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© EBU/Thomas Hanses About Quick Facts NameManizha Dalerovna Khamraeva Born8 July 1991 Nationality 🇷🇺 Russian National SelectionYevrovidenie 2021 In EurovisionRotterdam 2021 SongRussian woman (2021) Biography Manizha is a Russian singer, born in Tajikistan. When she was 2 years old, Manizha and her family moved to Moscow, where she later studied  piano and singing. Meanwhile she graduated from the Faculty of Psychology at the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow. Since the age of 12, Manizha has been participating in various competitions and festivals. In 2005, Manizha recorded several songs in both Tajik and Russian. The songs were actively played on radio stations in Tajikistan. At the age of 15, from the beginning of 2007, she began performing under the pseudonym Ru.Kola.In February she recorded her first song – “Prenebregayt”. The song received a lot of airplay. It reached the top of the Russian charts. In 2007, Manizha became a finalist of the All-Russian Pyat’zvozd competition in Sochi. In the spring of 2008, the debut album “Prenebregayt” was released. After this, she left the Ru.kola project. In 2011 she met the soloist Alexei Kosov, she received an offer to sing at a concert of the band Assai. She was supposed to perform one song, but in the end she sang the entire concert. Then Alexey convinced Manizhi’s mother to allow her to go to St. Petersburg in May to record the album “OM”. She also sang in the band Krip de Shi. In the summer of 2012, she recorded an EP with the group. The group performed at the Stereoleto festival in St. Petersburg , in September – at the Red Rocks Tour festival in Ryazan, but then, due to different views on creativity, Manizha left the band. She studied vocals at gospel schools in London and New York. In 2012, Manizha participated in a soundtrack. She also worked with musician Mikhail Mishchenko. The album “Core” was the result of their creativity in 2014. In March 2018 Manizha joined a project of the French music service Deezer,  “Deezer Next” 2018 (a global program created to discover new talent around the world – along with George Smith (UK), Lewis Capaldi (UK) and other independent artists).As a solo singer, Manizha released two albums: “Manuscript” in 2017 and “ЯIAM” in 2018.In March 2021, Manizha won the national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. Not everybody in Russia appeared to be fan of Manizha’s song “Russian woman”; traditional Russian women claimed they didn’t recognize themselves in the song. Even threaths followed. However, Manizha was successfull and reached the Eurovision final. On February 24, 2022, Manizha stated on her Instagram account that she did not agree with the Russian invasian in Ukraine, mentioning the Ukrainian background of her husband. Entries Russian Woman Country🇷🇺 Russia Year2021 LanguageEnglish/Russian LyricsManizha Sanghin MusicOri AvniOri KaplanManizha Sanghin BackingsAlexandr KudinovArtemiy CheersVasilisa SavoskinaIyulina Popova Results Semi Points: 225Position: 3Running order: 3 Results Finals Points: 204Position: 9Running order: 5

