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Juliana Pasha

About Quick Facts NameJuliana Pasha Born20 May 1980 Nationality­č玭čç▒ Albanian National SelectionFestivali i K├źng├źs 2010Festivali i K├źng├źs 2009Festivali i K├źng├źs 2008 In Eurovision2010 Oslo SongIt’s All About You (2010) Biography Juliana Pasha, born on May 20, 1980, is a prominent Albanian singer who has significantly influenced the music scene in her home country. Juliana’s journey into music began at a young age, paving her way to national recognition and international platforms. Juliana’s career took a notable turn when she participated in Albania’s national selections for the Eurovision Song Contest. Her early attempts in 2007 with “Qielli i ri” and in 2008 with “Nj├ź jet├ź,” a duet with Luiz Ejlli, saw her finishing 3rd and 2nd, respectively. These performances built a solid foundation for her musical career and increased her visibility in the Albanian music industry. The pinnacle of Juliana’s early career came in 2009 when she won the national final to represent Albania at the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 with her song “It’s All About You.” Performing in B├Žrum, Juliana showcased her vocal prowess on a grand stage. She successfully advanced to the finals, performed fifteenth, and ultimately placed 16th out of 25 contestants, receiving 62 points, including a high score of 12 points from Macedonia. Following her Eurovision appearance, Juliana continued to garner acclaim. In 2010, she won the prestigious “K├źnga Magjike” festival with “Sa e shite zemren,” a collaboration with Luiz Ejlli.┬á In 2016, she performed at the Te Stela resort along with, a.o. Olta Boka and Kejsi Tola. A year later, with the same team she performed at Hotel Kalaja in Gjakov├ź, Kosovo. In March 2017 she released a new single, “Jeto!”, to get attention for human trafficking. In January 2018 this was followed by a benefit concert for the victims of human trafficking. In July 2018 she had a summer hit: “N├ź m├ź j├ź”. In August 2019 she did the job again with the song “Yll i rralle”.┬á In early 2020, she became part of the La La Land music shows in Tirana. In November and December of the same year, she participated in the show K├źng├ź Moj. In December she released the new single “M├ź e bukura mbi dhe!”. Beyond singing, Juliana expanded her influence by taking on the role of a mentor and judge in the first series of the Albanian and Kosovo version of “The X Factor.” Her expertise and experience brought valuable insights to the show, helping to guide and inspire a new generation of artists. Juliana’s contributions to music have been recognized with multiple awards. Notably, she received the Honorary Citizen Award of Burrel in 2010. Her other accolades include winning the ├çesk Zadeja Prize at “K├źnga Magjike” in 2005, the Critic Prize in 2008, and she won the third prize in 2012 and 2015. She also took part in the 2019 contest. In 2016, she won the Vulkan Award. Outside of her musical endeavors, Juliana is known for her deep faith and philanthropic efforts, particularly in combating the blood feud tradition in Albania through her involvement in the Hanna project. Her personal beliefs and humanitarian efforts have played a significant role in shaping her public persona and her approach to her career and life. Entries It’s All About You Country­č玭čç▒ Albania Year2010 LanguageEnglish LyricsArdit GjebreaPirro ├çako MusicArdit Gjebrea BackingsGlenys VargasOlen CesariJoy GarrisonDesiree Kedjour Results Semi Points: 76Position: 6Running order: 12 Results Finals Points: 62Position: 16Running order: 15 https://youtu.be/idE_32NUJbo?si=Gqf82Iz2PO_y5yW0

