Months can go by where nothing happens. And then a week goes by and you’ve got the first two acts for Eurovision 2023 in Liverpool.
Poll: Who is your favourite Eurovision 2023 act so far?
Ukraine: TVORCHI with “Heart of Steel”
Ukraine was first out of the gate, staging its highly impressive Vidbir in a metro station. TVORCHI emerged victorious with their pop R&B number “Heart of Steel” — an ode to both personal and national endurance as Ukraine continues to fight off the Russian aggressors. They were low-key and under-the-radar headed into the competition. But their sleek graphics, which included nuclear warning signs, stirred the audience and the jury at home. Have they landed at the top of your rankings?
Albania: Albina & Familj Klemendi with “Duje”
A few day later Albania kicked off its four-day long Festivali i Këngës 61, which featured some of the country’s most established stars and hottest newcomers. In the end the jury and the public were split. The professionals chose Elsa Lila – now a three-time FiK winner. But the people, who this year were given the power to choose the Eurovision act, went with Albina Kelmendi & Familja Kelmendi (the jury’s runner-up). Her song starts with a major note before launching into an ethnic number filled with fierce rhythms and a message about a family fighting to stay together.
But which do you prefer? Who tops your current Top 2? Vote above and comment below!