Summer is always the quiet time for Eurovision fans as we wait for the national finals to start again. Fortunately, the music will always go on and a number of Eurovision artists are still producing new songs for our enjoyment.
Contrary to the commonly perpetuated myth of killer song contest careers, we’re still thrilled to report that singers associated with Eurovision are on the rise.
Here’s our latest weekly roundup with a selection of some of the songs and music videos released recently by Eurovision stars.
New music inom Eurovision Artists: 2022 | Week 29 part 1
With so many songs to cover this week, we’ve split this roundup into two halves. You can find the second part by clicking here.
Ronela Hajati – “Valley”
Ronela Hajati is ready for “Valle” (“Dance”). The Eurovision 2022 star wants to keep the party going with his new single and delivers a solid Albanian pop track. There are elements of modern and traditional in the production, with the latter also featured in the music video through traditional dances. This dance takes place at Ronela’s wedding reception, where she can go wild. In the lyrics, Ronela also wants to take the party to another establishment: “Go to the club, go dance / Come on, honey, get down on your knees”.
SIMA feat. Ben Cristovao – “V oblakoch”
Czech artist Ben Cristovao appears on “V oblakoch” (“In the clouds”), the new single from Slovak singer SIMA. The Eurovision 2021 star contributes the second verse alone before going back and forth with SIMA for the third. An R&B-pop song, Ben and SIMA discuss the love they’ve found with each other: “My head’s in the clouds and I’m still waiting for a miracle / I wanna go somewhere far away into the unknown with you / The sky above us turns and I admit it / As you know me, no one else knows me”.
Emma Muscat feat. Blas Cantó – “La stessa lingua”
Spain and Malta collide in this collaboration between two Eurovision stars. Emma Muscat and Blas Cantó may be from completely different countries, but they both sing “La stessa lingua” (“The same language”) music. Emma and Blas offer us a catchy Mediterranean pop title where this message of unity is in the spotlight: “Two different cities / A thousand leagues away / But you and I speak / The same language”. The couple perform the song in a mix of Italian and Spanish.
MELOVIN – “мені не дзвони”
MÉLOVIN released the new single “мені не дзвони” (“Don’t call me”). With a mix of strings and percussion, it’s a steady track that the Ukrainian Eurovision 2018 star delivers with an emotional undertone to her vocals. In the lyrics, MÉLOVIN tells his girlfriend that it’s time to separate because he doesn’t get the commitment he needs: “Don’t write to me, don’t call me / I don’t want to yell at you anymore / When I feel something, I don’t fly anymore / Because these damn waves bore me”.
Arash & Navid Zardi – “BOMB”
Arash has a long history of creating explosive music and it shows most literally through the new single “BOMB”. The Iranian-born Azerbaijani Eurovision 2009 star collaborated with Kurdish singer Navid Zardi for the track. Bringing their cultures together, the song is sung in a mix of Persian and Kurdish.
VICTORIA – “How to Ruin a Life”
We know VICTORIA best for delivering emotional ballads. But the Bulgarian Eurovision 2021 singer has upped the BPM for her latest single ‘How to Ruin a Life’. VICTORIA taps into the punk pop style and gives us something grittier. She’s able to let out her frustrations about someone who played with her heart: “And here’s your second chances / And all your twisted lies / Tell them how you did it, how to ruin a life”.
Şanışer feat. Sertab Erener – “Pesimde Kara Geceler”
Turkish rapper Şanışer came out for the first time “Peşimde Kara Geceler” (“Dark Nights Are After Me”) in 2021. He has now recorded a new version featuring 2003 Eurovision champion Sertab Erener. This rendition cuts out some of the production and tries to give more of a “live” feel, although there still seems to be some post-recording production involved. The couple sings “I’ll leave with all my burdens / Dark nights are after me / Good times don’t know my paying prizes / Nights win again”.
Alfred Garcia – “2001”
The Spaniard Alfred García brings us back to the beginning of the century. In 2001, the Eurovision 2018 alum was four years old and leading a carefree life. This new single pays homage to the summer of 2001 and to Alfred’s childhood in general: “A journey through time / As if it were 2001 / The radio plays and changes the world / We dance”. Nostalgia comes to the fore in the accompanying music video, which features old camcorder clips of Alfred recorded by his father.
