Liet International’17: Ella Marie Hætta Isaksen Wins For Sapmi

Ella Marie Hætta Isaksen has won Liet International 2017 tonight in Norway, bringing the Sapmi their fifth victory in the contest.

Ella Marie Hætta Isaksen from Tana, Norway has won the final of Liet International this evening in Kautokeino. The 18 year old singer was representing the Sami, an indigenous ethnic group found in Norway, Sweden, Russia and Finland who speak the Sami language, in total there are around 140,000 ethnic Sami residing across six countries. She won tonight’s show with the song “Luoddaearru” (Crossroads), beating off competition from seven other artists from across Europe.

The artists and the songs they performed in the final are as follows:

  • Sámi – Ella Marie Hætta Isaksen – Luoddaearru (Crossroad – Sámi)
  • Friesland – Aafke Zuidersma – Minsk fan wearde (Man of Value – Frisian)
  • Bashkortostan – Zaman – hыутма (Don’t be cold – Bashkir)
  • Scotland – Màiri Anna NicUalraig – Grioglachan (Constellation – Scottish Gaelic)
  • Netherlands – Ruben Semmoh & Romeo Sumter – Saka Na Pin (Heal The Pain – Sranan Tongo)
  • Udmurtia – Pavel Aleksandrov & Dmitry Yakimov – Ваньмыз ортче (Everything Will Pass – Udmurt)
  • Brittany – Ukan – Den ebet all (No one else – Breton)
  • France – La Schlapp Sauvage – Blanne Käpitan (Blind Captain – Lëtzebuergesch)

A wide array of languages were performed at this years competition in Norway. Ruben Semmoh and Romeo Sumter will be performing in Srnan Tong. The language which originates in Suriname in South America, is spoken by the Surinamese community in the Netherlands. While Nikita Ilyin will be performing in Udmurt, a language spoken by around 340,000 people and hear once before at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2012.

You can watch Ella Marie’s winning performance from last years Sami Grand Prix below:

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