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It’s been a long process, but Luxembourg has finally hit the button. The eight songs that will compete in the national final are now available. The public will choose their favourite on January 27 during the TV show.

 
 
 
 
 
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After months of teasing, auditioning, a pre-selection involving an international jury including Christer Bjorkman and other well-known Eurovision names, Luxembourg is finally ready to make its return to the contest. But first, one of eight songs will have to be selected by the jury and the public respectively.

The songs for the Luxembourg Song contest premiered on Tuesday January 9 on all platforms of national broadcaster RTL.

CHAiLD – “Hold On”

Songwriters: Jimmy Jansson, Peter Boström, Thomas G:son

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.

EDSUN – “Finally Alive”

Songwriters: Edson Pires Domingos, Jana Bahrich, Sergio Manique Jr.

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.

Joel Marques – “Believer”

Songwriters: Brice Lebel, Clément Mouillard, Marvin Dupré

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”. 

Naomi Ayé – “Paumée sur Terre”

Songwriters: Eddy Pradelles, Manon Romiti, Silvio Lisbonne

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.

Krick – “Drowning in the Rain”

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”. 

One Last Time – “Devil in the Detail”

Songwriters: Albin Fredy Ljungqvist, Bruce R. F. Smith, Jonas Holteberg Jensen

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.

Tali – “Fighter”

Songwriters: Ana Zimmer, Dario Faini, Manon Romiti, Silvio Lisbonne

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.

Angy & Rafa Ela – “Drop”

Songwriters: Angy Sciacqua, Martin Kleveland, Siv Marit Egsith

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.”

Luxembourg Song Contest  

Thei eight candidates will take par of 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. At the Luxembourg Song Contest, the public vote will count for 50% and the jury vote for 50%.

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 are currently sold out

What’s your favorite song ? Does Luxembourg have a chance of reaching the final? Let us know on the comment box down bellow ?

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por no estar
por no estar
3 months ago

Tali has the best song here

Leendert Jan
Leendert Jan
3 months ago

OK Luxembourg! Well, I guess some people were kinda expecting Luxembourg to pull off a Benidorm Fest or UMK, while it’s a country the size of Malta or Iceland which hasn’t taken part in 30 years so that’s a bit much to ask. Overall, although most songs maybe are a bit middle-of-the-road, I think this is a pretty decent selection! I see a lot of Scandinavian songwriters so maybe no surprise that a lot of these songs are a tad safe and a bit more edge would have been nice. But many songs sound well written and well produced. Also… Read more »

Josh
Josh
3 months ago

On first listen, I think Luxembourg is trying to come back strong. One thing I wish we got from them was a small nod to their past with a classic French chanson. I am surprised that most of the songs are in English, considering Luxembourg’s history contained French and Luxembourgish. Overall, well done and welcome back!

Musimakeup
Musimakeup
3 months ago

Pleasantly surprised!!!! Seriously!!!! Did you hear joel marques and Christine heitz????? Who could say that s not Serious entries? We re talking very Serious here.. Even young naomi or Tali!! Big NF have had less Serious sélections. Do you remember Danemark a couple of years ago? Or even croatia or germany some récent years ? So happy they come back not only Just to participate but for the win! That s wonderful news ??

Yuarith
Yuarith
3 months ago

Just heard the songs and I feel kind of underwhelmed, but given that it’s been more than 30 years since their last participation, it’s understandable. Their muscles are rusty, so to speak, and it’ll take them some time to find their footing in this new ESC landscape.
As for my favorites, Tali, Naomi and Krick are my picks. I expected something better from CHAiLD and Edsun 🙁

Yuarith
Yuarith
3 months ago
Reply to  Yuarith

On top of that, in the past they were back-up France most of the time, while now they are determined to send an actual Luxembourger. I think that is very respectable but it makes sense that the pool of talent is much smaller now.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
3 months ago
Reply to  Yuarith

Yeah, back in the day Luxembourg and Monaco were basically mini Frances that poached a lot of French talent or other nationalities. Very rarely did they use their own homegrown talent (and in Monaco’s case, none, although one participant became a citizen of Monaco later on in life).

zach
zach
3 months ago

this is stronger than what i was expecting, i’m surprised many are saying this is a weak nf
i definitely get the frustration with many seeming like they’re melfest/mpg rejects though
either way krick is by far my winner

Musimakeup
Musimakeup
3 months ago
Reply to  zach

I totally agree… Pretty strong NF if you ask me…

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
3 months ago
Reply to  zach

I said this before, but I think those writing off this selection were really hoping to have mostly French and Luxembourgish songs in the lineup, not English, and for them it’s disappointing in that regard. I will admit I also wish there was at least half of the songs in French, but this is what we have and I’m gonna give it a fair shake.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
3 months ago

Chaild’s song is epic

Serenade
Serenade
3 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Please, it’s litteraly “I Am What I Am” levels of generic.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
3 months ago
Reply to  Serenade

i am what i am isn’t generic

Boo
Boo
3 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

I must agree, the song is an ear worm.

