Albania: Jonida Maliqi – Ktheju Tokës
Jonida is an Albanian singer and presenter with a huge following in her country. Ktheju
Tokës (English: Return to the land) is an ethnic-infused rock song about emigration with all Albanian lyrics.
Armenia: Srbuk – Walking Out
Srbuk came in second when participating at the X Factor Armenia in 2011. This time she is planning on winning Eurovision with her song Walking Out which is about being the bigger person in a relationship and knowing when to walk out!
Australia: Kate Miller-Heidke – Zero Gravity
Kate Miller said ‘’Zero Gravity is about leaving seriousness behind, something I feel
resonates with the essence of the Eurovision Song Contest!’’ the song is a pop-eratic
ballad with ethereal vocals and an upbeat beat.
Austria: Paenda – Limits
Paenda’s lyrics encourage us to koow our personal limits before the pain becomes too much. She said to live your best life, you need to know your limits.
Azerbaijan: Chingiz – Truth
Truth is a song that portrays a man in denial about his relationship coming to an end. The song has a seamless blend of contemporary pop and traditional Azeri instruments.
Belarus: ZENA – Like It
Zena hosted the Junior Eurovision a year ago and was Belarus top pick! Her song scored 69 out of 70 points. It’s an upbeat song about letting karma do her work.
Belgium: Eliot Vassamillet – Wake Up
Eliot’s song title Wake Up alludes to both literally waking up from sleep, but also metaphorically waking up: becoming aware of a situation.
Croatia: Roko Blažević – The Dream
The Dream is sang in English and Croatian and tells the story of someone who has high hopes for the feature, dreaming of change.
Cyprus: Tamta – Replay
Tamta uses her sensual voice to tell a romantic and lustful story in her song Replay. The playful lyrics cast Tamta as a temptress who knowingly sends a man spinning into madness.
Czech Republic: Laka Malawi – Friend Of A Friend
Laka Malawi are three guys who are thrilled to enter the stage this year. Friend of a Friend is a song about being in love with someone you barely even know.
Denmark: Leonora – Love is Forever
‘’Love is Forever’’ is a pop song with a message of love- everybody deserves to love and be loved. German, French, Danish and English can all be heard in this song.
Estonia: Victor Crone – Storm
For the song Storm, Victor says he leaves interpretation of the song tot the listener but describes it is ‘’weathering hard times and knowing that they will eventually come to an end.’’
F.Y.R. Macedonia: Tamara Todevska – Proud
Tamara was already on the Eurovision stage 11 years ago and is happy to be back! Proud is a beautiful song that builds with strings and piano. Tamara said she is going to sing this song for everyone out there who has always been told to lower their heads and follow strict rules.
Finland: Darude – Look Away
Look Away is a song about knowing that there is something wrong, but not being able to put your finger on it exactly. Darude says he's got positive expectations about his Eurovision adventure.
France: Bilal Hassani – Roi
Roi is a song spreading the message of self-acceptance and hope. Bilal is the symbol of those millions of young people all over the world that want to be free and unashamed to be outside the box.
Georgia: Oto Nemsadze - Sul tsin iare
‘’Sul Tsin Iare’’ (Go Ahead) is a rock ballad that comes with aggression and thrust. It has a strong patriotic feel: it expresses Georgian’s people’s feelings and s hand calls for an end to war and conflict.
Germany: S!sters – Sister
Sisters is a singing duo who aren’t actually sisters. The song is all about the conflicts that emerge between women and the tendency for some ladies to shove their sisters down..
Greece: Katerine Duska – Better Love
Better love has an upbeat melody but don’t let that fool you; Better Love speaks of all the feelings that come with love, including ‘’the burning feeling inside’’.
Hungary: Joci Pápai - Az én apám
Az én apám is a great ballad with the distinct Hungarian ethnic sounds that the singer is known for. The song has touchy lyrics and are about his father.
Iceland: Hatari - Hatrið mun sigra
Hatari might be the most unexpected act of the year: the BDSM-band will sing a song with raw emotion and anger. First chorus ending with ‘’Life’s purposeless confusion- the void will swallow all’’.
