Each week, we’re bringing you a specially curated playlist featuring songs from some of our favourite Eurovision and National final stars, both new and old! This week we’ve featured a whole bunch of our fave national final stars with either their current or past entries, along with new songs from Eurovision fan favourites.
Listen to the playlist here:
Sweden’s Melodifestivalen has kicked off, and as one of the most popular national finals, we just had to feature a few Melfest songs from previous years that we can’t get out of our heads. Boris René and Ace Wilder are two names we’re glad to see back in the contest, so we’ve featured Put Your Love On Me and Busy Doing Nothing. Also from last year’s Melodifestivalen is Frans, who backed up his successful Eurovision entry If I Were Sorry with the song Young Like Us. Another Melfest act made it to this week’s playlist, however as a solo act. Samir and Viktor often create memorable performances, but it’s Samir’s solo song that we’re really enjoying this week – worth a listen.
From neighbours Finland, we’ve got Emma’s Circle of Light, which was a firm favourite in UMK leading up to the contest, however was beaten by the eventual winners Norma John. The other favourites were My First Band with the song Paradise, both of which could have been good choices for Finland if they hadn’t chosen Norma John. Former UMK and Eurovision performers Softengine also made it to the playlist with their newest offering titled She Is My Messiah.
The Baltics are also well represented in this week’s playlist, first off with Linda Leen, who has a very modern and interesting offering for Latvia’s Supernova. It’s a song to watch out for in the national final, and with Latvia recently choosing very modern acts, it’s something right up that alley. Former Latvian participant Intars Busulis released new music in 2016, and it’s very much different from what we saw on the Eurovision stage. We featured Miglas Rīts, a beautiful song which couldn’t be further from what he presented at Eurovision. His voice is so delicate, and that matched with the piano makes for a song we couldn’t help but share.
From Estonia, we have Jüri Pootsmann, a pre-Eurovision favourite for 2016, who unfortunately didn’t quite hit the spot come Eurovision time. Regardless of his position in the contest, it’s his new music we’ve focused on this week, with the title track of his new album Täna.
Our National Final Throwback this week was Ben Ivory, who entered the German national final in 2013 with the song The Righteous Ones. It was one of our favourites then, and still is now. From current national finals, we have Mirela with Contigo, a song fighting to become the next Spanish Eurovision entry.
Also making it to the playlist this week is a duet between Ukrainian fan favourite Ani Lorak and Emin, who was the interval act at the 2012 contest, as well as tracks from Italy’s Nina Zilli, Israel’s Nadav Guedj and Norway’s Tooji.
All this and more on this week’s playlist!
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