Naomi Ayé wants to represent Luxembourg at Eurovision
Naomi Ayé is a 15-year-old Luxembourgian singer whose talent was first noticed at The Voice Kids 2020 music competition in France. The young performer was only 12 years old at the time, but she managed to impress the judges with her vocal talent.
Now, the singer has set her sights on new heights and wants to represent her country at the next Eurovision Song Contest, which will take place in Sweden.
Music is definitely an important part of Naomi's life. She says: "Sometimes I get up at 3 a.m. with lyrics in my head". Now she is one of the members of the music band with drummer John Wolter and guitarist Mateus Wojda, who also plays banjo.
As a reminder, Luxembourg has not participated in the contest for 30 years. This decision was made because of the cost of participation. But this spring the authorities changed it. It says that Eurovision is a great opportunity not only for cultural exchange but also for strengthening the European spirit. It should also help to attract new tourists to Luxembourg. The steering committee approved the initiative and promised financial support.
Officials of the Eurovision Song Contest reacted, saying that they are very encouraged by this decision. The Grand Duchy has won five times in the first 30 years of the competition: in 1961, 1965, 1972, 1973 and 1983. Luxembourg is also one of the seven founding countries of the Eurovision. So it is fair to say that this return must be a triumph.
However, there are some difficulties with Naomi's participation. The rules are clear about the age of the contestants: they must be at least 16 years old on the day of the final or semi-final, depending on the country's ranking. It is hoped that Naomi will celebrate her 16th birthday before the Eurovision Song Contest begins.
The 68th Eurovision Song Contest in May 2024 will be hosted by Sweden, the chosen city is Malmö. This will be the seventh time that Sweden has hosted the main song contest in Europe. In previous times singers performed in Stockholm and in Gothenburg.