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maNga

About Quick Facts MembersCem BahtiyarEfe Y─▒lmazFerman Akg├╝l├ľzg├╝r Can ├ľneyYa─čmur Sar─▒g├╝l Founded2001 Nationality­čç╣­čçĚ Turkey National SelectionInternal selection 2010 In Eurovision2010 Oslo SongWe Could Be The Same (2010) Biography maNga, an Ankara-based Turkish rock band, delves into Alternative Rock, Nu-Metal, and Rapcore, boasting six studio albums to date. Their story unfolds from late 2001, beginning with Ya─čmur Sar─▒g├╝l “Yamyam” (Guitar) merging rock with electronics, alongside Or├žun ┼×ekerusta (Bass Guitar), ├ľzg├╝r Can ├ľney (Drums), Efe Y─▒lmaz (Turntable), and Ferman Akg├╝l (Vocals), embracing Nu-Metal and Hardcore. This blend was spurred by Yamyam’s expulsion from a bar band and fueled by a desire to innovate within rock’s realms. Their ambition took them to the “Sing Your Song” contest in September 2001, marking the start of their album journey, which was further shaped by Or├žun’s departure and Cem Bahtiyar’s entry. This pivotal moment led to the birth of maNga, inspired by Japanese comics, uniting diverse musical tastes and narratives. Their initial success was clinched with a second-place win at the “Sing Your Song” contest with “Kal Yan─▒mda,” propelling them to produce hits like “Bitti R├╝ya,” “Libido,” and “Yalan.” Their endeavors were amplified by Haluk Kurosman’s support, driving them to share their music across Turkey. December 5, 2004, marked their debut album’s release, “maNga,” featuring collaborations with notable artists and achieving over 180,000 sales, earning a Gold Disc. The albumÔÇÖs tracks, including “Bir Kad─▒n ├çizeceksin,” found a place in EA Sports’ FIFA 2006 soundtrack, showcasing their growing influence. In June 2006, “maNga” was re-released as “maNga+” with new tracks and a DVD, reflecting the band’s evolving identity post-tours. This was followed by “┼×ehr-i H├╝z├╝n” in 2009, a testament to their refined sound and broader musical scope, resonating with fans and critics alike. A significant highlight was their Eurovision 2010 representation for Turkey with “We Could Be The Same,” achieving second place and marking a historic moment in their career. 2012 saw “E-akustik,” blending electric and acoustic sounds, featuring duets that underscored maNga’s versatility. This album underscored their adaptability and innovative spirit. In 2013, amidst their evolving journey, maNga announced the departure of DJ Efe Y─▒lmaz, continuing as a quartet with unwavering commitment to their music and performances. Transitioning into a Rock-Nu Metal style, “I┼č─▒klar─▒ S├Ând├╝rseler Bile” was unveiled in 2014, continuing their tradition of thematic and musical evolution. This period also saw their contribution to the soundtrack of “Hadi ─░n┼čallah,” reinterpreting Nil├╝fer’s “Yeniden Sev.” Post-2014, maNga embarked on cover projects and announced their studio return in 2018 under Demir Demirkan’s production, releasing “maNga X.” This era included summer tours, a 2019 maxi-single “S├╝per G├╝├žlerimiz Var,” and teased an upcoming German single amidst plans for a new album in 2020, leading to the single “Zor” during COVID-19 quarantine days. The band’s shift towards progressive metal materialized with “Antroposen 001” in 2021, followed by “Antroposen 002” in 2023, marking their first entirely metal and experimental album. Entries We Could Be The Same Country­čç╣­čçĚ Turkey Year2010 LanguageEnglish LyricsEvren ├ľzdemirCem BahtiyarEfe Y─▒lmazFerman Akg├╝l├ľzg├╝r Can ├ľneyYa─čmur Sar─▒g├╝lFiona Movery Ak─▒nc─▒ MusicCem BahtiyarEfe Y─▒lmazFerman Akg├╝l├ľzg├╝r Can ├ľneyYa─čmur Sar─▒g├╝l BackingsNathalie Marrable Results Semi Points: 118Position: 1Running order: 17 Results Finals Points: 170Position: 2Running order: 14 https://youtu.be/HB_GnnhNz-8?si=KmDEflRzgEj_K1Nr

