Over the past few years, it has predominantly been songs coming from national finals that have come out on top at the Eurovision Song Contest — Emmelie de Forrest, Jamala, Loreen, Salvador Sobral and so on. However, last year it was the internally selected entries that undeniably came out on top. The three highest ranked countries (Israel, Cyprus and Austria) all selected their entries behind closed doors, reminding us there is no real “best recipe” to choosing an entry.

This year, 15 countries have selected their songs internally. That’s up one on last year. Please note that while Israel and Malta chose their singers publicly, their songs were chosen internally — thus allowing them to compete in our poll.

Some countries, such as Switzerland and Armenia, ditched their televised national finals this year and put the fate of their entry entirely in the hands of the broadcaster. Will that move prove to be successful? Only time will tell.

Others, such as Russia, Azerbaijan and the Netherlands have a very credible track record of internal selections and have been using this method for quite some time now. Russia has produced multiple top 10 results with their internal selections as well as two top 3 finishes with Polina Gagarina and 2016 returnee Sergey Lazarev.  Granted, they may have had a slight blip with Yulia Samoylova last year, but they seem to be back on track with their decision for 2019.

The current favourite to win the contest is none other than Duncan Laurence, whose entry also appears on this list along with second favourite Sergey Lazarev. Other acts in the top ten of the betting odds who have gone internal are Switzerland, Greece, Malta and Cyprus, who are aiming to do one better than last year with the same format that they used in Lisbon.

A few others to look out for that have not been mentioned yet would be Belgium, Armenia and North Macedonia.  Belgium have undergone a major revival since 2014 and have definitely become a heavyweight in the contest, pumping out solid internally selected tracks from the likes of Blanche and Loïc Nottet. Armenia, who abandoned Depi Evratesil after only two editions, have returned to what they do best — sending a powerful pop diva to deliver a professional track coupled with pristine vocals as well as distinct Armenian flare.

Finally, just sitting outside the top 20 is North Macedonia, who have been using internal selections the past few years. While they did deliver astonishing studio cuts, the live performances left us rather disappointed. With the Balkan republic enjoying their highest place in the betting odds for some time, hopefully they can pull off a good live show and do their internal selection justice.

Of course, this is all just a prediction and everything could change drastically by the time we get to Tel Aviv. For all we know, Sweden or Italy could clinch the top spot and return the crown back to the nationally selected entries after Israel won it for the internal entries last year.

We want to know what you think about this year’s bunch of internally selected entries. So without further delay, be sure to listen to all 15 songs down below and leave a vote in our poll. As usual you can vote for as many options as you like, but you can only vote once! Don’t forget to comment down below once you’re done.

Eurovision 2019 Internally Selected Songs

Armenia: Srbuk – “Walking Out”

Austria: Paenda – “Limits”

Azerbaijan: Chingiz – “Truth”

Belgium: Eliot – “Wake Up”

Cyprus: Tamta – “Replay”

Greece: Katerine Duska – “Better Love”

Ireland: Sarah McTernan – “22”

Israel: Kobi Marimi – “Home”

Malta: Michela Pace – “Chameleon”

North Macedonia: Tamara Todevska – “Proud”

Poland: Tulia – “Pali Się (Fire of Love)”

Russia: Sergey Lazarev – “Scream”

San Marino: Serhat – “Say Na Na Na”

Switzerland: Luca Hänni – “She Got Me”

The Netherlands: Duncan Laurence – “Arcade”

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Sophie

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AngieP
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AngieP

Internal selections have been amazing this year!

My favourites are:
Armenia
Azerbaijan
Cyprus
Russia
Switzerland
The Netherlands

Rob
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Rob

For me, Tamta is a ‘copy-paste’ of Eleni. However, that’s not a bad thing, for I love that sound. Tamta should do well, just as Eleni did. Ironically, both of them are not born in Greece or Cyprus, but in Albania (Eleni) and Georgia (Tamta). One should really check out their previously made music; it’s pure pop-heaven. Check out Eleni’s “To Xo (Pom Pom)” or Tamta’s “Fotia”. What’s got my attention, though, is: Greece and Cyprus keep exchanging each other’s artists for some time now. It feels like they are not betting on the same horse, and spread their chances… Read more »

Malin
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Malin

Hello! Here is mum that just have listened to esc songs tonight. And Israel comes up! Ok, it’s suturday night and I admit. I have had some glasses of wine.
BUT!!!! I like Israel’s song even better this year than last year.Så det så! : )
Israel! If you don’t give him a better stage showe than the video I will get upset. Love the song when I hear it, but not when I see the video, although I like him so much.!

Good night Israel… good luck from Sweden ….. ; )

femke Boushaq
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femke Boushaq

You are most probably an israeli.

Sandrine
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Sandrine

My top 3:
1. The Netherlands
2.Sweden
3. Cyprus

Tomatinho
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Tomatinho

The Netherlands is overrated. Its still ok for top 5.
But it is a bit boring. (Im not a person who hates beautiful ballads, I love Salvador Sobrals song very much)

Henry
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Henry

Well that’s your opinion, a lot of people don’t think it’s overrated, it’s all a matter of taste..

