On Saturday we will finally stage the grand final of wiwivision 2016. Yes, the results are in, the scores have been confirmed and verified, and the big reveal is just around the corner. In case you forgot, we’ve been helping you overcome your PED during the last month with our own song contest, in which 42 wiwibloggers all over the world have chosen a song to represent their country. Those selections may not have been held in six cities with six expensive TV shows in prime time (Hej, Sverige!), or in a glamourous theatre with a big orchestra (shout out to Albania), but they’ve certainly caused their own internal drama as fans shouted, “WTF?!” and offered their own shortlists.
We’re only allowed to send one song per country, but many songs were considered. On the eve of the final we thought that you might like to know the other options to represent each nation. Get ready to get angry or experience a bit of relief, as here are some of the second options we considered for wiwivision…
Bosnia & Herzegovina: Dubioza Kolektiv – “Free.mp3”
Edd decided to go with Anabela as the representative of the land of Deen, Dalal and company. “Nocna patrola” has qualified for the final, and thus, it has already fared better than “Ljubav je”. However, Bosnia & Herzegovina‘s most popular ska band was Edd’s second option. Would they have qualified with their piracy-themed tune “Free.mp3”?
Croatia: Damir Kedzo – “Korijen u pijesku”
Croatia has qualified for both the wiwivision and the Eurovision finals with two quite different songs. While “Ne lomi me srce” is a party anthem and “Lighthouse” was a power mid-tempo, Mario‘s second option for wiwivision was a tad more radio-friendly.
Czech Republic: Klara. – “Forever”
The Czechs have brought mid-tempo numbers to this year’s wiwivision and Eurovision. Their second option is no exception, although Klara.’s “Forever” features an edgier and more avant-garde arrangement than both “I Stand” and “On the menu”. Both of the Czech’s entries have qualified for their respective finals. Do you prefer Mikhail‘s alternative?
France: Nehuda ft. Cris Cab – “Paradise”
France has been represented by two bangers this year at both Eurovision and wiwivision. “J’ai cherché” and “De mes propres ailes” have brought Les bleus quite good results, with Amir finishing 6th at Eurovision and Olivier Dion qualifying for the final. Zakaria also considered Nehuda and Cris Cab, who would have brought a slightly more chilled sound. Would this song have taken France to “Paradise” as well?
Germany: Namika – “Hellwach”
Germany‘s representative at both Eurovision and wiwivision have been more or less slow. That would have changed if Zach had chosen Namika, with “Hellwach”. Would she have been able to surpass Jamie Lee Kriewitz’s 11 points in the final? Was it a better option than Max Giesinger, who has, so far, qualified to the final?
Italy: Francesco Gabbani – “Amen”
Who said Italy only considers sending big mainstream hits? “Roma-Bangkok” may be a pan-European chart-topper, and “Nessun grado di separazione” might have been the sensation of this year’s Sanremo, but the Italians also know how to go edgy, and Cristian‘s second option proves it.
F.Y.R. Macedonia: Tatijana Stefanovska – “Kakvo srce imas ti”
F.Y.R. Macedonia hasn’t made it to the final in Eurovision or the wiwivision. Sorry ’bout it. Kaliopi finished 11th with her ballad “Dona”, and Elena Velevska’s turbo-folk “Losa kopija” just didn’t measure up in wiwivision. Should Antranig have gone with Tatijana’s folk track “Kakvo srce imas ti”?
Montenegro: Sako Polumenta – “Halo, ja sam”
Montenegro has failed to make a final this year, with both “The Real Thing” and “Budalo” coming up short. Maybe Maria should have gone for something more mellow and picked her second option, Sako Polumenta’s ballad “Halo, ja sam”.
Russia: Egor Krid – “Budil’nik”
Dayana‘s second choice for Russia was a man who begins his video half naked in the bed and has a couple of wing tattoes. Does that ring a bell? Whether Egor would have followed Sergey Lazarev’s footsteps and finished third is something we’ll never know. But Leningrad’s “Eksponat”, which Dayana did choose for wiwivision, has already qualified for the final and thus it has already achieved Russia’s best placing at wiwivision. Yassss.
San Marino: IROL – “Solo rap”
Your favourite Sanmarinese rapper did compete at wiwivision. However, Robyn considered sending his number “Solo rap” instead of “Il mio futuro”. He didn’t make it to the final, keeping up San Marino’s proud tradition. Would this song have finished better overall, even qualifying for the finals? Don’t dismiss San Marino that easily, just look at how Serhat fared in the end!
Spain: Manel – “Sabotatge”
Manel was Spain‘s second option for this year’s wiwivision. However, it was scrapped in the end to avoid any possible embolism caused by two consecutive Spanish wiwivision representatives not sung in Spanish. Luis decided to go with Fuel Fandango in the end and it has qualified to the final. The Spanish delegation is seriously fearing the public vote, after Barei’s trainwreck during the Eurovision voting. Would either “Salvaje” or “Sabotatge” have fared better than “Say Yay!”?
United Kingdom: Frances – “Don’t worry about me”
The United Kingdom has been all about pop this year in both Eurovision and wiwivision. Joe and Jake’s 25th place still hurts, and Chris has his fingers crossed that his girl Florrie can change that. He also considered sending Frances, with the touching ballad “Don’t Worry About Me”. Do you prefer it to “Real Love”?
Ukraine: Frances – “Don’t worry about me”
These are just some of the other options we considered for the wiwivision, but we’re sure many other tunes could do the job just as well. And we want you to give us some ideas. Who would you have chosen and for which countries? Remember the artist is not allowed to have sung at Eurovision ever or participated in a national selection in the last five years. Songs must have been released between June 1, 2015 and May 31, 2016.