Throughout the 2015 national final season we’ve heard some amazing (and not so amazing) songs, and fallen in love with lots of them. However, some countries chose to bypass that route completely, opting to select their acts internally instead. Twelve songs were chosen in this way. Some took us by surprise, others had us waiting for weeks. We’ve a lot of favourites, but there are others we’d be happy to never hear again. Now it’s your turn. Which broadcaster did the best job? Who selected the best song? What is the best internal selection of 2015? Vote for your favorite now!
Armenia came up with a “unique” idea – to gather six artists, from five different continents, all of Armenian descent, and create a super-group.
AUSTRALIA: GUY SEBASTIAN
To everyone’s surprise Australia decided to join us at Eurovision 2015. There were so many artists they could have chosen, but in the end they went with Guy Sebastian.
AZERBAIJAN: ELNUR HUSEYNOV
Elnur was one half of Azerbaijan’s first entry in 2008. Now he’s returned, this time as a Voice of Turkey winner.
BELGIUM: LOIC NOTTET
Belgium are also sending a Voice graduate, Loic Nottet. The 19 year old came second on the 2014 edition of the Belgian version of the show.
CZECH REPUBLIC: MARTA JANDOVA AND VACLAV NOID BARTA
An epic come back after five years away. Czech Republic have brought out the big-guns in the form of Marta and Vaclav.
France: Lisa Angell
Nobody was thinking about France, when it unexpectedly announced Lisa Angell in mid-January.
Montenegro has decided to repeat last year’s formula and send yet another Balkan ballad, this time sung by Knez. They’ve also drafted in legendary composer Zeljko Joksimovic.
Poland: Monika Kuszynska
After last year’s divisive performance, Poland have switched tact. They’ve chosen a touching ballad, sung by Monika, a car-crash survivor and wheelchair user, who hopes to become a role model to others with disabilities.
Russia: Polina Gagarina
Another year, another peace ballad from Russia. This time local superstar Polina Gagarina is behind the mic.
San Marino: Michele Perniola & Anita Simoncini
The era of Valentina Monetta has ended and San Marino are sending their JESC stars. Anita and Michele. Val may be gone, but Ralph Siegel remains on song-writing duty.
Spain are sending one of their biggest home-grown stars, Edurne.
The Netherlands: Trijntje Oosterhuis
The Netherlands were one of the first countries to announce their song and act. Trijntje is an established name in the lowlands, a friend of Anouk, sister-in-law of Edsilia Rombley, she’s definitely got Eurovision pedigree.
United Kingdom: Electro Velvet
Once again, the BBC went behind closed doors and chose new-comers, Electro Velvet. The pair and their song have already proven divisive.