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Nina Zilli

About Quick Facts NameMaria Chiara Fraschetta Born02 February 1980 Nationality­čç«­čç╣ Italian National SelectionFestival Di Sanremo 2018Festival Di Sanremo 2015Festival Di Sanremo 2012 In Eurovision2012 Baku SongL’amore ├Ę Femmina (Out Of Love) (2012) Biography Nina Zilli, originally from Piacenza, showcased her musical inclinations early, performing in bands at just thirteen. Her formative years saw her absorbing diverse cultural experiences, notably a stint in Ireland where she honed her English language skills. The foundation of her musical journey began in 1997 with the band, The Jerks. Later on, her time in the United States, coupled with her studies in Public Relations at Milan’s IULM University, further broadened her horizons. Venturing into television, Nina marked her presence as an MTV VJ and later co-hosted Roxy Bar. Musically, she collaborated with notable acts from the rocksteady/reggae genre, embarking on tours and producing singles like “Tutti al mare” in 2001. 2009 was pivotal for Nina as she signed with Universal, adopting the moniker ‘Nina Zilli’, inspired by Nina Simone and her mother’s surname. Her breakout single, “50mila”, received acclaim, finding its way into films and video games. She effortlessly blended soulful tunes with 60’s vibes, notably with “L’amore verr├á,” reminiscent of the iconic Supremes’ hit. Nina’s participation in the 2010 Sanremo Festival brought significant recognition. With her song “L’uomo che amava le donne”, she clinched multiple awards and her track garnered gold certification. Her album “Sempre lontano” mirrored this success, achieving platinum status. She continued to make her mark in the industry with performances, award recognitions, and collaborations. In 2012, Nina Zilli made significant strides in her music career. She was announced as a participant in the renowned Sanremo Festival with her song “Per sempre,” which set the stage for her second album, “L’amore ├Ę femmina.” This album featured collaborations, most notably with Carmen Consoli, on the track “Un’altra estate.” “Per sempre” earned a platinum certification after securing over 30,000 digital downloads. That year, she also graced the stage at the Rome’s May 1st Concert, co-hosted “Panariello non esiste” with Giorgio Panariello, and represented Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest in Baku. Throughout the subsequent years, Zilli remained active in the music scene. In 2013, she appeared in a televised musical event with Gianni Morandi, performing the duet “Parla pi├╣ piano.” 2014 saw her penning songs for other artists, collaborating on tracks, and being announced as a contestant in the 2015 Sanremo Festival with the song “Sola.” Alongside this, she released her third studio album “Frasi & fumo,” which was primarily a collaboration with Neffa. Her stint as a judge in the 2015 season of “Italia’s Got Talent” showcased another side of Zilli. In 2016, she co-hosted the show “Sogno e son desto” and contributed to Loredana Bert├Ę’s album. ZilliÔÇÖs fourth album, “Modern Art,” dropped in 2017, exemplifying a blend of modern and urban-tropical sounds. In the subsequent years, she participated in various music festivals, released several singles, and continued collaborations with other Italian artists, including a significant one with Diodato at the 70th Sanremo Festival in 2020. In recent times, Zilli has been active with singles like “Schiacciacuore” and “Se├▒orita,” the latter being a collaboration with Clementino. 2022 and 2023 saw her teaming up with Danti on tracks like “Munsta” and “Innamorata (F_U),” showcasing her continuous evolution as an artist. Entries L’amore ├Ę femmina (Out of love) Country­čç«­čç╣ Italy Year2012 LanguageItalianEnglish LyricsNina ZilliChristian RabbKristoffer Sj├ÂkvistFrida MolanderCharlie Mason MusicNina ZilliChristian RabbKristoffer Sj├ÂkvistFrida MolanderCharlie Mason BackingsChristina BertarelloVhelade Bale MuraMarco Guerzoni Results Semi Points: –Position: –Running order: – Results Finals Points: 101Position: 9Running order: 10 https://youtu.be/v0kGpDEvtbQ?si=Y2Lv7O2kUWMICrih

