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Jacques Houdek

© EBU/Thomas Hanses About Quick Facts NameŽeljko Houdek Born14 April 1981 Nationality???????? Croatian National SelectionInternal selection 2017Dora 2011Dora 2006Dora 2005Dora 2004Dora 2003Dora 2002 In Eurovision2017 Kyiv SongMy Friend (2017) Biography Jacques Houdek (born Željko Houdek;[1] April 14, 1981, Velika Gorica) is a Croatian singer.  He began his professional solo career in 2000 when he sang in a club in Zagreb. His first single, the song ‘Čarolija’, was released in 2002, and with it he introduced himself to a wider audience at Dora, the Croatian preselection for the Eurovision Song Contest. The very next month, Jacques signed a contract with the record company Croatia Records. In 2003, he took part in Dora for a second time. His song “Na krilima ljubavi” became 5th. In 2004 he participated again. “Nema razloga” was good for a 4th place. In the same year, Jacques’ debut album “Čarolija” was released. He also dubbed the voice of Aladdin in the Croatian version of the Disney movie. In 2005, he was present at Dora again, “Nepobjevida” reached a third place. A new album, “Kad is sretan”, was presented too. A 5th attempt in Dora also did not give him the victory, but in 2006 he became 15th in the final with “Umrijeti s osmijehom”. Again, this lead to a new album, “Živim za to”. In the 2007 parlementary election, Jacques Houdek sang the anthem of the conservative HDZ, “HDZ zna”. In the same year, Jacques released a live album ánd a compilation album. In 2008, no less than two brand new albums saw the light: “Idemo u zoološki vrt” and “Crno i bijelo”, and another live album came out. A new album, “Najveći Božićni Hitovi”, was released in 2009, followed by a live album and a compilation album in 2010. In January 2011, Houdek placed fourth in the finals of the Open Mic UK singing contest held in London’s O2 Arena. He also participated in the British TV show The X Factor. However, he was unable to continue his participation in the contest because he did not receive a work permit in time. In the same year, he participated in Dora again and now became shared first. Unfortunately for him, the jury decided to select another singer for the song.  The release of a new album in Croatia came in 2012: “Meni za ljubav”. In 2015, a compilation album was released, and in 2016, a brand new album came out: “Tko je, srce, u te dirn’o?”. In 2017, Jacques Houdek was internally selected to represent Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest. With his song “My friend” he managed to reach the final and ended up in 13th place there. Two years later, Houdek was involved in Dora and Eurovision again, but now as a composer. He wrote “The dream”, the Croatian entry, for Roko Blažević. The song did not reach the Eurovision final. In 2021, a new Houdek album saw the light: “Glavom i bradom”.    Entries My Friend Country???????? Croatia Year2017 LanguageEnglishItalian LyricsJacques HoudekArjana KunštekFabrizio LaucellaInes Prajo MusicJacques HoudekTonz Roberth MalmSiniša Reljić BackingsAntun StašićEmanuel PavonAlen ĐurasEdgar RupenaMatija Cvek Results Semi Points: 141Position: 8Running order: 11 Results Finals Points: 128Position: 13Running order: 13 https://youtu.be/4Sya_GIxsw0

