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Holiday or work: How Eurovision stars spend their summer

04 August 2016 at 18:10 CEST
Traditionally, August is a quiet time for the Eurovision Song Contest community. While most of the preparations for next year's contest take place behind the scenes, there is barely any news about national selections and exciting developments in artists' careers. But no worries - those of you who are desperately looking to satisfy that Eurovision appetite can resort to social media, to follow the stars as they enjoy their summer holidays.

Apart from the usual beach and concert pictures, we stumbled upon some particularly good news. Just last week, Greece's 2008 Kalomira gave birth to a baby girl. Her name is Anastasia and she is joining her two brothers Demetri and Niko. Isn't she lovely?

On behalf of the entire Eurovision team; congratulations!

2016 Russian contestant Sergey Lazerev gave tons of concerts, spent time in the studio to record his new single Breaking Away and a Russian version of his Eurovision entry You Are The Only One. and returned to Stockholm to participate in the city's pride event. He sure looks like he is enjoying the great weather!

Dutch 2016 contestant Douwe Bob needed a bit of slow-down after a hectic year. He went to Crete with his mystery girlfriend. While Dutch media is desperately trying to figure out who stole the popular singer's heart, he seems to be pretty relaxed about the hype.

Loreen, who won the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest with the unforgettable Euphoria escaped to the paradise of paradises; the Maldives. Which of the +1,000 islands she is visiting is unclear to us, but does that really matter when you are visiting one of the most beautiful parts of the world?

Emmelie de Forest didn't travel far from her native Denmark to enjoy her summer holiday, but the 2013 Eurovision winner surely picked a nice spot close to Lake Vättern in Sweden, not far from the city of Jönköping.

2014 winner Conchita is spending her time travelling as well. Last week, she opened EuroPride in Amsterdam. As official ambassador of the event, she will return to perform this Saturday during the traditional Canal Parade.

Last but not least, we of course checked in on Jamala's holiday plans. After a busy few months preparing for the Eurovision Song Contest she would win, she returned home to Ukraine to vouch for one of the cities bidding to host next year's contest. While waiting for the outcome of the city bid process, she returned to Stockholm to participate in the popular Swedish TV event Allsang på Skansen. She also went to London to participate in a pride event. In other words; no time for holiday for the most recent Eurovision winner. However, she did have a well-deserved day off in Odessa, one of the fhree host city finalists.

What is your favourite Eurovision artist doing this summer?