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WALES: Erin Mai Grove “Calon yn Curo”

Erin Mai Grove "Calon yn Curo"

Erin
Wales

Wales has a rich history of music and is often referred to as the “land of song”.

Welsh singers have also played a big part of senior Eurovision with varied success: Mary Hopkin (UK 1970) Nicky Stevens of Brotherhood of Man (UK 1976) Emma Louise Booth (UK 1990), Jessica Garlic (UK 2002), James Fox (UK 2004), Jon Lilygreen (Cyprus 2010), Bonnie Tyler (UK 2013), Joe Woolford from Joe and Jake (UK 2016), and Lucie Jones (UK 2017).

The country took part in Junior Eurovision as part of the United Kingdom between 2003 and 2005. With the United Kingdom currently sitting out the contest, it is now Wales’ time to shine, debuting last year.

After an unfortunate last place with Manw’s Perta, Wales returns to Junior Eurovision 2019 with Calon yn Curo by Erin Mai Grove, sung entirely in Welsh.

Erin is 13 and is from Llanrwst in North Wales, a small market town with a population of around 3,000. Erin started performing traditional Welsh songs from a young age before switching to pop music. She attends the local performing arts school and in her time off, she enjoys dancing, swimming, and acting. Fun fact, she was in the audience of last year’s Welsh national final Chwilio am Seren and is absolutely excited to go to Gliwice.

Calon yn Curo translates to Heart Beating. The song is written by Sylvia Strand, Ed Holden, and Johnathan Gregory. Sylvia and Johnathan have ties to Jon Lilygreen with The Islanders. Why did Jon Lilygreen, a man from Newport, Wales sing for Cyprus? Not entirely sure, but The Islanders came 21st in the final with Life Looks Better In Spring back in 2010 in Oslo. Sylvia played the piano with Jon on stage and Johnathan produced the song. Ed is also known as Mr Phormula, a beatboxer and live looping artist.

The song is a mix of rhythmic Welsh folk and rock/pop with heavy guitars and drums throughout. The chorus has a great hook with a good dash of “woah woah woah” to be memorable, plus a classic key change. It is catchier than the 2018 song so that is a good sign. At the National Final, Erin's performance is enthusiastic and very engaging. We also have some dancers on stage to add to this lively performance. There’s not much to rework here but it may get a revamp before November.

As the official English lyrics are not yet available, Google Translate to the rescue!

Heart beating
Soul singing
Voices of the beats build
The audience buzzed slowly

Sharing the moment is a memorable experience

Sharing the moment
Heart beating
Heart beating
Ooh, ooh, ooh ...
Sharing the moment
Heart beating
Heart beating
Ooh, ooh, ooh ...

Singing from the stage to the lights
Faces smiles open hearts
Emotion overflows in a beat

One aspect of one movement

Sharing the moment
Heart beating
Heart beating
Ooh, ooh, ooh ...

Stand still
Stand up share the message through the music
Dancing and bouncing everyone sings

Sharing the moment
Heart beating
Heart beating
Ooh, ooh, ooh ...
Sharing the moment
Heart beating
Heart beating
Ooh, ooh, ooh ...

Pob lwc i chi, Cymru! Pob lwc i chi, Erin!