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Anggun

About Quick Facts NameAnggun Cipta Sasmi Born29 April 1974 Nationality­čç«­čçę Indonesian­čçź­čçĚ French National SelectionInternal selection 2012 In Eurovision2012 Baku SongEcho (You and I) (2012) Biography Anggun Cipta Sasmi, born on 29 April 1974 in Jakarta, is an accomplished Indonesian-French singer, songwriter, and TV personality. Her passion for music began at an early age, and by nine, she had already recorded a children’s album. The year 1989 marked her rise as a rock sensation, and by 1993, she had a collection of five albums in her native language. Her single “Mimpi” earned a spot on Rolling Stone’s 150 Greatest Indonesian Songs of All Time list. In 1994, Anggun relocated to England, seeking a broader audience for her talent. Later, settling in France, she released her breakthrough international album, Snow on the Sahara (1997), which graced shelves in 33 countries and sold over a million copies globally. Anggun’s musical journey expanded with six more studio albums in both English and French and a soundtrack for the Danish film Open Hearts (2002). Tracks like “Snow on the Sahara”, “What We Remember”, and “Perfect World” made their mark on the U.S. Billboard charts. Moreover, “In Your Mind”, “Saviour”, and “I’ll Be Alright” were hits on the European Billboard charts. Anggun represented France in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 with “Echo (You and I)”. Beyond music, Anggun became a popular TV figure, judging on Indonesian adaptations of The X Factor, Got Talent, and The Voice. She also served on panels for Asia’s Got Talent, France’s Masked Singer, and Belgium’s StarMaker. Anggun showcased her acting talents in the musical theater Al Capone (2023), the film Coup de foudre ├á Bangkok (2020), and TV series Profession Com├ędien (2021). Beyond the entertainment sphere, she became a global ambassador for the United Nations twice, championing the International Year of Microcredit in 2005 and the Food and Agriculture Organization in 2009. With her albums gaining gold and platinum status in parts of Europe, Anggun stands as one of Asia’s most successful exports in the music world. She made history as the first Indonesian artist to chart in Europe and America. Her incredible journey has earned her numerous honors, including France’s Chevalier des Arts et Lettres, the World Music Award, and the Asian Television Award. Furthering her legacy, Anggun is the first Indonesian woman to be celebrated with a wax figure at Madame Tussauds. Entries Echo (You And I) Country­čçź­čçĚ France Year2012 LanguageFrenchEnglish LyricsAnggun CiptaWilliam Rousseau MusicJean Pierre PilotWilliam Rousseau BackingsAndr├ęa CatozziJimmy BourcereauJeremy MaupiletCaroline DevismesSebastien Demeaux Results Semi Points: –Position: –Running order: – Results Finals Points: 21Position: 22Running order: 9 https://youtu.be/0DZ7DbdeOeE?si=G6tHBYg2fpJM-nsw

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Buranovskiye Babushki

┬ę About Quick Facts MembersNatalya PugachevaEkaterina Semenovna ShklyaevaValentina PyatchenkoGalina KonevaGrania BaysarovaOlga TuktarevaYelizaveta Zarbatova (not on stage)Zoya Dorodova (not on stage)Olga Tuktareva (not on stage) Founded1970 Nationality­čçĚ­čç║ Russian National SelectionEvrovidenie 2012Evrovidenie 2010 In Eurovision2012 Baku SongParty For Everybody (2012) Biography Buranovskiye Babushki is a Russian folk music group from the village of Buranovo in the Malopurginsky district of Udmurtia. They gained popularity by performing hits of famous Russian and foreign artists in their native Udmurt language.The folk ensemble “Buranovskie Babushki” (Buranovo Grannies) was founded in the village of Buranovo in Udmurtia over 45 years ago. By 2010, the average age of the ensemble’s members was 70 years old. The core of their repertoire consists of ancient folk songs in their native Udmurt language. For the first time, the ensemble began performing covers of famous artists in the Udmurt languag in 2008. Since then, they have repeatedly attracted the attention of the press and television. The ensemble participated in the Russian national final for the Eurovision song contest in 2010 with the song “Dlinnaya-dlinnaya beresta i kak sdelat’ iz neyo aishon” (they took third place), as well as in the national final for Eurovision 2012 with the song “Party for Everybody.” As a result of the latter selection, Buranovskie Babushki won and earned the right to represent Russia at the international Eurovision┬á song contest 2012, where they finished in second place in the final. By the decree of the President of the Udmurt Republic, A. A. Volkov, No. 97 of May 24, 2012, eight members of the ensemble (Grania, Alevtina, Zoya, Galina, Natalya, Valentina, Olga Tuktareva, and Ekaterina) were awarded the honorary title “People’s Artist of the Udmurt Republic” for their significant contribution to the development of art and high performing skills. In early November 2012, the premiere of a joint song by Buranovskie Babushki and the well-known ethno-pop singer Varvara titled “A ne poydu zamuzh ya” was released. In April 2012, the”Buranovskie Babushki appeared in commercials for the popular carbonated drink Sprite.┬á On August 24, 2013, the Buranovskie Babushki headlined the third multi-festival of Finno-Ugric culture Ybitsa in the village of Yb, Syktyvkar district, Republic of Komi. On January 2, 2014, a 75-year-old member of the ensemble “Buranovskie Babushki”, Galina Koneva, became one of the torchbearers of the Olympic flame relay for the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. The Buranovskie Babushki have repeatedly stated that they plan to spend the money earned during their concert performances on restoring the village shrine – The Holy Trinity Church, built in their native village of Buranovo in 1895 and destroyed in the late 1930s. On May 24, 2012, foundation work began in the village for the future church. On May 30, 2012, the day the ensemble members returned from Baku, it was planned to consecrate the future church. Alexander Volkov, the head of the Udmurt Republic, promised to allocate 1 million rubles for the construction of the church and also assured that he would help solve the problems with road quality and water supply in the village of Buranovo. In June 2016, the church was opened and consecrated. Entries Party For Everybody Country­čçĚ­čç║ Russia Year2012 LanguageEnglishUdmurt LyricsOlga TuktarevaMary Susan Applegate MusicViktor DrobyshTimofei Leontiev Backings– Results Semi Points: 152Position: 1Running order: 14 Results Finals Points: 259Position: 2Running order: 6 https://youtu.be/BgUstrmJzyc?si=OloPLHYfmM2Muo86

