Welcome to our new series of posts – “The Looker” where we will share our wish list of artists participating in Eurovision.
But before we start, let us remark that our recommendations will not necessarily come true (as for example some countries select their artists by reality shows)
The previous chapters in the series are available as well:
1st post (Belgium, Israel, The Netherlands)
2nd post (Denmark, Iceland, North Macedonia)
3rd post (Finland, Norway, Sweden)
This time we will concentrate on 3 countries: Austria, The Czech Republic, Germany
#1. Chris Steger
Chris Steger was born on December 26, 2003 in Schwarzach, Austria. He started playing the guitar at the age of eight. From then on he concentrated on making music and sang in the school choir.
Chris has participated in several music competitions: “The Voice Kids”, “Kiddy Contest” and “Falco goes School”, the last two he won.
In 2020, he signed a contract with Global Rockstar and Chris started writing songs with Christof Straub (Papermoon). His debut single “Zefix” reached millions of streams on Spotify and millions of views on YouTube. He was chosen for Austropop discovery in 2020.
Currently, he is working on his debut album.
In 2020, he released his debug single “Zefix“:
In October 2020, he released the pop-rock song “Oans, Zwoa, Drei“
In March 2021, he released the song “Leicht kennt ma’s hom“:
Chris Steger is a young singer with a warm voice and intelligent interpretation. All his songs have got positive reviews for a reason. I’m sure he can make Austria proud of him.
AVEC (real name: Miriam Hufnagl) is 26-year-old Austrian singer-songwriter. She has started her music journey with learning to play the piano. At the age of 12, she wrote her first songs in English.
In 2015, she released her debut single “Granny” where she describes handling of her grandmother’s Alzheimer’s disease.
So far, she has released 3 studio albums:
“What If We Never Forget?” in 2016, “Heaven / Hell” in 2018, “Homesick” in 2020. IN 2015, she released the EP “HeartBeats”.
During her career she has toured Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Hungary.
She has been nominated for several awards at the Austrian music awards. In 2019, she won several awards:
Awarded Best Sound at the FM4 , Best Alternative FM4, and Hubert von Goisern Prize.
In 2015, she released her debut single “Granny”:
In 2018, she released the single “Under Water“:
In 2021, she released the song “I Don’t Pray“
AVEC isn’t only a successful singer, but also a storyteller who usually writes her songs by herself. The lyrics in her songs are meaningful. She is like a gift with thousands of layers to unpack.
LYLIT (real name: Eva Klampfer) is an Austrian gospel soul pop singer. She rose to fame in 2010.
She has had a passion for music since childhood. At the age of 4, she met the piano for the first time and has been playing it ever since. When she heard Gospel Music for the first time at the age of 12, she was blown away. She immediately founded a Gospel Choir with her schoolmates, trained them and they played concerts all over Austria for the next 5 years. Eva studied classical piano and jazz vocals at the academy and graduated with graduated with honors. She started writing songs at the age of 15. LYLIT had a lot of concerts with her first group “On Wings To Kashmir” with whom she won the biggest Bandcontest in Austria in 2002.
In 2010 she was signed by the former head of Motown, USA, Kedar Massenburg. Lylit’s Song “The Plan” was iTunes’ “Single of the week” in the U.S. She released her first EP “Unexpected” that reached the Top10 RNB Releases in 2010 (in the U.S.).
In 2011 she released an album with Matthias Löscher, called “LYLIT Löscher Duo” and has been touring in Europe and the United States since then.
In 2016 Lylit worked on her Debut Album with her label Massenburg Media, in which she is responsible for writing all the songs, playing keys and bass and doing all the vocals. She was also the singer of the biggest charity’s campaign of Austria in 2016, called ‘Licht Ins Dunkel’.
In 2017 she sang at the Wiener Festwochen Eröffnung in front of 50’000 people. In 2018 she played concerts in the US and released the Single “Blocks”, talking about feminism, sexism and other major issues. She was also asked to compose music and write lyrics for Conchita Wurst’s third album Truth Over Magnitude in 2019.
Let’s hear 3 of her wonderful songs:
In 2019, she released the single “Overload“:
In 2020, she relased the song “What If”:
In 2020, she released the song “Over”:
With an excellent vocal range and touching text all wrapped with tons of art and talent, LYLIT is one of the most promising names in Austria nowadays. Her modern soft electro production is mixed with plenty of musical instruments and can give Austria a high place at Eurovision.
#1. Pam Rabbit
Pam Rabbit is a Czech singer and writer with Armenian roots. Pam has a passion for music and dancing from a young age. She creates her own music videos. She earns a living by singing in bands and writing for other artists.
Pam got her nickname “Rabbit“, since her strong connection with animals.
Pam isn’t a stranger to Eurovision. In 2018, she was one of the backing vocalists of Mikolas Josef who represented the Czech Republic in Eurovision 2018.
Moerover, she has tried to represent the Czech Repbulic in 2019 and 2020 when she participated in the national selection.
In 2019, she competed with the song “Easy to Believe” and ended up in the 4th place:
In 2020, she competed with the song “Get Up” and ended up in the 7th place:
In March 2021, she released the song “We’re all gonna die“:
In April 2021, she released the single “Mom, I’m Lost” which will be included in her upcoming EP (with the same name):
Pam Rabbit has distictive voice which fits to a variety of music genres: pop, rock, R&B and more. Her music always comes with ac contemporary production. Selecting Pam can be a contiuation of Czech Repulic’s direction from last years.
