The first of September has come and gone. So it’s safe to say that PED (Post Eurovision Depression) has passed, as we have a new season of national finals, Junior Eurovision, and, of course, the main contest to look forward to. Summer is over, but we still have one thing left to do. It’s time to unveil our last Wednesday Wishlist for 2016.

For the past few weeks our correspondents from across the world have been presenting you with their ultimate choices for Stockholm. As this is all fantasy, we took a look at absentee countries, both long and short term. Because in our dream contest everyone comes to the party! To make sure that no one was left out, we worked through countries in alphabetical order, so for this week’s final instalment we’re starting with San Marino and finishing with the United Kingdom.

San Marino: Irol MC

Robyn: It’s not easy being the smallest country at Eurovision. But while San Marino’s talent pool is smaller, that doesn’t mean there’s a shortage of talent in the hillside microstate. Irol MC (aka Lorenzo Salvatori) is a San Marino rapper who’s been making quite a name for himself. On “Lappa da Grappa” he brings a Sammarinese twist to rap. And yes, rap never does particularly well at Eurovision, but traditionally San Marino never does too well either, so maybe the double bad luck will cancel itself out. Rapping over Ralph Siegel beats? It could happen!

Last time we chose: Michele Perniola (wish fulfilled)

Serbia: Gnucci

Edd: What better way for Serbia to celebrate the contest being held in Stockholm than sending their very own Swede? Ana Rab AKA Gnucci was born in Belgrade, Serbia but grew up in Västerås, Sweden. Her music is loud, hyper, hip-hop house – or in Gnucci’s words “I make pussy power rap, clit spit.” At Eurovision she would surely raise eyebrows with her outrageous lyrics, as well as giving us a show to remember (proof here). Whether that would lead to a Lordi-style success or a Dustin the Turkey flop… well, there’s only one way to find out. It’s time to take a risk, Serbia!

Last time we chose: Ceca

Slovakia: Celeste Buckingham

Mikhail: Celeste has the potential to conquer Europe. The Swiss-American singer grew up in Slovakia and has been plying her trade from an early age. In 2011, her career received a huge boost when she appeared as a finalist on Czechoslovak Superstar. A talented singer-songwriter, Celeste has a unique sound which has even reached the US. Her single “Run Run Run“, is perhaps her biggest hit, reaching the top two in both Slovakia and the Czech Republic, and racking up over 18 million views on YouTube. She was only 17 at the time! Her most recent single, “Unpredictable”, continues her amazing success rate. Celeste would be the perfect candidate to bring Slovakia to its first ever grand final, and maybe even to snatch a victory.

Last time we chose: Katarína Koscová

Slovenia: Kingston

Sopon: Eurovision comes at a convenient time for artists, since summer is right around the corner. What does that mean? Summer hits, everyone! France took advantage of the timing with Jessy Matador in 2010, and now Slovenia can do the same with Kingston. Fronted by singer Reno Cibej, guitarists Dare Kaunic and Dejan Dimec, keyboardist Zvone Tomac, and drummer Klemen Ogrizek, Kingston is known for summertime smashes accompanied by music videos with bikini-clad ladies and maritime locations. While some of their discography is reggae-based *shudder*, their pop songs are totally fair game for Eurovision. Let Kingston bring the party to Stockholm!

Last time we chose: Petra Marklund (formerly September)

Spain: Varry Brava

Luis: Spanish summer festivals are well known throughout Europe. FIB, Arenal Sound, BBK… they’re all full of drunk Europeans who just want some fun and lively tunes. Because, of course, there’s much more to Spain than toreros and flamencas. We need to go for it, and Varry Brava may be the best bet. Fun, fresh, happy-clappy music to cheer up the audience and the viewers between endless ballads, these fast beats are what Europe craves. The group has been on the go for five years now and they are a recurring name on festival posters. They are more than experienced and would most definitely rock the boat in Stockholm, just like they do at Benicàssim. Somebody get me a pint, please!

Last time we chose: Amaia Montero

Sweden: Robyn

Padraig: Robyn at Eurovision? Surely that’s pushing the boundaries of reality to their limits? But hear me out. Despite having a discography crammed with electro-pop gems, and a Grammy nomination, Robyn’s only had a handful of bona-fide hits – “Do You Know (What It Takes)”,“With Every Heartbeat”, “Dancing On My Own”. She’s a critical darling, but when it comes to the record buying public, she retains something of a cult-appeal. Such a status gives her a much greater degree of independence, allowing her to experiment continuously. In 2010, she gave us the three part “Body Talk” project. Last year, saw her release a whole EP with Röyksopp, and in 2015 she did one with La Bagatelle Magique. Why can’t Eurovision be her next venture? The lady has nothing to lose. A flop will not destroy her existing reputation, and a victory may finally endear her to the masses. And lets not forget, Robyn has flirted with Melfest before, when she co-wrote the 1997 fourth place finisher, “Du gör mig hel igen”.

