciro Cruz and Muguel Casais formed the band in the spring of 2010. The chemistry and experience that the group has allows them to traverse the universe of blues, soul and funk in the adaptation of their roots and environment.
The group has released multiple albums and is known for their concert and festival tours around Portugal and beyond.

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Bulgaria

Victoria

Song: Growing Up Is Getting Old

VICTORIA’s distinctive voice and style position her as one of the most promising new music artists from Bulgaria. The Bulgarian entry will be selected internally and will be presented in early March. VICTORIA became popular after participating in the 4th season of X Factor Bulgaria. Her latest single, I Wanna Know, gained hundreds of thousands of streams across YouTube and Spotify over the summer. She presented the official video of the song in Sofia and Madrid. Her debut solo album is expected to be released in 2020.

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Finland

Blind Channel

Song: Dark Side

Blind Channel is made up of Joel Hokka (vocals and guitar), Niko Vilhelm (vocals), Joonas Porko (guitar), Olli Matela (bass), Tommi Lalli (drums) plus recent addition and sixth member Aleksi Kaunisvesi (keyboards), giving the band the perfect number of members for the Eurovision Song Contest stage.
Blind Channel describe their style of music as “violent pop” and have been likened to British alt-metal band Bring Me The Horizon. Having honed their craft on the Finnish underground scene the band believes the time has finally come for them to bring their sound to the world. As seen in UMK, these rockers love to put on a show and are no strangers to crazy antics and big gestures.

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Latvia

Samanta Tina

Song: The Moon Is Rising

Samanta Tīna is a singer from the small town of Tukums in Latvia. This year marks her sixth time entering the Latvian Eurovision selection process.
Whilst bringing very different songs each time, what remains the same are her powerful vocals. She describes her voice as a god-given talent that needs to be heard on the big stage. Her power doesn’t stop there; Samanta will serve you a large slice of girl power whenever there is an audience or camera in front of her.

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switzerland

Gjon’s Tears

Song: Tout L’Univers

Gjon Muharremaj, from Broc in the Canton of Fribourg, 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 and the inspiration for his stage name: Gjon’s Tears. “Whether it’s joy, sadness or melancholy – I want to touch people with my music in every 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 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.

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Denmark

Fyr Og Flamme

Song: Øve os på hinanden

“Teenage idols your parents can understand!” – that’s how duo Fyr & Flamme describe themselves.
Already popular in their home country, the pair of synth supremos have had bigs hits with their singles Kamæleon and Menneskeforbruger. Øve os på hinanden (Practice on Each Other) is inspired by Melodi Grand Prix bops of the past, borrowing from those ’70s dance tracks that force listeners to get up on their feet and stomp over to the dance floor.

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France

Barbara Pravi

Song: Voila

Barbara Pravi is a French singer-songwriter with Serbian and Iranian roots. The 27-year-old is no stranger to the Eurovision Song Contest, or actually, the Junior Eurovision Song Contest to be more specific. She co-wrote the two most recent French entries for Junior Eurovision, Bim Bam Toi, which was performed
by Carla, and J’imagine, performed by Valentina which won the contest in November 2020.

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Germany

Jendrick

Song: I Don’t Feel Hate

Jendrik grew up in Hamburg as the second eldest of 4 siblings. He began to play piano and violin at a young age and after finishing high school, he studied musical theatre at the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences. He has been passionately writing his own songs for years and even writes his own songs for the ukulele too, his favourite musical instrument.

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Italy

Maneskin

Song: Zitti e buoni

Måneskin is an Italian rock band from Rome, consisting of lead vocalist Damiano David, bassist Victoria De Angelis, guitarist Thomas Raggi, and drummer Ethan Torchio.
The band won the 71st Festival di Sanremo in March 2021 and will represent Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest

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Spain

Blas Canto

Song: Voy a quedarme

Blas Cantó (27) is a young popular Spanish artist, who already participated in the 2011 national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest with the successful band Auryn. They just missed out on winning the ticket to Düsseldorf, finishing second with the song Volver. Blas became a household name in Spain after his participation
in EuroJunior, the Spanish selection for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2004.

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the netherlands

Jeangu Macrooy

Song: Birth of A New Age

Jeangu Macrooy was born in 1993 in Paramaribo, Suriname. The seeds to Jeangu’s journey were planted when he received a guitar as a 13th birthday present from his parents. Jeangu’s musical ambition turned out to be bigger than the music scene in his native Suriname, leading to his move to the Netherlands in 2014. There he met producer and composer Perquisite who signed him to his label, Unexpected Records. From that moment, Jeangu’s career in the Dutch music industry was on the fast track. He has since played several big Dutch festivals, is a recurring guest in TV shows and has been nominated twice for an Edison Award, the Dutch equivalent to the American Grammy Awards.

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uk

James Newman

Song: Embers

Award-winning singer-songwriter James Newman will represent the United Kingdom at the 65th Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam.
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 co-wrote another UK chart-topper, Blame, this time for Calvin Harris and his younger brother John Newman. The song was a massive hit in several countries including the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway and Mexico.

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