The Voice is a highly successful television singing competition franchise, with versions produced in over 50 countries and regions around the world, so it’s no surprise that eight of this year’s Eurovision performers have a history with The Voice.
Seven Eight performers have stood facing the chair backs, desperately hoping for the coaches to turn around, while another Eurovision performer was lucky enough to be seated in one of the power chairs. Let’s take a look.
Albania – Elhaida Dani
Albanian singler Elhaida Dani made an impact in Italy when she won the first series of The Voice of Italy in 2013, coached by French-Italian rock legend (and former Sanremo winner) Riccardo Cocciante. This is one of her performances from the final, “I Will Always Love You”.
Azerbaijan – Elnur Hüseynov
After being part of Azerbaijan’s Eurovision debut in 2008, Elnur went on to win O Ses Türkiye (The Voice of Turkey) in 2014, coached by Turkish entertainer Ebru Gündes. He auditioned with Sam Smith’s “Latch” and later reprised the song at the final.
Belgium – Loïc Nottet
Loïc Nottet competed on The Voice Belgique in 2014, where he placed second, coached by American blues singer (and “Rhythm Inside” lyricist) BJ Scott. Loïc was especially known for his audition performance of Rihanna’s “Diamonds”, but here’s another one of his winning performances from the live shows.
Greece – Maria Elena Kyriakou
Maria Elena Kyriakou won the first series of The Voice of Greece in 2014, coached by Greek singer Despina Vandi, who also presented the Greek national final in 2013 and 2014. Here Maria Elena performs Christina Aguilara’s emotional ballad “Hurt”, which brings coach Despina to tears.
Lithuania – Monika Linkyte
Vaidas Baumila had a different talent show background (and we’ll cover that soon), but his singing partner Monika Linkyte was a participant on the second series of Lietuvos Balsas (Lithuanian Voice) in 2014. Coached by 2012 Eurovision representative Donny Montell, she made it to the super final where she placed second. Here’s her duet with Donny in the final.
Netherlands – Trijntje Oosterhuis
Trijntje Oosterhuis served as a coach for three seasons of The Voice of Holland. And being The Voice, there were always opportunities for the coaches to get up on stage. While Triijntje was an established star before her coaching role on The Voice, it still helped cement her reputation as a music legend in the Netherlands. Here’s Trijntje duetting with one of her singers, Leona Philipo, who went on to win the third series.
Norway – Debrah Scarlett
Rock guy Mørland doesn’t have a talent-show background, but his flame-haired singing partner does. Back in 2013 when she was known as Joanna Deborah Bussinger, the future Miss Scarlett was a contestant on The Voice – Norges beste stemme (Norway’s best voice). Here’s her chair-turning version of a Bob Dylan song.
Portugal – Leonor Andrade
Leonor Andrade placed sixth on The Voice Portugal in 2014, coached by the Angolan R&B star Anselmo Ralph. After turning chairs at her audition, Leonor later performed “Turning Tables” by Adele.
United Kingdom – Bianca Nicholas
While her fellow Electro Velvet member Alex Larke was busy gigging as a Mick Jagger impersonator, Bianca Nicholas was giving TV talent shows a shot. She auditioned for The X Factor, and in 2014 made it to the auditions of The Voice. Sadly neither Will.I.Am, Kylie Minogue, Ricky Wilson or Sir Tom Jones turned their chairs around. But little did Bianca know that something much bigger was to soon come her way. Here’s Bianca’s audition, where she performed U2’s ballad “One”.