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Rona Nishliu

About Quick Facts NameRona Nishliu Born25 August 1986 Nationality­č玭čç▒ Albanian National SelectionFestivali i K├źng├źs 2011Festivali i K├źng├źs 2004 In Eurovision2012 Baku SongSuus (2012) Biography Rona Nishliu is a Kosovar-Albanian singer. She grew up in Mitrovica but relocated to Pristina at 13 due to political unrest in her native town. In 2004, she participated in “Ethet e s├ź premt├źs mbr├źma”, a show reminiscent of Idols, making it to the Top 5 in the live episodes. Post-show, Rona took up a presenting role at Radio Blue Sky in Prishtina. In the same year, she collaborated with Vesa Luma and Teuta Kurti to participate in the 43rd Festivali i K├źng├źs. They aspired to represent Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 with their song “Flakaresh├ź”. While they reached the final on 18 December 2004, Ledina ├çelo ultimately won. Nishliu represented Albania in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest, held in Baku, Azerbaijan. She won her national selection on 29 December 2011 with “Suus”, becoming the first Kosovo singer to represent Albania. The tragic Qafa e Vish├źs bus incident led to a delay of over two hours in the first semi-final on 22 May, impacting the viewership of Nishliu’s performance. Consequently, Albania relied on jury votes for voting. RTK did not broadcast the semi-final highlights due to the tragedy. Nishliu secured fifth place in the final, earning 146 points, which stands as Albania’s top performance. She was granted Albanian citizenship on 12 January 2012. Following Eurovision, Nishliu dedicated herself to humanitarian causes. She joined “Bonu cool, mos bjer shpull├ź”, an initiative promoting gender sensitivity. For this, she released “Se vet├źm zemra flet sakt├ź”, a song against young gender violence, which she produced and wrote. This song is part of a campaign by the Kosovo Gender Studies Centre, funded by the European Union. On 18 September 2014, Rona showcased Kosovar culture with a concert in Belgrade, Serbia during the “Mir├źdita, dobar dan” festival, earning a standing ovation. In 2017, Rona became a coach for the sixth season of The Voice of Albania. In 2018, she performed at the Jazz Fest of Tetova. She also was present at the OGAE Congress in Spain. In April 2019, Rona recorded a couple of songs with the Rona Nishliu Quartet, like “Mall├źngjimi” and “Me lule t’bukra” and a live album, “Mindil”. She also performed for the charity organization SOS Fshatrat e F├źmij├źve Kosov├ź. In December 2021, she performed in a Christmas show on Kosovar television in duet with Gjon’s Tears. In December 2022 she started performing as Rona Nishliu & The New Big Band under the lead of Edon Ramadani. In August and September 2023 she performed at the Mitrovica International Jazz Days. Entries Suus Country­č玭čç▒ Albania Year2012 LanguageAlbanian LyricsRona Nishliu MusicFlorent Boshnjaku Backings– Results Semi Points: 146Position: 2Running order: 5 Results Finals Points: 146Position: 5Running order: 3 https://youtu.be/QeBL2UHhyEc?si=Wo22IA6TbEXH_RD2

