The Eurovision 2023 season is now in full swing and no doubt fans will have the songs from this year’s contest on repeat until we crown a winner in May. But that doesn’t mean we forget about the artists from past contests – they’re still bringing us a lot of new music 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 the songs and music videos released recently by Eurovision stars.
New music from Eurovision artists: 2023 | Week 9 part 2
With so many songs to cover this week, we’ve split this roundup into two bitesize halves. You can find part one by clicking here.
Kalush Orchestra – “Changes”
The Ukrainian winners of Eurovision 2022 embrace the wonderful culture of their country in their new song “Changes”. This is the first Kalush Orchestra song with lyrics mostly in English. Having a strong message of peace, this song makes us think that it might be performed on the grand stage in Liverpool this May. Many traditional elements are present on both the musical and the visual level. From traditional instruments to traditional costumes, this song has everything it needs to praise the beauty of Ukrainian culture.
The music video has references to the disasters caused by the full-scale war that started last year, in February. The house in the music video represents their homeland, which is under constant danger. The music video shows how people do not abandon their home, they remain to defend it despite the danger. This song alsorepresents the debut of a new Kalush Orchestra member, KilimWoman.
Edurne – “Fresas & Champán”
Hope you are ready for “Strawberries and Champagne” because this is what Edurne brings us here. Back in 2015, she represented Spain at Eurovision with her enchanting ballad “Amanecer” and she impressed everyone with her powerful voice. Her new song goes in a totally different direction, being a cheerful and cute one. In the music video she gets ready for an epic pink party, obviously with strawberries and champagne. What else is to say? Get ready for la fiesta.
Netta, Girafot & DEGO – “מסיבה רעה”
From the pinkish and cute party descried above, we move to a “Bad Party”, as this is the English title of Netta’s new song. Israel’s Eurovision 2018 champion collaborates with Girafot and DEGO. Here we have a retro song with pop rock influences, all in Hebrew. Watching the music video, it is easy to see nobody has a good time at this “party”, as there are strong accents on the idea of feeling isolated or a misfit compared to all the others. The lyrics speak about those days when you feel life is like “The worst party I’ve ever had (…) Everything is fundamentally screwed up.”
Gerard Joling – Ga Je Met Me Mee
Gerard Joling represented The Netherlands back in 1988 with his song “Shangri-la”. His new EP, Ga Je Met Me Mee (“Are you coming with me?”), contains 4 songs. They’re all in Dutch, showing us once again how melodious this language can be. The EP offers a very interesting mixture of genres and styles. You get the chance to listen to some incredible retro inspired songs (“Water Bij De Wijn” and “Ga Je Met Me Mee”) and some retro songs with a modern twist (“Onoverwinnelijk” and “Ik Wil Je Wel”).
Rosa López – “1930”
Rosa López (Spain ESC 2002) is ready to make a statement with her new song. First of all, we have an incredible dance sound that will make you move for sure. Second of all, we have a song with a very deep meaning. The song encourages love and respect. The transgender flag appears on the cover of the album as the song has a strong relationship with the history of transgender culture. The year of 1930 (and 1931) represents the time of some great improvements in the gender reassignment surgeries: Dora Richter (first male-to-female reassignment surgery) and Lili Elbe (also known as “The Danish Girl” due to the immense success of the book and movie with the same title, also undergoing a male-to-female gender reassignment surgery) .
Diodato – “Così speciale”
Diodato is the Italian artist who won Sanremo 2020 and was supposed to represent his country in Eurovision the same year before the contest was cancelled due to the pandemic. In his new song, he sings about letting somebody go too easily: “This fear that locks me in a cage and makes me think / How crazy was everything, how special was everything? / I should have given you another kiss and said: ‘Wait for the sun to come back'”. The music video shows Diodato having some time alone while he tries to analyse and process his past relationship. The visuals go hand-in-hand with the metaphoric lyrics: “This disinfectant, I wish it could disinfect my mind / To have everything clearer, everything so evident.”
Dilara Kazimova – “Alov”
Dilara (Azerbaijan ESC 2014) is ready to bring a song that’s sensual and sexy. This is definitely one of the songs that you would want to dance too. You will be totally mesmerised by the insertions of traditional music that blend perfectly in this BOP. The lyrics speak about a romance born on the dancefloor: “The main thing is that our feelings burn like fire / One look is enough to arouse passion.”
