We’re in to the top ten! With hundreds of songs having passed through this year’s national finals, these really are the cream of the crop as far as Team Wiwi sees it. But who will have made it this far in the list?
Of course, as a reminder: these are just our favourites! Today’s list includes the first official appearances of songs from Estonia, Romania and Spain too. Who has finished high up? Read on below:
10. “Buna de iubit / Royalty” — Feli (Romania)
Selectia Nationala wasn’t just about the Ilinca memes: there were also a lot of songs. Whilst the vast majority of them probably wouldn’t have got through just about any other national selection, there were some shining stars.
Perhaps none more so than Feli. Whilst “Buna de iubit” seems to have been more popular than the English version “Royalty” (so much so that Feli switched to a multi-lingual version for the final), she ruled as queen of the stage. Here’s hoping she’ll be back again soon.
9. “Puerto Rico” — Kamil Show (Armenia)
After the success of “Despacito”, it was no surprise to see plenty of Spanish language songs popping up in national finals around Europe. What was a surprise was that arguably the best one (outside of Spain itself) came from an Armenian drag queen.
Kamil Show was this year’s love her-or-hate her figure. Crazy, over the top and taking all the attention, Kamil made sure that Europe would remember her. With some great vocals from her backing singers too, this actually was a remarkably competent and fun performance.
8. “Talk to the Hand” — Aleksander Walmann (Norway)
After bringing Norway safely back to the final last year, Aleksander Walmann and JOWST teamed up once again for another go. This time it was Aleksander who got the sole spotlight though, and he certainly relished in the moment.
“Talk to the Hand” might have had a different sound to “Grab the Moment”, but showed off JOWST’s ability to make an earworm once more. Aleksander might have lost out to Alexander Rybak, but there’s certainly many fans who might have changed that result around.
7. “Home” — Stig Rästa (Estonia)
After Elina Born sunk to last place in last year’s Eesti Laul final, Stig might have felt a little worried about his own comeback. No such worries were needed though.
Whilst it turned out that he was never actually that close to Elina Nechayeva in the results, Stig fought to a valiant second place with a nicely understated performance of “Home”.
6. “Lo Malo” — Ana Guerra & Aitana (Spain)
The OT Eurovision Gala might have seemed like it was always destined to be about one duo: Alfred & Amaia. That was until Aitana and Ana Guerra stepped on to the stage. Serving some classic Spanish Eurovision flavour, “Lo Malo” proved girl power was definitely alive in 2018.
Although they ultimately finished 3rd in the superfinal, the duo aren’t done with the song yet. A music video is coming soon, and we can’t wait, y’all! All together now: “Aitana War!”
So — just five songs left in our countdown. Who will be in Team Wiwi’s top 5? What do you think of the top ten so far? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments section below!