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Arash Labaf

About Quick Facts NameAlex Arash Labaf Born23 April 1977 Nationality🇸🇪 Swedish National SelectionInternal selection 2009 In Eurovision2009 Moscow SongAlways (& Aysel) Biography Alex Arash Labaf, born April 23, 1977, in Tehran, is an Iranian-Swedish musician. As an artist, he is known simply as Arash.  Arash had his breakthrough in 2004 with the release of his single “Boro Boro”, which topped the Swedish charts. Following this success, he released his self-titled debut album, “Arash”, in 2005, which included other hits such as “Tike Tike Kardi”. His third single, “Temptation” (feat. Rebecca), also became a major hit in Scandinavia, reaching number two on the Swedish charts in 2005. Arash further expanded his influence by recording a Russian version of “Temptation” with the popular Russian group Blestjasjtjie. The song, called “Vostotjnie skazki”, was a significant hit in Russia. In 2006, Arash released “Crossfade (The Remix Album)”, showcasing new renditions of his popular tracks. He continued to build his career with the 2008 album Donya, featuring collaborations with artists like Shaggy on the title track Donya, and Rebecca on Suddenly. The album also included the heartfelt duet “Pure Love” with Helena Paparizou. In 2009, Arash represented Azerbaijan in the Eurovision Song Contest with AySel, performing the song Always. They finished in third place with 207 points. The song became a major hit in Sweden, reaching number 3 on the Swedish charts. Following this success, he released “Kandi” (feat. Lumidee) the same year. Arash’s international collaborations continued with the release of “She Makes Me Go” (feat. Sean Paul) in 2013, a track based on “Think about the way” from 1994 by Ice MC. In 2014, he released his album “Superman”, which featured singles like “One Day” (feat. Helena Paparizou), “Doga Doga” (feat. Medina), and “Sex Love Rock N Roll” (feat. T-Pain). In 2016, Arash collaborated with Snoop Dogg on the track “OMG”. The following year, he released “Se Fue” (feat. Mohombi) and “Dooset Daram” (feat. Helena). His musical journey continued with the 2018 hit “Goalie Goalie” (feat. Pitbull, Blanco & Nyusha) and the 2019 single “One Night In Dubai” (feat. Helena). Arash’s more recent works include “Mary Jane” (versus Ilkay Sencan) and “No Maybes” (feat. Ilkay Sencan, Era Istrefi) in 2020. In 2021, he released several singles, including “Lavandia” (with Marshmello), “Angels Lullaby” (feat. Helena), Asemoon, and “Ich bin weg (Boro Boro)” (feat. Samra & Topic42). In 2022, he collaborated with Navid Zardi on “Bombe”, and in 2024, he released Hulu (feat. Sasy). Beyond his music, Arash has also contributed to film soundtracks. He produced music for the 2004 film Bombay Dreams, featuring the track “Bombay Dreams” (feat. Rebecca & Aneela), and for the 2005 film Bluffmaster, which included his song “Boro Boro (Bure Bure)”. Arash’s family resides in Sweden. He has two siblings, Arsalan Labaf, a lawyer, and Ashkan Labaf, a doctor. Malmö is his hometown in Sweden. Entries Always (& AySel) Country🇦🇿 Azerbaijan Year2009 LanguageEnglish LyricsArash LabafRobert UhlmannElin WrethovAnderz Wrethov MusicArash LabafRobert UhlmannJohan BejerholmMarcus EnglöfAlex Papaconstantinou Backings? Dancers???   Results Semi Points: 180Position: 2Running order: 12 Results Finals Points: 207Position: 3Running order: 11 https://youtu.be/9OEIOS1oUeY?si=XTfvyALTe_5fDfS1