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Dihaj

© EBU/Andres Putting About Quick Facts NameDiana Hajiyeva Born13 June 1989 Nationality???????? Azerbaijani National SelectionMilli Seçim Turu 2011Internal selection 2017 In Eurovision2017 Kyiv SongSkeletons (2017) Biography Diana Hajiyeva, a.k.a. Dihaj, is an Azerbaijani singer and songwriter. She was born on June 13, 1989 in Mariupol, Ukraine. Diana, who has been involved in music since childhood, took piano lessons and became interested in jazz music. At the same time, he worked in the Bəri bax music collective. In 2006, she graduated from secondary school. After that he entered the Baku Music Academy and acquired the profession of “Choir Conductor”. During these years, she began to deal with jazz professionally. Diana currently works at the Baku Jazz Center. Diana created a music group called Dihaj, in which her husband Ali Nasirov was also a member. The group mainly played music in the genre of now pop, electronica and experimental. Diana lived for some time in London, the capital of England, where she studied at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performances. Diana also performs as a solo singer under the name Dihaj. Diana Hajiyeva participated in the national selection to represent Azerbaijan at the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest. In 2011, Diana Hajiyeva’s debut music video “Find Yourself” was shot. On December 5, 2016, Public Television announced that Diana Hajiyeva was going represent Azerbaijan at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. The song “Skeletons”, which Diana should perform on the Eurovision stage, was presented to listeners in March 2017. Diana, who reached the final of the competition, took 14th place in the show. After the competition, Diana’s debut album “The End of Sunrise” was released in July. On March 23, 2018, the new song “We shall see them sometimes” was released. In the same year, Diana co-wrote a song she performed with Elnur Huseynov: “Dreamer”. In 2019, the band performed at the “Into the Wild” festival in Azerbaijan. Dihaj chose the platform Bandcamp to publish a couple of soundtracks in December of that year. On February 11, 2020, Diana released a new video: “The essence”. In July of the same year, she teamed up with Etibar Asadli for a new video.  On July 7, Diana Hajiyeva and Jazz Trio performed in the park of the Heydar Aliyev Center as part of a festival. Entries Skeletons Country???????? Azerbaijan Year2017 LanguageEnglish LyricsSandra Bjurman Musicİsa Məlikov BackingsJennie JahnsJohan D. SeilKristian TåjeMarie Nordmark SjöströmVitaliy Zagoruiko Results Semi Points: 150Position: 8Running order: 8 Results Finals Points: 120Position: 14Running order: 12 https://youtu.be/g_HSRHqd_7s

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Salvador Sobral

© EBU/Andres Putting About Quick Facts NameSalvador Vilar Braamcamp Sobral Born28 December 1989 Nationality???????? Portuguese National SelectionFestival da Canção 2017 In Eurovision2017 Kyiv SongAmar pelos dois (2017) Biography Salvador Thiam Vilar Braamcamp Sobral (Lisbon, December 28, 1989) is a Portuguese singer. Around the age of ten, Salvador Sobral participated in the contest Bravo, Bravíssimo. In 2009, he participated again in a television contest, competing in Ídolos, where he was one of the finalists. Psychology student at ISPA, after the Ídolos experience he decided to apply for the Erasmus scholarship program, which took him to a university in Mallorca. It was during this time that he decided to dedicate himself to music, in a professional way. Realizing that he could support himself with music, he decided to leave the Psychology course and apply to the prestigious Taller de Músics school, a higher school of music in Barcelona, ​​where he obtained a diploma in the specialties of modern music and jazz. In early 2014, while still attending Taller de Musics, he collaborated with the indie-pop band Noko Woi,, ​​with whom he performed at the Sónar festival. However, throughout 2015, he gave several concerts in bars and small venues in Spain and Portugal. In November of the same year he participated in the festivals Vodafone Mexefest (Lisbon) and JazzyColor (in Paris). In March 2016, after completing his Taller de Musics course, Salvador Sobral published his first album, “Excuse Me”. It was from the recording of this album that he established the band members with whom he would play in several countries around the world: Júlio Resende on piano, André Rosinha on double bass and Bruno Pedroso on drums. In April and May 2016 he participated, as vocalist of the band Noko Woi, in the semifinal and final, respectively, of the band contest Bala Perduda, with the band taking second place. Solo, in 2016, he performed at EDP Cool Jazz, OutJazz, Out Fest and FOLIO – Óbidos International Literary Festival, giving concerts on various stages, in cities in Portugal and Spain. In 2017, Salvador Sobral ws the winner of the Festival RTP da Canção 2017, the Portuguese national final for the Eurovision Song Contest. He sang “Amar pelos dois”, with lyrics and music by Luísa Sobral. In Kiev, in the final of the Eurovision Contest 2017, it reached the historic vote of 758 points, leading both the televoting and the jury voting of the 42 voting countries.  Also in 2017, in the aftermath of the Eurovision victory, he would present a new musical project, in partnership with Júlio Resende — the band Alexander Search, dedicated to the dissemination of the poetry of the Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa and his heteronym Alexander Search. In this project, Salvador used the heteronym Benjamin Cymbra. On May 19, 2017, the band released their first single, “A Day of Sun”. Due to serious heart problems, he had to quit performing. After a heart transplant, Sobral was able to perform again. His first performance was at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. Shortly before that, he and his sister Lucia received the Portuguese Order Of Merit, given by the president of Portugal himself. In 2018, Salvador Sobral continued touring with his 1st album Excuse Me, taking part once again in EDP Cool Jazz, and debuting in several jazz festivals, such as: Festival Jardins de Pedralbes, Heineken Jazzaldia and the JazzVoyeur Festival.  On March 29, 2019, Salvador Sobral released his second solo album, “Paris, Lisboa”. In February 2020, the singer gave two concects with the title “Salvador Sobral canta Jacques Brel”. Meanwhile, Noko Woi released a single and video, “Row”.  In  March 2021 a new single “Sangue do meu sangue”, was released, followed by the album “bpm” on May 28, followed by a new tour throughout Portugal, but after that throughout all Europe. Entries Amar Pelos Dois Country???????? Portugal Year2017 LanguagePortuguese LyricsLuísa Sobral MusicLuísa Sobral Backings– Results Semi Points: 370Position: 1Running order: 9 Results Finals Points: 758Position: 1Running order: 11 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qotooj7ODCM

