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Luxembourg is returning to Eurovision after being absent from the contest for 30 years. And now, broadcaster RTL has unveiled the shortlist of eight acts who will compete in the national selection Luxembourg Song Contest 2024, all with the aim of representing the nation in Malmö next year .

After issuing a call for entries before the summer, RTL received over 450 submissions. From this, eight acts were selected for the national final by the international jury of experts, whose members included Christer Björkman, Tali Eskholi, Cesár Sampson, Alex Panayi and Jan Bors.

Luxembourg Song Contest 2024 acts

CHAiLD

CHAiLD is an up-and-coming electro-pop artist from Luxembourg. His unique musical style is characterised by a voice that is both soothing and intense, transporting listeners into a captivating melancholic universe. Inspired by artists such as Troye Sivan, Sam Smith, Julia Michaels and Mø, CHAiLD has created his own artistic identity by integrating his Italian roots into his personal pop. As a representative voice of queer youth in search of expression, this artist, only 23, has already achieved many notable accomplishments since starting his career in Luxembourg in 2019. Notably, he has had the opportunity to open for artists he admires, such as Dean Lewis and Mahmood, and has performed at various festivals, including Sonic Vision Festival.

 
 
 
 
 
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EDSUN

EDSUN is a 33-year-old talented and versatile artist from Luxembourg who stands out for his unique musical style and captivating stage presence. Originally from Luxembourg, he has quickly attracted attention with his energetic performances and his blend of musical genres such as pop, hip-hop and electronica. His fluid flow and hard-hitting lyrics tackle personal, social and introspective themes. EDSUN was also awarded the title of Artist of the Year in 2018 at the Luxembourg Music Awards (LMA). Back in 2020, EDSUN was our pick for Luxembourg in our Wednesday Wishlist.

 
 
 
 
 
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Joel Marques

Joel is a 26-year-old former educator, and made his singing debut in the TV show The Voice of Germany 2023. “Incredible”, “Very strong”, “Goosebumps from head to toe” — These were just some of the comments made by the show’s judges to describe the singer.  Even though he was eliminated from the competition’s semi-final a few days ago, he has already released his first single, “Stranger”. 

 
 
 
 
 
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Naomi Ayé

The youngest of the contestants at just 15, Naomi has already taken part in numerous concerts and festivals, including The Voice Kids in France — the exact same season as two Junior Eurovision winners, Lissandro and Zoé Claustre. The Luxembourg-born singer of Cuban-Hungarian origin reached the final of the French competition. Since then, the young student from the Conservatoire of Luxembourg City has released six solo tracks. 

 
 
 
 
 
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Krick

The 26-year-old nurse took part in The Voice Germany in 2018. After being eliminated in the Sing Off, she released her first pop single, “Fake Cake”. Recently, she released a new song titled “Sometimes”. 

 
 
 
 
 
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One Last Time

The quintet, made up of Andrea Galleti, Jonathan Fersino, Barbara Salvi, Tom Sagramola and Alessandro Sorbelli, is an alternative pop-rock band of friends who have been performing together for just 18 months. Yet the band has already opened for a number of major names, including Umberto Tozzi. In 2022, they released their first EP, Second Wind.

 
 
 
 
 
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Tali

The 23-year-old artist lives in New York, where she works as a vocal coach and music teacher. Since the release of her EP, lose you, in 2021, she has been touring the city with her band. The reason she has moved so far from Luxembourg is that she is also pursuing a career as an actress in musicals such as Les Misérables.

 
 
 
 
 
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Angy & Rafa Ela

Angy Sciacqua and Rafaela Teixeira Fernandes are a newly-formed duo with extensive artistic experience. They have both taken part in a number of talent shows, including Angy’s participation in The Voice Belgium in 2013, the same year as former Belgian Eurovision representative Axel Hirsoux, where she reached the final. She has also taken part in a number of singing shows in France, including Good Singer.

As for Rafa Ela, she won Luxembourg’s Next Popstar in 2016 and distinguished herself two years later in Top Voice Luxembourg. She recently released her latest track, “Losing Control.”

 
 
 
 
 
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Luxembourg Song Contest  

The candidates will have the privilege of taking part in the national pre-selection on 27 January 2024 at the Rockhal in Esch/Belval. 