Last time we chose: Hakan Hellström

Switzerland: Beatrice Egli

Patrick: Switzerland finished last in this year’s contest… not a result to be proud of. In fact, it’s been a long time since they’ve even placed inside the top ten. Will 2016 be their time to shine? It’s definitely time to shake things up. Beatrice Egli is one of the country’s most popular schlager singers. She rose to fame thanks to the Grand Dame of Eurovision, Lys Assia, participating alongside her in a Folk Song Contest for German speaking countries. Beatrice also became the first ever schlager winner of the German Pop Idol, and went on to release number one hits in Switzerland and Germany. Since 2007, she’s won several awards and released six albums. Schlager has fallen out of favour at Eurovision of late, but we’re sure that Beatrice could bring both the genre and Switzerland back to the top.

Last time we chose: Stefanie Heinzmann

Turkey: Atiye

Gökhan: There’s still a question mark regarding Turkey’s participation in Stockholm. Nevertheless, we keep searching for names to carry the Eurovision torch. Names such as the German-born Atiye. Her mother is Dutch and her father has Turkish-Arabic roots. With her unique voice and fashionable style, Atiye would be one of the best names to represent Turkey. But what does Atiye think about Eurovision? Back in 2012, when Turkey was part of the contest, she said that “I am ready to represent my country. I have a song to sing on the Eurovision stage.” Only last week, she released her new new single, “Abracadabra”, and announced that she’s working with Sony again. Next stop Eurovision?

Last time we chose: Aynur Aydin

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Ukraine: Alloise

Dayana: Ukraine has a reputation of sending the prettiest girls to Eurovision. If their formula ain’t broke, why fix it? Let me indroduce you to Alloise – a Ukrainian pop singer, who successfully combines fresh catchy tunes with retro sounds. In 2012, she won the MTV EMA award for best Ukrainian act. But before all that, she was a member of the Ukrainian group, Gochitza. They supported major international acts such as Nelly Furtado, J.J. Johanson, and Faithless. And Alloise is not content to just be big in Ukraine, she’s aiming for global domination. Her video for “Tell Me of Fire” was even shown on MTV USA. Alla (her real name) has shared the same stage with Loreen, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Craig David and many many more. She has everything – professionalism, international recognition, beauty and, of course, an alluring voice. What else is needed for a victory?

Last time we chose: Vera Brezhneva

United Kingdom: Hurts

Deban: Hurts combine critical acclaim with commercial success, and vintage glamour. Their first two albums took up residency in the top ten both at home and abroad. They have played to sold-out arenas continent-wide from Finland to Lithuania. Their recognisable sound takes inspiration from past decades, and helps to separate them from other electro-pop offerings. Unlike other boy-bands who seem cringey to most people post-puberty, Hurts are uber-cool and suave. They write their own songs, sing with conviction, and photograph beautifully. They haven’t shot to fame through TV talent shows, but have grafted their way to the top and are still rising. And lest we forget, the duo are actually interested in Eurovision. Their participation on Europe’s biggest platform can only achieve one thing- success for The UK!

Last time we chose: Mutya Keisha Siobhan (MKS)

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Balade
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yst
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yst

After reading the spanish entry this list has lost all the sense for me. Álvaro Soler should represent Spain and not that awful and totally unknown band…

Lucy Percy
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Mario, Esmee Denters is Norwqeigan i think mate, not British. I mean, she went on The Voice UK, but doesnt mean shes from here!

I’m not sure i agree with Hurts…i find them rather dull, and you’#re bigging up their success like they’ve had hit after hit int he UK…they really haven’t. I can only think of Wonderful Life and the Calvin Harris song they worked on Under Control.

I think Chvrches or Charli XCX for the UK would be better.

Maria
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Maria

Hurts would be a perfect choice for the UK. I would also like to see James Arthur, Clean Bandit or Alt-J at ESC. For Spain, I would love to see Vetusta Morla, Raúl Gomez, Leroy Sanchez or Luar na Lubre.

