Summer is always the quiet period for Eurovision fans as we wait for national finals to start once again. Thankfully, the music will always continue and a number of Eurovision artists are still producing new songs for us 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 22
BLANCO – “Nostalgia”
It’s only been three weeks, but BLANCO is already feeling the “Nostalgia” for Eurovision 2022 … not quite. The Italian star’s new punk-pop single actually sees him getting sentimental about a special person. Although this certain individual just wants to fill the void with meaningless sex, BLANCO’s feelings run a little deeper: “I told you that I can’t be without you / That I’d make everything go to s*** without you / Without you, but I’ve got nostalgia / Because you’re like my home”.
LOBODA – “Молитва”
In the 100 days since the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, LOBODA has been very outspoken in supporting her homeland. Ukraine’s Eurovision 2009 star has now turned her thoughts into music by releasing “Молитва” (“Prayer”). It’s a passionate orchestral ballad in which LOBODA says she’ll always stand behind those fighting for her country: “Don’t be afraid, I stay with you / To cover you from bullets / In fight between the dark and light / My prayer is a shield”. The music video, filmed in Latvia, is predominantly in black and white. But the ending is given extra power with the addition of yellow and blue lights. The Eurovision alumna shared an emotional message upon the release of the song:
“100 days since the beginning of another life, other dreams, other words and meanings, other people, tears, other songs, other prayers! 100 days that forever changed the world and aged millions of hearts by 100 years. It was hard to start singing again… Very difficult! But music, like a thin strip of light, breaks through the darkest days. We will still celebrate life on our beautiful land and we will sing songs not from pain, but from happiness! Until then…”
Eleni Foureira – Poli_Ploki
Since competing at Eurovision 2018 for Cyprus, Eleni Foureira has dropped a string of single. But now we finally have a full studio album from her courtesy of Poli_Ploki. Despite the strong back catalogue from the past four years, the vast majority of the LP’s 12 songs are brand new – though it does include pre-released tracks “Aeraki – To Thiliko”, “Mporei” and “Fotiá”. The other nine songs serve up a series of Greek pop tracks, mostly upbeat in nature but also with a couple of ballads as well. Rather than film full-length music videos for each of the songs, Eleni has shot short promo videos and combined them together to provide a ten-minute visual experience.
LUM!X & Gabry Ponte feat. Daddy DJ – “We Could Be Together”
Hot off the heels of Eurovision 2022, LUM!X has released the new single “We Could Be Together”. The Austrian DJ has joined forces with regular collaborator Gabry Ponte and also brought in Daddy DJ. The trio deliver a catchy dance track just in time for the summer party season. There are uncredited vocals from ASDIS, who hopes to get together with a special individual for a night: “We could be together / But wе don’t need forever / I want you to be minе / Hide issues for the night”.
Pia Maria – “I Know U Know”
LUM!X’s Eurovision 2022 partner in crime, Pia Maria, has also shared her follow-up single this week. “I Know U Know” is a spooky pop song with a dark and mysterious quality. The lyrics add to this atmosphere, with the Austrian singer discussing the secrets she has hidden away: “I know you know my secrets in the dark / I know you know I keep them in the past / And I’m over hiding it all / But I know that I’m craving for more”. We never find out what these secrets are, so we’ll forever be wondering.
Bilal Hassani – “Il ou Elle”
“F*CK GENDER NORMS”, wrote Bilal Hassani in a recent social media post. The French singer continues to go against the grain when it comes to traditional gender assignment. This belief flows into the new single, “Il ou Elle” (“He or She”). A pop track with electronic backing, the Eurovision 2019 star sings about wanting to explore all the seasons of possibility: “Tonight it’s he or it’s she / Your way it’s all the same / Fishnet stockings or poems / I have a thousand ways to say I love you”.
ALEKSEEV – “Мама”
The 1 June was Children’s Day in Ukraine. To honour the day, ALEKSEEV released his new single focusing on the person who is always their to protect children – “Мама” (“Mum”). An emotional mid-tempo track, Belarus’s Eurovision 2018 star sings as someone who is grateful for the presence of their mother: “In the heart, God is stronger than all amulets / I don’t need mascots / Every day I raise my hands to heaven / God, thank you for having mum around”. The message of the song takes on extra meaning under the current circumstances, with many Ukrainian mothers hoping to protect their children from the atrocities that are still occurring. In a post on Instagram, ALEKSEEV commented on this:
“Mother is the first and most reliable protection of every child: six-year-old Vlad from Bucha mother Marina protects from heaven and thanks him every time he brings food to her burial place, three-month-old Kira and mother Valeria from Odessa remained inseparable forever. Already there they are safe, and millions of mothers save their children every day, whether in Ukraine or abroad.”
