Team Wiwi Top NF Songs 5-1

The time has come for us to reveal our top national final song of 2019! We’ve been counting down the entries over the last ten days, and it’s time for us to finally announce our top five – and ultimately, the song we’ve picked as Team Wiwi’s combined favourite.

But which of our final five — Aly Ryan, Anna Bergendahl, Bella Santiago, Electric Fields or MARUV — will win? Check them out below.

5. “Ashes to Ashes” — Anna Bergendahl (Sweden)

After the crushing disappointment of her non-qualification in 2010, Anna Bergendahl‘s return to Melodifestivalen was all about redemption. And oh, did she accomplish that. Gone was the timid, nervous performer we saw in “This is My Life”. “Ashes to Ashes” saw a confident Anna, owning her stage.

It might not have been an easy road to the Melodifestivalen final for “Ashes to Ashes” — having to qualify through Andra Chansen — but that didn’t matter. Anna won over fans and reminded us why we all fell for her at Melfest 2010. Here’s hoping she’ll get a redemption shot at Eurovision itself too.

4. “Army of Love” — Bella Santiago (Romania)

Whilst Selectia Nationala might be “better” remembered for its aftermath, there’s no denying that we’ll be remembering Bella Santiago for some time too. The Filipino singer had impressed in the 2018 selection alongside Jukebox, and then gone on to win Romania’s X Factor to boot.

A late entrant to the Romanian selection, Bella brought her “Army of Love” with her. Whilst the song inevitably attracted comparisons to ESC songs previous, it also featured a killer breakdown section in Tagalog. Ultimately, this was a great showcase of Bella’s talents — and one we keep on going back to.

3. “Wear Your Love” — Aly Ryan (Germany)

Germany certainly knew how to keep us waiting this year. With the songs for Unser Lied für Israel only released a couple of days before the show, there was little to no time for the songs to gain much hype. But even that didn’t stop Aly Ryan‘s “Wear Your Love” from becoming a fast fan favourite.

Going from sultry to full on pop hooks, “Wear Your Love” was certainly a stand out. Aly’s performance at the national final itself may have been a little more divisive, but that didn’t stop her getting full marks from the “fans jury” at ULfI. But the other two voting methods didn’t reward her quite as much — will that have been the right decision come May 18?

2. “Siren Song” — MARUV (Ukraine)

What could have been. The story of MARUV’s victory in Vidbir — and subsequent non-selection for Eurovision — is already very well known territory. But this is a celebration of the songs that didn’t make it to Eurovision; of course, that means celebrating MARUV.

Entering Vidbir at the last moment as a replacement for Tayanna meant MARUV didn’t have the smoothest start to the contest. But with her obvious charisma and performance flair, coupled with the remarkable hooks of “Siren Song”, meant the opposition hardly had a chance.

More impressively, MARUV even overhauled her performance from the semi-final to the final. With the almost iconic leg thrusts seared in many people’s minds, this is a national final performance that will go down in history. Ultimately, it’s just a shame we won’t get to see it on the grand stage in Tel Aviv.

1. “2000 and Whatever” — Electric Fields (Australia)

How to teach Eurovision fans around the world the Pitjantjatjara language — and win their hearts too. Electric Fields came in to Australia Decides as near unknowns. But the duo made sure that we’d all remember them by the end of the show.

With an amazing dance beat with nods to aboriginal roots, “2000 and Whatever” was a fan favourite from the moment it dropped. Whereas other acts were able to bring more elaborate staging to Australia Decides, Electric Fields kept it simple. They told the song through sheer passion and ultimately, unbridled joy.

The roar from the crowd as Zaachariaha flipped his long hair back confirmed that they were most certainly in the fight to win. They may have just missed out on beating Kate Miller-Heidke, but they certainly won with us. Congratulation to Electric Fields and “2000 and Whatever”, our top national final song of 2019!

And there we have it! Our list is now complete. The top two could not have been closer, either. Remarkably, both MARUV and Electric Fields received more than double the votes of any previous song in the last five years we’ve been running this countdown!

What was your number one national final song of the year? Let us know your winner in the comments below.

Check out all of our top national final songs posts here

Total
29
Shares
115 Comments
Newest
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Dani
Dani
1 year ago

“Surprise” by Lilly Among Clouds definitely deserves a spot on the list for me.

