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5 acts we can’t wait to see at the Eurovision final this Saturday


This weekend will see the 61st Eurovision Song Contest held in Stockholm after Sweden stormed to a thundering victory last year with Avicii-inspired stomper ‘Heroes’ sung by leather pant-wearing Swede, Måns Zelmerlöw.

But it’s all to play for this year with the contest even more open than ever. Team MP! are over in Sweden now, so follow our Twitter and Instagram for updates from the arena. Here are a few of the contestants you should watch out for in tomorrow’s semi-final and Saturday’s grand final.

Sweden

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Status: In the final

It’s those pesky Swedes again! Not content with their victory last year, they’re back with another massive tune in the form of ‘If I Were Sorry’ by Frans who we interviewed a couple of weeks agoHe’s got a bit of a dodgy British accent when he sings but we won’t hold it against him. This one will definitely do well. 

Australia

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Status: Still to qualify

So yeah… obviously Australia is a wee bit far from Europe, but this year will be the second time that they have been allowed to compete after placing a very respectable fifth last year with original ‘Australian Idol’ winner Guy Sebastian. Seems the Aussies are adopting an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it strategy” this year by entering yet another one of their talent show contest winners, Dami Im. She’s actually quite a big name down under, having scored a number one smash with ‘Alive’, as well as several other sizeable hits. Not too shabby.

She can certainly belt it out which will stand her in good stead for Eurovision fans who crave a good bit of drama. Her entry ‘Sound of Silence’ is undoubtedly THE power ballad of this year and we can’t wait to see her boss that vocal live.

Belgium

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Status: Still to qualify

Belgium’s entry might sound quite familiar to us Brits. That’s because it bears more than a passing resemblance to last year’s smash hit ‘Sax’ by ‘X Factor’ fave Fleur East, albeit without the skyscraping hairdo. Comparisons aside, it’s a fun, toe-tapping, 80’s-inspired little ditty which grabs you right from the off. And how about those dance moves? Definitely need to see those in the flesh.

Seriously, get learning these because it’s gonna be a thing. Watch the full video here:

Ireland

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Status: Still to qualify

Trying to think where you know that handsome mug from? Does this help at all?

Yep Ireland’s entry this year is none other than former Westlife member Nicky Byrne. After selling more than 50 million records and touring the world with the boyband, which broke up in 2012, Nicky has set his sights on the Eurovision trophy and his song ‘Sunlight’ might just be catchy enough to do it.

UK

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Status: In the final

Best til’ last eh? What list would be complete without a bit of homegrown talent courtesy of friends of MP! Joe and Jake. We caught up with them recently for an interview and they’re the loveliest lads, so we’ve got everything crossed for a 2016 triumph. COME ON UK!

In other news, the Italians have entered Effy from Skins and she’s just as moody as ever.

Gadzooks! Which one is Francesca Michielin and which one is Effy?

Oh, and before we forget, Justin Timberlake will be performing his summery new single ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling’ live at the Eurovision Final. As if you needed any more incentive to watch.

Tweet us @maximumpop to let us know who you’re looking forward to seeing perform. We’d love to hear which acts you think will slay Eurovision like a metaphorical dragon.

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Written by David Farrell

David is the Head of Content at Maximum Pop!

Having studied Russian and Spanish at the University of Leeds, David moved to Moscow to work in the education sector. Upon returning to UK soil, David initially immersed himself in the wonderful world of MP! as a music writer.

Now head of all things content, David takes being a music fanboy to a whole new level, and can often be found dancing like there's nobody watching to 'Shout Out To My Ex', obsessing over Lauren Jauregui and defending Taylor Swift's honour.

David once appeared on TV in Armenia. Apparently, "it was awesome".

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