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  • Writer's pictureKyriakos Tsinivits

The connections between Kylie Minogue's 'Padam Padam' and the Eurovision Song Contest


Photo credit: Kylie Minogue Facebook

The hit song 'Padam Padam' by Australia's own Kylie Minogue, has made a huge cultural impact in the pop music scene, which has seen it inevitably collide with the world of Eurovision.


The song became its own meme going viral on social media which helped achieve chart success for the Princess of Pop, Kylie Minogue.


'Padam Padam' is the first single off Kylie's 16th studio album 'Tension', which is set for release on September 22, 2023. The song became the hit of the summer in the northern hemisphere and her biggest hit in a decade.


It made the top 10 in nine countries, including No. 8 in the UK and No. 7 in Ireland. In Kylie's homeland of Australia it peaked at No. 19 on the ARIA chart, her biggest hit there since 'Timebomb' reached No. 12 in 2012.


'Padam Padam' has also made an impact on the US Billboard charts. The song's success has led to a renewed love for Kylie in the US with her recently announced Las Vegas residency shows, 'More Than Just a Residency' selling out!



We've picked out some of the close (and tenuous) links between the massive ear worm and the Contest we all know and love.



'Padam Padam' songwriters


The song is written by Norwegian singer-songwriter Ina Wroldsen and UK-based Peter Rycroft aka LostBoy, who also produced it. Both songwriters have connections with the Eurovision Song Contest through either national finals and past competing artists.


Right: Ina Wroldsen (credit: scanmagazine.co.uk) / Left: LostBoy (credit: Spotify)

Ina Wroldsen has many huge songs under her belt. She has co-written tracks that have amassed over hundreds of millions of streams on Spotify. From 'Rockabye' by Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul and Anne-Marie which has over 1.38 billion streams, Calvin Harris' 'How Deep Is Your Love' with 997 million streams and 'Impossible' by James Arthur with over half a billion streams, and thats just to name a few.


Back in 2013 Ina co-wrote the Melodi Grand Prix 2013 runner-up song ‘Bombo’ by Adelén. Though the entry missed out on going to Eurovision that year ‘Bombo’ became a hit for Adelén. It peaked at No. 1 in Norway and also made an appearance on the single charts in Finland, Sweden and Poland.



‘Bombo’ was also a hit within the Eurovision fandom winning the 2013 OGAE Second Chance Contest for Norway. The OGAE Second Chance Contest is an annual event which sees each official Eurovision fan club select a song that didn't win their national final to battle it out in a Eurovision style contest.


The song's success led to Ina co-writing Adelén's follow up single called ‘Baila Conmigo’. The follow up single unfortunately didn't chart, but Adelén would have another hit single the following year with 'Olé'. 'Olé' was also co-written by Ina and peaked at No. 3 in the Norwegian charts.


Ina has also worked with past Eurovision artists from Spain's Pastora Soler, co-writing her 2013 song 'Espérame' and Sweden's Sanna Nielsen contributing to her single ‘Rainbow’ from 2014.


When it comes to LostBoy he has worked with the likes of Tiësto, Zedd and Calvin Harris. His connection with Eurovision would come this year when he collaborated with the Italian Eurovision 2021 winners Måneskin. LostBoy was songwriter and producer for Måneskin's song ‘BLA BLA BLA’ taken off their 2023 album 'Rush!'.




A 'Padam Padam' cover


As "Padam-mania" took over the pop world this year Eurovision artists obsessed over the hit. Eurovision 2021 artist and Icelandic singer-songwriter Daði Freyr put his very on spin on the Kylie hit.



Daði released his cover of 'Padam Padam' back in July as the talented artist promotes his up coming sophomore album release 'I Made an Album', out on August 25, 2023. Daði gives the track a very touching, intimate and emotional angle.


The cover came about when Daði posted on X (formerly Twitter) that he lied about doing a cover of Britney Spears hit 'Toxic' two years ago. He instead revealed handwritten lyrics of 'Padam Padam'.



Other Eurovision artists embracing Padam


Daði Freyr isn't the only Eurovision artist to embrace 'Padam Padam'.


On the first of June this year's Eurovision winning artist Loreen featured the song in an Instagram Reel for Attitude Magazine to kick off the start of Pride 2023 celebrations. The video features Loreen in a make up chair, then sporting her long nails, that she wore performing 'Tattoo' for Sweden in Liverpool where she became the first woman to win Eurovision twice. Loreen waves her hands about showcasing her nails as 'Padam Padam' plays in the video.



Another act to show their love for the song is this year's UK Eurovision entrant, Mae Muller. On June 25 Mae tweeted "padam been on a constant loop inside my head for the past week like how can one song be so perfect love u padam x".


She's not wrong the song is a definite ear worm.


We also found a Eurovision 2023 act that has a song that shares the same title to Kylie's hit. Joker Out who represented Slovenia at Eurovision this year with 'Carpe Diem' have a song on their 2022 album 'Demoni' called 'Padam'. The song is solely written by the lead singer Bojan Cvjetičanin. Other than sharing the same song title there is no connection to Kylie's song.



Eurovision fans obsess over Padam


Eurovision fans have also obsessed over the song. 'Padam Padam’ has been selected to represent Australia in the OGAE Song Contest 2023. The International Eurovision Fan Group OGAE has been holding the OGAE Song Contest each year since 1986.


The contest sees OGAE national clubs enter an original song from their nation released in the previous 12 months and sung in one of the country's official languages. Voting in the contest will be done through the official fan clubs.


We will find out if 'Padam Padam' takes out the contest later on in the year. You can read more about the selection of 'Padam Padam' for the OGAE Song Contest 2023 here.


There you have it, we managed to find several links to Kylie's latest hit single and Eurovision.


Kylie's new album 'Tension' featuring 'Padam Padam' will be out on September 22, 2023.


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