She’s been praised by Eurovision fans for the unique timbre of her voice and her ability to convey emotion on her ESC 2020 song “Tears Getting Sober”.

And on Friday Bulgaria’s VICTORIA proved that she can also connect with the work of other artists, delivering a high-impact cover of Duncan Laurence’s Eurovision winning song “Arcade”.

“I felt this song like my own and I love to sing it,” she wrote on Twitter. “Duncan, thank you for the beautiful song. I can’t wait to hear your new music!”

The video unfolds in what appears to be an abandoned garage. VICTORIA stands front and centre, accompanied by instrumentalists — keyboardist, guitarist, cellist — in the gritty expanse. She, like everyone else in the video, wears largely monochromatic shades, creating an understated vibe that keeps the attention on her voice.

Duncan’s original music video saw him swimming naked in an expanse of water. While fully clothed, VICTORIA is in some ways just as exposed — the camera frequently focuses on her face, conveying how she feels every note and each breath.

Responses on social media have been overwhelmingly positive. One Twitter user replied: “I love it! You’re amazing and I’m in love with your voice.” Another said: “I sobbed.”

Eurovision 2017 runner-up Kristian Kostov also sent a shout out, tweeting a broken heart emoji along with the words “Sooo so good.”

Soon VICTORIA will be giving her fans a chance to showcase their skills in a “Tears Getting Sober” cover contest.

That’s right. In an interview with Wiwibloggs filmed on Saturday, the Varna-born beauty explained that she’s been touched by watching people cover her songs. She’ll be looking for lots of emotion in her upcoming contest, so get your tissues and get ready to move her — and to be moved! We’ll publish our exclusive interview soon.

What do you think of VICTORIA’s cover of “Arcade”? Let us know down below!

 

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I might get lots of down votes but this is Cringe with a capital letter. Apparently, Victoria’s voice sound ok-ish only when the song is near to talking instead of singing. Even though, bare in mind, Arcade is not even an up-tempo or mid-tempo song. So much for bragging about her. 😀

helianthus
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helianthus

Birds by Anouk would be a better option for her

Mark dowd
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Mark dowd

talented singer. But hearing this made me realise how unexceptional her own song is. She deserves better.

Joe Lestingi
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Joe Lestingi

Jeangu Macrooy sang Tears getting sober the best, and Victoria in turn does an amazing cover of Duncan’s song. So many amazing covers are being made and I’m really impressed. This is just another reason why I love Eurovision.

Fan From Texas
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Fan From Texas

Eurovision At Home and Spain’s Preparty At Home has been quite good and has shown some surprising renditions. I hated VAL’s studio cut, put their acoustic version made me appreciate it a lot more. Sometimes different production is all it takes to make a song better. Other surprises were Paenda, Ana Solik from Slovenia singing Albania’s Suus. Those are three to name a few.

btw
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btw

Others also did great covers, why you didnt do an article about them? Is she more important than others?

Anita Mann
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Anita Mann

Yep! She is!

Robyn Gallagher
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We’ve also recently written up Sergey & Helena doing “You Are the Only One”, Eliza Ryd doing “Don’t Break Me” and Daði Freyr doing “Fuego”. We don’t have the resources to write up every single Eurovision cover ever, but if an interesting one comes along – and there’s a wiwi team member who is free to write it up – then we may cover it. If anyone has suggestions of interesting cover songs we should be writing up, please let us know! Songs with a stand-alone video only – not videos of an entire shows, please. 🙂

Africavision
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Africavision

Well, the favoritism is real, but let’s acknowledge some of the other artists from Eurovision Home Concerts. Who was your stand-out from each episode? Here’s mines: Episode 1: Ryan O’Shaughnessy He really surprised me! I would say that his performances are easily my favorite of all Eurovision Home Concerts to date. He brought the emotions in a ballad (i.e., ‘Together’), gave an upbeat cover of ‘Think about things’ (which, for me, was even better than the original, and which I continuously re-watch), and had lovely imagery, scenery, choreography, and humor to back those stellar vocals. Episode 2: Jamala Two words:… Read more »

GIOLO
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GIOLO

Totally agree about your stand-outs in the first 3 episodes.

About episode 4, my standout is Ana Soklic, if she had replicated that perfomance in Eurovision, juries would have probably given her a top 5. I also really liked Keiino, but Ana was the best in my opinion

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Africavision

Hi Giolo. I agree that Ana really is an unbelievable vocalist. Slovenia should select her already for ESC2021, and give her an amazing Balkan power ballad. She clearly has the pipes to replicate Rona Nishliu’s ESC success. And also, how amazing is her backyard, with the water and mountains? Damn, if I lived there, I’d want to be in lock-down for the rest of my life. Lol I think the reason KEiiNO are my stand-out from the last episode is because that episode had some exceptional power vocalists, like Ana, Eugent, Paenda, and Damir, so KEiiNO’s feel-good, joik-tastic ‘Spirit in… Read more »

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Honestly, it was ok…but I think it got lost amongst some REALLY good covers on Friday (Ana Soklic for the win).

Euromess
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Euromess

We have a lot of covers every week at Eurovision Home Concerts, for example the wonderful “Suus” by Ana Soklic in the last episode, and you write another random article about Victoria doing yet another cover of “Arcade”? The favoritism is getting cheeky, I’d like to understand what’s special about Bulgaria every year (or who’s behind it).

Anita Mann
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Anita Mann

Are you serious?! “Suus” was nothing but an utterly horrible screamfest.
Thanks William for another wonderful article about the fabulous Bulgarian artist! x

Euromess
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Euromess

Delusion, convince yourself. And take a several seats as well.

Stan
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Stan

She is absolutely amazing!

Margaret
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Margaret

Very lovely cover ? she also thanked Duncan for 100 million streamings of his song in Spotify

Kosey
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Kosey

She’s pretty amazing isn’t she!

Frisian esc
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Frisian esc

Wasn’t this cover a part of friday’s home concerts? Would’ve been more logical to just make an article about that 🙂

Margaret
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Margaret

Yes, it was

nadiya
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nadiya

Victoria uploaded it as a standalone video on her YouTube channel for a reason. It deserves attention on its own. If you just lump it in with the home concerts it’s not special anymore

Frisian esc
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Frisian esc

Sooo the other covers aren’t special enough for an article… I mean most of those are also uploaded to the respective artists youtube pages. The only reason i can imagine for this article being written is that wiwibloggs has an up and coming article with victoria.
But whatever, no shade, it’s a great cover, victoria is a great artist, nice video. It’s just weird that there isn’t a spoken word about any of the other covers.

Frisian esc
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Frisian esc

Ok, just to be clear: my comment had 21 upvotes 2 hours ago. Somebody’s doing something…

Talentina Monetta
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Talentina Monetta

KEiiNO also uploaded their cover as a standalone video on their channel, but I don’t see any articles about it. Why?