Dida
Dida
3 months ago

Can we have a national selection where Bjorkman isn’t meddling? I can sense his involvment, all those MF rejects have been sent to Luxemburg… For the love of God, somebody stop this man. We need diversity, no Swedish Maffia involved …

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
3 months ago

I learned that this is only the fifth time in Luxembourg‘s history that they are holding a national final instead of internal selection. The only other times they did a national final was 1976, 1978, 1989, and 1992, the latter two only a song selection for two internally selected artists.

esc_fl
esc_fl
3 months ago

Send Krick and call it a night. What a song.

Yuarith
Yuarith
3 months ago

Haven’t heard the songs yet but I’m surprised that CHAiLD decided to go with a Melfest reject given that he pens most of his songs

Denis
Denis
3 months ago
Reply to  Yuarith

Or maybe they just wrote the song for him?

Yuarith
Yuarith
3 months ago
Reply to  Denis

Saw the names and I just assumed that it was that, but you might be right. Still, I’m surprised bc I didn’t expect him to go that way

Boo
Boo
3 months ago
Reply to  Yuarith

They have rejected his song and got him to sing this instead

Yuarith
Yuarith
3 months ago
Reply to  Boo

Damn, that’s sad to find out! His rejected song sounds better imo

Boo
Boo
3 months ago
Reply to  Yuarith
Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
3 months ago

Is it too late to replace Luxembourg with Kazakhstan?

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
3 months ago

Yes. (I think.)

lasse braun
lasse braun
3 months ago

whoever wins in luxembourg,the malmösemi will be very tough to survive with one of these 8 songs.

Hector
Hector
3 months ago

Why not some more French? Paumée sur terre or Fighter do stand out for me, but overall quite good, lovely way to come back! Honestly I’m just happy to see them for the first time in the contest (I wasn’t born when they retired), so anything they choose I’m all up for it

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
3 months ago

Firstly, it’s great to have Luxembourg back in the contest after so long away. Here are my notes:: “Hold On” – ‘A Major’ is my favourite key. It’s so uplifting and pretty. This song is expertly put together in an effortless way. I particularly like how the Chorus melody flourishes. Overall though, the song is too effortless. It doesn’t stand out enough to win a contest, in my opinion. “Finally Alive” – Nice funk chords; bass line works well. There’s a Disco beat too of course. But, despite the quick tempo, I’m not feeling too much “life” in the melody.… Read more »

Tipi Tii
Tipi Tii
3 months ago

So sad… the majority of songs sound like Melfest rejects and sound so similar. They remind me of Cyprus ‘s 2023 entry.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
3 months ago
Reply to  Tipi Tii

And what place did Cyprus come in 2023 compared to 2022?!

Jo.
Jo.
3 months ago

bland is the word

Kosey
Kosey
3 months ago

So Luxembourg decides that it is not so bothered about diversity – they have a good song in this selection, the problem is that they have 5 versions of the same song. It would have been nice to have a wider variety of genres.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
3 months ago
Reply to  Kosey

Two or three are French songs, two are proper ballads, one is a disco song and two are group songs with one of those being rock. What are you talking about?!

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
3 months ago

I love this selection! What I really like is that some of these songs really feel authentic, you can clearly see that they feel what they sing. Naomi is my winner, with a revamp and good staging it could be TOP 10, but Drop could do well too as well as Drowning InThe Rain.

MTD
MTD
3 months ago

All these are mid songs. Even worse, nothing remarkable.

Polegend Godnova
3 months ago

this is depressing… these songs sound AI-generated and the saddest thing is that not even the rock band has songwriting credits on their own song. i also feel bad for chaild, a singer-songwriter with a solid discography who found himself with a swedish mcsong rejected from melfest.