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Sabina Babayeva

© About Quick Facts NameSəbinə Babayeva Born02 December 1979 Nationality🇦🇿 Azerbaijani National SelectionMilli Seçim Turu 2012Milli Seçim Turu 2011 In Eurovision2012 Baku SongWhen The Music Dies (2012) Biography Sabin Babayeva is an Azerbaijani singer. Born on December 2, 1979, in the vibrant city of Baku, Azerbaijan, Sabina Babayeva exhibited a passion for music from an early age. After completing her schooling, she honed her vocal skills at the Asaf Zeynalli Music College, affiliated with the Azerbaijan National Conservatory, where she was fortunate to be tutored by the revered Azerbaijani folk artist, Natəvan Şeyxova. Sabina Babayeva was awarded UNICEF’s special diploma for her participation in charity concerts. She made her mark in the Azerbaijani music scene by representing her country in various musical competitions. She won awards at international competitions in Belarus, including the Slavyanski Bazar 99 and Qızıl şlyager 99. She emerged as the top laureate at the Dalğa-99 and Qızıl Açar 2001 competitions in Baku, Azerbaijan. She received an invitation to the vocal department of the Los Angeles Music Academy (LAMA) in 2002. In 2003, she gained widespread recognition for her performance of the song “Röya kimi” for the TV series “Bəyaz həyat.” Over the years, she explored the jazz genre, performing at the Baku Jazz Center. Sabina became the grand prize winner at the Amberstar 2009 International Music Telefestival during a sea voyage between Riga and Stockholm. She achieved the title of  Grand Prix winner at the Slavyan ulduzu 2009 competition in Russia. She starred as a soloist in the musical Notre Dame de Paris between 2010 and 2011. Performed as a soloist at the Baku Jazz Center from 2011 and was a member of the  group Aypara between 2007 and 2012.  Babayeva’s journey with the Eurovision Song Contest began in 2011, where she vied for a chance to represent Azerbaijan but unfortunately did not reach the final selection. However, in 2012, she once again participated and emerged victorious. Babayeva represented Azerbaijan with her song “When the Music Dies,” presented on March 17. During the finals of the 57th Eurovision Song Contest, held on May 26, she sang alongside Azerbaijani folk artist and mugham performer, Alim Qasımov. She clinched the fourth position. After the Eurovision Song Contest she released the singles “”Gəl” and “Sevgi nəğməmiz”. 2013 saw the release of her songs “Eşq alovu” and  “Oceans away,” the latter penned by Emin Ağalarova. The following year, she unveiled “Ey Azərbaycanım,” a song written by Günay Malikqızına. Sabina was a torchbearer at the First European Games held in Azerbaijan in 2015, where she performed the National Anthem of the Republic of Azerbaijan. She also was the honored guest at the closing concert of the 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games. She released the single “Can” in the same year. In recognition of her exceptional contributions to music, Babayeva was honored with the title of Emeritus Artist of Azerbaijan on May 27, 2018. In the same year, her single “Dəli hisslər” was released. The song “Bir insan dünyam oldu” came out in May 2019. A month later she performed at the United Nations Public Service Forum, which was held in Baku. In November a Leyla Aliyeva-written Russian song was released, “Ya Ne Khochu Tebya Teryat”. She published her performance of the Withney Houston song “I Have Nothing” on YouTube, as it was a great success. On the 1st of April, 2021, her new song “Atəş” was released on all platforms. In August of the same year, her first song, recorded outside Azerbaijan, came out: “Moy Rodnoy, Khoroshiy”. On 13 June, 2023, her new Azerbaijani single “Sən ve mən” was there. Entries When The Music Dies Country🇦🇿 Azerbaijan Year2012 LanguageEnglish LyricsAnders BaggeSandra BjurmanStefan ÖrnJohan Kronlund MusicAnders BaggeSandra BjurmanStefan ÖrnJohan Kronlund BackingsAlim QasımovAnna StrandbergJenny TarnebergAnna Nilsson Results Semi Points: –Position: –Running order: – Results Finals Points: 150Position: 4Running order: 13

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Nina Kraljić

© Eurovisionary About Quick Facts NameNina Kraljić Born4 April 1992 Nationality🇭🇷 Croatian National SelectionDora 2021 (Alkanost of Balkan)Internal selection 2016 In Eurovision2016 Stockholm SongLighthouse (2016) Biography Nina Kraljić is a Croatian singer-songwriter. She was born in 1992 in Lipovljani, Croatia.  Already at a young age, Nina started making music. She sang in a church choir when she was six years old and later joined the school choir. When in her teenage years, she wrote her own songs. She also played the guitar. After finishing high school, Nina moved to Zagreb to study at the Academy of Dramatic Art.  popularity skyrocketed overnight. In 2009, she released a single, “Kaži mi”. In 2015, Nina rose to fame when she won the first season of The Voice – Najljepši glas Hrvatske, the Croatian version of The Voice. In the end, Nina won the contest. A single was released with the title of “Zaljuljali smo svijet”. The success of Nina Kraljić led to an invitation by Croatian broadcaster HRT to represent Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest. She took the job, and with her song “Lighthouse” she managed to reach the final. The song reached the no. 1 spot in the Croatian charts. In the same year, Nina released her debut album, “Samo,”. She followed up the album with several successful singles, including “Zaljuljali Smo Svijet” and “Snage Mi Ponestaje.” In 2018, she released her second album, “Samac,” which featured a more stripped-down and intimate sound compared to her debut album. The album was again well-received. Nina teamed up with Jacques Houdek in 2019 for the song “Čista umjetnost” and with Martin Jurić Čivro for “Zima”. The latter reached the top-10 in Croatia in 2020. That was also the year of Nina’s 3rd album, “Čuvaj me”. Nina started performing under the name Alkonost of Balkan. Under that name, she participated in DORA, the national final for the Eurovision Song Contest, in 2021. She sang the song “Rijeka” and became 2nd in the contest. Entries Lighthouse Country🇭🇷 Croatia Year2016 LanguageEnglish LyricsAndreas GrassNikola Paryla MusicAndreas GrassNikola Paryla BackingsAndrej BabićLino Lacmanović ĆucićMartina MajerleDanijela Večerinović Results Semi Points: 133Position: 10Running order: 5 Results Finals Points: 73Position: 23Running order: 17