It's me
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It's me

You guys remember Isaura from last year’s Portugal? A bit off topic, but I found her new song, and it’s AWESOME! What do you think? Here’s the link https://youtu.be/1y86Arl69ig

Tomatinho
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Tomatinho

She isnt portuguese, she is from Ghana

Marco
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Marco

1 Netherlands
2 Switzerland
3 Greece
4 Malta
5 Cyprus
6 Azerbaijan
7. Armenia
8. Austria
9. Macedonia
10. Israel
11. Russia
12 Belgium
13 Ireland
14 San Marino
15 Poland

alexandros
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alexandros

greece for the win. you can see it on odds too that greece is doing very well today!

Jo.
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Jo.

The Netherlands and Greece.

123A
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123A

I predict that the WINNER is among this bunch.

Tim
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The Netherland

Themkfashion88
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Themkfashion88

Where is Slovenia?

Colin
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Colin

Slovenia wasn’t internally chosen. It was picked through televoting and juries at EMA, winning over nine other songs. Belarus and Albania would fit the bill better, as it was 100% juries, but as the songs were presented earlier and it was televized, they don’t count either.

Ziv
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Ziv

I almost wanted to copy and paste the geography of Slovenia section from wikipedia.

Mako
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Mako

So many good internally-chosen songs ! I love the ones from Azerbajanjan, Belgium, Greece, Malta, Poland and the Netherlands. The other songs are good too.

Alessandro Leonardo Gauci
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She Got Me and Truth

Idan Cohen
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Idan Cohen

The Israeli media starts to be more and more hostile to Kobi’s Home. and rightfully so. Even though Kobi wasn’t my favorite (Kitria/Shefita were) he is still a good vocalist. the national committee chose a song that in their opinion will turn out to be a “dignified loss” (meaning we’ll loose, but we’ll get a top position) It clearly backfires at them – as it turns out “Home” is loosing the bets, 80% of the Israeli audience don’t accept the song and being very vocal about it, and the media criticism starts to build up. I said it and I’ll… Read more »

Idan Cohen
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Idan Cohen

And also :
“Moshe Datz* about Home : didn’t move me for a second, will reach the 20th place”
https://www.mako.co.il/music-news/local/Article-7c1c5ffae8b6961006.htm

* one of the Katz dou/ Kan 1991

Joe
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Joe

Geez, tell us how you really feel.
For real, though, it is interesting hearing a perspective on the home entry from the home country. I feel bad for Kobi having to deal with all this since it isn’t his fault the song isn’t as good as “Toy,” but the Israelis also deserve a song that represents them best. Wasn’t there originally a plan to have a TV special where the HaKokhav HaBa winner sings a few songs and the viewers pick which one represents them? Wouldn’t that have made more sense?

NoGeoblocks
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NoGeoblocks

Idan is right! No one should vote for Israel. It is a terrible entry. Everyone, remember – ISRAEL 2019 – Last Place! That’s what Idan wants. So do as he says.

Don’t vote for Israel. Thanks, Idan…

Idan Cohen
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Idan Cohen

you welcome.

Simone
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Simone

Kobi Marimi is handsome, tall, good looking , a splendid voice, the Israeli replica of Andreea Bocelli and Moshe Datz is…not.
I will put the song on the 5th place.

Colin
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Colin

There are many good songs here, but The Netherlands is the best for me. Russia is currently my second favorite I.S. song.

redarrow
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Malta for the win .

Ian Bugeja
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Ian Bugeja

That would be nice for a change

Nicky91
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Nicky91

Switzerland was technically a national final for juries of 3 broadcasters fun fact

but ofc King Duncan, closely followed by daddy Chingiz for me 🙂

Una
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Una

Based on my top 10 for each SF my ranking for internal selections would be Poland, Greece, Russia, Switzerland and Belgium with honorable mentions to Azerbaijan and Ireland. Difficult to rank other songs I like. The rest are not my taste.

Mango music
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Mango music

Wiwi bloggs, you re a scam. You re tampering with the scores and what you ve done with the Romanian voting for who to represent at Eurovision shows that you re racist and disregard the people’s vote. Shame on you!

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Must you really bring this up again? It’s been over a month since that happened. Get over it.

Veta
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Veta

Most of these songs are among my favourites, except Azerbaidjan, Greece, San Marino, Russia, Cyprus, The Netherlands and Malta. The rest are absolutely great all.

Joe
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Joe

My top two are both from internal selections (Netherlands and Poland). And of course, San Marino.

Joe
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Joe

I encourage national finals more than internal selections since I like people having some degree of power about who gets to represent them, but also juries are smart and people can be stupid (sometimes the other way around but not always), and the immediate effect it’s had on the quality of Switzerland, Malta, and Poland’s entries is really something to behold.

LawStudent
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LawStudent

Amsterdam 2020. It’s a done deal.

