Belgian hopefuls Adil Aarab, Amaryllis Uitterlinden, Astrid Destruyer, Laura Tesoro and Tom Frantzis performed their Eurovision songs first time on the second live show of national selection contest Eurosong 2016 tonight.
Bosnia and Herzegovina have the distinct achievement of having qualified for the Eurovision Final every year that they competed since the semi finals were introduced in 2004. Having said that, their average placing is 13th and their best ever result was third which they achieved in 2006 with the song ‘Lejla’ performed by Hari Mata Hari. Bosnia and Herzegovina have been missing from Eurovision in the past few years as they withdrew from the contest in 2013 due to financial reasons, but they are set to return this year.
With nine last place finishes and failing to qualify for the finals on five occasions since the semi finals were introduced in 2004, Finland’s Eurovision history isn’t one of the greatest. Not only is Lordi’s ‘Hard Rock Hallelujah’ their only ever win, but it is their only top ten finish that they have had since 1989. Finland have always pushed the envelope when it comes to Eurovision. Lordi performed a rock song in garish masks, Krista Siegrids kissed another woman in 2013 amidst outcry of Russia recently passing anti-LGBT legislation and in the 2015 contest, ‘Aina mun pitää’ was performed by Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät, a band whose members are all adults with developmental disabilities. So what has Finland got in store for us in 2016? Read on to find out…
San Marino is the smallest nation currently competing in Eurovision. As such, they have limited resources from which to choose their entries from. In their six attempts since 2008, Valentina Monetta has represented them three times. Her third attempt in 2014 with ‘Maybe’ gave them their best result- 24th place, the only time that they have qualified for the final. San Marino’s other acts includedMichele Perniola & Anita Simoncini in 2015, Senit in 2011 and Miodio in 2008.
Latvia have competed 16 times at Eurovision since their 2000 debut. It was two years later in 2002 that Latvia won the Contest for the first time with Marie N’s ‘I Wanna’. Since the introduction of the semi-finals in 2004, Latvia qualified for the final between 2005 and 2008, however from 2009 and 2014, Latvia failed to qualify to the final for six consecutive years. This bad streak was shirked in 2015 by Aminata’s ‘Love Injected’ which finished in sixth place.