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 40
Cornelia Jakobs – “Rise”
Cornelia Jakobs has been performing “Rise” during her summer concert tour across Europe. Now the song is finally on streaming platforms for everyone to enjoy. Cornelia ups the tempo compared to her Eurovision 2022 entry and builds towards an anthemic conclusion. Lyrically, Cornelia sings about a journey from darkness to light: “Waking up a spark inside / Suddenly it seems so easy / I’m slowly getting closer to the light / Became a lover to the night / But darling, oh you gotta release me”. The Swedish singer explained the message of the song further on social media:
“Rise is about that first little streak of light after a long period of darkness. The sensation that you feel when you’ve been walking in the night for what feels like ages, and then suddenly you can glimpse the first light from a sun about to rise. It’s hard to decide wether to believe it or not, cause you haven’t seen it for so long you almost thought it was gone forever. But whats so cool with that moment is, that since your eyes have gotten used to the dark, it only takes a little streak of light to give a blinding effect -and suddenly, for a second or two, everything seems so easy.”
Amanda Tenfjord – “I’ll Stay”
Ahead of her debut album in two weeks, Amanda Tenfjord has shared the final pre-release single from the LP, “I’ll Stay”. According to Greece’s Eurovision 2022 star, this song “might be the best and saddest song of the album”. The lyrics of the piano ballad see Tenfjord battling her emotions over a failing relationship. Deep down she knows she should leave, but there’s a part of her that stops her doing this: “In the corner of our lonely bed / I’ve cried the pillow soaking wet / I’ll stay / Anyway / You’ve hurt me ’bout a thousand times / So what difference does it make? / I’ll stay”.
wrs – “Me Flipa”
Romania’s wrs has enjoyed a summer of concerts and travelling. It’s this that the Eurovision 2022 star showcases in the vertical music video for his new single “Me Flipa” (“That’s Cool”). It matches with the lyrics of the track, in which wrs discusses the joy of dancing all night long: “Life is an endless party / Dance on and kiss somebody / Come on let’s sing along / Till the dawn”.
Måneskin – “THE LONELIEST”
Måneskin can put on a full force glam rock performance at the best of the times. But there’s skill in being able to do this whilst also delivering a emotive punch to the gut. Italy’s Eurovision 2021 champions succeed in just that by bringing us the rock ballad “THE LONELIEST”, which gradually builds to a strong climax. Damiano sings about the sadness that fills a person when they can’t be with the person they want: “You’ll be the saddest part of me / A part of me that will never be mine / It’s obvious / Tonight is going to be the loneliest”.
Ivana Boom Nikolic – “Ispocetka”
Following on from the breakup of Serbia’s Eurovision 2021 group Hurricane, we now have the first solo single from Ivana Boom Nikolic. Ivana makes it clear that she is certainly a popstar in her own right, giving us a catchy and seductive pop offering. The lyrics of “Ispocetka” (“From the beginning”) see the Serbian star wondering why she’s still with a person she describes as a mistake: “At least you can curse me / You hear me in every song / There’s me, who’s to blame for you? / I remain like an anomaly”.
Ksenia – “Hir”
Fellow Hurricane star Ksenia has also dropped her debut post-group single this week. Overall, the Serbian-Montenegrin singer serves a contemporary Balkan pop track. But Ksenia also brings in traditional influences with the instrumental refrain running throughout. In “Hir” (“Whim”), the Eurovision 2021 star sings about the need to distance herself from the person she recently got together with: “I think it would be better for both of us if I permanently say ‘No’ to you now […] That, papi, that, papi, surely your sweet words that you serve me are lies / Come on, screw me, you were just a whim / You celebrate tonight because I’m leaving”.
PIA MARIA – “White Noise”
“Should have seen the hell in your hello-o / Now I’m searching for the good in good-bye […] Find it on you lips, devotion / But when you speak all I hear is white noise”. PIA MARIA is looking for a way out of her current relationship. Austria’s Eurovision 2022 singer serves up a solid pop song with a driving beat running throughout. It comes with a music video set in the snowy mountains where PIA MARIA is chasing after a glowing orb before a mysterious UFO gets to it first.
