We’ve arrived at the top ten of our countdown of our favourite national final songs of the Eurovision 2015 season. The wiwibloggs team has been fighting hard to make sure their favourites are featured on this list and we are getting close to the finish. 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.
10. “Hello Hi” – Dolly Style (Sweden)
By the end of Melodifestivalen, we definitely knew who Molly, Holly and Polly were. Dolly Style’s infectious anime-styled looks and performance of “Hello Hi” won over many, but probably put just as many people off them. Relentlessly cheery though, it’s hard not to get caught up in the girls and they really charmed us in our interviews with them too. They might have been ousted by Dinah Nah at Andra Chansen, but they’ve at least beaten her here!
9. “Break Me Up” – Erika Selin (Ireland)
Swedish singer Erika Selin was caught up in a whirlwind of controversy when she tried to represent Ireland this year, with many critical voices from Ireland saying that it wasn’t right that a foreign artist could represent the country. RTE stood firm in allowing Erika to compete though and she even brought some familiar faces along with her to Ireland – Swedish trio Timoteij, who it was revealed had actually taken Erika’s spot in Melodifestivalen 2010 after being picked to sing “Kom” instead of her. Not awkward at all!
Wiwi Jury: ““Break Me Up” is practically pop perfection. The chorus, the whistles, Erika’s vocals… I LOVE IT! So what if she’s from Sweden? Irish artists of her calibre won’t touch Eurosong with a bargepole. Why should we settle for mediocrity when there’s someone this talented willing to be draped in the Irish tri-colour? People need to grow up, leave their prejudices aside and just enjoy the music.” (Padraig)
8. “Heart of Light” – Opera Skaala (Finland)
Popera and Eurovision songs don’t always mix – but certainly Opera Skaala gave it one hell of a go. This was perhaps the definition of “love it or hate it” this year, with some members of Team Wiwi not rating it all whilst some had it as their favourite of the entire season! Two things are for sure: that is one hell of a voice, and girl has got legs for days!
Wiwi Jury: “This song is totally ridiculous and I love it! Combining an opera singer with modern electro-pop has been done before (see the fabulous Cezar in 2012), but Opera Skaala do their own thing with some fresh house beats. If the music video is anything to go by, there’s potential for wonderful crazy greatness with the staging” (Robyn)
7. “Frozen Silence” – Fahrenhaidt (Germany)
Going in to USFO, the popular choice by far and away was Fahrenhaidt’s “Frozen Silence”. In the end, they didn’t even make it out of the first round of the national final. Atmospheric and haunting, perhaps it worked better in a recorded format than it did live. Even so, with some interesting staging, there are certainly some members of Team Wiwi who still think this one should have done much better.
Wiwi Jury: “I’m not gonna try to explain how I love this and how this will slay! Fahrenhaidt are just amazing, the melody is so touching – I always get goosebumps… “Frozen Silence” is a big masterpiece and I can’t imagine how this could work out in Vienna. It’s fresh, it’s mystical and it’s new!” (Patrick)
6. “Crossroads” – Satin Circus (Finland)
By the time that the UMK final was upon us, it was fairly clear that PKN were going to be an incredibly tough act to beat. Their nearest competition was boyband Satin Circus, who had one of the catchiest and most modern songs going in the final with “Crossroads”. The boys certainly had charm and appeal in floods; the juries loved them, but the Finnish public were too won over by PKN. Still, “Crossroads” will go down as one of the best near-misses of this year’s national finals.
Wiwi Jury: “The most current song in this year’s UMK. It builds nicely to a memorable chorus. It’s pop but it isn’t disposable. It’s mainstream yet original. I hear flashes of that One Direction song “Live While You’re Young“, but I definitely prefer this. They’re standing at the “Crossroads” and I hope they take the route to Eurovision!” (William)