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The 40 songs of this year Eurovision song contest arrived. With less than two months to go until the first semi-finals begin, fans can preview all of this year’s entries before they are finally played in Turin, Italy.
For those who need a refresher, the Eurovision Song Contest is an annual music event where countries from Europe and Australia compete for the best pop song. The winning country also has the option of hosting next year’s contest. The competition originated in 1956 with the aim of helping to unite European countries after the events of World War II. It has been running every year for over 60 years, except in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Italy won last song contest of the year in the Netherlands with the song “Zitti e Buoni” by Måneskin.
This year, 40 countries will take part in the competition, with Russia having been suspended from the competition due to its invasion of Ukraine. Despite the ongoing conflict, Ukraine has reassured the world that it will still compete in this year’s competition.
Without further ado, here are the 10 most watched music videos ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.
10. “Die Together” – Amanda Tenfjord (Greece) [646k views]
Amanda Tenfjord’s “Die Together” is an atmospheric ballad about a dying relationship that questions how far one person would go to save it, making it resonate with a huge following. The music video further illustrates this issue, encouraging viewers to ponder the visual aspect of the performance. What about music videos being shorts lately, you ask? Because it’s dramatic and helps highlight the song on an emotional level, which is why the “Die Together” music video currently has over half a million views.
9. “Halo” – LUM! X feat. Pia Maria (Austria) [879k views]
The clip for “Halo” is an open invitation to dance. Just the sight of people having fun in wacky costumes screams “Eurovision party!” Audiences better dance when this song is performed live on stage, something we imagine will happen as the music video nears a million views.
8. “Give That Wolf a Banana” – Subwoofer (Norway) [938k views]
Subwoofer became an instant fan favorite in the Norwegian national team, with some fans theorizing it was Ylvis behind the mask. The music video for “Give That Wolf a Banana” tells the story of Subwoofer and how they came to Earth. With original lyrics and simple dance moves, many fans are hoping these space brothers will make it to the Grand Finals.
7. “Ela” – Andromache (Cyprus) [1.001 million views]
The music video for “Ela” brought romantic vibes to this catchy pop song. Both the song and the music video attempt to deliver something timeless, with a cinematic quality you usually see in paintings. How will this song and this performance be translated on stage? We will have to wait until May to find out.
6. “In Corpore Sano” – Konstrakta (Serbia) [1.2 million views]
This music video is wild and contains a lot of stuff. Interestingly, the song went viral in parts of Eastern Europe, including Serbia, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Croatia. According to lyrics website Genius, “In Corpore Sano” is among the top 10 most searched songs on the platform. Will this virality continue in Italy?
5. “Space Man” – Sam Ryder (UK) [1.2 million views]
Since their abysmal result in last year’s song contest from both the jury and the televised vote, there have been fears that the UK will not send an artist to Turin, Italy. But will ‘Space Man’ give the UK the morale it needs to pass this year’s song contest? According to this year’s Eurovision ratings, it seems likely.
4. “Sekret” – Ronela Hajati (Albania) [1.5 million views]
This music video features the revamped version of Ronela’s song “Sekret”, which now features English lyrics alongside Albanian ones. Since the music video was released, the artist commented on the video saying “The helicopter is gone”, referring to his national live performance. The song features Baltic influences with a modern twist, creating a powerful love song.
3. “De Diepte” – S10 (Netherlands) [1.7 million views]
According to the singer, “De Diepte” is a love letter to herself. The clip is cinematic and moving and S10 has spoken a lot about depression and mental health in the past. The music video seems to resonate with fans as much as the song, as it has nearly two million views.
2. “Trenulețul” (The Train) – Zdob și Zdub & Advahov Brothers (Moldova) [3.7 million views]
This offbeat clip corresponds well to the subject of the song since, according to the group via Facebook, it is about a train journey between Moldova and Romania. Fun fact: the music video was released at the same time as the Chisinau-Bucharest train was relaunched and the band wanted to help promote regional tourism. With over 3.7 million views at the time of this writing, it looks like the band have done a great job.
1. “Brividi” – Mahmood & BLANCO (Italy) [44+ million views]
Since it was announced that Mahmood would return to Eurovision following his performance in 2019, fans have been thrilled to see him once again grace the world stage. Mahmood and BLANCO have collaborated on this very moving ballad, which showcases the unique styles of both artists.
In an interview with Wiwiblogs, the artists said this about “Brividi”.
“Brividi has an important message, that of freedom, which is a universal theme. The desire to express all the love possible, even when there is the fear of being wrong and of feeling inadequate, unable to convey what one feels.
Will any of these songs win the Eurovision Song Contest? May be. This year is unpredictable, and it’s up to the live performances to see if any of them make it to the Grand Finals.
The Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Turin, Italy on May 10, 2022, and will be streamed on the official Eurovision YouTube channel and participating global broadcasters.