The Eurovision 2022 season is now in full swing and no doubt fans will have the songs from this year’s contest on repeat until we crown a winner in May. But that doesn’t mean we forget about the artists from past contests – they’re still brining us a lot of new music to enjoy.
Contrary to the commonly perpetuated myth about the song contest killing careers, we’re always thrilled to report that singers associated with Eurovision are thriving.
Here is our latest weekly roundup with a selection of just some of the songs and music videos released recently by Eurovision stars.
New music from Eurovision artists: 2022 | Week 11
S10 & Froukje – “Zonder Gezicht”
It’s full steam ahead for S10 as she prepares for Eurovision 2022. But she can still find time for other things and this includes appearing on the new song “Zonder Gezicht” (“Without A Face”). The track features on the new EP of fellow Dutch singer Froukje. The pair deliver an alternative pop song about being estranged from your ex despite once being deeply connected: “I still know your name today / Even today what you break / What you gave and exactly how you did it / You gave me your weight / I took it with eyes closed / And now I’m just a voice without a face”.
TIX – … Ellers Går Det Over
Enten Går Det Bra … Ellers Går Det Over (Either It Goes Well … Or It Goes Over). TIX has now released the second part of his new album. This next collection features four songs, including the recent single “Pust”. They conclude the Norwegian singer’s era of emotional pop music, which included his appearance at Eurovision 2021. The star has hinted he’ll be returning to party music in the future.
OG3NE – “Veel Te Snel”
OG3NE have their eyes on a certain individual and they’re rushing in at the speed of light to try and get their attention. The sister trio have dropped the new song “Veel Te Snel” (“Way Too Fast”). The Netherlands’s Eurovision 2017 group know they might be jumping into things a bit too quickly: “But I’m going way too fast for you / And I’m going way too fast for me / Way too vague / Are the things I ask / To make you think of me”. Musically, it’s an upbeat pop song with a nice groove to the chorus.
wrs – “Lily”
In between preparations of Eurovision 2022, wrs has released the song “Lily”. While his Eurovision entry might be a mixture of Spanish and English, this new track is completely sung in the latter language. That doesn’t mean there’s no spice to it. In fact, wrs utilises some ethnic baking melodies to fill the post-chorus instrumental. Lyrically, the Romanian star takes the admiral step of admitting his actions are hurting the other person in a relationship. Even though he still loves them, he lets them move so they can bloom to their full potential: “Does it hurt when you’re with me / Don’t you worry, imma set you free / My soul, my lily”.
Tamta & Michalis Hatzigiannis – “Ekdromi – 2022”
Michalis Hatzigiannis first released the single “Ekdromi” in 2002. Now for the song’s 20th anniversary, Michalis has brought in Cyprus’s Eurovision 2019 star Tamta for the new version. The original was a mid-tempo ballad utilising acoustic guitar and accordion instrumentation. The 2022 version updates the 00’s production and adds in more of a danceable beat for listeners to groove along with.
Beth & Chica Sobresalto – “Progesterona”
Eurovision 2003 alumna Beth is highlighting those women who suffer with Endometriosis. Beth has teamed up with fellow Spanish singer Chica Sobresalto for a duet version of Chica’s song “Progesterona” – progesterone being a hormone involved in the menstrual cycle and pregnancy. The two stars sing about female strength and how women will continue to battle conditions such as Endometriosis: “But I swear on my life that you are not going to win this / That you are not going to beat me / Woman had to be / And she would be again”.
Beth also recently released a cover of Cindy Lauper’s “Time After Time” alongside pianist Laura Andrés. The pair are building up to a full album, so there’ll be more songs from them soon.
Madame Monsieur – “Des nouvelles de Tania”
Eurovision can allow artists to showcase their music to fans from across the globe. And while fans will often support acts in times of need, the truly special artists will also support their fans at the same time. This is what Madame Monsieur have done through the new song “Des nouvelles de Tania” (“News from Tania”). Tania is one of the French duo’s fans from Ukraine. Amidst the ongoing conflict, the Eurovision 2018 stars have remained in contact with Tania every day to make sure she’s OK, while also writing this song for her. Madame Monsieur explained more on social media:
“Tania is Ukrainian. She’s one of our biggest fans. She came to see us in concert in France two years ago, after pawning her engagement ring and driving for 36 hours. We have heard from her every day since February 24 and, through her words, we understand everyday life in war is unlike anything you can imagine. So, since it’s what we know how to do best, we wrote this song, for our fan and friend, our way of sending strength and love, of sharing our bewilderment and our indignation, and to bear witness to the reality of a brave young girl and her united people.”
The Starlings – “Rome”
Eurovision 2022 might be taking place in Turin, but The Starlings are heading to a different Italian city. Inspired by a trip the duo took to “Rome”, the song is a sweet percussion-driven track. Tom Dice (Belgium Eurovision 2010) and Kato sing about the unlimited possibilities that could happen on a trip to the city: “You and me in Rome / Anything could happen / Even if it’s for one night”.
zalagasper – “oblike oblakov”
zalagasper have run to the hills for their new lyric video. It sees the duo admiring one another as well as “oblike oblakov” (“cloud shapes”). Slovenia’s Eurovision 2019 act deliver another chilled pop track that blends electro backing production with guitar flourishes in the chorus. Vocalist Zala compares the clouds to hopes and dreams floating up to the sky: “Stop the signal / Today we are looking at cloud shapes / Drops of doubts, questions and hopes / Now sending to the sky”.
