Eugent Bushpepa will represent Albania in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with the song ‘Mall’.Eugent Bushpepa was born in 1984 and started singing when he was only six years old. He describes himself as a creative professional with extensive project experience from concept to development. From 2006 on he has performed in live shows in various night clubs and pubs. In that same year he started working for Top Channel Television as a resident singer in a talk show called Top Show. In December 2017, Festivali i Këngës took place and Eugent Bushpepa was chosen by a professional jury to represent his country at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Mall that he wrote and composed.
Jessica Mauboy will represent Australia at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with the song 'We Got Love'.Jessica Mauboy is one of Australia's most successful famous artists. Jessica's musical journey began in 2006, when she captured the heart of the nation as a 16-year-old on Australian Idol, and since then she has released five top-10 albums, 15 top-twenty singles and four platinum selling albums. She turned 24 nominations into two ARIA Music Awards. Her songs have been streamed globally over 159 million times and her videos have been seen over 39 million times. Jessica toured with Beyoncé, collaborated with Ricky Martin, Flo Rida, Snoop Dogg and Pitbull, performed for Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres and made history being the first non-European solo artist to represent Australia as a guest performer at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014.
Cesár Sampson will represent Austria at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with the song 'Nobody But You'.Cesár Sampson isn’t unknown in Austria's domestic music scene. At the age of seventeen he started touring the world as lead singer for some of Austria’s most internationally acclaimed alternative music acts; Kruder & Dorfmeister, Sofa Surfers and Louie Austen. Cesár Sampson and the Eurovision Song Contest have already proven a success story. As a member of Symphonix International he was part of the Vienna-based producers collective that led Bulgaria to their historic fourth and second places in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2016 and 2017 respectively. In December 2017, Austria's broadcaster ORF revealed that Cesár would represent the country at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.
EQUINOX will represent Bulgaria at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with the song 'Bones'.EQUINOX were formed specifically for the Eurovision Song Contest and is composed of five members who have have never performed together before. Zhana Bergendorff was the winner of the second season of Bulgaria’s X Factor in 2013. She has become of the most successful and controversial Bulgarian female artists in recent years with recent hits like Samuray, Nevazmozhni Sme Sami and Dokrai. Vlado Mihailov is a Bulgarian singer-songwriter and actor and he is the frontman of the popular Bulgarian groups Safo and Sleng. Georgi Simeonov is a singer, songwriter and vocal producer. Johnny Manuel is originally from Michigan in the United States and has been a performer since his childhood. At the age of fourteen, he even toured with boy band N*SYNC. L.A. based songwriter Trey Campbell is one of the composers behind Bones and therefore plays an important part in Equinox. He writes music for artists such as Bebe Rexha, Norway’s Julie Bergan and Romania’s Alexandra Stan.
Eleni Foureira will represent Cyprus at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with the song 'Fuego'.Eleni Foureira was born in 1987 in Albania and is a pop singer and actress. She started her solo career in 2010 with the release of her first album. Dubbed the 'Queen of Pop', the singer has had several successes in both Greece and Cyprus. Eleni's song Chica Bomb, a collaboration with Dan Balan, became a summer hit in 2010. In 2014 Eleni appeared at the Mad Video Music Awards alongside J Balvin, singer of the hit Tranquila, which is about to surpass 100,000,000 views on YouTube. In addition to her musical career, Eleni has also been a judge on the Greek version of So You Think You Can Dance. She has also toured extensively in the Balkans and worked in the fashion industry.
Mikolas Josef will represent Czech Republic at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with the song 'Lie To Me'.Mikolas Josef is a composer, producer, singer, multi-instrumentalist and director of music videos. He grew up in Prague and Znojmo, but now lives mainly in Vienna. Just before embarking on his musical career, Mikolas spent a year working as an international model, for major global fashion brands. He cut his promising modelling career short, rejecting practices within the industry. After leaving the modelling world, he headed to European cities including Oslo, Zurich, Hamburg, Vienna, and Prague, where he made a living as a street musician. Mikolas became better known to Czech fans after his second single Free. This song has been ranked the fourth most played local song in the Czech Republic.