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Sofia Nizharadze

About Quick Facts NameSopho Nizharadze Born06 February 1985 Nationality­čçČ­čç¬ Georgian National SelectionGeorgian national final 2010 In Eurovision2010 Oslo SongShine (2010) Biography Sopho “Sofia” Nizharadze, a Georgian singer, actress, and songwriter of notable descent, embarked on her musical journey at a tender age. Her great-grandmother, D├╝rye, of Turkish origin, migrated to Tsarist Russia during the Ottoman Empire and later settled in Georgia after marrying a Georgian professor’s son. Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, Nizharadze was nurtured into the arts early by her mother and exhibited prodigious talent from the start. At three years old, Nizharadze began performing professionally, captivating audiences with her talent. By seven, she joined a children’s music studio at the invitation of Jansug Kakhidze, a celebrated Georgian conductor, taking a leading vocal role in various shows and TV projects. Her performance of “Sous le ciel de Paris” at the French Embassy at eleven caught the attention of journalist Bernard Pivot, who invited her to appear on his TV5 program. Throughout her adolescence, Nizharadze amassed accolades in international young singer contests, such as “Bravo, Bravissimo!” in Mini La Scala, Italy, “Crystal Note” in Moscow, Russia, and “Crystal Fur-tree” in Borjomi, Georgia. She further honed her craft by participating in festivals across Russia, Turkey, Italy, Latvia, and Georgia, ultimately winning several contests by the age of 17. Her academic achievements paralleled her musical ascension. Nizharadze graduated with honors from the Musical Academy under the Tbilisi State Conservatory, where she studied piano and vocals, before continuing her education at the Academy of Theatre and Arts in Russia (GITIS) and earning honors from the Gnessin State Musical College in Moscow. Transitioning to more mature roles, Nizharadze took leading parts in musicals and, by 2004, landed a main role in Gerard Presgurvic’s musical in Moscow. Her performance prowess led her to the finals of the New Wave Festival in J┼źrmala, Latvia, in 2005. However, the 2008 conflict between Russia and Georgia prompted her return to Georgia, where she performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” during Vice President Joe Biden’s visit. Nizharadze’s international profile soared in 2010 when she represented Georgia in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Shine,” having been selected through a national final where her song was chosen from over 100 entries. This period of her life not only heightened her international appeal but also led to a suggestion by President Mikheil Saakashvili for her consideration as Georgia’s Minister of Culture. In the years following Eurovision, Nizharadze’s career flourished. She performed across Europe and Asia, collaborating with artists like Jos├ę Carreras, Andrea Bocelli, Chris de Burgh, and Julio Iglesias. In 2013, she released a single “When We Danced,” followed by an album in March 2014 that included “Shine.” Her talents and insights as a seasoned artist were further recognized in 2016 and 2017, when she served as a judge on the Georgian format of X Factor. In July 2016, she released the song “Mapatie”. In 2017, she was a judge at Georgia’s got Talent. In January 2017 she teamed up with Ursa to record an old Georgian folk song, “Svanuri”, and release a video of it. At the Golden Wave music awards she was voted Best Female Artist. At the BAMA Music Awards she was voted best Georgian Act. In 2018 she was also one of the judges of Mkholod Kartuli (Georgian Idol). Again she won the prize for best female artist at the Golden Wave music awards in 2018, something she also did in 2019 and 2020. In May of that year she teamed up with Giorgi Kelaptrishvili for a duet: “Dzveli hangi”. The song reached over a million views on YouTube. She also won a Wave music Award again, now for Best Remake. In 2023, Sofia had a role in the musical “Zekrat”, playing in Batumi, Georgia in july. Entries Shine Country­čçČ­čç¬ Georgia Year2010 LanguageEnglish LyricsHanne S├ŞrvaagHarry SommerdahlChristian Leuzzi MusicHanne S├ŞrvaagHarry SommerdahlChristian Leuzzi BackingsHelen KalandadzeSopho Toroshelidze DancersFrancesca LavecchiaFran├žois DoppiaJ├ęr├┤me Piel Results Semi Points: 106Position: 3Running order: 16 Results Finals Points: 136Position: 9Running order: 13 https://youtu.be/y5yTMGxFiPw?si=iG48eCX1G3SPT45Z