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Compact Disco

About Quick Facts MembersLotfi BehnamG├íbor P├ílCsaba Walk├│ Founded2008 Nationality­čçş­čç║ Hungarian National SelectionA Dal 2012 In Eurovision2012 Baku SongSound Of Our Hearts (2012) Biography Compact Disco is a Hungarian electronic music band and music producer group. Lotfi, P├íl, and Walk├│ first met in 2005 when Lotfi Behnam’s techno producer duo, Collins and Behnam, planned to cover Adamski and Seal’s song titled “Killer” and were looking for a singer. They saw Walk├│ Csaba singing on television and invited him to sing the cover. At that time, Walk├│ was singing in a funk-pop band called Brownfield and asked some of his musician friends to accompany him to the recording. One of them was P├íl G├íbor, who was also a founder of a nu-jazz band called Toy Division.┬á In the summer of 2008, Lotfi proposed the idea of a vocal electronic pop music ensemble to Walk├│, who then asked his keyboardist, P├íl, to join them.┬á By March 2009, they were writing and arranging songs.┬áBy the time their first album was ready, the band members agreed that the band’s name would be Compact Disco and the album title would be “Stereoid”. They signed a contract with CLS Music in September 2009, and the album was released in December. The band started performing live from January 2010. They shot their first music video for their song “I’m in Love”, which soon gained notable popularity, ranking in the top ten on many Hungarian hit lists.┬á The band decided to produce another video clip, an “image clip” that would introduce the band in May 2010 for the song “Without You”. For the festival concerts in the summer of 2010, P├íl and Walk├│ invited bassist Attila S├índor, to join them. He officially became a member of the band in November. In the same month the band shot their third music video for the song “Fly or Dive”. The song topped the Hungarian dance hit list, the VIVA Club Chart.┬á On November 15, 2010 the band won the MTV brand:new election. They got assistance from their viral video series “Help Antos!”, starring actor G├ęmes Antos, which caught the attention of the advertising industry.┬á A second album, “II” was released on May 14, 2011. The first single from the album was “Feel the Rain”, which reached 2nd place on the MR2 Pet┼Ĺfi Radio Top 30 list.┬á The band won the Fonogram award in the “Domestic Electronic Music Production of the Year” category on March 2, 2011. On April 24, Compact Disco won the 2011 Antropos.hu Award in the “Best Album of 2010” category. The British record label Age Media signed a contract to release the first three singles from “Stereoid” worldwide, just as Universal Music Group did for Romania and Bulgaria during 2011. In the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest’s Hungarian national final called “A Dal”, they won with their song “Sound of Our Hearts”. Therefore, they represented Hungary in the Eurovision Song Contest, where they reached the final and earned a 24th place there. In the same year, their third album “Two Point Five” was released. However, the singles following were from “II”: “Leave It Up To Me” and “Fly With You” both became hits. In 2013, Compact Disco released yet another album: “The Storm”. The songs “We Will Not Go Down” and “The Storm” also entered the charts. The song “Mrs. Right” did not hit the charts. A new single in Hungarian, “Csak a sz├│”, was released in May 2015. Also their fourth album, “Csak a sz├│”, came out. In September 2016, the band performed in Portugal. In May 2017 a new single, “Veled” was released, including a video. The song became a hit for the band. In December, the song “Lazul A V├íros” was released. Behnam Lotfi left the band after this, so G├íbor and Csaba went on as a duo. On March 3, 2018, they released their album titled “4”, which consists entirely of songs in Hungarian and includes their previously released singles. On October 26, 2018, they released their song titled “K├Âzel” (Close), followed by “Vil├ígom” (My World) on October 1, 2019. This was followed in 2020 by “Maradj otthon” (Stay Home), and in 2021, they released the single “Minden rendben” (Everything’s Alright), which also features the band H┼Ĺs├Âk (Heroes). The song reached the #1 spot in the Hungarian charts. ┬á Entries Sound Of Our Hearts Country­čçş­čç║ Hungary Year2012 LanguageEnglish LyricsLotfi BehnamG├íbor P├ílAttila S├índorCsaba Walk├│ MusicLotfi BehnamG├íbor P├ílAttila S├índorCsaba Walk├│ BackingsHelga W├ęberAttila S├índorKriszti├ín Szakos (guitar) Results Semi Points: 52Position: 10Running order: 15 Results Finals Points: 19Position: 24Running order: 2 https://youtu.be/sw85G2AlU2c?si=9X4gvU3Bw_-m087q