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Anja

© EBU/Thomas Hanses About Quick Facts NameAnja Nissen Born06 November 1995 Nationality???????? Australian National SelectionDansk Melodi Grand Prix 2017Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2016 In Eurovision2017 Kyiv SongWhere I am (2017) Biography Anja Nissen was born and raised in Winmalee,, New South Wales, Australia to Danish-born parents. During highschool, she performed in several singing competitions. In 2008, she took part in the tv-show Australia’s Got Talent. After that, she took part in several tv-shows. In 2014, Anja took part in The Voice of Australia. She won the competition. Her debut album concisted of songs that she sang in this show. She later teamed up with her Voice-coach will.i.am and with Cody Wise in a song titled “I’m So Excited”. Anja began writing material in both Los Angeles and Denmark. On 19 May 2015, Nissen released her follow-up single “Anyone Who Had a Heart”. The song achieved over 70,000 views on YouTube and was followed a third single “Triumph”.  Anja was also featured on the 2014 “We Love Disney” album singing “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” from Cinderella. In 2016, Anja participated in Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, Denmark’s national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, with the song “Never Alone”. The song was co-written by Danish Eurovision winner Emmelie de Forest and ended up in third place. A year later, Anja Nissen was more successful. She won Melodi Grand Prix and thus represented Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest, where she reached the Grand Final. In May 2017, Nissen released a 6-track EP titled “Where I Am”. Since that moment, Nissen is living in Los Angeles, where she studies Keyboard Technology and Music Theory. Anja took a break from the music scene, but in June 2020, she released a new single, titled “If We Only Had Tonight”, followed by followed by “Can’t Do This” in October 2020. In 2022, she works as a vocal coach and vocal producer. Besides, she sings at weddings. Entries Where I Am Country???????? Denmark Year2017 LanguageEnglish LyricsAnja NissenAngel TupaiMichael D’Arcy MusicAnja NissenAngel TupaiMichael D’Arcy BackingsJulie LindellTrille PalsgaardLinda AndrewsJasmin GabayAndy Roda Results Semi Points: 101Position: 10Running order: 8 Results Finals Points: 77Position: 20Running order: 10 https://youtu.be/vUbGnq8maS0