Rasmussen will represent Denmark at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with the song 'Higher Ground'.Rasmussen, or Jonas Flodager Rasmussen, is 33 years old and lives in Western Denmark. Besides working part-time as a voice and performance coach, he has also been acting in musicals such as West Side Story and Les Misérables. He has also performed in a choir on stage with The Rolling Stones as well as in tribute concerts for legends like Elton John, Paul McCartney and ABBA, and in the cover band Hair Metal Heröes. With his long, red beard and hair, Rasmussen’s appearance closely mimics our idea of how Vikings looked - so when the two composers of Higher Ground, Niclas Arn and Karl Eurén, saw him perform, they were immediately sure they had found the right performer for the song. Fortunately, Rasmussen instantly connected with the song and its message - a lucky match for the two Swedish composers.
Elina Nechayeva will represent Estonia at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with the song 'La Forza'.Elina Nechayeva was born in 1991 and graduated from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in 2016 where she studied classical singing. Elina is a hardworking professional and aims to perform opera on the largest stages in the world. She takes very good care of her powerful instrument, her voice, and loves to begin her mornings with a yoga session and a jog. She tries to walk whenever and wherever she can and instead of coffee, uses dark chocolate as her secret energiser. Less than three months after the 100th anniversary of Estonian Independence, Elina is hoping to give her beloved homeland another reason to be proud and celebrate.
Saara Aalto will represent Finland at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with the song 'Monsters'.Saara Aalto is firmly established as one of Finland’s major talents and celebrated stars. She was a runner-up in the TV smash hits The Voice & Finland’s Got Talent plus the voice of Princess Anna in the Finnish version of the global hit movie Frozen. She was the most and second-most Googled person in Finland in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Saara achieved international stardom when she entered Simon Cowell’s X Factor UK in 2016. The man himself ecstatically proclaimed: "That’s how you do it" following her first audition.
Madame Monsieur will represent France at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with the song 'Mercy'.The French duo formed by Jean-Karl and Emilie started their musical and personal journey in a bar ten years ago. The day after that first glance, the first words and first notes were already flowing between them. In 2018, they unleashed Vu d’ici, a debut album that pushes the boundaries of both urban and pop worlds. Entitled Vu d’ici (Seen From Here in English), Madame Monsieur’s album reflects an almost urgent longing to relate to the world around them, like that day in March 2017, when a tweet by a journalist aboard the humanitarian boat Aquarius flashed onto their screens with the photo of a little girl born in the middle of the sea. Rescued amid chaos, the miracle that is Mercy inspired Madame Monsieur’s eponymous first single, which earned them a spot representing France at Eurovision, chosen by the public during the televised show on France 2.
Michael Schulte will represent Germany in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with the song 'You Let Me Walk Alone'.Michael Schulte’s first studio album, Wide Awake, was released in September 2012 and hit number one in Germany’s official newcomer charts. Michael then embarked on a solo acoustic tour, performing songs from the album at a host of festivals, including the renowned Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg and the German Festival at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. In addition to his 2.5 million monthly streams on Spotify and 2 million YouTube viewers, ARD German TV also recognized his talent and nominated him as one of six artists to take part in the German heat to decide who would represent the nation at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon.
AWS will represent Hungary at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with the song 'Viszlát Nyár'.AWS describe themselves as a modern metal band with attitude. The band was formed in Budapest in 2006 by Bence Brucker, Dániel Kökényes, Örs Siklósi and Áron Veress when they were just teenagers. Soma Schiszler joined later. With twelve years of intense touring in Hungary and abroad, three LPs, numerous music videos and excellent feedback from both professionals and fans under their belt, they grew to be one of the most sought-after live bands of the Hungarian metal scene. hey claim to be proud supporters of the anti-celebrity culture and do their utmost to bring good music, thoughts and real emotions back to the ears, hearts and minds of their audience. The band wrote their Eurovision entry, Viszlát Nyár, themselves.
Ryan O’Shaughnessy will represent Ireland at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with the song 'Together'.Ryan O’Shaughnessy was born in 1992 into a musical family. When he was 8 years old an opportunity arose for Ryan to play the character Mark Halpin in RTÉ’s long-running soap opera Fair City, a role he played for almost a decade. He matured as Damien Halpin’s younger brother and spent his teenage years on Irish Television screens. But by the age of 17, music had become his main priority and he left Fair City to pursue a career in music. In his opening audition on Britain’s Got Talent, Ryan performed his now well known, self-penned song No Name which has had over 45 million hits on YouTube. Ryan was signed to Sony UK and released an EP which reached No.1 in Ireland and No.9 in the UK charts.
