Albania: Eugent Bushpepa / Mall
Eugent is representing his country Albania with Mall, a song that he wrote and
composed himself. He decided to keep the lyrics in Albanian, because they fit
the melody. To give you an idea, some of the melancholic lyrics translated to
English are: “Lingering tear, light up this night; Find your way out, to soothe
Armenia: Sevak Khanagyan / Qami
Qami is the first Eurovision entry ever with 100% Armenian lyrics. Sevak isn’t a
stranger to major television competitions: he also participated in Glavnaya
Stsena, The Voice of Armenia and the Ukrainian X Factor, which he won.
Australia: Jessica Mauboy / We Got Love
After being the interval act during the second Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014, Jessica Mauboy is finally competing this year. We Got Love is about how music can lift the human spirit according to Jessica: "Especially in times like these where the world can be a very confusing and lonely place.”
Austria: César Sampson / Nobody But You
After being a back up singer in the 2016 en 2017 Eurovision Song Contests for the Bulgarian acts, César is finally taking center stage himself. Nobody But You, according to César, on the one hand contains his soul and his story, but on the other hand is a song the listeners will relate to.
Azerbaijan: Aisel / X My Heart
In Azerbaijani, Aisel means “the path that leads you to the moon”, which is strongly stressed in her Eurovision entry X My Heart. Aisel comes from a family of musicians and music is her life, but there is more to her than music: she is also an active member of the Baku Animal Rescue Society, an association that cares for homeless dogs and cats.
Belarus: ALEKSEEV / Forever
During the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, it’s ALEKSEEV’s main goal to share his own feelings and emotions with the world. He has performed in more than twenty countries and was born in Ukraine, but he is well known in Belarus and considers himself to be a Belarusian artist.
Sennek / A Matter Of Time
According to Sennek, the song fits her like a glove: the melancholy feeling, the vocals, the contrast between dark and light. She has been performing for years, but as her day job she works as a visual merchandiser for Ikea.
Bulgaria: EQUINOX / Bones
EQUINOX were formed specifically for the Eurovision Song Contest and is composed of five members who have never performed together before. The members are winner of Bulgaria’s second season of X Factor, Zhana Bergendorff; singer-songwriter Vlado Mihailov; singer, songwriter and vocal producer, Georgi Simeonov; America’s Got Talent semi-finalist Johnny Manuel; and L.A. based songwriter Trey Campbell.
Croatia: Franka / Crazy
After competing in the Croatian national selection for Eurovision (Dora) in 2009 and 2010 without success, Franka was finally invited by the Croatian Radio and Television to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest this year. Franka wrote the lyrics for Crazy, a song about going crazy for love, herself.
Cyprus: Eleni Foureira / Fuego
Dubbed the ‘Queen of Pop’, Eleni is a successful pop singer who has scored (international) hits with songs like Chica Bomb and Send For Me. Fuego was co-written by Alex Papaconstantinou, aka Alex P, who has also written songs for artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias and Marc Anthony.
Czech Republic: Mikolas Josef / Lie To Me
At age 17, Mikolas won the Gold Metal with distinction for solo acting, the highest meritorious award from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, but he hasn’t taken up a career in acting. His ‘musical mentor’, renowned European sound-mix engineer Nikodem Milewski who works closely with artists like Sam Smith, also worked on Lie To Me.
Denmark: Rasmussen / Higher Ground
Higher Ground is inspired by the Viking Magnus Erlendsson and his refusal to fight in the Battle of Anglesey Sound in 1098, because he believed in non-violence. The composers of Higher Ground immediately knew they found the right performer for the song when they saw Rasmussen perform, because Rasmussen’s appearance – with his long, red beard and hair - closely mimics our idea of how Vikings looked.
Estonia: Elina Nechayeva / La Forza
As a child, Elina dreamed of becoming an astronaut, flying between the stars and planets. On the Eurovision stage she will make her childhood dream come true to a certain extent, because she will fly between the stars. With her song and performance of La Forza, Elina wants to spread her message that love heals and lifts us.