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Aliona Moon

© Albin Olsson About Quick Facts NameAliona Munteanu Born25 May 1989 Nationality🇲🇩 Moldovan National SelectionEtapa națională 2023O melodie pentru Europa 2013Internal selection 2007 In Eurovision2013 Malmö SongO Mie (2013) Biography Aliona Moon, whose real name is Aliona Munteanu, was born on May 25, 1989, in Chișinău and is a celebrated pop artist from Moldova. Moon first stepped into the limelight in 2010 when she competed in the Moldovan edition of the Fame Academy, known as Fabrica de Staruri 2. Her notable performance earned her a third-place finish. In 2012, she broadened her experience by providing backing vocals for Pasha Parfeny at the Eurovision Song Contest. In the following year, Aliona’s career took a significant leap forward. She performed her pop single, “A Million,” in the pre-selection round for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest in Moldova. Out of 24 competitors, Moon stood out and was chosen to represent Moldova at the Eurovision Song Contest held in Malmö. Subsequently, she decided, in coordination with Moldovan broadcaster TRM, to perform the Romanian version of her song, “O mie” (“One thousand”), at the contest. This decision paid off, as she succeeded in reaching the final and secured an impressive eleventh place. In 2014, Aliona expanded her repertoire by participating in Vocea României, Romania’s version of the popular show The Voice. She again demonstrated her talent by reaching the final and clinching the fourth position. In May 2015 she released a new video, “Loc pentru dragoste”. She was also involved in the Christmas show of The voice Romania in 2016. In 2017 she was a member of the selection committee for the Eurovision entry. She also took part in the show Uite Cine Danseaza (Dancing With The Stars). In 2018 Aliona performed in The Netherlands at the Eurovision event J’aime La Vlie. In September 2020, she started to work as a vocal coach. For Christmas 2021 she and Pasha Parfeny sang a Romanian version of “Hallelujah”. In February 2022 Aliona signed a contract at the independent music label Versus Artist. “Iubește-mă așa” was her first single at this label in August. In November the song was followed by a new one, “Voi fi”. Aliona participated in the pre-selection round for the Eurovision Song Contest in Moldova. Her performance of “Du-mă” won her the third place. In May the follow up of the song, “Planeta ta” was released. Entries O Mie Country🇲🇩 Moldova Year2013 LanguageRomanian LyricsYuliana Scutaru MusicPasha Parfeny Backings– DancersIuri RîbacVova HincuVadim Tsurkan Results Semi Points: 95Position: 4Running order: 12 Results Finals Points: 71Position: 11Running order: 3

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Elina Nechayeva

© EBU/Andres Putting About Quick Facts NameElina Netšajeva Born10 November 1991 Nationality🇪🇪 Estonian National SelectionEesti Laul 2022Eesti Laul 2018 In Eurovision2018 Lisbon SongLa Forza (2018) Biography Elina Nechayeva is an Estonian soprano singer. She was born in Tallinn and graduated from Tallinn French Lyceum in 2011 and in 2016 from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theater with a Master’s degree in Classical Singing.  Netchayeva participated in the competition of young musicians of Estonian Television in the television show Klassikatähed 2014 and was among the three finalists. In 2017, she co-hosted the semi-finals of Eesti Laul, the national final for the Eurovision Song Contest on ETV with Marko Reikop. In 2018, she won Eesti Laul  with the song “La forza” and thus represented Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest. In 2019 she released another single called “La voce dell”alba”. This song reached the n0. 1 spot in the Estonian music charts and also reached the French singles charts. In 2020, she played a role in the Eurovision movie “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga”. In the same year, she participated in the Estonian version of The Masked Singer. Playing The Phoenix, she finished 2nd. Her return to Eesti Laul came in 2022, when she sang the song “Remedy” and reached the 8th place in the final. In June of the same year, she performed “Queen of the night” in the opera “The magic flute”. Entries La Forza Country🇪🇪 Estonia Year2018 LanguageItalian LyricsKsenia KuchukovaMihkel MattisenElina NechayevaTimo Vendt MusicKsenia KuchukovaMihkel MattisenElina NechayevaTimo Vendt BackingsMihkel MattisenTimo Vendt Results Semi Points: 201Position: 5Running order:  9 Results Finals Points: 245Position: 8Running order: 6

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