Victor Crone

EUROVISION 2019: What Next – Victor Crone

What next for this year’s Eurovision finalists?

Estonia: Victor Crone

by Christopher Smith

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”.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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