Losco represented Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest 2002 with the song “7th Wonder”. She finished runner up, just 12 points behind eventual winner Marie N, which was Malta’s highest result ever in the competition until it was equaled in 2005. In December 2015, it was revealed that Losco had submitted two songs for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2016, the country’s national selection process. Her entries “Chameleon” and “That’s why I love you” were both shortlisted for the semifinal, with “Chameleon” qualifying for the final. On 23 January, Losco won the national selection with over 40% of the votes cast by the Maltese public. Following Losco’s win at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2016, she stated that she was open to the idea of performing a song other than “Chameleon” at Eurovision, should it improve Malta’s chances of winning. The national final rules, set by PBS, allow for the winning song to be partially modified or completely changed. On 19 February 2016, PBS announced that an international jury consisting of representatives from ten countries, along with local experts from Malta, would be presented with several songs, including a revamped version of “Chameleon”, and would determine which song Losco would perform at the contest. On 14 March it was announced that she would perform the song “Walk on Water”. The song and video were released on 17 March 2016. The dress worn by Losco for the contest was by Alex Zabotto-Bentley, who has also designed for Lady Gaga, Prince and Kylie Minogue. It was revealed that to increase the chance of winning the contest, the budget was increased drastically, from minimum €200,000 in a previous given year to an approximate maximum of €1,500,000 during the Losco’s participation in 2016. In the first semi-final, on 10 May 2016, “Walk on Water” qualified for the Eurovision final. In the final on Saturday 14 May 2016, she placed 12th out of 26 countries.
Samra Rahimli is an Azerbaijani singer. In 2015, she competed in O Ses Türkiye (The Voice of Turkey) where she made it to the quarterfinals and in March 2016, she became a finalist on the first season of Səs Azərbaycan (The Voice of Azerbaijan). On 10 March 2016, she was announced as the Azerbaijani act for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 with the song “Miracle”. Rahimli performed during Semi Final 1 and successfully progressed to the Grand Final where she placed 17th with 117 points.
John Lundvik is a Swedish singer, songwriter, and former sprinter. He was part of the athletic team for IFK Växjö. Lundvik also has a singing and songwriter career having composed songs for films and the Wedding of Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden, and Daniel Westling in 2010. In 2018, he competed in Melodifestivalen with his song “My Turn”, finishing in 3rd place. He will represent Sweden in Eurovision Song Contest 2019 with “Too Late for Love”. In the same contest he will represent the United Kingdom as a songwriter for the song “Bigger Than Us”.
In early 2019, Miller-Heidke was announced as one of the ten candidates to represent Australia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 with the song “Zero Gravity”; she won in February 2019 and will represent Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. The singer will be joined by Israeli backing singers for her performance at the Eurovision.
Netta Barzilai, the Israeli winner of last year’s Eurovision contest, released a new single on Friday just in time for the competition’s kickoff in Tel Aviv. The song, titled “Nana Banana,” is a reggaeton-inspired pop song about Barzilai doing what she wants, written along with Natan Goshen and Stav Beger. “They keep asking me to shine just like the sun now,” she sings. “Like the sun now/ But I don’t wanna/ Baby it’s so comfortable/ In my bubble I stay/ Always running away/ Cuz baby it’s so comfortable/ They keep calling my name/ I’m not hearing nothing/ Nana Banana/ I do what I wanna.” The song is entirely English, without even the hint of Hebrew found in both Barzilai’s previous songs, “Toy” and “Bassa Sababa.” On Friday, Barzilai only released a lyric video for the song, not a full music video. The singer has been dropping hints for weeks about the single being themed around pajamas and slumber parties, and indeed the lyrics for the song begin: “I was sitting all day long in my pajama/ Eating peanut butter jelly with my mama.” This is Barzilai’s third original song and her second single since winning the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon last year. “I had an amazing year and I feel that everyone is trying to sum it up,” Barzilai said Friday. “‘Nana Banana’ is my personal summary, and I think that I want to take you into my bubble, to my most personal place over the past year.” In February, Barzilai released “Bassa Sababa,” an electronic dance number that became a radio hit in Israel. On YouTube the music video for the song has more than 18 million views. Barzilai will give the single a global debut on the Eurovision stage during the grand finale in Tel Aviv on May 18. The singer is slated to appear before Madonna and show off “Nana Banana” to the millions of people watching around the world.
After a fully-packed fall with both Benjamin Ingrosso’s and FELIX SANDMANS debut album being released, the guys are now back with a new song together. During the summer of 2018 they released the Swedish single ’Tror Du Att Han Bryr Sig’ which was meant as a bonus-track for their fans, although resulted in the track topping the Swedish radio and streaming charts and has today reached platinum status. As yet another testament of the pairs genuine friendship they embarked on a co-headline tour as a follow up to their own albums and closed the tour with a sold out show at Cirkus in Stockholm. On May 16th they will bring their praised fall-show to the big stage at Gröna Lund and prior to that, they will release their new single ’Happy Thoughts’ together. With lyrics that are based on personal experiences as well as linked to their previous albums – ’Happy Thoughts’ was written by the pair together in LA and they felt straight away that they wanted to release it with each other. With a year of nominations and awards in both Rockbjörnen, The Swedish Grammy Awards and P3 Guld for both guys Benjamin most recently released his Spotify Single ’All Night Long’ that reached platinum status in less than a month. Since March, he has been the on a club tour, playing for sold out crowds in Scandinavia. Felix most recently released his single ’SOMETHING RIGHT’ and starred as one of the lead roles in the celebrated series ’Quicksand’ – Swedens first Netflix original.
Isaura Santos (born 15 July 1989) is a Portuguese singer and songwriter. She composed the song “O jardim”, performed by Cláudia Pascoal, that represented Portugal at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon. At the contests’ final stage, the song ended up in the last position. She first came to public after in 2010 she participated in the fourth edition of the music talent show Operação Triunfo, which is the Portuguese version of the Spanish talent show Operación Triunfo. She ended up in 8th place overall.