All 40 participating countries have now revealed their Eurovision 2015 entries and submitted them to the EBU. While we all gear up for the big event in May — charge your wind machines! — let’s look back on some of the highlights of what has been another memorable year of national finals. After all, it’s not all about Melodifestivalen…
The action kicked off earlier this year than in the past, with F.Y.R Macedonia’s Skopje Fest and then the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in November. Malta had a fabulous Junior Eurovision stage already in working order, so why not tack on a national final? Amber emerged victorious, but had to slay a likeable bunch of singing nuns first. In Cyprus, CyBC got serious with its Eurovision Song Project — and former Eurovision participant and juror Alex Panayi got all emotional. Norway’s 2009 Eurovision winner Alexander Rybak fielded the much-talked-about girl group MILKI in Belarus’ Eurofest, but Uzari & Maimuna dashed his hopes.
National Finals season was at its busiest in February. Wiwi Jury favourite Siru suffered a shock exit in the semi-finals of Finland’s UMK. Latvia became an unlikely success story thanks to a certain beaver on their brand spanking new national final Supernova. Linda Martin was on her best behaviour in Ireland’s Eurosong. Monika Linkyte ended up having a wardrobe malfunction on live TV during the final of Lithuania’s Eurovizijos atranka. And SunStroke Project along with a certain Epic Sax Guy made their return to Moldova’s O Melodie Pentru Europa, which was eventually won by a Ukrainian.
As we edged towards the end of the season in March, the drama didn’t stop. The eventual winner in Germany’s Unser Song für Österreich dropped a now infamous bombshell, and Ruslana stole the limelight in Romania’s Selectia Nationala.
But which show was your favourite this year? Let us know by voting in our poll below. You can vote for as many national selections as you’d like but you can only vote ONCE. So make it count, y’all! The poll will remain open until April 14 at noon CET.