The Netherlands‘ Common Linnets climbed all the way to #2 at Eurovision 2014. Their success seems to have confirmed the belief that two is better than one. That’s probably the reason this year’s national final season was filled with duets and duos, including eventual victors Elina and Stig (Estonia), Uzari and Maimuna (Belarus), Monika and Vaidas (Lithuania), Mørland and Debrah Scarlett (Norway), and Maraaya (Slovenia). But there’s more. Three state broadcasters decided to internally select duos, giving us the gifts of Marta and Vaclav (Czech Republic), Michele and Anita (San Marino) and Electro Velvet (United Kingdom). And you know what? We don’t mind! A number of these songs, which include several ballads, rock our world and we have the sneaky suspicion they’ll soar in Vienna.

NOTE: To avoid any further misunderstandings (shoutout to another duet’s song title from Slovenia’s national selection), a duo are two people together in an act, while a duet are two people singing together in a song.  It’s all about duos and that’s why Slovenian duo Maraaya and Belarussian duo Uzari & Maimuna are included here too.

ESTONIA: Elina Born and Stig Rasta

The bookies’s early favourites won Eesti Laul by a huge margin, earning around 80% of the public vote. He’s so laidback he tells us he has to check his pulse, and she’s so excited and giddy we know her heart is racing.

BELARUS: Uzari and Maimuna

The Eurofest winning duo took a chance by gently combining rock with violin. It sets a trend for Belarus: for the second year in a row, the nation didn’t replace the winning song with another one. Whew!

CZECH REPUBLIC: Marta Jandová and Václav Noid Bárta

The Czechs return with a bang! Not so modern, but precious in its own way. This has the potential to become a Eurovision evergreen if done well in May.

LITHUANIA: Monika Linkyte and Vaidas Baumila

Monika and Vaidas entered Lithuania’s marathon national selection as competitors, but they emerged as joint winners, and will sing a feel-good duet about love.

NORWAY: Mørland and Debrah Scarlett

The clear winners of Melodi Grand Prix, they stood out with wiwibloggs from the moment NRK revealed its finalists.

https://youtu.be/FaODZOSptEk

SAN MARINO: Michele Perniola and Anita Simoncini

It’s double trouble and Sweet Sixteen with Eurovision’s youngest duet! *starts fangirling*

SLOVENIA: Maraaya

One of the loveliest Eurovision couple ever, they have the pizzaz, vocals and stage presence that make us want to call them Maraaya Carey. Their sound mixes elements of The Noisettes and Duffy, and has us moist with excitement!

UNITED KINGDOM: Electro Velvet

It’s proven to be a divisive entry, but it’s quirky, fun and, depending on the staging, could surprise. Well, according to their fans anyway.

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claudio
claudio
6 years ago

1. Albania or Estonia

3.Norway
4.Slovenia
5.Spain
6.Italy <3
7.Lithuania


10.Sweden

Lukas
Lukas
6 years ago

Votes from my friends in Lithuania, Vilnius (points, votes)
1. Lithuania Lietuva (6892)
2. Czech Republic (1632)
3. Norway (1618)
4. Slovenia (1604)
5. Belarus (1348)
6. United Kingdom (953)
7. San Marino (645)
8. Estonia (320)

zacabi
zacabi
6 years ago

To avoid any further misunderstandings: – a duet is a piece of music written for or performed by two people with equal billing, usually either both singing or playing the same instrument, as opposed to one accompanying the other; – a duo is a musical ensemble consisting of two performers. All the acts in this poll are duos, but Uzari & Maimuna and Maraaya are not performing duets. The distinction is heightened by the fact that only the singing member of these two duos will be permitted to perform live on the night, thus reducing their non-singing partners to mere… Read more »

DANNY SÉNIOR
6 years ago

Estonia has the best song by two voices, in my opinion. My order is this one:
1 – Estonia
2 – United Kingdom
3 – San Marino
4 – Belarus

