It’s the penultimate edition of our countdown of Team Wiwi’s favourite national final songs of the season. We’re now in to our top ten and this is where things get really close. Our nerves are on edge looking at these votes, y’all!
With five different countries making up our top ten, it’s time to see who made the grade:
10. “Contigo” — Mirela (Spain)
Where to begin? Mirela’s “Contigo” was quickly seen as a favourite to represent Spain, a pop dancefloor filler that just screamed “Spain at Eurovision”. Whilst there were some who saw that as a bad thing, plenty thought otherwise. But at Objetivo Eurovision, the infamous “Eurodrama” saw Mirela easily beat Manel Navarro in the televote — but the resulting tie saw the jury swing in Manel’s favour. A twitter campaign, petition and even a parliament investigation couldn’t send Mirela to Kyiv though. Let’s hope she tries yet again for her country soon.
Wiwi Jury: “From the cheap refrain of baila-la-la-la to the image of beautiful Mirela with her abs out to the use of the phrase “Mi corazón,” this oozes Eurovision clichés. It’s completely disposable and somewhat generic. But it’s also utterly fun and uplifting and the three minutes speed by faster than Edurne’s cape during her Eurovision 2015 dress reveal. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure — and I feel richer for having this in my life!” (William)
9. “En värld full av strider (Eatneme gusnie jeenh dåaroeh)” — Jon Henrik Fjallgren feat. Aninia (Sweden)
We knew what to expect with the return of Jon Henrik Frallgren to Melfest. What we didn’t expect was just how good it would be. Bringing Aninia on board, Jon Henrik’s joiking was brought to life alongside her vocals. Once again, the Sami superstar made his way to the Melfest final and a very well deserved third place overall. He doesn’t quite reach that in our poll, but the top ten is a great spot regardless!
Wiwi Jury: “One word springs to mind when thinking about this entry – breathtaking. Jon Henrik was an inspired talent back in 2015 but his song lacked power and came across as repetitive. Combining his traditional Sami style with Aninia’s powerful vocal in “En värld full av strider” is such a phenomenal move. The song builds into such a strong finale that it moves me emotionally. This song is inspired.” (Josh)
8. “In or Out” — Elina Born (Estonia)
The return that didn’t quite pan out for Elina Born. Without Stig Rasta on the stage (albeit he penned the song), Elina was easily one of the big names going in to this year’s Eesti Laul. Her sultry performance of In Or Out included Elina straddling a giant “O”. It won over fans outside of Estonia, but the country didn’t quite think so, placing her last in the final televote.
Wiwi Jury: “We all know that Elina can sing and I have no doubt that she will deliver. This song is well produced with a cool sound and a damn good saxophone. The wild lyrics coupled with Elina’s inevitably strong stage show will ooze passion.” (Patrick)
7. “Circle of Light” — Emma (Finland)
Oh, what could have been. Emma went in to the UMK final with a lot of expectations on her shoulders. After crushing the competition in our poll and Wiwi Jury, perhaps it was all a little too much. A combination of nerves and technical difficulties meant her live performance of “Circle of Light” truly suffered on the night. What remains otherwise, however, is a clearly strong song in the studio version — one that many would still consider a Eurovision contender.
Wiwi Jury: ” Rakas, we are fine. Emma — slayer of spiritual out-of-this-world bangers — has a chance of making the top ten in Kyiv. It’s the first song that’s made me feel this way this year. Her strong and compelling vocals combined with a well-crafted instrumental make me feel like I’m safe in her circle of light. It gives me life.” (Bernardo)
6. “Wild Child” — Ace Wilder (Sweden)
Did Sanna Nielsen pass on her Melfest curse to Ace Wilder in 2014? It wasn’t to be third time lucky for Ace, as she once again made her way to the final but failed at the last hurdle. With Thomas G:Son and Peter Bostrom on her writing team, Ace seemed much more comfortable and happy on stage this year. Let’s hope she finally breaks through to Eurovision soon.
Wiwi Jury: “Oh, Ace, I should never have doubted you. I was honestly worried when I heard the snippet of “Wild Child”. In full and on stage though, Ace kills it yet again. She seems so much more at ease on stage and has a great performance to go with it.” (Chris)