The thirty-sixth artist in our Who Is series for the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest is Tusse from Sweden.
Tousin Michael Chiza, known professionally as Tusse, was born on January 1st 2002 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He came to Sweden alone as a refugee and lived with a family in Kullsbjörken, where he has resided since 2015. His singing career began in 2018 where he participated in the Swedish talent show Talang 2018. A year later he won Swedish Idol and subsequently released three singles.
This year he took part in Melodifestivalen, Sweden’s selection show for the Eurovision Song Contest. With his song “Voices”, he qualified directly for the final, and ultimately won with 175 points.
Tusse will perform in the first half of the first semi-final on May 18th.
Image source: SVT / STINA STJERNKVIST
Sweden debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1958 and has gone on to be one of the contest’s most successful countries. The country has won the contest six times, the most recent being in 2015. Sweden’s first victory came in 1974 when ABBA won the contest in Brighton with “Waterloo”. Since missing out on the final in 2010, Sweden has gone on to finish 3rd twice and has won the contest twice, only in 2013 did the country place outside of the top 10 in the final.