Ireland: Sarah McTernan – 22
Sarah’s ‘22’ is a sultry, string-heavy finger-clicking track. The song is about a sweetheart she let slip through her fingers, the lover lived on house number 22.
Israel: Kobi Marimi – Home
Home is described as a touching ballad, perfect for Kobi’s voice. Kobi said: ‘’When I first heard the song I was very oved by it, and I immediately connected to it.’’
Italy: Mahmood – Soldi
Soldi is a very emotional and tragic song. ‘’my song is a personal outburst to make people understand that, after having been children, a critical sense develops in us towards parents, life, the way we see things’’ said Mahmood.
Latvia: Carousel – That Night
The singing duo Carousel knew how to get all of the votes with their song That Night. That Night is a minimalistic entry, stripped back tot he bone. the song has a layed back sound. it tells the story of the night her beloved left her.
Lithuania: Jurijus - Run With The Lions
Jirijus participated in contestants before but is ready to take the crown this time. Run with the Lions is a song about doing what you want to do and not being afraid of the unknown.
Malta: Michela – Chameleon
Michela her versatile voice mixed with an upbeat beat tell the story of being able to overcome adversity, in a youthful, yet empowering way.
Moldova: Anna Odobescu – Stay
Anna tried to represent her country last year, but came in fifth. This year she came in first with her song Stay, a song about not wanting to leave a lover
Montenegro: D-moll – Heaven
D-moll is a unknown and new group from Montenegro. Heaven takes the most Balkan approach out of all of the countries competing this year. Heaven is a song about love.
Norway: KEiiNO - Spirit In The Sky
KEiiNO is a diverse group consisting of a rapper and two singers. The song has a mix of traditional Sami music, scandipop and electronic dance. The song is a story of brave people that fight for respect and love.
Poland: Tulia – Fire of Love
Tulia is a uncommon girl group. Tulia sing about love, fire and hope. The song captures the spirit of birth and rebirth through carefully crafted lyrics. The song has a lot of Polish folk influences.
Portugal: Conan Osíris – Telemóveis
Conan Osíris captured Portugal’s heart with this song filled up with metaphors of the cell phone.. Pushing boundaries through instrumentation and lyrical content made this song Portugal’s top pick.
Romania: Ester Peony – On A Sunday
Ester’s song has a dark mood with a dynamic feel and is about a man leaving her with her feelings, with a catchy chorus.
Russia: Sergej Lazarev – Scream
Sergey his song plays on the intensity of tears, which can burn and leave us out of breath. Sergey captured the jury and the country with his voice and built in the song.
San Marino: Serhat – Say Na Na Na
Singer Serhat says that life is beautiful and fine and that the song’s lyrics need to remind us to look forward to the positive and the light. This song is a real uplifting party banger. The song is supposed to cheer people up.
Serbia: Nevena Božović – Kruna
Kruna (meaning Crown) is not just about the fancy headpiece. The crown is a symbol for love and that love means everything to her. Nevena’s beloved is her universe, her world, her king, and that’s what the song is all about.
Slovenia: Zala Kralj & Gasper Santl – Sebi
This duo met two summers ago and are already making their way to the grand stages. Sebi is a hypnotising song with beautiful meaningful lyrics.
Spain: Miki – La Vende
Miki’s La Vende (the blindfold) is a party anthem that simply tries to tell one story: remove the blindfold of prejudice! It’s a danceable song with a good message and it gets the party going
Sweden: John Lundvik – Too Late For Love
John knew how to capture a lot of different styles in just this one song! A little bit of funk, soul, disco and pop make this song Sweden’s entry. It’s a song that gets better with time.
Switzerland: Luca Hänni - She Got Me
Singer Luca Hänni is taking the stage with his song She Got Me. The song combines rhythmic and Middle Eastern elements and he says that this will appeal to both young and old
The Netherlands: Duncan Laurence - Arcade
Duncan is a young, fairly unknown singer from Holland. Arcade’s lyrics explore the pain of a failed romance and everything that comes with it.
United Kingdom: Michael Rice – Bigger Than Us
Micheal Rice’s song Bigger Than Us is a power ballad with a strong chorus and amazing vocals from not only Micheal, but a gospel choir!