Long before Poland’s RAFAŁ performed “The Ride” on the Eurovision Song Contest stage for Poland, the artist and his team had confirmed it was originally intended for one of its songwriters. And now Swedish singer-songwrtier Clara Rubensson has come forward and released her original version of the synth-pop song. Hold on tight and have a listen below.
The song was originally composed by the Swedish team of Joakim Övrenius, Thomas Karlsson, Johan Mauritzson and Clara herself.
When both Rafał and the song were revealed to be TVP’s choice, users discovered an early demo floating around the internet of the song, credited to someone by the name of “Klara Rubaszna”. This was later confirmed to be Rubensson. The demo was then deleted, with only a snippet available.
But now Clara Rubensson’s version of the song has been released as a single in its own right.
Clara Rubsensson – “The Ride”
In an interview with Poland’s Dziennik Eurowizyjny, the composers discuss that they sent to Polish broadcaster TVP. This wasn’t their first foray in Poland; Thomas and Johan were in Charizma, a band that featured in the Polish National Final in 2007.
“At first, I didn’t understand how big of a deal was having this song performed in Eurovision,” Rubensson commented. “But when we saw the music video together, I realized, it was really happening. It also really sounded great in Rafal’s lower key.”
RAFAŁ’s version of “The Ride” was selected to represent Poland in Rotterdam. It featured in the second semi-final, earning only 35 points — including one lot of 12 points from the juries in San Marino. It placed 14th in a field of 17, therefore did not manage to qualify to the grand final.
What do you think? Which version of “The Ride” do you prefer? Should Clara submit a song to Melfest 2022? Tell us your thoughts below!