This year’s contest is going to be full of familiar faces who have taken part before. So far a total of six returning artists have been confirmed, but that number can be more than doubled when all the national selections have ended.
When the Icelandic TV viewers last Saturday evening selected Greta Salóme to represent them at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest, we could add another name to the list of artists returning to the contest this year. We are now up to six, but that is a number that can very well end up becoming significantly larger as there are still former participants left in the various selections around Europe. For fans it is a joy seeing so many who had such a great experience that they are up for another turn. As many of them by now are well established artists, it also adds a certain quality stamp to the contest.
Already through to the 2016 Eurovision Comeback Contest are:
- Deen (Bosnia & Herzegovina). Participated in 2004.
- Kaliopi (F.Y.R. Macedonia). Participated in 2012 and in the pre qualification round in 1996.
- Poli Genova (Bulgaria). Participated in 2011.
- Bojan Jovović (Montenegro). Participated in 2005 as part of No Name representing Serbia & Montenegro.
- Ira Losco (Malta). Participated in 2002.
- Greta Salomé (Iceland). Participated in 2012.
Still in the running to make it to the comeback contest are:
- Laura (Estonia). Participated in 2005 as member of Suntribe.
- Edyta Górniak (Poland). Participated in 1994.
- Mihai Trăistariu (Romania). Participated in 2006.
- Nuša Derenda (Slovenia). Participated in 2001.
- Regina (Slovenia). Irena Jalšovec participated in 1996.
- András Kállay-Saunders (Hungary). Participated in 2014.
- Erica Jennings (Lithuania). Participated as part of Skamp in 2001.
- Donny Montell (Lithuania). Participated in 2012.
- Martin Stenmarck (Sweden). participated in 2005.
This makes a total of 13 possible comeback’ers, or in other words potentially half of participants in the final.
Have you spotted more which we haven’t? Please do let us know in the comments below if that is the case.
This year’s Eurovision Song Contest will take part in Stockholm, Sweden with the two semi-finals held on the 10th and 12th of May and the final Saturday the 14th.
Below you can watch this year’s Eurovision Song Contest winner Måns Zelmerlöw performing Heroes at the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, Austria.