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Hungary: Joci Pápai “Az én apám is different, it’s very personal to me”

Earlier this week, we spoke to a returning artist in this year’s Eurovision, as Hungary’s Joci Pápai rehearsed for the second time in Tel Aviv. We spoke to the performer about his special connection to Israel, his feelings about returning to the contest and also how “Az én apám” has a special connection to him. #YOU can watch our interview …

Cyprus: Tamta “I think everything happens for a reason, so… I’m here now!”

Yesterday, the Greek-Georgian pop star Tamta spoke to us following her second rehearsal of “Replay”, and was happy to chat to our correspondent Fernando! The two spoke about the meaning behind the song and her work with the producers and writers, as well as why she didn’t join the Eurovision family until this year, and showed off her language skills! …

Slovenia: Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl “The song is actually a cliché, and it’s direct”

Yesterday, escYOUnited kicked off our round of interviews with this year’s artists from Tel Aviv, with the first six interviews taking place. The first of these interviews came with the talented couple from Slovenia, Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl! Fernando spoke to Zala and Gašper in the Israeli gardens about their pets, the inspiration behind their music and the true …

Israel: Kobi Marimi “I got to some point where I said; stop studying and start to sing!”

What a weekend that was! Matt, Sean, Roy and Melanie were all at the annual showcase of Eurovision talent that is Eurovision in Concert, held once again in Amsterdam, Netherlands. On Saturday, we managed to arrange a number of interviews with some of this year’s artists which we will share with you over the coming days! In the first of …

Norway: Anna-Lisa Kumoji “I wished for some hip hop vibes. I feel like a wish has come true!”

Continuing our Norwegian interviews ahead of tonight’s Melodi Grand Prix final, we spoke to Anna-Lisa Kumoji who will perform “Holla”. Hello Anna Lisa First of all thank you for your time talking to us. How are you ? Can you introduce yourselves ? What can you tell us about yourself? Hello Fernando and ESC UNITED!It’s my pleaserue and Im thankful …

Norway: D’Sound “It was a supercool vibe in the studio!”

Tonight sees the Norwegian national selection – Melodi Grand Prix – take place. To celebrate, we spoke to a few of the artists taking part in tonight’s show, to gauge their feelings about the competition and their potential Eurovision participation. First up, we spoke to funky trio D’Sound about the special message behind their song, their inspirations and their existing …

Latvia: Kristiāna “The connection is so strong”

With tonight’s second semi-final in Latvia helping to decide the finalists in the Supernova competition, we thought it best to speak to one of tonight’s hopefuls! It’s Kristiāna, who will present “Remedy” to us this evening. She told us how she got into music when she couldn’t even see herself in the mirror on the wall and how another of tonight’s …

Latvia: Samanta Tīna “We were forced to create a song from zero in eight hours!”

She’s the lady who needs no introduction to Eurovision fans. Now on her seventh attempt to reach the Eurovision Song Contest (5 times for Latvia, twice for Lithuania), Samanta spoke to us about the quick turnaround on her song and how she was born to be a singer! Hello Samanta! First of all thank you for your time talking to …

Latvia: Laime Pilnīga “Song is about inspiration, positive experience, energy of life and awe”

Latvia’s selection is becoming notorious for giving opportunities to bands and alternative musicians, and in the guise of rock quartet Laime Pilnīga this year is no different. We spoke to the band about their early musical education and how the inspiration for “Awe” came to them! Hello Laime Pilnīga! First of all thank you for your time talking to us. How are …

Latvia: Aivo Oskis “The inspiration for this song is a girl from my high school”

The first of three Latvia interviews we’ll be posting today (you lucky people!) is from Aivo Oskis, a singer-songwriter who has been on numerous talent shows but is now hoping to make it to the biggest one of all. We spoke to Aivo about the inspiration behind his song and his taste in movies! Hello Aivo! First of all thank you …

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