• Kyriakos Tsinivits

Sheldon Riley covers Cornelia Jakobs' song 'Hold Me Closer' for Eurovision House Party


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Australia's Eurovision 2022 representative Sheldon Riley had recorded a cover of Cornelia Jakobs' Eurovision 2022 song 'Hold Me Closer' as part of Eurovision House Party.


Sheldon features in the second episode of the new online series Eurovision House Party which showcases exclusive performances from many favourite Eurovision 2022 participants.


'Hold Me Closer' is Sweden's entry this year in Turin which will be performed by Cornelia in semi-final two, she is competing in the same semi-final as Sheldon.


The emotional ballad is about the difficult end of a relationship, and is co-written by Cornelia in conjunction with her songwriter best friend Isa Molin and writer and producer David Zandén.


Sheldon showcases his strong vocals in his cover version of the song. He has publicly stated his love for 'Hold Me Closer' on various occasions.


You can check out Sheldon's cover of 'Hold Me Closer' below.


You can watch the full Eurovision House Party below:


The full run of the performances in the second episode of Eurovision House Party are:

  • Sam Ryder - ‘SPACE MAN’ (Live at York Hall)

  • Vladana - ‘Senhora Do Mar (Negras Águas)’ (Vânia Fernandes cover)

  • Sheldon Riley - ‘Hold Me Closer’ (Cornelia Jakobs cover)

  • Ochman - ‘River’

  • Mia Dimšić - ‘Slobodna’

  • Amanda Gerogiadi Tenjford - ‘Arcade’ (Duncan Laurence cover)

  • Chanel - ‘SloMo’ (Acoustic)

  • Intelligent Music Project - ‘Every Time’

  • Emma Muscat - ‘Sangria’

  • Achille Lauro - ‘Stripper’ (Stripped Back Version)

  • Andrea - ‘Euphoria’ (Loreen cover)

  • S10 feat. Joep Beving - ‘De Diepte’ (Live Session)

  • Subwoolfer - Give That Wolf A Banana (DJ Astronaut Is Here For You Mix)


In other news it has been confirmed that one of Australia’s leading designers, Alin Le’Kal, is behind Sheldon's Eurovision 2022 performance outfit for 'Not The Same', which he will perform in Turin. Check out the details here.


Sheldon is expect to head over to Turin for Eurovision 2022 by the end of the month. Check out our profile article on Sheldon Riley and his entry 'Not The Same' representing Australia at Eurovision 2022 here. Australia will compete in semi-final 2 on May 12 (European time) in Turin.