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Aysel Teymurzadeh

About Quick Facts NameAysel Teymurzadeh Born25 April 1989 Nationality🇦🇿 Azerbaijani National Selectioninternal selection 2009 In Eurovision2009 Moscow SongAlways (& Arash, 2009) Biography Aysel Teymurzadeh Aysel Teymurzadeh (Azerbaijani: Aysel Məhəmməd qızı Teymurzadə; born April 25, 1989, Baku) is an Azerbaijani pop and R&B singer.  Biography Aysel was born in Baku, the youngest of three daughters to a journalist father and a university professor mother. Aysel began singing at the age of four and developed a passion for the piano early on. She graduated from the Intellect Lyceum in Baku and attended Texas High School in Texarkana, Texas, during the 2005-2006 academic year. Shortly after arriving in the United States, she joined the local choir and started training for young vocalists’ competitions. While in the U.S., Aysel won three gold medals at contests held at Southern Arkansas University and the University of Texas at Austin. In 2005, she participated in Season 4 of the national song contest Yeni Ulduz (“New Star”). As of January 2009, she was majoring in International Relations at the Azerbaijan University of Languages. Eurovision In January 2009, Aysel was selected internally by İTV to represent Azerbaijan in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 in Moscow, Russia, alongside Iranian-Swedish singer Arash with the song “Always.” On May 16, 2009, Aysel and Arash finished third with 207 points. Aysel and Arash won the 4th Annual ESC Radio Awards in the Best Group category. After Eurovision On May 28, 2009, Aysel announced a European tour with Arash, performing in countries such as Sweden, Greece, and Russia.  She also starred in a high-profile TV commercial for Danone yogurts, which aired on Azerbaijani and Georgian TV channels. In 2012, Aysel was one of five musicians from Azerbaijan chosen as jurors for the Danish national selection of the 2012 Eurovision contestant. In December 2022, Aysel made a comeback and released a new single: “Yeni il”. In July 2023 a follow up came, in Russian: “Voploshcheniye mechty”. She also served as the spokesperson for the Azerbaijani jury at the Eurovision Song Contest 2024, while she was also involved in the national selection as a member of the selection committee. Personal Life In 2012, Aysel married Murad Adigozalov, the 39-year-old director of the Azerbaijan State Philharmonic Society and a divorced father of two children. Following her marriage, Aysel reportedly planned to leave the big stage and only perform at official events. The couple has three children: two sons born in 2012 and 2016, and a daughter born in 2014. Entries Always (& Arash) Country🇦🇿 Azerbaijan Year2009 LanguageEnglish LyricsArash LabafRobert UhlmannElin WrethovAnderz Wrethov MusicArash LabafRobert UhlmannJohan BejerholmMarcus EnglöfAlex Papaconstantinou Backings? Dancers??? Results Semi Points: 180Position: 2Running order: 12 Results Finals Points: 207Position: 3Running order: 11 https://youtu.be/J0qdRqY_3HM?si=FAod2E8VcBbI7bOU

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Andrea Šušnjara

About Quick Facts NameAndrea Šušnjara Born26 February 1987 Nationality🇭🇷 Croatian National SelectionDORA 2009DORA 2004 In Eurovision2009 Moscow SongLijepa Tena (& Igor Cukrov, 2009) Biography Biography of Andrea Šušnjara Andrea Šušnjara, born on February 26, 1987, in Split, Croatia, is a talented Croatian singer and songwriter known for her captivating voice and dynamic stage presence. Her journey in the music industry began at a young age, and she quickly rose to prominence as one of Croatia’s most beloved performers. Early Life and Career Beginnings Andrea showed an interest in music from a young age. She participated in various local singing competitions and talent shows, which helped her gain recognition and experience in performing. Her passion for music was evident, and it wasn’t long before she started making a name for herself in the Croatian music scene. Breakthrough and Eurovision Andrea’s major breakthrough came in 2009 when she represented Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest alongside Igor Cukrov. They performed the song “Lijepa Tena,” written by Tonči Huljić. The song was selected through Croatia’s national selection, Dora, and went on to compete in the Eurovision final held in Moscow. Although the song finished in 18th place, it was a significant milestone in Andrea’s career, exposing her to a broader European audience. Collaboration with Magazin In 2010, Andrea became the lead singer of the popular Croatian band Magazin, one of the most well-known pop bands in the region. Her collaboration with Magazin marked a new chapter in her career, and she quickly became a fan favorite. With Andrea as the lead vocalist, the band released several hit songs and albums, further solidifying her status as a prominent figure in the Croatian music industry. Notable Singles and Performances Throughout her career, Andrea has released numerous singles that have topped the charts and resonated with audiences. Some of her notable singles include “Sijaj zvijezdo,” “Bojim se,” and “Kasno je.” Her performances at various music festivals and concerts have garnered widespread acclaim, showcasing her versatility and strong stage presence. Entries Lijepa tena (& Igor Cukrov) Country🇭🇷 Croatia Year2009 LanguageCroatian LyricsVjekoslava Huljić MusicTonči Huljić BackingsIvana ČabrajaJelena MajićSanja JukićKarmen Matković Results Semi Points: 33Position: 13 (backup jury qualifier)Running order: 1 Results Finals Points: 45Position: 18Running order: 5 https://youtu.be/jdLct2IqcLA?si=MPyubULW3Z91NZU7

