We’re moving on to the second part of our countdown of the top national final songs of 2019, as voted by the members of Team Wiwi. With the competition closer than ever, the top 20 is packed full of some of our real favourites.
Check out the next five songs below, with five different countries and multiple languages all represented in the countdown today!
20. “KAOS” — Raiven (Slovenia)
Just what does Raiven have to do to win EMA? On her third attempt, Raiven once again saw victory just taken away from her, finishing as runner-up for the second time. Lea Sirk was even visibly shocked when “KAOS” failed to send Raiven to Tel Aviv.
In many ways, “KAOS” is the opposite of the victorious “Sebi”. Whereas Zala and Gasper were understated and barely staged their act, Raiven let us have it. Aggressive and in-your face, matched with some serious voguing, it’s yet another NF classic for Raiven.
19. “Brutalero” — Luka Nizetic (Croatia)
After a rumoured comeback didn’t pan out in 2018, Croatia’s Dora returned for the first time since 2011. And whilst there weren’t many standout performances in the field, it would be impossible to ignore “Brutalero”.
Luka Nizetic’s bold and brash performance made him immediately stand out amongst the pack. Perhaps for that reason, it was either a love/hate affair for him with the Dora jury, which meant he only finished 3rd overall (despite finishing 2nd on the televise). Team Wiwi certainly lean more towards the “love” though!
18. “Là-haut” — Chimène Badi (France)
With millions of album sales behind her name, Chimène Badi was easily one of the biggest names of this year’s Destination Eurovision. And she lived up to her reputation with the anthemic “La-haut”.
Chimène served up some big vocals too, and it’s hard to deny how catchy the song proves to be. A respectable third place in the DE final was her result in the end, and she takes a spot on our countdown too.
17. “En livredd mann” — Mørland (Norway)
After Alexander Rybak’s return in 2018, it seems Norway wasn’t quite feeling having another returning act go to Eurovision. But the fact that Mørland’s “En livredd mann” didn’t even make the superfinal rounds at Melodi Grand Prix is still something we’re trying to understand.
Showing off the Norwegian language, Mørland proved that “A Monster Like Me” was certainly not a one-off. Taking us on a journey both through the song and staging, this was a real shock to see it stumble at MGP.
16. “League of Light” — Julie & Nina (Denmark)
The televote favourite in Denmark – but that wasn’t quite enough for Julie & Nina to take the ticket to Tel Aviv. “League of Light” brought us a taste of Greenlandic to Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, and quickly became a favourite with many fans.
The duo kept their staging simple for the performance, instead allowing their vocals to do the work for them. The 50/50 split meant that whilst the public “League of Light” over “Love is Forever”, the jury took victory away from them. We’ll just have to hope they make a return soon to introduce a new language to Eurovision!
Tomorrow, we move on to our top 15! Are any of the songs in this section your national final favourite? Let us know all your thoughts down in the comments below.