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Who are the Eurovision 2018 finalists? 

A short introduction to all 26 Eurovision entries 

Now that the Eurovision semi-finals are over, everything is ready for this Saturday’s Grand Final, when 26 countries will be competing in this prestigious contest. Whether or not you intend to bet on the Eurovision this year, it’s always more fun to get to know the finalists beforehand. In this article, we’ve decided to give a brief overview of all 26 finalists to give you an idea of the kind of singers which will be in the spotlight this Saturday.

The Eurovision Big Five and Portugal

The Eurovision Big Five countries are those five countries (the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain) who contribute the most financially to the European Broadcasting Union. Because of this, a rule was created in 2000 to allow these countries to automatically qualify for the Grand Final, together with the host country. So who are the singers this year? Let’s have a look

SuRIE - UK representative at the Eurovision 2018UK Eurovision entry 2018

Singer full name: Susanna Marie Cork (known as SuRie)

Age: 29

Song title: Storm

Winner odds: 100/1

 

The UK will be represented by singer-songwriter SURIE this year, a pianist and oboist educated at the Royal Academy of Music. SuRie has already participated in the Eurovision Song Contest twice, as backing singer for Belgium’s 2015 entry, as well as musical director for Belgium’s entry City Lights in 2017. This time, it’s her turn to be in the spotlight, but the odds don’t indicate much chances for success.  

France Eurovision entry

Singer full names: Émilie Satt and producer Jean-Karl Lucas (Madame Monsieur)

Ages: 33 and 36

Song title: Mercy

Winner odds: 13/2

This year, France will be represented by this duo, known as Madame Monsieur. Emilie is the vocalist, whereas Jean-Karl Lucas is the producer as well as backing vocalist. Following the rehearsals, this couple seems to have a pretty good chance of winning this year’s Eurovision, as France is currently ranking as the 4th likeliest country to win across many betting sites.

Germany Eurovision entry

Singer full name: Michael Schulte

Age: 28

Song title: You Let Me Walk Alone

Winner odds: 50/1

Michael Schulte is a singer and songwriter whose debut album Wide Awake was released in 2012. He began his career by publishing covers of popular songs on his own YouTube channel, and thanks to this, he managed to sign with Weinstein Media. In 2011, he placed third in The Voice of Germany.

Spain Eurovision entry

Singer full names: Amaia Romere and Alfred Garcia

Ages: 19 and 21

Song title: Tu canción

Winner odds: 50/1

Amaia is the youngest participant in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, and she will perform together with Alfred Garcia in an impressively romantic duo. Romero belongs to a family of musicians, and has won the reality talent competition Operación Triunfo. Alfred is a self-taught guitarist, drummer and keyboardist and trained at the Unió Filharmònica del Prat.

Italy Eurovision entry

Singer full names: Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro

Ages: 37 and 43

Song title: Non mi avete fatto niente

Winner odds: 40/1

Ermal Meta is an Albanian-born singer-song writer who was a member of Italian bands Ameba4 and La Fame di Camilla. He and Fabrizio Morow on the prestigious Sanremo Music Festival 2018. Moro is a singer and songwriter who has released six studio albums and a live album since 2015.

Portugal Eurovision entry

Singer full name: Claudia Pascoal

Age: 23

Song title: O jardim

Winner odds: 100/1

Pascoal has been participating in talent shows since 2010, amongst them the Factor X in 2013. Her song O jardim is written by Portuguese songwriter Isaura. 


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Eurovision Semi-Final One Qualifiers

Following Tuesday's semi-final, another 10 entries have qualified for Saturday's Grand Final, amongst them some of the favourites this year. Let's take a quick look at them below.

Israel's Eurovision entry

Singer full name: Netta Barzlai
Age: 25
Song title: Toy
Winner odds: 11/2

Netta is an Israeli singer and looping artist. Before her mandatory enlistment in the Israeli Defense Forces, she spent a Service Year volunteering in the Nahal and did her military service in the Israeli Navy Band. Netta's song Toy has been the favourite to win since its video's release last March, however following the live shows, it seems that she has failed to live up to expectations. Still, Netta's song is as quirky and original as it a song can get, and we're sure that Netta will make a big impression on Saturday.

Austria Eurovision entry

Singer full name: Cesar Sampson
Age: 34
Song title: Nobody but You
Winner odds: 50/1

Cesar is an Austrian singer, songwriter, and model who has already performed backing vocals for two Bulgarian entries in previous Eurovision editions. At the age of seventeen he had already started touring the world as lead singer for some of Austria’s most famous alternative music acts; Kruder & Dorfmeister, Sofa Surfers and Louie Austen.

