The Eurovision season is hotting up. And over the course of the next few months, we will all fall in and out of love with scores of new national final and Eurovision entries. But that doesn’t mean we forget about the artists from past contests.
Contrary to the commonly perpetuated myth about the song contest killing careers, we’re always thrilled to report that singers and performers associated with both Eurovision itself and the various national selections are thriving.
Here is a selection of just some of the songs and music videos released in the last week or so.
New music from Eurovision artists 2020: Week 5 | Part two
Check out the new music featured in our Week 5 Part one roundup here.
KEiiNO – “Colours”
After topping the televote at Eurovision 2019, Norway’s KEiiNO – that’s Alexandra Rotan, Tom Hugo and Fred Buljo – have kept the hits coming in the months since. Now, the trio have released the new song “Colours”, which is predominantly sung in Northern Sami, a language on the UN’s list of highly endangered languages. Explaining in the description of the official lyric video, the band note:
When the Norwegian National Broadcaster NRK wanted a band to write a song for their campaign to make all of Norway joik, Joikebølgen, KEiiNO was on top of their list. They asked for a song that could unite generations in song and joik, and KEiiNO has once again delivered a song that makes you wanna dance and join the fun.
Michael Schulte – “Keep Me Up”
Over recent months he’s been releasing acoustic covers of the songs from his latest album. But now, Germany’s Eurovision 2018 singer, Michael Schulte, has treated fans to the all brand new single “Keep Me Up”. A mid-tempo offering, the track has an almost Caribbean-style beat running underneath it.
Ryan O’Shaughnessy and Zapho – “100 Ways”
He took Ireland back to the grand final of Eurovision for the first time in five years in 2018. Now, after a brief hiatus to travel across South America, Ryan O’Shaugnessy is back in the music studio. He’s teamed up with fellow Irish singer Zapho on the new song “100 Ways”.
Sevak Khanagyan – “Siro Hetq”
Armenia’s Eurovision 2018 participant Sevak Khanagyan has released much of his post-Eurovision discography in the Russian language. However, for his new song “Siro Hetq”, Sevak has returned to his native Armenian. Much like his Eurovision entry “Qami”, this new track is an emotional ballad that continues to build towards the end.
Sébastien Tellier – “A Ballet”
At Eurovision 2008, he rode a golf buggy onto stage, while his female backing singers all donned beards long before Conchita Wurst made it fashionable. We’re pleased to inform you that the music video for Sébastien Tellier’s new single, “A Ballet”, is just as creative and bizarre as you would expect. The French singer appears in a miniaturised form and has to survive the perils of a regular household, such as being sucked up by a vacuum cleaner.
Reni Tolvai – “You And Me”
Reni Tolvai competed in Hungary’s former Eurovision selection show A Dal in 2012, 2016 and 2018. Now, the singer has released the new track “You And Me”. An emotional ballad, the song is dedicated to Reni’s father, who past away two and a half years ago.
Topi Latukka – “Älä valitse minua”
Alternative-rock band Softengine brought Finland their best result of the 2010’s at Eurovision with the entry “Something Better” in 2014. Lead vocalist Topi Latukka has since started to release his own solo material over the past couple of years. His new song is “Älä valitse minua” (“Don’t Choose Me”), which is a mid-tempo ballad that still features his raspy vocals.
Lordi – Killection
At Eurovision 2006, they rocked Europe to its core. Since then, Lordi have gone on to release eight new studio albums, with the latest one dropping this past week. Killection includes the Finnish group’s recent single “Like a Bee to the Honey” and 14 other tracks to jam out in your bedroom to.
Anna Rossinelli – “Without A Parachute”
In 2011, Anna Rosinelli was Switzerland’s first Eurovision act to qualify to the grand final for five years. Almost a decade later and the trio are still at the top of their game – their 2019 album White Garden topped the Swiss album charts. The group’s new song “Without A Parachute” is the title song for the new Swiss film Jagdzeit (Hunting Season). The accompanying music video includes shots from the film interspersed with clips of lead vocalist Anna inside a parachute.
Nathan Trent – “Sweet Dreams” (Acoustic)
After walking on air at Eurovision 2017, Austria’s Nathan Trent has released a number of catchy pop tracks. This continued at the end of 2019 with “Sweet Dreams”. Now, Nathan has dropped the acoustic version of the song. Stripped back with only the accompaniment of a guitar, Nathan’s vocals come into focus for this rendition of the track.
Natalia Lacunza – “olvídate de mí”
A favourite in Spain’s Operación Triunfo Eurovision Gala 2019, Natalia Lacunza has spent the past year honing her musical style. For now, this has led her to release the new song “olvídate de mí” (“forget about me”). A slow and contemplative track, the accompanying music video features a series of clips filmed on a retro camcorder.
Elodie – This Is Elodie
On Tuesday, we’ll finally get to hear her Sanremo 2020 entry “Andromeda” for the first time. Until then, Elodie has gifted fans with her new album This Is Elodie. The new LP features all the Italian singer’s hits from over the past few years, as well as recent singles “Non è la fine” and “Mal di testa”.
Aly Ryan – “99 Luftballons”
The fan favourite in Germany’s Unser Lied für Israel in 2019, we’re still waiting to see if Aly Ryan has managed to convince another national broadcaster to let her wave their flag at Eurovision 2020. In the meantime, the German singer has teamed up with Postmodern Jukebox for a jazz-style cover of Nena’s “99 Luftballons”.
Which song is your favourite? Have we missed out on any? Do you have any artists you want to shout out to? Let us know in the comments.