It’s in to the final stages of our countdown of Team Wiwi’s top national final songs of the 2019 season. We’re in to our top 10 now, with some familiar faces and newcomers to the national finals in the mix.
Find out who we’ve put from positions 10-6 in the countdown below – remember, this is just personal opinions, though!
10. “Muérdeme” — María Villar (Spain)
“Muérdeme” was an immediate favourite from the moment the snippets of the OT Eurovision Gala came out. Giving us a slight twist on the “Fuego” formula we were expecting, there’s sensuality and aggression laced throughout the track.
Unfortunately, María might not have been too keen on the idea of going to Eurovision. With rumours flying around suggesting she wasn’t too interested – and with a slightly unenthusiastic performance on the night – it wasn’t too much of a surprise when “La Venda”‘s enthusiasm overtook this. But for the track alone, our team had to put this in the top ten.
9. “Tempo” — Margaret (Sweden)
The infamous Deltävling 2 of Melodifestivalen 2019 once more. Of course, Margaret is a perennial favourite with many fans, and certainly with some members of our team. After a successful debut in 2018, Margaret entered Melfest with much more hype surrounding “Tempo” this year.
And of course, Margaret always delivers a pop banger. But with a heavy amount of green screen (and whatever that blue outfit was…), the performance of “Tempo” might have had a bit of a disconnect. It wasn’t flawless, but nobody would have expected Margaret to not even make Andra Chansen – yet that’s exactly what happened.
8. “Torn” — Lisa Ajax (Sweden)
Lisa Ajax’s return to Melodifestivalen was eagerly anticipated, particularly as she was the last act announced during the artist’s reveal. “Torn” also picked up plenty of hype, with rumours swirling that the song had even been written for Loreen.
The final package was certainly different to anything we had seen from Lisa before at Melfest. Gone was the attitude and choreography; instead, Lisa got to show off her fragility and some amazing vocals. Whilst it might not have been able to live up to all the hype, “Torn” showed off Lisa as a true artist.
7. “Tous les deux” — Seemone (France)
Once more, Destination Eurovision brought a wealth of quality songs to the table this year. Whilst “Roi” was certainly a favourite for some, “Tous les deux” was easily its nearest rival. Seemone’s touching song, an ode to her father, pulled on the heartstrings with an almost effortless flair.
Seemone’s deep vocals, along with the simplicity of the staging, where a far contrast to Bilal’s offering. When it came to the results, Seemone was a clear victor with the international juries. And whilst she managed a strong third place in the televote, Bilal’s score blew everyone else away, leaving her ultimately in second place. But we suspect that many people will still be supporting Seemone long after this year.
6. “Sweet Lies” — Kerrie-Anne (United Kingdom)
Get up and dance! There wasn’t a huge amount of enthusiasm over the Eurovision: You Decide field this year, with a new format creating some questionable choices, to say the least. For many, the choice was easily down to two singers: Michael Rice and Kerrie-Anne.
Whilst Michael’s version of “Bigger Than Us” was perhaps deemed more Eurovision-friendly, Kerrie-Anne’s “Sweet Lies” was an unashamed dance-pop banger. It might have been more relevant for G-A-Y in the 00’s, but for many, that didn’t really matter.
Kerrie-Anne delivered an enthusiastic performance full of bling at You Decide. In the end, though, the UK public went for “Bigger Than Us” — but there’s no doubt that “Sweet Lies” will still be on some club playlists for a while.
We’re down to our top five! The final countdown is on, but who will be the winner? Australia, Germany, Romania, Sweden and Ukraine are all represented in our top five – who do you think will be crowned our top NF song of 2019?
Let us know all your thoughts on the first half of our top ten, and list your favourites down in the comments section!