Of the 43 songs competing at Eurovision 2016, only three will be sung entirely in a language other than English. That’s the lowest number since 2002 — when there were just 24 competing countries. France and Italy — who traditionally sing 100% in their mother tongues — have opted for bilingual versions this year, whilst Spain has controversially gone entirely in English. Nevertheless, we still have three strong candidates who will fight tooth and nail for the coveted title of best non-English song of Eurovision 2016.
Austria: Zoë with “Loin d’ici”
This year Austria decided to send a song in a language other than English for the first time since 2012, when the Trackshittaz came last in their semi-final with their Mühlviertlerisch rap. If that doesn’t sound like big enough a risk, instead of sticking to her national language, Zoe will sing en français – a first for Austria.
Bosnia & Herzegovina: Deen & Dalal with “Ljubav je”
For their return to the contest, Bosnia & Herzegovina have stuck to what they do best – a Balkan ballad in their national language, Bosnian. Their choice is proving successful, as they topped one of our pre-contest polls.
FYR Macedonia: Kaliopi with “Dona”
After two years of singing in English and two years of non-qualification, FYR Macedonia is back in the game with a song sung in their mother tongue. Kaliopi will hope to repeat her magic formula, which earned her thirteenth place in Baku back in 2012.
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