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Engelbert Humperdinck

About Quick Facts NameArnold George Dorsey Born02 May 1936 Nationality­čçČ­čçž British National SelectionInternal selection 2012 In Eurovision2012 Baku SongLove Will Set You Free (2012) Biography Engelbert┬áis an English pop singer. Born in 1936, in Madras, British India (now Chennai, India), Arnold George Dorsey was one of ten children in a British Army family. The family relocated to Leicester, England, in 1946, where Arnold’s love for music began to blossom. Influenced by singers like Al Jolson and Frank Sinatra, Arnold started practicing the saxophone and playing in local clubs. In the early 1960s, Arnold teamed up with his roommate and fellow musician, Gordon Mills, who became his manager. Mills convinced Arnold to change his name to Engelbert Humperdinck, borrowing the name from the 19th-century German composer. The new moniker proved to be a stroke of genius, piquing public interest and setting the stage for a breakthrough. Engelbert’s career took off in 1967 with his hit single “Release Me,” which reached number one in the UK and number four in the US. The song famously prevented The Beatles’ “Penny Lane” / “Strawberry Fields Forever” from claiming the top spot. As a result, Engelbert quickly gained international fame, following up with more hits like “There Goes My Everything,” “The Last Waltz,” and “Am I That Easy to Forget.” Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Engelbert expanded his career to include television and film. His TV show, “The Engelbert Humperdinck Show,” brought his music to a broader audience. He also appeared in a few films, including “The Love Machine” (1971) and “The Great American Traffic Jam” (1980). In 2012 Engelbert Humperdinck represented the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest. It was not a success, because he ended up in 25th position with only one point. Despite his professional success, Engelbert faced personal challenges. His marriage to Patricia Healey endured infidelity and the stress of fame, but they remained together until her death in 2021. Engelbert also struggled with financial setbacks, eventually declaring bankruptcy in 1985. However, he persevered, continuing to tour and release new music. With a career spanning over 50 years, Engelbert Humperdinck has left an indelible mark on the music industry. Though he never won a Grammy Award, his contributions to popular music have earned him a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a place in the hearts of fans around the world.┬á Entries Love Will Set You Free Country­čçČ­čçž United Kingdom Year2012 LanguageEnglish LyricsMartin TerefeSacha Skarbek MusicMartin TerefeSacha Skarbek BackingsJames Bryan DancersBethany-Rose HarrisonShem Jacobs Results Semi Points: –Position: –Running order: – Results Finals Points: 12Position: 25Running order: 1 https://youtu.be/rXw4Q5jbNqQ?si=-S0QNUQ0teYAXuRj

