Poor Mika Newton, sometimes I can’t help but feel sorry for her. Why? Well, for a start, despite having a very unusual name she is still only the world’s second most famous Mika. Also, even though her 2011 Eurovision entry “Angel” was a brilliant song, she will forever be known as the singer who came 4th solely because her onstage buddy was a mega talented sand artist. As if to rub that sand into the wounds, her fellow country woman Zlata came 3rd this year with a Disney knock off, while employing a gimmicky giant and received almost universal praise.

Thankfully all of these woes haven’t gotten Mika down. I’m glad to report that she’s still flying high (angel get it :P), and has recently released a new single.

I’m guessing that Ukrainians must be big into science. That would explain the song title – “Magnets”. Based on this hunch, I’m sure Mika was devastated when she couldn’t sing about gravity, discovered by her namesake and possible distant relative Isaac. As we all know Ms. Ognevich’s already done that.

Speaking of whom, Mika’s use of scientific similes is clearly much more inspired than Zlata’s. Just take a look at the lyrics:

Unbreakable forever
And you and I will never come apart
Our hearts are like magnets
Our hearts are like magnets

Obviously Mika is referring to the age old saying that opposites attract. Being the genius that she is, she knows that only magnets of opposite poles are drawn to each other. She’s very clever our Mika. On the other hand, could she  be implying that her beau has a heart of steel, and that she’s only into to bad boys? Or have I gone all Sheldon Cooper and interpreted this too literally? Maybe Mika knows about as much about science as Zlata – butterflies and gravity are in no way connected, ok? Perhaps she just saw some magnets stuck to her fridge and thought they looked nice. She might as easily have called the song “Post-Its”.

Either way, it’s a perfectly acceptable pop song, which stands its ground when compared with the output of other former Ukrainian contestants. Plus almost all her pronunciation issues have been ironed out. Score!

Padraig Jude contributed this report from Ireland. Follow him on Twitter at @PadraigJude. And while you’re at it, like our Facebook page to stay up-to-date with the latest Eurovision news and gossip.

Photo: Mika Newton

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Alex
Alex
6 years ago

There’s just really no contest between Mika and Zlata as far as vocal performance goes… I’m not saying that Mika didn’t sing well, because she did, but she’s not really on the same level. Also, SVT is rumored to have prevented Ukraine from giving the colorful stage presentation they wanted to give, in whose context the giant probably would’ve made more sense. But even then, I mean, the sand artist was the entire focus of Mika’s performance and was there the whole time, whereas the giant was just in the beginning of Zlata’s act, so that’s not a fair comparison… Read more »

Kvfrhj
Kvfrhj
7 years ago

MIKA NEWTON WE LOVE UUUUU

John Browdy
John Browdy
7 years ago

Mika is great……. I like the way you joke here, man….. nice lol

loosine
loosine
7 years ago

i don’t like Mika Newton
Zlata Ognevich is the best ukrainan artist

Zolan
Zolan
7 years ago

I always forget how “Angel” went. That I remembered as soon as she starts singing “Magnets” isn’t a very flattering observation.
Still, they’re both nice enough in non-Eurovision ways.