Andorra: National final on 30 January

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The 2009 Andorran final for the selection of the country's representative in the next Eurovision Song Contest will be held on 30 January. Three acts, selected by RTVA, will fight it out and the winner will be decided by a mix of televote and jury vote

Susanna Georgi with Get a life, Lluís Cartes with Exhausted and Marc Canturri & Marc Durandeau with Estrelles d'or (Stars on blue) will have the opportunity to present their songs in a series of three televised shows to be aired by RTVA on 14, 21 and 28 January. Then on the 30th, they will compete for the honour to represent Andorra in the country's national final. A mix of televote and jury vote will decide the final winner. Stay tuned to for more details on the Andorran preselection!

Meet the participants

Susanna Georgi, born in Denmark but permanently residing in Andorra for the past 13 years, is better known as one half of Me & My, the duo which got their big break through in 1995 with the song Dub -I – Dub that became a massive hit, not only in Denmark, but in most of Europe. Their next single Baby boy added Japan to the list. This is not the first time Susanne has tried to make it to the Eurovision Song Contest. She tried once more in 2007, together with sister Pernille, to represent native Denmark by taking part in the Dansk Melodi Grand prix placing 6th in the final. This time she takes part for Andorra on her own with the uptempo song Get a life.

Me & my Dub I dub

Lluís Cartes

Lluis participates with Exhausted, a rock song similar to the work in his first album Camina descalç (Walk barefoot). Sona 9 prize winner is well recognised in Andorra. He has worked with popular artists, such as Barcelonian musician and producer Marc Parrot and composer and performer Toti Soler. Lluis has also participated in numerous theatrical projects such as Soldados de Salamina (Salamina Soldiers), Coral Romput (Broken Coral), Música i Veu (Music and voice) and Un tamvia anomenat desig (A Streetcar named Marge).

Lluis Cartes – Ets

Marc Durandeau & Marc Canturri

Baritone Marc Canturri, born in 1976, has studied next to world famous opera legends such as Montserrat Caballé. His repertoire includes roles such as Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Figaro in The barber of Seville. Marc will be performing Estrelles d'or (Stars on blue), a ballad with a message of peace. The song title refers to the golden stars on the blue background of the European Union flag, the lyrics penned by Marc Durandeau.

Marc Durandeau
Singer, composer and lyricist, multiple award winner Marc Durandeau has worked with international authors such as Arnie Roman (Celine Dion, Oletta Adams, Marc Anthony, Cher), Nina Ossoff (Patti Austin, B Four, The Temptations) Latin recording legend Luis Enrique (Gloria Estefan, Juan Luis Guerra, Arturo Sandoval).

Marc Durandeau Thorny Rose

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Stella Floras

Thanks to Johnny Logan and Hold me now I fell in love with the Eurovision Song Contest, a love that's been going strong ever since with undiminished passion. My first memories date back to 1977 and the lyrics of Rock bottom, Dschinghis Khan and A ba ni bi are still engraved in my brain.

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