Although we’re officially into the Eurovision 2023 season, it will still be some time before we hear any national final and Eurovision songs. 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 36
Francesca Michielin – “occhi grandi grandi”
Italy’s Francesca Michielin is telling a modern love story. The Eurovision 2016 star has caught the “occhi grandi grandi” (“big big eyes”) of someone who rides on the same subway as her every Friday. Francesca is trying to build up the courage to talk to them but is struggling to find the words: “I would like to talk to you but my voice breaks one step away from you / Without parachute […] It seems to fall / From your big eyes as big as the sea / Come here and hug me”.
Bilal Hassani – “Tout est Ok”
Bilal Hassani has announced his new album will arrive at the start of October. To coincide with the announcement, France’s Eurovision 2019 star has shared the pre-release single “Tout Est Ok” (“Everything is Ok”). The song comes with a music video that showcases Bilal like we’ve never seen him before. Rocking a punk aesthetic with long red liberty spikes and mime-style white face paint, the French singer explores areas of Paris. Meanwhile, Bilal sings of how everyone will meet the same fate in the end, and so rather than hate one another we should let people live the life they choose: “You drowned me in hate / But we both die / In the end it’s the same / Might as well be left alone […] We have the right to say to ourselves that everything is ok”.
Manizha & MARKINA – “Ну же, Боже”
Manizha has joined forces with MARKINA for the new single “Ну же, Боже” (“Come on, God”). MARKINA kicks off the dramatic song with the first verse, then Eurovision 2021 star Manizha takes over for the second. The pair sing about the pain and suffering that is unfolding, with a once whole Earth now shattering into pieces: “Come on, God, can you hear, give me your hand / Come on, God, can you hear, give me a mouthpiece / Everything that I thought was eternal has come to an end”.
Edyta Górniak & Tomek Torres – “Free Your Heart”
Edyta Górniak is offering us “energetic-musical support” through her new collaboration with Polish drummer Tomek Torres. “Free Your Heart” is an atmospheric track in which Edyta provides enchanting vocals over Tomek’s steel drums. In the description of the audio video, Poland’s Eurovision 1994 star describes what the pair hope people will take away from the song:
“Thinking about those who dared to leave their comfort zone and change their whole lives, together with Tomek Torres, we have created energetic-musical support for you. The process of changing your life, that is yourself, is often a complex, long and, unfortunately, painful process. Each of us balances our own energy and the energy of the universe every day through thoughts, choices, decisions and actions. By thus entering the side of the light or the side of the shadow. Both directions and all choices are allowed in the evolutionary process. Only experience brings us wisdom. But how much more beautiful it is to be on the side of the light and be able to constantly discover its amazing face, its perfection.”
Conchita Wurst – “All That I Wanted”
Austria’s Conchita Wurst is kicking off the autumn with the new single “All That I Wanted”. The Eurovision 2014 champion is disappointed a relationship didn’t work out and he still has this certain individual firmly on his mind: “Why couldn’t you just let me in […] It’s all that I wanted / It’s all that I needed to, needed you”. Musically, this new song blends alternative-pop verses with a danceable chorus.
Miki Núñez – “Dime Que No Duele”
“How will I continue if you are not / To give me melodies? / I just hope that when you fly your wounds heal / Although all this makes mine open”. Miki Núñez is saying goodbye to a loved one with the new song “Dime Que No Duele” (“Tell Me It Doesn’t Hurt”). Spain’s Eurovision 2019 representative serves up a percussion-driven pop song that simultaneously contains feelings of joy and sadness – the joy of the time he spent with this person but the sadness that it’s now come to an end. The accompanying music video tells this story by looking at the relationship between a grandchild and their grandmother.
Daði Freyr – “I’m Fine”
The last few years have been a rollercoaster for Daði Freyr – going viral with his Eurovision 2020 entry, not being able to perform at Eurovision 2021 due to Covid-19 in the delegation, welcoming a new baby into the world. After all those emotional ups and downs, the Icelandic singer is confirming that “I’m Fine”. Daði brings us a catchy electro song filled with synth and digital production. In the lyrics, Daði reassures his new potential partner that it’s OK for them to still be working out who they are as a person: “It’s alright if you’re taking your time / People who have been found / Are the worst to be around anyway / OK all I wanted to say / It’s alright”.
Blind Channel feat. Zero 9:36 – “Alive or Only Burning”
Following the July release of their new album, Lifestyles of the Sick & Dangerous, Blind Channel have now shared the LP’s newest single. For the single release of “Alive or Only Burning”, Finland’s Eurovision 2021 band have asked American alternative-rock artist Zero 9:36 to feature on the track. Zero 9:36 takes the lead on some of the verses, adding in more hardcore and screamo vocals.
Michael Ball & Alfie Boe – “Luck Be A Lady”
Las Vegas is one of the biggest entertainment cities in the world. So it seems fitting that Michael Ball and Alfie Boe, two of the UK’s favourite entertainers, would use the American city as the theme of their new upcoming album, Together In Vegas. Ahead of the LP’s release at the end of October, the two singers have dropped the lead single “Luck Be A Lady”. Originally featured in the 1950 musical Guys and Dolls, the song sees gambler Sky Masterson hoping he’ll win a bet. Thus, it’s the perfect song for Eurovision 1992 alum Michael Ball and tenor singer Alfie Boe to add to their Vegas-themed album.
