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Introducing: Bilal Hassani for France

Introducing: Bilal Hassani for France

🇫🇷 France 2019 / “Roi” (English: King)

Photograph by Fifou


Grand Final | 16th Place | 105 points | Prequalified

Bilal Hassani, a Moroccan-French singer and YouTuber, won Destination Eurovision with his song “Roi” and thus is the representative of France at Tel Aviv 2019. He originally came to light via YouTube and has built himself a strong social media following in France. It’s also known that he is a big Eurovision fan and was particularly inspired by Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst (Austria 2014).

“Roí” is a song about self acceptance and loving yourself in spite of what difficulties you may face. For Hassani, this is an especially personal message, as he is a queer Muslim and has dealt with numerous homophobic and islamophobic messages. The song was written in collaboration with Madame Monsieur (France 2018).

Hassani is the son of Moroccan and naturalized-French parents, currently living with his mother as his father works in Singapore. He appeared on French version of The Voice Kids, whereafter he began to build his social media following and rise to fame. Hassani has released his debut album, Kingdom, prior to Tel Aviv 2019.

Watch “Roi” below, and follow Bilal Hassani on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Listen to his debut album, Kingdom, on Spotify.

Introducing: Luca Hänni for Switzerland

Introducing: Luca Hänni for Switzerland

🇨🇭 Switzerland 2019 / “She Got Me”

Photograph by SRF and Lukas Maeder


Grand Final | 4th Place | 364 points

Semi Final 1 | 4th Place | 232 points | Qualified

Luca Hänni has been chosen internally by Switzerland‘s public broadcaster SRF to represent the country at Tel Aviv 2019 with his song “She Got Me”. He is an accomplished singer and dancer, winning the German edition of Idol, Deutschland sucht den Superstar, and  competing several reality competitions. With four albums under his belt and a successful modeling career, among other side projects, Hanni is well prepped to be a favorite at Tel Aviv.

“She Got Me” is a well-choreographed uptempo Europop song, detailing a sensual encounter with a woman that brings the two to a proverbial dance floor. The song was written between Hänni and a group of writers at a song writing bootcamp, and was designed to showcase a broad range of Hanni’s talents. 

Born in Bern, Hänni originally had begun work to be a bricklayer, but relied on music as his backup plan has the labor demand fell through. Competing on Deutschland sucht den Superstar at the age of 17, Hänni became the youngest and first non-German to win the show. His debut single, “Don’t Think About Me”, peaked at the top of the charts in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland, and his debut album, I Am Luca, did much the same in Switzerland and Germany. His success was followed with his next three albums, Living the Dream, Dance Until We Die, and When We Wake Up, each released one year after another. He later won in the German dance competition Dance Dance Dance in 2017 and competed in the German edition of Ninja Warrior. Additionally, he designs clothes, models, and publishes his own magazine. Tel Aviv will not be Hänni’s first Eurovision experience, as he served as Switzerland’s spokesperson at Kiev 2017. 

Follow Luca Hänni on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Listen to his extended discography on Spotify.

Introducing: John Lundvik for Sweden

Introducing: John Lundvik for Sweden

🇸🇪 Sweden 2019 / “Too Late for Love”

Photograph by Sotarn


Grand Final | 5th Place | 334 points

Semi Final 1 | 3rd Place | 238 points | Qualified

John Lundvik, a singer, songwriter, composer and former athlete, competed in and won Sweden‘s popular Melodifestivalen music festival with his song “Too Late for Love” and thus will represent the Scandinavian country at Tel Aviv 2019. He came in third in Melodifestivalen in 2018 and boasts a number of writing credits across Europe.

“Too Late for Love” is a gospel pop song that is relatively self explanatory. The song’s lyrics largely revolve around Lundvik speaking to someone who’s in a dark place and encourages them that he will be by their side to bring light to their proverbial abyss.

Born in London, Lundvik was put in foster care until he was adopted by Swedish parents and moved to Sweden. He was previously a sprinter, competing in races and relays before he turned to music. With numerous writing credits to his name, some of his more notable songs include Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling’s wedding song and fellow competitor Michael Rice‘s entry for the United Kingdom.

Watch “Too Late for Love” below, and follow John Lundvik on Instagram and Facebook. Listen to his discography on Spotify.

Introducing: Sergey Lazarev for Russia

Introducing: Sergey Lazarev for Russia

🇷🇺 Russia 2019 / “Scream”

Photograph by Daniil Velichko


Grand Final | 3rd Place | 370 points

Semi Final 2 | 6th Place | 217 points | Qualified

Pop star Sergey Vyacheslavovich Lazarev returns to represent Russia again at Eurovision, three years after finishing first in the public televote and third overall at Stockholm 2016, being internally selected with the song “Scream” to compete at Tel Aviv 2019. A former boyband member, Sergey Lazarev is a major pop star in Russia and is adored by Eurovision fans.