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Josh Dubovie

About Quick Facts NameJosh James Dubovie Born27 November 1990 Nationality­čçČ­čçž British National SelectionEurovision: Your Country Needs You 2010 In Eurovision2010 Oslo SongThat Sounds Good To Me Biography Josh James Dubovie, born on 27 November 1990, embarked on his journey into music and performance at a young age. From the age of nine, he was a member of StageAbility, an after-school stage club based in Laindon. His passion for the stage further blossomed at 15 when he played Enjolras in a school production of Les Mis├ęrables with the Essex Group, despite having no prior singing experience. To prepare for this role, Dubovie sought guidance from a vocal coach. Throughout his schooling at The Billericay School, Dubovie pursued A levels in Music Technology, Drama, and English Literature. His talent was recognized early on as he won the Blues Idol competition in 2008, along with Voice of St. Luke’s contest and Billericay’s Got Talent. Before stepping onto the Eurovision stage, Dubovie showed an interest in acting by applying for a part in the E4 TV series Skins 3rd series, where he was short-listed for the role of Freddie Mclair. After leaving school, Dubovie’s professional career took a significant turn when his father, Richard, decided to manage him, securing the majority of his professional gigs. Dubovie’s most notable achievement came in 2010 when he won the UK national selection competition Eurovision: Your Country Needs You! with “That Sounds Good to Me” on 12 March, a song by Mike Stock, Pete Waterman, and Steve Crosby. His victory marked his participation in the Eurovision Song Contest held in Oslo, Norway, in May 2010, where, despite his efforts, he finished last. Following his Eurovision experience, Dubovie appeared in various performances and charity events. In July 2010, he was part of the ‘Proms in the Park’ show at Billericay and performed alongside celebrities in a fundraising event for St. Francis’ Hospice in September. His contributions to local charities led to his appointment as the celebrity patron of St. Luke’s Hospice in Basildon. In December 2010, Dubovie starred as Aladdin in the pantomime at Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering. 2011 was a busy year for Dubovie, beginning with a performance for the OGAE in Munich in January. He released his first album Carpe Diem under Pure Music LTD in February, followed by a performance for the Queen’s Royal Lancers. His participation in various events continued throughout the year, including performing at the Birmingham Gay Pride Ball, Stockholm Pride Gala, and headlining at a Help for Heroes charity concert. In 2012, Dubovie’s Eurovision legacy was celebrated at ‘Eurovision Reunited’ concert at The Sage, Gateshead, where he performed alongside past Eurovision competitors. 2013 marked a significant shift in Dubovie’s career as he rebranded himself as ‘Josh James’, transitioning his musical style towards RnB and Dance to align with mainstream music trends. This decision was driven by the desire to move beyond his Eurovision identity, as searches for “Josh Dubovie” predominantly returned Eurovision-related results. His debut song as Josh James, “Game Over,” was released in March, with the music video following in July. In addition to his musical endeavors, Dubovie engaged in media work, hosting the ESC News 2013 ‘Heart Campaign’, showcasing new and past Eurovision talent, further establishing his versatility within the entertainment industry. In December he played one of the main roles in the musical Sleeping Beauty┬áin Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury.┬á From April until October 2014, Josh James performed on a cruise. In December of that year, he performed in Sleeping Beauty again. In 2016, Josh moved to Canada. He started the YouTube chanel You&Me with his girlfriend Megan. In June 2019, Josh started as a mindset coach. He also started a podcast, the MEGA (Make Earth Great Again) podcast. In August, he did a Q&A about his 2010 Eurovision experience. In May 2022, he recontinued his MEGA podcasts. Entries That Sounds Good To Me Country­čçČ­čçž United Kingdom Year2010 LanguageEnglish LyricsMike StockSteve CrosbyPete Waterman MusicMike StockSteve CrosbyPete Waterman BackingsSuzanne CarleyJoanna BrehenyKirsten Joy DancersCiaran ConnollyFilippo Calvagno Results Semi Points: –Position: –Running order: – Results Finals Points: 10Position: 25Running order: 12 https://youtu.be/Nro3hlemmho?si=kp0u3nyhGdXlZMLr

