The Eurovision 2023 season is slowly beginning to heat up. Over the course of the next few months, we will all fall in and out of love with scores of new national final and Eurovision entries. But that doesn’t mean we forget about the artists from past contests.
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 49
Note: We’ll be featuring the new festive-themed songs from Francesco Gabbani, Friðrik Ómar and others in a series of separate articles during the run-up to Christmas.
Sam Ryder – There’s Nothing But Space, Man!
What a year Sam Ryder has had. After finishing second at Eurovision 2022, hitting #2 on the UK charts, performing at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Party, F1 British Grand Prix and alongside Queen, the British star is now topping that all off by releasing his debut album. There’s Nothing But Space, Man! brings together 14 songs, including Eurovision entry “SPACE MAN”, plus recent singles “Somebody”, “Living Without You” and “All The Way Over”. Overall, the album is focused on glam pop/rock, with Sam’s uplifting spirit very much present throughout. But there are a few ballads that provide some contrasting moments and allow the British singer’s vocals to shine.
An additional deluxe version of the album adds an extra song as well as some live and acoustic recordings.
Joci Pápai – “Utolsó Tánc”
“I want you to sin / Same, same as we used to do / Your scent poisons me / We have nothing else left / Just one last dance”. Joci Pápai is prepared to give in to the ways of sin if that means he can have one final moment with a special somebody. “Utolsó Tánc” (“Last Dance”) is a percussion-driven song that utilises Romani rhythms. In the music video, we see Hungary’s two-time Eurovision star strumming his acoustic guitar whilst a woman dances around him.
Helena Paparizou – “Fevgo”
“I’m leaving first, now I learned / What you are, what love is / How nice, why are you pretending? / Lie after lie, you played me so well”. Greece’s Helena Paparizou is packing her bags and jumping ship. The Eurovision 2005 winner delivers a passionate pop-rock ballad through her new single “Fevgo” that also holds on to some Greek flourishes.
Madame Monsieur – “Tu me manques encore”
Madame Monsieur’s new single is “Tu me manques encore” (“I still miss you”). It’s a gentle French pop track about toxic love. Émilie sings the song in the first person. However, she has clarified that she isn’t singing about her current relationship with musical partner Jean-Karl, but of those that came before:
“Of course, since 2008 JK and I have been a business going on, and exes seem far away, but I have precise memories of uncontrolled, unpleasant feelings that arise in a flash of malice when we try to forget, move on, to rebuild away from our shooter in the heart like a balloon, after dragging it through the mud. Those hateful moments when lack comes unannounced, waving like a standard of injury evidence still alive. We knew in her stomach she was a bad person (to herself) and breaking up was the best idea ever.”
Harel Skaat – “להרגיש בבית”
Harel Skaat is celebrating the joys of parenthood in his new single “להרגיש בבית” (“Feel at home”). Israel’s Eurovision 2010 star brings a mid-tempo pop track in which he tells his children that they will always have him and his partner Idan Roll their for support: “Even when you grow up / You have us at home / You have us at home / The door is open / And your smell / Makes me feel at home”. The accompanying music video features home video footage of Skaat and Roll with their two children. On social media, the Eurovision alum had more words for Ari and Isla:
“A child is born and the heart opens to his life’s journey. The word love gets a different meaning and a new meaning is born – responsibility. To love, embrace, keep, protect. Always and in every situation. I dedicate this song to every son and daughter who knew that we are the parents, Always here for them. And personally: Ari and Isla, Dad and Dad are always here for you.”
Aurela Gaçe – “Si Jetoj”
Aurela Gaçe sits down throughout her latest music video for “Si Jetoj” (“How Do I Live”). Albania’s Eurovision 2011 representative is weighed down by the sorrow she feels now that a certain person is no longer in her life. In the ballad, she questions how she will be able to go on without them: “How am I living without you? / God knows / Now say I’m nothing to you / Let me suffer alone / For both”.
Edsilia Rombley et al. – “Het Feest Van Tante Rita”
Dutch singer Edsilia Rombley is hitting the movie screens for the new family musical film Het Feest Van Tante Rita (The Feast Of Aunt Rita). The two-time Eurovision star plays mother Sjan and naturally puts her singing skills to work by featuring in some of the songs. The cast have released one of the group song’s from the film to coincide with the film release.
