She’s the two-time Eurovision star who was due to co-host the 2020 edition from Rotterdam’s Ahoy arena. And despite the contest’s cancellation, Edsilia Rombley recently found herself performing in the would-be host venue.
Edsilia was present for a special screening of Netflix’s Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga on 26 June. And as part of the evening’s entertainment, she took on the film’s breakout hit — “Husavik”, originally sung by Molly “My Marianne” Sandén.
Edsilia Rombley — “Husavik” (Molly Sandén / My Marianne cover)
The Eurovision 1998 fourth-place finisher was in town as part of an event for Q Music competition winners. However, rather than the thousands that would have been inside the Ahoy if Eurovision had gone ahead, Edsilia sang before a crowd of just thirty.
But the lack of a crowd certainly didn’t detract from the “Hemel en aarde” singer’s rendition. If anything, it added even more power to what’s already a powerful number.
Edsilia described the experience in an Instagram post. “What a special feeling it was”, she says. “Part of the song ‘Husavik’ is not English, it was another challenge to sing Icelandic this time”.
Netflix Eurovision movie covers
While Edsilia’s version of “Husavik” may have stolen the show, the “On Top Of The World” hitmaker wasn’t the only famous face on the playbill.
Jeangu Macrooy — “In The Mirror” (Demi Lovato cover)
Just like Rombley, Jeangu Macrooy was also due to play the Ahoy last May. However, the Dutch 2020 representative got his chance to grace the stage during the Netflix screening. Jeangu interpreted “In The Mirror”, the power ballad sung by Demi Lovato’s Katiana in the movie.
Jeangu put his own spin on the track, giving his gender-swapped version a jazzier flavour.
Maxine & Franklin Brown — “Double Trouble” (Fire Saga cover)
Maxine & Franklin represented the Netherlands at Eurovision 1996. They finished seventh with “De eerste keer”. The pair reunited in Rotterdam to have a go with “Double Trouble” — Fire Saga’s fictional Eurovision entry.
What do you think of Edsilia’s version of “Husavik”? And what about the other covers? Let us know in the comments.