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Giorgos Alkaios

About Quick Facts NameGiorgos Alkaios Born24 December 1971 Nationality­čçČ­čçĚ Greek National SelectionEllinik├│s Telik├│s 2010 In Eurovision2010 Oslo SongOPA! (2010) Biography George Alkaios, born George Vasileiou in Athens on December 24, 1971, embarked on his musical journey after showing an early interest in both music and athletics. After a brief stint in Boston, Massachusetts, due to his family’s relocation, Alkaios returned to Greece where his career in entertainment began to take shape. His initial exposure to the broader public came through his participation in a Greek reality show in 1989, which paved the way for his entry into the music and theater scenes. Alkaios’s career in music officially kicked off in the early ’90s, with his debut album “Me Ligo… Trak” released in 1992. This album marked the beginning of a prolific period for Alkaios, as he consistently released new music, capturing the attention of the Greek audience with his unique blend of pop infused with traditional Greek and Eastern elements. Following his debut, Alkaios released a series of albums annually, with “Ach.. Koita Me” in 1993, “Den Peirazei” in 1994, and “Entos Eautou” in 1995, each building on the momentum of his career and establishing him as a significant figure in the Greek music industry. His musical output continued unabated with the release of “Aneu Logou” in 1996, followed by “En Psichro” in 1997, demonstrating his versatility and depth as an artist. In 1998, he released “Ichoi Siopis”, and in 1999, “Syrmatoplegma” came out, further cementing his status in the music scene. The turn of the millennium saw Alkaios exploring new musical directions with the release of “Pro Ton Pylon” in 2000 and “Oxygono┬á in 2001. In 2002, he took a slightly different approach by releasing an EP titled “” Karma”, showcasing his ability to innovate and adapt to the evolving music landscape. In 2003, Alkaios released “Kommatia Psychis”, followed by “Aithousa Anamonis” in 2004. These albums were succeeded by Alkaios Live Tour in 2005, offering fans a taste of his dynamic live performances. His subsequent albums, “Nyhtes Apo Fos” in 2006, “Eleftheros” in 2007, and “To Diko Mas Paramythi” in 2008, showcased his continued evolution as an artist. The year 2010 was particularly notable for Alkaios, as he represented Greece at the Eurovision Song Contest with the song “OPA!”. He reached the final and even an 8th place there, in addition to releasing the album “Dos Mou Ligo Fos”. He continued to release new music with “Deja Vu” in 2011 and then took a brief hiatus before returning with “Marionetes” in 2015. In 2021, Alkaios made a significant comeback with three albums: “Mosaic”, “My Utopia”, and “Zero Room71”, demonstrating his unwavering passion for music and his ability to remain relevant in the industry. Throughout the years, Alkaios also released several singles and EPs, including “Pnevmata” and “Ta Magika Sou Chilia” in 2016, followed by “Mia Psychi” and “Ligo Fos” in 2017. Entries OPA! Country­čçČ­čçĚ Greece Year2010 LanguageGreek LyricsGiannis AntoniouGiorgos AlkaiosDionysis SchinasKassiani KaragiouleDimitris HortariasStavros ApostolouTolis SchinasManos Hortarias MusicGiorgos Alkaios BackingsFriends:Lazos IoannidisIakovos GoguaJenia Evgenios BuliPetros ZlatkosAnastasios Kanaridis Results Semi Points: 133Position: 2Running order: 13 Results Finals Points: 140Position: 8Running order: 11 https://youtu.be/wfqOrMlwOjs?si=nJ0AYz6k7bLau7Sg

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Niamh Kavanagh

About Quick Facts NameNiamh Kavanagh Born13 February 1968 Nationality­čç«­čç¬ Irish National SelectionEurosong 2010The Irish National Song Contest 1993 In Eurovision2010 Oslo1993 Millstreet SongIt’s For You (2010)In Your Eyes (1993) Biography ┬áNiamh Kavanagh, born on 13 February 1968, is an acclaimed Irish vocalist celebrated for her victory at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1993 with her rendition of “In Your Eyes.” This achievement secured Ireland’s consecutive win in the prestigious competition. The event took place in Millstreet, County Cork, within the Republic of Ireland, marking a notable moment in Eurovision history. Born in Glasnevin, Dublin, to a musically inclined family, Kavanagh was exposed to a diverse range of musical influences from an early age, including Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, and Blood, Sweat and Tears, alongside Bonnie Raitt. Her early life was enriched with music, often performing at family gatherings. Her career also included notable contributions to the film soundtrack of “The Commitments,” where she lent her voice both as a lead and backing vocalist, featuring in tracks like “Destination Anywhere” and “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man.” Despite this experience, her subsequent Eurovision fame brought an unexpected surge in recognition. In the Eurovision Song Contest of 1993, a 25-year-old Kavanagh represented Ireland with “In Your Eyes,” securing her place in the competition through a commanding win in the national contest. Her performance in Millstreet was a close battle for points, ultimately winning with a record-breaking score at the time. The song became a significant hit, achieving double-platinum status and earning her widespread recognition, including a successful album recorded in Nashville, Tennessee. Following her musical career, Kavanagh chose to spend more time with her family. Returning to the Eurovision scene in 2010 for Ireland with “It’s for You,” she performed alongside family members, confirming her participation through a national selection on The Late Late Show. Her journey in the contest was well-supported, making it the first time in four years that Ireland reached the final, where she finished 23rd. Beyond Eurovision, Kavanagh’s appearances have included performing at notable events and on television shows, serving as the Irish spokesperson at the Eurovision contests in 2008 and 2023, participating as a guest performer in the Romanian National Final for Eurovision 2011, and contributing as a judge and in music videos related to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Entries It’s For You Country­čç«­čç¬ Ireland Year2010 LanguageEnglish LyricsLina Eriksson MusicNiall MooneyM├ąrten ErikssonJonas Gladnikoff BackingsNichala KavanaghEdward O’LearyKarl PowerNiamh Kavanagh Results Semi Points: 67Position: 9Running order: 12 Results Finals Points: 25Position: 23Running order: 10 https://youtu.be/6SHg8gS-02Q?si=gftKgNMMLB4YgKso In Your Eyes Country­čç«­čç¬ Ireland Year1993 LanguageEnglish LyricsJimmy Walsh MusicJimmy Walsh BackingsPatricia O’NeillGarrett WallMartina Tobin Results Points: 187Position: 1Running order: 14 https://youtu.be/C-Vamz7UAfQ?si=6YAXBMvQurdQ1oS4

