The 2022 Eurovision season is in full swing and no doubt fans will have songs from this year’s contest on repeat until we run for a winner in May. But that doesn’t mean we’re forgetting artists from past contests – they still bring us plenty of new music to enjoy.
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 13
Salvador Sobral & Agir – “Vertigem”
“I like all the music in the world. I want to try all genres. Salvador Sobral experiments with his music by collaborating with fellow Portuguese singer Agir. “Vertigem” is very different from the jazz ballads we usually hear from the 2017 Eurovision winner. Instead, it incorporates a grittier sound with drum machine rhythms and vocoder effects.
Anouk – “Something Better”
Anouk hopes for better days. In her new single “Something Better”, the Dutch singer says she wants to escape the pain she is currently feeling and move on to a life filled with love: “So that nothing, no, nothing can hurt me anymore, s ‘please give me something much better than before.’ The Eurovision 2013 star gives an emotional performance while singing on piano and drums.
Dino Merlin – “Krive Karte” & “Kako da ti kažem”
Dino Merlin offers us two new singles at exactly the same time. The first of these, which comes with a full music video, is “Krive Karte” (“Wrong Cards”). Dino delivers a mid-tempo Balkan pop ballad in which he confesses to abusing his former partner. The Bosnian singer tries to convince them that he will find a way to change his behavior: “Do you still doubt what I feel / As you doubt what I say / No matter what, you stay where you are now / And I will change the city / I will change myself / I will seek a way”.
The other new track from the double Eurovision star is “Kako da ti kažem” (“How can I tell you”). This other song has a very similar lyrical theme. Dino again sings about regretting a past relationship and hoping for forgiveness: “How can I tell you how much you mean to me / And that I can’t live without you / There’s no way, answer, come / Comfort me, do something”.
However, musically, “Kako da ti kažem” is much brighter and has a more upbeat pop sound surrounding it.
Tusse – “Happiness before love”
There are many songs about being in a relationship and sharing your life with someone. But Tusse takes a moment to celebrate those of us who live single. The Swedish Eurovision 2021 star delivers an uplifting pop song about putting yourself first: “Say you love me, but it won’t stop the pain / Happiness before love / I choose happiness before love / I’m moving on, I’m going to let you go.” Tusse explains more about the track in a press release:
“Love has always been a complicated plan in my life. I’ve never been in a relationship and the times I’ve been close have always ended up hurting me. I wrote ‘Happiness Before Love’ for myself- even, as a motivational song, to choose once and for all to be happy rather than to chase after love. I’m going to take a break from my unhappy love and choose to create my own happiness. It’s a pop song with a message about self-love and I hope a lot of people will dance and celebrate single life to this song.
Sarit Hadad & Talisman – “מכתבים על נייר”
Sarit Hadad’s new single is “מכתבים על נייר” (“Letters on Paper”). The Israeli Eurovision 2002 singer collaborates with Talisman, which adds a rap verse. The Talisman section acts as a kind of transition in the song. Before that, Sarit sings softer; afterwards there is more passion and the production of the song is also speeded up to give more drama. Sarit sings, “You were on my shoulders then / We laughed for two hours how time with you turned me into someone else / How would you write letters on paper then”.
Beth, Laura Andrés & ELE – “I Wanna Dance With Someone”
Beth continues her series of covers with a version of the Whitney Houston classic “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” It’s a much softer version of the song. The Spanish star of Eurovision 2003 is again accompanied by pianist Laura Andrés. Vocalist ELE then takes over before she and Beth team up to deliver rich harmonies.
Alma – “I Want You”
Alma’s new single is “I want you” (“I want you”). This is the first song in French that the star of Eurovision 2017 has written and composed by herself. Beginning with Alma singing over piano chords, the song adds extra production for the chorus to set the mood.
Fyr Og Flame – “Hvem Tror Du Egentlig Du Er?”
Fyr Og Flamme asks a question: “Hvem Tror Du Egentlig Du Er?” (“Who do you think you are?”). This question is for their partner, who is starting to get unfaithful. The Danish Eurovision 2021 duo ask how they could have set their relationship on fire: “And how can you sleep / When the house is on fire? / I don’t recognize you anymore / Who do you think you are? “. Musically, the song isn’t as “cheerful” as some of their previous ones, but the couple’s 80s sound is still central to this one.
Nathan Trent – Stages of Change
Eurovision fans have seen Austrian Nathan Trent grow and develop as an artist since performing at the contest in 2017. This all led to the release of his debut album, Stages of change. There are ten songs on the LP, including previous singles “Growing Pains”, “Late Night Friends”, “Faith”, “Underwater” and “Still The Same”. Featuring a mix of ballads, mid-tempo R&B and more danceable tunes, Nathan says “this body of work is meant to be a safe space for anyone who needs to feel understood”.
Aleksander Walmann – “Hjem”
“Home. A little word that we often take a bit for granted. But it’s such a big word and it has so much meaning! Aleksander Walmann was inspired by his childhood “Hjem” for his latest single. In a tender way, the track builds towards a catchy but still emotional conclusion.The song’s cover features a photograph of Aleksander when he was younger with his mother.The Norwegian Eurovision 2017 singer wrote on social media how his mother inspired this single:
“I thought I’d show you the cover of the next single today because mom is my biggest hero! And this song is very inspired by her. A lady who achieved everything she wanted and created her own happiness. She has always her heart out of her shirt and always making sure everyone is okay. Although things have been tough, she has held up like a mountain. I am so happy with everything you have taught us and of all that you still teach us! I appreciate you so much and the raw woman that you are. Home has always been you!
Alex Runo (with Loulou Lamotte) – “Fall Hårt, Fall Tungt”
Loulou Lamotte is best known to Eurovision fans for being part of Swedish 2020 act The Mamas. But Loulou took a moment to do some extra work away from the band by featuring on the new soul single “Fall Hårt, Fall Tungt” (“Fall Hard, Fall Heavy”). This is the Swedish version of Alex Runo’s previous song “Devil”.
Katrina from Katrina & The Waves – “Vacation”
With three months of 2022 over, Katrina is ready for some rest and relaxation. The 1997 British Eurovision champion released ‘Holiday’ as the official single after it was first included on the singer’s 2020 album Hearts, loves and babies. It’s inspired by Celtic folk songs, with Katrina saying “everyday is a holiday” when you’re enjoying life.
If you missed it, Katrina also recently uploaded a music video for the song “Crazy Mama.”
Roger Cicero – “Verrat Mir Deine Sprache”
German Eurovision 2007 star Roger Cicero sadly passed away in 2016. While his friends and colleagues were browsing through some of the singer’s unreleased demos, they came across the song “Verrat Mir Deine Sprache” (“Tell me your language”). Written in 2013, it had been put aside for a future album. The song has now been released posthumously for us to listen to. Roger sings about how we can easily unite as one human race by taking the time to understand each other’s words: “Tell me your language / Maybe it’s not hard to learn at all […] Tell me your language / We may not be that far away”.
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.