There are less than two months left to meet the winner of the 67th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. 37 songs are participating in the event this year and fans already have clear favorites. In an unconventional edition due to the impossibility of Ukraine (winner of the previous edition) to serve as the official venue for the gala due to the Russian invasion, the participants will take the stage of the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool (UK) in his fight to win the coveted crystal microphone. Which countries lead the bets?
Loreen repeats for Sweden with ‘Tattoo’
For now, and although the bets do not have to be a definitive determining factor, it seems that there is already a clear favorite to win Eurovision 2023 and, moreover, with a considerable advantage over its competitors. This is Loreen, the winner of the festival in 2012, who repeats as Swedish representative this year. The song with which she intends to conquer Europe again is called ‘Tattoo’ and is a composition similar in style to the ‘Euphoria’ that made her world famous, a combination of pop, dance and trance accompanied by a spectacular staging. She swept the Melodifestivalen, the country’s pre-selection event, and is aiming to give Sweden her seventh victory to match the results of Ireland, the nation that has won the most times.
Finland could surprise with Käärijä and his ‘Cha cha cha’
In Athens 2006, a heavy metal band gave surprise and rose with the crystal microphone. Lordi and his ‘Hard Rock Hallelujah’ won gold on Greek soil and achieved Finland’s first and only victory so far at the Song Festival. 17 years later, history could repeat itself. His standard bearer at Liverpool 2023, the rapper, singer and songwriter Käärijä once again opts to top the list with his catchy ‘Cha cha cha’, a melodic and festive hymn about drunkenness and the “piña coladas that go so well after an exhausting week.
Teya and Salena, from Austria, aim high with their viral ‘Who The Hell Is Edgar?’
A song that is causing a sensation on social networks is ‘Who The Hell Is Edgar’, by the Austrians Teya and Salena. A song with a catchy rhythm that speaks from the satire of reality in the music sector: machismo, the low remuneration that artists obtain for their work compared to those that the producers remain, the importance that nowadays is given to the viral content… A proposal that was selected by the Austrian public broadcaster (the ORF) and that the artistic duo has yet to defend in the Second Semifinal to be held on May 11, but that has already made its way onto the list of favorites for the prize
Mae Muller will sing at home with ‘I wrote a song’
The Eurovision host country waited until the end to reveal the identity of its flag-bearer and her song. After several weeks of speculation, Mae Muller has been internally selected by the BBC to represent the UK. In Liverpool, the London composer will compete with ‘I Wrote A Song’ and expectations are very high. The artist will have to overcome the excellent second place achieved by her countryman, Sam Ryder, with ‘Space Man’. Will Mae Muller manage to raise the crystal microphone 26 years after the last UK victory?
Noa Kirel, will represent Israel with ‘Unicorn’
Only two months after the celebration of the last festival in Turin, the identity of the first official representative of the 67th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest has already been revealed. The public broadcaster of Israel (KAN), through its official Twitter account, announced that its candidate would be Noa Kirel, winner of the 2017 MTV Europe Music Awards for “Best Israeli Artist”. On British soil, the artist will defend ‘Unicorn’, a song that talks about perseverance, unleashing your inner strength and “female phenomena”.
Ukraine seeks second win in a row with Tvorchi’s ‘Hearth of steel’
One year after its third Eurovision victory, Ukraine once again has ballots to raise the crystal microphone. In Turin 2022, the Kalush Orchestra and his ‘Stefania’ won Eurovision gold. But, despite being in first position and given the impossibility of holding the contest in the country due to the Russian invasion, Liverpool organizes the edition of the festival. However, the successors of the Ukrainian rap group are Tvorchi, and they promise to make people talk with their song ‘Heart Of Steel’, which, as defending champion, goes directly to the Grand Final.
Blanca Paloma and her emotional ‘Eaea’ could surprise Spain
After her first experience at the Benidorm Fest 2022, Blanca Paloma did not hesitate to reapply for the second edition of the Alicante contest, this time, with more success, because she was chosen to be the Spanish representative in Eurovision, beating the other two favorites : ‘I want to burn’ by Agoney and ‘Nighttime’ by Vicco. The artist from Elche opts for the prize with ‘Eaea’, a proposal full of symbolism and emotion that mixes bulería and flamenco style with the sweet singing of a lullaby, in homage to her grandmother Carmen, one of the most special people in her life . Blanca takes over after the “chanelazo” last year, with which the song ‘SloMo’ achieved a historic bronze in the Grand Final of the Song Festival, the best result in Spain in 27 years.
Vesna wants to be the first to win for the Czech Republic with ‘My sister’s crown’
One of the great surprises of Liverpool 2023. The Czech Republic, which until 2022 competed as the Czech Republic, could raise its first crystal microphone on British soil. The protagonists of this achievement are the five women that make up the group Vesna, who aim high with their song ‘My sister’s crown’. A song written and performed in four languages: Czech, English, Ukrainian and Bulgarian, with which they made the podium in the country’s national pre-selection. Their peculiar style combines elements of folklore with details of modern pop, thus creating a characteristic combination of dreamy music, with which they have aroused expectations for the event.
Iru, winner of Junior Eurovision, wants to take the victory to Georgia with ‘Echo’
Being just a child and part of a band called CANDY, Iru already held the crystal microphone at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Yerevan, Armenia. After her victory, the singer decided to put her musical career on hold to focus on her studies, until in 2019 she reappeared to participate in Georgian Idol, the talent show that has served until this year as a pre-selection method for the country . Now the artist also wants to conquer the adult edition of Eurovision as Georgia’s standard-bearer and in the Second Semifinal she will defend her proposal ‘Echo’, a song that Eurofans have liked a lot and that places her among the favorites of the festival.