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On May 21, the second semi-final of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Vienna, Austria. This list represents those countries who will be attempting to win first place at this event, the voting for which is done by Australia, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom:
Lithuania: 22-year-old Monika Linkytė and 28-year-old Vaidas Baumila will be representing their country with the song This Time. Linkytė has previously tried to represent Lithuania in Eurovision a total of five times (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014) and the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2007. Baumila is best known for coming in third place on the music reality show Dangus. He has three studio albums of his own; these are entitled Ką tu mėgsti?, Išklausyk, and Iš naujo, respectively.
Ireland: 16-year-old Molly Sterling, from Puckane, County Tipperary, is singing the song Playing With Numbers to take her shot at winning this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Sterling has participated in a slew of talent contests in her home country, and is currently the youngest participant to perform for her country in the ESC’s history.
San Marino: Singing the song Chain of Light will be Michele Perniola (16) and Anita Simoncini (15). Simoncini turns 16 in 10 days, making her just old enough for compete in the adult version of the ESC. She has previously competed in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest as part of the all-female group The Peppermints, alongside Perniola’s sister Rafaella (also 15.) Perniola himself won the six season of Ti lascio una canzone (a popular Italian singing show in which fellow ESC 2015 competitors Il Volo have also been involved in.)
Montenegro: 47-year-old Knez (real name Nenad Knežević) will be performing for this country with the song Adio. Knez has an extremely extensive music production history, having recording a total of seven studio albums and three compilations. He has been active in the business since 1994, when he released his first record entitled Kao magija.
Malta: Amber Bondin, 23, is trying for her hand at the ESC grand title with the track Warrior (the second song to have the same name in this year’s installment.) For four years in a row (2011-2015) Bondin made it to the final at the yearly Maltese national final in order to qualify for Eurovision semi-final selection. In 2012, she was a backup singer for participant Kurt Calleja.
Norway: Mørland and Debrah Scarlett will be singing the song A Monster Like Me to represent this country at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. Scarlett, although Norweigan born, was brought up in Switzerland from the age of five. She competed on Norway’s version of The Voice in 2013. Mørland, whose full name is Kjetil Mørland but chooses to go by his surname only, is known for fronting the band Absent Elk from the year 2008. The group opened for a number of big-name artists in their UK tours; these included Girls Aloud, The Hoosiers, and The Script. In June 2009, they went on their own tour in the United Kingdom.
In regards to who will win a spot in the May 23 Grand Final, at this point it is anyone’s game. Fans of the artists listed above will simply have to wait and see what happens on May 21.
By Rebecca Grace
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