Remembering George Michael — Eurovision stars mourn the loss of the pop icon

Singer, songwriter and pop superstar George Michael has died, aged 53. He passed away at his home in England.

George Michael enjoyed a successful music career spanning over 35 years, both as part of the pop duo WHAM! and later in his solo career. His loss has been felt within the Eurovision community, with many acts paying tribute to the man whose music inspired them so much.

Sergey Lazarev (Russia 2016)

Sergey wrote that his boy band Smash!! was originally managed by WHAM! manager Simon Napier-Bell. The similarity between the two group names was no coincidence — Napier-Bell intended SMASH!! to be a 21st century WHAM!. Sergey says, “Simon talked a lot about Michael. He was an incredible singer.”

Hera Björk (Iceland 2010)

Brendan Murray (Ireland 2017)

Lulu (United Kingdom 1969)

Ovi (Romania 2014, 2014)

Niklos Raptakis – Freaky Fortune (Greece 2014)

Gianluca Ginoble – Il Volo (Italy 2015)

Nina Zilli (Italy 2012)

Cascada (Germany 2013)

In 2007, Cascade recorded their take on Wham’s seasonal classic “Last Christmas”.

Sandra Kim (Belgium 1986)

Voltaj (Romania 2015)

Deen (Bosnia and Herzegovina 2004, 2016)