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We’re in to the top ten! With hundreds of songs having passed through this year’s national finals, these really are the cream of the crop as far as Team Wiwi sees it. But who will have made it this far in the list?

Of course, as a reminder: these are just our favourites! Today’s list includes the first official appearances of songs from Estonia, Romania and Spain too. Who has finished high up? Read on below:

10. “Buna de iubit / Royalty” — Feli (Romania)

Selectia Nationala wasn’t just about the Ilinca memes: there were also a lot of songs. Whilst the vast majority of them probably wouldn’t have got through just about any other national selection, there were some shining stars.

Perhaps none more so than Feli. Whilst “Buna de iubit” seems to have been more popular than the English version “Royalty” (so much so that Feli switched to a multi-lingual version for the final), she ruled as queen of the stage. Here’s hoping she’ll be back again soon.

9. “Puerto Rico” — Kamil Show (Armenia)

After the success of “Despacito”, it was no surprise to see plenty of Spanish language songs popping up in national finals around Europe. What was a surprise was that arguably the best one (outside of Spain itself) came from an Armenian drag queen.

Kamil Show was this year’s love her-or-hate her figure. Crazy, over the top and taking all the attention, Kamil made sure that Europe would remember her. With some great vocals from her backing singers too, this actually was a remarkably competent and fun performance.

8. “Talk to the Hand” — Aleksander Walmann (Norway)

After bringing Norway safely back to the final last year, Aleksander Walmann and JOWST teamed up once again for another go. This time it was Aleksander who got the sole spotlight though, and he certainly relished in the moment.

“Talk to the Hand” might have had a different sound to “Grab the Moment”, but showed off JOWST’s ability to make an earworm once more. Aleksander might have lost out to Alexander Rybak, but there’s certainly many fans who might have changed that result around.

7. “Home” — Stig Rästa (Estonia)

After Elina Born sunk to last place in last year’s Eesti Laul final, Stig might have felt a little worried about his own comeback. No such worries were needed though.

Whilst it turned out that he was never actually that close to Elina Nechayeva in the results, Stig fought to a valiant second place with a nicely understated performance of “Home”.

6. “Lo Malo” — Ana Guerra & Aitana (Spain)

The OT Eurovision Gala might have seemed like it was always destined to be about one duo: Alfred & Amaia. That was until Aitana and Ana Guerra stepped on to the stage. Serving some classic Spanish Eurovision flavour, “Lo Malo” proved girl power was definitely alive in 2018.

Although they ultimately finished 3rd in the superfinal, the duo aren’t done with the song yet. A music video is coming soon, and we can’t wait, y’all! All together now: “Aitana War!”

So — just five songs left in our countdown. Who will be in Team Wiwi’s top 5? What do you think of the top ten so far? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments section below!

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AngieP
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“Puerto Rico”? Seriously?
The only one I like here is “Home”. Beautiful song.

Catalina
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“Puerto Rico” a good Spanish song? God have you read the lyrics? And the vocals? The only one who sang and carried the weigh of the song was the back up singer.

Ja1207
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wow, after hearing Lo Malo for the 1st time, I think it should’ve won…

Adam
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Can someone explain how these rankings work? Are they based on the rating out of 10, from the Wiwi jury, because Kamil Show was only 7th out of the Depi Evratesil selection, so that would mean there would be 6 other Armenian songs above that, but that’s not the case, so I’m confused…

Robyn Gallagher
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It’s separate from the Wiwi Jury. We’ve gone through an ranked our favourite songs from the 2018 national final seasons, then Chris has compiled the top 30. Unlike the Wiwi Jury, it’s not related to national finals or Eurovision suitability. It’s just a fun list of our favourites. 🙂

Jo
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Tragic.

up!
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Wow, I wouldn’t have ANY of these five entries anywhere near my Top10…

Ana
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I only liked “Home”, although it wasn’t my favourite one in Estonia.
Puerto Rico? Really…?
I expected much more from top 10 :/

Evan
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“Lo Malo” was definitely the sexiest song in the NFs this year. Those dancers: YUM.

Tamar will probably be #1. Based on studio versions, that’s totally reasonable. Based on live vocal talent, however…

KESC
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Does anyone know the names of the dancers?

