Outside of the two week run-up to the contest, one of the most beloved times of the year for Eurovision fans is national final season.
Many listen to hundreds of songs (particularly if you were committed enough to get through all 60 in Romania’s Selectia Nationala this year), pick their favourites and grow bitterly disappointed when they don’t win. But after all is said and done national final season provides us with the majority of Eurovision entries each year.
We had our first result way back in December 2017 following Albania’s Festivali i Kenges. Then — after patiently waiting for a few weeks — the floodgates opened and national finals were appearing all over the place, including the UK’s Eurovision: You Decide, Malta’s MESC, Belarus’ Eurofest, Ukraine’s Vidbir and way more than we have space to list here.
So while we countdown our favourites of the songs that didn’t quite take their regional crowns, we want to know which of the Eurovision 2018 entries that did win their respective national final are your favourites.
29 countries chose their entry through a national selection this year. France, Montenegro, Serbia, and the Czech Republic all returned to this more democratic process of selection, while San Marino chose their entry through a national final for the very first time.
All these songs are already winners, but only one can come out on top here. Click on the links below to take a listen to all the songs and then vote in our poll. You can choose as many songs as you want, but like always you can only vote once — so make it count!
Make sure to comment down below with your thoughts, and if you haven’t already you can vote in our poll for the best internally selected Eurovision 2018 act here.