A record number of 43 countries will be represented at the 53rd Eurovision Song Contest and for the first time, the contest features two Semi-Finals.
- 20 May - First Semi-Final
- 22 May - Second Semi-Final
- 24 May - The Final
Performer: Rebeka Dremelj
Song title: Vrag Naj Vzame
Song writer(s): Amon
Song composer(s): Josip Miani-Pipi
The Slovene colours in Belgrade will be represented by Rebeka Dremelj, who will perform Vrag Naj Vzame in the first Semi-Final of the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest on 20th May. Rebeka got the ticket to represent her native country after winning the Slovene national final EMA 2008.
Performer: Rodolfo Chikilicuatre
Song title: Baila El Chiki Chiki
Song writer(s): Rodolfo Chikilicuatre and friends
Song composer(s): Rodolfo Chikilicuatre and friends
After a unique national selection process in Spain, where artists submitted their entries primarily through website MySpace, a televised national selection was held where the top songs chosen from MySpace were performed. This was won by Rodolfo Chikilicuatre with his song Baila El Chiki Chiki.
Performer: Charlotte Perrelli
Song title: Hero
Song writer(s): Fredrik Kempe
Song composer(s): Fredrik Kempe & Bobby Ljunggren
Nine years after winning the 1999 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Take Me To Your Heaven, Charlotte Perrelli (nee Nilsson) returns in 2008 having recently won the Swedish Melodifestival with the song Hero.
When Charlotte first heard Hero she immediately said yes to participate in the Swedish Melodifestival again. She had turned down many offers over the nine years previously, but now the song and timing was right in Charlotte's mind.
Performer: Paolo Meneguzzi
Song title: Era Stupendo
Song writer(s): Pablo Meneguzzo & Vincenzo Incenzo
Song composer(s): Pablo Meneguzzo
Paolo Meneguzzi will represent Switzerland at the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest. 31-year old Meneguzzi is particularly known in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland and Italy.
Performer: Mor ve Ötesi
Song title: Deli
Song writer(s): Mor ve Ötesi
Song composer(s): Mor ve Ötesi
The group Mor ve Ötesi were internally chosen by Turkish broadcaster TRT, and will represent Turkey at the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Deli.
Performer: Ani Lorak
Song title: Shady Lady
Song writer(s): Karen Kavaleryan
Song composer(s): Philip Kirkorov
Ani Lorak was chosen by Ukrainian broadcaster NTU to represent the country at the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest. In February, a five song national selection was held where the Philip Kirkorov/Karen Kavaleryan song Shady Lady emerged victorious.
Performer: Andy Abraham
Song title: Even If
Song writer(s): Andy Abraham, Andy Watkins & Paul Wilson
Song composer(s): Andy Abraham, Andy Watkins & Paul Wilson
Six acts participated in the British national final Eurovision - Your Decision, but only one could represent the country in the final of the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest which will take place in Belgrade on the 24th of May. Five of the contestants had to go home again - but it was Andy Abraham who managed to get the majority of the UK televotes and will be the country's joy in the Beogradska Arena performing Even If.
Have a listen and let me know what you thought of them.
I've given my first impression as a comment.