It’s the third day of our countdown of the top national final songs of 2018, as voted by the members of Team Wiwi. With songs separated by the narrowest of margins amongst our bloggers, anyone ranking here has definitely earned their place!
Today’s countdown includes the first appearance of songs from Armenia and Italy — but will it be the last?
20. “You & I” — Asmik Shiroyan (Armenia)
Depi Evratesil underwent a lot of changes for its second year, scrapping the Voice-style format from 2017. Instead, we were treated to a more traditional national final contest. That didn’t spot Asmik Shiroyan from returning though, with a real pop banger.
With odes to Sigala, “You & I” could easily have been a radio hit in Europe. Perhaps that’s why it didn’t quite click with Armenia, though. With the track’s production also unable to be matched in the smaller Armenian TV studio, “You & I” just didn’t quite fire off live. But that studio version can go on repeat plenty.
19. “Rêves de gamin” — Nassi (France)
Speaking of songs that didn’t quite connect as well live, France’s Nassi won a lot of people over with his studio snippet. “Rêves de gamin” was an early favourite for Destination Eurovision, but some nervy vocals threw a lot of people off in the semi-final.
Nassi improved for the final though, and the stage show definitely was memorable. Catchy and a whole lot of fun, this would have been another fine entry for France at Eurovision had it made it to Lisbon.
18. “Frida (Mai, Mai, Mai)” — The Kolors (Italy)
This year’s San Remo contest offered up a whole lot of different genres on show. And when it wasn’t dancing grannies winning people over, it was the pop-rock of The Kolors.
Even if those voting in Italy didn’t quite see the buzz around the band, the Kolors definitely charmed our readers. The group finished 3rd in our pre-final poll, and that popularity definitely carried over with our wiwibloggers.
17. “Domino” — Saara Aalto (Finland)
What a surprise: Saara Aalto, finishing second in a national final once again. Except, of course, she also won UMK (and came last, as a matter of fact). The change in format for this year’s show saw Saara bring three very different songs to the table.
An emotional ballad, “Domino” showed off Saara’s amazing vocals, whilst serving up some classic staging elements. We want to know where her revolving dominoes have ended up, y’all!
16. “For You” — Mariette (Sweden)
For her third attempt at taking the Melfest crown, the pressure was on Mariette even more so than usual. Tipped as the favourite, with the often-lauded spot of performing last in the final semi-final, there was a lot of expectation on her shoulders.
In the end, “For You” might not have had the same punch as her previous efforts. But as ever, it was none the less a great effort from Mariette. It’s another year of “so close, yet so far” for her though — will she ever claim top spot in Sweden?
And that takes us to the halfway mark of our countdown. Has your favourite shown up yet? What do you think of these five entries? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!