Dani
Dani
1 year ago
Reply to  Dani

And Irama. God how could I forget Irama.

Jack
Jack
1 year ago

In my Top 8 for definite were Makeda (Germany) and Wiktoria (Sweden). MARUV wouldn’t been there however despite me liking the song. And probably Laura Bretan (Romania) and Bogi Nagy (Hungary) and Surma (Portugal) and Adrian Jørgensen (Norway) and Jana Šušterši? (Serbia) and Release Me by Darude ft. Sebastian Rejman (Finland) finishing off my Top 8. Also, Lisa Ajax (Sweden) :: 1. Makeda – The Day I Loved You Most 2. Wiktoria – Not With Me 3. Surma – Pugna 4. Adrian Jørgensen – The Bubble 5. Bogi Nagy – Holnap 6. Laura Bretan – Dear Father 7. Lisa Ajax… Read more »

Hada
Hada
1 year ago

Nice list. Although I would’ve put MARUV first, not only because I like it better, but because it was actually chosen and supposed to be at Eurovision.

Héctor
Héctor
1 year ago

What a top 3. I was expecting Maruv to win, but I prefer it this way. If chosen they would have improve this year line up for sure. Australia would have been my fav instead of my last! So sad for Electric Fields, their performance was hypnotic, so much energy live… I’ve watched the live performance like a thousand times over and over again. I really hope they come back. Here is my top 25 NF songs (without NF winners): 1. Electric Fields – 2000 and Whatever (9/10) – Australia Decides 2. Sheppard – On My Way (8.25/10) – Australia… Read more »

PP77
PP77
1 year ago

Agree with 4 songs, but insead Anna , I would put Morland.

Nicky91
Nicky91
1 year ago

Aly Ryan, Maruv, Bella Santiago all would’ve made better choices than what was eventually selected

shows how little all countries about this years eurovision in israel a shame to them

Giorgio
Giorgio
1 year ago

I would have expected to see a lot of MARUV fans disappointed that she isn’t first. EF was alright, but MARUV’s song is going to stand the test of time better in terms of “the one that got away”… She would have placed in the top 5 in Tel Aviv, no question about that.

PS: Wow, there are a lot of butthurt Bretanians here. Seriously did you expected the wiwis to ever give her a top 5? lol CHILE

Its me
Its me
1 year ago

Dear father not in the top 25? I am shock

Jake
Jake
1 year ago

Bella Santiago #4?! Hahahahahaha! Wiwiclowns strike again. But it’s ok, I understand, now you can afford a journey to Tel Aviv this may, I hope you have got enough money in Romania and that it was worth to sabotage one child and make to win that Ester thing. Greetings.

Mako
Mako
1 year ago

For the first time, I agree with the Wiwi Jury so much !

#TeamElectricFields #ForeverNumberOne

But I love Kate too.

Jackson
Jackson
1 year ago
Reply to  Mako

I like Kate but not her song.

romanian
romanian
1 year ago

If Elina Nechayeva couldn’t win Eurovision, how would Laura Bretan do it? And Elina has a trained operatic voice, and professional jury can notice that. There’s no way that jury would vote for 16 years old UNtrained operatic voice. This is why jury is so exigent with pop-opera. Stick to pop if you obviously don’t have enough training for opera, come back when you’ll be Maria Callas.

LjupcoMKD
LjupcoMKD
1 year ago
Reply to  romanian

You clearly have no fundamental knowledge about how the human voice works. Sure, Elina has a university decree, but that is not clear proof that she is a good singer. For example, her notes in the lower registers are breathy and she needs to work on that. Laura is clearly talented, and with proper tutelage she can achieve a lot. And comparing them to Callas? Seriously? If you are familiar with opera and vocal technique, you’ll know that voices can come in many shapes, sizes, volumes and colours. Using only one singer as a model abouthow others should develop and… Read more »

romanian
romanian
1 year ago
Reply to  LjupcoMKD

Sure, not Maria Callas copycat, but at the same level. And you’ve just admitted Laura still needs work to have a good operatic voice. Jury notices that, and many esc fans are wondering why jury doesn’t like pop-opera. It’s because singers shouldn’t do opera if they are not ready.