F.Y.R. Macedonia: Eye Cue / Lost And Found
Eye Cue is one of the most popular Macedonian pop and rock bands and they’ve been performing their own music since 2008. They usually work within the pop-rock genre, but Lost And Found snakes through a number of genres, most notably reggae and EDM.
Saara Aalto / Monsters
Saara has an impressive track record when it comes to singing talent shows: she was a runner-up in The Voice of Finland, Finland’s Got Talent and X Factor UK. She wrote Monsters together with the team behind Måns Zelmerlöw’s Eurovision winning song Heroes (2015).
France: Madame Monsieur / Mercy
The French duo Madame Monsieur is formed by Jean-Karl and Emilie, who met in a bar ten years ago. Mercy tells the true story of the little girl named Mercy, who was born aboard (refugee rescue boat) the Aquarius while her mother was fleeing the violence of her country.
Georgia: Ethno-Jazz Band Iriao / For You
The repertoire of ethno-fusion band Iriao is based on Georgian polyphonic music and harmony, saturated with jazz and modern music elements. Band leader David Malazonia was one of the first composers introducing this music genre in Georgia.
Germany: Michael Schulte / You Let Me Walk Alone
Starting out as a YouTube artist playing cover songs in 2007, Michael has amassed over 50 million views and 200,000 subscribers on the platform. You Let Me Walk Alone is perhaps his most personal song to date, in which he opens up about his feelings after losing his father.
Greece: Yianna Terzi / Oniro Mou
Yianna Terzi is the daughter of acclaimed Greek singer Paschalis Terzis. She co-wrote the music and lyrics of Oniro Mou, a mid-tempo ballad with ethnic Greek elements and a polyphonic chorus.
Hungary: AWS / Viszlát Nyár
This ‘modern metal band with attitude’ was formed by the band members when they were just teenagers. They 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.
Iceland: Ari Ólafsson / Our Choice
Ari sings all kinds of music like pop, rock and funk, but he is a classically trained singer. Our Choice is a bold and bombastic ballad, with lyrics like: “Different voices, cultures and people and places; Inside we’re all the same”.
Ireland: Ryan O’Shaughnessy / Together
As an 8-year-old, Ryan got the opportunity to play a character in a long-running soap opera called Fair City, which he ended up playing for almost a decade. Ryan is planning on doing Ireland proud by bringing a song and performance to Eurovision that ‘we haven’t seen since the days of Rock and Roll Kids’.
Israel: Netta / TOY
TOY is a song of female empowerment, but also a song of empowerment for us all. According to Netta, the noises she makes in the song are supposed to imitate the voices of a coward – a ‘chicken’.
Italy: Ermal Meta e Fabrizio Moro / Non Mi Avete Fatto Niente
Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro form an occasional duo. Non Mi Avete Fatto Niente was the subject of controversy after it was discovered that it uses the chorus of an older song by the same author, but the RAI legal department has ruled that the song can remain in the competition.
Latvia: Laura Rizzotto / Funny Girl
The song, which Laura wrote and composed, will be included on her upcoming EP to celebrate her Latvian heritage. Laura describes the song as being about embracing vulnerability and owning your feelings.
Lithuania: Ieva Zasimauskaitė / When We’re Old
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. The message of When We’re Old is that love can last forever, that it is the most powerful thing in this universe and that love can defeat all the fears that we may have.
Malta: Christabelle / Taboo
Christabelle has been made ambassador of the Maltese President’s Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society for mental health, her role is to continue to raise awareness about the reality of living with mental illness. She is using the Maltese ticket to the Eurovision Song Contest to put the spotlight on mental health issues.
Moldova: DoReDos / My Lucky Day
DoReDoS is a Moldovan folk-pop trio formed in 2011, and they got their name from the first two notes of the musical scale. My Lucky Day is composed by Philip Kirkorov, the Russian participant of the Eurovision Song Contest 1995.
Montenegro: Vanja Radovanović / Inje
Singer and songwriter Vanja Radovanović won Montevizija, Montenegro’s National Final for Eurovision. Vanja wrote and composed Inje, a traditional Balkanic ballad, himself.
