It’s getting tight at the top! We continue to look at Team Wiwi’s favourite songs from the 2019 national final season. We’re moving through the halfway point today, as we take a look at songs finishing from 15th to 11th.
Who’ll just miss out on a spot in our top ten though? Check out today’s five songs below:
15. “On cherche encore (Never Get Enough)” — Gabriella (France)
“In Eurovision, nothing says winner like a violin. Trust us – bring a violin” Unfortunately, the Destination Eurovision audience didn’t exactly agree with “Love Love, Peace Peace”. Gabriella was an instant favourite among Eurovision fans this year, interacting with them across social media.
“On cherche encore” proved catchy both in English and French. Gabriella showed off her violin training on stage, and even had a band reveal as part of her performance. Shockingly, despite being a huge favourite going in, she only managed to finish 6th in her semi-final. But we still can’t get enough!
14. “I Love It” — Oscar Enestad (Sweden)
Deltävling 2 of Melodifestivalen 2019 threw up some interesting results, to say the least. One of the shocks was, of course, former FO&O member Oscar Enestad finishing last. Of course, given that “I Love It” touched on Oscar’s relationship with an older woman and his parents’ disapproval, it might not have been an obvious vote winner.
But as a song, it quickly grabbed attention — and Spotify streams back it up. As of March 26, “I Love It” is nearing 3.7 million streams on Spotify, better than many songs actually going to Eurovision this year. Oscar might not have won at Melfest, but he’s certainly won lots of loving fans.
13. “Not With Me” — Wiktoria (Sweden)
A reinvention year for Wiktoria at Melodifestivalen? “Not With Me” didn’t quite generate the same hype as her previous entries, but crucially showed off just how great a vocalist Wiktoria is. Dumping the country-pop could have been a risk, but “Not With Me” gave us all the feels.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Wiktoria performance without a stage show either. And oh, did she deliver: belting out “Not With Me” whilst being drenched in an on-stage rain shower. Powerful as ever, and hopefully it will soon be her time to go to ESC.
12. “Victorious” — Lina Hedlund (Sweden)
After the schlager revival under Jessica Andersson in 2018, the burden fell to Alcazar’s Lina Hedlund to keep it up in 2019. Of course, she wasn’t going to let those fans down. “Victorious” was a classic dancefloor bop, exactly what you’d want and expect.
And once again, the schlager won out, as Lina surprised many and qualified direct to the Melfest final. Whilst “Victorious” didn’t light the scoreboard up in the Friends Arena, it didn’t matter: it’s got its home at many a Eurovision night to come.
11. “On My Way” — Sheppard (Australia)
The first song from Australia’s first ever national final to appear on our countdown. If there was any proof needed that SBS were taking Australia Decides seriously, then the initial announcement of Sheppard as a competing act sealed the deal.
Fresh off a #1 album in 2018, the hype quickly grew around Sheppard. Whether “On My Way” could ever quite match that hype would have been doubtful. But the Sheppard siblings still delivered a song entirely in their wheelhouse.
“On My Way” was a pop anthem that would have been easy to see on any Eurovision stage. Here, Sheppard just miss out on our top ten — but we’ll still be singing it for a while to come!
That’s our five songs for today – were any of them your favourite? Tomorrow sees the start of our top ten countdown – with eight countries represented amongst them. Let us know all your thoughts and who’s in your top ranking below.