Swedena9
Swedena9
1 year ago
Reply to  LjupcoMKD

Nechayeva is an experienced, talented, professional singer. Critically acclaimed and has a world tour coming up… and you still criticize her? Someone is SAAAAALLTTYYYYYYY

LjupcoMKD
LjupcoMKD
1 year ago
Reply to  Swedena9

Well, she’s done only recitals so far, we’ve never seen her in an actual opera production. She is also only 25 or 26 if I’m right, whereas the human voice reaches maturity at around 29. Just look at her videos of concerts and recitals: her lower register is yet to be stabilised with proper exercise, and you can clearly say by looking how her jaw and neck muscles contract when singing notes above D6 that she puts too much effort in it. True, these notes are extremely high and require effort, but a coloratura soprano should invest a little less… Read more »

Maruv
Maruv
1 year ago

Cute.

Darcy
Darcy
1 year ago

Electric Fields all the way

Ziyu
Ziyu
1 year ago

Where is Laura Bretan?

wiwipug
wiwipug
1 year ago
Reply to  Ziyu

Being homophobic somewhere, why?

yom124
yom124
1 year ago

Bella Santiago over Laura Bretan? Not even putting Laura in the top 25?
Damn wiwi, this is just embarrassing at this point.

Pancake
Pancake
1 year ago

Here my Top 10
#10 – 2000 and Whatever (Electric Fields)
#09 – The Bubble (Adrian Jorgenson)
#08 – Take My Soul (Lea Nanos)
#07 – Release Me (Darude ft. Sebastian Rejman)
#06 – Siren Song (MARUV)
#05 – Sweet Lies (Kerrie-Anne)
#04 – Tempo (Margaret)
#03 – Incomplete (Yesyes)
#02 – Wear Your Love (Aly Ryan)
#01 – Army of Love (Bella Santiago)

Joe
Joe
1 year ago

Want to go more in-depth, but for now, off the top of my head, my NF faves were:
Brunettes Shoot Blondes – Houston (Ukraine)
Arvingarna – I Do (Sweden)
Electric Fields – 2000 and Whatever (Australia)
Ella Hooper – Data Dust (Australia)
Mørland – En livred Mann (Norway)
Barbora Mochowa – True Colors (Czech Republic)
Seemone – Tous les deux (France)
Monika Marija – Light On (Lithuania)
Sandra – Soovide puu (Estonia)

Joe
Joe
1 year ago
Reply to  Joe

What’d I say?

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 year ago

Well I had already figured out two things for sure about a week ago: 1. Colin’s number one is “Light On” by Monika Marijia. 🙂 N.B. Monika is my favourite Lithuanian singer currently, and I really hope she comes back next year. 2. “Dear Father” is nowhere to be found in this blog’s top 25. Chris’s explanation for this, below, is probably factually accurate, but the reasons behind the lack of support from the team are sadly quite obvious to me. I hope that when the performer is of adult age, the issues can be discussed more openly. Because, objectively,… Read more »

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 year ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

2. Or maybe, honestly and truthfully, with no influence from the editors of the site at all, the entire team just found “Brutalero” to be a better song than “Dear Father”.
Oh sorry, I couldn’t type that with a straight face. ?

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 year ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

ROFL

Colin
Colin
1 year ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

Brutalero probably wouldn’t make my Top 250 and I’m not even joking.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 year ago

No Laura Bretan in the top 25? Geez. You guys don’t know how to quit when you’re ahead!
I put my top 25 list up on youtube so I won’t write it all out here but two of your top five were really high up in my list, too. So, not bad! : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTkANvru9-0

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 year ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

Yey! Oliver Berkes was your favourite! 🙂
Great video list. I would have put Makeda (Germany) in there too, and Seemone (France).

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 year ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Did you watch his new music video? Even though it was in English, the song got me all over again!
Haha thanks! Seemone JUST missed my cut (Think she was 27th).

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 year ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

Yeah I saw it. That song is the strongest argument yet to allow a 4th minute at the contest. Editing it down to 3 minutes took away its magic.

Colin
Colin
1 year ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

The video is so beautiful and so is the song. The English lyrics are really good. I got emotional.