Estonia Eurovision entry

Singer full name: Elina Nechayeva
Age: 26
Song title: La Forza
Winner odds: 25/1

Elina is of mixed Russian, Chuvash, and Estonian ancestry and studied for her Masters Degree in classical singing at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in 2016. Her song La Forza has impressed the audience during the Eurovision rehearsals and has a strong chance of making it to the top 5 this Saturday.

Eleni Foureira's Eurovision entry

 

Cyprus Eurovision entry

Singer full name: Eleni Foureira
Age: 31
Song title: Fuego
Winner odds: 43/20

Eleni's song Fuego has set the stage on fire during the rehearsals and semi-finals, and is currently the favourite to win the Eurovision Song Contest this year! Eleni is Albanian-born, and began her solo career in 2009. She signed a contract with Universal Music Greece and released her debut album in 2010, following which she's gained popularity in both Greece and Cyprus.

Lithuania Eurovision entry

Singer full name: Ieva Zasimauskaitė

Age: 24
Song title: When We're Old
Winner odds: 11/1

Ieva started her education in music when she was just six years old and studied piano and pop music until she was fifteen. At fourteen, she participated in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest as a backing vocalist.

Czech Republic Eurovision entry

Singer full name: Mikolas Josef
Age: 22
Song title: Lie to Me
Winner odds: 25/1

One of the youngest singers in this Eurovision, Mikolas Josef is also a producer, composer, multi-instrumentalist and director of music videos. Mikolas comes from a family of musicians and has been playing guitar since the age of five. His strong performances so far have positioned him towards the top of betting lists.

Bulgaria Eurovision entry

Singer full names: Zhana Bergendorff, Georgi Simeonov, and Vlado Mihailov, Johnny Manuel and Trey Campbell
Age: 32 (Zhana)
Song title: Bones
Winner odds: 33/1

This five-member band was formed specifically for the Eurovision, and the members have never performed together before. Their entry Bones was composed by the acclaimed music production group Symphonix, who have also composed songs for international artists, among them Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez and Kelly Clarkson!

Albania Eurovision entry

Singer full name: Eugent Bushpepa
Age: 33
Song title: Mall
Winner odds: 100/1

Eugent started to sing when he was only six years old. Apart from being a singer and songwriter, Eugent is also human rights activist and philanthropist. He is the sole author of his song Mall, which was then reworked for the Eurovision by Jim Lowe, a Grammy Award-winning record producer.

Ireland Eurovision entry

Singer full name: Ryan O'Shaughnessy
Age: 25
Song title: Together
Winner odds: 66/1

Ryan is an Irish singer-songwriter and former actor in Irish soaps. At 17, after almost a decade of acting, he decided to focus on his music and started his career as a singer.

Finland Eurovision entry

Singer full name: Saara Sofia Aalto
Age: 31
Song title: Monsters
Winner odds: 40/1

Saara is a famous star in Finland; she was a runner-up in the TV smash hits The Voice & Finland’s Got Talent and also did the voice of Princess Anna in the Finnish version of the animated movie Frozen! In Finland, she was the most and second-most googled person in 2016 and 2017 respectively.


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Eurovision Semi-Final 2 qualifiers

Serbia Eurovision entry

Singer full names: Sanja Ilić & Balkanika
Age: 67
Song title: Nova Deca
Winner odds: 200/1

Aleksandar Sanja Ilić is a Sebrian author and composer and the founder of the group Balkanika, which has gained considerable popularity in the Balkans and beyond. The band tries to blend modern pop-rock sound with the traditional musical sounds of Balkan instruments, in order to modernize Serbian medieval and byzantine music. The bad has held concerts in Russia, the United States and even Sourth Korea and the title of their song, Nova Deca, translates to New Children.

Australia Eurovision entry

Singer full name: Jessica Mauboy
Age: 28
Song title: We Got Love
Winner odds: 40/1

Jessica is an incredibly popular singer in Australia since 2006, when she was just 16 and made a great impression on Australian Idol. She has released five top-10 albums, 15 top-twenty singles and 4 platinum selling albums, and has toured with Beyoncé, collaborated with Ricky Martin, Flo Rida and Snoop Dogg, performed for Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey, and was also the first non-European solo artist to represent Australia as a guest performer at the Eurovision in 2014!

