Off season is a strange time of year for a Eurovision fan. The PED (Post Eurovision Depression) cloud is just beginning to lift, but the contest is still the guts of a year away. The nearest national final is in December and the junior equivalent won’t be on for ages. Even wiwivision is over! Despite the sunshine, the summer months can be bleak. It would be easy to mope until November, but the wiwibloggs team have a better plan. We’ve decided to dream.

For the next few Wednesdays our correspondents from across the world will be bringing you their ultimate wishlist for Ukraine 2017. And as this is all fantasy, we’ll also be taking a look at absentee countries, both long and short term. Because in our dream contest everyone comes to the party! To make sure that no one gets left out, we’ll be working through countries in alphabetical order, so this week we’re starting with Moldova and working through to Russia.

Moldova: Irina Rimes

Bogdan: It’s no surprise that Irina Rimes’ first single “Visele” skyrocketed to the top of the Romanian Shazam charts. The singer was unknown prior to reaching the finals of the Moldovan talent show Star Factory, but now her fan base is growing as fast as her YouTube view count. She’s a natural beauty and excels as a live singer. I have no doubt that she would do exceptionally well on the Eurovision stage, should she strive for international recognition.

Past wishes: Ionel Istrati and Nicoleta Nuca

Monaco: Beyoncé

Robyn: Ok, I know — Beyoncé is not Monégasque, nor does she live in the tiny principality. But I fear we have exhausted the current pop performers of Monaco, and Queen B and husband Jay Z regularly holiday there. If we’re going to go with a Beyoncé track (and Lemonade is off limits because it’s not on YouTube yet), why not go with one of her boldest tracks, the staunch feminist anthem “***Flawless”?  u slay, B.

Past wishes: Vlad Scala and Josh Stanley

Montenegro: Jovana Mustur

Edd: One of my greatest Eurovision fantasies is seeing Enya represent Ireland. However, that ain’t gonna happen, so I’ll take Jovana Mustur representing Montenegro instead. Harp, bagpipes, and the beautiful Montenegrin language — how could you resist? This girl is also trained in classical music, and is a very competent opera singer. Montenegro has sent some solid entries since their comeback, but Jovana could be the one to finally stand out and bring the country into the top ten.

Past wishes: Dado Polumenta and Anita Popovic

Morocco: OUM

Zakaria: Taken from Morocco’s deep south, Oum’s songs are colourful and unique. Mixing multiple ethnic sounds such as Gnawi, Amazigh and Sufi with jazz and soul, Oum’s music is a tribute to her Sahrawi origins. With her bewitching voice and peculiar looks, Oum is widely renowned for her mesmerising live performances where her Moroccan identity is heavily emphasised. Oum is considered an ambassador of Moroccan culture and has already flown the country’s flag at numerous international events. She would be perfect for Eurovision… if Morocco ever returns.

Past wishes: French Montana and Saad Lamjarred

The Netherlands: O’G3NE

Mike: There is only one act to choose for  the Netherlands — O’G3NE. They’re the hot favourites to fly the Dutch tricolour in Ukraine, with odds of almost 1 to 1. The trio took part in Junior Eurovision a few years back and also competed in The Voice of Holland and The Best Singers of The Netherlands, where they introduced a new way of singing in which all three of them sing small parts of the lyrics. The girls can sing and they’ve made it perfectly clear that they want to show off their skills on the Eurovision stage.

Past wishes: Lisa Lois and Dotan

Norway: Julie Bergan

Sami: After finishing in the Eurovision top ten three times in a row, Norway failed to qualify for the final in Stockholm. We don’t want to see the country return to ballads. They need to send something commercial, and who would do it better than one of the hottest pop artists in Norway right now, Julie Bergan. Julie already took part in Melodi Grand Prix back in 2013 with “Give a Little Something Back” but failed to qualify to the final. Since then, she’s completely changed her style and released huge hits “All Hours” and the chart-topping “Arigato“. With another electronic ballad or club banger like Julie’s previous hits, Norway shouldn’t have any problem returning to the left hand side of the scoreboard.

Past wishes: Astrid Smeplass and Alejandro Fuentes

Poland: Brodka

Marek: Everyone wants Sylwia Grzeszczak or Doda for Poland. But I listened to my heart and immediately thought of Monika Brodka. She’s nothing like the two ladies above. Firstly, she’s not a brash attention seeker. It’s unusual to see her at any event and she rarely does interviews. She lives her life, her life is music and we can really hear it. Her songs are full of emotion, mostly sadness, but who ever said that a winning song must be happy? She doesn’t release music for the sake of it. She takes her time and we wait — last time it took six years for new music to materialise. But the results are unbelievably good. When Loreen was asked about Brodka she answered: “Brodka? It’s your (Polish) artist?! Everyone knows her! Brodka. Beautiful name.” With such an endorsement, I don’t need to say anything more.

