41 countries will participate at Eurovision 2019. Naturally, these countries can be separated into various geographic clusters. One such little combination is the five Nordic nations — Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark and Iceland.
The Nordics have often been considered to be somewhat of a powerhouse group regarding Eurovision. Between them, they have recorded 13 victories in the contest, with only Iceland still waiting for its maiden victory. Some may say they blockvote, others may claim that they just know how to preserve friendship through music. Either way, the Nordics have always been a force to be reckoned with — at least in Eurovision.
Music wise, there is plenty of variety to choose from. We have everything from soul and EDM to folk-infused dance and BDSM-infused techno. Diversity at its finest. From heavy drumbeats to hardcore gospel, the Nordics have it all. But which of these multidimensional songs is your favourite? Dig into the Nordics and vote for your favourite in the poll below.
Denmark: Leonora — “Love Is Forever”
Last year, the Danish viking and fan favourite Rasmussen finished in 9th place in the final with “Higher Ground“.
This year the vikings have been put on hold, with Denmark turning its attention to 20-year-old Leonora. She invites us to join her for a sweet and catchy ride with her song “Love Is Forever”. The song is predominantly in English but there are French, German and Danish inclusions to add a little spice. Will it be enough to keep Denmark in the Top 10?
Finland: Darude feat. Sebastian Rejman — “Look Away”
Saara Aalto was the queen of the “Monsters” in Lisbon, when she finally brought Finland back into the grand final. Despite finishing 25th, it was Finland’s best result since 2014.
Now, the almighty 90’s icon Darude will follow in her footsteps, and he is bringing singer and TV-presenter Sebastian Rejman along with him to perform the EDM anthem “Look Away”. They may not be bringing a sandstorm but will that cause Europe and Australia to look elsewhere?
Iceland: Hatari — “Hatrið mun sigra”
Last year Ari Ólafsson failed to bring Iceland to the finals, finishing last in the semi-finals in Lisbon. That was the fourth consecutive time that Iceland failed to make it to the finals and the nation ain’t taking it no more.
There is no need to introduce Hatari, who have made their mark on the contest for good, just by entering. They’re ready for war and they are not taking any prisoners with their raw yet haunting song, laced in leather and latex. Will hate prevail and give Iceland a spot in the grand final again?
Norway: KEiiNO — “Spirit in the Sky”
Former Eurovision winner Alexander Rybak made a comeback last year, and despite winning his semi-final, he did not leave a mark in the finals and ended up in 16th place. A rather harsh outcome for Norway indeed.
Now, the country has placed their bet on KEiiNO. Tom Hugo, Alexandra Rotan and Fred Buljo make up the trio KEiiNO and they will perform “Spirit in the Sky”, which is a well-produced dance track with deep roots in Sami folk music, thanks to Fred who joiks like there is no tomorrow. Will this spiritual ride up to the sky bring Norway to the finals and even to victory?
Sweden: John Lundvik — “Too Late for Love”
Benjamin Ingrosso finished in the top ten last year, despite being fourth last in the televote — a result that shocked both Sweden and the rest of the Eurovision world.
John Lundvik is determined to not only bring Sweden to the finals, but all the way to first place, with his gospel and soul song “Too Late for Love”. The Swedes definitely know how to pick successful songs for Eurovision, and they sure as hell know how to host Eurovision. Will John Lundvik bring home Sweden’s seventh victory and equal Ireland’s record of most wins?
Eurovision 2019: Best Nordic entry
Now it is up to you to choose your favorite Nordic entry of 2019. Will you go for soul or EDM? A joik-filled dance song or BDSM? Or will you simply go for the catchy feel-good option? You may vote for as many songs as you like but you can only vote once so make your vote count.
Once you’ve voted, let us know your favourite Nordic entry in the comments below. Can any of the Nordic countries take the Eurovision trophy in 2019?