So far, five countries announced names of participants for next year’s Eurovision song contest.
While we’re approaching to the period of national festivals where possible new Eurovision stars will be selected, Montenegro, Malta, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Netherlands and Belgium already finished their selection. While some of the named countries announced only the name of the performer, Macedonia and Malta have chosen even a song. Let’s recall whom do we know so far.
Nenad Knežević Knez, singer popular all over Western Balkans, will represent Montenegro in Vienna next year. While the song remains unknown so far, Knez stated that even though ballads are doing very well at Eurovision, he wouldn’t argue with a fast rhythm song as well.
Knez is widely know all over Balkans for his upbeat songs, performed during 90’s, when dance scene was very popular. He had numerous hits like Mia Bella Signorina, Da li si ikada mene voljela among many others. Also, he was one of the participants of the music show Your face looks familiar, where he gained great sympathy from the audience.
Loïc Nottet, former participant in The Voice Belgique will represent Belgium in Vienna. More information about Nottet’s participation should be available by the end of this month. Eighteen year old Nottet competed in third season of The Voice Belgique, where he ended up at second place.
After numerous rumors, it has been confirmed that Trijntje Oosterhuis will represent the Netherlands in Vienna next year. The song remains unknown so far, but it is well known that Anouk, 2013’s performer for Netherlands will write a song for Trijntje. Together they have been speculating about ‘something you will not expect from us’.
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Daniel Kajmakoski, former winner of X-Factor Adria will be representing FYR Macedonia on Eurovision song contest next year. FYR Macedonia is the first country so far that has chosen the song and the performer for Eurovision next year. Here, you can listen Daniel’s Eurovision song “Esenski Lisja” (Autumn Leaves).
Daniel, who has won first place in lasts year season of X Factor Adria, where he beat strong competition from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia and FYR Macedonia, has already started a great music career. The song named Skopje, Beograd, which he performed with Željko Joksimović, the Serbian representative on Eurovision Song Contest in 2004, became very popular in a short period.
Along with Macedonia, Malta is the second country so far, that has elected performer and a song for Eurovision: Amber with song “Warrior” will be representing this island country. She won her place in Vienna by competing with 13 other performers.