Netta will represent Israel at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with the song 'TOY'.Netta won this year’s Rising Star reality music show, HaKokhav HaBa L'Eurovizion ('The Next Star For Eurovision') and the ticket to represent Israel in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. She is a very ambitious and determined 25-year-old, but despite her young age, Netta has an extensive background in music. In 2016 Netta co-founded an improvisation singing ensemble called The Experiment, touring all over Israel and collaborating with the famous Bat Sheva ensemble. She then received the leading role in the theatre production Running on the Sea, with theatre professor Ruth Kanner and composer Avshalom Ariel, who is one of her backing vocalists this in this year's Eurovision Song Contest.
Ermal Meta e Fabrizio Moro will represent Italy in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with the song 'Non Mi Avete Fatto Niente'.Ermal Meta is one of the most successful writers of the last decade in Italy with eight platinum records and seven gold in the last five years alone. In 2016 seven of his songs were amongst the most played tracks on radio including Odio Le Favole and A Parte Te, both of which feature on his debut album Umano. The videos of these singles have also received millions of views online. Ermal Meta has also been one of great main characters of the Wind Music Awards and thanks to over 46,000,000 views for Vietato Morire, has won also the Video Indie Music Like of MEI. Ermal was also the headliner of HitWeek, the most important Italian music festival in the world and has also performed in Canada and the United States. In 2018 Ermal returned to the Sanremo Festival teaming up with Fabrizio Moro and the song Non Mi Avete Fatto Niente. The duo won the competition and will represent Italy in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.
Ieva Zasimauskaitė will represent Lithuania at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with the song 'When We’re Old'.Ieva is only 24 years old but has already had a number of achievements as a professional singer. She started music education when she was six years old and took lessons in piano and pop music until she was fifteen. Ieva is no stranger to the Eurovision Family of Events as she had already participated in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest as a backing vocalist when she was fourteen years old. Ieva's solo career took off in 2012 when she finished second at The Voice of Lithuania and two years ago she took part in the Lithuanian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest where she reached the finals.
DoReDoS will represent Moldova at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with the song 'My Lucky Day'.DoReDoS is a Moldovan folk-pop trio formed in 2011, they got their name from the first two notes of the musical scale. The trio is made up of Marina Djundiet, Eugeniu Andrianov and Sergiu Mîța. They met in their hometown and decided to form a band together. In 2017, DoReDoS won the contest New Wave in Sochi, Russia and there they caught the attention of Russian singer, songwriter and 1995 russian participant Philipp Kirkorov, who composed the song My Lucky Day for DoReDoS’ entry for the Moldovan national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, O melodie pentru Europa 2018.
Alexander Rybak will represent Norway in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with the song 'That’s How You Write A Song'.Alexander Rybak became a household name across Europe after winning the Grand Final of the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest for Norway with the song Fairytale. With a total of 387 points, his victory marked the highest recorded score in the history of the Contest at that time. Fairytale went on to top the charts in many European countries, and the follow-up album, Fairytales, was released in 25 countries. Since his Eurovision victory, Alexander has been touring both at home and abroad and has been involved in a series of different musical projects. He appeared at the Grand Final of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest participating as part of the interval act in Stockholm. He wrote and composed That’s How You Write A Song, his entry for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.
Cláudia Pascoal will represent Portugal in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with the song 'O Jardim'.Cláudia Pascoal lives in Gondomar, Portugual and music is a huge part of her life. She has played guitar since she was 15 years old and started out as a street artist. In addition to singing, she presented a national talkshow for teenagers called CurtoCircuito and participated in TV shows such as Ídolos (the Portuguese version of American Idol) in 2015 and The Voice of Portugal in 2017 where she was one of the finalists. Claudia has released a single with Pedro Gonçalves and is the lead singer of her band MORHUA. In 2018, she won the Portuguese national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest and will represent Portugal with the song O Jardim. The entry was composed and produced by Isaura, who accompanies Cláudia on stage.
Sanja Ilić & Balkanika will represent Serbia in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with the song 'Nova Deca'.For years, the band Sanja Ilić & Balkanika have been growing in popularity in both the Balkan region and the world. Aleksandar Sanja Ilić is an author and composer as well as the band leader. Ilić ensures that the group assembles musicians who play old instruments from the Balkans and he’s trying to blend them into a modern pop-rock sound. The musical style of Balkanika is an original sound combined with elements of world music based on the powerful native rhythm of the Balkans mixed with modern approaches and sensibilities. Originally the band consisted of nine musicians (6 instrumentalists, one male, and two female vocals). They were later joined by two trumpeters and one female vocalist. Female ethnic vocals and powerful male rock vocals, combined with electronic sound and ethnic Balkanic instruments, give a modern sound that can be heard for the first time on the band’s recordings.