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Igor Cukrov

About Quick Facts NameIgor Cukrov Born06 June 1984 Nationality🇭🇷 Croatian National SelectionDORA 2009 In Eurovision2009 Moscow SongLijepa tena (& Andrea, 2009) Biography Igor Cukrov, born on June 6, 1984, is a Croatian singer-songwriter, musician, and television personality. From an early age, Igor showed a strong interest in music. In 1991, he won first prize in Moj prvi nastup, a competition led by Remi Kazinotti. Two years later, in 1993, he won first prize for the first voice of “Pojišan” school and secured third place among all schools in Split. In 1994, Igor participated in the children’s version of the Split Festival, singing “Mali vrabac.” His talent continued to shine, and in 2003 he won the first prize for the first voice of Šibenik-Knin County. By 2007, he performed at the Split Festival with his single “Duša mi je bili kamen” and earned a prize for the best debutant. He also gained valuable experience as a tenor with the a cappella Cambi singers. Igor gained significant media attention in 2008 when he participated in Operacija trijumf, the Balkan version of Endemol’s talent show Star Academy. The show, which began on September 29, 2008, featured young talents from the former SFR Yugoslavia. Igor impressed audiences with his diverse repertoire, singing opera songs like “Con te partirò” by Andrea Bocelli and rock songs like “Angie” by the Rolling Stones and “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith. Although he was expelled on the 13th gala event, judge Tonči Huljić later stated that Igor’s expulsion was an injustice. After Operacija trijumf, Igor aimed to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009. He teamed up with Andrea Šušnjara and performed the song “Lijepa Tena,” written by Tonči Huljić. The song won the Croatian final, Dora, on February 28, 2008, and qualified for the Eurovision final from the second semi-final. The song finished in 18th place. In 2009, Igor released several singles, including “Mjesečar” and “Nebesa” (with Magazin). He continued to perform at various festivals, such as the Pjesma Mediterana in Budva, Montenegro, where he sang “Moja draga” in 2010. That same year, he also released “Prolij vino po meni” at the CMC festival Vodice. In 2011, he released the singles “Caca moj” and “Fali mi” under Hit Records, along with “Haljina na pruge.” In 2012, Igor performed “Dalmaciju minjat se ne može” at the Trogir fest and “Ajdemo jube” at the Splitski festival. He achieved third place at the Ohridski festival in Macedonia with “Korak po korak” in 2013 and released “Slučajno” featuring Ana Duderija-Šucur. In 2015, Igor continued to make waves with “Kraj mene si ti” featuring Bojan Delic at the Festival Suncane Skale in Montenegro. He also won first place at the Trogir festival with “Prida bi se mandolini.” His other notable singles include “Treba li mi netko kao ti” in 2010, “Za one što su kao mi” at the CMC festival Vodice in 2012, “Znaes li” at the Skopje fest in Macedonia in 2013, and “Sanjaj Hrvatska” at the CMC festival Vodice in 2013. Igor released “Jedna duša jedno tilo” in 2014 and “Jedino ti znaš me va dušu” in 2015 at the MiK – Melodije Istre i Kvarnera. In 2015, he also released “Volio sam cure” at the CMC festival Vodice and “E moj admirale” at the Splitski festival. In 2016, he released “Daruj sreću novim ljudima” under Hit Records, followed by “Da te zagrlim” in 2017. His most recent single, “Svoj na svome,” a collaboration with Mile Perkov, was featured at the CMC festival Vodice in 2022.   Entries Lijepa Tena (& Andrea) Country🇭🇷 Croatia Year2009 LanguageCroatian LyricsVjekoslava Huljić MusicTonči Huljić BackingsIvana ČabrajaJelena MajićSanja JukićKarmen Matković Results Semi Points: 33Position: 13 (backup jury qualifier)Running order: 1 Results Finals Points: 45Position: 18 Running order: 5 https://youtu.be/jdLct2IqcLA?si=64z93hEYKaWmrV8G

