Over half of this year’s participating countries, twenty-five overall, chose their song through a national selection. These national finals were filled with shocking eliminations, surprising decisions and choices that left some fans in tears. We watched amazing performances and listened to hundreds of great — and not-so-great — songs. And while we saw plenty of happy faces — OMG! We are going to Eurovision! — there were, of course, the acts who had to settle for second. Now it’s their time to shine — and your time to vote for your favourite runner-ups who almost made it to Eurovision 2015.
Eurovision 2015 national selections
The national final season started last November in FYR Macedonia. Former Eurovision entrant Tamara Todevska placed second with her beautiful ballad “Brod što tone“, while Daniel Kajmakoski took home the trophy. In Malta Christabelle and her song “Rush” lost to Amber, who became first “Warrior” of this year’s contest. Before New Year’s Eve, Anastasiya Malashkevich placed second in Belarus and Bojken Lako Band finished as runners-up in Albania.
During January the season began to pick up even more steam. In Georgia, Niutone finished second behind Nina Sublatti’s “Warrior“. Switzerland chose Mélanie René over fan favourite Timebelle and Panagiotis Koufogiannis lost to John Karagiannis in Cyprus.
February was an even busier month Eurovision fans. Denmark and Finland chose the bookies’ favourites over the fan favourites, sending Anti Social Media and Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät to Eurovision 2015, instead of Satin Circus and Anne Gadegaard. Iceland, Lithuania and Serbia also chose their songs in the first half of the month. Fridrik Dór lost to Maria Olafs in Iceland, Mia placed second in Lithuania and in Serbia Danica Krstic and Aleksa Jelic tied for second place, but as Danica got more televotes, she reserved her place in this poll.
Latvia, Estonia, Ireland, Moldova, Hungary and Slovenia all chose their entries in the last weeks of February. Women left men behind in Latvia and Hungary, where Markus Riva and Ádám Szabó, respectively, finished second. Moldova chose Ukraine-born Eduard Romanyuta over Valeria Pasa and Slovenia went for Maraaya instead of Rudi Bucar En Figoni. In Estonia Stig Rästa and Elina Born beat Daniel Levi with a record-breaking 79% of all the votes and in Ireland Molly Sterling got more televotes than jury favourite Kat Mahon.
In March some of the most successful Eurovision countries, such as Sweden, Greece and Romania, selected their entries. Måns Zelmerlöw won Sweden’s Melodifestivalen by a landslide, forcing jojkare Jon Henrik Fjällgren to settle for second place. Thomai Apergeri & Legend placed second in Greece and Eurovision 2005 bronze medalist Luminita Anghel got herself a silver medal in Romania’s selection.
In Norway over 3,400 votes separated Erlend Bratland from the winners Mørland & Debrah Scarlett, and Portugal chose Leonor Andrade instead of Teresa Radamanto. Host country Austria chose to send The Makemakes to defend their title in Vienna instead of Dawa. Germany’s national final was packed with drama as the winner, Andreas Kümmert, didn’t want to represent the country in Eurovision and the runner-up Ann Sophie was sent instead.