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The Returning Artists, Why Would You Do It?

It’s Easier Going From Backing To Lead

We’re back for part two of our series on returning artists and are now looking at those artists who have made the progression from backing singer to lead singer. So let’s start off with the country that in the late loved to recycle their singers.

Iceland were the one country you could rely on seeing a familiar face from almost every year. There are a large number of Icelandic singers that made the progression from backing artists to lead singer, so let’s have a quick break down:

  • Regina Osk – Backing singer for Iceland in 2001, 2003 and 2005, became lead singer as part of the Duo Euroband in 2008.
  • Hera Bjork – backing singer in 2009 for Yohanna, represented Iceland in 2010.

However there are many names in Iceland that have gone from lead singer to backing singer like Frederik Omar and Gunnar Olason.

In 2013 we had another artist make the transition from backing singer to lead singer in the form of Aliona Moon from Moldova. Aliona had been a backing singer for Pasha Parfeny in 2012, then she came back with the song “O Mie” which was written by Pasha for Aliona. In the final of the contest Aliona finished in joint 11th place tied with Belgium. Even Gor Surjan the Armenian entry was was part of Dorians, was a backing singer for Armenia in 2010 when Eva Rivas sung “Apricot Stone” in Oslo.

But going from backing singer to lead singer doesn’t mean you’ve always have to have sung in the contest. No Bledar Sejko made the transition from on stage guitarist to lead singer alongside Adrian Lulgaraj in 2013 for Albania. Bledar was the guitarist on stage for the 2011 Albanian entry “Feel My Passion” which was sung by Aurela Gace.

Going from backing singer to lead singer is a far more natural progression for those wishing to take part in Eurovision. It gives the artists and performers a taste of the pressure that is put on them, so they know what to expect when they go second time round. For Hera Bjork in 2010 going back for her meant that she could enjoy the experience and just be happy being there and not be under a huge amount of pressure from a brand new experience.

We’ll be back next week looking at those artists who have returned by representing a different country.

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