Past wishes: Sylwia Grzeszczak and Sarsa

Portugal: Diogo Piçarra

Jordi: When it comes to Eurovision, Portugal really struggles. Is it because they insist on singing in Portuguese? Or maybe their songs are simply dated? Personally, I love their authenticity, and if we mix that with a modern sound and an amazing voice, we have Diogo Piçarra. The 25 year old has everything the Iberian nation needs to return to the final — personality, emotion and a truly enchanting voice. His passion for music started pretty early and at only 17 he formed the band Fora da Bóia. He went on to win the fifth season of Portugal’s Idolos, for which he got a Universal record deal and a scholarship for London’s Music School. He’s released two albums to date, Sessions (2014) and Espelho (2015). His lastest single “Dialeto” is taken from his upcoming album. It’s fresh, modern, sung in Portuguese, and could totally work at Eurovision.

Past wishes: Kika and Amor Electro

Romania: Delia

Bogdan: Although less known than Inna and Alexandra Stan internationally, Delia is a bona fide Romanian superstar. Wildly successful and talented, with countless hit singles and a place at the judges table on the Romanian X Factor, Delia looks and sounds like a Eurovision gold ticket for the Eastern European country. Alas, Delia’s very busy schedule would never allow it, but we can dream. And look, she’s taking a cue from Aliona Moon’s dress sense!

Past wishes: Antonia and Alina Eremia

Russia: Egor Kreed

Dayana: It seems like Russia is more successful with guys rather than girls… so our choice is Egor Kreed. A frequent chart-topper, he started his career in 2011. He broke into the mainstream in 2012 when he was signed to Black Star Inc. — one of the most successful music labels in Russia, owned by rapper Timati. Since then, Egor has earned a huge fanbase in CIS countries and is a regular guest at music festivals, award ceremonies and various TV Shows. In addition to all that, the 22 year-old has collaborated with many Russian singers such as Nyusha, Alex Sparrow, Hanna, and Timati. His biggest hit is “Samaya Samaya”, for which he received dozens of awards.

Past wishes: Natasha Koroleva and Sergey Lazarev (wish granted)

What do y’all think? Have we chosen the best of the best? Or would y’all have chosen differently? As always let us know below. And check back next Wednesday for our final wishlist and our choices for San Marino through to the United Kingdom.

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Paula
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I prefer Antonia Iacobescu for Romania and Margaret, Dorota Osinska, Ewelina Lisowska or Sylwia Grzeszczak for Poland.

Eurofan*
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Delia is a DIVA. Who is Alexandra Stan and [email protected][email protected] Rather talk about Delia and Andra. These 2 ladies are the best in Romania! Check out them on youtube!
With them Romania could easily win!

CookyMonzta
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@MoreMusicLessGlamourPlease: Highway, their best ever?! A lot of people would beg to differ, given who Montenegro sent in 2014 (Sergej Cetkovic) and 2015 (Knez); not to mention that they both qualified for the Grand Final, and Knez finished in the top-half of the board.

SummerWine=Plum
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@Marc
But I appreciate Egor’s participation in ESC in two years, why not. There will be no Lazarev of course.

SummerWine=Plum
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@Marc
Not really. Let Egor gather the same solo shows for 5-10 thousands of people in one and the same city 3 times in a raw. After that we shall see=))

Marc
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@Summerwine
I was talking and I care about the present. Right now Egor is way more popular than Sergey in your country.. that’s what I meant to say 🙂

SummerWine=Plum
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@Marc I don’t have to check anything of you’ve mentioned. I am already used to that some people here who’ve never been to Russia know better about Russia than those who live here. It was a bit ungraceful of you to say that an artist who has been loved in his country for many years was a “joke” after somebody who is just popular at the moment with teenagers. Lazarev is a big artist in Russia, deal with it without relying on what you are used to rely on. And let’s hope for Egor Krid to present Russia in the… Read more »
Marc
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@Summerwine Check youtube, charts and itunes and you’ll see.. Egor is far away from Sergey.. So what if he’s young?
As for Alex Sparrow.. I said about a particular song which is popular there.. over 90 millions on youtube it’s a lot imo xD
So yes I’m so wrong xD

Kermit
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No offence. But I don’t think I agree so much with the Wiwiblogs choices. So many of the same europop / eurodance style. i prefer more original music styles. Some more alternative and daring choices

MoreMusicLessGlamourPlease
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MoreMusicLessGlamourPlease

For me, Montenegro can send Highway again 🙂 Their best ever entry! Better than 2013 even. The epexerts wanted it to qualify…I wish they had their way! Then that great rock song would be in the final, and that horrid oversugary song from Austria not!

Sabi
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I want Nargiz Zakirova for Russia next year, although she is from Uzbekistan 🙂

karminowe.usta
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Egor Kreed is fantastic:) I really like him and his catchy songs:)

(J)ESC Fanatic
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@Riva

Russia has not confirmed participation yet (and because of the current situation they may never do).