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Francesco Gabbani

© EBU/Andres Putting About Quick Facts NameFrancesco Gabbani Born09 September 1982 Nationality???????? Italian National SelectionFestival di Sanremo 2017Festival di Sanremo 2020 In Eurovision2020 Kyiv SongOccidentali’s karma (2017) Biography Francesco Gabbani is an Italian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, born in Carrara. He began his artistic career as a musician playing blues, funk and jazz. At eighteen he signed his first record deal and recorded his first album with the group Trikobalto. The video clips of the two singles from this album were played on the main musical television broadcasters and allow Trikobalto to perform in the main Italian festivals. In 2010, Trikobalto  released their second album. A tour in France followed. Trikobaldo opened for Stereophonics. In the same year Gabbani left the band and signed a new record deal for the realization of his first solo project. In 2011 Gabbani released four singles. In 2014 he released his first solo studio album, “Greitist Iz”. In 2016 he presented himself in Sanremo Giovani with the song “Amen”. He won the Nuove proposti trophy. In the months following the victory, his song became a commercial success, reaching the fourteenth position in the charts and receiving a gold disc for it and later even a platinum disc. The single was also added to Gabbani’s second studio album “Eternamente ora”. Then he began a promotional tour and opened concerts for national and international artists such as Franco Battiato, Francesco Renga, Simply Red and Anastacia. Later Gabbani wrote the soundtrack of the film “Poveri ma ricchi”. In the same year he worked as an author for other interpreters. In 2017 he participated at the festival of San Remo again, now in the Sezione Big. His song “Occidentali’s karma” won the festival. The single Occionali’s Karma, was a great commercial success both in Italy – where it reached and maintained the first position of the charts for three consecutive weeks – and in the rest of Europe. He participated in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest with the song, being one of the favourites to win it. In the end, he became 6th. Soon after the contest, a new album “Magellano” was released. April 4 announced the release of his third studio album Magellano, [13] released on April 28. Three more singles were extracted from it. Following the release of the album, Gabbani embarked on a 44-date tour. In May 2018 he released the single “Selfie del selfie”, originally released as the album’s ghost track. In 2019 Gabbani released the single “È un’altra cosa”, followed by “Duemiladiciannove”. On January 31, 2020 he announced his fourth album “Viceversa”, while a few days later he took part in the Festival di San Remo with the single of the same name, with which he ranked second. A third single was released in June. To promote the new album, in the summer of 2020 he went on tour  with 11 concerts throughout Italy. On 3 September 2021 Gabbani presented the single “La rete,” aimed at anticipating his fifth album. In the same year he collaborated on the soundtrack of the television series Un professore with the single “Spazio tempo”.  on the 11th of March. 22. the new album “Volevamo solo essere felici” was released. In June, it was followed by the Francesco Gabbani Live 2022 tour. On April 8, 2022, he hosted his first television program, together with Francesca Fialdini.   Entries Occidentali’s Karma Country???????? Italy Year2017 Language???????? Italian LyricsFrancesco GabbaniFilippo GabbaniLuca Chiaravalli MusicFrancesco GabbaniFilippo GabbaniLuca Chiaravalli BackingsFilippo GabbaniChantal SaroldiNausicaa MagariniDaniele SariFilippo Ranaldi Results Semi Points: –Position: –Running order: – Results Finals Points: 334Position: 6Running order: 9 https://youtu.be/KieE_MLv-ZY

