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Everything You Need To Know About Tonight's Eurovision Semi-Finalists

They include a whole lot of Voice winners, YouTube stars, and social activists.

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1. Moldova: Eduard Romanyuta, "I Want Your Love"

Eduard took part in Ukraine's national selections four times, and never got the chance to represent his country at Eurovision. But this year, after Ukraine pulled out, he was selected to represent Moldova instead. He's 22, and he's a massive cutie because he's funding the entire Moldovan team's trip himself 😍.

2. Armenia: Genealogy, "Face The Shadow"

Genealogy were put together specifically for Eurovision. They all come from different continents, but have Armenian descent. One of its members, Inga, represented Armenia in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest with her sister.

3. Belgium: Loïc Nottet, "Rhythm Inside"

Loïc is only 19 👶. He came second on Belgium's version of The Voice in 2013, and his smile makes me want to eat him up.


4. The Netherlands: Trijntje Oosterhuis, "Walk Along"

Trijntje and her brother used to be in a band called Total Touch, who were big in the Netherlands. She's since been a judge of the Netherlands' version of The Voice.

5. Finland: Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät, "Aina Mun Pitää"

Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät are a punk rock band made up of four members with learning difficulties. They were the subject of the 2012 documentary Kovasikajuttu (The Punk Syndrome). At just 1 minute 42 seconds, their song is Eurovision's shortest ever entry. They want to raise awareness of learning difficulties while "having a fucking good time". 🙏

6. Greece: Maria-Elena Kyriakou, "One Last Breath"

Maria-Elena is a Greek-Cypriot singer who won Greece's The Voice in 2014. Her brother, Kyriacos Pavlou, plays football for Cypriot team AEK Larnaca. What a power family.

7. Estonia: Elina Born & Stig Rästa, "Goodbye To Yesterday"

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Stig is a famous Estonian songwriter, who discovered Elina via her YouTube channel. This is Stig's fifth attempt at representing Estonia at Eurovision, and Elina's second. Elina also came second on Estonia's version of Pop Idol in 2012.


8. F.Y.R. Macedonia: Daniel Kajmakoski, "Autumn Leaves"

Daniel won the Balkan version of The X Factor (which includes Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Macedonia) in 2013. His family are Eurovision super-fans, and he was named after Daniel Popovic, who represented Yugoslavia in the 1983 contest.

9. Serbia: Bojana Stamenov, "Beauty Never Lies"

In 2012, Bojana came 4th in Serbia's Got Talent, and she is the first Serb to sing an English entry at Eurovision.

10. Hungary: Boggie, "Wars For Nothing"

Boggie became internationally known when she released "Nouveau Parfum". The music video shows her being digitally retouched, in an effort to prompt conversations about image retouching. She's basically all-round powerful woman. 💁

11. Belarus: Uzari & Maimuna, "Time"

Uzari has reached the Belarusian national selections twice before, and taken part in Eurovision as a backing dancer in 2011. Maimuna is a professional violinist. They're super cute.


12. Russia: Polina Gagarina, "A Million Voices"

In 2003, Polina won Star Factory, a Russian TV talent show. She's one of the favourites to win, which would be controversial after the Tolmachevy Sisters were repeatedly booed last year.

13. Denmark: Anti Social Media, "The Way You Are"

Anti Social Media are a pop rock band who have been put together especially for Eurovision. They don't like Twitter and Facebook, and resent the fact that young people spend their whole lives on their phones, lol.

14. Albania: Elhaida Dani, "I'm Alive"

Elhaida has won Star Academy Albania, Albania's version of Fame Academy, and Top Fest, an Albanian TV talent show. She also won Italy's The Voice in 2012. She's basically really famous in Albanian-speaking countries.

15. Romania: Voltaj, "De La Capăt"

Voltaj have been together for over 20 years, and they're really big in Romania — they even won Best Romanian Act at the MTV European Music Awards in 2005. Their song supports Romanian NGOs who work with children left to grow up with their grandparents.

16. Georgia: Nina Sublatti, "Warrior"

In 2013, Nina won the Georgian version of Idol. Her song has the word "oximated" in it, and it's written by Thomas G:son, who wrote classic Eurovision banger "Euphoria".