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Kaliopi

┬ę EBU/Andres Putting About Quick Facts NameKaliopi Bukleska Born28 December 1966 Nationality­čç▓­čç░ North Macedonian National SelectionInternal selection 2016Internal selection 2012Skopje Fest 20009Nacionalen Evrosong 2006Skopje Fest 2002Skopje Fest 1998Skopje Fest 1996Jugovizija 1987 In Eurovision2016 Stockholm2012 Baku1996 audio preselection Song2016 Dona2012 Crno i Belo1996 Samo Ti Biography Kaliopi Bukle (born as Kaliopi Bukleska) is a well-known and prominent Macedonian and Aromanian artist, a vocal performer, composer, and lyricist. In her homeland, she is often referred to as the Pop Diva or the Queen of Macedonian pop music.┬áKaliopi was born on December 28, 1966, in Ohrid, and spent her childhood in Kichevo. She will be remembered for her victory in one of the early editions of the children’s music festival Zlatno Slavejche (Golden Nightingale) in 1976, with the song “Mojata u─Źitelka” (My Teacher). Afterwards, Kaliopi continued her path to fame by participating in the choir of Zapro Zaprov Razvigorche, with which she took part in numerous tours in Czechoslovakia, Slovenia, and Austria from 1978 to 1980. She studied solo singing for four years. In 1984, Kaliopi won third place in the Yugoslav competition in solo singing, where she performed as the youngest classical music vocalist.She began her serious music career in the band Kaliopi, together with her former husband, songwriter Romeo Grill. The band recorded their first two songs, “Tomi” and “Nemoj da me budi┼í,” for Macedonian Radio. Initially, the group focused on performing at various festivals to successfully promote themselves in the wide Yugoslav music market. Their first successful Yugoslav hit, “Leo,” was composed by the renowned Macedonian composer Grigor Koprov. With this song, Kaliopi won the award for the best interpretation at the Opatija Festival in 1985, as recognized by accredited Yugoslav journalists. That same year, the group won first place at the Video Spot Festival with the song “Leto e avantura” (Summer is an Adventure). They also represented Yugoslavia at the International Mediterranean Festival in Tunisia, where they won second place. The following year, the band released their first album titled “Kaliopi.” They also participated in the prestigious Split Festival with the song “Da more zna,” winning the award for the best debut performer at the festival. The song itself became one of the most listened to. In 1986, the group once again won the first prize at the Video Spot Festival with the song “Ostani vo mene” (Stay in Me). Their second album, “Rodjeni” (Born), was released in 1987. The album contained nine previously unreleased songs, including the Yugoslav mega-hit “Bato (Rodzeni). Other notable hits from the time of the band Kaliopi include “Kofer ljubavi” (Suitcase of Love), “Ostani u meni” (Stay in Me), “Nebo mi sja” (The Sky Shines for Me), and “Bolero Lora.” Following the album’s promotion, they performed extensively throughout the former Yugoslavia and embarked on a major concert tour in the Soviet Union. This period of Kaliopi’s career was marked by numerous awards, including the “Young Fighter” award (1986), the award for the most popular TV personality by “Ve─Źer” (1986), the award for the best performer by “Nova Makedonija” (1986), the award for the best pop singer in the SFRY and Macedonia by “Ekran” (1986), and others. After successful promotion at numerous festivals, the band announced that they would no longer participate in national festivals. The only exception was the Yugoslav Eurovision selection in 1987, where they performed the song “Emanuel” and finished in 10th place. During their peak of popularity, Kaliopi and her former husband and band founder, Romeo Grill, moved to Switzerland, resulting in the disbandment of the group. They took a 10-year hiatus and ceased their active music career. However, their previously recorded audio and video materials continued to be present in the electronic media in North Macedonia. Kaliopi made a triumphant return to the Macedonian music scene in 1996. Her performance at the Skopje Festival with the song “Samo ti” (Only You), for which she won the Grand Prix, marked the beginning of a major comeback for the music industry. That year, Kaliopi was selected as the winner of the festival that determined the Macedonian representative for the Eurovision Song Contest. However, her song did not survive the audio preselection that was held in 1996. In 1997, Kaliopi won the Grand Prix at the Eurofest, a festival for pop melodies, with the song “Ne pla─Źi” (Don’t Cry). The following year, she participated again in the Macedonian selection for Eurovision with the song “Ne zaboravaj” (Don’t Forget) and finished in 9th place. In December 1998, Kaliopi released her first solo album (and third overall) titled “Obi Me” (Color Me). This album managed to gain a diverse fan base for Kaliopi since it offered new and authentic songs that resonated with the audience. The song “Obi Me” became a huge hit, ranking high on all the music charts. Other notable hits from the album include “Daj da pijam” (Let Me Drink), “Ne pla─Źi” (Don’t Cry), “─îergi” (Dances), and “Azija” (Asia).┬á During this period, Kaliopi crowned her success with several awards, including Buba Mara for the best female singer in 1999 and 2000, as well as 12 Veli─Źestveni awards for the best female singer and best album (“Obi Me”) in 1999 and 2000. In January 2000, Kaliopi started her promotional tour and released the new single “Daj da pijam” along with a music video. That same year, she founded her own production company, Kaliopi Music Production, which exclusively focuses on projects related to her work. In the remaining months of 2000, she embarked on a summer tour and began preparing for her second solo album. At the beginning of 2001, Kaliopi officially released her second album in collaboration with producer, arranger, and composer Darko Dimitrov. The album was titled “Ako denot mi e noĐť” (If My Day Is Night) and contained 10 compositions with Kaliopi’s lyrics and music, as well as a bonus track – a reinterpretation of the old Macedonian folk song “Sno┼íti minav pokraj vazi” (Last Night I Passed by the Vase). This album was a great success for Kaliopi. It