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Mira Awad

About Quick Facts NameMira Anwar Awad Born11 June 1975 Nationality🇮🇱 Israeli National SelectionKdam 2009Kdam 2005 In Eurovision2009 Moscow SongThere must be another way (& Noa) Biography Mira Anwar Awad is an Arab-Israeli singer, actress, TV host, composer, songwriter, and political activist. BiographyMira Awad was born on June 11, 1975, and grew up in the village of Rama in Israel. Her father, an Arab-Christian, is a family doctor, while her mother, a Bulgarian-Christian, specializes in Slavic languages. They met when her father was studying medicine in Bulgaria. Awad also identifies as Palestinian and is a graduate of the Rimon School of Music. Career Early Music Career At 16, Awad started her music career as the lead singer of the band “Samana,” which sang Western rock in Arabic. During the early 2000s, she hosted Zap L’Rishon on Channel 1 and participated in Festigal in 2002, performing the song “Tze El HaMasa,” which placed sixth. In 2005, she was part of Idan Raichel’s album “Mi’Ma’amakim,” singing the Arabic song “Azini”, which she wrote. That same year, Awad competed in the Kdam Eurovision with the song “Zman,” which came last. Eurovision and Albums 2009 marked a significant year as Awad, alongside Achinoam Nini, was chosen to represent Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow. They sang “There Must Be Another Way”, a song about peace and coexistence, finishing in 16th place. Awad was the first Arab to represent Israel in Eurovision. In August of that year, she and Nini received an award from the Mayor of Lourdes in France. June 2009 saw the release of her first album, “Bahlawan”, featuring songs in Arabic and English, produced by guitarist Amos Ever-Hadani. A joint album with Nini, “There Must Be Another Way,” was also released, including Eurovision songs and a cover of the Beatles’ “We Can Work It Out.” Awad was named Arabic Singer of the Year by Kol Yisrael in 2009, with her album winning Album of the Year. She composed music for the Arabic solo performance “Not Noah’s Ark,” directed by actor Norman Issa, and won an award for Best Music at the Masrahid Arabic Solo Performance Festival. A recording contract with Sony followed in 2010, leading to the release of three international albums, starting with the first in 2011. “All My Faces,” her second album, produced by Sony and Carlos Jean, was released in April 2011. That same year, Awad performed at the Medal of Freedom ceremony in Philadelphia, where Bill Clinton awarded the Medal to Tony Blair. She also performed with Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli at Masada. Collaborations and New Projects Awad collaborated once again with Idan Raichel in 2013, singing “Ana Ana Wa’anta Anta,” meaning “I am I and you are you” on his album “Reva L’sheva.” In June of that year, she sang “Through Fire and Water” with the Israeli metal band Orphaned Land on their album “All Is One.” Theater Career After completing her studies at “Rimon,” Awad began acting in theater in 1998. She gained fame in 2002 for her role as Eliza Doolittle in the musical “My Fair Lady” at the Cameri Theater, alongside Oded Kotler as Professor Higgins. Her theatrical career continued with roles in the musical play “Another Place and a Foreign City” in 2006 and “This Great Sea” at the Cameri Theater in 2007. Awad was selected to join the “Excellence in Culture Fund” as a theater actress in 2008. Television and Film Awad’s television career includes hosting the program “Shvil HaSipurim” on Educational Television in 2003. From 2007 to 2013, she acted in the comedy series Arab Labor on Channel 2, playing Amal, a feminist Arab lawyer. She participated in the fifth season of the reality show Dancing with the Stars on Channel 2 in 2010. From 2012 to 2013, Awad co-hosted the TV show Achla Yom on Educational Television with fashion designer Yuval Caspin. She also appeared in the film Farewell Baghdad (directed by Nissim Dayan, based on the book by Eli Amir), released in 2014. In April 2014, Awad took part in the TEDxHIT-Interaction event, discussing walking a fine line between opposites (Acrobat – Bahlawan). Early 2019 saw the broadcast of the TV series “Muna” on Kan 11, created by Awad, for which she won the Shulamit Aloni Award in 2021. Personal Life Awad married Costa Mogilevich, an Israeli of Ukrainian-Jewish descent, in December 2013. The couple currently lives in London. Political Activity Awad ran for the Tel Aviv-Jaffa City Council in the 2008 municipal elections with the City for All party and is part of the Expanded Faction Forum guiding the party’s council members. She supported the Hadash party in the Israeli Knesset elections in 2009 and is a member of the Public Council of the New Israel Fund. Entries There must be another way (& Noa) Country🇮🇱 Israel Year2009 LanguageEnglishHebrewArabic LyricsGil DorAchinoam NiniMira Awad MusicGil DorAchinoam NiniMira Awad BackingsGil Dor?? Results Semi Points: 75Position: 7Running order: 10 Results Finals Points: 53Position: 16Running order: 2 https://youtu.be/bBTQFOkFZw8?si=ObDFCvUvJBnWcXzh