Colin
Colin
1 year ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

Cool video. There are several ones we share. Gave you a big like. 😉

bop-whop-a-lu bop
bop-whop-a-lu bop
1 year ago

Maruv for interval act to sing siren song!

Polegend Godgarina
1 year ago

y’all still cryin for electric chairs…. their song is pure noise, it’s for our good australia refused to send them. seethe

also siren song ain’t half good as a song but the performance sold it really well

Mako
Mako
1 year ago

15 dislikes for your comment ? Well done mate. It makes me laugh.

Miguel
Miguel
1 year ago

I did not see all the national finals, but Portugal and Italy had a very strong line up this season and neither is present in this top.
I saw mostly nordic countries, wich is far from my personal taste….

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
1 year ago

My top 10 of this years nf season 🙂 10:Ella Hooper – data dust (aus) 9: Bernarda Bruno – I believe in true love (cro) 8 Julie & nina – leauge of light (den) 7 Aly Ryan – Wear your love – (ger) 6 Monika – light on (lit) 5 Makeda – the day I loved you most (ger) 4 Tania Doko – piece of me (aus 3 Konya – szaszor visszajatszot – (hun) 2 NBC – igual a ti (por) 1 Sheppard – on my way (aus) Also shout out to festival da cancao and australia decides for delivering… Read more »

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 year ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

I’m glad that someone else likes “Data Dust” by Ella Hooper. I love that song. 🙂

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
1 year ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Yesss, i thought it was super fun!

123
123
1 year ago

wtf…ashes to ashes is such an awfully bland song

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year ago

Without overthinking it (after all, I still have 41 official entries to rank…), here my top 10 of “you’ll be missed” songs:

1) “2000 and Whatever” (Electric Fields, Australia)
2) “Tous les deux” (Seemone, France)
3) “La ragazza col cuore di latta” (Irama, Italy)
4) “En livredd mann” (Morland, Norway)
5) “Igual a ti” (NBC, Portugal)
6) “Siren Song” (MARUV, Ukraine)
7) “Light On” (Monika Marija, Lithuania)
8) “Surprise” (Lilly Among Clouds)
9) “Ashes to Ashes” (Anna Bergendahl, Sweden)
10) “Mundo a Mudar” (Madrepaz, Portugal)

Tibor
Tibor
1 year ago

Yay, at last, a match, but just one overall. 5. Mirud – Nënë: Yes, his live didn’t live up to what the studio cut promised, but it was a taxing song to perform and one of the most beautiful melodies of the whole year. No way did this deserve to be eliminated in the semi-final in Albania. 4. Filipe Keil – Hoje: So beautiful, so heartfelt and intense – but the live performance was weird and angry. So it was understandable that this stayed in the semis in Portugal, but nonetheless it remains one of my favourites this year. 3.… Read more »

Colin
Colin
1 year ago
Reply to  Tibor

Really unique list, Tibor! Thanks for sharing. Hoje & 2000 and Whatever are both in my honorable mentions. Nene is my 15th. 😉
I like Anywhere as well. I didn’t follow Sanremo. I assume there were many great songs.

Tibor
Tibor
1 year ago
Reply to  Colin

Yes, there were. You should follow Sanremo next year. And I should follow A Dal. 🙂

Colin
Colin
1 year ago
Reply to  Tibor

Deal 🙂

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year ago
Reply to  Colin

You’ll love Sanremo, Colin. I could make easily a top 10 just with Sanremo and Festival da Canção entries this year.

Tibor
Tibor
1 year ago
Reply to  Sabrina

True, speaking of average song quality, nothing matched Sanremo and Festival da Canção this year.

Colin
Colin
1 year ago
Reply to  Tibor

In my opinion, highest *average* quality was in Australia Decides, A-dal and Destination Eurovision. That didn’t stop two of them to pick a wrong winner, though. Some NFs with *much* lower average quality, like Songvakeppnin, picked much better.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 year ago
Reply to  Tibor

Now, this is a proper top five and not just a copy and paste of what everyone else chose.
Although I didn’t like Hoje (the live performance was very strange), I really like all of your other choices!