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Greta Sal├│me

┬ę EBU/Thomas Hanses About Quick Facts NameGreta Sal├│me Stef├ínsd├│ttir Born11 November 1986 Nationality­čç«­čçŞ Icelandic National SelectionS├Ângvakeppnin 2016S├Ângvakeppnin 2012 In Eurovision2016 Stockholm2012 Baku SongHear Them Calling (2016)Never Forget (with J├│nsi, 2012) Biography Greta Sal├│me (born in 1986, in Mosfellsb├Žr in the west of Iceland) is an Icelandic pop singer, composer, songwriter, and violinist. Currently, she plays the second violin in the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra in Reykjav├şk. Starting at the age of four, Greta began her journey as a violinist and has since performed numerous classical concerts.┬á In 2012 and 2013, Greta achieved success in the Icelandic preselection competition, S├Ângvakeppnin, for the Eurovision Song Contest. She won alongside singer J├│nsi with their duet “Mundu eftir m├ęr,” a song she wrote. Although they reached the final, they secured 20th place. Greta released her debut album, “In the Silence,” in November 2012, featuring ten new tracks. Between 2014 and 2015, Greta worked as a singer on Disney Cruise Line ships. In 2015, she released an Icelandic-language single titled “├Ź dag.” In 2016, Greta participated in S├Ângvakeppnin for the second time. She qualified for the final with her song “Raddirnar” and won with the English version, “Hear Them Calling.” She represented Iceland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm but did not advance to the final, finishing in 14th place during the semifinals. In 2017, Greta announced a joint concert with Alexander Rybak. She also performed at the Icelandic preselection, S├Ângvakeppnin 2017, for the Eurovision Song Contest, where she introduced a new single called “My Blues.” In 2018, Greta wrote a song titled “Crazy” for the British preselection of the Eurovision Song Contest, which was performed by Raya but not selected to represent the United Kingdom. Additionally, she composed and wrote the title song, “Wildfire,” for the Icelandic animated film Ploey: You Never Fly Alone. Greta is also set to participated in an Icelandic production of The Phantom of the Opera. Greta released her single, “Mess it up,” on February 1, 2019. This was followed by the release of “├ün ├ż├şn,” her rendition of an old song, on June 8, 2020. Another notable release came in July 2021 with the debut of the song “Svartur hrafn.” Entries Hear Them Calling Country­čç«­čçŞ Iceland Year2016 LanguageEnglish LyricsGreta Sal├│me Stef├ínsd├│ttir MusicGreta Sal├│me Stef├ínsd├│ttir BackingsP├ętur ├ľrn Gu├░mundssonG├şsli MagnaHafsteinn ├×├│r├│lfssonKristj├ín G├şslasonLilja Bj├Ârk Run├│lfsd├│ttir Results Semi Points: 51Position: 14Running order: 16 Results Finals Points: –Position: –Running order: – https://youtu.be/6osxLLPLUDk Never forget (with J├│nsi) Country­čç«­čçŞ Iceland Year2012 LanguageEnglish LyricsGreta Sal├│me Stef├ínsd├│ttir MusicGreta Sal├│me Stef├ínsd├│ttir BackingsP├ętur ├ľrn Gu├░mundssonAlma Rut Kristinsd├│ttirGu├░run ├ürn├Ż Karlsd├│ttirG├şsli Magna Results Semi Points: 75Position: 8Running order: 2 Results Finals Points: 46Position: 20Running order: 7 https://youtu.be/zRqmHRbJvTo

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Donny Montell

┬ę EBU/Andres Putting About Quick Facts Name Donatas Montvydas Born 22 October 1987 Nationality ­čç▒­čç╣ Lithuanian National Selection “Eurovizijos” dain┼│ konkurso nacionalin─Ś atranka 2016 “Eurovizijos” dain┼│ konkurso nacionalin─Ś atranka 2012 “Eurovizijos” dain┼│ konkurso nacionalin─Ś atranka 2011 “Eurovizijos” dain┼│ konkurso nacionalin─Ś atranka 2010 Lietuvos Dain┼│ Daina 2009 In Eurovision 2016 Stockholm 2012 Baku Song I’ve been waiting for this night (2016) Love is Blind (2012) Biography Donny Montell, originally named Donatas Montvydas, born in 1987 in Vilnius, is a Lithuanian singer and songwriter.┬áHe completed 8 grades at the Vilnius Balys Dvarionas Music School and took dance lessons in two groups.┬áDonny Montell achieved his first victory in the music scene at the age of six when he won the competition Dain┼│ dainel─Ś with the song “A┼í ki┼íkelis ma┼żas.” In 2008, Donatas participated in the Lithuanian Song Decade and won first place alongside Aist─Ś Petkevi─Źi┼źt─Ś. Donny Montell gained even more popularity at prestigious festivals. In 2008, he won the Grand Prix at the competition of the Slavianski Bazaar festival in Belarus, competing against 22 countries. He later tried his luck in the national final for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009 and 2010 but fell just short of victory. In 2010, he achieved second place with Akvil─Ś Kavaliauskait─Ś in the music project ┼Żvaig┼żd┼żi┼│ duetai 4 and won first place in the dance project ┼áok su manimi with dancer Katerina Voropaj. He also participated in the TABAMI project, where he performed Michael Jackson’s songs. After the success of the television project “┼áok su manimi,” Donny Montell began preparing performances on stage together with a professional dance group. He dedicated a lot of time to participating in prestigious music festivals and appeared as a guest in Belarus at the Slavianski Bazaar held in Vitebsk. He later competed with singers from around the world in the prestigious New Wave 2011 competition. Donatas had a particularly successful participation in the national selection for Eurovision in 2012, where he became a favorite of the jury and the audience. He won a ticket to the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest held in Baku, Azerbaijan. There, he successfully advanced to the final, and finished in 14th place. In 2013, Donatas Montvydas was invited to be a teacher for one of the participants on the music project Lietuvos balsas. In the same year, his debut album “Norim dar” was released. In 2016, Donatas won the national selection and earned a spot in the 2016 Eurovision final held in Stockholm, Sweden. With his song “I’ve Been Waiting for This Night,” he reached a 9th place in the final. Around the time of Eurovision 2016, Donny Montell released his second album “#BLCK”. Several songs of the album already had been hit, including his Eurovision song and “Viskas bus gerai” and later the song “Fly”. In the years 2017-2019 Donny scored several non-album hits, “Screw me up”, “Nieko verta” (With SEL), “┼Żi┼źr─Śk k─ů padarei” and “Ryto Saul─Ś” being top 10 hits. He became a coach at the Lithuanian version of The Voice Kids. Donny Montell released his third album “1987” in September 2021. In December 2022 he started a tour around the country with the “2057” tour. Entries I’ve Been Waiting For This Night Country ­čç▒­čç╣ Lithuania Year 20216 Language English Lyrics Jonas Thander Beatrice Robertsson Music Jonas Thander Beatrice Robertsson Backings Justina Budait─Ś Rasa Doniela Kotryna Juodzevi─Źi┼źt─Ś Karolina Rasten Results Semi Points: 222 Position: 4 Running order: 9 Results Finals Points: 200 Position: 9 Running order: 16 Song Title Country ­čç▒­čç╣┬áLithuania Year 2012 Language English Lyrics Brandon Stone Jodie Rose Music Brandon Stone Backings – Results Semi Points: 104 Position: 3 Running order: 18 Results Finals Points: 70 Position: 14 Running order: 4