Kjetil
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Kjetil

Please not Beatrice Egli

MEIN HERZ ES BRENNT WENN ICH DICH SEH

Racal
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Racal

Robyn would never represent Sweden. Her music is avant-garde and experimental; her lyrics are dark and deep. She’s the true definition of an artist. On the other side, the only thing Sweden can send to the ESC is fake superficial plastic pop songs, with stupid lyrics like “I will be popular”, “We are the heroes”, “We’re going up up up” that they repeat a thousand times during 3 minutes (and since it seems to work for them, it’s unlikely they will change their approach). Robyn is a goddess and shares nothing with the likes of Eric Saade or Mans, and… Read more »

Comi
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Comi

Srsly that choice for Serbia? There are like MILLION other TALENTED singers there.

Huh
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Huh

Sara Jo for Serbia. She seems to be the it-girl in the ESC 2013 despite few coverages that time.
I’d love Ukraine to bring a band next time.

Yuri Kus
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Yuri Kus

The HARDKISS would be a perfect choice for Ukraine.

EF0912
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EF0912

I know Jess Glynne is very unlikely to do Eurovision so here are some of my other picks for my country (UK):
Hurts
CHVRCHES
Jessie Ware
James Arthur
Paloma Faith
Cher Lloyd
Union J

EF0912
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EF0912

San Marino: Valentina Monetta or Helia
Serbia: Sara Jo
Slovakia: Celeste Buckingham
Slovenia: Maraaya or Maja Keuc
Spain: Antonio Jose
Sweden: Zara Larsson
Switzerland: Stefanie Heinzmaan
Turkey: Aynur Aydin
Ukraine: Max Barskih
UK: Jess Glynne

jr esc nl
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jr esc nl

I know but i think that if she would participate there would be a bigger chance that she’s gonna participate for the netherlands

Daniel
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Daniel

San Marino : Franchesca Michielin : Amazing
Serbia : Jelena Tomasevic : Ime moje
Slovakia : Celeste Buckingham : Unpredictable
Slovenia : Neish & Empirical Brothers : We can die young
Spain : Letica ft. Juan Magab :Join the party
Sweden : Zara Larrson : Uncover
Switzerland : Stefanie Heinzman : In the end
Turkey : Anyur Adin : Life goes on
Ukraine : Kamaliya : I’m alive
U.K. : Ellie Goulding : Love me like you do
Those r my pics :-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D

dave
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dave

“It’s time to take a risk, Serbia!” Seriously? They already took some risks before (Cipela for instance, but also Beauty Never Lies (completely in English))…

I love Hurts, but we all know this isn’t going to happen AT ALL.

Celeste would be an excellent choice for Slovakia <3 I really hope that they are going to come back this year!

#MarioVision
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#MarioVision

@ Well indeed im aware of that BUT…
Since Esmee is located in UK she is eligible to represent this country in our Vision…Kylie Minogue is from Australia but she is eligible to go 4 UK in EuroVision..
Celine Dion although Canadian represented Switzerland in 1988..
They might have different origins but they can represent another countries..
We ve seen it all the time foreign not native artists to compete in NFs of other countries..
Like Ireland’s NF this season that we had Erika Selin…And so many others examples cases..

jr esc nl
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jr esc nl

Mario, esmee denters is dutch actually

Thomasfan22
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Thomasfan22

Maja keuc would be the ebst choice for my country.

#MarioVision ~ Rise Again
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#MarioVision ~ Rise Again

I adored *Wonderful Life* by this group Hurts.. <3
I adored *With Every HeartBeat* by Robyn as well <3

4 UK my own wishful desired acts are..
~ Leona Lewis
~ SugaBabes {Mutya,Keisha,Heidi}
~ Adele
~ Emelie Sande
~ Little Mix
~ Ella Henderson
~ Atomic Kitten
~ Gossip
~ Esmee Denters
~ Gabrielle
~ James Blunt
~ Daniel Bedingfield
~ Natasha Bedingfield
~ Gareth Gates
~ Will Young
~ WestLife
~ Hozier
~ Birdy

RollingStone
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RollingStone

Hurts would be a perfect choice, but i don’t believe they’ll do it.

cheesecake
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cheesecake

I know there aren’t that many good musicians here in Switzerland, but you chose Beatrice Egli? Seriously?

ct greece
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ct greece

* it doesn’t “hurt” anyone’s image

ct greece
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ct greece

Eurovision is the greatest song festival and the greatest television event in the world. It doesn’t “image” anyone’s image unless of course they do abysmally bad. Let’s leave those clichés behind once and for all.

Hurts have never had a top-10 hit in the UK or even a no.1 album there (even though they had both in some other european markets). Do they think they’re too big for Eurovision? Because I don’t think they are.

Steven
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Steven

I would scream if Hurts represented the UK because I love them, but I would HATE for it to damage their image. They are an incredibly classy outfit who produce extremely thought-provoking music. If the UK got them though they’d have to place well, they’re simply stunning.