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SWEDEN – Robin Stjernberg – You

As usual we close our annual viewing of the ESC participants with the host country, which is of course Sweden this year. With Loreen’s fabulous win last year in Baku, Sweden has accumulated five wins now in over fifty years of participation (ABBA in 1974, Herreys in 1984,  Carola in …

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MOLDOVA – Aliona Moon – O Mie

Moldova has sent eight entries to the Eurovision Song Contest to date, and with the very first one, Zdob si Zdub’s Bunika Bate Toba, the country achieved its best result to date, a sixth place at the 2005 Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine. Only once Moldova failed to qualify for the …

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ITALY – Marco Mengoni – L’Essenziale

Italy’s representative at the 58th Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö is the 24-year old singer-songwriter Marco Mengoni, who rose to national fame after winning the third series of the talent show ‘X Factor‘. In February 2013, Mengoni competed in the 63rd Festival di Sanremo, and Italian broadcaster RAI offered him …

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SERBIA – Moje 3 – Ljubav Je Svuda

Serbia made its debut as an independent nation in 2007 in Helsinki, where Marija Šerifovic triumphed with the ballad Molitva, becoming the first country that won the Eurovision Song Contest with its debut entry after Switzerland’s win at the first edition in 1956. It was also the first song containing …

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AUSTRIA – Natália Kelly – Shine

Austria has sent 45 entries to the Eurovision Song Contest to date, placed 20 entries in the top ten, and won the Contest once in 1966 with the song Merci Chérie, performed by Udo Jürgens.  The best result from the last decade was  Alf Poier’s sixth place in 2003 with …

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LATVIA – PeR – Here We Go

Latvia is a country with one of the most successful ESC debuts ever: At the 2000 Contest in Stockholm, Sweden, the band Brainstorm performed My Star and finished an excellent third place. Only two years later Latvia won the Contest with Marie N’s scintillating stage performance of I Wanna. Another …

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