Fatima
Fatima
6 years ago

The Lithuanian staging looks as if it will be charming. And one of the few preview videos with a live performance

Evie
Evie
6 years ago

1) Norway
2) Slovenia
3) Lithuania
4) Estonia
5) Belarus
6) Czech
7) San Marino
8) United Kingdom

krenana
krenana
6 years ago

1. Norway
2. Belarus
3. Estonia
4. United Kingdom
5. Czech Republic
6. Lithuania
7. Slovenia
8. San Marino

Plus I wouldn’t call Slovenia’s entry a duo, also it’s a boring song with really annoying voice.

Nikos
Nikos
6 years ago

Estonia of course!

Paraoxonase
Paraoxonase
6 years ago

Norway, hands down ! Slovenia is a close second.

Alexa
Alexa
6 years ago

Norway’s duo is the best!! Slovenia second. My favourite this year is Albania though <3

Donya
Donya
6 years ago

1. Czech Republic
2. Lithuania
3. Slovenia
4. Norway
5. UK
6. Belarus
7. Estonia
8. San Marino

Mika
Mika
6 years ago

1. Estonia
2. UK
3. Belarus
4. Slovenia
5. San Marino
6. Czech Republic
7. Lithuania
8. Norway

Ugne
Ugne
6 years ago

1 ESTONIA;)))))
2 LITHUANIA(my home)
3 NORWAY
I think they are the better!!! GOOD LUCK!!! ;)))))))))))))))))))))))))) big love from Lithuania:)

davved
davved
6 years ago

Max, do you see two people on stage in Swedens entry?

davved
davved
6 years ago

I think that the UK will have a surprisingly good placement at ESC,

Olga
Olga
6 years ago

@Edward Nygma there are many duets where only one sing – like La Roux, Purity Ring.

D
D
6 years ago

Estonia, Slovenia, and Norway all obviously have better songs than the others. I still like the ones by Lithuania, the Czech Republic, and Belarus, but they’re nothing compared to those three. The other duos are just horrible. Norway would have to be my favourite just because they’re my over-all winner this year, but Estonia and Slovenia are both in my Top 5.

Aussie Dave
Aussie Dave
6 years ago

U.K. – Don’t underestimate the popularity of this style of music. This one is easily the best song in the competition this year., apart from our own Aussie entry of course!!!!!!!!!!!!

Edward Nygma
Edward Nygma
6 years ago

1. Norway
2. Estonia
—————- two best songs overall.
6. overall – Czech Republic
11. overall – Lithuania

San Marino is kind of cheesy and UK is… well, a guilty pleasure so to say.

Although Slovenia and Belarus are technically duets in name, I’m not sure weather I would include them in this category, since Marjetka and Uzari are the only ones actually singing.

ESCaddict
ESCaddict
6 years ago

Best duos are Slovenia & Estonia.
I do like Lithuania & Czech Republic too.
Worst songs are UK (40th) & San Marino (39th).

Mar
Mar
6 years ago

Slovenia and Estonia are the best two, UK and CR the worst two, the rest are somewhere in the middle. Lithuania have the best chemistry as a duo.

R
R
6 years ago

Estonia is def a top 5 this year.

Britney
Britney
6 years ago

Voted for 4 songs that are in my top 5 – Slovenia, Estonia, Norway and UK.

San Marino is my least favorite alongside with Finland. Lithuania is somewhere between as well as Czech Rep. I really like Maimuna, but I don’t like Uzari and the song.

Iberian
Iberian
6 years ago

The UK!!! Love that track!

Frank21
Frank21
6 years ago

the best duet ever was el gordo y el flaco ,no?

cheesecake
cheesecake
6 years ago

1 Estonia
2 Norway
3 Slovenia

Alex
Alex
6 years ago

I want Czech Republic to do well so bad but i am afraid that they will be overshadowed by Norway.