Robyn Gallagher
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I can highly recommend following the OT dancers on Insta. Get started here:

http://shangay.com/las-fotos-mas-sexys-de-los-bailarines-de-ot-2017

Aaron
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oops. I recall him saying to me on twitter the song would win (talk to the hand) oops you flopped boo boo. have fun being a flop hoe.

omg charla k and nicoline would never refer to such 2006 phrases

Pancake
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You’re still a bigger flop than he is, though. So, you’re loss.

Weißbrot
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Omg, These are all trash except for Feli…. And honestly, ”Home” by Stig?? I could write such a blatant Ed Sheeran copy everyday.

Jo
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Agreed, just Feli.

redfox
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pure trash? lol. what a controversial expression

CharlieChan
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I think top 5 will be Tamar Kaprelian, Rebecca, Emmy Liyana Asanda and another

Jo
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and In My Banana by Margaret (if she hasn’t appeared yet)

andydane
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Here’s to hoping Annalisa (IT) and Xacier Darcy (DE) will be in your top 5;)

Stephanie
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I think Tamar and Margaret will be fighting for the #1 spot

Colin
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Margaret was rated lower than Samir & Viktor, and Felix Sandman. Things might have changed in the rating, but personally, I don’t expect her in the top 5. Probably Tamar, Emmy Liyana, possibly Asanda, Inis Neziri, YesYes or Danielfy Gergely. Maybe one or two from Sanremo as well.

Ana
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Lo Stato Sociale for sure.

Colin
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My top 30 (Continued) – Places 10-6:

10. Vidas Bareikis: Pusvalanduko (Lithuania)
9. Sudden Lights: Just Fine (Latvia)
8. Eva Burešova: Fly (Czech Republic)
7. Pavel Callta: Never Forget (Czech Republic)
6. Amaliya Margaryan: Waiting For the Sun (Armenia)

anca
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If chosen Feli would’ve disappoint after the first rehearsal, this is why I’m happy with romanian choice The Humans. As romanian, I prefer the negative comments about The Humans now, instead of comments about Feli like ”it didn’t look as good on the big stage” in May.

Jeff23
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Too bad for Aleksander Walmann
His song is much better than A.Ryback
Hope that his song can reach the charts

ninasublatti
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walmann and stig rästa better than Feli??? nice joke

Joe
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Voxxclub for the top 5 or I strike.

Africavision
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Amen!!!

Yannis
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Kamil song had a good vocals! Then my name is Beyoncé and I’m a world famous singer! Chris makes some really “uncomfortable and out of the logic” comments sometimes

Ron
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@Yannis – he was referring to the backing singers. The backing singers were vocally on point.

bartosz
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I can’t believe that actually any songs from Norwegian selection are on the list. For me it was one of the weakest finals this year

Sb
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I’m Spanish and the only thing I can say to my compatriots is “please, realise that our song is not as good… We know it’ll disappoint in May”

James
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It doesn’t matter where the song will be placed. As long as it’s a track that was entered without any unnecessary drama attached to it, in contrast to last year’s mess of a national selection then all is well.

Felicidades, Espanya.

Curtis Lee
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Asanda: Legends from the UK selection would be there for me. Judging by the studio version anyway. Total Bop ??

thespb01
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James – Studio version: bop, live version: flop. I wish they’d either given the song to someone more experienced or given Asanda less demanding choreography, then we might have had a chance of going top 10.

KESC
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Lo Malo is much better than Tu Canciôn imo.

Jose Abraham
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Lo Malo is Regueton and
TU CANCION IS A MASTERPIECE
DONT AGREE WITH YOU
LO MALO VERSUS TOY FROM ISRAEL

gatito99
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Tu canción a masterpiece? Not at all, the song is fine but nothing more. Tu canción is the most cheesy song of this year.

Anfrers
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Tu cancion is boring. Blackbird was a masterpiece and it failed to get into the final.

Marc
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Get ready if you are coming to Spain this summer cause Lo Malo is being overplayed in every singe club here. It was also #1 on the charts.

Kerry
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Loo malo

YASS Girls

Melb
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Fingers crossed the Wiwi Team give Dotter the credit she deserves and ranks her top 5!

Still shocked she didn’t win, let alone didn’t even qualify!

Ugnius
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Exactly !

Africavision
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Completely agree! She was amazing!

Polegend Godgarina
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Stig Rusty above Feli is something I will not accept.