The Eurovision 2023 season is 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 the songs and music videos released recently by Eurovision stars.
New music from Eurovision artists: 2023 | Week 3
Måneskin – RUSH!
Since winning Eurovision 2021, Måneskin have been caught up in a RUSH! of fame and popularity that’s taken them across the globe. With more international fans, the Italian band’s music has also evolved. Thus, rather than doing Teatro d’ira – Vol. II, Måneskin have leaned much more into English this time around. If you’ve been a fan of the singles Måneskin have released over the past year then there’s a good chance you’ll also enjoy the vast majority of RUSH!, as there’s a familiarity running throughout the jam-packed 17-song LP. Sometimes this is good, allowing listeners to dive straight into songs from the first seconds, such as the riveting “BABY SAID”. Other times it’s not so good — “BLA BLA BLA” feels like a poor rehash of “MAMMAMIA”.
For those looking for something more akin to their Italian artistry of past albums, you’ll want to head towards the end of the LP. There are three 100% Italian-language songs — the energetic “MARK CHAPMAN”, the driving “LA FINE”, and the ballad “IL DONO DELLA VITA”.
Kate Miller-Heidke feat. Marcus Bridge – “The Last Day on Earth”
Kate Miller-Heidke first released “The Last Day on Earth” in 2009. Now the Australian singer has returned to the song for a new rendition, which has been made for the upcoming Paramount+ series Last King Of The Cross. This new version features Marcus Bridge, who is part of heavy metal band Northlane. Marcus’s screamo vocals and the additional electric guitars add an extra edge and angst to the second half of the song.
Laura Tesoro & OSKI – “These Nights”
Laura Tesoro plans on enjoying every moment of “These Nights”. Belgium’s Eurovision 2016 star has joined forces with rising star OSKI for the new single. The result is a catchy pop-rap song that captures the feeling of spending time with friends and loving life: “Taking it in, in a different way / High on the night at the end of the day / Nothing can top all the memories of these nights / Gonna hurt so good tomorrow”.
Kristian Kostov, Tra$h, YKEY – “Sorry”
“Think of this song as a warm hug. I think that many of us need this right now.” Kristian Kostov hopes you’ll get a little comfort from his new lo-fi and chill single “Sorry”. It’s produced by Tra$h and features singer YKEY, who provides the second verse in Chinese. Kostov sticks to English, with Bulgaria’s Eurovision 2017 star realising he’s incompatible with another person: “Breakfast, lunch and lonesome dinner / Ever since you made it clear that / You’re a taker, I’m a giver / And there’s no way to press undo”.
Paula Seling – “My Sweet and Tender Beast”
By the end of Paula Seling’s new video you should know a bit more about the different attractions of northeast Romania. The two-time Eurovision star is involved with a tourism-related campaign for the region. The song itself incorporates music from Eugen Doga’s waltz “My Sweet and Tender Beast”. Additional lyrics see Paula singing about true love: “Love me like noone has loved before / Kiss me like there will be no tomorrow / When you touch me, it feels like you’re tasting my heart / Nothing can keep us apart / My only love”.
Max Mutzke – “Hoffnung”
Max Mutzke is taking a page from STEFAN’s book. Germany’s Eurovision 2004 singer has released a new single titled “Hoffnung” (“Hope”). A mid-tempo offering, it starts off with piano accompaniment before percussion and backing vocals are added into the chorus.
Musiqq – BIJIS, IR UN BŪS
Musiqq’s new EP — BIJIS, IR UN BŪS (Was, is and will be) — is dedicated to Latvian hard rock band Līvi. The Eurovision 2011 alumni take songs from Līvi’s back catalogue and update them with new arrangements. The end products are quite a contrast from the originals, with Musiqq instead delivering mid-tempo R&B and pop offerings. The EP includes previous singles “Bijis, ir un būs” and “Ar tevi Kopā”.
Lucía Pérez – “La Penúltima”
RastaBenji feat. Stig Van Eijk – “Bounce in this Club”
Ahead of participating in semi-final three of Melodi Grand Prix 2023, Stig Van Eijk has featured on the new song “Bounce in this Club”. Written by German artist RastaBenji, it’s a reggae/dancehall track. Stig Van Eijk, Norway’s Eurovision 1999 representative, delivers most of the vocals, singing about how he’ll be putting happiness before love: “I don’t want to be in love / I just want to bounce in this club”.