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Noa

About Quick Facts NameAchinoam Nini Born23 June 1969 Nationality🇮🇱 Israeli National SelectionKdam Eurovision 2009 In Eurovision2009 Moscow SongThere must be another way (& Mira Awad, 2009) Biography Achinoam Nini (born June 23, 1969), also known as Noa, is an Israeli singer, composer, and left-wing activist.  Biography Achinoam Nini was born in Tel Aviv to parents from Bat Yam. Her family moved to New York when she was two years old because her father, a chemical engineer, received a scholarship. She grew up in the Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx, where she attended modern orthodox schools and studied singing and dance. At age 15, she started attending the High School of Performing Arts in New York. She also joined the Riverdale tribe of Tzofim Tzabar Scouts, which strengthened her connection to Hebrew and Israel. During a tour of Israel organized by the Society for the Protection of Nature, she met Asher Barak and fell in love with him. At 17, she returned to Israel alone, intending to stay for about a year. During this time, she studied at the Mae Boyar High School in Jerusalem and lived in a boarding school. She decided to stay in Israel, and after a few years, her parents followed. After completing high school, she served in the IDF’s Northern Command band, where she sang the song “Always 18.” Her early career saw her recording the song “Babel” for the soundtrack of the film “Notre Dame de Paris” by Gerald Pullicino in 1988. The song was in English, French, and Hebrew and became a hit in France in 1989. Achinoam Nini’s acceptance to the Rimon School of Music in 1990 marked a significant turn in her career, where she met guitarist and arranger Gil Dor. They started working together as a musical duo. The duo performed at the international jazz festival in Eilat in 1990. Following this, they released their first album, “Achinoam Nini and Gil Dor Live” in July 1991. Their second album, “Achinoam Nini Gil Dor,” came out in September 1993, featuring songs by Leah Goldberg and Rachel, including the hit “Boi Kala.” Her international career began in 1994 with the album “Noa.” She collaborated with many international artists and performed for Pope John Paul II in 1994 and 2000. Continuing her music journey, she released “Calling” in May 1996, “Achinoam Nini” in April 1997, and “Achinoam Nini and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra” in April 1998. Further albums include “Blue Touches Blue” in March 2000, “Now” in September 2002, and “Noa Live” in October 2005. She explored new sounds with “Napoli-Tel Aviv” in September 2006 and “Genes and Jeans” in March 2008. In 2009, she collaborated with Mira Awad on “There Must Be Another Way.” Chosen to represent Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest in January 2009, she performed the song with Mira Awad in Hebrew, English, and Arabic, finishing in 16th place. The creative journey continued with “Noapolis – Noa Sings Napoli” in February 2011, “Eretz, Shir” in April 2011, “Love Medicine” in June 2014, and “Letters to Bach” in 2019. In 2023, she was selected to perform at the championship celebrations of Napoli. Political Positions Achinoam Nini frequently expresses left-wing political views. She participated in a left-wing demonstration in Jerusalem in May 2010, supporting “one capital for two peoples.” Ahead of the UN session in September 2012, where Palestinians declared statehood, she criticized Netanyahu’s government, saying it did not represent her. She performed at an alternative memorial ceremony for Jewish and Palestinian bereaved families and faced boycotts from right-wing groups. In January 2017, she compared US President Donald Trump to Hitler and called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vulgar and racist. She actively participated in protests against Benjamin Netanyahu and the thirty-seventh Israeli government, which sometimes led to the cancellation of her performances. Nini serves as a board member of the New Israel Fund. After the surprise attack on Israel in October 2023, she was involved in organizing a letter condemning violence against Israeli civilians and calling for humanitarian aid to Gaza. Personal Life Achinoam Nini is married to pediatrician Asher Barak, and they have three children. She has been a vegetarian since 2011. Her sister, Odia Nini, is also a singer-songwriter. Awards In 2006, she was awarded the title of “Knight of the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity” by the President of Italy. In 2019, she received the Shulamit Aloni Lifetime Achievement Award. Entries There must be another way (& Mira Awad) Country🇮🇱 Israel Year2009 LanguageEnglishHebrewArabic LyricsGil DorAchinoam NiniMira Awad MusicGil DorAchinoam NiniMira Awad BackingsGil Dor?? Results Semi Points: 75Position: 7Running order: 10 Results Finals Points: 53Position: 16Running order: 2 https://youtu.be/bBTQFOkFZw8?si=acmzkXO5AkmFsjxr

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Waldo’s People

About Quick Facts MembersWaldoKaroliina KallioCapri VirkkunenPäivi SeloSami Lehto (not on stage)Karl Sinkkonen (not on stage)Kimmo Nissinen (not on stage) Founded1998 Nationality🇫🇮 Finnish National SelectionEuroviisut 2009 In Eurovision2009 Moscow SongLose Control (2009) Biography Waldo’s People is a Finnish electronic dance music group that became famous in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The group is led by a talented musician known as Waldo, whose real name is Marko Reijonen. Waldo’s People created energetic and catchy dance music that captured the hearts of many fans in Finland and beyond. The band’s journey began in the late 1990s when electronic dance music was becoming very popular. Waldo’s People quickly made a name for themselves with their unique sound. They released their first album, “Waldo’s People,” in 1998. This album featured the hit single “U Drive Me Crazy,” which became a big success, reaching number 3 on the Finnish charts and even charting in Sweden. The album itself also did well, reaching number 6 on the Finnish charts. The success of this album was a significant achievement and helped the band gain even more popularity. Following their successful debut, Waldo’s People continued to produce great music. They released their second album, “No Man’s Land,” in 2000. This album included popular tracks like “I Dream,” “Let’s Get Busy,” and “1000 Ways,” the latter reaching number 4 on the Finnish charts. The album itself again reached number 6 in Finland. Their music is known for its upbeat and danceable tunes. In the early 2000s, Waldo’s People continued to influence the Finnish electronic dance music scene. In 2001, they released singles like “Remedy” and “Disconnected,” keeping their presence in the music scene alive. However, after a few years of success, the band took a break and was not as active. In 2008, Waldo’s People made a big comeback. They released a new single called “Back Again” on May 19, 2008, which reached number 1 on the Finnish charts. This comeback was followed by a compilation album, “Back Again: The Greatest Hits,” which included many of their popular songs and reached number 27 on the Finnish charts. This comeback was exciting for their fans, who had missed their energetic music. The following year, in 2009, Waldo’s People achieved another milestone. They released their third album, “Paranoid,” which reached number 13 in Finland. They were also selected to represent Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest. They performed the song “Lose Control” in the semifinals on May 12, 2009, in Moscow. Band members Sami Lehto, Karl Sinkkonen and Kimmo Nissinen were not on stage at the event. The performance was a success, and the band made it to the finals with the help of the jury votes. In the finals, they performed second to last. Although they finished in last place with 22 points, it was one of the highest point totals ever for a song that placed last in the Eurovision finals. This was still a proud moment for the band and their fans. In 2010, they continued to release new music, with singles like “I Wanna Be a Rockstar,” which reached number 15 in Finland, and “Jackpot,” which reached number 19. They followed up with more singles such as “Echo” in 2011 and “You” in 2014, maintaining their presence in the music industry. In 2019 Waldo’s People teamed up with Movetron for the song “Nousee”, Oku Luukkainen featuring in the song.  Entries Lose Control Country🇫🇮 Finland Year2009 LanguageEnglish LyricsAri LehtonenKarimaWaldoAnnie Kratz-Gutå MusicAri LehtonenKarima DancersNiko VirtanenAnton Kasmir Jolma Results Semi Points: 42Position: 12 (saved by the jury)Running order: 15 Results Finals Points: 22Position: 25Running order: 24 https://youtu.be/D-Wr0z1_quw?si=sMCMIV8c4Qpc65K9

