Every year national finals season gets our blood pumping in the months leading up to the Eurovision Song Contest. From the annual circus of Moldova’s O Melodie Pentru Europa to the covers extravaganza of Azerbaijan’s Böyük Sehne, from the glitz-and-glam of Sweden’s Melodifestivalen to the hot mess of Lithuania’s Eurovizijos dainu konkurso nacionaline atranka, national selections make us laugh and cry and watch dodgy streams over the Internet.
And as any diehard fan knows, the best song doesn’t always make it to Eurovision. Brequette caused a stir in Spain (and won the jury). Ace Wilder made Swedes dance (and won the jury too). But neither made it to Copenhagen, even if millions of fans were saving them a seat.
But which runner-up was your favourite? Who finished second at home but could have finished first at Eurovision? Who was wronged at home and deserved to be in Denmark?
You can listen to this year’s 25 runners-up below, and can then vote for your favourites. You can vote for as many runners-up as you would like, but you can only vote ONE time, so make it count.
In any case, enjoy the music and let us know your favourites!
WATCH: The runners-up from the national finals
Albania: Klodian Kacani with “Me ty”
Belarus: Max Lorens and DiDyuLya – Now You’re Gone
Belgium: Bandits with “One”
Denmark: Rebekka Thornbech – Your Lies
Denmark: Michael Rune feat. Natascha Bessez – Wanna Be Loved
Estonia: Super Hot Cosmos Blues Band – Maybe-Maybe
Finland: Mikko Pohjola – Sängyn reunalla
Germany: Unheilig – Wir sind alle wie eins
Greece: Kostas Martakis – Kanenas de me stamata
Hungary: Bogi – We All
Iceland: Sigríður Eyrún Friðriksdóttir – Up And Away
Ireland: Eoghan Quigg – The Movie Song
Israel: Mei Finegold – Nish’eret iti
Latvia: Dons – Pedeja vestule
Lithuania: Mia – Attention
Malta: De Bee – Pin The Middle
Moldova: Boris Covali – Perfect Day
Norway: Linnea Dale – High Hopes
Portugal: Catarina Pereira – Mea culpa
Romania: Vaida – One More Time
Slovenia: Muff – Let Me Be (Myself)
Spain: Brequette – Más
Sweden: Ace Wilder – Busy Doin’ Nothin’
Switzerland: Yasminia Hunzinger – I Still Believe
Ukraine: Viktoria Petryk – Love Is Lord
Favourite Runner-up Poll
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