Conchita Wurst – “Paris (Savoir-Vivre)”
After giving us a German-language track in April, Conchita Wurst is now getting his lips around the French language. The Eurovision 2014 champion has released “Paris (Savoir-Vivre)”. At five minutes and 33 seconds long, it’s a relatively lengthy track. Instead of being a snappy single, it aims to bring the vibe of being on a Parisian fashion catwalk. Tied into this is a message for Pride month about staying true to yourself rather than focusing on unnecessary status symbols: “Excuse me! / Do you have it? / Do you hope so? / To know… to know how to live”. The Austrian singer notes in a press release: “It is high time to use every shopping street, every office corridor and every classroom as a catwalk and present yourself exactly the way you want to be”.
Sevak & Kovskaya – “Альфа и Омега”
Eurovision 2018 alum Sevak has teamed up with Kovskaya for the new song “Альфа и Омега” (“Alpha & Omega”). It’s a solid ballad with drum beats in the pre-chorus that add a little bit of drama to proceedings. Lyrically, the Armenian and Russian singers say they want to be on an equal level with their partner when it comes to their relationship: “Don’t walk ahead of me, I won’t follow you / Don’t go behind because I won’t lead you / But if you choose to just walk beside me / I will open all the most secret doors of a new day”.
Connect-R & Alina Eremia – “Supertare”
Connect-R represented Moldova at Eurovision 2006, while Alina Eremia performed for Romania at Junior Eurovision 2005. The two artists will be hoping you find their new joint single to be “Supertare” (super cool / great). Alina kicks things off, discussing how she feels constrained since they started becoming a more serious couple: “Paradoxically, I was yours more / When I was mine”. Connect-R then comes in for the second verse of the R&B-pop song and tries to come to terms with Alina’s feelings: “I thought you’d like it too / That your stem is watering / That’s until the day you told me a flower didn’t grow”.
Connect-R also recently featured on the song “Catarina” alongside Damian Draghici and Irina Rimes.
Anna Vissi & Daphne Lawrence – “Aima”
Three-time Eurovision participant Anna Vissi has dropped the new single “Aima” (“Blood”). The Greek-Cypriot singer teams up with Daphne Lawrence for the track, which takes the form of an upbeat pop song. Red is a key colour in the music video as well as the lyrics, with the pair singing about the pain of their lover leaving them: “The wound is still dripping / Blood, blood / For years now it has not changed / The dripping tears are red / From my eyes that you do not care”.
Douwe Bob – “Someone You Love”
This week, Douwe Bob became a father for the third time in six months, following the birth of his new son Elias Lieven. The Dutch singer wrote “Someone You Love” specifically for Elias, releasing it on the day he was born. A dreamy ballad mixing acoustic guitars and strings, the Eurovision 2016 alum tells Elias that he’ll always be there for him if he falls: “No one you meet has all the answers / Because nothing is set in stone / When the weight of the world is on your shoulders / Know that you’re not alone”.
The Black Mamba – “Love is Dope”
“It’s a story about a toxic relationship”, notes Pedro Tatanka in the intro to The Black Mamba’s new music video (FYI, the intro is 1:50 minutes long if you were wondering when the music starts). Portugal’s Eurovision 2021 group proceed to deliver a groovy track with retro visuals. Vocalist Pedro notes that he can’t break free from his relationship despite knowing there are red flags: “Can’t turn it off, my baby is on fire (Your love is dope) / Can’t get enough, I should’ve known better (Your love is dope) / Now I’m beggin’ for some more”.
Laura Voutilainen – “Pidä musta kii”
Laura Voutilainen’s new single is “Pidä musta kii”. It’s a largely percussion-driven track with an uplifting aura. In the lyrics, Finland’s Eurovision 2002 star hopes that her loved one will be there to support her even when things might take a turn for the worse: “I rest in the sun’s arms, my heart in the sun’s hands / What if you throw it away, what if you can’t / Again, fear rushes to the surface”. Laura commented about the meaning of the song in a post on Instagram:
“Trust is sought at all stages of life. The world situation naturally arouses counter-forces and this counter-force gave rise to this song. […] Can I trust that You are with me, even if it feels like the security structures around are collapsing or the relationship is awkward at times? Can we still go through the wind and the blizzard together? What if you weren’t where security and peace would be? The message is multifaceted and the recipient (i.e. just you!) chooses what speaks the most in the song.”