Ochman & Jerry Heil – “BRONIA”
Poland’s Eurovision 2022 star Ochman has joined hands with the Ukrainian artist Jerry Heil, who has competed multiple times in Ukraine’s national selection, Vidbir. They collaborate on “BRONIA”, a brand-new song that unites Polish and Ukrainian in a language of love. The song unites the hearts of two countries through music, opening the eyes of both peoples to each other’s culture. This collaboration shows support to Ukraine during the extremely difficult times that the country is facing.
Albina & Đana – “Žar”
Another powerful collaboration comes from Croatia. Albina, who represented her country in 2021, teams up with the past Dora contestant Đana. As the title says, this song is “Žar” (“Fire”). Two powerful female voices matching perfectly in a very catchy and sexy radio-friendly song that will remain in your mind for sure. The essence of the lyrics? “I live because you keep my ardour.”
Lordi – “Thing in the Cage”
The Finnish winners from 2006 are back. And Hallelujah, we have another hard rock song, just as we love to hear from them. Obviously, there are some dark vibes here as well. The lyrics are deep, speaking about the objectification of people, about feeling like you are trapped in a cage as others only see what’s outside without considering your feelings: “Everyone stares at the thing in the cage / Everyone stares as I shiver in rage / I am the sideshow attraction / My misery’s here for your satisfaction.” The song explains how sometimes it is hard to keep up appearances and that opening up about your feelings can be challenging when people are not willing to consider them.
Kati Wolf – “Aki vinne magával”
Kati Wolf (Hungary ESC 2011) brings class and elegance in her new dance song. The lyrics are in Hungarian and they speak about falling in love on the dancefloor: “The body pulsates with the music / Listen, just look at me / We wait to see what the night will bring / Or will it end today?”. Kati’s voice suits perfectly with the retro pop rock song. For sure you will feel the urge to get up and dance to this one.
Compact Disco – “Engedd el”
We remain in the field of Hungarian music as we discuss the new release of Hungary’s Eurovision Eurovision 2012 representatives. Do you miss summer already? Here’s the perfect song for you. “Engedd el” is a joyful pick that will put you instantly in a party mood. The English translation of the song title is “Let’s Go”. Get ready to party in a Hungarian electronic-dance way.
Natalia Barbu – “Regina Noptilor”
Back in 2007, Natalia proudly represented Moldova in Eurovision with her song “Fight”. Her new song is “Regina Noptilor” (“Queen of the Nights”). The song is about self-confidence, being yourself and loving who you are. The motto of the song is “the world is yours”. “Under the open sky under the rain you run / You can choose from thousands of destiny stars.” Have a self-confidence booster with Natalia’s new song.
Roberto Bellarosa – “Raison de s’aimer”
If back at Eurovision 2013 Belgium’s Roberto Bellarosa believed that “Love Kills”, now he seems to find a “Raison de s’aimer” (“Reason to Love Each Other”). It’s a wonderful love ballad in French that will warm your hearts. Get ready for Roberto’s warm voice and a song that blooms with lot of love, perfect for the beginning of spring.
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.
Kind of off-topic but Cha Cha Cha finally made it to #1 in Finland this week (which marks the first post-UMK issue), while Kuumaa’s Ylivoimainen went down to #2 after 2 non-consecutive weeks at the top, and their previous single (Tulipalo) yet reached a new peak at #3.
The other UMK entries featured on this week’s issue are Keira’s at #7 (new peak for her), Portion Boys’ at #8 (peaked at #5 several weeks ago) and Benjamin’s at #11 (peaked at #7 several weeks ago)
Btw, just realized that this year became the first time that 2 UMK entries of the same edition have made it to the top of the local charts
I’m in love with Albina&Dana’s new song
Lots of good songs from this list. My absolute favorite is Kati Wolf – “Aki vinne magával”
Kati Wolf – “Aki vinne magával”… I LOVE IT!!!!
Lordi: “This freak show need a dick like me”. Did I hear that right? 0_0
BTW I love the poster….
It goes: “This freak show needs a geek like me”.
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