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.