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Sunstroke Project

© EBU/Andres Putting About Quick Facts MembersAnton RagozaSerghei StepanovSerghei Ialoviţki Founded2007 Nationality🇲🇩 Moldovan National SelectionEtapa națională 2023O Melodie Pentru Europa 2017O Melodie Pentru Europa 2015O Melodie Pentru Europa 2010Moldovan National Final 2009 In Eurovision2017 Kyiv2010 Oslo SongHey Mamma! (2017)Run Away (2010, with Olia Tira) Biography SunStroke Project was formed in 2007 by 2 young men from Tiraspol who were doing their military service. Initially it consisted of violinist Anton Ragoza and saxophonist Serghei Stepanov. Anton Ragoza entered the music school at the age of 14. He finished highschool but did not get any higher education, because Anton soon left college and joined the army, where he played in the orchestra. In the army he met the saxophonist Sergei Stepanov. After getting to know each other, the idea of ​​creating a musical band appeared, and its name came about as a result of a funny situation. One summer when the soldiers were doing some work in the fields, the young blond Anton Ragoza got heatstroke, from which he got the name “SunStroke”. After the military service, the band SunStroke Project, together with soloist Pasha Parfeni, played in clubs, especially in Tiraspol and Odesa. Once in Odessa they met MC Mîslic who suggested them to come to Chisinau and try their hand at the Moldovan market. The band easily conquered the Moldovan public, already in 2009 taking the 3rd place in the national preselection for Eurovision with the song “No Crime”. After the departure of Pasha Parfeni from the band, he was replaced by Serghei Ialovițchii from Chisinau, with whom SunStroke Project won the national preselection for the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest, together with Olia Tira. The group reached the final and became 22nd there. With the virtuoso performance of the band’s saxophonist (Sergei Stepanov) at Eurovision, he became an internet phenomenon called “Epic Sax Guy”. Remixed clips of his performance have garnered millions of views on YouTube. Several versions of “10 Hours of Epic Sax Guy” have also been created, with the first two most popular of them accumulating 16 million and 10 million views respectively. In 2012, Olia Tira and Sunstroke Project submitted a song to the national final for the Eurovision Song Contest. However, the song, “Superman” was not selected. In 2013, the band performed a song in Romanian for the first time, “Ce Bine Imi Pare”. For this song, they teamed up with the Alex Calancea Band.  In the same year, the song “Walking in the rain” took the 1st place on the Radio Record chart and became the anthem of the Parapaparam KVN team of MGIMO Moscow. In the same year, a video was shot for the song “Amor”, which was released in English and Spanish. In 2015, Sunstroke Project took part in the national finalof the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 with the song “Day After Day”, but took 3rd place in the final. In August of the same year, the Sunstroke project opened their music label Ragoza Music and released a new song “Not Giving It Up”. In February 2017, they won the national final for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with the song “Hey, Mamma!”. In the final of the competition, they took 3rd place, which was the best result of Moldova at that time. Upon the return of the team to Moldova, the President of the country presented the highest state awards of Moldova to the members of the group – the Order of Honor, and their producer Dmitry Sergeev – the medal “Civil Merit”.  In 2018, the band teamed up with the Swiss group Timebelle to record the song “Tocame”. In February 2019, the founder and violinist Anton Ragoza left the band. Their first recording as a duo was the song “Boomerang”, followed by “Mango”.  Although the band released new music, due to COVID19 the new video, containing the song “Pepperoni”, was only released in November 2020. In April 2021, a song in Russian came out, “Beloye”, followed in December by “Netflix & chill”. In 2022, Sunstroke Project had an international tour called the Epic Sunstroke Project Euro Tour. They went to Barcelona, Amsterdam, Turin and Warsaw, mostly for Eurovision related performances. In 2023, the band participated once again in the Moldovan national final with the song “Yummy Mommy” and placed second Entries Hey Mamma! Country🇲🇩 Moldova Year2017 LanguageEnglish LyricsAlina Galeţcaia MusicAnton RagozaSerghei StepanovSerghei IaloviţkiMihail Cebotarenco BackingsCatarina SanduDana MarkitanHelena Abegaz Results Semi Points: 291Position: 2Running order: 12 Results Finals Points: 374Position: 3Running order: 7 https://youtu.be/SWaQdHoCvYk Run Away (with Olia Tira) Country🇲🇩 Moldova Year2010 LanguageEnglish LyricsAlina Galeţcaia MusicAnton RagozaSerghei Stepanov BackingsMaxim VadovVadim Tsurkanunknown dancer Results Semi Points: 52Position: 10Running order: 1 Results Finals Points: 27Position: 22Running order: 4 https://youtu.be/pHXDMe6QV-U

