From Paul Seling & Ovi to Chanée & Tomas N’Evergreen to Ell & Nikki, duos have the power to become fast fan favourites — and to climb that Eurovision scoreboard. This year eight duos will shine bright on the Eurovision Song Contest stage. Besides having a great song, they’ll need to preserve harmony — both in terms of the music and in terms of staging and presence. It’s never cute if one person hogs the spotlight.
This year’s duos hail from France, FYR Macedonia, Italy, Poland, San Marino, Spain and Switzerland. Sometimes both halves of the act sing; sometimes one sings while the other strums or works the turntables. We classify them all as duos here, because they themselves classify themselves as duos for Eurovision.
Below you can review each of this year’s duos. Then vote in our poll. You can vote for as many acts as you’d like, but you can only vote once. So make it count. We’ll close the poll just before rehearsals start in Lisbon at the end of April.
DUOS AT EUROVISION 2018
FRANCE: MADAME MONSIEUR – “MERCY”
Inspired by the story of a child born on board an SOS Mediterranean rescue boat, they’re telling a harrowing and humanitarian story while accompanied by modern electro production. He plays the guitar while she sings. And both stay true to their all-black, super chic styling to let the music stand out. They’re among the favourites in our ongoing poll for Best Automatic Qualifier.
FYR MACEDONIA: EYE CUE – “LOST AND FOUND”
For the second year in a row FYR Macedonia brings a modern, contemporary track that wouldn’t sound out of place on radios around the world. Part Bob Marley, part David Guetta, their song is an earworm of the first order and a novel hybrid we’ve not yet seen on the Eurovision stage.
ITALY: ERMAL META & FABRIZIO MORO – “NON MI AVETE FATTO NIENTE”
They namecheck sites of terror attacks from recent years, discussing how humans hurt and heal. It might sound dark in description, but the song has a warm, tender quality that comes with the unique, boho flair of its two singers.
POLAND: GROOME FEAT LUKAS MEIJER – “LIGHT ME UP”
Aiming for inspiration and fun, this duo want to light up your life with a dance track that’s all about happiness and joy. Working across Poland and Sweden, they’re an example of cross-cultural exchange in action.
SAN MARINO: JESSIKA FEAT JENIFER BRENING – “WHO WE ARE”
They didn’t enter the 1 in 360 competition as a duo. But after a series of winding, confusing and controversial turns, here we are. Rap interludes are frequently jarring, but perhaps Jessika and Jenie B can make it work.
SPAIN: ALFRED & AMAIA – “TU CANCION”
All of Spain was taken by their real-life love story. And now Alfred & Amaia — aka Almaia — are poised to share their intense feelings with Europe. Their touching ballad is at once old school yet somehow fresh. Their sincere emotions make this feel so special and restore our faith in love once more.
SWITZERLAND: ZIBBZ – “STONES”
They’re a brother and sister duo who are done with bullies. Their song encourages everyone to live their life on their own terms — and they do so with a gritty pop-rock sound.
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