While the voting for the fourth annual esctoday.com Awards is taking place, we take the time to introduce the nominees in the 21 categories. Today, we take a look at the Best act not to qualify from the semi finals category.
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1. Andrea with Just get out of my life (Montenegro)
Andrea Demirovic became famous when she competed in the 2002 edition of the annual Montenegrinmusic festival SunÄï¿½ane Skale. She would take part ina series of different music festivals over the following years.In 2005, she entered Montevizija, the Montenegrin semi final of Serbia & Montenegro's national selection for theEurovision Song Contest and finishedfifth with Šta ce mi dani thus qualifying for the final. In the final, the song reached fifth place again.
In 2006, her first Album Andrea was released. Besides an own composition, most of the songs on the CD were written by Vesna Pisarovic, who hadrepresented Croatia in the 2002 Eurovision Song Contest and had also written the entry for Bosnia & Herzegovina in the 2004 contest. In 2008, Andrea tried to represent Montenegro in the Eurovision Song Contesttaking part in theartist selection. She finished second behind Stefan Felipovic performing theDolly Parton/Whitney Houston classic I will always love you.
Andrea finished eleventh in the first semi final with 44 points.
2. Sinéad Mulvey & Black Daisy with Et cetera (Ireland)
Sinéad Mulvey had her debut as a singer at the age of 13, when she played the leading role in Cinderalla in Dublin. In 2005, she already tried to represent Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest, when she took part in the talent search You're a star. However, she was eliminated in the fourth live show performing Seven nation army by the White Stripes.
Black Daisy come from Dublin. The band consists of Asta Milleriene (drums), Lesley-Ann Halvey (bass guitar) and Nicole Billings (rhythm guitar).
Sinéad Mulvey & Black Daisy finished eleventh in the second semi final with 52 points.
3. Lovebugs with The highest heights (Switzerland)
Lovebugs originate from Basel and the band was founded in the early nineties, when the members found each other through an ad in a record store. After a change in the line-up, their first album Fluff was released in 1994 to minor success. In 1995, they went on tour through Switzerland and other European countries and also recorded their second album, which did not reach the album charts. The year after, their third album was the first one to reach the charts, where it peaked at number 44. However, their major breakthrough came not before 2000, when their fourth album Transatlantic flight reached number two. It was followed by Awaydays, their first of three number one albums, the year after.
While the albums by Lovebugs were major successes from 2000 onwards, the band had only minor success on the single charts. However, this changed in 2006 when the band released the song Avalon with Norwegian singer Lene Marlin. It was their first top ten hit and it also peaked at number 13 in Norway. Shortly after, they took a break and lead singer Adrian Sieber released his first solo album, which reached the top ten in Switzerland. The band returned to the spotlight with the announcement that they would represent Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009. Recently, her first greatest hits album has been released.
Lovebugs finished 14th in the first semi final with 15 points.
4. Christina Metaxa with Firely (Cyprus)
Along with Kejsi Tola from Albania, then 16-year-old Christina was the youngest singer in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest. She is the second of four children and still attends school. She entered the Cypriot national final 2009 with the song Firefly written by her brother Nikolas, who became famous through the TV show The X Factor.
Christina is now signed with Sony Records, and the company has also undertaken the promotion of her Eurovision Song Contest entry in Europe.
Christina Metaxa finished 14th in the second semi final with 32 points.
5. Susanne Georgi with La teva decisió (Andorra)
With her sister Pernille, Susanne Georgi founded the duo SuPer Sisters in the early 1990s. They intended to represent their home country Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest 1991, but that was not possible as Susanne was only 15 years at that time. Their song Med eksprestog til Kina eventually finished second in the national final performed by Ole Bredahl & Ulla Bjerre. Havin released two albums in Danish, they changed their name to Me & My and started recording songs in English.
The duo was very successful in Europe. Between 1995 and 2007, they released three studio albums anda best of compilation as wells as a series of singles. Their biggest hitto date is probably the Eurodance song Dub-i-dub, which reached the charts all over Europe and was a top ten hit in many countries. In 2007, they entered the Danish national final for the EurovisionSong Contest and finished sixth with eight points. Susanne Georgi has been living in Andorra for 13 years andhence she decided to enter the Andorran national final for theEurovision Song Contest. To date, she has released three studio albums as a soloist: Sweet, Susanne and Tum dek dak.
This award has been given out twice so far. In 2007, it went to Cyprus' Evridiki, who accepted her award live during the 2008 Cypriot national final. Last year, the award was won by Paolo Meneguzzi from Switzerland.
The compelete results:
The hall of fame:
On Saturday, we will introduce the nominees in the categories Most traditional Europop song and Most creative effort.