The votes have all been cast and the results are finally in. Over the past month, our wiwibloggers have been deciding just which of the hundreds of national final songs in 2016 were truly the best. We’ve gone through our top forty and now it’s time to reveal the Top 5. But which song has come out on top? Find out below.
5. “Never Alone” — Anja Nissen (Denmark)
We were excited to hear about Anja Nissen’s participation at DMGP this year, partly because “Never Alone” was penned by Emmelie de Forest. It turned out that Emmelie had done more than just write it — she had also performed it. After flirting with disqualification, Anja kept her resolve and very nearly stole the show at DMGP. With a great live performance that screamed “winner”, she seemed set for Eurovision. But Denmark opted for Lighthouse X. We’ll just let that one sink in a bit more…
Wiwi Jury: “If Denmark wants to win for the third time in Sweden they have to send Anja to Stockholm. I am in love with Anja and “Never Alone” is our love child. The chorus is amazing, and when you think it’s over it only gets better. I think Anja could show the Aussies they made the wrong choice by sending Guy Sebastian to Vienna instead of her.” (Mike)
4. “Laika” — The Hungry Heart ft. Lisa Dillan (Norway)
“The streets of Moscow, with my girlfriend.” With that opening, how could we not love “Laika”? This song about a Russian dog sent in to space came with a WTF performance, featuring inexplicable lasers and a people carrier driven on to the stage. “Laika” split people down the middle: you either loved it or loathed it. For that reason alone it deserved to reach our top five. Now sit back, relax, and let yourself be taken in by three minutes of Norwegian lesbian community goodness…
Wiwi Jury: “This isn’t just a tribute to the Soviet space dog — it’s a touching and poetic look at isolation, lost love and our never-ending journey to nothingness. The Hungry Hearts use accents and intonation to great effect, taking us to the Cold War and back, all the while making us want to dance. And when we do it’s with love and nostalgia and an acute awareness of our missed opportunities and disappointments. I just love this.” (William)
3. “Heart Shaped Hole” — Simone (Denmark)
Oh, poor Simone. In her third attempt at representing Denmark, Simone seemed to finally have the winning formula: a great song in “Heart Shaped Hole” and the story to boot. The battle lines were quickly drawn, with fans turning to either Team Simone or Team Anja. Perhaps it was that split that allowed Lighthouse X to take the victory. Arguably the purest song of DMGP, with an almost Sia-esque twinge to it, “Heart Shaped Hole” was let down slightly by an out-there staging concept. For the third time, Simone finished third at DMGP…and that’s exactly where she finishes on our list too. It’s almost poetic, really…
Wiwi Jury: “Dark, sassy, powerful — ‘Heart Shaped Hole’ combines awesome production with a compelling voice and thoughtful lyrics. It’s my favorite this year and screams Eurovision. I have a feeling Simone is going to give a stellar performance live and conquer Denmark. Well done!” (Bernardo)
2. “Don’t Worry” — Ace Wilder (Sweden)
How could we not have been excited to see Ace Wilder back at Melfest? After “Busy Doin’ Nothing'” came so close to victory, there was a lot of hype and expectation regarding the follow-up “Don’t Worry”. Ace’s performance in the first semi final disappointed some people, and she went from a favourite to win to an outsider in the final. We still loved her though and Ace reminded us exactly why: “Don’t Worry” practically stole the show at Friends Arena and won top jury marks from four countries. Never doubt Ace Wilder, y’all!
Wiwi Jury: “It feels like Ace lost the anarchic charm that made ‘Busy Doin’ Nothin” such a smash in 2014 and has instead returned as an entirely polished pop professional. That being said, staging is tdf and nobody does earworm nonsensical lyrics better.” (Angus)
1. “Cool Me Down” — Margaret (Poland)
Was there ever really any doubt about this? We were excited when TVP revealed that Margaret was entering Krajowe Eliminacje. That excitement reached a fever pitch around Europe when “Cool Me Down” was released and then…well, things got a little out of control. Poland miraculously reached the top of the overall betting odds with the assumption that “Cool Me Down” would go on to win Eurovision. It received the highest Wiwi Jury score of the year. And then…Margaret lost to Michal Szpak.
Yes, her live performances were average at best (to the point that, suspiciously, all audio is muted on her Krajowe Eliminacje performance videos). But putting that to one side – the song itself is such a tune. It was modern and cool, and everything that you’d want to hear in a Eurovision winner. The hype was very much real and to this day many of us still curse the fact that this isn’t going to Eurovision. You might not be winning Eurovision, Margaret, but you’ve won our hearts and the top spot on our national final song list!
Wiwi Jury: “It’s cool, it’s fresh and yet it doesn’t try to be a Eurovision winner, in the likes ‘Only Teardrops’. An instant crossover hit, I genuinely believe that if this goes to Eurovision — and so long as Margaret can wholly commit when performing it live — this would go straight to number one. Near enough to pop perfection.” (Chris)
There you have it: Margaret joins 2015 winner Eric Saade at the top of our charts in our favourite national final songs of the year.
Do you agree that “Cool Me Down” was the best, or do you think one of the other songs in the top five should have won? Where did your favourite place? Let us know via the comments section below or through our Twitter page!