We’re heading towards the end of November and — unlike in previous years — no broadcasters have revealed their selected artists for Eurovision yet. But that doesn’t stop rumours emerging. Social media buzz is building around the folk-pop duo Eva + Manu, who are said to be the artist who will compete in Finland’s UMK 2019.
The hype started earlier in the week when the duo made a post to their Facebook page. Along with the couple posing in their casual cool style, it included the caption: “Already looking towards Spring 2019 becaaaause…”
Already looking towards Spring 2019 becaaaause… ??? #evamanu #comingup ? @nadihammouda
Lots of nice things happen in spring, but as every Eurovision fans knows, that’s also when the song contest happens.
The band aren’t confirming anything, but there have been enough 😉 emojis dropped in the replies to suggest that something is going on.
Eva + Manu are a French-Finnish folk-pop duo, made up of the Finnish singer, pianist and guitar player Eva Louhivuori and the French singer and guitar player Emmanuel “Manu” Laudic.
The pair met while studying at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in the United States and have been performing as a duo since 2010.
Sadly there’s no NAVIBAND or Madame Monsieur kind of romance behind Eva + Manu. Or rather, there used to be, but after seven years together, the couple decided to end their romantic relationship. However, they still remain friends and colleagues, committed to their musical life together.
Eva + Manu have released two albums, both of which reached the top five in the Finnish album charts. They also have a new album planned for early 2019. And fans are wondering if that album have three or so songs under three minutes long that could make up the national selection UMK 2019?
In September, Finnish broadcaster YLE confirmed that it would again internally select an artist who would perform three songs in the national final Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK). While details of UMK 2019 have not been confirmed, it is likely that the winning song will be selected by a combination of jury vote and televote.
What do you think? Should Finland send Eva + Manu to Tel Aviv? What sort of song should they send? Share your thoughts below!
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