Iveta Mukuchyan is an Armenian-German singer-songwriter, model, and actress. Born in Yerevan, Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic, she moved to Hamburg, Germany, in 1992. Mukuchyan returned to Armenia in 2009 and placed fifth in the fourth season of the talent competition Hay Superstar. During this time, she received vocal training at the Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory. Mukuchyan also participated for season two of The Voice of Germany in 2012. She represented Armenia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 with the song “LoveWave”, finishing seventh in the final. Mukuchyan made her acting debut in the comedy movie Run Away Or Get Married that year, and released her debut extended play, IvaVerse. In autumn 2016, Mukuchyan was a jury member on the first season of Depi Evratesil, a television series selecting the Armenian entrant for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. Her final contestant finished fifth in the contest with 48 points. Mukuchyan and Aram Mp3 released “Dashterov”, which won a Song of the Year Award, in 2017. The song preceded a collaborative project of the same name, which received the Collaboration of the Year award at the Armenian Europe Music Awards. Mukuchyan released Armenian Folk, a solo version of Dashterov Project, on 3 October 2017. That year, she starred in the film The Path of Our Dream. At the 2018 Swallow Music Awards, Mukuchyan won the title of Best Female Singer of the Year.
In 2013 Aram began to work more on his musical career. He released his first solo music videos for his singles “Shine” and “If I Tried”. Both songs were written by Aram himself and his friend, Garik Papoyan. On 31 December 2013, Aram Mp3 was selected by Armenian First Channel to represent Armenia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Denmark. During the semi-final allocation draw on 20 January 2014 at the Copenhagen City Hall, Armenia was drawn to compete in the first half of the first semi-final on 6 May 2014. On 14 March 2014 it was announced that Aram will sing his “Not Alone” song in Copenhagen. In the first semi-final, the producers of the show decided that Armenia would open the semi-final and perform 1st. Armenia qualified from the first semi-final and competed in the final on 10 May 2014. During the winner’s press conference for the first semi-final qualifiers, Armenia was allocated to compete in the first half of the final. In the final, the producers of the show decided that Armenia would perform seventh. Aram finished the contest in 4th place with 174 points. After Eurovision he was appearing as a guest star on many Armenian TV shows such as The Voice and X Factor. Aram’s new single “Help” was released on 7 February 2015. In 2016, he is the speaking and singing voice of Adult Simba and also the lead singer of Circle of Life. in the Armenian version of The Lion King. Starting in 2016, he participated as a judge and mentor on the Armenian Eurovision National final where his team was made up of Saro Gevorgyan, LUCY, Lilit Harutyunyan, and Jujo. However, they all got eliminated with LUCY placing 6th in the contest. In February 2017, Iveta Mukuchyan and Aram Mp3 released a collaborative single together titled “Dashterov”. On May 21, Iveta Mukuchyan, on her Facebook page, announced a new traditional project with Aram MP3 called “Dashterov”. The first song (“El Eghnim”) of that project was released on June 15 and the second one (“Let the wind blow”) was released on June 22. In the same month, Sargsyan participated in a new project for helping all the Armenian children who suffer from cancer. Many Armenian prominent singers were also participating, such as Mihran Tsarukyan, Erik Karapetyan, Iveta Mukuchyan.
In 2016, Pootsmann was announced as one of the candidates in the Estonian national selection, Eesti Laul 2016, for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016. On 20 February 2016 Pootsmann performed his song “Play” during the second semi-final of the selection at the Estonian Television studios in Tallinn, and he progressed to the final. The final took place on 5 March 2016 at the Saku Suurhall in Tallinn, hosted by Ott Sepp and Märt Avandi. He reached the Super Final and won the national selection with 32,394 televotes. During the Eurovision Song Contest, Estonia was drawn into the first semi-final. Pootsmann placed last (18th), Estonia’s worst result to date at the contest, and failed to qualify to the final.
Elnur Huseynov and Samir Javadzadeh were selected to represent Azerbaijan at the Eurovision Song Contest 2008, marking the country’s debut in this song contest. Identified as the duo Elnur and Samir, together they sang “Day After Day”. They were placed eighth in the finals. Following the contest, the duo split. Elnur Hüseynov represented Azerbaijan for a second time in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 with the song “Hour of the Wolf”. He finished 12 overall in the final.
In November 2009, it was announced that Darin would be participating in Melodifestivalen, the Swedish show which determines the country’s entry to the Eurovision Song Contest. Darin entered with the mid-tempo ballad “You’re Out of My Life” written by Tony Nilsson and Henrik Janson. Darin performed 7th in Heat 3 of the contest and eventually progressed to the final. Darin took part in the Melodifestivalen final at Globe Arena in Stockholm. He ended up in 4th place with a total of 117 points receiving two sets of 12 points from the Greek and Russian juries. In June 2010 Universal Music Sweden announced that on 18 August 2010 Darin would soon be releasing his single “Lovekiller” and an as yet untitled fifth studio album, his first with Universal Music and would feature the two previous singles “Viva la Vida” and “You’re Out of My Life”. Darin began a 17 date Summer Tour in Sweden in June 2010 starting in Karlshamn. The album Lovekiller was released in August 2010. The album included the singles Viva la Vida, You’re Out of My Life, “Can’t Stop Love”, ”Microphone and “Lovekiller”. The album was certified gold the first week and was No. 1 on the Swedish album chart.
In 2017, Amaia auditioned for series nine of the reality television music competition Operación Triunfo, a program that was returning to television after a six-year hiatus. On 23 October 2017, she was selected to enter the show’s “Academy” on the season premiere: Amaia performed David Bowie’s “Starman” and was not selected originally by the show’s jury, but she was saved by the “Academy”‘s staff of teachers.
On 15 January 2018, Amaia became a finalist in the competition after being awarded a perfect score of 40 points from the jury – the highest score in the history of the competition –. On 5 February, she was proclaimed the winner of the series with 46% of the final votes.
Additionally, due to being one of the final five finalists on Operación Triunfo, Amaia was a candidate to represent Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. For the special Eurovision selection show that was held on 29 January 2018, she was allocated three songs: “Camina”, which she performed as part of a group made up of the five finalists; “Al cantar”, composed by Rozalén, which she performed solo; and “Tu canción”, composed by Raul Gómez and Sylvia Santoro, which she sang in a duet with Alfred García. The latter was selected with 43% of the public vote to represent Spain in the 2018 Contest in Lisbon, Portugal. Amaia and Alfred were the second to perform at the Eurovision final, held on 12 May 2018. They placed twenty-third out of the 26 participating countries with 61 points: 43 from the professional juries and 18 from the televote.
In late 2008, songwriter Laurenţiu Duţă offered Gheorghe a song to submit in the Romanian pre-selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. Around 31 December 2009 it was announced that Gheorghe was one of 24 semi-finalists. She competed in the semi-final and then passed to the National Final on 31 January 2009. There she came second after televoting but the jury helped her win the selection thus representing Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 with the song “The Balkan Girls”. She started a promo tour all over Europe from February to May. The song was performed in the second half of the first semi-final on 12 May in Moscow, where it came ninth with 67 points. She proceeded to the Grand Final on 16 May. There she performed the 22nd song of the evening and Gheorghe presented a concept show about wooden fairies called Iele in Romania. She came 19th that night gaining 40 points, including 12 points from Moldova, seven from Spain, and five from Turkey and Macedonia, etc.