It’s been a busy old week for Eurovision news, with Bulgaria’s official withdrawal and Australia announcing a National Final (we love knowing there will be more future Australian content for this review afterwards!). This week once again we’ve searched and found new music for you from former ESC acts and those who didn’t quite get past their National Finals:
Jamala – The Great Pretender
It’s been a huge week for the 2016 winner from the Ukraine! Jamala’s new album “Крила” (Eng: “Wings”) has just been released and it contains the second single titled ‘The Great Pretender’. She has also announced a tour to promote her new material with the following dates:
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Я вирушаю в тур на підтримку альбому “Крила”! Шукай своє місто та купуй квитки! Побачимось вже зовсім скоро! 🎼14.11 – Дніпро, Академічний театр опери та балету 🎼17.11 – Рівне, Міський Будинок Культури 🎼18.11 – Луцьк, РЦ «Промінь» 🎼19.11 – Івано-Франківськ, Драматичний театр ім. І.Франка 🎼20.11 – Львів, клуб Malevich 🎼23.11 – Київ, клуб Bel etage 🎼26.11 – Одеса, Національний академічний театр опери та балету 🎼04.12 – Харків, Палац студентів Національного юридичного університету #jamala #джамала #крила
A song in a very modern deep house style here’s ‘The Great Pretender’:
Elnur Hüseynov – Dreamer
Elnur of course is a two time Eurovision finalist. In 2008 he teamed up with Samir Javadzadeh on the unforgettable opera-folk of ‘Day After Day’, which finished 8th in Azerbaijan’s debut year. He returned for the country again in a solo capacity with ‘Hour of the Wolf’ in 2015, ending up 12th in the grand final after scraping through the second semi final in 10th. ‘Dreamer’ is a more electronic affair and you can hear it here:
Anna Bergendahl – Raise The Vibe
The 2010 Swedish Eurovision entrant is back for her 4th single this year, following ‘Vice’, ‘Broken Melody’ and ‘We Were Never Meant To Be Heroes’. Although she remains the only Swedish act this decade not to reach the Grand Final, it’s great to see hear her try new styles and sounds in her latest release ‘Raise The Vibe’:
Mimi Werner – Two Floors Down
Another ‘Melodifestivalen’ act, Mimi Werner’s uptempo country songs have graced the contest two times. Her first attempt in 2016 ‘Ain’t No Good’ finished 5th in Heat 1 and just missed out on the Andra Chansen round. She was more successful in 2018, where ‘Songburning’ finished 4th in the 2nd Heat but ultimately lost out to eventual runner up Felix Sandman in Andra Chansen. Although still with a country vibe, new single ‘Two Floors Down’ is a more downtempo affair:
Alejandro Reyes – Solamente
2018 Swiss National finalist Alejandro Reyes has already graced our new music review this year with his previous single ‘I Already Know’. Although he finished second in ‘Die Entscheidungsshow’ with ‘Compass’, he was also a co-writer on the sixth place song ‘Kiss Me’ by Naeman. Another song in his familiar Latin style, here’s ‘Solamente’ (Eng: ‘Only’):
Fernando Daniel – Voltas
Fernando took part in Portugal’s ‘Festival da Canção’ in 2017, where his entry ‘Poema a Dois’ finished 5th to the eventual winner of Eurovision, Salvador Sobral. He is also a successful talent show contestant, finishing 4th on the Portuguese version on the X Factor in 2014 as part of the group ‘BABEL’ and he then went on to win The Voice in 2016. His debut album “Salto” reached number 1 on the Portuguese album chart earlier this year, and ‘Voltas’ is the first single from his new campaign:
Carina Dahl – When Sorrow Comes Alive
Norwegian Carina Dahl, first came to fame in Big Brother, taking part in a joint Swedish and Norwegian version in 2006, lasting until just before the final. She’s tried her luck in the ‘Melodi Grand Prix’ twice, going out in Semi final 1 in 2011 with “Guns and Boys’. She tried again in 2013, once again going out in Semi Final 1 with ‘Sleepwalking’. She has released multiple single and albums since and her latest release is the ballad ‘When Sorrow Comes Alive’:
Elodie feat Ghemon – Ramble
Elodie took part in Italy’s famous Sanremo festival in 2017, which also doubles up as the selection process for the country’s Eurovision entry. Her song ‘Tutta Colpa Mia’ made it all the way until the final night and finished in a very respectable 8th place. She has also been through the talent show process, taking part in both ‘The X Factor’ and ‘Amici di Maria De Filippi’. On her new single she teams up with Italian rapper Ghemon on ‘Ramble’:
Ones we missed earlier….
Introducing a new occasional feature to our review, we’ve going to pick up on some songs that caught our attention a few weeks after they slipped out onto Spotify!
The Humans – Binele Meu
The Humans hold the unwanted honour of being the only Romanian act never to have qualified to the Grand Final of Eurovision, when ‘Goodbye’ finished short by an agonising 4 points in Semi Final 2 in 2018. Their new single ‘Binele Meu’ (Eng: ‘My Good’) was released 2 weeks ago:
Cecilia Kallin – Station
You may not recognise the name Cecilia Kallin but you might remember the group Timoteij, the fiddletastic all female Melodifestivalen act who took part in 2010 with ‘Kom’ (Eng: ‘Come’) which finished 5th overall and 2012 with ‘Stormande hav’ (Eng: ‘Stormy Sea’) which failed to progress past Andra Chansen. Cecilia was both a singer and guitarist in the band and has now embarked on a solo career. This is ‘Station’:
Don’t forget the former Eurovision runner up and global star, Eleni Foureira, is in London this Friday at the Tanga party. ESCBubble has all the details about tickets for you.
You can catch all of this week’s music on our ESCBubble Spotify New Music Playlist on our home page or by clicking here. Which of this week’s review was your favourite? Let us know on our social media channels!