“Scream” was written and composed to showcase a more emotional and human Lazarev, against the sensual and idealistic one he showcased at Stockholm 2016. Produced by Phillip Kirkorov, the song has all the hallmarks of a dramatic stage show.

Getting his career’s start as a part of the award winning boy band Smash!!, Lazarev split his solo career off from the band in 2004 and continued to see his popularity soar. With six albums and over sixty singles under his belt, Lazarev has one of the most expansive discographies of any recent Eurovision artist. Though he represents Russia and is proud of his country, he is also deeply critical of it, expressing solidarity with Russia’s queer community when the country enacted their anti-gay propaganda law and disavowing the forced Crimean annexation. His appearance and top finish at Stockholm 2016 with “You Are The Only One” only further endeared him to greater Europe, and he is poised to do much the same at Tel Aviv 2019.

Follow Sergey Lazarev on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Listen to “You Are The Only One” and his extended discography on Spotify.


Introducing: Nevena Božović for Serbia

Introducing: Nevena Božović for Serbia

🇷🇸 Serbia 2019 / “Kruna” (English: Crown)

Photograph by Alek Živković


Grand Final | 18th Place | 89 points

Semi Final 1 | 7th Place | 156 points | Qualified

Nevena Božović won Serbia‘s music festival and national selection process Beovizija with her song “Kruna”, allowing her to represent Serbia once again since previously competing as apart of the trio Moje 3 at Malmo 2013.

Follow Nevena Božović on Instagram and Facebook. Listen to her discography on Spotify.

Introducing: Ester Peony for Romania

Introducing: Ester Peony for Romania

🇷🇴 Romania 2019 / “On a Sunday”

Photograph by Cat Music


Semi Final 2 | 13th Place | 71 points | Did Not Qualify

Ester Alexandra Crețu, who performs under the name Ester Peony, is the representative for Romania at Tel Aviv 2019 after winning the national selection process Selecția Națională 2019 with her song “On a Sunday”.

Watch “On a Sunday” below, and follow Ester Peony on Instagram and Facebook. Listen to her debut EP, Dig It, on Spotify.

Introducing: Conan Osiris for Portugal

Introducing: Conan Osiris for Portugal

🇵🇹 Portugal 2019 / “Telemóveis” (English: Mobile Phones)

Photograph by Royal Contemporary


Semi Final 1 | 15th Place | 51 points | Did Not Qualify

Tiago Miranda, known by his stage name Conan Osiris, won Portugal‘s annual song festival and national selection process Festival da Canção 2019, making him the representative of his country at Tel Aviv 2019 with his song “Telemóveis”.

Watch “Telemóveis” below, and follow Conan Osiris on Instagram and Facebook. Listen to his newest album, Adora Bolos, and the rest of his discography on Spotify.

Introducing: Tulia for Poland

Introducing: Tulia for Poland

🇵🇱 Poland 2019 / “Fire of Love (Pali Się)”

Photograph by Grzegorz Gołębiowski


Semi Final 1 | 11th Place | 120 points | Did Not Qualify

Polish folk band Tulia, consisting of Joanna Sinkiewicz, Dominika Siepka, Patrycja Nowicka, and Tulia Biczak, were announced by Poland‘s public broadcaster TVP to have been selected to represent their country at Tel Aviv 2019 with a mixed-language version of their single, “Pali Się”.

Watch “Pali Się” below. Follow Tulia on Instagram and Facebook. Listen to their self-titled debut album on Spotify.

Introducing: KEiiNO for Norway

Introducing: KEiiNO for Norway

🇳🇴 Norway 2019 / “Spirit in the Sky”

Photograph by Julia Marie Naglestad


Grand Final | 6th Place | 331 points

Semi Final 2 | 7th Place | 210 points | Qualified

KEiiNO, a pop supergroup consisting of Fred Buljo, Alexandra Rotan, and Tom Hugo, won Norway’s national selection process, Melodi Grand Prix, with the song “Spirit in the Sky” and will represent their country at Tel Aviv 2019.

Watch “Spirit in the Sky” below and listen to the single on Spotify.

Introducing: Tamara Todeveska for North Macedonia

Introducing: Tamara Todeveska for North Macedonia

🇲🇰 North Macedonia 2019 / “Proud”

Photograph by Cedomir Popovski


Grand Final | 15th Place | 105 points

Semi Final 1 | 6th Place | 165 points | Qualified

Tamara Todeveska, occaisonally just referred to as Tamara, has been chosen internally to represent North Macedonia for the second time, after competing previously as apart of the trio Tamara, Vrčak, and Adrian at Belgrade 2008, at Tel Aviv 2019 with the empowerment anthem “Proud”.

Watch “Proud” below and follow Tamara Todeveska on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Listen to her extended discography on Spotify.

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