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Last week we kicked off our countdown of Team Wiwi’s top national final songs of this year. Now, we move on to the top half of our list, at we start back off with the songs that placed 15th through 11th.

Four countries are represented in our countdown today, but who will just miss out on a space in the top ten? Check out today’s songs below:

15. “Shuffla” — Samir & Viktor (Sweden)

On paper, the fact Samir & Viktor were a genuine contender to win Melodifestivalen might have been a way to further trash this year’s Melfest. But that would be underselling just how good a package “Shuffla” was.

Firstly, this was easily the duo’s best song yet. Secondly, they killed it with their stage performance. And thirdly, they managed to make a “fake fall” work. We said “yay” throughout this one — and it’s definitely still on repeat.

14. “Eva” — Lisandro Cuxi (France)

Arguably the biggest name taking part in Destination Eurovision, Lisandro certainly would have been in favour in Lisbon. Having been born in this year’s host city, the former Voice winner was hotly tipped to represent his adopted home country.

With charisma and talent by the bucketful, it was perhaps only down to the song that Lisandro failed to make it. “Eva” is still a great track, as evidenced by the jury support for it. But some clunky lyrics — the “single mother” hook often cited — might have caused Lisandro to just fall short.

13. “Lelya” — Tayanna (Ukraine)

After coming so close to victory in 2017, Tayanna was ready to take the crown in 2018. After her initial plan to have the public select her song hit some snags, she arrived at Vidbir to tear the house down with “Lelya”.

Full of sass, a dance routine and a dress that showed nearly everything off, there was no doubting Tayanna’s desire to win. Unfortunately, the public didn’t see it that way yet again, as they pushed fellow returnee Melovin ahead. Third time’s a charm in 2019?

12. “Every Single Day” — Felix Sandman (Sweden)

A cold might have curtailed Felix’s chances a little in the Melfest heats, but that just seemed to kickstart his momentum. Soon, people were wondering whether we might see only the second Andra Chansen winner in Sweden.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite to be, with Felix just falling short. He didn’t seem to mind much though, given he lost to good friend Benjamin Ingrosso. And with a wealth of new fans, could he be the next returning act to win one year on?

11. “Scandilove” — Ida Maria (Norway)

“Can you make love like a Scandinavian?” may be the question of the year. Ida Maria’s “Scanidlove” was a fun slice of pop, with some witty (and some not-so-witty) situations thrown in to the lyrics.

The live performance saw Ida perform with a huge cast of cheerleaders (well over the Eurovision limit). Whilst the vocals weren’t there, it didn’t really matter: this was meant to be fun and it really showed on stage.

Check out all of our top national final songs posts here

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Apart from Norway, I like the rest of the songs here. Especially “Shuffla” and “Eva” are still among my favourites in this year’s NFs.

lucky stranger
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lucky stranger

how bloody tired of you wiwi complaining about “the “single mother” hook often cited” Tired of you! my friend is a single mother & was deeply moved by the song/ (& she’s not happy of being single!)

Stian F
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Stian F

Im sorry but this is the worst Wiwi-top 50 ever… both Scandilove and Talk To the Hand from Norway was AWEFUL! not deserving of anything this year. and Felix Sandmans performance was sooooo cringy… cant stand it. maybe the first time ever a song for me became worse after seeing the live performance.

Musikkritiker
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“Scandilove” was too good to be true. I love the song and it will be one of the most played this year for sure. I was a bit worry she could not fulfill my expectations and she did it! xD

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Yeah, I love that song as well. Very clever rhythms and great comedy! 🙂

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

I really liked the song but the live performance didn’t live up to it, whereas the other strong MGP songs all exceeded expectations when actually performed.

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Even moreso than the actual contest or the winners, it is the top national final songs that make me think that my taste might be a bit different. =P

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

Feix is my 2nd place of the whole Season. And yes. I am still salty that he didn’t win, and you Swedes should be ashamed! 😀 (My 1st are Sudden lights from Latvia. Which also came 2nd in their NF… Just like Felix….)