SummerWine=Plum
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@Marc
Of course you are not right only if you were not joking=))
Egor Kreed is a young singer who’s just started gaining some popularity with very young public, but who knows, maybe some day he will exceed Lazarev. Anyway it’s too early to say that Sergey is a joke next to Egor since for now they cannot even be compared.
As for Sparrow. He’s always be?n a medioctity and has never been popular in Russia.

Riva
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Sometimes I feel like whoever will represent spain or portugal – they will flop, voters are so cold for eurowest nowadays… And with all this hype about russian performer I’d like to understand for first – any NF suggestions from it’s broadcaster or there gonna be internally selected artist again?

Agata
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Yasss Diogo for Portugal !

MoreMusicLessGlamourPlease
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MoreMusicLessGlamourPlease

let’s hope for credible and famous names on the domestic scenes. And a good diverity of music. Not any ESC-clishes. Some rock would be good

Marc
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Egor Kreed is the biggest star in Russia right now.. Sergey is simply a joke next to him xD. Just need to check how many views on youtube they have or the charts.
As for Alex Sparrow, he had a huge hit last year in Russia, num 1 and over 90 millions on youtube..

I hope Dutch TV will keep doing its own game, and they will not send such a cheap act as OG3NE… I love Netherlands and I want authenticity and quality from them as Common Linnets or Douwe did 🙂

SummerWine=Plum
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Alex Sparrow for Russia agani?
Pfff… sorry, no!!!
Add to this that we are only dreaming about Russia participation by now.

Romeo
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@jamaladingdong

Little Big would be definitely something Eurovision has not experienced yet. LOL

Katy
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Egor Kreed? Uhm, not yet. He’s like Dima’s younger brother musically, he should find his own style and identity first. Speaking of Dima – his last album “Ne molchy” was fabulous, would love for him to do ESC w something in that style. Timati would be fab too, but I doubt he actually wants to do it. That Aida-collab in 2012 NF was lame btw.

Héctor
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I hope Portugal goes in that direction, Diogo Piçarra would be a good choice. But any good artist with a modern song like ‘Dialeto’ could work. I’m sure this song would qualify.

Lars
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For Russia, I hope for Alexey Vorobyov (Alex Sparrow) to return. But I have no idea if Alex is interested. There have been rumour that Egor Kreed is considered for the Russian Bachelor show next spring. In case those rumours are true, it would probabably be difficult for him to do Eurovision.

cheesecake
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I’m convinced something similar to this pick would work for Portugal!

jamaladingdong
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Kristina Si or Little Big (if you want some Die Antwoord-like band) for Russia

(J)ESC Fanatic
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@SummerWine=Plum

You are completely off topic 😀

CookyMonzta
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Methinks Montenegro should let Knez try again. He put on an excellent show last year. If not him, then maybe Sergej once more.

I still have my money on the Dutch going with Kensington.

As for Russia, what chance is there that Nargiz will give it a shot?

Ksbsis
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The Dumplings for Poland

Kermit
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@victor – that a singer is “homophobic”, doesn’t make him a worse singer for ESC! seriously….who cares 🙂

Kermit
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Lots of rock and indie please!!! 🙂

SummerWine=Plum
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Grigory Leps for Russia
Dreams… dreams only…

sltwnsk
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as a pole myself, i couldn’t agree more on brodka! she’s flawless and she would def bring her a-game to ukraine 🙂

Polegend Godgarina
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Catarina Pereira for Portugal, please. The poor sis was robbed twice already and her discography consists of total smashes, bops and weave-ripping anthems.

PolskaPolandPologne
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Brodka is great, but for Eurovision only SYLWIA <3

Margaret
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Beyonce? Not gonna happen

beccaboo1212
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I was thinking either Sergej ?etkovi? or Jana Mirkovi? for Montenegro. 🙂

(J)ESC Fanatic
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“It seems like Russia is more successful with guys rather than girls…”

That’s not true.

Victor Kiriakis
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Timati is homophobic and his songs are just bad. Egor Kreed can’t sing live… Maybe someone from the new season of the Voice? Anyway, Yuri Aksyuta, the head of the Russuan delegation is busy with the Voice right now, so I doubt there would be any news about Russian entry this year.

D
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Brodka is very up my alley and I’d love to see her in Eurovision. Delia could win for Romania too imo. O’G3NE is exactly who I’m expecting to see representing the Netherlands in Ukraine.

Zzzzzz
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TIMATI for Russia!

Robert Wiggins
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Good job guys.
Diogo sounds great. His song really got me on first listen

josh dubovie
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why not JOSH DUBOVIE??????????

Adam023
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Everybody wants Doda in Poland? I can say that 95% don’t want even read about her so don’t even think about eurovision 😀 Brodka it’s too ambitious for this. Check Bovska 😀

trey
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eww egor kreed… his live vocals are just awful