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Jade Ewen

About Quick Facts NameJade Louise Ewen Born24 January 1988 Nationality🇬🇧 British National SelectionEurovision: Your Country Needs You 2009 In Eurovision2009 Moscow SongIt’s My Time (2009) Biography Jade Louise Ewen, born on 24 January 1988, is a talented British singer and actress who gained fame as a member of the girl group Sugababes. Her career has taken her from the pop music scene to the stages of London’s West End, showcasing her versatility and talent. Early Life Jade Ewen was born in Plaistow, London, to Trevor and Carol Ewen. Her father is Scottish with Italian ancestry, and her mother is Jamaican. Both of her parents have disabilities; her father is blind and partially deaf, while her mother is visually impaired. Because of her parents’ disabilities, Jade has been a caregiver to them and her two younger siblings, Shereen and Kiel, from a young age. Jade’s passion for music and performance was evident early on. She began singing and taking dance classes before the age of four. She attended Brampton Manor Academy before earning a scholarship to the prestigious Sylvia Young Theatre School (SYTS). While at SYTS, Jade appeared in several television productions, including “The Bill,” “Casualty,” “Mr. Harvey Lights a Candle,” and “The Ghost Hunter.” At ten, she auditioned for and landed the role of Young Nala in the West End production of “The Lion King.” Early Career and Eurovision (2002–2009) Jade’s early career included appearances in children’s dance DVDs and music videos, such as Busted’s “What I Go to School For.” In 2005, she joined the girl group Trinity Stone, which signed with Sony BMG but disbanded in 2007 without releasing an album. Jade continued to pursue her music career, recording with rapper Kwamé and releasing a digital single, “Got You,” in 2008. In January 2009, Jade was selected to represent the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song “It’s My Time,” written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Diane Warren. She finished in fifth place, the UK’s highest placing at Eurovision from 2002 until 2022. This performance brought her significant recognition and led to a contract with Polydor Records. Joining Sugababes (2009–2011) In September 2009, Jade joined the well-known girl group Sugababes, replacing Keisha Buchanan. Although her single “My Man” was released around the same time, promotional activities were canceled due to her new commitment to the group. Despite this, “My Man” reached number 35 on the UK Singles Chart. Jade quickly integrated into the group, recording and promoting new music. The Sugababes’ single “About a Girl” debuted at number eight in the UK, and their album “Sweet 7” reached number 14 on the UK Albums Chart. Another single, “Wear My Kiss,” peaked at number seven in the UK. In 2010, Jade became the face of Miss Ultimo lingerie and continued to work with the Sugababes on new music. However, by 2011, the group had left their record label and signed a new deal with Sony Music’s RCA Records. They released a promotional single, “Freedom,” but it was offered for free and did not chart. West End and Acting Career (2013–Present) After her time with Sugababes, Jade shifted her focus to acting and musical theatre. In 2014, she played Clara in the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of “Porgy and Bess,” receiving positive reviews for her performance. She was cast in the lead role for “Godspell” in 2015 but had to withdraw due to illness. In September 2015, Jade made her West End debut in “In the Heights,” playing Vanessa. Her performance was well-received, and she continued to showcase her talent on stage. In November 2015, she was cast as Princess Jasmine in Disney’s “Aladdin” at the Prince Edward Theatre. However, she later sued Disney, alleging damage to her voice from having to sing too loudly during performances. Television and Film Jade has also made various television appearances, including roles in “Casualty,” in 2015, “Tracey Ullman’s Show in 2016,” “Lovesick,” in 2018 and “Luis Miguel: The Series.” in 2021. She played Mariah Carey in the latter.   Entries It’s My Time Country🇬🇧 United Kingdom Year2009 LanguageEnglish LyricsAndrew Lloyd WebberDiane Warren MusicAndrew Lloyd WebberDiane Warren BackingsRustom PomeroyAndrew Lloyd Webber??? Results Semi Points: –Position: –Running order: – Results Finals Points: 173Position: 5Running order: 23 https://youtu.be/-GwOojK3VRU?si=r2IICAQLrf9pe2le