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Milan Stankovi─ç

About Quick Facts NameMilan Stankovi─ç Born09 September 1987 Nationality­čçĚ­čçŞ Serbian National SelectionTri pa jedan za Oslo In Eurovision2010 Oslo SongOvo Je Balkan (2010) Biography Milan Stankovi─ç, born on September 9, 1987, in Obrenovac, then part of SFR Yugoslavia, is a well-known Serbian singer-songwriter. His journey to fame began in 2007 as a standout contestant on “Zvezde Granda,” where he finished fourth. Milan’s unique style, inspired by k-pop and his performances of Zdravko ─îoli─ç’s songs, caught public attention. His relationship with Rada Manojlovi─ç, a fellow contestant, also garnered media spotlight. His breakthrough came in 2010 when he represented Serbia at the Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Ovo je Balkan,” securing 13th place. Despite challenges, including a contract breach with Grand Production and a brief hiatus from the music scene, Milan made a strong comeback. He released the hit single “Od mene se odvikavaj” in 2013 and participated in the Pink Music Festival in 2014, winning three awards. The same year, he also became a judge on “Pinkove Zvezdice,” a role he held until 2018. Milan continued to evolve as an artist, releasing his second album in 2015, marked by the singles “Ma┼íina” and “Nisi mu ti ┼żena.” Collaborations with notable artists like Mimi Mercedez, Mile Kiti─ç, and the hip hop duo Jala Brat and Buba Corelli further elevated his career. His single “Ego,” released in 2017, became a massive hit, amassing over eighty million views on YouTube. Following this success, Milan introduced his “Tokyo trilogy” between 2018 and 2019 and continued to release popular singles, including “Pablo” in 2020. Entries Ovo Je Balkan Country­čçĚ­čçŞ Serbia Year2010 LanguageSerbian LyricsMarina Tucakovi─çGoran Bregovi─çLjiljana Jorgovanovi─ç MusicGoran Bregovi─ç BackingsMarko Stojiljkovi─çAleksandar Jelenkovi─çZorica Brki─çSa┼íka Jankovi─ç Results Semi Points: 79Position: 5Running order: 7 Results Finals Points: 72Position: 13Running order: 8 https://youtu.be/4pVEII2pmso?si=CCCIsgWH3I3bMrMs

