In this series, we check out new music from former Eurovision participants over the past few months. This fall, we hear from Little Big, Helena Paparizou, Zibbz, Jedward, Kate Miller-Heidke and Tina Karol. Let's listen along!
Little Big (Russia 2020)
Little Big was planned to represent Russia in Rotterdam before the 2020 Contest faced its cancellation. The band self-defines as a scalding cocktail of absurdity and pure craziness combined with powerful rave music.
Their new single, Tacos, is just that. Composed and produced by Ilia Prusikin, Sonya Tayurskaya, Viktor Sibrinin and Lyubim Khomchuk, the song is all that we've come to expect from the punk-pop-rave sensation.
Helena Paparizou (Greece 2005)
Helena Paparizou won the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 for Greece in Kyiv with her song My Number One. Recently, she was crowned the winner of the September #EurovisionAgain rewatch of 2005.
Helena will soon be releasing her new album Αποχρώσεις (Shades) and has released her first single from the project, Se Xeno Soma (In a Stranger’s Body). The soft ballad, a story of how to express love to another, is set over traditional Greek sounds.
Zibbz (Switzerland 2018)
Zibbz represented Switzerland in Lisbon in 2018 with their song Stones. The duo finished 13th in the first Semi-Final.
Siblings Coco and Stee have recently gifted the world with some light with their uplifting new song Will Flowers Grow. The simple video that accompanies the song highlights the world as it is through the eyes of children.
Jedward (Ireland 2011 & 2012)
Jedward made Irish Eurovision Song Contest history as the first time the country sent the same act two years in a row. In 2011, the pop duo came 8th in the contest with Lipstick, Ireland's best result in the Contest in 11 years to that date. The following year, Jedward finished 19th in the Grand Final with their song Waterline in Baku.
The band's new heartfelt and emotional track, Extraordinary, comes from their latest album, Voice Of A Rebel.
Kate Miller-Heidke (Australia 2019)
After flying high in her performance of pop-opera track Zero Gravity in Tel Aviv, Kate placed 9th in the Grand Final.
Now, the singer has exchanged acrobatics for a more dramatic performance of her new theatrical single, Deluded. Kate will release her new album Child in Reverse, from which the song comes, on 30 October.
Tina Karol (Ukraine 2006)
Tina Karol represented Ukraine in Athens in 2006 and finished 7th in both the Semi-Final and Grand Final. With her upbeat and positive pop song, she recorded Ukraine’s second of many top 10 positions at the Contest.
To celebrate the 15th anniversary of her music career, Tina Karol has released her 7th studio album, Найти своих (Find Your Own). On it is Blow Your Mind, a collaboration with Snoop Dog, Luca Dayz and LOE that is the singer's first major release in English after her Eurovision entry.