He was born in Lisbon, Portugal before moving to France with his family at the age of nine.
And now Lisandro Cuxi — the winner of the sixth season of The Voice: la plus belle voix — is in the mix to return to his place of birth as a competitor at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
On Sunday France 2 confirmed his participation in Destination Eurovision, rounding out the 18 acts that will sing in the semi-finals.
He’ll sing the song “EVA”, which is about “a young woman who fights every day to improve her life.” She sounds like a bit of a mystery, too. As he sings: “Eva is nothing but a heartache…nobody ever sees her face.” Girl has things to do!
He says he’s ready to put on a real show — and the song certainly sounds like it lends itself well to that. The snippet sounds tightly produced and pulsates with on-trend backing. But ultimately it’s just a backdrop to showcase that stunning voice. Listen and admire.
When Lisandr0 moved to France as a nine-year-old he didn’t speak any French. He was originally discovered by the Angolan star — and the coach on The Voice Portugal — Anselmo Ralph.
In 2015, at the age of 15, Lisandro competed in the second French series of The Voice Kids. Week after week he gave impressive performances and showed off his R&B vocal styles. He eventually made it to the grand final where he finished as runner-up.
Lisandro then graduated to season six of The Voice: La Plus Belle Voix. He impressed judges with his audition of Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling”, and went on to be coached by M Pokora.
Lisandro did one better than his time on The Voice Kids. He not only made it to the final, but managed to win the whole thing.
DESTINATION EUROVISION – SEMI-FINALISTS
- Malo’ – “Ciao”
- June the Girl – “Same”
- Louka – “Mamma Mia”
- IGIT – “Lisboa Jérusalem”
- Emmy Liyana – “OK ou KO”
- Madame Monsieur – “Mercy”
- Sweem – “Là-haut” (Yonder)
- Noée – “L’un près de l’autre” (One close to the other)
- Pheno Men – “Jamais sans toi”
- Lucie Vagenheim – “My World”
- Enea – “I’ll Be There”
- Sarah Caillibot – “Tu me manques” (I miss you)
- Masoe – “Paradise”
- Max Cinnamon – “Ailleurs”
- Nassi – “Rêve de gamin” (The dream of a child)
- Jane Constance – “Un jour j’ai rêvé” (One day I dreamed)
- Ehla – “J’ai cru” (I thought)
- Lisandro Cuxi — EVA”
The first semi-final airs this Saturday, 13 January. Nine songs will compete in each of the two semi-finals, and four songs from each semi will go to the grand final.
In the meantime, vote in our poll for your favourite of the first nine acts.
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