Tibor
Tibor
1 year ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

That’s a nice thing to say, Briekimchi, thank you, but it’s not entirely fair to the wiwiteam. Like I said earlier, there will always be a huge difference between a personal top list and some sort of statistical average of 25 people’s lists, and the latter will by definition be less individual. That’s not a question of copy and paste. 😉 I will give you this, though: I am a bit surprised to find no Italian and no Portuguese entry on the wiwilist. The reason might be (and I will just go with that) that there were so many good… Read more »

Alex
Alex
1 year ago

I mean Aly Ryan was ridiculously robbed and I’m still disappointed she won’t go to Tel Aviv.

Wolken
Wolken
1 year ago
Reply to  Alex

I still think Lilly Among Clouds should have gotten the ticket. Aly Ryan was disappointing live and spent the entirety of the upbeat dance banger walking slowly on a treadmill. She was my favorite going in, but I knew she had lost within the first minute of her performance.

ESCFan2009
ESCFan2009
1 year ago

My Personal Top 15 NF Songs 2019: 15) Sigmund – Say My Name – DEN 14) MAID – Freaks – UK 13) The Swingers – High Heels In The Neighbourhood – EST 12) Freedom Jazz – Cupidon – UKR 11) Electric Fields – 2000 And Whatever – AUS 10) Courtney Act – Fight For Love – AUS 9) BB Thomaz – Demons – GER 8) Aly Ryan – Wear Your Love – GER 7) Bella Santiago – Army Of Love – ROM 6) Chimene Badi – La-haut – FRA 5) Hanna Ferm & LIAMOO – Hold You – SWE 4)… Read more »

Colin
Colin
1 year ago
Reply to  ESCFan2009

Mostly quite different picks from mine, but I always like seeing different opinions. It would be boring if all lists are the same.

Tibor
Tibor
1 year ago
Reply to  Colin

Seconded. 🙂 What was that song in Switzerland? I have to look it up. Didn’t they choose internally?

Skiwalko
1 year ago
Reply to  Tibor

That was one of the songs from Italian-Swiss broadcaster that were added to the line-up of internal selection made by SBC. Those were the only ones revealed to the public (besides Luca’s song of course).

ESCFan2009
ESCFan2009
1 year ago
Reply to  Tibor

@Tibor: You don’t know Scilla yet? Aw, we must fix it haha: https://youtu.be/9OEM_wi9U7k
Enjoy! 🙂

ESCFan2009
ESCFan2009
1 year ago
Reply to  Colin

Thanks Colin! 😀
I’ll wait for people hating me for MAID or Margaret – but I really don’t know what everybody had with Gabriella in January?! She was massively robbed! Great song and performance!

Skiwalko
1 year ago
Reply to  ESCFan2009

Very original list! Coincidentally you also included the song I hated the most this season, but hey, that just shows how tastes differ. I’m surprised tho that the Divaz didn’t make the cut, concidering how much you loved them back in January.

ESCFan2009
ESCFan2009
1 year ago
Reply to  Skiwalko

Thanks! Which song you hated the most? Now I wanna know, no problem 😀 Yes, I do love the Divaz indeed, but well, I had to choose 15 and I wanted Chimene and Gabriella a bit more in the list. It’s the same with other songs. I also love Anna Bergendahl, but I wanted Margaret and “HannaMOO” more. And I tried to take as much countries in as possible, so not more than 2 songs from FRA and SWE 😀

Skiwalko
1 year ago
Reply to  ESCFan2009

Well, I just couldn’t click with Sigmund’s song. I guess it was just too much for my taste. I found lyrics and melody pretty bland and dreadful, and there’s something in the singer that just really irritates me. But it’s good that there are people that like it – I’m just not one of them.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 year ago
Reply to  ESCFan2009

MAID wouldn’t have made my list but definitely think it was one of the better UK choices this year.

