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.

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Schmidt
Schmidt
5 years ago

Sweden? yeah.. la lot of money … Watch Romania! – Ruslana 🙂

Adrian
Adrian
5 years ago

Definitely ROMANIA!

Neil
Neil
5 years ago

Italy all they way!

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
5 years ago

@Chris: Interesting way to put it.

Catalin
Catalin
5 years ago

ROMANIA

Nikos
Nikos
5 years ago

Sweden, Greece, Cyprus, Norway, Italy, Estonia and Denmark…

Just being honest
Just being honest
5 years ago

There was so much drama in some of the NFs this year. At Ireland and Greece’s. the Top 2 favorites to represent their countries flopped during their live performances so another song entry overtook them lolz my vote goes for Latvia because of that beaver heh heh

Alex
Alex
5 years ago

Oh, I forgot: the Estonian final was great too.

Alex
Alex
5 years ago

Hmm… when I said Finland the first time, I only said it because there were so many amazing songs. Taking other factors into consideration (i.e. voting system, voting results, quality of broadcast), it’s a bit different. I didn’t like these selections: – Belarus: absolutely unacceptable audio on the stream – do they not know what a noise filter is? – Moldova: lousy audiovisual quality – Ireland: way too much time wasted on commentary and silly games instead of allowing for more than 5 songs to be in the selection. Why don’t you listen, RTE? OK: – Sweden: the final was… Read more »

Pheonix
Pheonix
5 years ago

Dansk Melodi Grand Prix always way underrated. Stages, atmosphere and direction worthy of ESC itself. Plenty of good songs, epecially in the pop genre and a real sense of event, far more so than the majority of those voted above it. Good job DR once again this year. I’d be more than happy if DMGP was extended into a full Melodifestivalen length season.

francESCa
francESCa
5 years ago

Supernova (Latvia) because of Riga Beaver 🙂

Chris
Chris
5 years ago

Sweden for the production, Romania for the emotions (Ruslana!), Norway for creativity (the orchestra). Germany… for drama (a joke).

Maria, España
Maria, España
5 years ago

MELFEST?…well…a big investment… you can’t EVEN compare this one with the others…because of the MONEY!!! …I think Romania’s final was great! Have you watched Ruslana?! ..and also Norway, Grand Prix 😉 Love from Spain !

redarrow
5 years ago

malta had the best stage ..

LucyEAPercy
5 years ago

Eesti Laul was head and shoulders above the rest based purely on song quality, and even then the winners got 79%…i think Elina and Stig are taking it all home to Tallinn!

Eugene ESC UK
Eugene ESC UK
5 years ago

I agree with Mar, the Sanremo is another level above and a proper “song” contest. Melfest is a TV entertainment show, (like the ESC,) it’s not just about the song. The Semi’s were fixed so that the SVT’s 4 preferred artists sang last and got to the final. Those 4 came in the first 5. They were surrounded by mostly average or below average songs, so if we are looking for quality songs, Melfest this year did not have them. In terms of a “show”, Melfest still lead the way, but the others are catching up fast. We will see… Read more »

swergiefan
swergiefan
5 years ago

Now all the entries are published ! Why wiwibloggs is not making a poll to vote our favorite song ?

Tom Van Hoof
Tom Van Hoof
5 years ago

Belarus, Malta, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Cyprus and Estonia!

vlad bogdan
vlad bogdan
5 years ago

Sweden,Romania,Hungary,Malta and Switzerland ( I mean the 18 songs,not the 6 ones )

Britney
Britney
5 years ago

Hey guys! I made a chart counting points from 100 personal charts on youtube! You can vote for your TOP 10 in comments! ttps://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7HDzeGpEUeg&hl=en&gl=LV&client=mv-google

Butterflies
Butterflies
5 years ago

Melodifestivalen is a mini Eurovision

Alex
Alex
5 years ago

Finland had the best one, I think.

Marco Antonio
Marco Antonio
5 years ago

I think that Melodifestivalen can only be compared with ESC because if we compare Melfest with the other NF’s, the Melfest kick their asses HAHAHAHA

I pick Melfest and UMK

i also watched DMGP and Die Entscheidungsshow they were nice, and MESC was so BOOOORING!

Oh and I watched a bit of San Remo and it was in the last day, nice too, the italians make great productions

Omar - Mexico
Omar - Mexico
5 years ago

Eesti Laul is simple, effective, and I love the logo.

Vicente Chen
Vicente Chen
5 years ago

I’ll say it’s Melodifestivalen, in my opinion this year’s songs are doing really well, and my top3 swedish songs all get their good places :))) Besides, I also followed Lithuania’s “Eurovizijos” dain? konkurso nacionalin? atranka, cause of my favorite Vaidas 😀 I wish to see Norsk Melodi Grand Prix and Sanremo, the former one I only saw the voting part due to just finished the Melodifestivalen, and the latter one is because the italian songs also did very well this year!! I really love their 1,2,3,4 places :))) But I know it’ll be impossible for Italy to offer the full… Read more »

Álex, from Spain
Álex, from Spain
5 years ago

Melodifestivalen >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> the rest

D
D
5 years ago

MGP and Eesti Laul were amazing and my favourites (as always), but I was also really impressed with Iceland and Latvia’s national selections. Melodifestivalen wasn’t that good this year but our winner is pretty good I think. There were some other good songs but considering how huge the Swedish music scene is and how open our artists are to doing MelFest and ESC, the quality was disappointing. I liked Germany too but that was no surprise. They picked the wrong winner (again) though. Laing was robbed!!!!