Miguel
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Miguel

From the national selections i followed, including semifinals (in alphabetical order): Annalisa – Il Mondo Prima Di Te (Italy) Debbi – High On Love (Czechia) Eleanor – Back To Life (Malta) Emmy Liyana – Ok ou KO (France) Franklin Calleja – Best Years Of Our Lives (San Marino) Ham Ko Ham – Bármerre Jársz (Hungary) Horváth Cintia & Balogh Tomi – Journey (Break Your Chains) (Hungary) Horváth Tamás – Meggyfa (Hungary) Ida Maria – Scandilove (Norway) Jenifer Brening – Until The Morning Light (San Marino) Le Vibrazioni – Così Sbagliato (Italy) Lili – O Voo Das Cegonhas (Portugal) LivingRoom –… Read more »

Geo
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Geo

4 songs from Sweden so far (place 28, 16 and now 15 and 12) and it’s not even top 10 yet :))) Predictable, as usual… No song from Moldova, Romania, Belarus, Estonia, Serbia, Hungary or Germany….

Ana
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Ana

“Scandilove” is a great song. Unfortunately, Ida Maria isn’t as great live, but the entry itself is just lovely.
Felix Sandman was definitely stunning. I loved his performance. He reminded me Frans a bit (with all his subtlety and youth), but he was more emotional. I adored “Every Single Day” and I’m VERY sorry that he lost to Benjamin 🙁
“Eva” from France is a good song too. Wow, France had an incredible selection this year! Congrats to you!

Eve
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Eve

Felix is no.1!

Wre
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Wre

Really Felix’s masterpiece is behind the “Scandilove” trash..I can’t go on…

avner
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avner

Yep; something is very odd about this chart. Felix out of very top is just laughable.

M_K
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M_K

Great to see “Scandilove” on the list. It was my favourite in the NF.

Colin
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Colin

My Top 30 (continued) – Places 15-11:

15. Solenne: Baltic (Latvia)
14. Vidar Villa: Moren din (Norway)
13. Aaron Sibley & Sandy C: Once Upon A Time (Moldova)
12. Jaz Ellington: You (UK)
11. Emmy Liyana: OK ou KO (France)

KESC
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KESC

Rooting for Tayanna and Brooke to win their national selections next year!!!

Colin
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Colin

If their songs are like Golden or Kvitka, sure. I think both ladies are really talented and with the right song, they could do wonders on ESC.

Gretta
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Gretta

Felix would be a really good choice for Sweden, such a beutiful song, though i like Benjamin.
Tayanna has a great voice and she is very profesional performer but her song was a bit messy and staging wasn’t good enough to win, Melovin for sure was a better choice this year for Ukraine, good job!
I adore France’ entry this year but Lesandro was so brilliant… amazing artist!
Maybe Norway should had picked someone else, Alex song is childish and silly, i love Alex as artist a lot but even his charisma cant sell this song for me.

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My top30 of national finals for 2018 in reverse order: 30. Sudden Lights – “Just fine” (Latvia) 29. Dilemma – “Na party” (Ukraine) 28. Biber & DJ Niko Bravo – “Svatovi” (Serbia) 27. Anna Ritsmar – “Starlight” (Denmark) 26. Noée – “L’un près de l’autre” (France) 25. Lo Stato Sociale – “Una vita in vacanza” (Italy) 24. Emmy Liyana – “OK ou KO” (France) 23. BQL – “Promise” (Slovenia) 22. Ifi Ude – “Love is stronger” (Poland) 21. Peu Madureira – “Só por ela” (Portugal) 20. The Erised – “Heroes” (Ukraine) 19. Frankie Animal – “(Can’t keep calling) Misty” (Estonia)… Read more »

Pasadena
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Pasadena

A lot of good ones on your list. I love that you have included acts like Meggyfa, Azt mondtad, Imparare ad amarsi and So por ela. They are some of my favourites too.

vangelis vt
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vangelis vt

Thank you!

Miguel
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Miguel

Nice list. Good to see it includes various countries.
Nice to see Lili at 5th and Tamás at 1st.

Belix
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Belix

You shold inform Samir och Victor. They were very, very surprised that they got so high points from the international jury and couldn’t beleeve when they got 12p from uk. They don’t expect anyone outside sweden to like their music.

Stefjov
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Stefjov

Still nothing from Beovizija.. Biber & Saska are waiting to jump in this list..

Belix
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Belix

Felix is best.

Roelof Meesters
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Roelof Meesters

Waiting for Ok Ou Ko to Win This list

Stefjov
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Stefjov

Yes!!