While Eurovision often attracts some of the best songwriters in the world, it also attracts entries from performers who have written or co-written their own song. This year 23 entries – over half – are performed by an artist who has also had a hand in the writing. But which of these is best? Listen to the tracks and vote for your favourites.
Armenia: Iveta Mukuchyan with “LoveWave”
Iveta co-wrote the song lyrics along with lyricist Stephanie Crutchfield.
Austria: Zoë with “Loin d’ici”
Zoë co-wrote the song along with her father, Austrian indie rock star Christof Straub.
Bosnia & Herzegovina: Deen & Dalal with “Ljubav je”
While the song was largely written by songwriter Almir Ajanovic, rapper Jala contributed lyrics for his part of the song.
Bulgaria: Poli Genova with “If Love Was a Crime”
The song was largely compared by a Bulgarian and Swedish team, but Poli Genova also contributed lyrics.
Cyprus: Minus One with “Alter Ego”
Minus One collaborated with Swedish songwriter and producer Thomas G:son on writing their entry.
Denmark: Lighthouse X with “Soldiers of Love”
All three Lighthouse X members — Søren, Johannes and Martin — had a hand in writing their song, along with a team of Danish songwriters.
Finland: Sandhja with “Sing It Away”
Sandhja contributed to the music and lyrics, along with a team of Finnish songwriters.
France: Amir with “J’ai cherché”
Amir co-wrote the song with two other songwriters.
FYR Macedonia: Kaliopi with “Dona”
Kaliopi’s long-term collaborator Romeo Grill wrote the music, while Kaliopi contributed the lyrics.
Greece: Argo with “Utopian Land”
Argo vocalist Vladimiros Sofianides wrote “Utopian Land” himself, one of four performers to have a sole songwriting credit.
Iceland: Greta Salóme with “Hear Them Calling”
Greta is the second artist to have a sole songwriting credit, creating both the music and lyrics.
Ireland: Nicky Byrne with “Sunlight”
Nicky Byrne co-wrote the song along with two other songwriters.
Italy: Francesca Michielin with “No Degree of Separation”
While an Italian team wrote the song, Francesca contributed lyrics.
Malta: Ira Losco with “Walk on Water”
The song originally came from a Swedish writing team, but Ira Losco put her mark on it, contributing music and lyrics.
Montenegro: Highway with “Real Thing”
Guitarist Luka Vojvodic co-wrote the song along with two Montenegrin songwriters.
Netherlands: Douwe Bob with “Slow Down”
Douwe Bob co-wrote his song with three other Dutch musicians.
Norway: Agnete with “Icebreaker”
Agnete co-wrote the song along with a Swedish and a British songwriter.
Romania: Ovidiu Anton with “Moment of Silence“
Ovidiu is the third artist to have a sole songwriting credit, having written both the music and lyrics of his song.
Slovenia: ManuElla “Blue and Red”
ManuElla cowrote the music for “Blue and Red”.
Spain: Barei with “Say Yay!”
Barei cowrote her song along with two Spanish songwriters.
Sweden: Frans with “If I Were Sorry”
In recent years, Melfest winners haven’t had much creative involvement in their songs, but Frans has contributed both music and lyrics.
Switzerland: Rykka with “The Last of Our Kind”
Rykka cowrote the song along with her regular Canadian songwriting team.
Ukraine: Jamala with “1944”
Jamala was the fourth artist to have a sole writing credit for her song.
Poll: Which is the best self-written song?
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