Recently KEiiNO announced their return to Australia after a successful tour in 2019. To celebrate their second tour and invitation to perform at Eurovision – Australia Decides 2022, KEiiNO have released a cover of the Kylie Minogue classic hit from 2000, ‘On A Night Like This’.
KEiiNO release Kylie Minogue cover
All over the world, the Princess of Pop, Kylie Minogue is a household name. So of course on their return Down Under, KEiiNO would pay tribute to Australia’s most famous export. Today’s special release also includes personal messages from fans on their Spotify canvas, sharing how they want to retake their night after the pandemic.
In 2000 Kylie relaunched her career with Parlophone records and released ‘On A Night Like This’, the second single from her seventh studio album, ‘Light Years’. However this song was not originally intended for Kylie. Firstly it was offered to Swedish artist Pandora whose version is similar to the song we know today. Meanwhile Greece and Cyprus’ Eurovision legend, Anna Vissi acquired recording rights to include the song on her ‘Everything I Am’ album. Although Anna’s version has a much different arrangement. Kylie’s version would go on to reach no.2 in the UK charts and achieve silver certification with 170,000 copies sold.
The KEiiNO cover also remains faithful to the original, whilst adding the familiar KEiiNO touches. Alexandra Rotan has modified her vocal range to sound like Kylie has joined the group! Meanwhile Fred’s traditional joik blends into the new EDM production.
And if that was not enough, KEiiNO have re-released the OKTA album to celebrate their three-year anniversary together. Every KEiiNO song since we first heard ‘Spirit In The Sky’ has been packaged into one essential playlist in OKTA guokte.
Down Under once more!
Last year, SBS the national broadcaster of Australia announced the return of their live selection format, Eurovision – Australia Decides 2022. Among all the surprise announcements, SBS revealed that the Eurovision 2019 televote winners, KEiiNO would return to Australia. Back in 2019 the trio recorded their debut OKTA album in Australia, which featured a collaboration with former Australia Decides participants Electric Fields. As well as performing their first tour of the country to great success and support from the Australian fans.
This weekend fans will be treated to a guest performance at the Gold Coast Exhibition Centre during the national final. Then in March, KEiiNO hit the road again on a new multi-state tour of Australia. All thanks to financial support from the Ministry of Culture and Music Norway. Meanwhile Alexandra Rotan will be helping Australia to select their 2022 participant as a member of the jury.
“We can’t wait to perform during Eurovision – Australia Decides, as the first stop of our Australian tour! To be guest-starring in this impressive line-up of artists is a true honour, and we promise to put on a show that will bring back memories of 2019 and turn them into an epic moment of 2022. The Australian audience is amazing, so there’s no other place in the world we’d rather be than on Gold Coast the last weekend of February!”KEiiNO, (SBS)
“We were in Australia in 2019 & that was an amazing experience, but it was too short. We didn’t get to experience as much as we wanted to, so this time around we’re performing at Eurovision: Australia Decides, we’re touring the country & we’re also taking some time to be a part of the community there.”KEiiNO, (CityHub)
KEiiNO at the Eurovision Song Contest
Back in 2019 KEiiNO were the fan favourites, coming top in the televote. They placed sixth overall with a total of 331 points. Thus achieving Norway’s highest points total last decade and best result since Margaret Berger placed fourth in 2013 with ‘I Feed You My Love’. Their platinum debut single, ‘Spirit In The Sky’ was nominated for ‘Song of the Year’ at the Norwegian Grammys and has won 4 Scandipop-awards.
In 2021, KEiiNO returned to Melodi Grand Prix. They had unfinished business with Eurovision, and after two years of success, wanted to return with the well-received ‘MONUMENT’. At the same time the group filmed a documentary series covering their whirlwind adventures of 2019 and a vlog to allow fans a glimpse into the process behind the comeback. During the final, the public televote advanced KEiiNO all the way to the Gold Duel. However they lost out to TIX, who would go on to represent Norway at Rotterdam for 2021.
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