For some artists the appeal of Eurovision just never fades. Each year we get a number of acts who have previously competed at the competition and who want another go at climbing to the top of the leaderboard.
This year, five singers have decided to return to the contest: Russia’s Sergey Lazarev, Hungary’s Joci Pápai, North Macedonia’s Tamara Todevska, Serbia’s Nevena Božović, and Serhat, the Turkish singer who returns to sing for San Marino.
Now we want to know which is your favourite Eurovision 2019 entry by a returning artist.
But, we also want to know who you think has risen above the heights of their previous appearance. Who’s had a serious glow-up, and who won’t be able to top their previous placing on the scoreboard?
Below you’ll find a series of polls asking which Eurovision entry by an individual returning act you prefer. Then once you’ve decided on those, you can vote in the final poll of which Eurovision 2019 entry by a returning artist you prefer.
As always, you can only vote once in each poll — so make it count!
Hungary: Joci Pápai – “Origo” vs “Az én apám”
In 2017 he brought Hungary to the top 10 with “Origo” (“Origin”). And now Joci will be aiming to take his country even higher up the scoreboard with “Az én apám” (“My Father”). Are you loving the more subtle approach that the singer is taking in 2019, or do you miss the fiery nature of his original performance in Kyiv?
North Macedonia: Tamara Todevska – “Let Me Love You” vs “Proud”
Back in 2008, Tamara teamed up with Rade Vrchakovski and Adrian Gaxha to compete with “Let Me Love You”, where they finished tenth in the semi-final. Nowadays, that would see them qualify to the grand-final. However the rules of the contest that year meant only the top nine in the televoting made it through, with the tenth spot being decided by the juries. In the end, the juries chose twelfth place finisher Charlotte Perrelli from Sweden over the North Macedonian trio. Now Tamara is back as a solo artist and will be eager to make it to Saturday’s show with her entry “Proud”. But, are you only giving her love for her first attempt, or are you proud to see her back in the contest once again?
Russia: Sergey Lazarev – “You Are The Only One” vs “Scream”
In 2016 he won the televote and came third overall with “You Are The Only One”. Now, three years later, Sergey is back to try and take the crown. This time he’s gone is a different direction, with the dark and dramatic ballad “Scream”. But which do you prefer? Are you screaming for joy at his latest Eurovision song, or should his previous entry have remained his only one?
San Marino: Serhat – “I Didn’t Know” vs “Say Na Na Na”
Another Eurovision 2016 alumni returning for a second attempt is Serhat. He’ll be hoping to qualify to the grand-final this time with “Say Na Na Na”, after he missed out in Stockholm when performing “I Didn’t Know”. Will you be saying na na na along with the Turkish singer in May, or do you still not know why he thought anything could top the masterpiece of his previous entry?
Serbia: Nevena Božović – “Ljubav je svuda” vs “Kruna”
She placed third in Junior Eurovision 2007 with “Piši mi”. Then at Eurovision 2013 she was torn between the angel and the devil as part of Moje 3, singing “Ljubav je svuda” (“Love is everywhere”). Now Nevena is returning to the contest as a solo artist, where she’ll be performing “Kruna” (“Crown”). Do you think she will be taking home the crown this time around, or is your love still everywhere for her previous group entry?
Poll: Which is your favourite Eurovision 2019 entry by a returning artist?
And finally, from past to present. Which Eurovision 2019 song by a returning artist is your favourite?
So, who did you vote for? Do you think any of these returning artists can improve upon their previous placing? Let us know in the comments below!