Can you believe it!? Three weeks today, the Eurovision Song Contest kicks off in Sweden with the first of the two semi finals.
Entrants from 39 countries across the continent will take to the stage throughout the competition in the hope of taking out the most coveted yearly prize in music – the Eurovision Song Contest trophy.
As always, the competition is split into three finals; the two semi finals (to be held on May 14 and 16) and the grand final (on May 18), in which the victorious countries from the two semi-finals will line up alongside the host nation Sweden and the “big five” of the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
We’re virtually at the halfway mark in our look at each of this year’s entrants.
BIRGIT : Et Uus Saaks Alguse
24 year old Estonian songstress Birgit Õigemeel first rose to prominence in her homeland via the Estonian Idol competition ‘Eesti otsib superstaari’, which she won back in 2007. She’s since released a trio of albums, along with a swag of singles. But as if the ‘Idol’ stage wasn’t big enough for Birgit, she’s about to grace an even bigger one – during the first semi final of the Eurovision Song Contest. Her single ‘Et uus saaks alguse’ is translated into English as ‘So There Can Be A New Beginning’ – and it’s already a big hit in Estonia. It’s a sweet ballad – and Birgit’s a beautiful looking young girl. But does it have what it takes to make it through to the Grand Final on May 18? We’re not so sure.