Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Tove Östman Styrke was one of undoubtfully brightest spots of Idol-2009 starting from her first appearance on casting. Already after her first performances in the last season of TV-show girl quite fast became one of main Idol's contenders for the victory. Artistical uniqueness, surprisingly strong vocal for 16-years old girl, light craziness (in a good sense) and incredible sweetness, this combination should've made this girl winner of the season but unforunately one step before the final Tove got the biggest unluck and two songs totally not corresponding what this hurricane rock-girl was about and though Tove has made her best she expectedly missed the final. What went wrong and why jury decided not to let Tove to the final will stay a mistery but sometimes what artist achieves after Idol matters much more than his place in the contest and Tove's talent couldn't be unnoticed by record companies.
Sony generously adopted the girl and since the beginning of the year worked hard on new Tove's stuff and was preparing the girl for a big career, by some sources Tove's music had to be mix of Knife, Robyn, The Sounds and Blondie. Finally recently two intriguing bits of this music has leaked - "Young Heart" and "Million Pieces" confirming that Tove goes really speacial and her own direction mixing stadium rock spirit that she widely provided on Idol and electro-pop with Robyn-The Knife-Salem al Fakir-Björk vibes, something that can really make Tove next Amanda Jenssen who didn't manage to win Idol but reached so much through these 2,5 years totally breaking ex-pop-Idol status and developing her own image, music style and audience. Today Tove's official site is finally open and you can listen full-length first single "Million Pieces" - beautiful original soft synth-pop song written by Adam Olenius (Shout Out Louds) and produced by Lotus & 2 Freckles.
In August Tove will perform also at Allsång på Skansen and the album release is planned for this Autumn. If you didn't watch last season of Swedish Idol I'll give you a guide of Miss Styrke's way in this show.
All These Things I've Done (The Killers)
Life on Mars (David Bowie)
Hot 'n' Cold (Katy Perry)
Will You Be There (Michael Jackson)
We're Not Living In America (The Sounds)
Mack the Knife (Bobby Darin)
In the Ghetto (Elvis Presley)
I Wish I Was A Punkrocker (Sandi Thom)
Kids (with Erik Grönwall) (Kylie Minogue & Robbie Williams)
Sweet Dreams (Eurythmics)
Himlen är oskyldigt blå (Ted Gärdestad)
Pride (In the Name of Love) (U2)
Since You Been Gone (Russ Ballard, Head East, Rainbow)
Can't Get You out of My Head (Kylie Minogue)
The greatest love of all (Whitney Houston)