Norway: Alexander Rybak / That's How You Write A Song
The winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 is back with That’s How You Write A Song, which he (indeed) wrote and composed himself. In That’s How You Write A Song, Alexander gives his listeners tips to write their own song.
Poland: Gromee feat. Lukas Meijer / Light Me Up
Light Me Up is an up-tempo song, but don’t let it fool you: it’s a break-up song, describing feelings of losing a loved one after heartbreak. It’s not the first time music producer Gromee and singer Lukas Meijer collaborate: the pair already worked together on their 2017 single Without You.
Portugal: Cláudia Pascoal / O Jardim
O Jardim was composed, produced and written by Isaura, who discovered singer Cláudia Pascoal via social media. The composer and writer will be seen on stage during Cláudia’s performancedelivering backing vocals.
Romania: The Humans / Goodbye
The Humans is not only seen as a band, but as a project which translates emotion in music through original compositions and remarkable remakes of the most famous rock songs. Goodbye has been described as a manifestation and an urge to not give up on one’s dreams.
Russia: Julia Samoylova / I Won't Break
Julia was originally chosen to represent Russia in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Flame Is Burning, but she couldn’t compete because of being banned from Ukraine. The song is influenced by Julia’s struggles with her health and how she persevered through that.
San Marino: Jessika featuring Jenifer Brening / Who We Are
Jessika and Jenifer won 1in360, an online talent show aimed at singers across the world to find the “Internet candidate” for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 and select them as San Marino’s official candidate for the song competition. Who We Are also serves as the theme song for Jessika’s fund-raising drive to raise awareness for online bullying.
Serbia: Sanja Ilić & Balkanika / Nova Deca
In the 20 years of their existence, Sanja Ilić & Balkanika has become well-known for their ethnic style. Lead composer Aleksandar Sanja Ilić ensures that the group assembles musicians who play old instruments from the Balkans. They will perform the song Nova Deca, which translates as New Children.
Slovenia: Lea Sirk / Hvala, ne!
As a backing vocalist, Lea already performed twice at the Eurovision Song Contest, namely in 2014 in Copenhagen and in 2016 in Stockholm. Lea penned the track herself with the help of Tomy DeClerque and the song will be completely sung in Slovene.
Spain: Amaia y Alfred / Tu Canción
Amaia Romero and Alfred Garcia, winner and runner-up of the latest edition of TV talent show Operación Triunfo, are competing as a duo. Tu Canción captures the whirlwind of emotions you feel when falling in love and is the perfect embodiment of their enchanting love story.
Sweden: Benjamin Ingrosso / Dance You Off
Benjamin was born into a musical family, as his mother is famous singer Pernilla Wahlgren and his cousin is Sebastian Ingrosso of the Swedish House Mafia. According to Benjamin, Dance You Off is lyrics-wise actually part 2 of Good Lovin’, the song with which he tried to participate last year.
Switzerland: ZiBBZ / Stones
Siblings Coco and Stee, also known as ZiBBZ, describe themselves as soulmates – both on and off stage. Stones is a spirited song with a clear message: the siblings shame cowards who bully others and appeal to us all to let others live the way they want to live.
The Netherlands: Waylon / Outlaw In 'Em
Waylon took part in the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest as one half of The Common Linnets, taking second place. Waylon’s motto, ‘It’s okay to be different’, is summed up perfectly by Outlaw In ‘Em.
Ukraine: MELOVIN / Under The Ladder
MELOVIN’s biggest passions are music, perfumery and chemistry. His song Under The Ladder is about his creative journey, pursuing his dream step by step with no fear of failure. MELOVIN encourages people never to stop because of failures, as they are temporary, and to fight for your dreams against all the odds.
United Kingdom: SuRie / Storm
Storm is an uplifting, up-tempo clap-along dance song and it carries a message of positivity. SuRie is no stranger to Eurovision: she was a backing dancer and vocalist for Belgium in both 2015 and 2017.