We are crossing the halfway point of our top 30 countdown of the best national final songs of Eurovision 2015. As we hone in on the top ten, we review another four countries. You can view all the previous entries in the rankings here, and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments, or on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
15. “Insomnia” – Ellen Benediktson (Sweden)
When Ellen Benediktson came out for the press call for Melodifestivalen 2015, everyone was shocked to see the sweet girl who performed “Songbird” in 2014 arrive as a pop diva with serious attitude. That revelation might have shocked Sweden too, as they failed to even put Ellen through to Andra Chansen with “Insomnia”, a real pop banger that Ellen herself described as having shades of Depeche Mode.
14. “Superman” – Lara Lee (Romania)
Lara Lee might not have been one of the red hot favourites going in to Selectia Nationala, but her live performance of “Superman” certainly caught some attention from Team Wiwi. She was also a complete sweetheart when we interviewed her on Skype, too!
Wiwi Jury: Amazing! This sounds like something that Sia would release, and with the Australian blonde’s rising popularity this could pay off for Lara. The fantastic buildup and the coordinated mixture of electronic synths in this song give it texture, making it a strong entry for Vienna. (Sopon)
13. “Fjaðrir” – Sunday (Iceland)
You can always trust Iceland to produce some interesting songs for Songvakeppni and “Fjaðrir” was no exception to that. Like a more stripped-back version of Margaret Berger’s “I Feed You My Love”, the song probably lost some of its mysticism and appeal when it was translated to English for the final. The original remains a great slice of cold electronic musical delight, though.
Wiwi Jury: “This song is so psychadelic. When I saw it for the first time, I was sitting like a zombie staring at the screen. And I liked it. This song is original and their performance was very interesting.” (Mikhail)
12. “Make Me (La La La)” – Dinah Nah (Sweden)
If ever a song could grow on you, “Make Me (La La La)” certainly seemed to do that for Team Wiwi. After a fairly average performance in her heat, Dinah Nah stepped it up a gear to crush Dolly Style in Andra Chansen, then owned the stage in the final. It wasn’t enough to stop the Swedish public placing her last in the final, but we certainly turned it around. And her hair is REAL, y’all, don’t forget it!
Wiwi Jury: “Dinah may be twice as old as Isa, but she is working the live performance and the song a million times better than Isa. Dinah sounds amazing and the live show is just incredible. Of course her dancers are the main thing in it, but the song is also great and so catchy! She also was much better in the Andra Chansen than in her heat, so I’m expecting even better performance in the final.” (Sami)
11. “Ne engedj el!” – Kati Wolf (Hungary)
We were all thrilled to hear that Kati Wolf would be attempting to represent Hungary at Eurovision once again, with this being her first time at having to qualify through the A Dal national final process. Whilst “Ne engedj el!” didn’t send fans across the world crazy like “What About My Dreams” did, it steadily grew in popularity through Kati’s participation and she did not disappoint herself with the song – and Team Wiwi certainly liked it enough to put it just outside our top ten.
Wiwi Jury: “QUEEN! Kati brings the drama, the suspense, the heartbreak, and stunning vocals together to create a performance that this both enchanting and empowering. The song does not rely on overdone shticks and methods, but rather quality and the emotion to float through. To quote Auntie Mame: it’s devastating, just simply devastating, dahling!” (Francheska)