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 4
BLANCO – “L’Isola Delle Rose”
BLANCO was hoping to visit “L’Isola Delle Rose” (“The Island Of Roses”). Unfortunately, his lover has decided to up and leave him, and the Italian star now has to cancel his trip: “I wanted you to be mine, mine, mine, mine, mine, mine, mine / As if you were the one to choose me / Only for me to take you with me for one night / On the island of roses”. Overall, the Eurovision 2022 alum delivers a strong alternative-pop track that has both grit and emotional depth.
Stefania – “B.E.D.A.N.K.T.”
Stefania is taking a stand against bullying with her new single “B.E.D.A.N.K.T.” (“THANKS”). A pop-rock track, Greece’s Eurovision 2021 star sings in her native Dutch language. She discusses the initial pain bullying can bring, but goes on to say we can rise above it and not let it bring us down: “At first your words hurt / But now I’m one step further / THANKS / Thank you, you make me stronger”. The song has been created as part of a collaboration with children’s TV channel NPO Zapp and their Stip it project.
Lordi – “Lucyfer Prime Evil”
“It’s a horror story, kinda like an eery horror movie theme song”. Lordi are going spooky on us with their new single “Lucyfer Prime Evil”. Finland’s Eurovision 2006 champions sing of a child who’s destined to dry up wells and destroy crops: “Behold the child is evil / They prophesised her name / Lucyfer’s prime evil”. There’s plenty of guitar action in the song, including a minute-long guitar solo from new guitar player Kone. This single release comes with the announcement of their new album Screem Writers Guild, which is due to drop at the end of March.
Ochman feat. Kalush Orchestra – “Cry For You”
The bond between Poland and Ukraine has only grown stronger as a result of the ongoing war. Now the two countries join together musically thanks to this new collaboration between Eurovision 2022 stars Ochman and Kalush Orchestra. Singing and rapping over drum machine beats and flute melodies, Kalush Orchestra perform in Ukrainian whilst Ochman contributes English lyrics: “Don’t go, tell me, I’m not sorry / Let me start again / Only trying, vapours blind me / Let me cry for you”.
KEiiNO – “Alt Du Kan Se”
KEiiNO have always mixed Northern Sami and English lyrics within their songs. But now they’re adding in a third language to the pot — “Alt Du Kan Se” (“All You Can See”) is predominantly sung in Norwegian. The Eurovision 2019 group take the view of someone who is waiting for the spring thaw: “Melts in the sun / Where hope can grow / Under snow / Everything you can see / The dream of spring / Is all you can see”. Musically, the song has a mystical undertone to it and then finishes with a driving dance beat.
Kobi Marimi – “אבא שלי”
Kobi Marimi’s new single is very close to his heart. Titled “אבא שלי” (“My father”), the lyrics speak of how the Israeli singer knows his father will always be with him throughout his life’s journey even though Kobi is now grown and independent: “You are in every story in every tune / In the old pictures of flowers in the garden / I believe in every part of my body / That you are with me, father, like I was little”. The ballad opens with the Eurovision 2019 alumnus accompanied by piano, but it gradually builds with extra instruments over its four minutes.
Brooke – “Come Alive”
Brooke is busy showcasing her dancing skills on Dancing with the Stars Ireland. But she’s not completely giving her voice a rest, as she’s now dropped the new single “Come Alive”. It sees the Eurovision 2022 star step away from her pure pop sound and instead try out something closer to alternative dance. Lyrically, Brooke encourages a certain individual to take her all the way: “Take me, take me just how I like / Show me, show me how high / Make me, make me come alive / Oh you know you gotta”.
Can Bonomo – “Sustum”
Can Bonomo is nearing the release of his brand new album in March. Before that, we’ve been gifted the single “Sustum” (“Silence”). Turkey’s Eurovision 2012 star sings “Come on, come on, I’m silent / Give way, flowing river / What pain have I travelled”. The music video reveals more about this pain, with a man and woman arguing until it becomes too much for her.
ByeAlex és a Slepp feat. LUCA – “Rózsaszín Mustang”
Eurovision 2013 act ByeAlex is getting all revved up with his first single of the year. “Rózsaszín Mustang” (“Pink Mustang”) is a subtle but effective mid-tempo track with featured vocals from Hungarian singer LUCA. The pair take two different viewpoints of a relationship and whether it was good or bad that it ended: “Pink Mustang / I dreamed that I was sitting in it, they were looking at me strangely / You are with me, and I can feel that you are also frustrated / That we’re not even together anymore”. There’s no sign of an actual pink Mustang in the music video, but ByeAlex has dyed his hair appropriately.
