Do y’all remember Six4one, the group which formed to represent Switzerland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2006? Andreas Lundstedt from Sweden, Tinka Milinovic from Bosnia & Herzegovina, Claudia D’Addio from Switzerland, Keith Camirelli from Malta, Marco Matias from Germany and Liel from Israel joined forces to sing ‘If We All Give A Little‘ in Athens. Unity. Votes across borders. Brilliant!
Except that Six4one only placed 16th. Even so, the recipe was built on strong foundations — the group secured its biggest scores from the artists’ home countries. It raises an interesting question: If we get singers from bigger countries who are known across Europe to come together, can they secure enough points to win the contest? Is this a way for the most hopeless countries at Eurovision to finally take the trophy home, thereby bypassing their painful (and clearly futile) national selection process? With that in mind we’ve dreamed up a group of former Eurovision national final contestants who, if they work together, could catapult the likes of Lithuania and Portugal to the top of the scoreboard.
Sibel Redžep came onto the public’s radar when she tried her luck on Swedish Idol back in 2005, eventually reaching third place. After that she took part in Melodifestivalen 2009 with ballad ‘That Is Where I’ll Go‘, placing seventh in the final. She returned to the Swedish selection in 2010 with ‘Stop‘, again placing seventh—but this time in her semi. Ouch. Sibel has been pretty quiet since then, with only one single released after 2010.
A Macedonian-born Swede of Turkish descent, she would bring some ethnic vibes to the group—and some major diaspora voting power!
Raúl Fuentes Cuenca
Spanish pop singer Raúl has taken part in Spain’s national final twice. In 2000 he sang ‘Sueño su boca‘ placing second behind Serafín Zubiri and in 2014 he placed fourth with ‘Seguir sin ti‘. His sixth album came out ages ago (in 2011), so now would be a great time for him to regain the spotlight.
Extremely handsome and charismatic, Raúl would win over girls (and gays) for the group.
A Croatian opera singer, Sandra Bagaric has traveled all over the Balkans. She was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where she attended the High School of Music, and continued her studies in Sarajevo. She moved to Zagreb during the war and never left. In 2007 she competed in Dora, the Croatian selection for Eurovision, together with Kraljevi ulice (who later represented the country at Eurovision 2008). Their song ‘Pjesma za novcic‘ placed second after Dragonfly and Dapo Topic. She has sung in countless operas, but has yet to have commercial success in Europe.
Sandra would secure the jury vote with her amazing vocals, and could also woo the Balkan voting bloc.
Fabrizio Faniello is a familiar name for all Eurovision fans, especially those on the sunny island of Malta. He represented Malta in 2001 with the song ‘Another Summer Night‘ and again in 2006 with ‘I Do‘, placing 9th and 24th respectively. He has also taken part in nine national finals in Malta. In 2014 he failed to reach the final with ‘Just No Place Like Home‘. Perhaps it’s time to join a group?
Eurovision fans still remember Fabrizio, who could pull a Valentina Monetta and get lucky on his third attempt. Managed by a German agency, he has strong contacts with German songwriters (hello Ralph Siegel!).
Samanta Tina is known by everyone in Latvia—and plenty of people in Lithuania (she posed for Playboy there). She has taken part in the Latvian selection Dziesma three times, in 2012, 2013 and 2014. She has reached the final every time and all of her songs have been adored by Eurofans outside of the country. Her lastest participation was with the song ‘Stay‘, placing third in the final.
Samanta’s strong voice and beautiful face would attract plenty of votes, especially from the Baltic states.
Josh Standing would be the youngest member of the group. He’s known for taking part in the Finnish selection, UMK, in 2014 together with Finnish singer Clarissa. They qualified for the final with their song ‘Top of the World‘. After that he released a few songs via social media.
With his cute face and pop voice, this Brit would bring some Anglo flava to the group.
So is this the perfect supergroup for Eurovision or what? Who would you like to see in the group? And who should they represent? Leave your comments below!
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