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, three acts have decided to return to the contest: Natalia Gordienko is coming back as a solo artist for Molodva; Italian singer Senhit is representing San Marino for the second time; and Sanja Vučić has brought in the help of her fellow Hurricane members for Serbia.
Note: For these polls we are classing ‘returning artist’ as anyone who is credited as the lead or featured singer of a Eurovision entry for at least the second time. Thus, this does not include artists who have previously done backing vocals for a past entry, such as The Mamas and Vasil. We are also not including artists who have previously competed at Junior Eurovision, such as Destiny and Stefania.
Now we want to know which is your favourite Eurovision 2020 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 2020 entry by a returning artist you prefer.
As always, you can only vote once in each poll — so make it count!
Eurovision 2020: Returning artists
Moldova: Natalia Gordienko – “Loca” vs “Prison”
Natalia Gordienko first took to the Eurovision stage in 2006. She teamed up with Arsenium for the tropical-infused entry “Loca”. The performance included a giant sail, a scooter and a costume change that saw Gordienko going from beach to bridal attire. Qualifying to the final, the duo finished in twentieth place.
Eurovision 2020 was set to see Natalia returning as a solo artist with a much more serious entry. “Prison” is a dynamic power ballad, with the Moldovan star singing about a tormented love.
San Marino: Senhit – “Stand By” vs “Freaky!”
Senhit has gone in the opposite direction to Natalia. The Italian singer originally performed the calm ballad “Stand By” for San Marino in 2011. Sadly, Senhit didn’t manage to qualify to the grand final, finishing sixteenth in the first semi-final.
Now, the star has increased the tempo and is ready to get “Freaky!”. Her Eurovision 2020 song is an upbeat disco tune that encourages the listener to do their own thing regardless of what others think.
Serbia: Sanja Vučić – “Goodbye (Shelter)” vs “Hasta La Vista”
Sanja Vučić first represented Serbia at Eurovision in 2016 with the song “Goodbye (Shelter)”. Going by the name Sanja Vučić ZAA (ZAA being the name of her former band), the star delivered an emotional performance that highlighted the issue of abusive relationships. Vučić qualified to the grand final and finished eighteenth overall.
For 2020, Sanja isn’t returning as a solo artist. Her new girl-group Hurricane, which also includes members Ivana Nikolić and Ksenija Knežević, were set to sing “Hasta La Vista” at the contest in Rotterdam. It’s a contemporary Balkan R’n’B-pop song that’s all about saying farewell to those who don’t appreciate you.
Poll: Which is your favourite Eurovision 2020 entry by a returning artist?
And finally, from past to present. Which Eurovision 2020 song by a returning artist is your favourite?
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!