Who? The result of Holland’s Starmaker programme and one of my favourite pop bands ever. Sadly they split up last year.
Best song: I Really Don’t Think So
Who? Kids TV presenter turned excitable pop-rock chick, Kim-Lian’s album Balance has my stamp of approval.
Best song: Garden Of Love
Who? Winner of Norway’s second Idol season who sounds like The Rasmus and is really rather good.
Best song: Standing Tall
Who? Pop rock group fronted by the ace Linda who sounds like an angrier version of Robyn. Their recent album boasts several songs written by the one and only Max Martin.
Best song: Bimbo
Who? Aqua’s lead singer who went solo last year with the amazing single It’s Your Duty and also contributed to GA’s Sound Of The Underground.
Best song: It’s Your Duty (To Shake That Booty)
Who? Talented young singer-songwriter making waves in the USA. Her sweet single You’re The Only One is set for release here in September.
Best song: Lose Control
Who? Iconic French star who appears to have released nothing in the UK but did discover Alizée and her songs Libertine and Desenchantée were covered by French dance/pop singer Kate Ryan recently.
Best song: Desenchantée
Who? New pop princess who has worked with some of the same producers as Ace of Base and stars in the current Lacoste advert singing her hit It’s Over Now.
Best song: Why (Does Your Love Hurt So Much?)
Who? The lady behind the 80s hit 99 Red Balloons or 99 Luftballons as it was called in Germany, and the brilliant duet with Kim Wilde in 2003, Any Place, Anywhere, Anytime.
Best song: Any Place, Anywhere, Anytime
Who? Melodic hip-hop group who were all over the radio in Europe last summer with their catchy hit Aicha and the follow-up Walou.
Best song: Aicha
Who? The cheery boy band behind this year’s biggest summer hit across Europe, Dragostea Din Tei. It’s even caught on in the UK for once and has been in the top ten for months.
Best song: Dragostea Din Tei