Nathan Trent – “Still The Same”
Ahead of his debut album, Nathan Trent has now dropped “Still The Same”. A gradually-building pop song, Austria’s Eurovision 2017 star lets his best friend know he’ll always be there for them, even despite how their lives might have evolved: “So, when everything feels like a blur / Remember I’m here / Don’t worry when I say I’ve changed, I’m still the same / I just let go of all the pain, I found a way”. Speaking about the song on Instagram, Nathan noted:
“It’s so special to me and is dedicated to my best friend, who has always been there for me since the day we met. The song takes the listener back to the start. I want to say it concludes my body of work in the most honest innocent way. It makes the album a full circle experience.”
Timebelle – “’96”
Timebelle have given us the ballad “’96”. It’s a solid offering that grows in the chorus as Runa’s vocals swell: “I close my eyes and then my dream begins / I can fly across my winter / And be your child again”. Switzerland’s Eurovision 2017 group have announced that all the money earned from streaming “‘96” will be donated to the victims from Ukraine.
Riskykidd & Chef Kay – “Many G’s”
Riskykidd’s latest single is “Many G’s”. Greece’s Eurovision 2014 representative collabs with producer Chef Kay for the rap song. For those not up to date with urban slang, a “G” is one of your closest friends. Riskykidd discusses all the Gs around him and how he’ll always put the effort in to help them out: “Said I wouldn’t stop until I see you smile / Choosing the hardest road for the gang / Trying to put Gs in my life”.
Hu (feat. Francesca Michielin) – “Guai”
Hu sang alongside Highsnob at Sanremo 2022. Despite not winning, the Italian star has still sprinkled some Eurovision magic over her song “Guai” (“Trouble”) by bringing on board Italy’s 2016 representative Francesca Michielin. The track comes from Hu’s recent album Numeri primi (Prime numbers). In the lyrics, the pair have conflicting emotions. On one hand, they want to be united with the person they love; but on the other hand, they believe it would only lead to problems: “Hear all the words that suit us / To me they sound like a mistake / You are mine, you are mine / But go away, but go away / If I miss you I’m in trouble”.
DJ Sava (feat. Connect-R) – “Jamaica”
Connect-R is taking a trip away from his home country, Romania, and heading to the Caribbean, specifically the island of “Jamaica”. Moldova’s Eurovision 2006 rapper provides the vocals for DJ Sava’s latest summery dance track. Connect-R performs in Spanglish, and is using his trip across the sea to hunt for a certain individual: “City to city I’m lookin’ for you / No one makes me happy like you / I feel like I live in deja vu”.
Cornelia Jakobs – “Fine”
A few days before being crowned the winner of Melodifestivalen 2022, Cornelia Jakobs released the new single “Fine”. The indie-pop song sees the Swedish singer dealing with the aftermath of a breakup. Cornelia hopes her ex will want to come back to her, and she would be ready for them if they did: “But I will be fine for you / Fine if I have to / I’ll wake up high in the truth / Far from fine, without you”. The lyrics aren’t all in English, though – the final moments are in Swedish.
Jyrise (feat. Laura Põldvere) – “Gameboy”
There’s video game references a plenty in the new single by two-time Eurovision star Laura Põldvere and Eesti Laul 2022 alum Jyrise. The pair come together for “Gameboy” , a fun R&B-pop offering. Jyrise provides rap verses while Laura delivers the chorus in between, singing about how she wants her lover to push her buttons: “Play me today as a Gameboy / I’m a toy for you, like a toy / Stop and go, life is like Nintendo / I want to take you home today”.
Mandinga & Habana Swing – “Sin miedo a caerte”
Eurovision 2012 group Mandinga recently teamed up with Habana Swing for “Sin miedo a caerte” (“Without fear of falling”). The band might be Romanian in origin, but Mandinga frequently incorporate Cuban sounds into their music, making this rhythmical collaboration feel completely natural.
Roman Lob – “Feels Like Home”
“A lot of places that I want to go / My favourite memory will always be you / Feels like home to me / Wherever I go”. Roman Lob got to travel across Europe when he represented Germany at Eurovision 2012. But regardless of where he goes in the world, the singer will always feel grounded when his partner is by his side. Musically, “Feels Like Home” picks out rhythms from various world styles and puts them together into a mixing pot.
Gakuseii McFly (feat. Gunvor) – “Be The Change”
Switzerland’s Eurovision 1998 singer Gunvor is addressing the issue of bullying. The singer features on “Be The Change” by Gakuseii McFly. It’s a bilingual track, with McFly delivering English rap verses while Gunvor sings the Swiss-German chorus. The Eurovision alum explained more about the song on social media:
“This is a raw song about a worldwide problem: bullying. Written from two perspectives. One is a high school kid being harassed on the daily. The other is a young adult who has dealt with bullying his entire childhood and now helps kids in a similar situation. The two of them are friends.”
Gunvor and Gakuseii McFly have also recently joined other artists for the song “All Unite”, which supports the people of Ukraine during the ongoing conflict.
Click on the links below to read our individual articles about other new songs released recently by past Eurovision stars:
GO_A – “Kalyna”
Which of these new songs is your favourite? Have we missed out on any? Do you have any artists you want to shout out to? Let us know in the comments.