Poul Riisen
Poul Riisen
3 months ago

All songs are good enough, nothing spectacular, I have to admit, but the level is decent for Luxembourg’s return to the contest. We can’t expect a new Vicky Leandros but again, who knows next year… Listening to the songs, I got winner vibes for Chaild; it reminds me a bit of Germany’s entry “You Let Me Walk Alone”, but it’s cute, sweet, and catchy. I can see him winning the contest. All other entries are good but a bit made for Eurovision. The ballads (Krick and Naomi Aye) are the weakest songs in the Letzebuergisch selection. Good luck, and welcome… Read more »

MarkESC
MarkESC
3 months ago

I see the negativity striking again here on wiwibloggs Not sure if people just hate on the songs in hope of making their own country rise or whats going on Welcome back Luxembourg! I think its a decent selection Cant hit a home run at every song Noone i really dislike here although a few became a bit boring. CHAiLD’s song really touched me so that always a good thing.. i like that one Krick’s song got something to it that could make it special on stage.. in my opinion the strongest and most memorable song here.. i guess that… Read more »

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
3 months ago
Reply to  MarkESC

I think what people want from Luxembourg is a national final filled with predominantly French or Luxembourgish songs, not predominantly English as we’re getting here. I admit, I am also a little disappointed on that front, but I’m going to give Luxenberg a fair shake and judge base on the songs we actually have, not what I wanted it to be.

MarkESC
MarkESC
3 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Its easy to imagine what you want and expect that but then you more often just end up being let down because it wasnt as high as you expected. I try to go into every song and every selection with an open heart and free mind to let the songs surprise me and just listen without expectations to feel how its written and how they’ve build the song and how well they sell their song vocally and emotionally. It wouldve been nice to see one more song in a native tongue but its a decent selection.. As a Danish fan… Read more »

Viggz
Viggz
3 months ago

I really liked Krick, Tali and Noami. I can not decide with one I like most of them, but if one of them go to Eurovision I would be happy.

Jason
Jason
3 months ago

Y’all really expected too much from a country that has a smaller population than cities like Leeds, Marseille, and Frankfurt. The selection is solid. Also, the ratings for the songs on Eurovisionworld really tell just how out of touch and bitter this site’s audience has gotten. The comments section is just a fight for who’s comment is the most vitriolic.

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
3 months ago

I can feel the songwriting camp touch in these songs, I can feel the Mr Bjorkman, Mr Bors touch here too. Result, a selection of songs not bad at all but a bit bland and average. There are still options for Eurovision here for sure but will it be enough to make an impactful come back? The live performances will be the key as always so let’s see.

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
3 months ago

Thomas G:son is everywhere, the overproductivity of this man is crazy.

Nils
Nils
3 months ago

He’s everywhere except for the real music industry outside the Eurovision sphere.

Lunairetic707
Lunairetic707
3 months ago

Naomi and Krick are nice, really really nice. I’m not extremely in love with this selection, but Luxembourg is just starting its return, so for a first time is sounding promising!

Boozyfloozy69
Boozyfloozy69
3 months ago

Wow they are all so beige

Nils
Nils
3 months ago

This selection is a missed opportunity. Luxembourg would have had better stuff to offer, as does Edsun. There’s no originality whatsoever. Also it’s somewhat disappointing not one of the songs is in Luxembourgian.

That said, Tali, Naomi Ayé and Krick appear to be the best options and with them, the Grand Final at least seems reachable.

Ari
Ari
3 months ago
Reply to  Nils

I knew it as soon as I read the names Björkman and Eshkoli.

Vigo
Vigo
3 months ago

Krick and Tali stand out for me.

Sebas
Sebas
3 months ago

Not the comments saying another national final is a Mellofest reject, quelle surprise…
At this point ask Let 3 to perform in every national final so yall are happy with some weirdos in underwear dancing on stage.

Anyway, by far Naomi seems like the best option. Luxembourg would be sending something they were known for and did great with. Young singers with a dramatic/ethereal sounding French song.

Ruu
Ruu
3 months ago
Reply to  Sebas

So options are Mello reject or Let 3, quite a small ESC season incoming!

Sebas
Sebas
3 months ago
Reply to  Ruu

And Id still vote for the Mello reject

Geronimo
Geronimo
3 months ago
Reply to  Sebas

Naomi’s song is too boring. Krick and Tali are better imo. And no one but hardcore fans remember Luxembourg so who cares.

Not good
Not good
3 months ago

Not Luxembourg coming back after 30 years, just to be presented by a Swedish Mello reject!

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
3 months ago
Reply to  Not good

Why are you projecting they will pick Melfest reject song?

Anna Karenina
Anna Karenina
3 months ago

Such a disappointment!! Luxembourg’s NF might as well be titled “The Melfest rejects NF”. Upon learning about Luxembourg’s return I really wanted them in the final this year but now I don’t

Tino
Tino
3 months ago

People here are so desperate for original and atypical songs that they seem to forget that ESC is made for a very large public. I mean I understand you would prefer original stuff that represents well the culture of a country, me too, but sending a pop song in english doesn’t mean it’s generic or bad…

Nils
Nils
3 months ago
Reply to  Tino

Unless it’s a generic pop song in English, which, in this case, is basically everything there is. Although, to be fair, none of the songs is decidedly bad. Yet most of the bunch sounds like any given German, Irish or Danish national final lately.