Engelbert Humperdinck – All About Love
Engelbert Humperdinck rounds off the year with the new EP All About Love. Three of the songs will be familiar to fans from earlier this year, as the EP includes pre-releases “You’re The first, The Last, My Everything”, “How Can You Men a Broken Heart” an “Starting All Over Again”. The final two tracks are a new version of the Eurovision 2012 star’s previous hit “Take Me Back Again”, as well as a cover of Lou Rawls’ “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine”.
SuRie – “They Won’t Go When I Go”
SuRie’s latest cover song is “They Won’t Go When I Go”. First performed by Stevie Wonder in 1974, the soul ballad is interpreted as a hymn about hoping for a second coming for selective people. The song was already piano-driven, but the UK’s Eurovision 2018 representative removes all other production and strips it back further.
Sieneke & Frans – “Vaya Con Dios”
Eurovision 2010 star Sieneke is going on a theatre tour with fellow Dutch singer Frans next year. Naturally, they need some songs to sing together. Thus, the pair have released the new joint single “Vaya Con Dios” (“Go With God”). It’s a cover of the song first written in 1953 and made popular that year by Les Paul and Mary Ford. Despite the Spanish title, Sieneke and Frans sing the rest of their rendition in Dutch.
Mandoki Soulmates – Magya Kepék
After representing Germany at Eurovision 1979 as part of Dschinghis Khan, Hungarian musician Leslie Mándoki went on to form the group Mandoki Soulmates. They’ve now dropped the new album Magya Kepék. A 100% Hungarian-language LP, there are 19 tracks in total — this includes the pre-released collaboration with Joci Pápai, “Ide tartozunk”. In addition to other collabs, there are also some instrumental tracks included in between.
AMOS FLEUR – “through my eyes”
“I don’t wanna get high by your words anymore / I don’t need fake love to fall for […] Wish you could see / Through my eyes”. AMOS FELUR’s Carlotta Truman is coming to the realisation that she needs to escape from her current relationship — she just wishes that this other person could understand her point of view. Germany’s Eurovision 2019 singer brings an almost haunting vocal line to “through my eyes”, joining with Simon Leander’ alternative pop production.
Jala Brat, Buba Corelli, RAF Camora & Dardan – “Coco 2.0”
Eurovision 2016 star’s Jala Brat first released “Coco” alongside Buba Corelli in August this year. The Bosnian rappers have now brought in a couple of extra names for a 2.0 revamp. RAF Camora hails from Austria, while Dardan is a German hip-hop artist, thus we get some added German lyrics thrown into the track.
Jala has also recently teamed up with Devito for the new single “Shake It”.
Brainstorm – “Alive Again”
Renārs Kaupers, lead singer of Brainstorm, features in the new movie Erik Stoneheart (portraying a pirate named Versace). The other members of the Latvian band also get their name on the credits, as Brainstorm have recorded the title song for the film. “Alive Again” is a pop rock track in which the Eurovision 2000 group discuss the strength that a loved one can give you: “I can move the mountains / When you’re by side / I can swim the oceans / While our stars collide / Isn’t a wonder you can melt my heart / And I feel alive again”.
Laurie Darmon feat. Alma & more – “Corps à Cœurs”
French singer Laurie Darmon brought in the help of several other artists for her latest single “Corps à Cœurs” (“Body to Hearts”). This includes Eurovision 2017 star Alma and Eurovision France, c’est vous qui décidez 2022 participant Marius. Darmon sings the verses by herself and then the accompanying group join for the chorus, singing about how we should let our hearts speak to our bodies and accept those around us: “And then this body to hearts / Come let’s sing it together / In all colours / In all languages”.
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.
Loving Sam’s new album. Worth all the success.
Off topic, but when will FiK 2022 song be released? It’s literally in less than a week. They usually release them in early December.
I think Albania’s songs will actually be released on the night of the first show, the 19th of December, so we’re not gonna get a preview until FIK starts. It also happens to be the same day that Spain and Romania will reveal their competing entries too, so we’re going to have lots of music that day.
That Sam Ryder album is gonna be worth it! Tiny Riot, Space Man AND Somebody?!
Harel Skaat is so cute and so is the message of his song!