It would seem that the collective wisdom has decided that Mika Newton has placed herself in a bit of a musical rut. Most of her material, including her Eurovision 2011 entry “Angel” and her last single “Magnets”, has been deemed to be dull and a little boring, although personally I quite liked them both. But just when y’all thought you had Mika all sussed out she has decided to release “Come Out and Play”.

It is decidedly upbeat in comparison to her past efforts and benefits hugely from it. With a fantastically addictive chorus, this is probably her best song to date. It’s almost impossible to not sing along as Mika urges her boyfriend to come out of his shell. However, saying that, the verses are rather perfunctory, and detract majorly from the song. By the end all creativity is abandoned as the line “come out and play” is repeated on loop. Another issue is that her pronunciation difficulties which were so noticeable on “Angel” have resurfaced. In one line she drops “of”:

I’m going out my mind

While in the next she has no problems:

I’m running out of time

And what is meant to be “I’m like a fish out of water” sounds like fist. Why didn’t she just release the song in her native tongue? I can understand her wanting to appeal to a wider fan base, but surely they would be more appreciative of a song sung well without the dodgy English.

All in all, a mixed result but a definite step in the right direction.

Rating: 3/5

As a bonus, Mika has also released behind the scenes footage of her video shoot, especially so everyone can see how “fun” she is.

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
7 years ago

Hey, “going out my mind” is technically incorrect English, but it’s commonly said. And this song’s pretty cool too!

kelan
kelan
7 years ago

video looks like it was recorded on the set of “How I Met Your Mother”

Ewa
Ewa
7 years ago

Because from around 2 years she lives in Los Angeles, California 😉

Stephen Colville
Stephen Colville
7 years ago

Wow, during Eurovision she could barely speak a word of English, now she is fluent.

Jordan
Jordan
7 years ago

Ukraine’s Eurovision entries have been DREADFUL over the past few years. Please bring back Ani Lorak… and her sexy backup dancers!!

David Thielen
7 years ago

I like a number of Mika’s songs too

D
D
7 years ago

Haha when I first saw this article I thought it was gonna be a story about how Mika thinks her boyfriend’s gay.

But I do actually like the song. Personally, I loved ‘Angels’ but I guess I’m in the minority with that one. It’s actually one of my favourite Eurovision songs from all-time and third favourite song from Ukraine (after ‘Gravity’ and ‘Sweet People’). But yes, this song is very good, but not as good as ‘Angels’ in my mind.