Six countries (the “Big Five” financial contributors to the European Broadcasting Union plus the host country) have direct qualification to the Eurovision grand final on May 16th.
FRANCE Tom Leeb “The Best In Me”
Parisian Tom is an all-round singer, actor and comedian. Last year he released his debut album. He also has a comedy sidekick called Kevin and they’re big on Youtube. He’s also starred in a theatrical version of Mrs Doubtfire.
GERMANY Ben Dolic “Violent Thing”
Ben is Slovenian and as part of the group D Base he took part in the 2016 Slovene Eurovision selection. Two years on he took his chances in The Voice Of Germany and finished runner-up, hence his internal pick for the latter.
ITALY Diodato “Fai rumore”
Not to be confused with the American jazz-funk producer, Antonio Diodato is from Aosta in the Italian Alps. He has been active on the Italian music scene since 2013 and six years ago impressed at the legendary San Remo Music Festival before winning the whole thing this year.
NETHERLANDS Jeangu Macrooy “Grow”
Jeangu hails from Suriname and moved to the Netherlands in 2014. Since then he has released two successful albums and performed extensively in Germany as well as the Netherlands. At Easter 2018 he portrayed the part of Judas in Dutch TV’s annual Passion play.
SPAIN Blas Canto “Universo”
Blas Cantó Moreno is from the Murcia region of Spain. In 2004 he was a finalist in the Spanish selection for Junior Eurovision. Seven years later as part of boyband Auryn he made the last three of the Spanish senior national final. He released his first solo album in 2018 which included singles called “In Your Bed” and “Drunk And Irresponsible”.
UNITED KINGDOM James Newman “My Last Breath”
James is the brother of pop superstar John Newman and before now has been best known as a songwriter, having won a Brit award in 2014 for Best British Single for “Waiting All Night” for Rudimental.