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

There are judges from The Voice, '90s band members, and a married couple.

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1. Lithuania: Monika Linkytė and Vaidas Baumila, "This Time"

These guys properly 💖 Eurovision. Monika has tried to represent Lithuania at Eurovision five times before, and Vadias has tried once before. Aaaaand Vadias came third on Dangus, a Lithuanian TV talent show.

2. Ireland: Molly Sterling, "Playing With Numbers"

At just 17, Molly is Ireland's youngest ever Eurovision entrant. She came second in All Ireland Schools’ Talent Search in 2014, and is a really talented pianist 👸.

3. San Marino: Anita Simoncini & Michele Perniola, "Chain Of Lights"

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Anita represented San Marino in 2014's Junior Eurovision Song Contest as part of a group. Michele is one of her then bandmate's brothers, and he also represented San Marino in Junior Eurovision in 2013. He also won Ti Lascio Una Canzone, an Italian TV talent show, in 2012. As you do.

4. Montenegro: Nenad Knežević Knez, "Adio"

Knez has been a popular singer in Montenegro forever — he's released 10 albums there. Woahh.


5. Malta: Amber, "Warrior"

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Amber is only 23, but she's performed in Malta's national selections five times before. And in 2012, she was a backing singer to Malta's entry. Basically she's a Eurovision old-hand.

6. Norway: Mørland & Debrah Scarlett, "A Monster Like Me"

Debrah competed on the Norwegian version of The Voice in 2013, and she has the most beautiful hair in the whole world. And Mørland's band, Absent Elk, have supported Girls Aloud on a UK tour.

7. Portugal: Leonor Andrade, "Há Um Mar Que Nos Separa"

Leonor was a contestant on Portugal's The Voice, and has since appeared on Portuguese TV drama Água de Mar. And she's only 21 😍.

8. Czech Republic: Marta Jandová and Václav Noid Bárta, "Hope Never Dies"

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Marta is part of a German alternative rock band, and Václav is a Czech nu-metal singer who had a well publicised affair with Eliška Bučková, Miss Czech Republic 2008. They're already pretty popular in Europe.


9. Israel: Nadav Gudej, "Golden Boy"

Nadav, who is French-Israeli and was born in Paris, won HaKokhav HaBa, an Israeli TV talent show in 2013. He is only 16, and is still at school. In his home country he is known as the "Israeli Justin Timberlake"! Phwoarr!

10. Latvia: Aminata, "Love Injected"

Aminata grew up in Latvia, but is of Russian-Burkina Faso descent. She got to the national selection rounds last year. She is currently an Economics student at the university of Latvia.

11. Azerbaijan: Elnur Huseynov, "Hour Of The Wolf"

Elnur represented Azerbaijan in their first ever Eurovision back in 2008 as part of a duo who came 8th. Earlier this year he also won Turkey's version of The Voice. Also, he's hunky 💪.

12. Iceland: Maria Olafs, "Unbroken"

Maria comes from a musical theatre background, and has appeared in many musicals in Iceland. And she kind of looks like Sophia Bush if you squint a bit.


13. Sweden: Måns Zelmerlöw, "Heroes"

PHWOARRR. Måns appeared on Sweden's Idol in 2005, and then won Sweden's version of Strictly Come Dancing the following year. In 2004, he came under fire in the Swedish press for claiming it's not “natural” for two men to have sex. He has since apologised publicly, many times. His girlfriend, supermodel Marie Serneholt, was in Swedish '90s band A-Teens.

14. Switzerland: Mélanie René, "Time To Shine"

Mélanie is a Mauritian-Swiss singer-songwriter. At 24, she's relatively unknown but OMG she's beautiful 💅.

15. Cyprus: John Karayiannis, "One Thing I Should Have Done"

John is a Greek-Cypriot singer who has tried to represent Cyprus at Junior Eurovision twice before. He wrote Cyprus' 2004 entry, which was their highest ever scorer.

16. Slovenia: Maraaya, "Here For You"

Marjetka and Raay are married and have two sons. Raay is a popular singer in Slovenia, and Marjetka is a music teacher. Their ~thing~ is that they perform wearing their studio headphones. Their first single, which was released in 2014, was a big hit in Belgium, Germany, Italy, and Slovenia.

17. Poland: Monika Kuszyńska, "In The Name Of Love"

Monika used to be in a band called Varius Manx. In 2006, all of its members were involved in a car accident, which resulted in Monika becoming paralysed from the waist down. In 2012 she was a coach on the Polish version of Clash Of The Choirs and she's basically a top babe 💁.