“Live from the Rockhal, the contest is set to become a landmark event in our cultural landscape, showcasing the very best that our music scene has to offer,” says broadcaster RTL.

Also according to RTL, the show will feature remarkable scenic design, advanced lighting technology and high-quality sound engineering.

Each artist will sing in front of an audience and TV viewers, who will be able to vote for their favourite candidate. Voting details to be announced later.

The event will be broadcast live on RTL Lëtzebuerg, and providing national coverage though digital platforms, with French and English commentary. Luxembourg viewers will be able to discover the songs ahead of the show to generate national interest. Tickets will be on sale soon.

Who’s your early favourite among all the acts for Luxembourg Song Contest 2024? Is the winner of Eurovision 2024 among them? Let us know in the comment section box.

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noone
noone
2 months ago

One of them is only 15, isn’t there a rule that you have to be 16 to enter? Does that include National Finals or 16 on the day of the actual ESC?

Rifki
Rifki
2 months ago
Reply to  noone

most likely it is by the day of the semifinal they perform in. the currently-15-year-old girl might have her 16th birthday before May, which is still in line with the rules.

Known Melody
Known Melody
2 months ago
Reply to  noone

They have to be 16 by the day of the 1st semi. EBU rules do not apply to national finals, all they care about is that the final product submitted by the broadcaster is according to the rules.

BiCHOTA
BiCHOTA
2 months ago
Reply to  noone

iirc she must be 16 by January 27th – according to RTL’s rules, which is the day of the NF. So, her birthday is this month or the next 🙂

Martin
Martin
2 months ago

Welcome back Luxembourg! Even Luxembourg didn’t compete in the contest for 30 years, it seems to me, like they were still here all this time

Jonny
Jonny
2 months ago

I take it with great concern that ethnicities are being seriously discussed here. Eurovision has never been the place for that. It is and should be completely irrelevant where someone comes from and which country is represented. It is unacceptable to judge people on their background.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonny

portuguese last names are common to luxembourg yes, even in their football national team, they have Gerson Rodrigues, top goalscorer, here also with a past in our eredivisie

Mica Pinto also luxembourgish-portuguese roots (played for my favourite team Fortuna Sittard not too long ago before moving to Sparta and now Vitesse here as well as playing for their national team)

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago

pretty sure Tali Golergant has this in the bag, rich girl from new york

Zoritto von Houdenschwerg
Zoritto von Houdenschwerg
2 months ago

Looks very amateurish. Few kids believing that by having green hair, being queer and singing about rainbow flags they will become famous. I was expecting at least a couple of established bands / artists. However it looks like a first audition to the Idol.

Rifki
Rifki
2 months ago

by names, it looks like it becomes a mini Festival da Canção (or maybe not really), because around a fifth of Luxembourgers are “Portuguese” either by ethnic or by roots. it is reflected very well in the line-up, seeing many typically-Portuguese names like Cunha, Teixeira and da Silva.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago
Reply to  Rifki

makes sense, since Luxembourg used to 12 Portugal back in the day quite a lot

another fun fact, living in Luxembourg is really expensive btw, so yeah homegrown artists could be, but unless one is from rich family or one who made lot of money in his/her career, it makes more sense to also live outside the country (having got many experience from music producers in other countries too like that as a musician)

John
John
2 months ago

I hadn’t thought about it but the fact that Luxembourg is now 15% Portuguese ethnicity is really is making them better positioned to draw on a lot more local talent then in the ’90s. Very cool.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
2 months ago

If I’m not mistaken, I believe all these artists are native to Luxembourg. So, regardless of who is chosen, at least the Luxembourg candidate is actually homegrown.

Real Bejba
Real Bejba
2 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Angy Sciacqua,Rafaela Teixeira Fernandez,Marquez Cunha … Yes They Sound Like Native To Luxemburg And Defintly Not Portugal

AlexisMateoFan45
AlexisMateoFan45
2 months ago
Reply to  Real Bejba

Angy Sciacqua does not read as a Portuguese name at ALL

Real Bejba
Real Bejba
2 months ago

Its Not A Luxemborg Name To Have , Sorry . Its A Pretender Who Just Wants To Go To The Eurowision For Any Country . If Luxemborg Rehects This Artiste They Will Go To Sammarine Next

Known Melody
Known Melody
2 months ago
Reply to  Real Bejba

That’s a very ignorant comment. Luxembourg has a large Portuguese and Italian population, these people are all from Luxembourg regardless of their name or ethnicity.

