We move in to the top 20 of our top national final songs from the Eurovision 2017 season today. We’re counting down our list throughout the week, so make sure not to miss out on any of the songs. Relive those memories, y’all!
Today’s edition features some of the more unique offerings from this year. Eurovision can often be a case of “is it better to be loved by a small group, or liked by many?” — and that case can certainly be made for some of these.
20. “Discover Moldova” — Ethno Republic & Surorile Osoianu (Moldova)
No, not the name of the latest tourism campaign in Moldova — but they could probably use this as their music. “Discover Moldova” brought hints of the Buranovskiye Babushki back, but also felt like a unique song by itself. Certainly a fan favourite, they were perhaps only undone by the presence of the other fan favourite in Moldova.
Wiwi Jury: “The fusion of traditional musical elements with modern beats works really well here, and I think it would go down a storm with the Eurovision audience. Ethno Republic & Surorile Osoianu’s entry has the feel-good factor, which should never be underestimated.” (Jason)
19. “Kewkba” — Janice Mangion (Malta)
The other pre-contest favourite in Malta, Janice Mangion brought something very different to the table this year: the Maltese language. So rarely heard in MESC (and not since 2000 at Eurovision), “Kewkba” was a very welcome change indeed. Janice finished just 500 votes behind Claudia Faniello too, proving that perhaps Malta are ready to give their native tongue a try at Eurovision.
Wiwi Jury: ““Kewbka” unfolds with magical moments one after the next. Janice’s voice is the perfect vehicle for this. It packs in a wide range of emotions, and serves it musical theatre style. Furthermore, I salute her bravery for singing in Maltese. It is a beautiful language, and her flawless vocals leave me wanting more.” (Deban)
18. “My Little World” — Club la Persé (Finland)
Our little world was smashed to pieces when Club la Persé failed to make it through to Kyiv. Despite being mostly panned before the contest, Club la Persé’s outlandish club kid style and performance won many over at the UMK final. In a national final season filled to the brim with ballads, la Persé brought something very different.
Wiwi Jury: ““My Little World” brings their chaotic, gender-bending club-kids scene to UMK, with an uplifting dance track. This song will annoy the heck out of people who like their Eurovision entries super serious, but for everyone else, the dance floor is this way.” (Robyn)
17. “I Don’t Give A” — Lisa Ajax (Sweden)
Get the bleep machine fired up for this one. Lisa Ajax’s return to Melodifestivalen was littered with f-bombs aplenty in the empowering “I Don’t Give A”. Whilst it did look like she might have stolen some of Nina Kraljic’s raincoat, Lisa once again sounded great throughout Melfest. This was about showing her maturity one way or another. Lisa may have finished last with the televote in the final, but she’s certainly not last with us.
Wiwi Jury: Lisa’s is all about attitude and determination with “I Don’t Give A”. But behind this breakthrough and the you’re-worth-it track, it still feels sweet. Her voice is mesmerising, angelic and pure and she has mixed it with a current but really pop sound. It works. (Jordi)
16. “I’m Like A Wolf” — Aiste Pilvelyte (Lithuania)
For the first time since 2014, we’re approaching a Eurovision without the presence of Aminata Savadogo. The Latvian star left her native country behind this year, opting instead to write “I’m Like a Wolf” for Lithuania’s Aiste. The drawn out process and bizarre last minute judging changes meant Aiste ran out of steam at the final, though. We were left howling in disappointment!
Wiwi Jury: “While I don’t think this would win Eurovision, it should have little difficulty keeping Lithuania in the Top 10. The Aminata influence is obvious but Aiste is allowed to show off her powerful vocals and she’s a cut above the competition. This wolf has got teeth and she’s coming for blood.” (Antranig)
What do you think of the five songs on our list today? Were any of them your big favourites? Let us know all your thoughts on the wiwibloggs app, or in the comments section below!