Top NF songs 2019 25 21

We’re well on the road to Tel Aviv and Eurovision 2019. But before running orders, pre-parties and the like take over, Team Wiwi takes its annual look back at the national final season. This year saw the return of Dora, whilst Australia Decides made its debut.

We even had a national final that didn’t even select a Eurovision act in the end (more on that shortly…)! But which song will follow “Sting“, “Cool Me Down“, “Spirit Animal” and “OK ou KO” in to our NF Hall of Fame?

Over the next week, we’ll be covering the top 25 songs of the national final season, as voted for by our wiwibloggers. These are just our favourite songs that didn’t make it. We’re not saying they should have made it through — just that we enjoyed them!

And on the topic of Vidbir, we decided to allow all songs to be voted on (including “Siren Song”). We decided that as none of them got to advance from the national final, they were all fair game — and this is just about fun and celebration.

Honorable Mention: “Nadie se salva” — Miki & Natalia (Spain)

Whilst OT 2018 didn’t exactly ignite Spanish passion as much as its 2017 edition, the OT Eurovision Gala certainly brought a marked improvement on the previous year.

Miki would ultimately triumph convincingly with “La venda”. But his duet with Natalia — whose “La clave” also had many fans — also performed well, finishing 3rd on the night. Here, it just misses out on countback in our rankings, but we wanted to give it a shoutout anyway!

25. “Mr. Unicorn” — D’Sound (Norway)

With easily some of the trippiest staging of the national final season, “Mr. Unicorn” might not have featured any mythical beast, but it was a feast for the eyes nevertheless.

Well established in their native Norway, D’Sound certainly offered something different from the rest of the MGP field. They failed to make it through the second round of the contest, but nab the first spot on our countdown at least!

24. “Follow Me Back” — Around the Sun (Estonia)

There was certainly a new feel around Eesti Laul this year, with a new head and new rules allowing for foreign songwriters to come in. Whether it was overly successful or not seems to still be up for debate.

But the rules don’t really explain the downfall of pop group Around the Sun. “Follow Me Back” was a top 3 favourite both with the Wiwi Jury and our semi-final poll. But clearly that sentiment wasn’t shared in Estonia: they somewhat inexplicably finished second-to-last in their semi.

23. “La voix d’Aretha” — The Divaz (France)

A whole lot of soul and a whole load of vocal. The Divaz were powered by the late, great Queen of Soul and certainly lived up to their name on stage. From their fabulous red frocks in the semi-finals, to their glitter and matching jackets in the final, they caught the camera’s eye with ease.

Any fears that this could have been an overly gimmicky song were cast aside. Here’s hoping that we see more of The Divaz at Destination Eurovision!

22. “Comme une grande” — Aysat (France)

Whilst the Destination Eurovision lineup might not have inspired as much hype as the 2018 cast did, the songs certainly proved to be just as strong. Aysat’s energy and commanding of the stage helped push the energetic, frantic “Comme une grande” further.

Inexplicably, the French public never really seemed to get behind Aysat — somehow placing her last in the public vote in her semi-final. But much like the jury loved her, Team Wiwi did too, giving her a spot in our rankings.

21. “Light On” — Monika Marija (Lithuania)

Too much of a great thing? Monika Marija looked to double her chances at Eurovizijos this year, entering two songs – “Criminal” and “Light On” – in to the process. Both got a strong reception from fans…and therein lied the problem.

Monika was forced to pull “Criminal” from the competition, leaving just “Light On” in the running to give her a better shot at victory. It didn’t pan out that way though. And perhaps as could have been in Lithuania, Monika’s two songs both got votes from the Team Wiwi members, perhaps splitting the vote and leaving her in 21st place in our rankings.

Those are our first five songs in our countdown. Are they some of your national final favourites? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments section below.

Check out all of our top national final songs posts here

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AngieP
AngieP
1 year ago

I’ll definitely agree about France! Great national selection this year! Both songs included here were so good!

Manic
Manic
1 year ago

Thank you so much for putting “La voix d’Aretha” on here! I knew it wasn’t gonna win the NF, but I’m just happy it made it to the final at all.

James
James
1 year ago

My love for D’Sound resurfaced after finding out they were taking part in MGP.

So far, I have D’Sound’s “Mr. Unicorn”, “Lykkelig” (with Armi Millare from my home turf doing vocals), and their classic “Tattooed on My Mind” playing on repeat in my Spotify. Hahaha

KYLLITO
KYLLITO
1 year ago

Thanks for including Nadie De Salva as Honorable Mention. It’s one of my favorites this NF season.

