Today is International Women’s Day, so what better time to celebrate the achievements of one woman who has scored a Eurovision first. Songwriter Laurell Barker has three songs competing at Eurovision 2019, representing the UK, Germany and Switzerland, making her the first female songwriter to achieve this. But which song is your favourite?
Canadian songwriter Laurell is relatively new to the world of Eurovision, and recently told us that she had never even heard of Eurovision until a couple of years ago. But in that short time, she’s made quite an impact.
Laurell first appeared in the 2017 national final season, co-writing “I Wish I Loved You More” for Holly Brewer in the UK’s national final Eurovision: You Decide.
Laurell came back even stronger in the 2018 national season, penning fan favourites “All the Feels” for Renaida in Melodifestivalen and “Legends” for Asanda in Eurovision: You Decide — both of which she performed live at the Wiwi Jam in Lisbon.
Laurell also had a big success last year, when “Stones” — co-written with ZiBBZ — won the Swiss national final and went on to represent Switzerland at Eurovision 2018.
This year, Laurell is back with three songs, co-written with other talented songwriters. And in doing so, she joins small but celebrated group of songwriters to have three songs competing in one year. Recently songwriters Boris Milanov and Joacim Persson had three songs in Eurovision 2017, but Laurell is the first woman to achieve this.
But which of Laurell Barker’s three songs is your favourite? Take a listen and vote in our poll. As always, you can vote for as many songs as you like but you can only vote once — so make it count.
United Kingdom: Michael Rice – “Bigger Than Us”
Laurell’s first Eurovision 2019 entry was “Bigger than Us”, co-written with Anna-Klara Folin, John Lundvik and Jonas Thander. Michael Rice’s version of the song won the UK’s Eurovision: You Decide and earned the ticket to Tel Aviv. Another of the songwriters is Swedish singer John Lundvik, who is a frontrunner to win Melodifestivalen with another of his compositions.
Germany: S!sters – “Sister”
The next success for Laurell was at Germany’s Unser Lied für Israel with her song “Sister”, co-written with Marine Kaltenbacher, Tom Oehler and Thomas Stengaard. The ode to strong female friendships is performed by the duo S!sters, who won both the international jury and televote in the national final. Laurell told wiwibloggs that she had no idea that song would prove to be so popular. “I was completely in shock. I just had no idea how the song was going to translate.”
Switzerland: Luca Hänni – “She Got Me”
Laurell’s most recent song is the internally selected “She Got Me”, which Luca Hänni will perform for Switzerland. The track was co-written by Laurell, Luca and Mac Frazer, Jon Hällgren and Lukas Hällgren. Laurell explained the song as being about a woman who “doesn’t care what people think of her. She is just dancing the way she wants to dance. So much so that it gets [Luca] dirty dancing, it gets everyone dirty dancing and having fun.”
Which Eurovision 2019 song by Laurell Barker is your favourite?
Which Laurell Barker song is your favourite? And which delegation should she sit with in the Eurovision green room? Have your say below!