When the Eurovision Song Contest finishes, many participants take a well-deserved holiday. But after that: they often hit the studio and start making new music! In this series, we check out the music former Eurovision participants made over the past few months. In this first story: Blanche, Edurne, Eleni Foureira, Mahmood and Ruslana show us what they've been working on.
Blanche (Belgium 2017)
Blanche took the Eurovision stage in Kyiv in 2017 with her song City Lights, where she finished 4th in the Grand Final.
At the end of March, she announced her new single Fences on Instagram, part of her debut album Empire released on 29 May 2020. In an interview with Clash magazine, she said about the song: "Fences is this cheesy but forever important message: tear down the fences of rejection, open yourself to the other, accept and respect their differences; try and think with your heart."
Edurne (Spain 2015)
Edurne represented Spain in 2015 with the song Amanecer (Break Of Day).
At the beginning of March, Edurne released her new song Tal Vez. On her Instagram account, she said that she has never told her story through a song before, but that she does just that with Tal Vez. Her new album, Catarsis, was released on 10 April.
Eleni Foureira (Cyprus 2018)
Eleni Foureira represented Cyprus at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon with the song Fuego. It became an immediate hit and she placed 2nd in the Grand Final, with a 93-point difference between her and Israel's winner, Netta.
She came back to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2019 in Tel Aviv, together with other former participants, where she performed Verka Serduchka's Dancing Lasha Tumbai during the switch song.
On 3 March, Eleni released her new track, Yayo:
Mahmood (Italy 2019)
Italy's Eurovision Song Contest 2019 representative was Alessandro Mahmoud, known better as just Mahmood, who sang Soldi and placed 2nd in the Grand Final. The hit song garnered over 150 million streams on Spotify at the time of writing.
Mahmood has released several songs in the first 3 months of 2020, Rapide being one of them. This song has almost reached 20 million streams on Spotify:
Ruslana (Ukraine 2004)
Minutes into the voting, it became clear that the 2004 winner would come from 1 of 3 countries; Ukraine, Greece or Serbia & Montenegro.
Ukraine's Ruslana ended up winning the Contest with Wild Dances. She had been on an extensive promotional tour before the show and became one of Ukraine's best-known artists afterwards.
At the beginning of March 2020, Ruslana released a mini-album Ми Вітер (We Are Wind). On her Instagram, Ruslana said: "I danced and created a dynamic performance on the wind turbine tower at an altitude of 120 meters above the ground. Original dance and incredible landscapes mixed with augmented reality, even when viewed, caused light dizziness."