Do you ever wonder “Whatever happened to the artists who took part in Eurovision?” Well here at ESCBubble we follow their careers for you and bring you a weekly round up of those former entrants and others who didn’t quite make it out of their National Finals.
Plus you asked we listened, so new to the article from this week you’ll get both Spotify AND Apple Music links for each song. Although our overall playlist will still be maintained in Spotify (because it’s free and we like free stuff!), we’ll also add a link to the song in Apple Music for you to add to your own playlists if you use that platform.
Aitana – Tráiler EP
It’s been an amazing year for Aitana Oceana. The runner up in Operación Triunfo, the format Spain used to decide it’s Eurovision entrant, Aitana has dominated Spanish radio all year. ‘Lo Malo’ with Ana Guerra from the Eurovision Gala was a huge number 1 smash on the Spanish charts going 4 times platinum. Her July follow up ‘Telefono’ also hit number 1 and showed she was going to the one of the stars of 2018.
‘Telefono’ and a remix with Lele Pons now feature on the just released ‘Trailer EP’, which has already hit number 1 on Apple Music in Spain. The lead single from the EP is called ‘Vas A Quedarte’ and has raced to the top spot on Spotify, YouTube and Apple Music. So enjoy the amazing six track EP here:
Loic Nottet – On Fire
It’s been a year since we’ve heard anything from the Belgian 2015 Eurovision entrant, and it’s coming up to 2 years since the release of his debut album ‘Selfocracy’. Following his 4th place finish with ‘Rhythm Inside’ the success of ‘Selfocracy’ has proved Loic Nottet would continue to flourish as an artist, and therefore we’re not shocked at all to find ourselves in awe again at his comeback single – ‘On Fire’. It’s very typical Loic and he’s added his twist to the song by releasing an awesome accompanying Instagram graphic novel, which you can find here.
Have a listen to ‘On Fire’ below:
Laura Tesoro – Mutual
Another Belgian Eurovision artist who has kept us waiting a year for new music is Laura Tesoro. She followed up Loic Nottet ably in 2016 and landed Belgium another impressive top 10 finish. A former runner up on the Flanders version of The Voice, she’s had several top 40 hits on the Belgian charts following her rise to fame.
On why it’s taken so long for a follow up to her 2017 single ‘Beast’ she said:
I only wanted to come out with it if I am 100% satisfied with it myself
Here is “Mutual”:
Svala & Baggalútur – Sex
One of the most unusual collaborations we’ve featured in our new music articles, Iceland’s 2017 Eurovision entrant Svala has teamed up with the band Baggalútur. The group have been making singles since 2001 and are known for covering original songs, including well known Icelandic ones. It also isn’t the first time they’ve teamed up with a Icelandic National Final star – in 2017 they released ‘Stúfur’ with Friðrik Dór, the runner up at Songvakeppnin 2015. Have a listen to ‘Sex’!:
Ela. – Scharade
The daughter of a mother trained in opera and jazz from Poland, and a father who played guitar in a rock band, “Ela” Steinmetz was the lead singer of the German trio Elaiza, who finished 18th at Eurovision 2014 with the song ‘Is It Right’. Ela is now going it solo and we’ve already featured her release from September called ‘Inner Noch’, her second single is called ‘Scharade’ (Eng: ‘Charade’) and you can check it out below:
Marco Mengoni feat. Tom Walker – Hola (I Say)
Here’s a collaboration we didn’t see coming. Your Italian 2013 Eurovision artist Marco Mengoni has teamed up with the recently successful Scottish singer-songwriter Tom Walker. Tom’s 2018 hit ‘Leave A Light On’ has been a huge hit across Europe recently and his distinctive voice along with Marco’s is a great choice of single for the release of the Italian’s new and fifth studio album ‘Atlantico‘. Say hi to ‘Hola (I Say)’:
Lisa Ajax – Terribly Good Xmas
It wouldn’t be right if we didn’t bring you Christmas cheer now it’s December, and it’s two time Melodifestivalen act Lisa Ajax who is hoping for a ‘Terribly Good Xmas’. Lisa of course has already been announced as part of the 2019 Melfest line up with the song ‘Torn’, which we know is a ballad written by herself and Isa Molin. Can she reach the final for the third time?
In the meantime enjoy a lighthearted and fun Christmas song from her here:
Kerli – Savages
Second in 2017’s Eesti Laul, we’re excited to see the return of Estonian superstar Kerli! ‘Savages’ is her first song from her forthcoming album ‘Shadow Works’ which is scheduled for release on 22nd February 2019. Kerli of course very nearly took her ‘Spirit Animal’ to Eurovision but couldn’t quite get past Koit and Laura’s ‘Verona’:
Don’t forget to follow our ESCBubble National Finals Spotify playlist for 2019, where you can keep up to date with the songs competing to go to Tel Aviv. We currently have some entries from Latvia, Estonia and Hungary for you to sample:
You can also find all of the songs featured here today on our new ESCBubble New Music Playlist for December, either via home page or clicking on the link below:
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