One hit the top of the charts with “Murder On The Dancefloor” and the other will forever be an Alcastar.
But now British popstar Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Swedish dancefloor diva Lina Hedlund have something in common. They’ll both serve as members of the international juries for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Israel.
The EBU has just released the list of this year’s juries. As in years past, many jurors have a connection to the contest. You can see a list of some of the former Eurovision acts below:
Former Eurovision Stars as International Jury members
Michael Schulte who sang for Germany in 2018
Franka who sang for Croatia in 2018
Kati Wolf who sang for Hungary in 2011
Maria Olafs who sang for Iceland in 2015
The Tolmachevy Twins who sang for Russia in 2014
Geta Berlacu who sang for Moldova in 2008
The list of jurors also includes figures from the wider world of Eurovision. That includes national final stars and producers, a selection of which you can see below:
Other notable Eurovision 2019 jury members
Bruno Berberes (former Head of Delegation for France)
Julie (DMGP 2018)
Aidan O’Connor (Czech Republic Songwriter 2016)
Ula Lozar (JESC 2014)
Linnea Deb (Melodifestivalen Songwriter)
Dilan Reka who has competed in Albania’s FiK
You can access the full list of jurors here. The average age of jurors this year is 41 and there are slightly more male jurors than female ones (109 v. 96).
The professional juries will watch dress rehearsals on the Monday, Wednesday and Friday of Eurovision week. They will then place their votes, which will be combined on the nights of the live broadcasts with the votes of televoters across Europe.
Do you recognise anymore famous faces among the list of jurors? Let us know in the comments below!