Strap up your boots and hold onto your Stetson hats, Eurovision enthusiasts!

We’re embarking on a Wild West-inspired escapade back to Eurovision 2022, where Estonia’s troubadour, the one and only Stefan, brought his foot-stomping, heart-stirring entry, “Hope.”

With a voice as rugged as the dusty trails and a spirit as unbridled as a mustang, Stefan brought a piece of the Wild West to the Eurovision stage, and we’re here to relive every exhilarating moment.

In this article, we’ll dissect the melodic journey of “Hope,” share a personal reflection on the performance that left us all a little more optimistic, and of course, provide the lyrics for you to belt out whenever your heart desires that hit of Eurovision adrenaline.

Saddle up for a deep dive into the song that proved to be the dark horse of the contest, and let’s ride together into the sunset of Stefan’s Eurovision saga in Turin!

This is the Eurovision Corgi review of “Hope” by Stefan for Eurovision 2022.

Who Is Stefan?

Stefan Airapetjan, an Estonian-Armenian singer with a magnetic stage presence and a voice that carries both grit and warmth, is a true musical gem.

Known simply as Stefan, he burst onto the scene with undeniable charisma and talent. His big break came in 2018 when he claimed a respectable third place in Estonia’s Eurovision preselection contest, Eesti Laul, as part of the duo VAJÉ with the song “Laura (Walk with Me).”

From there, he returned in 2019 with “Without You” (finishing third in the superfinal) and in 2020 with “By My Side,” which finished seventh in the final.

Though he did secure his win in 2020 on Maskis Laulja, Estonia’s version of The Masked Singer.

Fast forward to 2022, and Stefan’s solo prowess shone brightly as he won over the hearts of his nation and secured his spot as Estonia’s representative in Turin with his captivating song “Hope.”

This selection was not just based on his vocal prowess but also on the strength of his song, which resonated with listeners and carried a universal message of perseverance and optimism.

Stefan’s journey to Eurovision is a testament to his evolution as an artist and performer. Right from the beginning of the Eurovision 2022 season, it was obvious that Stefan was one to watch!

Song Analysis – “Hope”

Stefan’s “Hope” is more than just a song—it’s an anthem woven with the threads of perseverance, unity, and the unwavering belief in a brighter tomorrow.

With its Spaghetti Western-inspired soundscape, the track transports listeners to a cinematic world where the vastness of the open plains mirrors the breadth of human resilience.

The essence of “Hope” lies in its storytelling—a narrative that speaks to the heart of every individual who has faced trials and tribulations.

The lyrics are a beacon, guiding through life’s storms with a message that resonates universally: no matter how dire the circumstances, there is a force more powerful than any obstacle we face. That force is hope.

Stefan’s rich, emotive vocals lend a raw authenticity to the song’s message. The verses acknowledge the shadows that often cloud our path—doubt, fear, and uncertainty.

Yet, it’s in the chorus that the song truly soars, as Stefan’s voice becomes a clarion call to not only endure but to rise above with an indomitable spirit.

“Hope” is a reminder that our dreams are worth fighting for, and that the journey towards them, though fraught with challenges, is one we need not walk alone.

The song champions the idea of solidarity—of finding strength in the knowledge that our shared experiences bind us together. It’s an invitation to lock arms with our fellow dreamers and march towards the horizon, undeterred.

In essence, “Hope” is a powerful ode to the enduring human spirit. It’s a song that encourages us to look within and find the courage to keep moving forward.

With each beat and lyric, Stefan reminds us that hope is not a passive wish—it’s an active choice and a steadfast companion on the road to brighter days.

Overall Impression

Right from the start, Stefan’s “Hope” had the unmistakable mark of an underdog in the grand arena of Eurovision 2022.

In a contest known for its flamboyance and spectacle, a Spaghetti Western singalong might seem like a wild card entry. Yet, it was a heartening surprise to witness “Hope” receive the adoration and acclaim it so richly deserved.

The song’s recognition is proof of its inherent charm and Stefan’s ability to captivate a diverse international audience.

Amid the sea of “hopeful” anthems that graced the Eurovision stage this year, Stefan stood out with a performance that soared gracefully above the rest.

His rendition was a masterclass in striking the perfect balance—uplifting without tipping over into the realm of cliché, and earnest without drowning in melodrama.

It’s this genuine spirit that allowed “Hope” to resonate with the hearts of many, proving that sincerity can still shine in a competition brimming with glitz and glam.

Sadly (and somewhat awkwardly), It’s impossible to ignore the impact of the stage’s kinetic sun malfunction on the performances in Turin.

“Hope,” along with Iceland’s own Western-themed entry, likely felt the brunt of this technical hiccup. The absence of the full dynamic backdrop that was meant to complement the performances left us all wondering, “What if?”

With the full force of the stage’s intended visual effects, there’s little doubt that “Hope” could have soared even higher, leaving an unforgettable mark on the competition and potentially climbing the final ranks even higher.

Not that finishing in 13th place is bad, mind you!

Stefan – “Hope” – Lyrics

We let them tell us what to do
Why, why, why
We live to die for worthy things
Yeah, yeah, yeah

We promised we would never lose our pride
Your word’s worth nothing if you lie
We’re standing tall and looking up, our Father would be proud
And I’m happy to be working my own ground

We’ll be the last ones breathing here

Hey, sing your heart out boy
For all the people great and small
Oh, when all else is lost
The future still remains our own

We’re taught that we were born to lose
Why, why, why
Don’t waste your breath, it’s time to choose
Yeah, yeah, yeah

We promised we would never lose our pride
Every day, they try to turn that into lies
We’re standing tall and looking up, our Father would be proud
And I’m happy to be working my own ground

I said
Hey, sing your heart out boy
For all the people great and small
Oh, when all else is lost
The future still remains our own

I hope, I hope, I hope
I hope, I hope
I hope, I hope, I hope
I hope, I hope

We let them tell us what to do
Why, why, why
We live to die for worthy things
Yeah, yeah, yeah

No matter what they try, tearing up our lives
I know we will always rise

I said
Hey, sing your heart out boy
For all the people great and small
Oh, when all else is lost
The future still remains our own

I hope, I hope, I hope
I hope, I hope
I hope, I hope, I hope

The future still remаinѕ our own

I hope, I hope, I hope
I hope, I hope
I hope, I hope, I hope
I hope, I hope, I hope

Final Thoughts – “Hope”

As those final anthemic cries of “Hope” fade and the dust settles on the Eurovision stage, it’s clear that Stefan’s entry will linger in our playlists and hearts for a long time to come.

This Spaghetti Western singalong didn’t just gallop into the contest; it blazed a trail straight into our Eurovision lore. It’s a song that reminds us that even when the sun doesn’t shine on stage, the stars can still light up the night.

But now, it’s over to you, dear readers!

Did Stefan’s “Hope” have you tapping your boots and humming along? Did it lasso your heart with its uplifting melody? Drop your thoughts in the comments below and join the chorus of voices sharing their Eurovision passions.

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