In recent years, TV talent shows have been a good source of Eurovision performers, but it seems 2015 is a particularly strong year for artists who got their start on a television singing competition. We’ve already seen performers who started on The Voice, but there are plenty of other TV talent shows where this year’s crop of talent had their big breakthrough. Let’s take a look back.
Australia – Guy Sebastian
Guy Sebastian was 21 years old when he auditioned for the first series of Australian Idol back in 2003. He won the series, and soon after represented Australia as part of World Idol. Guy later joined the judging panel of The X Factor Australia for three series. Here’s his Idol winner’s single, “Angels Brought Me Here”.
Belarus – Uzari
His violin-playing performance partner Maimuna doesn’t have a talent show background, but in 2011, Uzari competed in New Wave, Russia’s international competition for young singers of pop music. Here he tackles Stevie Wonder’s “I Wish”.
Estonia – Elina Born
While Elina Born’s Eurovision singing partner Stig Rästa has more a traditional rock background, Elina got her start on a talent show. In 2012 she placed second in Eesti otsib superstaari (Estonia is looking for a superstar), the Estonian version of Idol. Here’s her very emotional performance of “Nothing Compares 2 U” from the final.
Georgia – Nina Sublatti
In 2013 Nina Sublatti won Sakartvelos Varskvlavi (Georgian Idol). Here she unleashes her warrior spirit on Alanis Morrisette’s saucy rock ballad “Uninvited”.
Israel – Nadav Guedj
The most recent talent show winner was Nadav Guedj, who won series two of the Israeli talent show HaKokhav HaBa (The Next Star) earlier this year. His win also earned him the right to represent his country at Eurovision. Here he impresses the audience with his performance of the Bruno Mars song “When I Was Your Man”.
Italy – Il Volo
As young teens, Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble individually entered the Italian youth singing competition Ti lascio una canzone (Leaving you a song) in 2009. The three were stand-out performers of the series and were eventually put together as a trio. Here’s Ignazio duetting with fellow contestant Andrea Faustini, who went on to find success on The X Factor UK in 2014.
Latvia – Aminata
Aminata is a veteran of Latvian talent shows. In 2008 she performed on Krodzina pie Paula (At Pauls’ tavern) alongside Latvian maestro Raimonds Pauls, in 2010 she was on Muzikala banka (Musical bank), and she also took part in Koru kari 3 (Choir wars 3). Here she is at the age of 15 performing on Krodzina pie Paula.
Lithuania – Vaidas Baumila
Monika Linkyte found fame on The Voice in 2013, but back in 2005, aged 18, her singing partner Vaidus Baumila took part in the Lithuanian talent show Dangus (Heaven), where he placed third. Here, looking like a Lithuanian Lee Ryan, Vaidas shows off his vocal talents and frosted hair with “Myliu”.
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