Last week we kicked off our countdown of Team Wiwi’s top national final songs of this year. Now, we move on to the top half of our list, at we start back off with the songs that placed 15th through 11th.
Four countries are represented in our countdown today, but who will just miss out on a space in the top ten? Check out today’s songs below:
15. “Shuffla” — Samir & Viktor (Sweden)
On paper, the fact Samir & Viktor were a genuine contender to win Melodifestivalen might have been a way to further trash this year’s Melfest. But that would be underselling just how good a package “Shuffla” was.
Firstly, this was easily the duo’s best song yet. Secondly, they killed it with their stage performance. And thirdly, they managed to make a “fake fall” work. We said “yay” throughout this one — and it’s definitely still on repeat.
14. “Eva” — Lisandro Cuxi (France)
Arguably the biggest name taking part in Destination Eurovision, Lisandro certainly would have been in favour in Lisbon. Having been born in this year’s host city, the former Voice winner was hotly tipped to represent his adopted home country.
With charisma and talent by the bucketful, it was perhaps only down to the song that Lisandro failed to make it. “Eva” is still a great track, as evidenced by the jury support for it. But some clunky lyrics — the “single mother” hook often cited — might have caused Lisandro to just fall short.
13. “Lelya” — Tayanna (Ukraine)
After coming so close to victory in 2017, Tayanna was ready to take the crown in 2018. After her initial plan to have the public select her song hit some snags, she arrived at Vidbir to tear the house down with “Lelya”.
Full of sass, a dance routine and a dress that showed nearly everything off, there was no doubting Tayanna’s desire to win. Unfortunately, the public didn’t see it that way yet again, as they pushed fellow returnee Melovin ahead. Third time’s a charm in 2019?
12. “Every Single Day” — Felix Sandman (Sweden)
A cold might have curtailed Felix’s chances a little in the Melfest heats, but that just seemed to kickstart his momentum. Soon, people were wondering whether we might see only the second Andra Chansen winner in Sweden.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite to be, with Felix just falling short. He didn’t seem to mind much though, given he lost to good friend Benjamin Ingrosso. And with a wealth of new fans, could he be the next returning act to win one year on?
11. “Scandilove” — Ida Maria (Norway)
“Can you make love like a Scandinavian?” may be the question of the year. Ida Maria’s “Scanidlove” was a fun slice of pop, with some witty (and some not-so-witty) situations thrown in to the lyrics.
The live performance saw Ida perform with a huge cast of cheerleaders (well over the Eurovision limit). Whilst the vocals weren’t there, it didn’t really matter: this was meant to be fun and it really showed on stage.