Nina Kraljić & Jon Altham – “Vraćam Se Doma”
“Vraćam Se Doma” (“I’m Coming Home”) is the theme song for the short film Sabina: Prey for the Hunter. It’s sung by Croatia’s Eurovision 2016 star Nina Kraljić, with the music composed by Jon Altham. Performed in both Croatian and English, it’s a steady ballad with piano and other orchestral accompaniment. The track was nominated for “Best Song in A Short Film” at the 2021 Hollywood Music in Media Awards.
Loukas Yorkas – “Mechri Ton Ourano”
After 13 years in the music industry, this week marks the first time that Loukas Yorkas has released a song where the lyrics and music were written entirely by himself. “Mechri Ton Ourano” (“Up to heaven”) is a spirited pop track that gives the listener a carefree feeling like they’re running through open fields. In the lyrics, Greece’s Eurovision 2011 representative isn’t running, but rather flying up into the sky with his lover: “Up to heaven with you / Take me in your arms and hold on / I do not care what will come out / This route / To be you and me together”.
Timebelle – “One In A Million”
“You could really be someone / I said you’re one in a million / But you’re just like everyone”. Timebelle are encouraging us to embrace our individuality rather than fading into the crowd. Switzerland’s Eurovision 2017 group deliver this message through the ballad “One In A Million”, a slightly more melancholic track compared to their other discography. In the description of the accompanying music video, Timebelle go into more detail about the intention of the song:
“‘One In A Million’ is a paradox expressed in lyrics and musical notes. We are born as these unique human beings, with different wants and needs from life, but society’s charm and manipulative ways eventually bring us under its protective umbrella at the cost of our authenticity. […] The paradox is between wanting uniqueness and doing everything we can to be just like everyone else. Why is that? Because the desire to belong is always stronger than the power to embrace your individuality, however different that might be. The moment we decide to stand alone and fight for the inner original child is the moment we truly become one in a million.”
Pasha Parfeni feat. Andrea Bostanica – “18 am facut”
Turning 18 is an important moment for many people, when they begin to grow into yougn adults. Moldova’s Pasha Parfeni celebrates this transition in his new pop single “18 am facut” (“18 I did”). The Eurovision 2012 star is joined by social media star Andrea Bostanica, who will be celebrating her own 18th birthday later this year. The pair sing about the new experiences people can try when they finally reach the all important number: “You can take me today, you can take me / You can kiss me today anywhere you want / I can officially be yours today / 18 I did u-la-la”.
Siw Malmkvist feat. Nova Luther – “Mamma är lik sin mamma”
Siw Malmkvist first released “Mamma är lik sin mamma” (“Mum is like her mum”) in 1968. Now, 54 years later, Sweden’s Eurovision 1960 act has shared a new version of the song. This rendition takes the form of a duet with Swedish Idol 2020 contestant Nova Luther. The song hasn’t lost any of its charm and it still has a classic feel to it.
Aurela Gaçe – “Tradhëtar”
Aurela Gaçe is branding her lover a “Tradhëtar” (“Traitor”). The Eurovision 2011 singer has caught her partner cheating with another woman. Aurela is now deeming them to be an ex-partner: “Her fragrance on your body / I feel it, my pain / Every sign of her follows me like a shadow / No, I can’t find force, no reason to forgive you / You traitor, free to go”. The Albanian star wears red for the music video, a colour that could represent her rage at the situation.
Iveta Mukuchayn – “Es Patrast em”
Let’s get ready to rumble! The 2022 European Boxing Championships were held in Yerevan at the end of May. At the opening ceremony, Eurovision 2016 star Iveta Mukuchyan premiered her new single written specifically for the event. Like many songs created for sporting events, “Es Patrast em” (“I am ready”) has all the typical lyrics about perseverance and aiming for the win: “I am ready / Ohhhh / The fight is approaching / The end is victory”. But Iveta’s offering has a bit more flair to it in the music thanks to the ethno pop blend of digital production and traditional Armenian rhythms.