Marco Mengoni – MATERIA (PELLE)
Last year, Eurovision 2013 star Marco Mengoni began a trilogy album series with MATERIA (TERRA). In 2022, the journey continues with MATERIA (PELLE) [MATTER (SKIN)]. It adds 11 songs to the project (and two interludes), including recent singles “No Stress” and “Tutti I Miei Ricordi”. The album showcases the spirited side of the Italian star’s music, such as the pop track “Attraverso Te” (“Through You”), a collaboration with two-time Festival di Sanremo contestants La Rappresentante di Lista.
Flo Rida & Walker Hayes – “High Heels”
Flo Rida has teamed up with American singer Walker Hayes for the new single “High Heels”. San Marino’s Eurovision 2021 rapper kicks things off, with Hayes then taking over for the second verse. It’s a chilled but peppy track that brings together elements of country, hip hop and pop. Flo Rida uses high heels as a metaphor for his life, noting that fame it not the perfect fairy tale some think it is: “My life is like parties over sleep / Monkey in the middle of my money and my dreams / My life is like high heels on the beach, perfect on the surface but I’m sinking underneath”.
Bilal Hassani – Théorème
“These songs were the first stepping stones of my reconstruction. A reboot necessary to continue to dream and move forward.” France’s Bilal Hassani is continuing to grow and evolve as an artist and has now entered life’s next chapter with the new album Théorème (Theorem). The LP contains ten songs, including previous singles “Il ou Elle”, “Tout est Ok” and “Transfert Trottinette”. You can get a quick taste for all the songs through the album’s official video, which features clips from the Eurovision 2019 star’s recent concert at Crazy Horse Paris.
Waylon – “Spreekuur”
Waylon’s new single is “Spreekuur” (“Consultation Hours”). The two-time Dutch Eurovision entrant is hoping to see a doctor for one of life’s most prolific injuries — a broken heart: “Stop the time / Will it pass? / Do something about the pain / Give me the medicine”. The song itself has a retro flavour to it and features some ’80s synths in the intro and post-chorus instrumental.
Franka – “Priča O Nama”
“Beauty, purity, peace, simplicity of emotions” are the qualities Franka wants to portray through her new single “Priča O Nama” (“Story About Us”). A gentle and emotive Balkan ballad, Croatia’s Eurovision 2018 star sings over a rich set of strings. Franka hopes the song will help bring back memories for us:
“I believe that when you hear it, time will stop for a moment and there will be only violin notes, a smile on your face and love in your heart or a tear in your eye and a memory of some story that is just yours.”
Sheldon Riley – “Never Enough”
Sheldon Riley spent the month of August dressed up as Snapdragon whilst competing on The Masked Singer Australia. Making it all the way to the grand final, the Eurovision 2022 star’s last performance was of “Never Enough” from The Greatest Showman. Sheldon ultimately finished as the runner-up. The Australian star received a multitude of requests from fans to release his rendition of the song, and now those wishes have been granted.
Kenan Doğulu & Ege Çubukçu – “What’s Love”
Kenan Doğulu is asking the age old question, “What’s Love”? The Eurovision 2007 alumnus has collaborated with Turkish rapper Ege Çubukçu for the single. The pair bring a ’90s/’00s feel to the song that blends pop and hip hop. In his answer to the question, Doğulu says he’s looking for a ray of sunshine: “She’s just like California / Sunshine like golden aura / And dancin’ like Shakira / One more margarita”.
Blue – “Heart & Soul”
Blue have now dropped the title track of their upcoming album. “Heart & Soul” is a fun pop song that comes with a video looking back at the British group’s hay day. In the lyrics, the Eurovision 2011 act declare their devotion to their partners: “Ooh I wanna give till I can’t give no more / I’ve been waiting too damn long that’s for sure / So I believe its this to you I owe / My heart and soul”.
Johnny Manuel – Younger Skin
Johnny Manuel has released his debut solo EP. Titled Younger Skin, it contains four songs, including recent single “Again”. Bulgaria’s Eurovision 2018 representative exhibits his R&B style with primarily mid-tempo tracks, though “Out of Time” has an extra spring to it. In tandem with the EP release, Johnny has also uploaded a music video for “The Others”, which features two masked characters dancing in a smoky room.