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Elena Gheorghe

About Quick Facts NameElena Gheorghe Born30 July 1985 Nationality🇷🇴 Romanian National SelectionSelecția Națională 2009Selecția Națională 2005 In Eurovision2009 Moscow SongThe Balkan Girls (2009) Biography Elena Gheorghe (born 30 July 1985; Romanian pronunciation is a celebrated Romanian singer. Over the years, she has evolved from being a member of a popular band to a successful solo artist with numerous hits. Early Life and Career Beginnings Elena was born in Bucharest, Romania, into a family deeply rooted in religious and musical traditions. Elena’s musical journey began at the tender age of three when she performed the folk song “Sus în Deal în Poieniţă”. Recognizing her talent, she joined the Children’s National Palace at age eleven, where she honed her singing skills. She won the gold trophy at the Little Bear competition in Baia Mare in 2000 with her rendition of Whitney Houston’s “One Moment In Time”. In 2001, she also participated in the prestigious Mamaia Festival. Career with Mandinga (2002–2005) In 2002, Elena joined the pop group Mandinga, known for its lively Latino music. Her time with Mandinga was marked by significant achievements, including the release of their debut album “…De Corazón” in June 2003. The band’s popularity soared, and in 2005, their song “Soarele meu” secured 4th place in the Romanian National Eurovision Selection, later earning a golden disc. In January 2006, Elena opened her dance school, Passitos, and shortly after, she decided to leave Mandinga to pursue a solo career. Her departure from the band marked the beginning of a new chapter in her musical journey. Solo Career Beginnings (2006–2008) Elena’s solo career took off in June 2006 with the release of her debut album “Vocea Ta”. Her single “Vocea Ta” (Your Voice) was a hit, reaching the top ten in the Romanian Top 100. In 2007, she continued her success with the release of her second album, “Te Ador”. The title track became a popular hit, and she won several awards, including the Best Song of 2007 at the Romanian Top Hit Music Awards for “Ochii Tăi Căprui”. Eurovision Song Contest (2009) In late 2008, Elena’s career took a significant turn when she was chosen to represent Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 with the song “The Balkan Girls”. After a successful promo tour across Europe, she advanced to the Grand Final, where she finished 19th. Despite the challenging competition, her performance was well-received, and it boosted her recognition across Europe. European Recognition and “Disco Romancing” (2010–2012) Following her Eurovision experience, Elena released the single “Disco Romancing”, which became a major hit in Romania and other European countries, including Hungary, where it reached the top ten. Her follow-up single “Midnight Sun” also enjoyed success in various charts. In 2011, she collaborated with Dony on the hit single “Hot Girls” and embarked on her first European tour, performing in Germany, Spain, and Greece. Her album “Disco Romancing” was released in 2012 in Spain and Japan, featuring additional singles like “Your Captain Tonight” and “Hypnotic”. Recent Years (2013–Present) In 2016, Elena was chosen by Disney Enterprises and Walt Disney Romania to sing the main theme for the animated TV series Elena of Avalor. In 2019, she organized an event to celebrate Aromanian National Day, showcasing her commitment to her cultural heritage. In March 2022, she released a new song titled “Brațele”. Discography Highlights Elena Gheorghe’s discography includes notable albums such as “Vocea Ta” (2006), “Te Ador” (2008), “Disco Romancing” (2012), and “Lunâ Albâ” (2019). Her singles, including “The Balkan Girls” and “Disco Romancing”, have enjoyed considerable success, making her a well-known name in the Romanian and European music scenes. Entries The Balkan Girls Country🇷🇴 Romania Year2009 LanguageEnglish LyricsLaurenţiu DuţăAlexandru Pelin MusicLaurenţiu DuţăOvidiu BistriceanuDaris Mangal BackingsLiliana CauniiRoxana UrecheFlavia Brigitta MihasanLucia DumitrescuAndreea Comşa Results Semi Points: 67Position: 9Running order: 14 Results Finals Points: 40Position: 19Running order: 22 https://youtu.be/2uf7trjAj20?si=2j0Vezmy1P0t2HOm

