The Netherlands‘ Common Linnets climbed all the way to #2 at Eurovision 2014. Their success seems to have confirmed the belief that two is better than one. That’s probably the reason this year’s national final season was filled with duets and duos, including eventual victors Elina and Stig (Estonia), Uzari and Maimuna (Belarus), Monika and Vaidas (Lithuania), Mørland and Debrah Scarlett (Norway), and Maraaya (Slovenia). But there’s more. Three state broadcasters decided to internally select duos, giving us the gifts of Marta and Vaclav (Czech Republic), Michele and Anita (San Marino) and Electro Velvet (United Kingdom). And you know what? We don’t mind! A number of these songs, which include several ballads, rock our world and we have the sneaky suspicion they’ll soar in Vienna.
NOTE: To avoid any further misunderstandings (shoutout to another duet’s song title from Slovenia’s national selection), a duo are two people together in an act, while a duet are two people singing together in a song. It’s all about duos and that’s why Slovenian duo Maraaya and Belarussian duo Uzari & Maimuna are included here too.
ESTONIA: Elina Born and Stig Rasta
The bookies’s early favourites won Eesti Laul by a huge margin, earning around 80% of the public vote. He’s so laidback he tells us he has to check his pulse, and she’s so excited and giddy we know her heart is racing.
BELARUS: Uzari and Maimuna
The Eurofest winning duo took a chance by gently combining rock with violin. It sets a trend for Belarus: for the second year in a row, the nation didn’t replace the winning song with another one. Whew!
CZECH REPUBLIC: Marta Jandová and Václav Noid Bárta
The Czechs return with a bang! Not so modern, but precious in its own way. This has the potential to become a Eurovision evergreen if done well in May.
LITHUANIA: Monika Linkyte and Vaidas Baumila
Monika and Vaidas entered Lithuania’s marathon national selection as competitors, but they emerged as joint winners, and will sing a feel-good duet about love.
NORWAY: Mørland and Debrah Scarlett
The clear winners of Melodi Grand Prix, they stood out with wiwibloggs from the moment NRK revealed its finalists.
SAN MARINO: Michele Perniola and Anita Simoncini
It’s double trouble and Sweet Sixteen with Eurovision’s youngest duet! *starts fangirling*
One of the loveliest Eurovision couple ever, they have the pizzaz, vocals and stage presence that make us want to call them Maraaya Carey. Their sound mixes elements of The Noisettes and Duffy, and has us moist with excitement!
UNITED KINGDOM: Electro Velvet
It’s proven to be a divisive entry, but it’s quirky, fun and, depending on the staging, could surprise. Well, according to their fans anyway.