Guè feat. Mahmood – “Lontano Dai Guai”
Italian rapper Guè dropped his new album Madreperla (Mother of pearl) last week. In amongst the various featured artists is two-time Eurovision star Mahmood. He joins for “Lontano Dai Guai” (“Away From Trouble”), delivering the chorus: “Don’t blame me if I put you on hold / Keep believing, yes it’s the usual excuse / Away from cash, from trouble / Never make the mistake of wasting years”.
Amir & Black M – “Grandir”
Amir, France’s Eurovision 2016 star, recently collaborated with rapper Black M. Their joint offering is the R&B-pop track “Grandir” (“Grow up”). The pair wonder whether it was really beneficial to loose their carefree childhoods in order to become adults: “Unanswered questions, things I don’t see coming / Come on let’s stop before we grow up / I want to understand, is it worth it?”. You can watch the music video here.
Anxhela Peristeri & Labinot Tahiri – “U deshtem”
Eurovision 2021 star Anxhela Peristeri has teamed up with Labinot Tahiri. They come together for the ballad duet “U deshtem” (“I failed”). Mainly featuring soft percussion and woodwind, the song gets some extra grit in the final chorus courtesy of electric guitars. In the music video, this is also where we see the big failure — a groom leaving the bride at the altar.
Zdob și Zdub – “Să ne fie Bine și Frumos”
“May you have a year full of light, may it be warm in the house and in the soul! See you in the new year, with new songs, concerts and hundreds of roads to beat. Let’s go!”
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.
I listened to the new Maneskin album, but it’s just a no for me. I feel like they turned all their energy and attention on pleasing the English speaking crowd, when in reality, their Italian songs are far better. Perhaps it’s because I don’t speak Italian, but their English songs sound somewhat generic.
Stella Tricella, again with this Italian songs. Måneskin are international stars now, they are no more the Monteverde guys singing in Via Del Corso or in Sanremo. Forget they will do an album all in Italian. They have 3 songs out of 17. That’s not bad. And 3 beautiful songs. You all claim songs in italian are better, but then, if we exclude Zitti e Buoni, who had an international audience because it won Eurovision, only the songs in english enter the charts in UK and USA. Do you think they can have a wide audience in english speaking countries… Read more »
Hey, thanks for the suggestion, I will check them out 🙂 Your points are all valid, perhaps I should rephrase what I tried to convey in the previous comment. I’m not against English songs per se, I liked almost all English songs on Il ballo della vita. And I understand that, as a band, they need to evolve instead of sticking to the same formula over and over again. But as you said, their aspirations have grown, they want to be successful worldwide, and that made them focus more on the musical needs of English speaking countries. That’s the direction,… Read more »
I love Mahmood’s voice so much! It is so soothing in this song!
Unrelated but when is news about Greece coming?
They are going to announce the singer and the song this month.
Does anybody know a date where we could expect them to release tgeir song?
big chance that this week the artist(s) will be announced
Zdob si Zdub always bring good vibes
Guys, I’ve got some bad news. Aiden from Malta has just been disqualified from MESC for breaching the rules. https://tvmnews.mt/news/aidan-cassar-skwalifikat-mill-malta-eurovision-song-contest-2023/
And Reily from Denmark is at risk of being disqualified because he performed his song live in South Korea last autumn. The matter is under review right now, so it’s not official yet.
If you enjoyed their songs, then these are a pair of bummer news for you.
Thank you. How very strange to disqualify Aiden for that, considering what Malta has done in the past.
I Think if I understand the reasoning, it’s self promoting while the national final is going on, but if you win it, then you could self promote all you want. Aidan’s fatal flaw may have been doing it too soon. Which is a shame because this is the one song I really enjoyed for Malta. I guess I’ll just have to stump for somebody else.
In my opinion, the self-promotion aspect of the broadcaster’s regulations needs to be explained, as it’s easy to misinterpret. It would also seem to have no bearing on the ESC. It is also rather ironic if Aiden were disqualified for this, considering how much advertising there is on the Maltese broadcaster. Maybe it’s time to audition for San Marino instead.
Are the gonna disqualify also Brooke for her posts? 😉
What did she post about? And is it enough to disqualify her too or is there going to be a double standard here? Or did Aiden piss somebody off at the Maltese broadcaster and they evoked the rules to get him out?
And if Reily does end up being disqualified, we’ve got four disqualifications for this national season After Latvia and Lithuania. Has there ever been a season with so many disqualifications before?