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Svetlana Loboda

About Quick Facts NameSvitlana Serhiivna Loboda Born18 October 1982 Nationality🇺🇦 Ukrainian National SelectionEvrobachennya 2009 – Natsionalyni vidbir In Eurovision2009 Moscow SongBe My Valentine (Anti-crisis girl) (2009) Biography Early Life and Education Svitlana Serhiivna Loboda, known professionally as Svetlana Loboda or simply LOBODA, was born on October 18, 1982, in Oleksandrivskaya Clinical Hospital in Kyiv, Ukraine. She spent her early years in Irpin, Kyiv region. Svetlana’s childhood was marked by a strong passion for music. She attended a music school where she excelled in piano, conducting, and academic vocal studies. This early education laid the foundation for her future career in music. After completing her initial musical training, Svetlana continued her education at the Kyiv Variety and Circus Academy, enrolling in the Variety Vocal Department. During her first year, she joined the musical group Cappuccino, which gained a respectable place in the Ukrainian music scene. However, she later left the group, feeling it wasn’t the right fit for her. Early Career and Breakthrough Svetlana’s early career saw her participate in the first Ukrainian musical Equator, directed by Viktor Shulakov. She played one of the main roles, Mirana, which garnered attention and praise. During this period, she released a song and music video titled “Black Angel,” which received wide rotation and further increased her visibility. In December 2003, Svetlana formed her own band, Ketch. By spring 2004, she auditioned and became a soloist for the popular Ukrainian girl group VIA Gra, also known internationally as Nu Virgos. With VIA Gra, she toured Asian cities and starred in the music video for the song “Biologiya.” Despite her success with the group, she left after a short stint and released her debut solo single, “Chyorno-belya zima,” in December 2004. In November 2005, she released her first solo album, “Ty ne zabudesh,” which marked the beginning of her solo career. Her subsequent single “Chyorny Angel” and a trip to Japan led to the recording of the song “Postoy, mushchina!.” She also hosted the show Shoumaniya on Novy Channel and the Miss CIS pageant on TET channel. Additionally, she opened a travel agency, “Happy Vacations,” and released the music video for her song “Schactye” Eurovision and Growing Popularity In 2009, Svetlana Loboda represented Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Be My Valentine! (Anti-Crisis Girl).” Her performance and campaign to raise awareness against domestic violence brought her international recognition. Despite finishing in 12th place, her song and video became very popular, with high view counts on Eurovision’s YouTube channel and significant search interest. Continued Success (2010-2015) Between 2010 and 2015, Svetlana Loboda’s career continued to flourish. She released several hit singles and albums, including the song “Zhit legko,” which humorously depicted her weight gain after Eurovision. She also recorded a duet, “Serdtse byotsya,” with Max Barskikh, and in 2011, she released the single “Na svete” at the Crimea Music Fest. Her 2012 project “Oblaka” included a short film, “Woman-Crime,” filmed in Miami, exploring themes of passion and crime. In April 2012, she launched her show The Beginning, touring Ukraine for nearly a year. Her song “What about U” was included in the official tracklist for the UEFA Euro 2012 championship. She continued to release popular music, including the single “40 gradusov,” and became a coach on the talent show The Voice Kids in 2012. Achievements and Awards Svetlana Loboda has received numerous awards throughout her career. In June 2013, she was honored with the title Honored Artist of Ukraine. She has been recognized at various music award ceremonies, including the YUNA Awards, where she won several categories such as Best Female Performer and Best Song. Her album “H2LO,” released in 2017, achieved significant commercial success, topping charts in multiple countries. Continued Success (2017-2024) In 2017, Svetlana Loboda released her album “H2LO,” which included hit singles like “K chyortu lyubov” and “Tvoi Glaza.” The album was critically acclaimed and commercially successful, topping charts in several countries including Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan. Her song “Tvoi Glaza” held the top position on the iTunes charts in the CIS for five weeks and won the Golden Gramophone award in Moscow. In March 2018, at the Bravo Awards, she received awards for Best Album and Best Singer from Eros Ramazzotti. During this event, she also announced her pregnancy and took a brief hiatus from concert activities. However, two weeks after the birth of her second daughter, she returned to the stage at the Muz-TV Award and received the award for Best Singer. In 2019, Svetlana became a mentor on the show The Voice Kids on Channel One. Although she faced controversy due to the voting results, she continued to release popular music. Her album “Sold Out,” released at the end of 2019, went triple platinum, and she became the best streaming artist on the Sony Music Entertainment Russia label. In 2020, she collaborated with rapper Pharaoh on the track “Boom Boom,” which sparked controversy but quickly gained popularity, receiving platinum status in Russia. She also released the single “Moloko,” which entered the top 40 radio charts in Russia and Ukraine and achieved platinum status. Support for Ukraine and Recent Projects In February 2022, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Svetlana Loboda ceased her collaboration with Russia and canceled her scheduled concert tour. She publicly supported Ukraine and shared regular updates about the war’s impact on Ukrainians on her social media platforms. She also transformed her office into a volunteer headquarters to assist Ukrainians in need. On June 3, 2022, Svetlana released “Molytva,” her first song since the start of the war, dedicating it to Ukraine. The music video, filmed in Riga, Latvia, featured 45 musicians from the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra. In November 2022, she released the Ukrainian-language single “Dva neznaiomtsi,” dedicated to Ukrainians experiencing separation due to the war. In early 2023, she released the song “Po-Ukrainski,” which became the lead single for her new album “Made in U”, which was released in March 2023. In 2024, she released the single

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