Trijntje Oosterhuis – Trijntje Zingt Vrienten Met Vrienten samen met Residentie Orkest Den Haag
Trijntje certainly wins the award for lengthiest album title of the week. It translates to: Trijntje Sings Vrienten With Vrienten together with The Hague’s Residentie Orchestra. Essentially, the Eurovision 2015 alumna has recorded a number of covers for songs first written by Dutch musician Henny Vrienten. She’s accompanied by The Hague’s Residentie Orchestra and also by Henny’s son Xander Vrienten, who produced the album and provides some backing vocals. There are 16 songs on the LP, including pre-release tracks “Het Gaat Niet Over” and “Melk En Honig”.
Sergej Ćetković feat. Zoran Predin – “Stari Moj”
Montenegro’s Eurovision 2014 star Sergej Ćetković has teamed up with Slovenian singer Zoran Predin. They’ve released the ballad “Stari Moj” (“My Old”). Filled with an ever-growing amount of strings, the pair give us some advice from “This my old heart”. Ćetković and Predin encourage us to go out and find that special person we can share life’s pleasures with: “To love her so much with all my real heart / Give your life for her eyes, lose your head / Because singleness scared me, I don’t want to be alone”.
Gromee & Sara Chmiel – “Ty i Ja”
“Because you and me / Like night and day we need each other / Because you and me / We will find the lost meaning anywhere”. Gromee’s new single “Ty i Ja” (“You and Me”) is about the everlasting bond between two people who were meant for each other. So it’s fitting that the Eurovision 2018 DJ should perform the song alongside his wife, Sara Chmiel. Speaking about the track’s lyrics on social media, the Polish star said:
“Curvy roads lead to the most beautiful places in the world. In life as well as in love we shall overcome them because at the end of them we have a reward.”
AWS – “Odaát”
It’s been a tough couple of years for AWS following the passing of lead singer Örs Siklósi. They released a number of songs that Örs had recorded before his death to honour him. Moving forward, the group have now brought in new vocalist Tomi Stefan. His first song as part of the band is “Odaát” (“Over there”). The metalcore track talks of rebirth and moving forward with a partner: “Well, behold a miracle / Let’s step into reality together / And see you over there / I’ll see you over there”.
3JS – “Vallen en Weet Opstaan”
3JS have been out in Los Angeles to record the songs for their new upcoming album. The first single to be released from this is “Vallen en Weer Opstaan” (“Fall and Get Up Again”). Despite the Dutch lyrics, the Eurovision 2011 group have taken inspiration from their surroundings in the United States with the country style. On Instagram, the trio revealed the message of the song:
“It’s all about choices in life. The turns we think we should take and which we shouldn’t… to achieve a goal we have in mind. It can cause a lot of uncertainty and in the end everything will turn out differently than you had imagined. We can talk about it.”
Timebelle – “Painted Hearts”
“You painted hearts / Around my scars / And your colour’s never fading / It flows back into my heart”. Timebelle are getting sensual with their new single “Painted Hearts”. Switzerland’s Eurovision 2017 group deliver a mid-tempo track about the passion between two people. In the music video’s description they recommend we use it for a special day coming up on 14 February:
“Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and this romantic track is our gift to you and your special one. Take your loved one and celebrate your passion, dance slowly and show them how much they mean to you. If our song helps you do that, then we reached our goal! Make love, not war! In this hook up culture it is quite [reinvigorating] to hear a track that talks about the healing power of love.”
ela. – “Immer Jeman Wach”
ela.’s new single is “Immer Jeman Wach” (“Always Someone Awake”). Germany’s Eurovision 2014 star utilises synths and the retro 80’s sound to add an extra flair to her pop style, but it still feels very rooted in a contemporary setting. ela. uses the lyrics to remind us that we are never alone: “There’s always someone awake / Who thinks of you / The one without you noticing / Hangs on your lips”.