Well, Riley got a break. He will not be disqualified from Dansk Melodi Grand Prix because it was determined that his live performance was not a competitive advantage. However it has now been reported that TWO songs for the Moldovan selection have been disqualified due to one song being released more than 10 years outside of the cut off rules, and the other for breaking the rules about having 50% Moldovan citizenship in the act. So we have five disqualified songs for this year‘s Eurovision season. Has there ever been so many disqualifications in one season before? It feels like… Read more »
Good. I’m glad Reiley has been spared. That means three disqualifications so far? I think 2020 had the same. Sweden, Italy, Moldova.
four countries have disqualified five songs total— Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, and Moldova with two songs out. I don’t remember the Italy and Moldova disqualification, but for Sweden they disqualified the artist, not the song itself, and had to get a new singer last minute.
I’ve seen it now. Honestly, I feel sorry for Massimo (Nordika is still in with their other song), but now that these two songs are out, I feel like those were 6 minutes I’ll never get back. As for Aidan, this is BIG, as he was one of the frontrunners! Feeling sorry for him, as he was so close this time. Does this mean that Brooke is basically unopposed? Quality-wise, there are songs to challenge her, but hype-wise, who? Maxine Pace? Jessika? Now I expect for the remaining part of this NF to be ceremonious. Prove me wrong.
Brooke was my second favorite for Malta, now I have no choice but to support her.
Oh, right, I forgot about the disqualifications from Latvia and Lithuania. I was also misremembering Sweden 2020, Anna Book does not seem like seven years ago. Sanremo had a disqualification in 2020 after one of the performers changed the song and his partner walked offstage.
That Maneskin Album is just wow!! Probably the best album of the last 10 years! I am totally in love!!
Me too mate. It’s a varied album. We spans from funk rock, to rock ballads, to punk rock (where Damiano on pourpose got drunk to better simulate the english accent of a punk song, he never drinks), etc. Blablabla is a wonderful song. Those who dislike it prove they didn’t understand nothing about it. Bla bla bla like Mammamia??? Where, for God’s sake? Overall one of the best albums of the decade. Not even a skip song. I have it on repeat. That’s nice that everybody wants from them songs in Italian, but the ones who are entering the charts… Read more »
Doron, one of the writers of Noa Kirel’s song “Unicorn” for Eurovision, was interviewed and said: “Europe will be shocked, the song will be revealed soon and we are going to bring another victory to Israel and I’m not even kidding! Mark my words!”. He said the same thing about “Toy”, my expectations are sky high.
Overhyping never worked, he should be cautious.
It would have been weird if he said the opposite but without knowing the competition he should be more cautious. Say “we want to win again and we are going to do everything for” instead of “we are going to win” moreover 4 months before the contest, it could appear presomptuous. Don’t get me wrong I wish the best to the israelian team but these kind of statements and assertions are useless.
Don’t try to create too much hype and expectations but release the song instead, if it’s a worthy esc winning song, the hype will happen by itself.
My expectations are low, if Noa truly is a superstar with a winning song, why would it need to be overhyped over and over and over.
I’m not gonna make a stab for what I think will win the contest until all the songs have been selected or released. Then I’ll do a ranking and see what comes out on top.
Exactly, no one is a winner before all the songs are being heard.
Calling Bla Bla Bla a Mammamia rehash sure is a take.
Wiwibloggs should paint in gold the ground where Maneskin walk. They had 53Mln streams on the IWBYS and Z&B live video who made them earn a lot of money. Writing Blablabla is a bad song, where Damiano also change voice, displays funny lyrics and make some references to Lady Gaga, etc. But I have seen many english/american reactors dislike this aong. Strange, Talking Heads were singing the same way.
Guys, kind of off-topic (as this is regarding Finland), but I just checked the Finnish singles chart and Benjamin debuted at #7 and Keira at #10 this week
If this is indicative of anything, I think we’re in for Käärijä’s debut at the top spot on next week’s issue and a top 10 stacked up with UMK entries
While I miss them performing in Italian, most of Måneskin’s new songs are hella good!
Of course, songs like BLABLABLA are forgettable, though
On the same note, Kristian Kostov’s new song is cute!
Does Jack White get a credit on “FEEL”? He went after Netta for less.
idk I just listened a bit mindlessly, didn’t get into details
I’m tempted to actually spend money on music, by getting the autographed “RUSH!” album. Are these things actually real, or do they just use a fake signature? I know Bob Dylan got in trouble for that with his new book recently.
Buy the albumz whatever it is signed or not. It’s a banger.