Frenchman Amaury Vassili will sing for France at this Saturday’s Eurovision finals in Dusseldorf, Germany. Amaury is among those favoured to carry off the crown, singing in the Corsican language. Viewing figures are expected to rise to some 200 million.
The French, British, German, Spanish and Italian acts are guaranteed finalists, because their countries are the main funders for Eurovision. The competition was filtered from 43 down to 25 contestants in the semi-finals.
Among those eliminated — which surprised some — was Dana International, who won for Israel in 1998.
Last year’s teenaged winner, Lena, aims to be the first artist to take home the Eurovision trophy two years in a row. She is singing in English, again — an entry with, among other contributors, American songwriters, again.
Boybands are making a splash in 2011. Britain’s ‘Blue’ is back, which sold heavily well a few years ago. Swedish candidate Eric Saade is singing solo, with muscular dance backup. Then there is Danish group ‘A friend in London’ and Irish twin act ‘Jedward’.
Serbian singer Nina has gone for a very 1960s look. She has been driving a lot of Internet traffic. Remember, the public’s vote counts for half in the final judgement.
Lucia Perez is singing for Spain, the first from the Galicia region to rise to Eurovision heights.
Italy’s defendant Raphaël Gualazzi has been all but out of the scene for 13 years. He will be back for Eurovision on Saturday.