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It’s been three weeks since the grand final of Eurovision 2013. As fans continue to deal with post-Eurovision depression, I thought it would be nice to look forward to the 2014 season and all the national finals and drama it will bring. Here are some of my hopes for the year ahead.

Albania to return to making the right choice. Every year I have really enjoyed the Albanian entry. For years I’ve honestly thought that Albania chose the best song in the Festivali i Këngës. Then they chose “Identitet”. I absolutely loved all of their other choices from “Image of You” all the way to “Suus”. But when they chose “Identitet” over the incredible “S’jemi Me Atje” by Kejsi Tola I really felt they robbed fans of a strong contender. That song got to me almost as much as “Suus” did last year—and “Suus” is one of the best Eurovision entries ever. To be able to convey that much emotion through singing in a language not many people understand is just awesome. Please Albania: Go back to picking the right song.

Melodifestivalen to be even better. I think I was one of the few people who really enjoyed Melodifestivalen this year. I know a lot of the fans—including the Wiwi Jury’s Melodifestivalen crew—said it was a really crap year for quality of songs, but I disagree. If the standard is normally much higher (this being the first year I watched all of it, normally I catch the final) then I can’t wait for the 2014 season. There were so many songs that could probably have done much better than Robin Stjernberg. “Gosa” and “Heartstrings” spring to mind and they didn’t even reach Andra Chansen.

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A bigger Eurovision. And no, I don’t mean stadium wise. I thought the intimacy of the Malmö Arena really came off well on TV. I really didn’t expect it to. I mean that I want more countries involved—something Eurovision fans hope for year in year out. I think we could possibly see the return of Luxembourg and finally the debut of Lebanon if they want to sort out their differences with the EBU. It’s also rumoured that Kazakhstan is negotiating to join the EBU so we could see a brand new nation appear in 2014.

What are you most looking forward to in the 2014 Eurovision season?

Mo Comfort contributed this report from the U.K. Follow the team from WiwiBloggs.com on Twitter @wiwibloggs.

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Andrés
Andrés
7 years ago

OMG! This song is awesome! It’s incredible how you can get its emotion and energy no matter the language. I’ve just become a ESC fan so I didn’t know about this entry. Now Rona Nishliu’s ‘Suus’ is among my faves, along with Anouk’s ‘Birds’ (The Netherlands/Malmö 2013) and Justyna’s ‘Sama? (Poland/Dublin 1995) and several others. This is why Eurovision is worth watching? it!

Bay
Bay
7 years ago

I love Suus too…

I wish there will be more beautiful Balkan ballads, and no more shakey tracks like greece 2012 or cheap song like Solayoh.

I also wish Small countries like Andorra, San marino and Monaco to return with great entries

royraniel
royraniel
7 years ago

>Italy,Belarus or Ireland sending it’s first K-pop entry
>Cascada will return with a stronger Dance anthem
>Denmark will send Aqua or Alphabeat
>U.K sending Little Boots or Adele
>Kazakhstan’s debut in Eurovision
>Sweden sending Robyn
>Netherlands sending Eva Simons
>Sabina Babayeva for Azerbaijan….again

Stephen Colville
Stephen Colville
7 years ago

Who is this joker?

This year’s MF was hopeless. Goza was terrible and Heartstrings was only slightly better. There were only 3 songs that would have done better than Robin, and they were Bed On Fire, Heartbreak Hotel and In And Out Love. Everything else was hopeless.

I DON’T want a bigger Eurovision. I don’t want more diddy countries with only a marginal relation to Europe in the contest. Lebanon and Kazakhstan…are you serious? Why not just invite Morocco as well?

royraniel
royraniel
7 years ago

I just want Italy to send a K-pop song this year….*cough2NE1cough*

royraniel
royraniel
7 years ago

I just want Germany to send a K-pop song this year….*cough2NE1cough*

lalala
lalala
7 years ago

By the way the Albanian song was Epic but you can not notice that you do not understand the lyrics. Let me explain you the meaning of the song is about those who left their country for better live and return back to see the country growing and developing. And having hope for the future.. I am sorry but in Albania we have so many song like Kejsis Sje me atje and it had nothing special they lyrics are not well. “we are not there anymore… we are not happy’ are you joking with me. Identitetit is AN EPIC SONG… Read more »

Vlad
Vlad
7 years ago

I have several hopes for 2014: Lebanon to debut; BBC to take ESC a bit more seriously and send a good contender with a good song; Poland, Portugal, Turkey and Bosnia to come back; Sweden to send Mans Zelmerlow; Ireland to send Eimear Quinn; Russia to send Sergey Lazarev; Serbia to send Ivana Jordan or Emina Jahovic; Slovenia to send Sasa Lendero. This is for now:-)

Nigel
Nigel
7 years ago

LEBANON! Please! That would be amazing. I’ve been waving the Lebanese flag at ESC for the last 10 years!

Alex
Alex
7 years ago

Agreed with Wiwi Bloggs. They said that the song this year was totally perfect for her, but that’s not entirely true. Her main genre is jazz, and she totally owns it – Una Giornata Bellissima, anyone? I’d love to see her perform jazz in Denmark.

William Lee Adams
Admin
7 years ago

I want to see Valentina Monetta back for a third time. Singing jazz.

Alex
Alex
7 years ago

Kazakhstan would be great. Now if we could get Sasha Baron Cohen to represent the UK in the same year, that would be even better.

The problem with Melodifestivalen this year (and last year) was the underwhelming group of songs that made it to the final and even second chance rounds. Gosa being passed over was especially unfortunate.

I also would’ve highly preferred to have seen Kejsi Tola again. 🙁

Kris
Kris
7 years ago

Well I hope next year every country could bring its best, because the last ESC that I enjoyed entirely was in 2008, which had many beautiful songs.
By the way this is Emmy’s (Armenia 2011) latest video clip (it’s really cool) and I’d like to see her again in ESC with something like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7V2-KMGYaU