Blue – “Haven’t Found You Yet”
At Eurovision 2011, they proudly claimed “I Can”. But one thing Blue seemingly can’t do is find the right person to love. This is the theme behind the boyband’s comeback single: “Swear that I can almost taste you / Like there’s something in the air / I just haven’t found you”. The British group deliver a solid 2010s pop track with “Haven’t Found You Yet”, which includes some digital backing vocals in the chorus.
Sergej Ćetković – “Ne Odlaziš”
A connoisseur of the Balkan ballad, Sergej Ćetković returns with another prime example of the genre. Montenegro’s Eurovision 2014 star recently released “Ne Odlaziš” (“You don’t go”), which gradually builds throughout its duration. Sergej sings to an ex-partner who he can’t quite move on from: “You don’t go, the door is open / You get sick, you’re still my old wound / Love, who are you happy with tonight”.
Natasha St-Pier – “Jeanne”
Natasha St-Pier has revealed she’ll be releasing an album later this year dedicated to Joan of Arc (known as Jeanne d’Arc in France). The first cut from the LP is the single “Jeanne”. For the lyrics, France’s Eurovision 2001 representative uses some of the words of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, who wrote about Joan of Arc. Meanwhile, the music takes the form of a ballad that starts with a piano intro and then builds with the addition of a choir and bells.
Jamie-Lee – “oh oh”
Jamie-Lee is certainly no longer the teenager we saw on the Eurovision 2016 stage. The German singer has grown into a confident young woman who’s not afraid to show off more of herself. Jamie-Lee showcases her current self with the new electronic dance song “oh oh”. She sings to someone who she hopes to get up close and personal with: “I like it wild / Yeah girl, your body / Has the license to kill / Just you and me, oh”.
Freddie – “Like a Stone”
Freddie has been releasing a plethora of live covers over recent months. After previously dropping a full album of them, Hungary’s Eurovision 2016 singer has now given us a bonus one. Freddie performs a raw, stripped-back rendition of “Like a Stone”, originally released by Audioslave.
Nico & Stelu Pandelescu – “Chefuiti prieteni buni”
Romania’s Eurovision 2008 star Nico has collaborated with Stelu Pandelescu for the new song “Chefuiti prieteni buni” (“Have good friends”). There’s plenty of folk charm in the song. The pair sing accompanied by accordion and fiddle, while traditional dancers perform around them in the music video.
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.
Dear Wiwiblogg, I wonder why you present some participants from Armenia so often and ignore others. For example Gor Sujian, the leader of Dorians from 2013 has so many wonderful songs which are very popular in Armenia, but we never see him in these lists.
Where is Feminnem? Because THEY GET BACK TOGETHER!!!!!
and please add them in next music week and their new song is very good you won’t regret it!
Loukas Yorkas ! I would like to see him back aut ESC (maybe representing Cyprus this time)
PIA MARIA gave us a BOP!
Natasha St-Pier was from 2001 and not 2021. 2021’s representative was Barbara Pravi (who has a new song reportedly coming out in a few weeks time, so get ready for it).
Pedro Tatanka from Black Mamba has a dope voice.
Some good tracks in this selection. Thank you for Jonathan for your work.
Good to hear from Loboda, btw has anybody heard anything from Ani Lorak recently?
Wow, the cover of Eleni‘s album is really daring to say the least!
Douwe Bob had three kids in six months?!
Yeah, that seems a bit too much, doesn’t it?!?
With different women
Different mothers?! Why the rush?
poor women , i felt sorry for them!
No need to feel sorry for them, they have their own minds.
you have a point there Jonas!
Condoms, Rose, condoms!
Oui. Je me fais beaucoup d’amis en votre compagnie. Merci de m’emmener dans les pays balkans. Cela me console de la défaite de NOVAK DJOKOVIC en quarts de finale du tournoi de Roland Garros.
Je dois préciser que la chanson de Natasha ST PIER est une reprise d’une chanson de Laurent VOULZY “Jeanne” qui lui aussi se consacre à Jeanne d’Arc
Comment est-ce possible que l’adorable DOUWE BOB soit père de trois enfants en six mois ? Tant mieux pour le n°2 de la décennie 2010-2019 pour moi
Très longue continuation à Wiwibloggs.
il a juste utilisé différentes femmes pour porter ses enfants apparemment. désolé pour mon mauvais français, c’est la faute du traducteur, je ne suis pas français