Héctor
Héctor
2 months ago

This looks very “Una Voce per San Marino” feat. “MESC” feat France’s “Destination Eurovision”, and I’m not saying it as something good. Hope there’s some quality even if it doesn’t look like that.

Before the songs the band One Last Time is the one I’m most looking forward to hear about.

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago
Reply to  Héctor

Format and image wise it gave me the same sensation, but the acts make up for a good lineup imo

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
2 months ago
Reply to  Héctor

yeah yeah lol of course … feat Benfest too why not.

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago

The lineup looks great! I’ll be looking forward to the songs!

Polegend Godnova
2 months ago

the graphics are very mesc’d. i hope the songs are good!

ECD534
ECD534
2 months ago

I love the logo of the Luxembourg Song Contest

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
2 months ago

Decent and diverse lineup. Was hoping for some bigger names like Francis of Dellirium or Robin Hustin. Hoping Luxembourg continue into the future so that at least Francis gets to participate. Didn’t expect the German entrants!

Jamie
Jamie
2 months ago

They’re all pretty attractive so I’m expecting good songs and performances

XOOOD
XOOOD
2 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

Being attractive =/= a good song/performance.
We been there before.

Jamie
Jamie
2 months ago
Reply to  XOOOD

This was a jab at eurofans. Many people think this way and it’s sad

sparkling points
sparkling points
2 months ago

Maybe some explanations may be needed because it’s hard to tell how this worked:

  • a call for *entries* issued
  • over 450 *submissions* received
  • eight *acts* selected.

That the winning entry will have all marks of “Eurovision incrowed” is almost certain and that might need no explanation lol.

Real Bejba
Real Bejba
2 months ago

Let Me Gues That All Of This Songs Will Be Wrote By Swedish ? Low Esceptations For Me , This Seems Like It Will Be Realy Boring

Nils
Nils
2 months ago
Reply to  Real Bejba

You’re wrong already. As always.

ECD534
ECD534
2 months ago
Reply to  Nils

??? (<- three pray emojis if wiwi doesn't show them)

XOOOD
XOOOD
2 months ago
Reply to  Real Bejba

Give us a break and send your “masterpiece writing” so we can judge. Otherwise bejba you’re kinda an A-hole.

Real Bejba
Real Bejba
2 months ago
Reply to  XOOOD

I Can Be What Ever You Want But To Me I Am Brilyant, Talented, Sucesfull

Denis
Denis
2 months ago

Looks solid. All interesting artists with sounds of their own

Ari
Ari
2 months ago

Ok, like, it sounded very exciting that a European country with lots of contest tradition was coming back but reading who they hired for their NF, Christer Björkman, Tali Eskholi, Cesár Sampson, Alex Panayi and Jan Bors, does away with any excitement imo. I know they shopped in France and Greece for their iconic and timeless entries from Vicky, Corinne, Anne-Marie etc but somehow, I don’t think we’ll be getting anything iconic and timeless from team Björkman. I’m already expecting some way too familiar songwriting camp names under the songwriters. I know, I know, no judgment before listening but this… Read more »

Dominic
Dominic
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

“At least don’t make this „expert“ panel comment in the live show to tell your people who to vote for.” Agreed. Regardless of who’s in the jury, I absolutely dislike the idea of them commenting the entries on stage to influence the voters.

Jofty
Jofty
2 months ago
Reply to  Dominic

Yeah like that worked well in the UK in 2019

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

Hey! What’s wrong with Cesar Sampson? He did a great job with the Czechia national final and he clearly knows his music!

Ari
Ari
2 months ago

Hey! Why don’t we just have the same 5 to 10 people select all the entries everywhere?

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

Where? I don’t see them anywhere else this year? Cesar hasn’t written a song in years!

Ari
Ari
2 months ago

He’s already in the first NF this season, in Czechia, you literally wrote yourself. And the topic hand was selection committee, not songwriting.

Ari
Ari
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

*topic at hand

Shush
Shush
2 months ago

This seems like a rly solid lineup.