Friðrik Ómar – “Ég elska þig mest á morgnana”
Friðrik Ómar is a morning person. More specifically, he’s a morning person when he gets to wake up next to his loved one. With his new single “Ég elska þig mest á morgnana” (“I love you most in the morning”), the Icelandic singer shares how he wishes to begin every day: “I love you very much in the morning / When a new world opens up / Then I mirror both you and me / Turn my face to you”. Musically, the Eurovision 2008 star delivers the song as a soft ballad that builds with the addition of a gospel choir in its final moments.
SuRie – “Somebody”
SuRie has released another piano ballad for us all. This time, the Eurovision 2018 alumna has covered “Somebody”. The song was first recorded by British electronic band Depeche Mode in 1984. SuRie lets the emotion of the track come to the forefront and delivers a delicate vocal line on top of the piano.
PAENDA, Moodygee & Max Fail – “Good On My Own”
PAENDA has collaborated with music producers Moodygee and Max Fail for “Good On My Own”. As far as dance tracks go, this is on the timid side compared to the full-on bangers out there. But there’s certainly enough of a beat to bop along to. In the lyrics, Austria’s Eurovision 2019 representative has come to the realisation that she’ll be better off by herself: “Forced yourself in my brain / Filled all the stars out with pain / But babe all your words make me blind now / Just let me go / Yeah, I thought I’d know / I can make good on my own”.
Shiri Maimon – “היא יודעת”
During the latest series of HaKokhav HaBa (The Next Star), Israel’s former Eurovision artist selection show, Shiri Maimon took to the stage to show the contestants how it was done. The Eurovision 2005 star performed a cover of “היא יודעת” (“She knows”), first released by her fellow judge Ninet Tayeb. Moving away from Tayeb’s pop rock original, Maimon turned the song into an orchestral ballad. At the request of fans, the Eurovision alumna has now released the live performance of the song as her latest single.
Maraaya & Kvatropirci – “Življenje”
Maraaya have teamed up with musical quartet Kvatropirci for the single “Življenje” (“Life”). They deliver a steady ballad with guitar, string and piano accompaniment about the rollercoaster that we all go through from day to day: “You are led by this life / It hides all the treasure in itself / You kiss the new morning / Just love him always”. Slovenia’s Eurovision 2015 duo went into more detail about the song’s message in a post on Instagram:
“Life brings victories, defeats, ups and downs. It’s just the way it is. But no matter what it brings us at the moment, the most beautiful thing is to wake up to a new day and fall in love with it all over again. Let the song ‘Življenje’ always remind you that after the rain the sun shines and that after the sun it starts to rain. This is why it’s interesting and makes us who we are.”
Kristína – “Oceán”
Kristína is enjoying the crystal blue “Oceán”. The Eurovision 2010 star is flowing along with the waves and right into the heart of her loved one: “The tide of love that carries us away / All the way across the ocean / Every part of my body comes alive in me / When I merge with you like the ocean”. The radio edit of Kristína’s latest single is a cheery track with folk influences. However, for those who love ballads, the Slovakian singer has also released a separate version of the song that slows things down a notch.
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.
We need Maraaya back in Eurovision. Here For You is the perfect Eurovision song.
I love “Here For You” too (massively, massively underrated), though this song is kind of an easy-listening snoozer.
Cornelia really makes it feel as if Friday is already here. That is an exceptional song,think it makes us all rise and feel the light
That Waylon song really does sound like something that would have been a #26 pop hit in 1985.
“Rise” is insanely great. That bridge alone, wow.
Ksenis just copied the full song of Elvana Gjata?
It’s common in the Balkans for songwriters to sell their songs to 2 different singers. So you have many songs that share their melody in Greece, Albania, Serbia, Bulgaria…
She bought it from the producer, but that means it still isn’t her song. So she only released a recycled cover (same music but different lyrics). Therefore, only Sanja and Ivana released new songs since the breakup of Hurricane. Ksenija’s song doesn’t count.
Ksenija made her debut as well with her own label Kseniart
it is a nice song anyway, and it suits her voice quite well
Well, who wins the battle between the Hooters girls, ehm sorry, the Hurricane girls? For me it’s a tie, both songs are pretty decent, I think.
Also I like the new Franka song very much. I still feel sorry for her poor result at Eurovision…
The Franka song is lovely