26 favorites to become Eurovision finalists
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.
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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
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