Geronimo
Geronimo
3 months ago
Reply to  Nils

That’s your opinion. I don’t find Krick or Tali generic.

Roro31
Roro31
3 months ago

Welcome back to the game Luxembourg ! A very strong selection, I like all the songs !

But my favorites are Naomi Ayé (in french !), Krick, Tali & Joel Marques !

Congrats Duché !

Tino
Tino
3 months ago

After listening to all 8 snippets I can say that I actually like all of them. There are even 2 songs that sounds very promising to me and that I could see finish quite high in the ESC final. Now I need to listen to the full versions but at this point I’m gonna say great job Luxembourg!

DutchTurkk
DutchTurkk
3 months ago

Okay this is a really solid line-up actually. The one’s I liked the most are Naomi Ayé, Joel Marques & Tali. But seriously, any of these artist would make a worthy act to send to Malmö.

CatcoolH
CatcoolH
3 months ago

This is a solid comeback for Luxembourg! My personal favourite is Krick (we might get something from Elsie Bay after all ?)

Corentin
Corentin
3 months ago

So sad that only 2/8 songs countains either French, German or Luxembourgish….

Jason
Jason
3 months ago
Reply to  Corentin

Hope you keep this energy when the Melofestivalen songs come out 🙂

Karl
Karl
3 months ago

Luxembourg’s National Selection is the lovechild of Sweden and Israel. Pathetic.

Angela
Angela
3 months ago
Reply to  Karl

Because half of these are written in Hebrew and praise them

This year you hate again Sweden and Israel, the new entry. Next year, let’s predict what you’ll hate

No name
No name
3 months ago

I think sending Kirk is not that bad idea. Norway should sent Elsie back then and not everyone have heard that song so they probably end up top 10.

Jonas
Jonas
3 months ago

Dardust!

Ria NL
Ria NL
3 months ago

Great songs. But my favorite is Krick – Drowning in the rain

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
3 months ago

I actually really like the Elsie Bay-written song. It is pretty predictable but, if Norway isn’t in any rush to use her quality stuff at Eurovision, then why not Luxembourg?

ThorBeta
ThorBeta
3 months ago

Welcome back Luxembourg! Decent bunch of songs, I don’t hate any of them. Naomi Ayé and Krick are my favourites, meaning that I think Luxembourg should definitely go for a ballad.

grft
grft
3 months ago

Naomi Aye – 9/10. The best option by a mile! The song is very beautiful and the French language is a nice touch. I see it being able to reach the grand final and get some jury points. Plus the young singer seems really talented. (Prediction: Top15) Joel Marques – 7/10. A good song, nothing very special here but the chorus is catchy and the singer has a pretty voice. Switzerland finished in the grand final with similar songs these past 2 years so … (Prediction: Bottom10) Krick – 6.5/10. We can really feel the Elsie Bay formula. Cute song.… Read more »

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
3 months ago

Tali me thinks will win this

grft
grft
3 months ago

Why is the Israeli (former-?)HOD Tali Eshkoli credited as executive producer on all these tracks? This NF is supervised by the Israeli delegation? Wtf

Angela
Angela
3 months ago
Reply to  grft

The whole nation of Israel is behind Luxembourg ESC….HELP!
Grow up please. This is so racist.

Professionals, regardless where they come from, can work in every coutnry around the world. It’s called democracy

You said the same about Kirkorov

I forgot, Eurovision isn’t about politics. The biggest joke ever

grft
grft
3 months ago
Reply to  Angela

But is she still the Israeli HOD or not?

Ana
Ana
3 months ago
Reply to  grft

I don’t think she’s the HOD, when was she? The HOD is usually someone from KAN which she’s not. She is always involved in the organization of Israel Calling and was working on ESC 2019 as well, so she is very experienced professional in the ESC. The fact that she’s from Israel bothers you? That’s your problem, fix it with yourself.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
3 months ago
Reply to  grft

She’s been on numerous national final juries and selection processes before and is very experienced. For their first national final since returning, it’s not crazy for them to utilise the likes of her and Bjorkman to get them up and running.

Angela
Angela
3 months ago

I wanted a strong come back…Luxembourg has sent amazing songs before, but now all the songs are kinda flat, without something catchy.

If I had to choose, I would say:
1) Angy & Rafa Ela – “Drop”2) Krick – “Drowning in the Rain”3) Naomi Ayé – “Paumée sur Terre”

Bucket
Bucket
3 months ago
Reply to  Angela

I agree. The songs are very generic and shallow. They are not bad by any means, but they just doesn’t hit

Denis
Denis
3 months ago

I think some appreciation is needed. All solid well produced songs, performed by local acts from a country with smaller population than most cities