ESCFan2009
ESCFan2009
1 year ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

Thanks! They were awesome! Group harmonies and hand choreo. Too bad that all people inside the UK were discussing the “soccer” thing and I was like “fgzipkhgjyjb. Stop it, there are people outside the UK who love this entry and Europe does not care about one word in the lyrics!” 😀

Maritza
Maritza
1 year ago

No Laura Bretan? Man, you are such clowns and so unprofessional…. That girl has one of the best esc songs this year and only reason why she is not on ESC semifinal is beacuse of unprofessionalism from Wiwi Team…. Now you can delete my comment….”I do not stand by in the presence of evil.” – Alita

uwu
uwu
1 year ago
Reply to  Maritza

Romania wouldn’t have qualified with Laura Bretan’s pretty basic song.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
1 year ago
Reply to  Maritza

I must admit, if something like the laura bretan situation would happen during the actual eurovision, it would be a pretty big scandal. Especially with that pre recorded reaction video. ( Deleting all the comments under peoples posts doesn’t work along either)

Una
Una
1 year ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

I will make a scenario here with the caveat that I don’t want to forget the merits of On a Sunday: 1. Laura Bretan wins SN in Romania. She turns 17 in April 2019 that still makes her underaged, however still within the age limits imposed by EBU. 2. That debatable video comes to light before or after winning that leads to uproar and criticisms. Now that she is a public figure, she faces criticism, just like other artists or politicians and other public figures. But she is still underaged, therefore more vulnerable to criticism. PR can help only so… Read more »

Julian
Julian
1 year ago
Reply to  Una

You forgot to put her in a cage. But only by a whisker.

Polegend Godgarina
1 year ago
Reply to  Maritza

ugh the winner that got away ): they can keep ignorin her she’s still romania’s mini legend

Mielo
Mielo
1 year ago

April fools? I hope so. MARUV second? After everything.. Wiwibloggs, i have uncomfortable question to you “Maruv did won, AGAIN?”

Wolken
Wolken
1 year ago
Reply to  Mielo

I agree. Siren Song and 2000 and Whatever should have been switched, but they both deserve Top 2.

Yaa
Yaa
1 year ago

I know it’s obvious but can I ask why Dear Father was not included in this list of 25?! So it was the main pretender, it put Romania 3rd in odds at that time, it had huge odds at winning the Selectia, it attracted 8 times more people televoting, it won by a landslide the televoting, it had 40%, a never seen before score. A foreign jury on a mision imposed a winner that only amassed 3% in televoting, it came 8th, a debutante i.e. amateure at the age of 25, with absolutely nothing under her belt, no concert, no… Read more »

Yaa
Yaa
1 year ago
Reply to  Chris Halpin

I remember when you guys first reviewed Romania’s selection, a bunch of you put as winners songs so awfully bad that deservedly did not even got into the finals, just tell me if it’s bad taste or sabotage?! The Four?! Ielele?! Badulescu?! This dreadful Santiago?! What drives you this way, I am at a loss! Your choises were so absurd and contrary to the pure evidence that I call them malicious! I think your mission was just to shoo away Laura Bretan, the only one with a chance in Eurovision. Well, you did it!

Una
Una
1 year ago
Reply to  Chris Halpin

Chris et all, I respect the fact that y’all have your own tastes. DF is not amongst my favourites either, so please count me in. I find quite disheartening the fact that some people (not y’all of wiwibloggs) lack the ability to understand that everyone’s taste can be different from theirs, and take it personal and attack those whose tastes are different. Unfortunately, the lack of ability to withstand differences and seeing themselves or their favourites as “victims” is part of Romania’s idiosyncrasy. Whether *the other” has objective or subjective reasons.

romanian
romanian
1 year ago
Reply to  Yaa

Shut up Yaa, Ester is song-writer, she studied music in University. Since when talent shows mean a “previous career”?

Una
Una
1 year ago
Reply to  romanian

Romanian, I agree. Ester’s also studied classical piano, guitar and canto from a young age, as well as what you said – she’s a songwriter and I would add a versatile performer. I’ve seen some her videos on youtube, whether her own music or covers. She covers a wide range of genre; a good quality versatile complete artist I would say. Who worked hard for years. It’s just that she didn’t have *a story* like the angelic performer managed by her mother, born in the USA and becoming “a sensation” in her parents’ country. Then there is another talent show… Read more »

Yaa
Yaa
1 year ago
Reply to  romanian

Don’t tell me to shut down, she is a nobody, didn’t do anything before, she is 25, living on… what?! Face the truth! She was imposed on us, in bad faith, corruption and prejudice, things we are sadly familiar with, but I will not conform! # rezist! Laura Bretan at 16 has milions under her spell, her voice is extraordinary, not Elina, nor Australia, think Maria Callas , her song was original, controversial but bound to score well, we’ve just missed an unique oportunity to just win! Play that song against any of the favourites, you will see the danger!… Read more »