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Tom Dice

About Quick Facts NameTom Eeckhout Born25 November 1989 Nationality­čçž­čç¬ Belgian National SelectionEurosong 2023Internal selection 2010 In Eurovision2010 Oslo SongMe And My Guitar (2010) Biography Tom Dice, born Tom Eeckhout on November 25, 1989, in Eeklo, Belgium, is a celebrated singer-songwriter whose musical journey has captivated audiences both domestically and internationally. Dice’s musical inclinations were evident from a young age, initially exploring choral singing at the Sint-Jozef primary school, before venturing into guitar lessons at the age of eight. Despite an initial desire to learn the trumpet, it was the guitar that would become his instrument of choice, leading to the composition of his first song by twelve. This early exploration of music laid the foundation for his artistic identity, which would become more defined when he joined the band “The Dice” at fifteen. Adopting Tom Dice as his stage name, he began to carve out his niche as a performer, songwriter, and composer, drawing inspiration from a diverse range of artists including Gavin DeGraw, Taylor Swift, and Damien Rice. The turning point in Dice’s career came in 2008 when he participated in the second season of X Factor Belgium. Encouraged by his classmates to audition, Dice was pleasantly surprised by the positive reception from the jury, which contrasted sharply with the feedback he had grown accustomed to in his hometown. His journey on X Factor, where he finished second, was a significant milestone, leading to the release of his debut single “Bleeding Love,” an acoustic cover of the Leona Lewis hit, in June 2009. The single’s success in Belgium and Poland marked Dice’s arrival on the music scene, earning him a nomination for a TMF Award in the Best Young Artist category. In November 2009, another opportunity arose that would elevate Dice’s career to new heights. He was selected to represent Belgium at the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 in Oslo with the song “Me and My Guitar.” Breaking with a long tradition of less successful selection processes, the choice of Dice was a gamble that paid off. He became the first Belgian act since 2004 to reach the finals, ultimately securing a commendable sixth place. This achievement not only showcased his talent on an international stage but also solidified his position as a prominent figure in the Belgian music industry. Following his Eurovision success, Dice released his debut album “Teardrops” in April 2010. The album, which achieved gold status, featured a blend of original songs and covers, highlighting Dice’s growth as an artist and his commitment to crafting music that resonates on a personal level. The album’s singles, including “Me and My Guitar” and “Lucy,” alongside his debut single “Bleeding Love,” reflected his journey from a hopeful musician to a seasoned artist with a distinct voice and vision. Beyond his early achievements, Dice continued to evolve, exploring new musical landscapes and collaborating with other artists. His subsequent albums, “I’ve Come a Long Way” and “Better Days,” showcased his versatility and dedication to his craft, even as he ventured into the local political scene in Eeklo in 2018 without aspirations of being elected. In 2019, he formed The Starlings with Kato Callebaut, further expanding his musical repertoire and participating in the VTM program “Love for Music.” In 2023, The Starlings participated in the Belgian final for the Eurovision Song Contest. With the song “Rollercoaster”, the duo reached a 2nd place in the contest. ┬á Entries Me And My Guitar Country­čçž­čç¬ Belgium Year2010 LanguageEnglish LyricsTom EeckhoutAshley HicklinJeroen Swinnen MusicTom EeckhoutAshley HicklinJeroen Swinnen BackingsJimmy ColmanM├íty├ís Blanckaert Results Semi Points: 167Position: 1Running order: 10 Results Finals Points: 143Position: 6Running order: 7 https://youtu.be/lTsnwGrPKEI?si=r-W9oyqSrpAx5ALH

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Vukašin Brajić

About Quick Facts NameVuka┼íin Braji─ç Born09 February 1984 Nationality­čçž­čçŽ Bosnian National SelectionInternal selection 2010Beovizija 2009 In Eurovision2010 Oslo SongThunder And Lightning (2010) Biography Vuka┼íin Braji─ç, born on 9 February 1984 in Bosnia and Herzegovina, is a renowned Bosnian Serb pop-rock singer. His musical journey commenced in the midst of his childhood, though his aspirations faced delays due to the Bosnian War, prompting his family’s relocation to Serbia. Despite these challenges, Braji─ç’s passion for music remained undeterred, leading him to self-study various instruments and vocal techniques. His big break came through his participation in “Operacija Trijumf,” an ex-Yugoslav rendition of Star Academy, where he secured the second position in its inaugural season (2008-09). This platform catapulted him into the limelight and paved the way for his selection as Bosnia and Herzegovina’s representative at the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 with the song “Thunder and Lightning,” marking a significant milestone in his career. Braji─ç’s early life was deeply affected by the Bosnian War, prompting his family’s move to Serbia. His interest in music sparked at a young age, leading him to self-teach the keyboards and guitar amidst financial constraints. He first ventured into music with the band Affect, followed by an acoustic duo phase with Lucky Luke, showcasing his versatility across genres. His discography includes a mix of band and solo projects. With OT Bend, he released singles such as “Blagoslov za kraj” (2009). The song was 2nd in the Serbian national final for the Eurovision Song Contest. As a solo artist, he delivered hits like “Thunder and Lightning” (2010) and “Mogli smo sve” (2013). In 2013 OT Bend did a new attempt to represent Serbia in the Eurovision Song Contest, but they were not selected for the national final. In June 2014, Braji─ç released a new solo┬á single, “Na usnama”. For a new single, Gary Moore cover “Empty rooms”, he teamed up with Silverhand Project. This project was formed by drummer Bane Vesovi─ç and Vladimir Kur─çubi─ç Joja. The song was released on April 28, 2016. Meanwhile, he was the manager of the Wurst Platz Bar in Belgrade from 2016 to 2020. It was in November 2018 when a new Vuka┼íin Braji─ç track appeared: “Kad se ljubav gasi”.┬á OT Bend split up in January 2024. Entries Song Title Country­čçž­čçŽ Bosnia and Herzegovina Year2014 LanguageEnglish LyricsDino ┼áaranUlvija Tanovi─çVuka┼íin Braji─ç MusicDino ┼áaran BackingsElma Selimovi─çDanijela Ve─Źerinovi─çDunja Gallineo Kajevi─çEdvin Had┼żi─çMarko Vulinovi─ç Results Semi Points: 59Position: 8Running order: 8 Results Finals Points: 51Position: 17Running order: 6 https://youtu.be/IPBo9vaN9Vc?si=3wEZIFLwgqXocUxB

