She’s the Eurovision 2013 winner who co-wrote Lucie Jones’ Eurovision 2017 song “Never Give Up On You”.
And on Thursday Denmark’s Emmelie de Forest showed just what a hands-on songwriter she is, as she uploaded a cover of the UK Eurovision entry.
Performing inside a walk-in closet, Emmelie delivers a raw, rock-oriented version that shows a new dimension to the song (and to Emmelie herself).
She strums a vintage guitar and infuses the number with a raspiness that works well with the new instrumentation and feel.
Visually Emmelie plays the part of acoustic rock diva well, slipping into a billowing, thigh-skimming skirt with floral ornamentation.
The flowers snake up her black top and her sheer sleeves, which add a bit of naughtiness to the look. She also plays a dramatic make-up game with lashings of mascara and a smear of bright red lippie.
Writing on Instagram, Emmelie poked fun at the playful setting: “‘Never give up on you’ live from my walk-in closet….Please forgive me for the greasy mirror in the background!”
Emmelie, who co-wrote the song with Lawrie Martin and Daniel Salcedo, earns a big thumbs up from Lucie, who says that the Eurovision winner has been nothing but kind to her from the time she received the song.
Speaking to wiwibloggs at the London Eurovision Party, Emmelie was brimming with praise.
“She is so lovely. She just said to me, ‘Have fun’. It’s such a wonderful advice, such human advice from such a superstar. I was thrilled to meet her.”
Lucie’s song underwent a subtle but highly effective revamp ahead of Eurovision, moving from “musical theatre” to “contemporary pop”.
The backing track features a much more electronic sound, which pulls the song firmly into 2017 without sacrificing its stripped-back and pure sound. Lucie has said it’s a testament to the strength of the song that it works in so many different guises.
And now Emmelie has shown us another. But which is your favourite? The original, the revamp or the Emmelie de Forest cover? Let us know in the comments box below.