Eurovision 2023: all the entrants from around the world performing this year
The act representing the UK at this year's Eurovision Song Contest has been announced as Mae Muller. When the renowned event is held in Liverpool in April, she will perform a song from her album I Wrote A Song.
The 25-year-old from north London confirmed she is this year's competitor on the BBC Radio 2 Morning Show this morning (March 9), adding: “Oh my God, I have been dying to say that for months. I’m trembling. That has been on my tongue, in my head, in my heart, and on my nails.”
After the UK’s selection as the competition's host nation on behalf of the conflict-torn Ukraine, Eurovision will be held in Liverpool. On Tuesday (March 7), tickets for the championship game went on sale, and they were all gone in a little more than 30 minutes.
Other countries across Europe have now revealed who will be performing for them. Here is the full list, with country and song title:
Albania - Duje
Albania’s entry was selected by separate voting during the national selection competition Festivali i Këngës, which was organised by Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH) in December 2022. Kosovo-Albanian singer and songwriter Albina Familja Kelmendi rose to fame after placing as the runner-up on The Voice of Albania in 2014. Kelmendi and her family (Albina & Familja Kelmendi) are set to represent Albania at Eurovision.
Armenia - song not yet announced
On February 1, AMPTV officially confirmed that Brunette (real name Elen Yeremyan) would represent Armenia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2023.
The singer stated that, “I am happy to share the news with you. I just create music, and this time I will share it with the European audience!”
Australia - Promise
The Australian broadcaster Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) internally selected the Australian entry for the contest. The song and artist were officially revealed by SBS as the Australian entrant on February 21.
Australia debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015 by invitation from the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), initially as a “one-off” special guest to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Eurovision.
Austria - Who The Hell Is Edgar?
On January 31, ORF announced during the radio show Ö3-Wecker, aired on Ö3, that they had internally selected Teya and Salena to represent Austria in the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, with a song written by the singers at a songwriting camp in the Czech Republic.
Azerbaijan - Tell Me More
Tell Me More was written by Tural and Turan BaÄmanov and will be released in the coming days.
Belgium - Because of You
The songs were inspired by Gustaph's experiences as a member of the LGBTQ+ community and his desire to be himself, he claimed. But he called Because of You a funky, “club anthem” song.
Croatia - Mama ŠÄ!
The song, according to the band, is an anti-war song. The band reported that after total Armageddon has been waged on Earth, a rocket would land on Earth, containing the letters “ŠÄ”.
Cyprus - Break a Broken Heart
Break a Broken Heart was composed by a mix of Danish and Swedish songwriters, namely Jimmy Jansson, Jimmy “Joker” Thornfeldt, Marcus Winther-John, and Thomas Stengaard. The song was described as a ballad “about relationships that end with a broken heart but, in the end, they might very well push us to rise again from the ashes, even stronger.”
Czechia - My Sister’s Crown
In an interview with Eurovision fansite ESC Bubble, two members of the band reported that band frontman and songwriter Patricie KaÅok Fuxová wanted to share a story of sisterhood as a protest against gender inequality, saying that “you can have support from other people and [on the subject of] equality, it’s not just between women, but [everyone]”.
Denmark - Breaking My Heart
According to Reiley, the song was written during a “toxic” romantic relationship that Reiley had faced.
In an interview with the Eurovision YouTube fan channel Eurovision Fantasia, Reiley reported that he knew that the person was not good for them, but had still wanted to keep coming back to them regardless. Reiley had put the song in a folder, and decided to make it into a song when he had heard of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2023.
Estonia - Bridges
In an interview with the Eurovision fansite ESCUnited, Bridges was inspired by a recording session that took place in the Netherlands along with fellow songwriter Wouter Hardy. According to Milova, she was feeling “some kind of anxiety”, and proceeded to cry in a nearby bathroom.
Hardy would then propose to take Milova out for lunch to vent her anxiety to Hardy. Although hesitant, she decided to take the offer and, afterwards, decided to write some music on Hardy’s piano at his house, composing Bridges in just three hours.
Finland - Cha Cha Cha
Käärijä stated that the uniqueness of both the song and the performance may have assisted in representing Finland, saying, “UMK has never seen a song or performance like this before... you can go far even if you are not the most skilled singer or rapper.”
France - Évidemment
Fatima Zahra Hafdi is a 25-year-old French-Canadian singer. Born in Montreal to a family of Moroccan origin, La Zarra has a deep love for Eurovision. As a youngster, she often sang Marie Myriam’s winning song L’Oiseau et l’Enfant with her mother.
Georgia - song not yet announced
In 2022, Ir Khechanovi performed at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2022 as part of a previous winners’ medley. She had also co-written the song I Believe by Mariam Bigvava, the Georgian entry for that year’s contest. The entry finished in third place. Her song will be voted for internally and released later this month.
Germany - Blood & Glitter
Lord Of The Lost, who will perform Blood & Glitter, is a gothic metal band from Hamburg, founded in 2007, and has already toured with big names such as Iron Maiden in 2022.
Greece - What They Say
Victor Vernicos was born in Athens and is the youngest representative that Greece has ever sent to Eurovision, at only 16 years old. His song, What They Say, with which he will represent the Mediterranean country, is his own composition.