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Hold your horses LawStudent… A law isn’t made a law until the Bill has passed… A Eurovision winner has not been crowned the winner until the voters have turned in their votes… Like a LawStudent you need to think more educated and less biased…

poe-tay-toe-chips
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poe-tay-toe-chips

You can’t say that yet when the contest isn’t in another two months yet

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

bill rejected

ESCFan2009
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ESCFan2009

Malta <3 Switzerland <3 Greece <3 Austria <3 (underrated art, see you in May)

Rimig
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Rimig

Netherlands (by far) followed by Greece, Azerbaijan, Belgium and Switzerland.

Tom Ripley
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Tom Ripley

Truth and Home

Una
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Una

At first I thought you said the name of a soap opera (Aussie). Then I realized it’s Azerbaijan and Israel. Need more coffee.

Tom Ripley
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Tom Ripley

🙂

Alex
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Alex

My top 3 are all from the national selections so they aren’t here but as far as the internally selected go:

1. SWITZERLAND
2. AZERBAIJAN
3. RUSSIA
4. ISRAEL
5. CYPRUS
6. MALTA
7. NORTH MACEDONIA
8. GREECE
9. ARMENIA
10. BELGIUM
11. SAN MARINO
12. THE NETHERLANDS
13. AUSTRIA
14. IRELAND
15. POLAND

Alex
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Alex

Lol so basically you hate all the countries that are in the top of this list. Well done.

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

my 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th are poland, cyprus, switzerland n ireland

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

Such a tough decision – it really depends on my mood. More peaceful and reflective one – Netherlands, Israel and Austria right away. When I’m tired and and need some banger to wake me up – Azerbaijan, Cyprus and Switzerland for sure. Relaxing and nice to listen to while working – Ireland, Greece and Belgium. When I’m in the mood for some drama – North Macedonia and Russia no doubt. There are some that suit every situation – Armenia, Malta and (to my surprise) Poland. And when I’m sad and lonely, I sure know who to call *wink*.

Leo M
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Leo M

5 of my top 6 are internal selections with Italy the exception

1. Switzerland
2. Italy
3. Netherlands
4. Belgium
5. Azerbaijan
6. Greece

Inmyhead
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Inmyhead

Who is this sexy next to Serhat?

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

I guess you’re talking about Kobi Marimi (Israel).

Inmyhead
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Inmyhead

No the female one

Loin dici
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Loin dici

It’s DUSKA, Greece’s entrant.

Marios
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Marios

lol why did someone downvote?

Susane
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Susane

For me the best are Greece, Belgium and Netherlands, but honestly all the songs are pretty decent, the quality of production is high this year.

Off topic : anyone knows how to post gifs on this site?
Thanks

Scottica
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Scottica

Obviously Malta and Greece…

Alex
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Alex

Netherlands
Switzerland
Greece

These are the 3 best entries, which by the way I think they will do incredibly well and get one of the best results for their countries

Harvey Dolan
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Harvey Dolan

6 of these are in my top 10 and 9 of these are in my top 15

David
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David

The two best internally selected songs are Greece and the Netherlands!Great songs!I don’t mind if one of these two wins!

Loin dici
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Loin dici

I got Austria on replay since Monday. No scientific explanation, it was just beautiful. Oh yeah, love Greece, North Macedonia, Malta, and Armenia, too (eventhough I’m still bugged for the latter, it’s an awesome song).

Luk
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Luk

Most stands out Poland
Bravo Poland

Luk
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Luk

My top 10 is
1 North Macedonia strong song
2 Netherlands magic
3 Poland orginals
4 Belgium modern
5 Switzerland solid
6 Izrael unique
7 Greece beautiful
8 Azerbaijan sensational
9 Russia interesting
10 Cyprus contemporary
Good luck all the best

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

Gotta go with my lord and saviour Duncan Laurence of course. <3 But man, the internally selected songs this year are awesome, so many good decisions have been made behind closed doors. My faves (in brackets: the overall rank):

1.Netherlands (1)
2.Russia (5)
3.Switzerland (7)
4.Belgium (8)
5.Armenia (9)
6.Greece (10)

But honestly, I love almost all of these songs.

Sam
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Sam

The Netherlands (it’s still early to claim we have a winner, but I would personally love to see this on top of the scoreboard in may. Beautiful, humble, simple and completely different from last year’s Netta)

Greece (after several weak years, they’re back and they deserve to reach the top 10 again)

Alex
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Alex

Austria all dayyy. It’s so underrated and i know it’ll do a lot better than what people expect.

eurovision6
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eurovision6

Tomorrow’s poll: Will hate prevail? |Yes| |No|

MikolasFan
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MikolasFan

this year internally selections gave us a real gems , my fav is Netherlands of course 🙂

Aris
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Aris

Cyprus
Replay THE SLAY

BlackKava
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BlackKava

So many good songs in the poll, i mean not even really bad one,
But i prefer more The Netherlands, Malta, Israel and Belgium

Adam
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Adam

You forgot to add Belarus…(it basically counts)

Barbara
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Barbara

Duncan of course

Miles Johnson
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Miles Johnson

Belgium 🙂