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OG3NE

© EBU/Thomas Hanses About Quick Facts MembersLisa Roxanne VolAmy Talitha VolShelley Celine Vol Founded2007 Nationality???????? Dutch National SelectionInternal selection 2017 In Eurovision2017 Kyiv SongLights and shadows (2017) Biography The members of OG3NE are sisters. They were all born in the Dutch city of Dordrecht: Lisa on June 21, 1994 and the twins Amy and Shelley on October 18, 1995. They grew up in Fijnaart. Participation in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest marked the start of their musical career in 2007, under the name of Lisa, Amy & Shelley. Their parents initially helped them write songs (their father) and develop choreographies (their mother). With their self-written song “Adem in, adem uit”, Lisa, Amy and Shelley won the Dutch national final for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. During the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2007 in Rotterdam they reached an 11th place. After performing at the Junior Song Contest, they got a record deal with EMI Music, followed by a deal with Cloud9. Later they started doing their work in-house. Lisa, Amy and Shelley released several songs such as “100%”, “Fout ventje”, “Boemerdeboem” and “Diep in de nacht”. In 2009 they sang the title song of the movie Kikkerdril. In 2014, the sisters participated in The Voice of Holland as the first threesome ever in this program. They debuted here under the new band name OG3NE. The name OG3NE stands for the following:  “O’ = their mother’s blood type, G3ne = the genes that link them together. The sisters won the talent show. They released their debut single “Magic”. It was a number 3 in the Dutch charts and they got a gold record for it. At Symphonica in Rosso 2015/2016 they performed twelve times in the Ziggo Dome. A year later, the sisters performed six times in Rotterdam Ahoy during Toppers in concert. In 2016 they participated in the television program Beste Zangers.  Their version of the Emeli Sandé song “Clown” earned them a gold record in March 2017. “We got this”, their first studio album recorded under the name OG3NE, was released in the fall of 2016. It immediately debuted at number 1 on the Dutch Album Top 100 and was awarded a gold record. OG3NE has been committed since the end of 2015 as an ambassador for the deadly muscle and nerve disease ALS. On October 29, 2016, it was announced that OG3NE would represent the Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Ukraine. On March 3, 2017 it was announced that they would travel to Kyiv with the song “Lights and shadows”, written by their father Rick Vol and Shelley’s boyfriend Rory de Kievit. The song is a musical tribute to their seriously ill mother, who suffered from a rare form of bone cancer. Later that year she passed away as a result of this illness. The trio reached the final and finished in 11th place.  In October 2019, their second album “Straight to you” appeared. At the same time, the sisters won the tv-show Dance Dance Dance. In the same year and in 2020, they had a theatre tour throughout The Netherlands called “Sweet Harmony Tour”. During the first COVID19 lockdown they caught a lot of attention with the song “Kinda wanna”, with a video that was recorded by all the girls seperated via Zoom. When they did the same with “Bohemian Rhapsody”, Queen shared the song on their Instagram. A lot of home isolation versions of songs followed. They also gave several Home Concerts. On October 30 2020, the sisters released a new single, in Dutch, called “Lieve zus”, followed by “Dat ben jij” in March 2021. Meanwhile, they kept on giving online concerts. In October 2021 they finished their “Sweet Harmony” tour. They released a christmas song, “Christmas on my doorstep”, and started a theatre tour with Dutch songs, “Samen uit, samen thuis”. On March 18, 2022, they released their song “Veel te snel”. Entries Lights and Shadows Country???????? The Netherlands Year2017 LanguageEnglish LyricsRick Vol MusicRory de Kievit Backings– Results Semi Points: 200Position: 4Running order: 6 Results Finals Points: 150Position: 11Running order: 6 https://youtu.be/_9XsCqGg8ls