OG3NE – “Love Letter”
OG3NE appeared in the latest episode of I want your song. It’s a Dutch television show where songwriters pitch their songs to established singers, with the artist then choosing one to officially record and release as a single. The Eurovision 2017 trio finally selected “Love Letter”, which was pitched on the program by songwriter Misha Angèle. A sweet guitar track, OG3NE sings in harmony about how they catch feelings for a special individual: “I’d wait forever and a day / I’m writing this letter just to say / I think I’m falling in love / I’m gonna make it up / Until I’m with you”.
Aminata – Savvaļas pusē
Aminata lets her out Savvaļas pusē (Wild side). The new EP of the Latvian star includes five titles, including the recent single “Kur saule”, which opens the debates. Tracks two through four retain some danceable elements, though each has its own unique flavor. However, the title track ends things on a slightly different note and even incorporates a rap verse from the Eurovision 2015 singer.
Zelta Mikrofons Zvaigžņu koris – “Kāpēc man dziedāt svešu dziesmu”
You can also hear Aminata in another song released this week. “Kāpēc man dziedāt svešu dziesmu” (“Why should I sing a foreign song”) is the theme song of the Latvian song Zelta Mikrofon Rewards (Golden Microphone Award). Ahead of this year’s event, a number of Latvian singers recorded an updated version of the song. This includes Aminata, as well as fellow Eurovision alumni Intars Busulis (2009), Agnese Rakovska (2017, Triana Park), Lauris Reiniks (2003, FLY), Aija Andrejeva (2010) and Jānis Pētersons (2022, Citi Zeni). Former National Final competitors Dons Normunds Rutulis and Olga Rajecka are also involved.
Michael Rice & Misha Angele – “In Love”
Dutch singer-songwriter Misha Angèle released his debut single “In Love” this week. Rather than jump in with solo material, Misha decided to bring Eurovision 2019 alum Michael Rice on board for a duet. The duo deliver a chilled R&B track in which they declare their devotion to someone they’ve just met: “And I don’t even know you, I know you / If you give me till morning / I m ‘ll make sure you’re gonna fall / ‘Cause baby I’m in love, in love with you’.
The smartest among you may recognize the name Misha Angèle. She was the songwriter who successfully presented “Love Letter” to OG3NE in I want your song.
Gianni Morandi – “LA OLA”
After a notable appearance at San Remo 2022, Gianni Morandi is now ready to enjoy the summer with the new single “LA OLA”. The Italian Eurovision 1970 star sings to the rhythms of his love – Bachata, Latin and Romagnola – and the dance of celestial beings: “And I feel my heart in my mouth / We are one you and me / If our love flies away / You hear them, the angels salute.” These rhythms also shine through in the music, and Gianni gets the opportunity to show off his dancing skills in the music video.
Skrapneshi feat. Ralfs Eilands – “Smejot”
Latvian DJ duo Skrapneshi have tapped Eurovision 2013 alum Ralfs Eilands for new single “Smejot” (“Laughing”). It also comes with an English version titled “Feel That”. Eilands himself contributed the lyrics, which are about inner and outer freedom: “We roll down the street and, yeah, feel it / Express your freedom, go to sleep, then repeat.” The Eurovision alum spoke more about the lyrics in today’s larger context:
“The lyrics and the melody came easily. The theme of freedom is, in my opinion, more topical than ever. How far, and if at all, are we willing to draw the limits of our own freedom is already up to us.
Gerard Joling – “Wat Zie Jij Er Lekker Uit”
Do you remember the OG3NE TV show this week? Well, they weren’t the first Eurovision act to appear on I want your song. Gerard Joling, who represented the Netherlands at Eurovision 1988, was the guest artist two weeks ago and he chose the song “Wat Zie Jij Er Lekker Uit” (“You Look So Good”). With influences of old-school disco and schlager, it’s a fun, upbeat track that sees Gerard falling head over heels in love with someone he’s seen: “Hey, you’re so beautiful / I’m so in love with you / I knew the second / By that one look”.
Tinkara Kovač & Anika Horvat – “Make roba in še čez”
Eurovision 2014 star Tinkara Kovač recently took part in Melodij morja in sonca 2022. In duet with EMA former student Anika Horvat, the Slovenian pair sang “Do roba in še čez” (“To the Edge and Beyond”) and eventually came out on top. Their winning song is a cheerful folk number with lots of charm. This is the third time Tinkara has won Melodij morja in sonca (Melody of the Sea and the Sun), after winning the trophy in 2013 and 2019.
Which of these new songs is your favorite? Did we miss any? Do you have any artists you would like to thank? Let us know in the comments.