Lea Sirk will represent Slovenia in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with the song 'Hvala, ne!'Between 2001 and 2007, Lea participated at numerous national and international competitions, where she regularly finished amongst the top positions. Lea finished her secondary school early, with flying colours, while studying the concert flute. In 2005, Lea received the award for the most promising young singer at the International Music Competition Cologne. She began participating regularly at various festivals, as well as EMA, the Slovenian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest (2009, 2010). Her participation in the show Znan obraz ima svoj glas (Your Face Sounds Familiar) left an indelible mark on viewers, as Lea was the most convincing through her transformations into famous world performers, including the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest winner, Salvador Sobral.
Amaia & Alfred will represent Spain in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with their love duet 'Tu Canción'.Amaia Romero and Alfred García, winner and finalist of the latest edition of Spanish TV talent show Operación Triunfo, have a special gift; an innate talent that mesmerises their audience. Tu Canción is the perfect embodiment of Amaia and Alfred’s real and enchanting love story. The song perfectly captures the whirlwind of emotions you feel when falling in love.During Operación Triunfo the pair captivated viewers with their distinctive musical qualities, honed in music schools. Their unique singing style and personality on the TV show have become a social phenomenon in Spain.
Benjamin Ingrosso will represent Sweden in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with the song 'Dance You Off'.Be it behind the keys, behind the scenes or on every TV screen nationwide, Sweden’s Benjamin Ingrosso has turned many a head with his contemporary twist of polished pop tones and soulful performance bravado. Born in Sweden on the outskirts of Stockholm and raised with a strong tie to his Italian heritage, it didn’t take long for Benjamin to find his feet within the world of entertainment. The self-trained pianist and guitarist spent his early childhood crafting his ear and eye for songmanship. It served him well, for by the age of nine he had already penned his first gold certified hit. Right now Benjamin is one of Sweden’s most popular male pop-artists. With over 25 million Spotify streams and reaching 1x Platinum and 3x Gold with his singles, Benjamin Ingrosso is the one to watch in 2018. Having a lit spark over in Scandinavia with his breakthrough last year, his undeniable pop sensibility and genuine musicality spread like wildfire through the rest of Europe with infectious hits such as Good Lovin', Do You Think About Me and One More Time.
Waylon is back! He will represent the Netherlands in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with the song 'Outlaw In 'Em'.Waylon came to people's attention during his Hollands Got Talent performance in 2008. One year later he became the first Dutch artist to sign to the Motown Label. Wicked Way was his first single on his debut album Wicked Ways. Both were extremely successful and won several awards. In 2016 Waylon was a jury in the TV programme It Takes Two and became a coach on The Voice of Holland. At the end of that year his fourth album, Seeds, was released and Waylon performed twice in front of thirty thousand people in Rotterdam's Ahoy. 2018 is going to be a busy year for Waylon. From April onwards he will be performing in thirty venues during his The World Can Wait Tour. The album of the same name is also going to be released that month.
MELOVIN will represent Ukraine in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with the song 'Under The Ladder'.The project MELOVIN started in Odesa in 2012. The name comes from a combination of the holiday Halloween and the last name of the British fashion designer Alexander McQueen. MELOVIN, who is currently 21 years old, made a number of attempts of making it into different popular talent shows such as Ukraine’s Got Talent and The X Factor. In 2015, the artist finally succeeded. He became a participant of the sixth season of The X Factor in Ukraine and eventually went on to win the show three years ago. MELOVIN also participated twice in the national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. In 2017 he finished third and this year he won with his song Under The Ladder. MELOVIN not only performed his own song but also was the stage director for his act.
Singer-songwriter SuRie will represent the United Kingdom at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with the song 'Storm'.Combining forenames Susanna Marie, SuRie is a classically trained musician and graduate from the Royal Academy of Music in London. SuRie was recently elected an Associate of The Royal Academy of Music, an honour awarded to former students for their significant contribution to the music profession. Her debut LP, Something Beginning With... was the culmination of a writing and recording process that took SuRie from London to Greece, via Australia, New York, Sweden, LA and Borneo; from her home recording studio in the UK to the state of the art Malmö Live in Sweden. No stranger to Eurovision, SuRie’s journey started in 2015 where she was a backing dancer and vocalist for Loïc Nottet who finished fourth for Belgium with the song Rhythm Inside. She returned again with the Belgians in 2017, supporting Blanche and City Lights as Musical Director, also placing fourth.