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Artsvik

© EBU/Andres Putting About Quick Facts NameArtsvik Harutyunyan Born21 October 1984 Nationality???????? Armenian National SelectionDepi Evratesil 2017 In Eurovision2017 Kyiv SongFly with me (2017) Biography Artsvik Harutyunyan was born in Armenia. When she was 5 years old, Artsvik’s family moves to Moscow. Artsvik studied at the Moscow State Pedagogical University, as she wanted to be a psychologist-speech therapist.  In 2012, Artsvik became a member of the  band Jazz Parking. In the same year, she successfully participated in the Russian version of the international The Voice. In a short period of time, Artsvik managed to gain recognition and love not only in Russia, but also in Armenia. She came up with new songs and performances, among which there are a number of folk and Gusan songs (“Du im musan yes”, “T’amam ashkharh”, “Ari, ari”), as well as pop songs (“Why “, “No fear”, “I Say Yes”, “Sestry po duhu”) and others. Artsvik participated in concerts and music festivals throughout Russia and Armenia. In 2016 she decided to return to Armenia and participate in  “Depi Evratesil”, the Armenian national final for the Eurovision Song Contest. Receiving the highest points from the jury and viewers, Artsvik gets the opportunity to represent Armenia at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. During the entire project, Artsvik was supported by team leader, former member of Genealogy, Yesai Altunyan. Artsvik reached the 18th place in the Grand Final. The follow up song after Eurovision was the song “Mna du”, released in December 2017. Her debut album, “It’s time”, was released in July, 2018. In Russia, she won a departmental award for the contribution and strengthening of friendship between people. In January 2019, she released a new song in Armenian, “Urish molorakic”. In November 2019, she teamed up with Ragda Khanieva for the song “Stay”, followed by “Bang Bang”. In 2021, Artsvik released “Serdtsem k nebasam”, a song that is an ode to her father. In November of the same year, the song was followed by “Snova vo sne”. Entries Fly With Me Country???????? Armenia Year2017 LanguageEnglish LyricsAvet BarseghyanDavid Tserunyan MusicLilith NavasardyanLevon Navasardyan BackingsAnushik Ter-GhukasyanAmaliya MargaryanViktoria PogosyanMarlene LindahlFanny Svensson Results Semi Points: 152Position: 7Running order: 16 Results Finals Points: 79Position: 18Running order: 5 https://youtu.be/g373Libigw8

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Nathan Trent

© EBU/Andres Putting About Quick Facts NameNathanaele Koll Born04 April 1992 Nationality???????? Austrian National SelectionInternal selection 2017 In Eurovision2017 Kyiv SongRunning on air (2017) Biography Nathan Trent is an Austrian singer and songwriter. He was born in Innsbruck. He grew up bilingually, with German and Italian. At the age of three he learned to play the violin and piano and was a child in musicals on the theater stage. In 2003, Trent took part in the Kiddy Contest. In 2011, as a member of the group Boyz II Hot, he came eleventh in the talent show X Factor Germany. After finnishing school Trent went to Vienna, where he studied musical entertainment theater at the Music and Arts University of Vienna. In addition to his study, which he completed in 2016, he appeared on numerous theater stages. In June 2016, Trent released his debut single “Like it is”. Before Trent was selected as Austria’s candidate on December 19, 2016, he was also among the 33 candidates for the German national final for the Eurovision Song Contest, Unser Song 2017. He withdrew because an artist can not participate in 2 countries. On February 27, his song “Running on Air” was released. In the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, he reached the 16th place in the Grand Final. The follow up song for “Running on air” was called “Good vibes”. After Eurovision, Nathan Trent released a lot of singles. He teamed up with J-Mox on three occasions, for the songs “Secrets” (2018), “Over you” (2019) and “Millions” (2020). In 2020 he was also a member of the panel in The Masked Singer Austria. In September 2021, Nathan released a new single and video, “Growing pains”. It was soon followed by a new and quite personal song, “Underwater”. In January 2022, “Late night friends” was released. The songs were part of Trent’s debut Album “The stages of change”, which was released at April 1 2022. The album was followed by a tour throughout Austria. Entries Running On Air Country???????? Austria Year2017 LanguageEnglish LyricsNathan TrentBernhard Penzias MusicNathan TrentBernhard Penzias BackingsHelena de MaertelaereArtem MurachVincent BuenoFlorian Fitz Results Semi Points: 147Position: 7Running order: 2 Results Finals Points: 93Position: 16Running order: 4 https://youtu.be/gJIjZF5sgzg