#2. Blitz Union
Blitz Union is a rock-metal-EDM band based in the Czech Republic. The band was formed in 2017 by the lead singer Mark Blitz. The 3 other band members are: Shodushi (guitar), Governor (drums) and Schtorm (bass).
In 2019, they released the EP “Revolution” and since then released several singles.
In 2019, they released the single “Revolution” from the EP “Revolution”:
In 2020, they released the song “Money- Crazy World“:
In 2021, they released the single “Not Proud“:
#3. Ketie Kei
Katerina Kolcavova (Better known as Katie Kei) is a Czech singer, composer and actress. She was born in 1999.
In 2013, she participated in the music contest “Vrabčák” (Sparrow) where she ended up as winner.
Katie also competed in a competition called “Czech singing”, where she reached the finals of the junior category in 2014, and in 2016 she won the senior category in this competition. She has also participated in “Nightingales competition in the classroom”, where she ranked first.
Her biggest success is probably the competition event WCOPA (World Championships of Performing Arts) in the USA – Hollywood, where she was selected for the final show among the top five junior singers. She won not only medals but also a certificate from an American producer, worth $ 5,000.
In 2018, she released the song “Burn it Down“:
In 2019, she released the song “Alien, Baby“:
In 2020, she released the song “Drown”:.
Nowadays, she is working on her debut album. Katie Kei is a young and diverse artist who can sail easily to the center of the mainstream. She has the chance to receive international support which may help at Eurovision.
Madeline Obrigewitsch (better known as Madeline Juno) is 25 years old German singer-songwriter. She was born into a musical family: her mother is a pianist and her father is a drummer.
She learned to play the piano at the age of 6 and learned to play the guitar at the age of 12 when she started writing songs. In 2012, she signed a contract with Universal Music Group. Her first single, “Error,” was released in November 2013. After 2 weeks, the singles entered the German Charted as position 63. In 2014, she participated in the national selection “Unser Song für Dänemark 2014” and performed the song “Like Lovers Do“.
So far, she has released 4 studio albums, 2 Eps, and 17 singles. Her 4 studio albums are:
- “The Unknown” – was released in 2014. The album reached 24th place in the German charts and 45th place in the Swiss charts.
- “Salvation” – was released in 2016. The album reached 35th place in the German charts, 70th place in the Swiss charts, and 70th place in the Austrian charts.
- “DNA” – was released in 2017 and reached 58th place in the German charts.
- “Was bleibt” – was released in 2019 and reached 25th place in the German charts.
In 2019, she released the song “Grund genug” (Eng: reason enough)
In 2020, she released the song “Obsolet” (Eng: Obsolete)
In 2020, she released the song “Über Dich” (Eng: About You)
Madeline Juno is a brilliant musician who tends to bring excellent songs. Her genre can be described as pop, indie, soft rock and more. Therefore, I’m sure she can be a wonderful potion for Germany at Eurovision.
#2. Nico Santos
Nico Wellenbrink (better known as Nico Santos) is 28 years old German singer-songwriter.
He has been active since 2015, first as a featured artist and later on as a solo artist.
He released his first single as a solo artist in 2017 – the song “Rooftop” was a huge success, topping the music charts in Germany (5th), Austria (2nd), and Switzerland (5th).
So far, the singer has released 2 studio albums:
- “Streets of Gold” – The album was released in 2018, topping the charts in Germany (25th), Austria (69th), and Switzerland (29th).
- “Nico Santos” – The album was released in 2020 and earned a huge success: topping the charts in Germany (3rd), Austria (5th), and Switzerland (2nd).
During his career, he has written songs for other artists like Mark Forster, Shindy, Helene Fischer, and Bushido.
In 2017, he released the song “Rooftop“:
In 2019, he released the song “Play With Fire”:
In 2020, he released the song “Like I Love You“:
Nico Santos is a rising star in Germany and that’s for a reason: with an irresistible soft but raspy voice he will conquert your hearts.
#3. Wincent Weiss
Wincent Weiss is 28 years old German pop singer. He rose to fame in 2013, when he participated in the 10ht season of “Deutschland sucht den Superstar” and qualified for the live shows.
Before becoming a singer, Wincent was a model and a waiter. In 2015, he released his first single,”Regenbogen“, which didn’t get enough support to make him a top charter.
However, in 2016 things have changed for him, as his second single “Musik Sein” (Eng: bring music) earned huge success with being 27th, 8th,10th in the German, Austrian and Swiss charts respectively. So far, the singer has released 17 singles and 3 studio albums:
- “Irgendwas gegen die Stille” (Eng: Something against the silence) in 2017. The album reached Platinum in Germany and Switzerland. The album was in the top charts: 3rd (Germany), 14th (Austria), and 4th (Switzerland).
- Irgendwie Anders (Eng: somehow different) in 2019. The album reached Platinum in Germany. In fact, it was even more successful: the album topped the music charts in several countries – 2nd in Germany, 2nd in Switzerland, and 8th in Austria.
In 2018, he released the song “An Wunder” (Eng: miracles)
In 2019, he released the song “Pläne” (Eng: plans)
In 2021, he released the song “Wie es mal war” (Eng: How it used to be)
Wincent Weiss has the ability to sit in the middle of the mainstream, while still being original and unique. I’m sure he can make Germany proud of him at Eurovision.
Stay tuned for more recommendations to come, next time we will travel to other countries.