The London Eurovision Party, now in its ninth year, took place last night at the Café de Paris in the heart of the west end of London. The event was hosted by Nicki French (UK entrant in 2000) and Paddy O'Connell (former BBC Semi-Final commentator). 18 of this year's entrants performed before a packed audience, making it one of the biggest preview events of the year.
There are now just two weeks to go until rehearsals for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest begin at the Globe Arena in Stockholm, and the London Preview Party was the last main opportunity for many of the artists to present their songs, and get together prior to the contest.
The following acts appeared at the party.
- Albania - Eneda Tarifa
- Austria – ZOË
- Bulgaria - Poli Genova
- Croatia – Nina Kraljić
- Cyprus – Minus One
- France - Amir
- Iceland – Greta Salóme
- Ireland - Nicky Byrne
- Italy – Francesca Michielin
- Latvia – Justs
- FYR Macedonia – Kaliopi
- Malta - Ira Losco
- Montenegro – Highway
- Poland – Michał Szpak
- Romania – Ovidiu Anton
- Spain – Barei
- Sweden - Frans
- United Kingdom – Joe and Jake
In addition there were several special guests who had participated previously in the contest, they were;
- Selma (Iceland 1999 and 2005)
- Eleftheria Elefteriou (Greece 2012)
- Aminata (Latvia 2015)
- Destiny (Malta Junior Eurovision Song Contest winner 2015)
During the afternoon whilst the artists were rehearsing and having their soundchecks, they also took time out to meet the various media that were present.
Gallery: Highlights from the London Eurovision Party 2016
Were you there at the London Preview Party? Who was your favourite performer?