VICTORIA has served another piece in the puzzle of her options for Eurovision 2021. On Tuesday night, she revealed “Phantom Pain”, the fourth song in the running for Bulgaria at Eurovision 2021. This will be the third track on her debut EP a little dramatic.
VICTORIA — “Phantom Pain” (Potential Eurovision 2021 song)
“The song is part of the final phase of a little dramatic and it tells a painful story,” her team says. The song feeds into the theme of her next release “The Funeral Song”, as “both songs are connected and are quite different from ‘Imaginary Friend’ and ‘Dive into Unknown‘”. Interestingly, VICTORIA has said that “Phantom Pain” is one of her favourite songs from the EP. Could this be the one for Rotterdam?
The lyrics suggest the song is about a break-up and the anxiety found in the aftermath. As she sings: “Sick of wishing I would understand why you would leave, now all I know is you’re my phantom pain.”
The video gives us visuals showing smudged make-up and physical effects of the pain she’s suffering. Whilst wildly different to “Tears Getting Sober” from 2020, “Phantom Pain” holds onto that atmospheric yet subtle sound that fans loved so much last time around.
The possible entry was written by Swedish songwriters and music producers Helena Larsson and Oliver Björkvall. The song also involves The Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra — they worked on the final arrangement of the song. They’ve also worked on the next two songs to be released — “Growing Up is Getting Old” and “The Funeral Song”.
Coming soon: VICTORIA’s other potential Eurovision songs
On Wednesday 17th February, VICTORIA will release “The Funeral Song”. The lyric video will premier at 19:00 CET on eurovision.icard.com and VICTORIA’s YouTube channel. After all the songs are released, the Bulgarian Eurovision team will launch a special online platform to allow music fans around the world to leave comments and offer feedback about VICTORIA’s six potential songs for Rotterdam.
This will be part of Bulgaria’s internal selection process and will ultimately inform the song decision for Eurovision 2021. Additionally, VICTORIA and her team will also look for feedback from focus groups of music, TV, radio and Eurovision experts to make their final decision.