Tusse – “Home”
“How many nights do I need to lie awake, and / How many years will go by before I let it go? / And I can finally move on / And I can say that I am home”. Eurovision 2021 star Tusse is trying to move on from a breakup, but at this stage he’s not sure how long it will take him. The Swedish singer’s new single “Home” is the final addition to his Happiness Before Love EP. Starting off as a piano ballad, the track gradually builds with the addition of strings and percussion.
SuRie – “Best of You”
“Best of You” first appeared on the charts in 2005 as the lead single from the Foo Fighters’s fifth studio album. Eurovision 2018 star SuRie has now released her own version of the song 17 years later. The British singer strips things back and delivers an unplugged rendition. Accompanied solely by piano, SuRie lets the emotion of the lyrics pour out in a new way: “Is someone getting the best
/ The best, the best, the best of you? / Has someone taken your faith? / It’s real, the pain you feel”.
REDDI – “Bad Pop Song”
Since participating at Eurovision 2022, REDDI have gone from a quartet to a trio. Guitarist Agnes has decided to pursue her studies, but Siggy, Ida and Ihan are continuing on. The Danish-Swedish band will be hoping listeners don’t judge their new music to be a “Bad Pop Song”. Much like their Eurovision entry, this latest track is not so much pop-orientated but rather a breath of punk rock. In the lyrics, REDDI want their lover to turn the volume up on their relationship: “Turn it up a little / Turn it up loud / Don’t turn me off like a bad pop song / Come on, come on / You turn me on, me on”.
Omar Naber & Saša Lešnjek – “Glas Srca”
Two-time Eurovision act Omar Naber has dropped the new single “Glas Srca” (“The voice of the heart”). He’s collaborating with fellow Slovenian singer Saša Lešnjek for the song. The pair deliver a romantic ballad that blends strings with a classic rock feel (particularly with the guitar solo in the bridge). Omar and Saša sing, “The voice of the heart whispers / It plays soft music / Magical love, just the two of us”.
Soluna Samay – “Lakehoney”
Soluna Samay is taking a dive into “Lakehoney”. Denmark’s Eurovision 2012 representative also hopes her lover can dip their toes in with her: “Oh, now I could be your lakehoney / Pretty baby if you come with me / And if you stay in my silver canoe / You can be my lakehoney too”. Musically, Soluna’s new single has an understated quality, flowing along as a laidback indie-pop track.
Jubël feat. Noa Kirel – “Lucky”
Noa Kirel is feeling “Lucky” and will be hoping that luck holds out until Eurovision 2023. For now, she’s teamed up with Swedish dance-pop duo Jubël for a new single. The trio deliver a short but sweet track with a chilled yet catchy vibe. Israel’s Kirel sings the chorus, noting how lady luck is going to help her fortunes: “I must be mad / Someone come stop me / I’m on a rant / You can put it on a tab / I’ll make sure to pay it back / Cause I’m lucky”.
Jala Brat & Buba Corelli – “LaMelo”
Jala Brat continues his collaboration with Buba Corelli in the new mid-tempo hip hop single “LaMelo”. The Eurovision 2016 star leads the first verse, Buba Corelli the second, then the two Bosnian rappers come together in the chorus. In their lyrics, Jala and Buba discuss the experiences they’ve had with a special someone and how loneliness has now crept in without them: “Bodies melt, I would do it all over again with you / It’s like I’m cursed, don’t say I’m dreaming everything / And I can’t calm down, my soul is alone”.
AWS – “Útvesztő”
Before passing away in 2021, Örs Siklósi wrote a number of songs that he hoped would form a new AWS album. To make sure his talent is not forgotten, the remainder of Hungary’s Eurovision 2018 group have released one of these songs – “Útvesztő” (“Maze”). The lyrics of the metalcore track reference a lost soul hoping to find truth: “No past, no future / Just me and my maze / No answer, no strength / But I am looking for my creator”.
Eleni Foureira feat. Hawk – “Aya”
Eleni Foureira’s latest music video is for the single “Aya”. Coming from her recent album Poli_Ploki, the song features Greek rapper Hawk. In the video we see Eleni and Hawk looking at each other from their respective flats before finding one another in the night. The lyrics suggest they’ve previously had a relationship but since gone their separate ways. But Cyprus’s Eurovision 2018 star wishes for them to rekindle the romance: “Aya, all these nights I’m looking for a sign that you will come back / Aya, I have changed and I will do whatever you ask me to / Aya, I have believed each thought of you belonging to me”.
Karolina Gočeva – “Од небо до дно”
After some time away from the pop music scene, Karolina Gočeva is diving back in with her latest single “Од небо до дно” (“From the sky to the bottom”). North Macedonia’s two-time Eurovision star serves an upbeat disco-tinged track that’s very easy to dance along with from the first chorus onward. Karolina has also released a version of the song in the Croatian language, titled “Ti si moj”.
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.