Joci Pápai was born in Tata, 70 km outside of Budapest in 1981. He also group with in family of musicians. His father is the leader of the gypsy orchestra with more than 70 members. Therefore Joci came into contact with music at an early age. Joci composed his song by himself. The theatrical composition has a lot of verve and rhythm and has a unique sound – very interesting though. Many people believe that he could end up very high in Kiev. Joci said that “Origo” is 100% him. Good to see that Hungary is trying new things, this will be highly appreciated internationally.
Demy alias Dimitra Papadea was born in Athens in 1991. In an early age she started to sing in a school choir and attended music theory. The style of jazz, soul, r’nb and rock’n roll have influenced her mostly, but she does not want to be reduced to one music style only. Her breakthrough she could achieve with the song “Mia Zografia“. Demy has been singing in musicals like “Mamma Mia” or “The Addams Family” and acted as a jury in a casting show. Now she has been selected by the Greek broadcaster ERT to represent Greece in Kiev at the Eurovision Song Contest.
Isabella Levina Lueenn was born in Bonn in 1991. In the age of nine she began to study singing and later on she also learned to play the piano and song writing. She even won the German contest “Jugend Musiziert”. Levina grew up in Chemnitz, Germany, but now she is living in London and commutes between London and Berlin. In London she studied vocals and composing as well as music management. Together with her band Miss Terry Blue she could win the Uni-Music League.
Tako was born in Tifilis in 1983. She early found her way to music, in the age of eight she already had her first live appearances. Later on she has taken part in many international festivals, visited the conservatory in Tiflis and has been singing in Zakaria Paliashvili Music School. Her first album “Tako” has been released in 2004. Since then she is performing as soloist in the Big Band orchestra in Tiflis. 2015 she won the TV talent contest Your Face Sounds Familiar.
Jana Burceska was born in Skopje in 1993. Very early her music teacher in primary school has noticed her singing talent. So Jana started her music education. In 2010 she participated in the Macedonian Idol and came 5th. With her new popularity she also became UNICEF ambassador for preventing violence at schools. Jana’s first attempts at the Skopje Fest 2012 “Bi bila tvoja” and 2013 “Love” did not bring her on the ESC stage.
Alma alias Alexandra Maquet was born in Lyon in 1988. She has been living in many interesting countries during her childhood like Italy, Brazil and the USA. Back in Paris she has studied singing where she med Nazim Khaled, with whom together she recorded her first single "La Chute est lente". Her first album is going to be released in early May 2017.
Norma John is a band which consists of the two musicians Leena Tirronen and Lasse Piirainen. Both singers are friends and do music together since 15 years. The band exists since 2008 and there were three more singers in the beginning. In the year 2010 Norma John participated in the X Factor and made a third place. They released one album and three singles so far. Now they have won the UMK and going to represent Finland at the ESC and they have the chance to get known to a very big audience. They do write all of their songs on their own.
Laura Põldvere was born in Tallinn in 1988. She has already represented Estonia back in 2005 in Kiev – by coincidence – with the song “Let’s Get Loud” and the girl group Suntribe. The happy dance song did not make it into the Final. But Laura did not give up and started a solo career. She released three albums and had several attempts in the Eesti Laul. Laura is also head of the Estonian Jazz Union and can be found in jazz, free improvisation and techno.
Anja Nissen is Australian and having Danish parents. She was born 80 km outside Sydney, Australia in 1995. The 21 years old singer has always been fascinated by the ESC idea and could never believe that she is going to represent her parent’s home country at Eurovision. So we are going to have two Australian entries, Australia is going to be represented by the indigenous singer Isaiah with “Don’t come easy”. It will be interesting to see if Australia gives 12 points to Denmark.