We’ve steadily been working through our list of the best national final songs of Eurovision 2016. Today we enter the home stretch, with our top fifteen songs set to be revealed over the next three days. This time we’ve got songs from five different countries making their way on to our list. Who will just miss out on a place in the top ten? Find out below.
15. “Golden” — Brooke (Malta)
It says a lot about just how good a song “Golden” was that there were many people who wanted Ira Losco to ditch “Chameleon” for it. That’s not to say that Brooke didn’t do a good job of performing “Golden” either. Unfortunately it was a case of Ira or bust at MESC this year. Unsurprisingly, Brooke was her nearest competitor and for good reason. In her solo MESC debut, Brooke really stood out and will surely represent the country soon.
Wiwi Jury: “It’s quite fitting the name matches the blonde-haired singer. She is one of the entrants I was most looking forward to hearing from, and it’s been worth the wait. Brooke’s dazzling vocals ooze pizzazz on this modern power ballad.” (Anthony)
14. “I’m Not Lost” — Tom Frantzis (Belgium)
Ahead of Belgium’s national selection, Tom won the Wiwi Jury as well as our pre-show fan poll. And for good reason: “I’m Not Lost” showcased just how good a performer Tom is.
Wiwi Jury: “Soft to loud, vulnerable to strong, Tom plays the extremes but fills the gaps beautifully. He sings with sincerity and soul, and the impeccable production helps him tug on heartstrings and push buttons at just the right time. Tom’s joyous delivery is infectious and helps turn a pop entry into an anthem of perseverance.” (William)
13. “Victorious” — Xuso Jones (Spain)
With the prospect of a national final on their hands, Spanish fans were quick to clamour for Xuso Jones to be a part of the action. “Victorious” had early fan backing behind it, along with some real pedigree: former ESC winning writer/producer Peter Bostrom was part of the writing team. Xuso did well with the televote, but still fell short to Barei. “Runner Up” doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, though…
Wiwi Jury: “A Nordic influenced pop track with strong vocals from Xuso Jones, ‘Victorious’ is now on constant loop in my playlist — it has Eurovision written all over it. It’s impossible not to enjoy it! He wants to stand victorious? Well, Xuso, I bet you will. I can see Danny Saucedo’s ‘Amazing’ performance slaying the competition in Objetivo Eurovision.” (Bernardo)
12. “Helpless” — The Hardkiss (Ukraine)
You don’t get to be the biggest band in the Ukraine for no reason. The Hardkiss brought their avant garde style to the Ukrainian national selection, managing to skirt around all the drama around them. They were the early favourites too, but even though the jury favoured “Helpless” over “1944”, it was Jamala who crucially won over the public. No harm done for the Hardkiss, but we can’t help think that they could have made “Helpless” into something spectacular on the Eurovision stage.
Wiwi Jury: “This song will simply blow you away. It is powerful, it has those original notes, it has its own style. I don’t understand the people who judge it based on their expectations. Yes, it is different from other Hardkiss songs, but does it mean it’s bad? Hell NO! This song captures your breath right from the beginning and keeps it until the end. If you listen with good headphones, it can take you into space and beyond.” (Mikhail)
11. “Youniverse” — Molly Sandén (Sweden)
This was “meant” to be Molly Sandén’s year at Melodifestivalen. She was given the all-important final spot in the fourth semi-final and her song “Youniverse” was penned (in part) by her boyfriend, Danny Saucedo. After being ranked the pre-contest favourite, both in our poll and by the bookmakers, it all fell apart for Molly. An underwhelming semi final performance and Frans stealing the thunder seemed to doom “Youniverse” there and then. Molly turned it out in the final, reminding us just how good of a performer she is. That was redemption enough, and she’s well deserving of this spot on our list.
Wiwi Jury: “This is the bomb. Everyone was watching and waiting for Molly, and predictably the super-hype has resulted for many in a super let down. For me, ‘Youniverse’ nailed everything it set out to do. It is more sophisticated than ‘Why Am I Crying’, Molly’s vocal is killer and the performance is out of this universe.” (Angus)
Check back tomorrow as we make our way through our top ten songs. Who do you think is still in with a chance of winning? Let us know in the comments section below.