Tibor
Tibor
1 year ago

I guess, I could find at least 25 songs I liked and that didn’t make it, I’m just not good at ranking, so the order might get a little random, but I’m trying my best. 25. Petruska – Help me out of here: I heard this the first time after it was (unjustly) disqualified. Still don’t think it sounds like Vampire Weekend, but it’s fun and uplifting. I do not understand what happens in the video at all. 24. Tara Mobee – Betri án thin: Great pop tune, her live vocals were a bit thin, but I still think this… Read more »

Colin
Colin
1 year ago

National finals in 2019 had some real gems, yet often they didn’t pick the best songs. Hence, there is a lot to list in this section. Many of these songs will remain among my favorite ones of the year. It’s hard to pick only 25, but here we go: 25. Florina: In the Shadow (France) – Radio friendly and mystical, if only the performance was as polished. 24. Calema: A dois (Portugal) – Very catchy and melodic, only this is – Portugal had Conan! 23. Oliver Berkes: Vilagitotorony (Hungary) – Hungarian jury did a lot of mistakes, and here is… Read more »

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 year ago
Reply to  Colin

I wrote a comment, but got filtered. So you’re just going to have to guess what I think about this top 25. 🙂

Colin
Colin
1 year ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Ha ha ha 🙂 I know you love Vilagitotorony. Not sure about the rest 🙂 As you see, I updated my list for short comments.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 year ago
Reply to  Colin

You might have mentioned my #1 already. 😉

Colin
Colin
1 year ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

Should I guess or will you tell me? 🙂

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 year ago
Reply to  Colin

I thought the song’s quality would’ve made it obvious!
…I’m with Purple Mask on this one. 😉

Kylliko
Kylliko
1 year ago

Comme une grande is much better than overhyped Monika. Aysat was THE performer.

Jo.
Jo.
1 year ago

Light On this low???? Done.

Colin
Colin
1 year ago
Reply to  Jo.

Follow my top 25 in the comments section 🙂

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 year ago
Reply to  Colin

You’re going to put it 1st, aren’t you? 🙂

Colin
Colin
1 year ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Do you want spoilers? But you know me well enough to sense this is a possibility. 🙂

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 year ago

These lists always seem to be so random.

INAMOO
INAMOO
1 year ago

Mr. Unicorn is really that low?

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
1 year ago

All great, “Mr. Unicorn” (funky, different and one of the coolest staging this year), “Follow Me Back” (upbeat and radio-friendly), “La voix d’Aretha” (those voices! that energy!), “Comme une grande” (c’mon, 7th place? easily my favourite of the eliminated songs, urban, multicultural, hypnotic and energetic) and “Light On” (Lithuania… really?). Oh, this series is gonna hurt.

Aicha
Aicha
1 year ago

Monika from Lithuania was not forced to pull one song out. She decided it herself and it killed her.
So many lithuanian people were voting for song Criminal in previous shows. People simply did not like the fact
she took one song out to increase her chances. Jury was quite sceptical about it, that is why Jurijus won.
I strongly believe Monika Marija would be much better contender this year than Jurijus.

Alex
Alex
1 year ago
Reply to  Aicha

Criminal were always finishing 2nd behind Jurijus in all previous shows. With juries and televote.
Lithuanians just like more Jurijus than Monika this year.

Mako
Mako
1 year ago

The Divaz deserved at least a top 10 !

Norwegian esc lover
Norwegian esc lover
1 year ago

I hope Torn wins<3

Norwegian esc lover
Norwegian esc lover
1 year ago

I hope Torn wins????

Polegend Godgarina
1 year ago

light on deserved top 5 tbh…. a masterpiece. but like ieva tried in 2016 n 2017 before makin it in 2018, monika marija tried in 2018 n 2019 to make it in 2020 !

WannaEatMySpaghetti
WannaEatMySpaghetti
1 year ago

Monika Marija :'( Lithuania is going nowhere with Jurijus… not a bad song but nobody will remember it at the end because he has nothing impressive in his song. At least Monika has a great voice.

Hope to see Maruv at the first place of this top! 😉

Fefe
Fefe
1 year ago

Top 3 MUST have these three:
seemone
maruv
electric fields

Pok
Pok
1 year ago
Reply to  Fefe

If they were competing this year, it would be the strongest Eurovision in years.

KYLLITO
KYLLITO
1 year ago
Reply to  Fefe

These three are in my top five. They all should be at ESC 2019.

Kyler
Kyler
1 year ago

If Maruv is not number 1 idk anymore

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
1 year ago
Reply to  Kyler

She is.

ESC Thom
ESC Thom
1 year ago

Light On not in the top 5? oof

Say please
Say please
1 year ago

I don’t, have never and will never understand why Aysat had such bad placement. There was nothing about her, the song and the performance that I disliked.

Love love Peace piece
Love love Peace piece
1 year ago

Seemone, tous les deux.
Battista Acquaviva, Passio.

ESCFan2009
ESCFan2009
1 year ago

Of course The Divaz! Every single time when a person says ridiculous stuff or is violating others (e.g. on Eurovision blogs ^^), I put on my glove and whisper to him: “Oh, oh, give me a little respect” 😀 😀