Max Kawesa Thor
6 years ago

Sweden ?

John
John
6 years ago

Anything that isn’t Belarus.

Diane
Diane
6 years ago

Norway of course! The live version on Melodi Grand Prix was magical. Estonia is a nice duet also, but still I don’t like the song…

Chris
Chris
6 years ago

All duets except the Czech Republic (their voices don’t cooperate with each other) are ok. The best ones are: the UK, Estonia (though this one still resembles me too much the Netherlands from last year:/) and Norway.

Chris
Chris
6 years ago

@ William
Why haven’t you recorded any reviews of the songs from San Marino and Montenegro? You have done that for all the other songs as I remember. I love that! I’m just curious what is the reason.
Greetings!

Otna
Otna
6 years ago

I really love Estonia, Czech Republic and Slovenia from this lot – all in my Top 10 or thereabouts.

Thales
Thales
6 years ago

No doubts: Estonia and Slovenia, my top 2 of all competition!

Vicente Chen
Vicente Chen
6 years ago

Estonia, Slovenia, Norway and Lithuania <3

Harry
Harry
6 years ago

I love the Lithuanian song, it’s the best they’ve had in years.

Easpag
Easpag
6 years ago

Good Songs
1.Slovenia
2.Norway
3.Estonia
4.Belarus
5.Lithuania
_________
Ok Songs
5.Czech Republic
6.United Kingdom
_________
Bad Song
7.San Marino

Thiefo
Thiefo
6 years ago

Estonia, by far! Followed by Belarus and Slovenia.

TaTaPu
TaTaPu
6 years ago
toms
toms
6 years ago

Slovenia (not really duet), Estonia and Belarus are my picks, Lithuania by far worst.

You shut down my dreams
You shut down my dreams
6 years ago

Estonia!

manne
6 years ago

Alla dom här låtarna är bara ett plagiat av förra årets Nederländerna. Ballader & duo

Mario My 2015 Diamond Vision of Gay Love
Mario My 2015 Diamond Vision of Gay Love
6 years ago

Here is my personal ranking of the 8 songs from all the duos of the Diamond Vision..
1) Norway
2) Estonia
3) Belarus
4) Slovenia
5) San Marino
6) Czech
7) Lithuania
8) United Kingdom

PP
PP
6 years ago

Norway have best song. I hope they win at Eurovision.
Belarus and Slovenia is not for that list, because Maimuna and composer and husband of Slovenia singer didn t sing only play instruments. In Belarus we had duo , in Slovenia we have Maraaya as only participant .

Amerivision
Amerivision
6 years ago

1. Estonia
2. Slovenia
3. Norway
—————— small gap
4. Belarus
5. Lithuania
6. Czech Republic
——————- big gap
6. UK
7. San Marino

KUULA
KUULA
6 years ago

So many great songs this year.I wish people and juries only vote for the song.
if Europe send best songs to final it will be the best Eurovision or best show in the history.
i love most of the song but my great favorites are:
1.Albania (with more than 300 points)
2.Estonia
3.Ireland
Czech republic_Denmark_Germany_Montenegro_Norway_Slovenia_Spain_UK
The only songs that i don’t like:
Hungary_Cyprus_San Marino_Finland

Martin
Martin
6 years ago

Norway, Slovenia and Estonia is my top 3 (random order) with Belarus at 4th. San Marino is the weakest in my opinion.

Leo
Leo
6 years ago

I still would all Slovenia a ‘duo’ It’s like Donatan and Cleo all over again, the girls are doing all the work

Mark Dowd
Mark Dowd
6 years ago

Norway by a country mile……but they have to get the staging right to be assured of a top three finish. Slovenia is decent enough, but not a “duet” for this discussion.

Alex
Alex
6 years ago

I still wouldn’t put the Slovenian duo with the others. The others are clearly two people singing, most people probably won’t even realize Maraaya is a duo unless the commentators tell them.