Moldova Eurovision entry

Singers' full names: Marina Djundiet, Eugeniu Andrianov, and Sergiu Mîța (DoReDoS)
Age: 25 - 31 years
Song title: My Lucky Day
Winner odds: 50/1

DoReDoS is a Moldovan folk-pop trio who met in their own hometown and decided to form a band. Marina graduated as a professional singer from Tiraspol's College of Music. Eugeniu started singing when he was just 10 years old and graduated from the Academy of Music, Theater and Fine Art, whereas Sergiu studied at the College of Music and also at the Academy of Music, Theater and Fine Art.

Hungary Eurovision entry

Singers' full names: Bence Brucker, Dániel Kökényes, Örs Siklósi, Áron Veress and Soma Schiszler (AWS)
Ages: /
Song title: Viszlát Nyár
Winner odds: 50/1

AWS (short for 'Ants With Slippers'!) is a modern metal band characterised for its powerful, evokative style. Since the band was formed by Bence Brucker, Dániel Kökényes, Örs Siklósi and Áron Veress in 2006, they have released 3 singles and 3 albums, and have toured Hungary as well as other countries for 12 years. Soma Schiszler joined them in 2017 as bass player.

Ukraine Eurovisian entry

Singer full name: Melovin
Age: 21
Song title: Under the Ladder
Winner odds: 100/1

Melovin has participated in various talent shows, including Ukraine’s Got Talent and The X Factor. In 2015 he particpated in the sixth season of The X Factor in Ukraine and eventually also won the show. His song Under The Ladder is about pursuing one's dreams and motivates people not to stop trying because of failures. 

Sweden Eurovision entry

Singer full name: Benjamin Ingrosso
Age: 20
Song title: Dance You Off
Winner odds: 20/1

Benjamin, a self-trained pianist and guitarist, is one of Sweden’s most popular male pop-artists, having lead to over 25 million Spotify streams! His song Dance You off is one of the favourites to win the Eurovision this year.

Norway Eurovision entry

Singer full name: Alexander Rybak
Age: 31
Song title: That's How You Write a Song
Winner odds: 20/1

Alexander has learnt to play the violin and piano when he was five years old and composes his own songs. He has already won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009 with his charming entry 'Fairytale', which got the highest tally any country has achieved in the history of Eurovision! His 2018 entry is extremely catchy and has a very good chance of winning.

Denmark Eurovision entry

Singer full name: Jonas Flodager Rasmussen (known as Rasmussen)
Age: 33
Song title: Higher Ground
Winner odds: 50/1

Apart from working as a voice and performance coach, Rasmussen has taken part in musicals, including West Side Story and Les Misérables and has also performed in a choir with The Rolling Stones as well as in tribute concerts for legends like Elton John and ABBA. His entry, Higher Ground, is inspired by the Viking Magnus Erlendsson, who refused to fight in the Battle of Anglesey Sound in 1098 because he did not believe in violence.

Slovenia Eurovision entry

Singer full name: Lea Sirk
Age: 28
Song title: Higher Ground
Winner odds: 200/1

Lea started studying music at the age of five, and also studied at the Conservatory of Music in Geneva and obtained her Master of Arts in Specialised Music Performance. She has played in different orchestras and has already performed twice in the Eurovision Song Contest as backing vocalist, in 2014 with Tinkara Kovač, and in 2016 with ManuElla.

The Netherlands Eurovision entry

Singer full name: Willem Bijkerk (Waylon)
Age: 38
Song title: Outlaw In 'Em
Winner odds: 100/1

It is the second time that Waylon will represent Netherlands at the Eurovision, as he had performed together with Ilse DeLange as The Common Linnets in 2014 and finished in second place. Waylon was aslo a coach on The Voice of Holland in 2016 and has since performed twice in Rotterdam's Ahoy, in front of thirty thousand people. He has also served as jury member on the TV programme It Takes Two twice.

Are you ready for the Eurovision Grand Final?

With both semi-finals over, there's a surge of excitement and emotion across Europe as the finalists prepare to impress the crowd in Lisbon. Are you ready to watch the show? Have you made your guesses yet? For some extra fun, you might also like to bet on the Eurovision, for a chance to win some real money if you make a correct prediction. Paddy Power and Unibet are two sites we really recommend for this, who are offering Eurovision winner odds as well as other betting markets.

And now, go and get ready for tomorrow night, and enjoy the show!



 


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