Ronnie Romero – Raised on Heavy Radio
Ronnie Romero was Raised on Heavy Radio, helping his love for rock and metal music to grow. Bulgaria’s Eurovision 2022 singer is now paying homage to some of the classic rock songs that shaped him through his new LP. The album features 11 cover tracks, including previous releases “Metal Daze” and “The Shining”. Grab your guitar and prepare to jam along.
Wig Wam – “Forevermore”
The latest song to tease Wig Wam’s upcoming album is “Forevermore”. The glam rock band play into their Norwegian heritage in the lyrics, opening with “Take me back to the land up north / To the god of thunder / Take me back to the land of fjords”. The Eurovision 2005 alumni go on to say that their people will always come together to face adversity: “When the battle’s at your door / We paint ourselves for war / We make our stand together / Forevermore”.
Michael Ben David – “שים גז”
At Eurovision 2022, Michael Ben David was all about me, myself and “I.M”. But for his new single “שים גז” (“Add gas”), the Israeli singer keeps the focus on someone else. Singing in third person, Ben David discusses a woman who has gained the strength to leave a bad situation behind: “The bitter taste / Of the tears she cried every night / It gave her the strength to say / Baby go in reverse / Too many revs (add gas)”.
Buket Bengisu – “Kırık Ayna”
Buket Bengisu represented Turkey at Eurovision 2002. Her latest single is “Kırık Ayna” (“Broken Mirror”), a steady ballad with percussion and string accompaniment. Bengisu sings of a sadness in her heart that she feels she can’t tell anyone about as they won’t listen to her: “No, I don’t want it in that broken mirror / Fragmented scars / And to see the fury on your face / You lost me, this game must be over / My heart won’t open once again”.
Barbara Dex – “Niemand Heeft Je Ooit Gezien”
The iconic Barbara Dex returns with the new single “Niemand Heeft Je Ooit Gezien” (“No One Has Ever Seen You”). It’s a cover of the song first released by Helga in 1972 (Eurovision 2010 star Sieneke has also previously covered it). Dex adds some extra power to the song, mixing electric guitars and orchestral accompaniment.
We can expect more symphonic covers of classic hits from Belgium’s Eurovision 1993 star. In fact, we’re getting an entire album of them – Dex in ’t Groot is coming soon.
LPS – “Osem korakov”
LPS began the year with the single “Osem korakov” (“Eight steps”). The Slovenian band move away from the disco-funk sound of their Eurovision 2022 entry and instead dive into indie-rock. Vocalist Filip Vidušin sings about the distance between him and someone he cares for: “Eight steps away from you / But we’re too far to embrace / I’m only eight steps away from you / With the whole world in between”. LPS go into more detail about the song’s message in the music video’s description:
“‘Osem korakov’ is a story about being caught up in everyday life and distance from our loved ones, whether the distance is physical, mental, or due to time constraints. Despite the fact that it can be very difficult for us at certain moments, the end of the song tells us that better days are coming, which are worth waiting for.”
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.
Kobi‘s song is impressive… he was terribly underrated at Eurovision
No he wasn’t. His ESC song was not good. Him as a vocalist is great but the song was dead on arrival.
Also that fake crying
The worst Eurovision season so far! not a single song that is original! Everything sounds like songs we’ve already heard before, and even the only song that is somewhat original “Cha Cha Cha” is actually stolen from another song! It’s terrible! This year is terrible, I’m waiting for Sweden or Israel to save this year, because I’m really disappointed with the other countries!
Wait hold that thought I’m gonna get a jar real quick. This is amazing I’m not gonna have to buy any salt for like a year! Thanks!
So much salt that I can season my popcorn with it
You can give popcorn to your entire family bloodline with all the salt that’s being produce here.
Too much salt is never good for the health…the proof
Keep waiting then…keep overhyping Noa, but you’re not doing her a favor at all…
I’m so anxious for Unicorn it’s not even funny.
She will deliver for sure, don’t be already anxious, you have still more than a month to wait….unfortunately
I’m anxious about Unicorn, not Kirel. My biggest ESC fear this year is everyone liking the song and me not liking it or being indifferent to it.