Iceland - Power
Diljá Pétursdóttir was first seen on the stage at the young age of 12 when she competed in Iceland Got Talent back in 2015. Now, eight years later, she debuts in Söngvakeppnin.
Ireland - We Are One
The boys formed the band in 2016 in Dublin, and released their debut single All Or Nothing in 2017. Following the success of their first single, Wild Youth went on to tour with superstar names including Niall Horan, Westlife, and Lewis Capaldi.
Israel - Unicorn
Noa Kirel, an Israeli pop phenomenon, was the initial artist to be revealed for Eurovision 2023. She was internally chosen by Israeli network KAN to represent the country at Eurovision 2023 in Liverpool back in July 2022. Kirel did not, however, formally announce her attendance until August.
Italy - Due Vite
Italian singer-songwriter Marco Mengoni has been performing since 1997. In 2009, he won the Italian version of The X Factor and shot to fame. A year later, he entered his first Sanremo competition with his song Credimi Ancora, finishing third overall. He went back to Sanremo in 2013 and won the festival with the song L’Essenziale, which later earned Italy's seventh-place finish at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö.
Latvia - AijÄ
Sudden Lights is a well-known band for those who have been following Supernova for a while. tThe band reached second place in Latvia’s selection in 2018 with the song Just Fine.
Lithuania - Stay
Monika Linkyte is a 30-year-old singer-songwriter from Gargzdai, Lithuania. A dedicated veteran to Lithuania’s Eurovision selection, she competed in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014, until it was sixth-time lucky in 2015.
She represented her country at Eurovision 2015 alongside Vaidas Baumila and ultimately placed 18th in the grand final with their heartwarming pop-folk number This Time.
Malta - Dance (Our Own Party)
Maltese Eurovision representatives have released the revamped version of Dance (Our Own Party). The song has also been added to streaming sites for the first time. The final version of Dance (Our Own Party) has had minimal changes made based on the group’s opinion.
Moldova - Soarele Èi Luna
Pasha Parfeny also represented Moldova at Eurovision 2012 with the song LÄutar. He finished 11th in the Grand Final.
Netherlands - Burning Daylight
Mia and Dion wrote the song together with Eurovision 2019 champion Duncan Laurence, Jordan Garfield, and Loek van der Grinten.
Norway - Queen of Kings
Alessandra, who is already a huge TikTok hit, wants to use her powerful anthem to win the Eurovision crown for Norway.
Poland - Solo
Ahlena (Magdalena PawÅowska) is a singer, songwriter, and producer from GdaÅsk. Music has always been a big part of her life but, in 2020, Ahlena decided to start composing her own songs and thus began her adventure with music production.
Portugal - not yet announced
Portugal has yet to announce a song and artist.
Romania - D.G.T (Off and On)
Évidemment was written by singer La Zarra, along with Ahmed Saghir, Yannick Rastogi, and Zacharie Raymond.
San Marino - Like An Animal. Piqued Jacks
Like an Animal is a song by Italian alternative rock band Piqued Jacks, released on February 22.
Serbia - Samo Mi Se Spava
In interviews, Luke Black had reported that he had made the song in April 2020 with the help of a Lebanese friend, Majed Kfoury. Putting the song away for years, after seeing Serbian artist Konstrakta win Pesma za Evroviziju ’22 with In Corpore Sano, he thought that he could send Samo Mi Se Spava to the contest.
Slovenia - Carpe Diem
Joker Out, the most streamed band in Slovenia in 2022, were internally selected to go to Eurovision after they expressed their interest for this music competition. Moving away from the usual EMA national final format, Slovenia is hoping the boyish rockers will break the country’s two-year non-qualification streak. Joker Out will perform Carpe Diem in semi-final two in Liverpool this May.
Spain - Eaea
Blanca Paloma Ramos Baeza was born on June 9, 1989, in Elche, in southeastern Spain. Her sister Sara Ramos Baeza took part in Eurojunior 2003, the Spanish selection for Junior Eurovision 2003. After graduating from Miguel Hernández University of Elche with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Blanca moved to Madrid to pursue a career in theatre in 2013.
Switzerland - Watergun
Watergun carries a strong anti-war message, with lyrics that call for us to put down our weapons.
“No, I don’t wanna be a soldier, soldier,” Remo Forrer sings. “I don’t wanna have to play with real blood… can’t turn around, no water guns, just body bags that we’ve become.”
Ukraine - Heart of Steel
Tvorchi explains: ‘Our song is about everyone who, despite all hopelessness, carries a heart of steel in their chest and does not give up. Today, it is all of us. Our song has lines, “Don’t be scared to say just what you think. ’Cause no matter how bad, someone’s listening”. We want our unbreakable spirit to be heard everywhere.”
UK - I Wrote a Song
Mae Muller co-wrote I Wrote A Song with Brit-nominated songwriter Lewis Thompson (David Guetta, Joel Corry, and Raye’s Bed) and Karen Poole, who has written for Kylie Minogue, Lily Allen, David Guetta, and Alisha’s Attic.