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Daniel Diges

┬ę Vincent Hasselg├ąrd, Wikimedia Commons About Quick Facts NameDaniel Diges Garcia Born17 Januari 1981 Nationality­č笭čçŞ Spain National SelectionDestino Oslo, La Gala de Eurovisi├│n 2010 In Eurovision2010 Oslo SongAlgo peque├▒ito (2010) Biography Daniel Diges Garc├şa, born on January 17, 1981, is a celebrated Spanish artist known for his roles as a singer, pianist, composer, and actor. His early life in Madrid transitioned to a youth filled with artistic endeavors in Alcal├í de Henares. Starting his career in the local theater company Teatro Escuela Libre de Alcal├í de Henares, Diges quickly moved into the spotlight with TV commercials and a notable role in the teen drama “Nada es para siempre” during 1999-2000. He expanded his television presence by hosting children’s shows and securing supporting roles in several TV series, showcasing his versatile talent. Diges made a significant impact in musical theatre, taking on key roles in productions like “Hoy No Me Puedo Levantar” and “We Will Rock You”. His participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 with “Algo peque├▒ito” marked a pivotal moment in his career, leading to the release of his self-titled debut album under Warner Music. Despite an unexpected interruption by Jimmy Jump during his Eurovision performance, he finished respectably in 15th place. Following Eurovision, Diges continued to shine in the theatrical world, playing Enjolras in “Les Mis├ęrables” and co-creating “P├│ker de Voces.” His second album, a tribute to the 1970s, preceded his role as Gaston in “La Bella y la Bestia” and his successful participation in “Tu cara me suena.” In 2013, Diges took the lead in “Hoy No Me Puedo Levantar,” further solidifying his reputation in musical theatre. He released his third studio album, “Quiero,” in 2014 and reprised his role in “Los Miserables” on a national tour. 2015 saw the release of “Calle Broadway,” his fourth studio album, featuring renditions of Broadway classics. Expanding his international footprint, Diges portrayed Jean Valjean in “Les Mis├ęrables” in both Brazil (2017) and Mexico (2018), showcasing his talent on a global stage. In 2019, he led in “El M├ędico,” and in 2021, he starred in the Madrid production of “Kinky Boots,” continuing to captivate audiences with his dynamic performances and artistic versatility. In 2022, Daniel Diges performed the show Cineman about the history of cinema. In November of that year, he was part of the theatre play Tick Tick Boom. A year later, he was a member of the jury in “La La La”. He also played in Los titanes. La furia de los dioses┬áand in the musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in the role of Willy Wonka. Entries Algo peque├▒ito Country­č窭čç▓ Country Yearyear Language­čçČ­čçž English LyricsJesus Ca├▒adillaDaniel DigesAlberto JodarLuis Miguel de la Varga MusicNames Backings/DancersDavid VelardoYuri OlmechenkoLidia G├│mezAlejandro ArceGwenaelle Poline Results Semi Points: –Position: –Running order: – Results Finals Points: 68Position: 15Running order: 2 https://youtu.be/6gltZu8lsFc?si=2yzy_Ip1o0m-lgRA

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