A very quick look at the artists so far revealed for the 2020 Eurovision.
ALBANIA Arilena Ara “Shaj”
Arilena is from Shkoder in North West Albania. She won the 2012 edition of X Factor Albania and since then has scored a #1 single in Romania. She is also the first artist in Eurovision history whose first and last names each start with the same first and last letter as their country.
ARMENIA Athena Manoukian “Chains On You”
Athena is a Greek born singer of Armenian parentage. Aged just fourteen she took part unsuccessfully in the Greek heat of Junior Eurovision in 2008. This year she won the Armenian talent show “Depi Evratesil” to secure the ticket to Rotterdam.
AUSTRALIA Montaigne “Don’t Break Me”
Montaigne AKA Jessica Alyssa Cerro is from Sydney and her style is described as “art pop”. She takes her stage name from a French Renaissance philosopher. She won the Breakthrough Artist at the 2016 ARIA Music Awards.
AUSTRIA Vincent Bueno “Alive”
Vincent has a rather fascinating duel-continent background. Born in Austria of Filipino heritage, over the last fifteen years or so he’s cultivated a successful career in both countries. He won a musical theatre casting show on Austrian TV as long ago as 2008.
BELGIUM Hooverphonic “?”
Hooverphonic comprises Alex Callier, Luka Cruysberghs and Raymond Geerts. The two blokes have been part of the band for a quarter of century ploughing an electronic/indie type path. Luka’s only been a member for a couple of years. They’ve released no less than ten studio albums over this time.
BULGARIA Victoria “?”
Bulgaria return to Eurovision after a years gap courtesy of Victoria Georgieva from Varna. She was a finalist in X Factor Bulgaria in 2015. Since then she’s scored three hit singles in Bulgaria.
CYPRUS Sandro “?”
Born Alessandro Rütten, Sandro Nicolas is German with a Greek mother and American father. Two years ago he took part in The Voice Of Germany. Ever the international, last year he represented the USA in the annual New Wave Song Festival in Russia where he finished sixth.
CZECH REPUBLIC Benny Cristo “Kemama”
Ben da Silva Cristóvão is from legendary beer city Plzeň and has been active on the Czech music scene for the last decade. He is also an accomplished jiu-jitsu performer.
FRANCE Tom Leeb “?”
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.
GEORGIA Tornike Kipiani “Take Me As I Am”
Tornike is from Tbilisi and won the 2014 series of X Factor Georgia, when his coach was none other than 2019 Cypriot entrant Tamta. He won his ticket to Rotterdam by winning Georgian “Idol” on New Years Eve.
GREECE Stefania “Superg!rl”
Stefania Liberakakis was born in Utrecht in the Netherlands of Greek parents. Four years ago she took part in Junior Eurovision as part of the group Kisses representing the Netherlands.
ISRAEL Eden Alene “?”
Eden is from Jerusalem, both of her parents emigrated from Ethiopia. She won the 2017/18 edition of X Factor Israel. Last year she released a cover of “Save Your Kisses For Me”.
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.
LATVIA Samanta Tina “Still Breathing”
Born Samanta Poļakova in Tukums, it’s sixth time lucky for the Latvian representative in Rotterdam. She has also competed twice in the Lithuanian selection process.
LITHUANIA The Roop “On Fire”
The Roop are a rock band from Vilnius who were formed in 2014. They competed unsuccessfully in the Lithuanian national final in 2018 but it’s second time lucky this year.
MALTA Destiny Chukunyere “?”
Destiny is from Birkirkara and has a Maltese mum while her father is a former professional footballer from Nigeria. She has already tasted triumph on the ESC stage as she won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2015.
NETHERLANDS Jeangu Macrooy “?”
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.
NORTH MACEDONIA Vasil “?”
Vasil Garvanliev is a classically trained baritone from Strumica who spread his wings from an early age. He was a soloist in the Chicago Childrens Choir and also performed extensively in Canada. He took part in the 2007 Macedonia national final but finished a distant thirteenth. In 2019 he was a backing singer for jury winner Tamara Todevska.
NORWAY Ulrikke “Attention”
Ulrikke Brandstorp was born in 1995 just a couple of months after Norway’s second Eurovision triumph. She has previously competed in Norwegian Idol and also unsuccessfully in the 2017 national final.
ROMANIA Roxen “?”
Larisa Roxana Giurgiu is from Cluj and her time in the spotlight has been relatively short. Last year she was featured vocalist on A single by Romanian house producer Sickotoy that made the dance charts in many countries across Europe.
SLOVENIA Ana Soklič “Voda”
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”.
UKRAINE Go_A “Solovey”