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Asanda

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Song
Legends
Written by
Christopher Wortley, Laurell Barker & Roel Rats

Meet Asanda

Representing Eurovision: You Decide with a legendary voice

16-year-old school girl Asanda first wowed the British public when she appeared on the 2013 series of Britain's Got Talent aged 11. Simon Cowell and his fellow judges Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and David Walliams took her through to the finals of the competition after watching her sassy renditions of hits by Beyoncé and Rihanna.

The final was watched by over 10 million people - showing that Asanda is more than comfortable in front of a big audience. More recently, Asanda starred as Tallulah in the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith production of Bugsy Malone.

She has also performed at Eva Longoria's Global Gift Gala in the presence of international celebrities and made an appearance on the German TV talent show Superkids.

What is the most interesting aspect of your song? The most interesting aspect of my song is definitely the energetic rhythm and the tribal feel, as well as the lyrics and the message, which are very inspirational and relatable to everyone. The chorus says that we’re all Legends and we're making history - it’s very universal.

Tell us a few things people might not know about you? I've trained myself vocally and I've never been to any lessons before. I’m very shy off stage, which you might not believe after you've seen me on stage! I love listening to music of the 80s and early 90s. I love artists like Marvin Gaye, Anita Baker, Erykah Badu, Celine Dion, TLC and Aaliyah.

Do you have a lucky routine before going on stage? I always meditate and calm myself down through prayer before doing physical and vocal warm ups.

Why is Eurovision important? I love the Eurovision Song Contest as it is a way of showcasing talent and performances of different artists and musicians from all around the world. It’s a great platform to show the world what the UK can do!

Songwriters:

Christopher Wortley – A few years ago, Chris chucked the IT day job to become a full time songwriter, writing pop songs for artists around the world. Now, he has big hits under his belt, including top three singles and albums in Asia and in Europe, with sales in excess of two million. Chris is published by DWB Music Ltd.

Laurell Barker – Winner of the Billboard World Song Contest and Pop Album of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards, Laurell has released five top 40 Canadian singles in her solo career before penning four top 40 singles for Canadian artists.

Roel Rats – Born in Utrecht in the Netherlands, Roel cut his teeth learning to play the piano that, a few years later, evolved into working as part of the DJ duo RoulnDoors. The duo has supported some of the world’s biggest acts and played gigs all over the world including at the Ministry of Sound and supporting Avicii on tour.

Asanda 'Legends'

Written by Christopher Wortley, Laurell Barker & Roel Rats