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Jedward

About Quick Facts MembersJohn GrimesEdward Grimes Born16 October 1991 Nationality­čç«­čç¬ Irish National SelectionEurosong 2012Eurosong 2011 In Eurovision2012 Baku2011 D├╝sseldorf SongWaterline (2012) ┬á Biography John and Edward Grimes, born on 16 October 1991 and popularly recognized as Jedward, are an Irish duo famous for their singing and TV presentation skills. These identical twins initially stepped into the limelight as John & Edward during the 2009 sixth series of The X Factor, where they sparked a unique wave of ironic fandom termed “the Jedward paradox”. They made it until the seventh elimination round and were guided by Louis Walsh, who also mentored them on The X Factor. The duo has unveiled four albums to date: Planet Jedward in 2010, Victory in 2011, Young Love in 2012, and Voice of a Rebel in 2019. Their debut and second albums both achieved double platinum status in Ireland. They’ve rolled out numerous singles such as “Under Pressure (Ice Ice Baby)”, “Bad Behaviour”, and “Lipstick”. Notably, with “Lipstick”, they represented Ireland at the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest held in D├╝sseldorf, and with “Waterline”, they did the same in Baku for the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. In 2012 they also won a BAFTA Award. Beside “Waterline” they scored another hit, “Put The Green Cape On”. In October 2014, Jedward hit the charts again, this time with the song “Ferocious”. In January 2015 they got their own Vevo channel. A tour throughout the UK followed in March 2016. On 9 July 2019, Jedward released a new album, “Voice Of A Rebel”. Apart from their music, Jedward has ventured into television. They featured in the documentary series, Jedward: Let Loose in 2010, hosted the kids’ show, OMG! Jedward’s Dream Factory from 2011 to 2013, and took on Jedward’s Big Adventure from 2012 to 2014. Additionally, they were part of Celebrity Big Brother 8 in 2011, secured the second position in Celebrity Big Brother 19 in 2017, and joined the cast of Celebrity Coach Trip 4 in 2019. In 2021 they sang a cover of “True colours” and shaved their quiffs for a fundraising for cancer research, as their mother died of cancer two years before. In August 2020 they released a new single, “Extraordinary”. It was followed in October┬á by “Teenage Runaway”. In March 2021 they shaved their quiffs off for charity, in order to get money for the Irish Cancer Society. In 2023 they performed in Liverpool during the Eurovision Song Contest, being guests in the Eurovillage. Entries Waterline Country­čç«­čç¬ Ireland Year2012 LanguageEnglish LyricsNick JarlSharon Vaughn MusicNick JarlSharon Vaughn BackingsClaire O’MalleyLeanne MooreShane CreevyJulian Edwards Results Semi Points: 92Position: 6Running order: 18 Results Finals Points: 46Position: 19Running order: 23 https://youtu.be/e1cuimKLNpU?si=jQO3Yy1HfhAgi8zb Lipstick Country­čç«­čç¬ Ireland Year2011 LanguageEnglish LyricsLars Halvor JensenMartin Michael LarsenDaniel Priddy MusicLars Halvor JensenMartin Michael LarsenDaniel Priddy BackingsDaniel PriddyLeanne MooreDavid O’ConnorMorgan Deane Results Semi Points: 68Position: 8Running order: 19 Results Finals Points: 119Position: 8Running order: 6 https://youtu.be/XgrlG6hQbNM?si=O3ENFuh2DXku6P9r

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