26 fa­vorites to be­come Euro­vi­sion fi­nal­ists

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With 42 coun­tries par­tic­i­pat­ing in Euro­vi­sion 2017, it’s hard to keep track of who’s singing what for whom, and which en­tries are fa­vorites to win.

Ac­cord­ing to con­test rules, six coun­tries are al­ready guar­an­teed a place in the May 13 grand fi­nal: Ukraine, as last year’s win­ner, along with the coun­tries that founded

Ukraine — O. Tor­vald

Founded in 2005, rock band O. Tor­vald is an old-timer act by Ukrainian stan­dards. The band has re­leased five al­bums, 20 mu­sic videos, played hun­dreds of gigs and per­formed at more than 20 fes­ti­vals. The band con­sists of 33-year-old lead singer Zhenya Ha­lych, gui­tarist Denys Miz­iuk, drum­mer Sasha Solokha, bass gui­tarist Mykyta Va­syliev and DJ Po­larnik. Their Euro­vi­sion song “Time” is “about the fact that no one can turn back time,” ac­cord­ing to Ha­lych.

United King­dom — Lu­cie Jones

Lu­cie Jones, a 26-year-old singer and model, was a fi­nal­ist in the “X Fac­tor” tal­ent show in the UK in 2009, los­ing only to twin duo Jed­ward, who then went on to rep­re­sent Ire­land at Euro­vi­sion 2011-2012. Jones says her Euro­vi­sion song “Never Give Up on You” has a per­sonal story be­hind it, which, how­ever, she re­fuses to share. Jones says that lis­ten­ers she spoke to had their own sto­ries of what the song meant to them and she wouldn’t want to “ruin that.” Euro­vi­sion in 1956 and make the big­gest fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tions to the Euro­pean Broad­cast­ing Union (also known as the Big Five): France, Ger­many, Italy, Spain and the United King­dom.

Another 20 fi­nal­ists will be se­lected in the two semi-fi­nals on May 9 and May 11 via a 50/50 vote by a jury com­pris­ing of five mu­sic in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als and tele­phone vot­ing from all par­tic­i­pat­ing coun­tries – with view­ers not able to vote for their own coun­try’s en­try. Each semi-fi­nall will fea­ture 18 con­tes­tants, with 10 off them mak­ing it to the fi­nal.

The Kyiv Post has com­piled a guide to the 26 con­tes­tants who are e most likely to make it to the grandd fi­nal, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est oddss quoted on www.eu­ro­vi­sion­world.. com.

Photos by: AFP, euro­vi­sion.tv, Sven Man­del, courtesy

France — Alma

Alma, a 28-year-old singer and pi­anist, will rep­re­sent France. Her dream­like song ong “Re­quiem,” ac­cor­drd­ing to Alma, “re­veals her questst for never-end­ing love” and show­cases her strongg voice. The song was first writ­ten and re­leased in French,ch, but when Alma was se­lected to repreesent France in Kyiv, yiv, she trans­lated part art of it into English. Four years ago Manel Navarro won a Cat­alo­nian cont con­test for young singers — C Catalunya Teen Star — w with his acous­tic cover o of Drake’s “Hold On, W We’re Go­ing Ho Home.” This year N Navarro, now 2 21, hopes to win t the Euro­vi­sion So Song Con­test with a “cool, fresh and happy” song “Do It F For Your Lover.” “It’s like an an an­them for love,” Navarro desc de­scribes the song he wrote, “N “No words, no fight­ing. Jus Just love.”

Ger­many — Lev­ina

Lev­ina vina will rep­re­sent Ger­many with the up­beat song “Per­fect er­fect Life.” “I hope I can make peo­ple ople dance,” the 25-yearold d singer says. Lev­ina was born rn in Bonn, but now lives in Berlin, split­ting her time be­tween tween the Ger­man cap­i­tal and d Lon­don, where she stud­iesud­ies mu­sic man­age­ment ent at the Lon­don ndon Col­lege ol­lege of Mu­sic.

Italy — Francesco

The last time Italy 1990, when it was Cu­tugnio. This year, that the 34-year- will bring Italy vic­tory “Oc­ci­den­tali’s Karma,” Karma,” refers to the fas­ci­na­tion it lyri­cally the song of ran­dom words, think about con­cern­ing Gab­bani says.

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