Colin
Colin
1 year ago

My Top 5 NF songs: 5. Monika Marija: Criminal (Lithuania) – epic and powerful! MM had two chances of being in my top 3. 4. Aldo Blaga: Your Journey (Romania) – my favorite piano ballad of this season and probably my SN winner! 3. MARUV: Siren Song (Ukraine) – Best dance song of this season and ESC’s biggest crime in a long time! 🙁 2. Gergo Szeker: Madar, repulj! (Hungary) – Unique and mesmerizing throughout. Hungary had an opportunity to have a masterpiece two years in a row! 🙂 1. Monika Marija: Light On (Lithuania)- Song that touched me most… Read more »

Tibor
Tibor
1 year ago
Reply to  Colin

There’s our second match. 🙂 Yes, he was a little low in my list. And I have to say, I re-listened to some entries in your ranking – and I think, I may have missed some really good songs, especially in Hungary (but I already explained that their teasing made me crazy, so I tuned more or less out of A Dal – which in retrospect might have been a mistake), and also your entry from Denmark yesterday is really growing on me …

Colin
Colin
1 year ago
Reply to  Colin

Honorable mentions: Albania – Dua ta besoj, Peng, Hije, Me jete, Te dua ty Australia: This Is Not the End, Set Me Free, 2000 and Whatever Belarus: Humanize, Stop Breathing Croatia: Tower of Babylon, Ne postojim kad nisi tu Czech Republic: Space Sushi, True Colors Denmark: League of Light, Anywhere Estonia: Coming Home, Wo sind die katzen, Pretty Little Liar, Little Baby El, High Heels in the Neighborhood France: Passio, Ce qui me blesse, On cherche encore, Le brasier, La-Haut, La voix d’Aretha, Comme une grande, La promesse Germany: The Day I Loved You Most, Let Me Go, Wear Your… Read more »

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 year ago
Reply to  Colin

Haha…the double Monika Marija threw me!
I had completely forgotten how much you loved Aldo Blaga’s song, too. 😉

Great ranking, Colin! I enjoyed reading it (I posted mine elsewhere in the thread).

Colin
Colin
1 year ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

Love your video. 🙂 Lighthouse is such an amazing song. Not to even go to semi finals is a crime on Hungarian jury.

Well, my first clue was “two men and one woman who’ve lost their respective NFs”. Ofc, they are Gergo, Aldo and Monika. As Monika has two songs and Maruv technically won, it pretty much covers it. 😉

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 year ago
Reply to  Colin

Just one thing surprised me: Makeda (Germany) was not in your top 25?

Colin
Colin
1 year ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Actually, now she is, but as I forgot about Germany (I don’t have an official list as it was no time), so I sorted my top 25 without it. I re-listened to it many times now and absolutely love it. It’s my 16th as of now. But the fact I haven’t mentioned it on time made me list it now not to avoid it completely. Hope that makes sense.

Roelof Meesters
Roelof Meesters
1 year ago

MARUV Aysat (!!!) and Aly Ryan wouldve been my winners if selected, and Bella Santiago 3rd. The start of the ESC NF season was filled with bad decisions (especially Montenegro and Czech Republic) but after everything 2019 turned out to be a great year. But I still want justice for MARUV.

Pok
Pok
1 year ago

YASSSSS! 2000 and whatever is my favorite this year! Australia just butchered their chance of winning.

Polegend Godgarina
1 year ago
Reply to  Pok

SEETHE

Catriona Colville
Catriona Colville
1 year ago
Reply to  Pok

Zero Gravity has a better chance of winning than 2000 And Whatever. But since it didn’t even win it’s selection, we’ll never know for sure.

Electric Fields fans are so bitter that if Kate won Eurovision they would say “Electric Fields would have won by an even bigger margin!”

Kate won clearly and was the choice of the people. We all have disappointments in selections. Move on.

Pok
Pok
1 year ago

Zero Gravity will be damn lucky to sneak into top 10, sister! 2000 and Whatever will be at least top 5 in the final for sure. Kate’s fans are so delusional that you even think she can win with that song. The second-most disliked video this year on official Eurovision channel says a lot.

