Eurovision 2021: Sweden, North Macedonia, Ireland.
Hear entries from Tusse, Vasil and Lesley Roy.
Here are the entries from Sweden, North Macedonia, Ireland in Eurovision‘s Semi Final 1:
Tousin Michael Chiza, better known as Tusse, is a Swedish singer with Congolese roots who booked his ticket to Eurovision when he won ‘Melodifestivalen’ by a landslide. A household name in Sweden, Tusse got his lucky break in Sweden’s Got Talent (advancing to the semi-finals) before cementing his popularity when he won Swedish Idol in 2019. He’s already got a string of hits to his name including My Soul Is Calling You (a tribute to his mother), the ballad A Better You, and a rendition of Whitney Houston’s How Will I Know. Last Spring, Tusse released Innan du går (Before You Go), his first song entirely sung in Swedish.
“Here I Stand”
Born in Strumica, North Macedonia, Vasil emigrated to the United States with his family at the age of 12, and it’s his globe-trotting history that has given him his unique musical perspective. As a teen, Vasil joined the Chicago Children’s Choir and sang as an ensemble member and soloist on some of the most prestigious stages in America, collaborating with many world class musicians. At 18, he continued his vocal education at a private academy in Milan, Italy for one year, followed by four years on a full vocal scholarship to the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. He finished his studies with honours at the prestigious University of Toronto Opera School.
Lesley is a singer-songwriter from Balbriggan, Dublin, who splits her time between her Irish hometown and her American wife’s neighbourhood of East Village in New York City. As a songwriter, Roy’s career has been prolific, lending her talents to numbers performed by artists including Adam Lambert, Miss Montreal, Medina, Jana Kramer, Marlee Scott and Deorro. A lifelong fan of Eurovision, Lesley says that getting to represent Ireland with a song she has worked extremely hard on has meant that one of her lifetime ambitions has been fulfilled.