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
5 years ago

@Ewan, @SteKay: I was ready to go with MelFest, but I had to give it to Norsk Melodi Grand Prix, because of its near-perfect balance between points-worthy songs and entertainment. My #1 pick for Norway was Marie Klåpbakken, but I would have had no trouble at all supporting Staysman and Lazz, who provided an even more amusing barnyard hoedown than Hasse Andersson at MelFest.

Mar
Mar
5 years ago

Forgot to say Sanremo is in a completely different level than all others, and leaps and bounds above Melodifestivalen, which is more popular among eurofans. I mean, you don’t see Ed Sheeran being the interval act in Sweden do you? Although I guess the dude from “What does the fox say” is the next big thing after that.

Mar
Mar
5 years ago

I hate to be repetitive and say Melfest, but really, Melfest just wipes the floor with every other selection. I liked USFO, UMK, NMGP, DMGP and even Belarus’ Eurofest, but all of the results from those shows upset me greatly (still crying over Milki, Fahrenhaidt, Suitcase, Opera Skaala and Karin tbh). I thought A Dal was good as well, but for everyone who doesn’t understand a lick of hungarian, much of what was going was lost on us, because of the jury giving their opinion and stuff. The production over in Iceland was ebarasingly cheap, the backstage/green room reminded me… Read more »

@CeroPaciencia
5 years ago

Festivali i Këngës is amazing every year!!!! I loved Supernova, Sanremo & EMA

Bronson
Bronson
5 years ago

I only watched Melodifestivalen and Festivali i Kenges this year, and they were both great selections.

Ewan
Ewan
5 years ago

I really enjoyed Norway this year, the perfect balance between entertaining and focusing on the music, great!

SteKay
SteKay
5 years ago

Norway was FAR superior to Melfest IMO. The orchestra really brought that night to life and gave the songs another dynamic!

Deniz
Deniz
5 years ago

This year was the first time that I watched national finals, it was a lot of fun and a lot if drama. I voted for Melodi Festivalen and DMGP.

Noah
Noah
5 years ago

Oh, c’mon, we all know that while Melodifestivalen is our favorite, the award for BEST NF of this season goes to Germany for their uber drama filled no-one-would-have-ever-imagined end! 😛 🙂

MTD
MTD
5 years ago

You deleted my previous comment and you fixed your article. Hah. So much democracy.

Mario
Mario
5 years ago

{edit}
—-> The Swedish *Melodifestivalen*! <3
Several cool songs and just greatly staged.. 🙂
Sanna Nielsen really rocked serving as the big hostess..! 🙂

Mario My Vision of Gay Love
Mario My Vision of Gay Love
5 years ago

~ { ok edit & repost because of a net’s bug..}

—-> The Swedish *Melodifestivalen*! The *Dansk* Grand Prix! <3
Although the winner was FAIL but overal i really liked the Danish Grand Prix…Prefered all the way my dear sweetheart Anne Gadegaard with her *Suitcase* to represent Denmark in the Diamond Vision.. The *Maltese* NF! <3
The feeling i had at that time was very nice & Malta's National Final is very memorable 4 me <3 🙂

Mario My Vision of Gay Love
Mario My Vision of Gay Love
5 years ago

—-> The Swedish *Melodifestivalen*! The *Dansk* Grand Prix! <3
Although the winner was FAIL but overal i really liked the Danish Grand Prix…Prefered all the way my dear sweetheart Anne Gadegaard with her *Suitcase* to represent Denmark in the Diamond Vision.. The *Maltese* NF! <3
The feeling i had at that time was very nice & Malta's National Final is very memorable 4 me <3 🙂

Huh
Huh
5 years ago

MelFest always have good programs and songs. Downside is that most qualified songs were repetitive sounding. Supernova’s small number of grand finalists were good and entertaining, plus Riga Bebrs. Belarus Eurofest has plenty of interesting finalists other than Uzari and Maimuna. Same goes to A Dal, Dansk, Norwegian, Lithuanian and Swiss’. Germany’s controversy was entertaining so I can include that too.

Kamil
Kamil
5 years ago

Last place for moldovan NF where there was no winner as a signer. The winner was corrupcy.

EF0912
EF0912
5 years ago

The Norwegian one that is. The Danish one was TERRIBLE.

EF0912
EF0912
5 years ago

Supernova, Eesti Laul, Melodifestivalen and A Dal. Melodi Grand Prix was good too.

William Lee Adams
Admin
5 years ago

Supernova, Melodifestivalen, and A Dal for me!

Tim
Tim
5 years ago

Didn’t watched most of these.
Voted for Supernova, because the best song won.
I liked when Melani Rene sang Chandelier on Switzerland’s NS.

ggmlr
5 years ago

Loving this year’s Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix. The quality of all songs were great, there were no fillers, the orchestra brought oomph to every songs, and they chose deserving winners (though I wanted Karin Park to go to Vienna). Especially the songs, I think they all could go to Eurovision and could do well there.

Easpag
Easpag
5 years ago

Supernova was fantastic this year. USFÖ was pretty good too, as was Melodifestivalen.

Angus Quinn
Editor
5 years ago

Melodifestivalen blew everything else out of the water #sorrynotsorry