If you don’t like it, it’s ok you will still have others songs to enjoy, everyone can’t have the same taste. Even if you support and defend your country, which is legitimate and it takes part of the game, you can’t love each year your country’s song and you can root for another country for example. Look me when my country does well it’s when I’m not in love at all with the song, and when I’m a big fan of the song, we don’t get a good result #2022, so you see…
I don’t mind not liking my own country’s entry. It’s the fact that Noa Kirel is my dream ESC artist. She’s the only Israeli singer outside the ESC bubble I ever cared for so when she was announced I lost my s***
Couple things to remember: 1. Ritoli has previously expressed being from Israel. 2. You can see Ritoli hyping Israel everywhere here. 3. Cha cha cha being one of the contenders for the win this year makes Ritoli want to trash talk Käärijä – even though he hasn’t even won UMK yet. 4. Cha cha cha isn’t stolen. Looks like Noa Kirell isn’t bringing much anything, if Israelis have to talk down others constantly and bully everyone here. Ritoli has been saying negative things in every article about other countries. I won’t be supporting Israel at all this year, since the… Read more »
Hey hey hey! I’m Israeli as well and I don’t act like that. Why are you grouping every Israeli ESC fan together?
Some fans behave well and some don’t, I’ll give you that one. For me all this bashing has made a negative feeling of Israelis in general and this includes Noa Kirell; And let’s face it, last year’s representative wasn’t a picnic either.
This one fan being an a hole as made me dislike all Israeli people. Great logic! : D
Refusing to vote for a country based on one toxic fan from it which you don’t like, is toxic in itself. You’re no better. Just wait for Noa to release her song and if you like it consider voting, that’s all.
I remember attending the 2018 contest and the behaviour from some Israeli fans was quite rude, and if they heard you saying other countries as possible winners or just preferences the mocking would start. It’s never nice to be humiliated, expecially in public by complete strangers.
You do realize you’re perpetuating racist rhetoric right?
“I had some bad experiences with some people from x group therefore I don’t like them”
Negative feeling in general doesn’t mean dislike, it refers to as how you perceive a person before you even talk to any of the people in question.
I’m gonna say this very slowly so you could understand-
The downvoting, not suspicious at all. Some strange people around these parts.
Yeah I’m not shocked or bothered at all.
The 2018 Israeli fans weren’t all Israeli, they were just Netta fans. Like that Russian guy in the white shirt they always cut to during the performance.
Israeli fans as in they were from there, they were constantly talking loudly in Hebrew. If you didn’t show support to Netta in their eyes they would mock you and say that you’re supporter of “Palestinian terrorists”.
I’ll admit, israel has that mentality where people are very rude and can’t behave properly when abroad. Inside israel it’s very fun to watch and feel that vibe because people just say what theyre thinking to your face and are being loud, cut lines etc. I get why europeans will find that irritating, it’s a different culture, but still, don’t generalize. There are lots of good people here and also eurovision fans who expect fairness and not to feel boycotted as we usually are anyway because of politics.
To categorize an entire country for just one troll is worst I think, there are bad persons everywhere in every country of this world unfortunately, and the person who represents one country has not to pay for the stupidity of some people.
I’ve had previous experiences with similar behaviour, so for me it’s not just one troll on the internet that I have to base my opinnion.
No two people on earth are the same.
I know, that’s what makes me worried, first group of strange men in 2018, internet trolls calling me dumb and people ‘mansplaining’ that I haven’t been bullied I’ve just misunderstood.
Women go through so much and in the end it still seems like a man has to approve what we say in order it to count. If I feel insecure around x group of people, can you really blame me for being worried that the same won’t happen again?
You should go follow Kanye on twitter
“Cha Cha Cha” is stolen and I don’t like the song, I like “Hoida mut” way better and I want it to win! There are songs I like this year and want them to be chosen: Venom, Šauksmas, Geronimo, Hoida Mut, Concrete Heart and more.. But unfortunately, in these countries they want to choose other songs and that disappoints me. And Israel? Yes, I like Noa Kirel because she wants to win and invests millions from her own pocket and she does it to represent her country with honor. Noa could also refuse to participate in the Eurovision, the competition… Read more »
We literally won in 2018 what are you on about.
Also Cha Cha Cha isn’t stolen. I listened to the EC song people were saying it stole from. It’s not stolen. They’re both great songs in their own right.
Now chill before you overdose on sodium.
I was wondering why my local supermarket ran out of salt…
You can’t see it, but I’m currently playing violin for you. The smallest ones in the world that is.
KEiiNOs new song shouldve been on mgp ive been listening to it on repeat for the past 2 days
theres smth so beautiful abt it and ofc catchy