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Naviband

© EBU/Andres Putting About Quick Facts MembersKsenia ZhukArtem Lukyanenko Founded2013 Nationality???????? Belarusian National SelectionBelarusian National Final 2017Belarusian National Final 2016 In Eurovision2017 Kyiv SongHistoryja majho žyccia (2017) Biography Naviband is a Belarusian duo, currently living in Poland. The band consists of vocalist and guitarist Artem Lukyanenko and vocalist and keyboardist Ksenia Zhuk. The duo also collaborates with bassist Uladzislaŭ Čaščavik, guitarist Aliaksandr Taboĺski and drummer Uladzimir Biehier. Lukyanenko was born in Glubokoye, graduated in journalism from the Belarusian State University and worked in the radio station Stalica. He was also the guitarist of the band Tim Erna. Zhuk was born in Minsk. She has been dealing with music since childhood, and her vocal talent was noticed when she was 11 years old. She herself teached children to sing in a music school. She was also the vocalist of the band Sonika. They both actively promote the Belarusian language. The two met in 2013 and married on September 5, 2014 in Minsk. In 2014, the Naviband released two studio albums: “Lovi” in January and “Soncam sahretyja in December”. Their song “Abdymi myane” received the Lira award for “the best Belarusian-language song of 2014”. In 2015, they won a competition for young Belarusian-speaking performers.  In 2016, they took part in the national qualifiers for the 61st Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Heta ziamlya”. The duo took 4th place. In August of that year, they created the official song of the Belarusian football team.  In 2017, they took part in the national Eurovision final again, this time with the song “Historyja majho žyccia”. They won and thus became the representatives of Belarus in the Eurovision Song Contest. It was the first piece in the history of the competition performed in Belarusian. On the day of the Belarusian national final of the Belarusian qualifiers, i.e. January 20, 2017, they released another studio album, entitled “Illuminaciya”, which included, among others, the Eurovision song. At the Eurovision Song Contest, the duo reached the final and became 17th there.  In June 2017, they became the ambassadors of the Coca-Cola advertising campaign in Belarus. They created the Belarusian-language text of the song “Taste the Feeling” (used in the company’s advertisements around the world) and their own arrangement of this song. In October 2017, they announced the release of another album by the end of the year, “Adnoj darohaj”, which was released on December 8, 2017. On December 4, they presented a music video for the song “A dzie žyvieš ty?”, in which they announced that they are expecting a child . Their son, Maciej, was born on May 1, 2018. In March 2018, they became ambassadors of the Easter advertising campaign of the Jewroopt chain of stores. In September 2018 they published a song in Ukrainian, “Sumne more” . On December 5, 2019, the band released their fifth album, “Naviband”. In 2020, during protests in Belarus, the duo released two songs to support the protesters, “Inshymi” and “Diewoczka w biełom”, which is dedicated to the protesting women. The first one was sung live during one of the protests. In November of that year, they released another song dedicated to the protesters, “Milyon smutku”. In 2021, on the occasion of Freedom Day, they released the song “Volnyja sny”.together with the band Val . Entries Historya majho žyccia Country???????? Belarus Year2017 LanguageBelarusian LyricsArtem Lukyanenko MusicArtem Lukyanenko BackingsOlga Rozaleon-SashalskayaAnna ChetAlena VerbitskayaMichael Soul Results Semi Points: 110Position: 9Running order: 14 Results Finals Points: 83Position: 17Running order: 3 https://youtu.be/coFfFZvPmRY

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