Juslin
Juslin
1 year ago

The live version of 2000 and whatever was a little disappointing. Tous les deux, Hazavágyom and Light on were my top favourites this year. Still sad they didn’t make it.

CharlieChan
CharlieChan
1 year ago

YAAAAAAASSSS ELECTRIC FIELDSS THEY DESERVEEE

Skiwalko
1 year ago

Fair enough – “2000 and Whatever” was a great bop, and I still remember the pain I felt when it came 2nd (tho Kate wasn’t a bad pick at all). But I just want to post a quick memoriam to those songs that didn’t make it into this list: *violins start to play* – Kaia Tamm – Who sind die katzen? (I mean, craziness I miss at Eurovision) – Barbora Mochowa – True Colors (Lana Del Ray references are understandable, but it just really touches me) – Matay – Perfeito (nice, Christmas-style ballad) – Surma – Pugna (weird, freaky, but… Read more »

Tibor
Tibor
1 year ago
Reply to  Skiwalko

I have 500% more matches with your list than with the official list. Might be because I’m also a huge Kate Bush fan. Although I don’t hear a resemblance to Lilly (but I see, of course, the similarity to the iconic “Wuthering Heights” modern dance performance :))

Skiwalko
1 year ago
Reply to  Tibor

That’s what i mostly meant, though the song is a bit Kate Bushy (at least to me).

Jo.
Jo.
1 year ago

1. Igual a Ti
2. Light On
3. Madár, repülj!
4. Nënë
5. Të dua Ty

fight me

Colin
Colin
1 year ago
Reply to  Jo.

Amazing picks, Jo! Two of them are in my top 5 too. 🙂 Love all 5.

Tibor
Tibor
1 year ago
Reply to  Jo.

Why? Seems about right. But I don’t remember the fifth one – looks like it was in Albania, I have to check it out again.

esc stan
esc stan
1 year ago

YASSSS ELECTRIC FIELDS <3

Yaa
Yaa
1 year ago

There’s no Gulag anymore, so why do you feel it’s unspeakeble?! Of course it’s Laura Bretan’s Dear Father, and this outrageus injustice was coldhandedly performed by yours faithfully, Wiwibloggs. Oh, that smugness, that derisive boredom, their sheer lack of responsability and morals make me sick.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 year ago
Reply to  Yaa

That is not entirely the case. There is a morally responsible stance whichever way you look at it. If Laura had won, she would have set herself up for an inevitable backlash because of “that video”. Not winning actually protected her from that scenario. Generally, I still think the ESC should raise its age requirement to 18, and Laura should have perhaps won JESC instead, morally. Food for thought.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 year ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

The point is that “moral responsibility” can be argued both ways. So your view is also valid, especially if the artist (and her guardians) were prepared to “face the music”.

Yaa
Yaa
1 year ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

They just crushed her, the 2 of them, at the age of 16, she keeps filling small venues , her fans follow her on Yt, and the impostor is enjoying the limelight, and an audience of 200 milions! Romanians left angry, dispirited, empty, homophobic even. Just why? I must remember you that the mentioned video was not on TV, it was on a Fb stream of a small minority religious group, that doesn’t count, it’s just them, they don’t impose anything, it’s really not Saudi Arabia, live and let live!

KESC
KESC
1 year ago

Dear Father 🙁

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
1 year ago

I think army of love is kinda overrated. It’s an even more obvious fuego copy than replay. I liked her 2018 selectia nationala song better.

Una
Una
1 year ago

I LOVED Ashes to Ashes and I am glad it came up so high. I also liked a lot 2000 and Forever, a song I would have not listed to twice had it not been in Eurovision.
These are the nice things I had to say.

Fys
Fys
1 year ago

Agree!!
Imagine a contest with “Army of love” and “Wear your love” in! So many love ?

Edouard
Edouard
1 year ago

Maruv = OVERRATED

NickC
NickC
1 year ago

Maruv should have won this one, seemone second. This is one list I vehemently disagree with team wiwi

Xoxoxo
Xoxoxo
1 year ago

The biggest fail of ESC national finals in last 10 years is, that Electric Fields didnt win in Australia. They could win Eurovision. Hope to see them next year for Australia.

Ugna
Ugna
1 year ago

Totally agree with your top 3