What next for this year’s Eurovision finalists?
Estonia: Victor Crone
Estonia made her debut at the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest and have fared very well with a win in 2001, a third in 2002 and a further eight top ten finishes. Following their eighth place finish last year with Elina Nechayeva, The Estonian jury enlisted the services of Swedish born singer and guitarist Victor Crone with a song co-written with Eurovision veteran Stig Rästa, “Storm”. The song did less well than perhaps expected ending up twentieth with 76 points, 48 of which came from the tele vote.
27 year old Victor moved from Österåker in Sweden as a teenager, to Los Angeles and learned his craft under the tuition and guidance of prolific and acclaimed songwriters Diane Warren and Desmond Child. He made his debut as a performer in 2014 with the song “Jimmy Dean” under the stage name of Vic Heart. The following year he released “Burning Man” under his own name and followed this with “Det rår vi inte för” (“We Can’t Help It”) which he hoped to represent Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest. He failed to qualify and instead Måns Zelmerlöw was selected with the song “Heroes”, which would give Sweden their sixth and most recent win.
His 2017 single “Coming Up” with Swedish dance producers Tungevaag & Raaban made the Estonian singles chart and the following year, Victor was chosen to represent the country at the 2019 Contest. “Storm” came fourth in the semi finals with 198 points, more than enough to see it through to the grand final on 15th May. Despite its failings in the end, “Storm” has topped the Estonian singles chart as well as reached No.39 in Sweden and No.59 in the UK.
Victor has been quick off the mark with a follow up, “Discovery”, an awesome Summer anthem co-written and performed with DJ and producer Syn Cole. Victor is also busy touring this Summer with a number of dates already completed across Sweden and no doubt further afield over the coming months as interest in him grows outside his home country and Estonia, of which he says: “I think I had a great performance in the final. I gave it my all, the vocals were pretty good and I don’t know…I’m not blaming anyone. We had a good time, I’m going to miss all of it”.