Winning the Eurovision Song Contest is a great achievement, but an artist’s music career doesn’t stop there. Soon enough, the champ will have another song to release, the follow-up single after their Eurovision win. Some might deliver a similar sound to their Eurovision hit, while others choose to show off a different side to the talents. But one thing’s for sure — this is one tough act to follow!
But from Eurovision winners of the past decade, who has the best follow-up single? Check out the 11 follow-up singles from the ten artists (yes, one artist released two follow-up singles!) and vote for your favourites. As always, you can vote for as many songs as you like, but you can only vote once — so make it count!
2011: Ell & Nikki – “Ey Azərbaycanım”
Ell & Nikki have released plenty of singles as individuals, but they never really dropped a follow-up single together. The pair did team up for a Michael Jackson tribute in 2015, which is sadly lost to the sands of time. But earlier this year, the Eurovision winners rekindled their creative partnership. Performing as Eldar and Nigar Jamal, they celebrated a decade since their Eurovision win with their interpretation of the ballad “Ey Azərbaycanım” (“Oh Azerbaijan”), celebrating their country.
2012: Loreen – “My Heart is Refusing Me” / “Crying Out Your Name”
Things are a little complicated with Loreen — but that’s how we like it. Five months after the international success of “Euphoria”, she released two follow-up singles simultaneously. For international markets, Loreen released a remixed version of her 2011 Melodifestivalen entry “My Heart is Refusing Me”; but for her Swedish audience, she released her new song “Crying Out Your Name”.
2013: Emmelie de Forest – “Hunter & Prey”
Three months after her Eurovision win, Emmelie de Forest followed up with “Hunter & Prey”. The song had a similar feeling to her Eurovision entry “Only Teardrops”, serving a folk-pop sound with strong percussion. And in the music video, just like her Eurovision performance, Emmelie ain’t got no time for shoes.
2014: Conchita Wurst – “Heroes”
While Conchita gave Austria a Eurovision victory with the Bond-style song “Rise Like a Phoenix”, she went in a different direction for her follow-up single. “Heroes” was a modern pop anthem, released six months after her Eurovision victory. The single came with a stylish black-and-white music video and a title that was an uncanny prediction of the following year’s Eurovision winner.
2015: Måns Zelmerlöw – “Should’ve Gone Home”
Three months after his Eurovision victory, Måns Zelmerlöw showed a different style with “Should’ve Gone Home”. The electro-pop single is a sad lament at the consequences of cheating on a beloved partner. The music video was cleverly shot in reverse and depicts Måns walking back his fateful evening. ”
2016: Jamala – “Заманили”
Right after winning Eurovision 2016, Jamala was ready to go with her follow-up single “Заманили” (“Zamanyly” or “Lured”). The dark electro-pop song includes backing vocals from the Ukraine folk quartet DakhaBrakha, who bring texture and urgency to the song. Jamala also performed the song live at the 2017 Ukraine national final.
2017: Salvador Sobral – “Mano a mano”
While some Eurovision winners are eager to release their follow-up singles, Salvador Sobral was in no hurry — and for good reason. After recovering from his heart transplant, the Portuguese jazz singer released “Mano a mano” one year after his Kyiv Eurovision win. Salvador gave the song its debut performance at the grand final of Eurovision 2018.
2018: Netta – “Bassa Sababa”
Following her Eurovision-winning song “Toy” — and its subsequent international success — Netta came back nine months later with “Bassa Sababa”. The song was originally written as a potential song for Eurovision 2018, but the final studio version turned out to be just right for a follow-up single. With over 190 million views, the song has the most popular music video of the past ten winners’ follow-up singles.
2019: Duncan Laurence – “Love Don’t Hate It”
Six months after giving the Netherlands another Eurovision win, Duncan Laurence returned with “Love Don’t Hate It”. The song had a heavier sound than “Arcade”, with a message about not being afraid to fight for love. The simple music video focuses on Duncan with dramatic camera angles.
2021: Måneskin – “I Wanna Be Your Slave”
Following Måneksin’s Eurovision triumph in May, “I Wanna Be Your Slave” went on to become even more popular than “Zitti e buoni”. The Wiwi Jam performance video racked up views, the song gained over 178 million listens on Spotify and started charting all over the world. This week Italian rockers finally sealed the deal by releasing the saucy music video for the song.
What is your favourite follow-up single from recent Eurovision winners?
What do you think? Do you like follow-up singles that are similar to the artist’s Eurovision entry? Or do you prefer something different? Tell us your thoughts below!