Montaigne (Australia 2020) at home for Eurovision Home Concerts
Montaigne (Australia 2020) at home for Eurovision Home Concerts Photo: Montaigne

Eurovision Home Concerts: Introducing the artists of Episode 2

This afternoon, on 10 April, the second episode of Eurovision Home Concerts will air on YouTube. After Ryan O'Shaughnessy, Rasmussen, Tamara Todevska and Slavko Kalezic last week, it's time to introduce 7 more artists!

In case you missed last week, each episode of Eurovision Home Concerts will feature several artists who have been part of the Eurovision family over the years, including artists from 2020. Each artist will perform their own song and a cover version of another Eurovision hit. During the second episode, we will see 5 artists from Eurovision 2020, 1 from 2016 and another from 2019:

This Friday, 10 April, the following artists will showcase their talents from home:

Daði og Gagnamagnið (Iceland 2020)

An artist who obsesses over the intricate craft of the pop song, Daði is a student of Eurovision. Working with the group Gagnamagnið – which translates as ‘data plan’ - their song Think About Things radiates with all the joy and unity. Daði og Gagnamagnið will sing their Eurovision song Think About Things and cover Jedward's Lipstick. Daði made it clear to fans how to best support him and each other during this challenging time: "If you want to support me, then stay safe, have a great rest of the night and have an amazing life. If you could do that, it would really help me a lot."

Montaigne (Australia 2020)

The voice of a new generation in Australia at only 24, Sydney-based artist and activist Montaigne (born Jess Cerro) has become an important name in the indie music scene. The past few years have seen her recognized for her work: her original songs voted on to Triple J Radio's Hottest 100, an ARIA award for Best Breakthrough Artist and a nomination for Best Female Artist in 2016. Aside from singing fellow 2020 artist Gjon's Tears' Répondez-moi, she will also sing her own Eurovision entry, Don't Break Me.

Earlier, Montaigne confirmed on her Instagram that she will represent Australia in 2021 as well:

Vasil (North Macedonia 2020)

Our third Eurovision 2020 participant of episode 2 is Vasil from North Macedonia! From a child pop star to a member and soloist of the Chicago Children’s Choir to over 50 Opera roles and recitals at eminent music festivals across the world, Vasil’s motto in life is simple: wherever words fail, Vasil sings. In Eurovision Home Concerts, he will sing his Eurovision entry YOU, as well as a mash-up of Helena Paparizou's My Number One and Netta's Toy. The voting between the 2 songs on social media was extraordinarily close, and Vasil was excited by the opportunity that presented: "I will get VERY creative and give you 'My Number 1 Toy'!!”

Aksel (Finland 2020)

Aksel’s 2020 entry, Looking Back, is a song about world-weariness, love and the feeling of inadequacy. "We set all kinds of milestones for our lives. Are they actually of any value, and does achieving them really make us happy? I want to make people understand that they should seize the day." Aksel will sing his moving entry alongside Alexander Rybak's Fairytale.

Finland's Eurovision 2020 representative AkselMona Salminen

Gjon's Tears (Switzerland 2020)

It has been 10 years since Switzerland has chosen a French song for the Eurovision Song Contest. With the song Répondez-moi, written and performed by 21-year-old Gjon Muharremaj from Broc in the Canton of Fribourg, they planned to do just that. Unfortunately, he will not sing it on the Eurovision stage in Rotterdam in May 2020, but he will sing it during the second episode of Eurovision Home Concerts. He will also sing Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi from Céline Dion.

He is also one of the artists confirmed to come back in 2021.

Jamala (Ukraine 2016)

Aside from the 5 Eurovision 2020 artists, we will also see the winner of Eurovision 2016: Jamala. Australia returned to the Eurovision Song Contest that year, and Dami Im finished second with The Sound of Silence. Russia's Sergey Lazarev finished third with his song You Are The Only One. Ukraine's Jamala won the contest with her song 1944, providing Ukraine with its second victory in the Eurovision Song Contest. Jamala will sing her victorious song 1944 as well as a cover of Arcade by Duncan Laurence.

Jamala is the first Eurovision winner to participate in Eurovision Home Concerts. In line with others before her, in the process of making her home concert, Jamala sent a message directly to her fans to keep safe: "We live in very difficult times and we try to figure out how to live in new conditions. But do you know what? I believe it will pass soon and we will get back to the life we miss so much. Stay safe, stay at home and support each other."

Jamala receives the trophyAndres Putting (EBU)

Leonora (Denmark 2019)

Last but not least, it's Danish participant, Leonora. She represented Denmark at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 with the song Love Is Forever, the song she will also sing this Friday. We asked Twitter which cover song she should sing, and 58% voted for Lena's Satellite. Stay tuned for Eurovision Home Concerts this Friday, where Leonora will sing both of these happy songs!

Denmark's Leonora during the second rehearsal in 2019Andres Putting

Where and when can we watch?

Every episode of the Eurovision Home Concerts will be published on Friday at 17:00 CEST on the official YouTube channel of the Eurovision Song Contest. Make sure you are subscribed so you don't miss any episodes!

Which song are you most excited to see this afternoon? Let us know in the comments below!

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