We are Family: Supportive Eurovision Siblings

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No matter what goes down, you know you can rely on your brother or sister to support you. Family always has your back — even when you’re on the Eurovision stage. A few sets of siblings have hit Eurovision over the years. Sometimes they shared the spotlight, and sometimes they competed for it! Here are the men and women who brought their lifelong sibling bond all the way to Eurovision. With Sibling Day just around the corner on April 10th, we wanted to highlight these incredible Eurovision siblings.

Salvador and Luísa Sobral, Portugal

Salvador and Luísa Sobral, Eurovision Song Contest 2017
Salvador and Luísa Sobral, Eurovision 2017

In 2017, Portugal won Eurovision for the first time in 53 years! The winners were the brother-and-sister team – Salvador and Luisa Sobral. Salvador performed “Amar Pelos dois,” written by his sister Luisa. Luisa’s support for her brother didn’t end there. Salvador had a heart condition and had undergone an operation shortly before the competition. He was forced to rest before the semi-finals, so Luisa stepped in to sing in his place during rehearsals. The Sobral siblings made Eurovision history – their entry won 758 points, the highest score of any Eurovision winner. Perhaps it was because of their sibling love?

Tijana Dapčević and Tamara Todevska

Tamara Todevska and Tijana Dapčević [Credit: http://aska.rs]
Tamara Todevska and Tijana Dapčević [Credit: http://aska.rs]
Tijana Dapčević and her younger sister Tamara Todevska are seasoned Eurovision siblings, taking turns to step into the spotlight. Tamara represented Macedonia at Eurovision 2008. Tijana competed to become the Eurovision representative for Macedonia in 1996, 2002, and 2005. Finally, they took the state together at Eurovision 2014. Tijana performed “To the Sky” for her country, with Tamara  as backup vocalist. It’s not the first time the sisters performed together – Tamara’s first official song, released in 1997, was a duet with Tijana called “Igra iuda” (Crazy Game). Look out for Tamara at this year’s Eurovision, where she will represent the Republic of North Macedonia.

Gianluca and Dorothy Bezzina L’Aħwa

Bezzina Siblings, from left, Dorothy, Samaria, Gianluca, Paul, Joseph, Vincienne and Francesca
Bezzina Siblings

Gianluca Bezzina represented Malta at Eurovision 2013 with the song “Tomorrow,” making it all the way to the finals. In a bit of a twist on our theme of Eurovision siblings, Gianluca’s sister Dorothy didn’t sing with him – instead, she competed against him in the contest to represent Malta!

Dorothy’s song “Starting from the End,” wasn’t chosen, but the siblings didn’t have any hard feelings. Gianluca and Dorothy joined forces to compete in the 2014 and 2015 Maltese Eurovision contests, along with four more of Gianluca’s sisters. They sing as a group called “L-Aħwa,” which is the Maltese word for “siblings.”

Francesco and Filippo Gabbani

Filippo and Francesco Gabbani [Credit:www.prealpina.it]
Filippo and Francesco Gabbani [Credit:www.prealpina.it]
Brothers Francesco and Filippo Gabbani supported each other all the way through Eurovision 2017. Together with two other composers, they wrote “Occidentali’s Karma,” chosen as Italy’s entry in the competition. Francesco performed the song, coming in sixth, with Filippo joining him as supporting singer. Filippo says there has never been any rivalry between him and his brother. “We have never argued,” he says, “Even when we were children.”

There’s no doubt you can go far when you have support from your family — all the way to Eurovision.

Do you have a supportive sibling? Let us know in the comments below!

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