Our countdown of Team Wiwi’s favourite songs from the 2018 season national finals kicked off yesterday. We’ve already lost some favourites from the likes of Destination Eurovision, Melodifestivalen and more.
We’ll be bringing you five more each day over the course of the next week, as we wait to see who’ll join Eric Saade, Margaret and Kerli as a winning artist. Could Margaret even do “the double”? Or could she be in today’s five acts? Check out our list below:
25. “Esamiba” — MADARA (Latvia)
With a new timeslot, hosts and overall feel, Supernova didn’t quite get as much buzz as usual this year. Even if it did start in October! But as some familiar faces like Markus Riva fell to the wayside, there was one act who got people talking: one woman and her cello.
Madara Fogelmane’s hauntingly beautiful “Esamiba” had some people calling it a potential Eurovision winner. Whether it would have had that chance, we’ll never know…
24. “Out of the Twilight” — Sara de Blue (San Marino)
You know something’s up when people complain about San Marino throwing away a “potential top 10 contender”. Yet those were the words often repeated about Sara de Blue’s “Out of the Twilight”.
With amazing vocals and some remarkably strong production, Sara seemed a shoe-in for victory in the chaotic 1 in 360. But as we learned, nothing was ever for certain with 1 in 360. Sara ended up being pipped to the post, but rewarded with a host of new fans at least.
23. “Who We Are” — Rebecca (Norway)
Rebecca might have been a Melodi Grand Prix newcomer, but she had some familiar support with her. “Who We Are” was written by 2015 entrant Kjetil Mørland, who supported Rebecca throughout her MGP journey.
Much like “A Monster Like Me”, this was a song focused on showing off Rebecca’s voice. No need for trickery or anything too showy here: Rebecca shined in the spotlight. The newcomer fought her way through to the final 2, only to come up against the unstoppable force of Alexander Rybak.
22. “Heart of Gold” — Brooke (Malta)
Make no mistake about it: Brooke Borg is determined to represent Malta at Eurovision. With a team behind her including Borislav Milanov and Sacha-Jean Baptiste, it seemed like everything was right for “Heart of Gold” to succeed.
But perhaps those dodgy lyrics hurt Brooke’s chances. Once again, she was the bridesmaid and not the bride, as Christabelle threw off the “perennial contender” tag this year. Will 2019 be fourth time lucky for Brooke?
21. “You Got Me” — Stella & Alexandra (Norway)
This was the year of the returns in Norway, as Stella Mwangi came back to try and right the wrongs of 2011. She brought a friend too in Alexandra, and the two ladies stormed the stage to open up this year’s MGP.
A whole host of fun, this one certainly came alive on stage. They might have only made the first stage of the Superfinal, but they certainly left a lasting impression on fans. They’ll even be appearing at the London Eurovision Party!
What do you think of the latest five songs in our countdown? Were any of them your national final favourite? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!