Eurovision week is over and we already feel the PED (Post Eurovision Depression). This Eurovision season might be over, but for sure the fans will keep the songs on repeat. 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 19 part 1
With so many new songs this week, we’ve split the roundup into two smaller halves. You can find part 2 here.
Poli Genova – “Недей да правиш така”
Poli Genova (Bulgaria 2011 and 2016) invites us to her retro party in the music video of her new song, “Недей да правиш така” (Don’t Do That). Both, the song and the music video, are inspired by the sound and the aesthetics of late 80s – early 90s but, the result is a fresh disco radio song in Bulgarian. The lyrics talk about the fragility of love and how easy it can be to fall out of love sometimes: “How nice it used to be/But the memory almost faded/I give one last chance before/To close this door.” Poli looks absolutely fabulous with her retro inspired looks and the song works like a time machine that will take you back to an epic disco party. We certainly miss Bulgaria in Eurovision.
Luca Hänni & Patricia Kelly – “Not Everyone’s Darling”
A bunch of energy comes from Switzerland, as Luca Hänni who represented his country in 2019 has a brand-new collaboration. He released a song with the famous Irish-American singer Patricia Kelly, and the result of their collaboration is extremely cool. The song is very uplifting and it speaks about saying “no” when you feel like the things are not going right because, after all, you don’t have to please everyone: “Don’t you dare to call me tonight/I don’t wanna be wasting my time/Sorry not sorry/I’m not everyone’s darling.” They performed the song last week in the German TV show ZDF Fernsehgarten.
wrs – Fiesta’23
WRS, the charismatic Romanian representative from 2022 won the audience’s hearts with his Latino song “Llamame”. Now he is back with a whole Latino album. It’s his first album and it’s absolutely fire. If the title of this album is Fiesta’23, well you can be sure that this is not a coincidence, you will totally party on this one. What to expect from this album? You can expect 11 BOPs in Spanish, English and even Romanian. Some songs were previously released so, you might know them already: “I Like It” (with Gran Error), “One Family” and of course, “Llamame”, but a remixed version. The album contains one song in Romanian too, “Simte-mă” (Feel Me), and it’s a featuring with the music producer DOMINO. Aaaand, yes, the album contains the banger he performed when he was a guest in this year’s edition of Romania’s Selecția Națională: “Afterparty”. Lose yourself on this album! WRS also created a visual clip for each of the songs, we’ll put “Afterparty” here but you can check his YouTube channel for all the other tracks. Hope you will enjoy it!
Freddie – Szabadon
Last week, Freddie (Hungary, 2016) released “Szívod a vérem” (You Suck My Blood) and we loved it! But it was only a small teaser of his new album, Szabadon (Freely), which was released this week. You miss Hungary in Eurovision, and so do we! But here we have 10 fresh tracks that remind us how melodious Hungarian is (as all the tracks are in Hungarian) and what an incredibly unique voice Freddie has. You will find some powerful songs that highlight his voice at maximum as “Szótlan az idő” (Time is speechless), “Ha másra vágysz” (If you want something else), “Velem a világ” (The world with me) or “Gondok” (Problems). The whole album is a great mixture of slow and energetic songs. Together with the album, he released a music video to his song “Velem a világ” (The world with me). The lyrics speak about the searching for your soulmate and the joy of finding a person worth living your whole life with. About this song, Freddie stated:
“What a person has to go through in order to find someone worth living with… How many trials, how many disappointments before we find this person. The one who was there many times before us, we only frantically searched for, and many times adversities led us to this person. The point is that when we finally get there, the suffering until then makes sense, and we wouldn’t change it...”
LUM!X & LAWRENT – “Electric Love”
Together with Pia Maria, LUM!X represented Austria in Eurovision Song Contest last year. As he is a well-known figure between the electronic music artists, obviously, his new song is an electronic track, perfect to be played on radio or to jump on it in a club! He collaborated with another important figure in the electronic music background, the artist and DJ LAWRENT. Of course that this collaboration has an addictive sound and it will make you whistle along! The lyrics speak about living life like’s a party and about loosing ourselves on the dancefloor in order to forget about all our worries. After being writer and producer for numerous bands, this collaboration represents LAWRENT’s debut as a solo artist.
Tonči Huljić & Orchestra feat. Doris Dragović – “Marija Magdalena”
Croatian legends gather together in a new impressive collaboration! Tonči Huljić represented his country in 1995, together with Lidija Horvat. He was part of the band Magazine, as leader, songwriter and main producer. Doris Dragović participated in 1999 with her iconic Eurovision song, “Marija Magdalena”, finishing on the 4th place. Her iconic Eurovision song has a new version with an amazing re-orchestration. Doris provides vocals for the song while the instrumental goes in an area of folk Croatian music, impressing by its power and authenticity.
Anxhela Peristeri & G-Bani – “Te Dua”
Are you ready to dance? Anxhela’s (Albania, 2021) brings a new song that will make you dance because it has both, Albanian and (slightly) Latino influences. And, of course, a great rap part performed by G-Bani. Her new song, “Te Dua” (Love You) speaks about seduction and love and comes together with a music video that sustains this idea even more. The music video has also English subtitles. The lyrics speak about the multiple emotions that you feel when you are in love but it’s hard to figure them out: “My heart beats like that when I’m close to you/Beats like that, dunno why I get stuck/I turn my head down, don’t wanna get hurt/When you’re looking into my eyes/My heart beats like that when I’m close to you.”
Sam Ryder – “Mountain”
From a TikTok star to a Eurovision legend! Last year Sam brought UK one of the best results from the past years, finishing on the 2nd position. Of course he was back to perform in Eurovision 2023’s Grand Final. His new song, “Mountain” speaks about overcoming difficulties, as described by Sam, it’s the new “Fight Song” we needed. The lyrics speak about being proud of the progress that you’ve made because you were constant and you didn’t give up: “I am a mountain/And down in the valley below/Is all that I’ve overcome.” Once again, Sam puts a smile on our faces and we have to say that his show from this Eurovision’s Grand Final was absolutely iconic, just as we expected!
TEYA & Crypto – “Feeling Good”
TEYA represented Austria this year together with Salena and they proudly made it to the Grand Final! Meanwhile, beside Eurovision, TEYA was focused on personal projects as well. A good example is this collaboration with Crypto. They created a new version of the well-known song “Feeling Good” composeed by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse for the musical The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd. The song was originally performed by Cy Grant but it was made famous by Nina Simone, Michael Bublé and George Michael. Crypto and TEYA’s version bring this classic into the spotlight, feeling as clear and fresh as always.
Ochman & Opał – “Energia”
Ochman waved the Polish flag at Eurovision Song Contest 2022. His new song is a featuring with the Polish rapper Opał. The song is mostly a rap one, but Ochman shows his flawless vocals on the chorus of the song. The music video presents a journey around the world, a beautiful postcard. Get ready to vibe to this one!
Rosa Linn – “Hallelujah”
Rosa Linn’s song “Snap”, the one with which she represented Armenia last year, became viral. For sure the Eurovision experience opened many doors for Rosa and now, she looks back full of gratitude. Her new song and the music video speak about the journey she had in the last year, all the progress and all the good things that happened. The music video starts with the text: “It’s hard to put into words how life changing this year has been to me so I wrote a song instead… and ends with XO, Rosa, forever day dreamer…” The song is a dialog with the divinity, a way to say thank you for all the good things that happened: “Hallelujah/Hallelujah you just went and saved my life.”
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.