Wednesday Wishlist 2020 Medina Indila Nightwish

For the sixth year running, the team at wiwibloggs is organising our “Wednesday Wishlists”. As the title suggests, it’s our yearly round-up of the artists we think would do a fantastic job representing their nation in the Eurovision Song Contest.

Over the five Wednesday Wishlist editions we have done, our wishes were granted a total of eleven times, with a total of twelve entries sent to the grand Eurovision stage. Will any more be granted in 2020?

And as this is all fantasy, we’ll also be taking a look at absentee countries, both long and short term. Because in our ideal contest everyone comes to the party.

To make sure that no one gets left out, we’ll be going through countries in alphabetical order, so this week we’re starting with Croatia and working through to Greece.

Eurovision 2020 Wishlist (Part Two)

Croatia: Mia Dimsic

Antony: Mia Dimsic is one of Croatia’s rising stars. Singing country-pop, her debut album Život nije siv reached number one on the charts. Many of her subsequent singles have done likewise, while she has won several Porin awards (basically Croatia’s Grammys). Representing Croatia at Eurovision would add to her list of many achievements. Give her a guitar and stripped back staging, and Mia and her gentle voice will do wonders for the country. Her latest award-winning single with singer Marko Tolja featured in this year’s Splitski Festival.

Past wishes: Franka Batelic (wish granted), Luce, Lana Jurcevic, Petra Kovacevic and Damir Kedzo

Cyprus: Arcadian Child

Ari: After a shaky start to the decade, Cyprus seem to have finally gotten the hang of it now. Having qualified to the final five times in a row, it’s safe to say creativity paid off for the Cypriots. And nothing screams “creativity” like ambient indie/psychedelic rock fusion! Arcadian Child are a Limassol-based rock band who just might expand the average ESC fan’s musical taste. I see an intricate black-white staging. I see smoke, lights, maybe an electrifying guitar solo. Arcadian Child would be a very bold choice, but it just might work out!

Past wishes: Valando TryfonosKyriacos Georgiou, Nikolas Metaxas, Sophia Patsalides and Polina Christodoulou

Czech Republic: Tereza Mašková

Mikhail: Tereza is a relatively new talent on the Czech music scene. She found fame one year ago when she won the 2018 edition of Czechoslovak Superstar. Shortly after that she released her first single “New Me”. It shows her artistic side. The music video is fairytale-like with Tereza looking like a queen replete with her trademark pink hair. Back in June she released her second single “Žár” (Heat), this time in the Czech language. It is light and empowering. Overall her style is pop and funk. If chosen, she would surely continue the Czech’s lucky streak.

Past wishes: VeronaVeronika Stýblová, Lenny, Mikolas Josef (wish granted) and Emma Smetana

Denmark: Medina

Lucy: There’s a good chance you’ve heard the summer banger “The First Time” by M-22. But those vocals are by Danish songstress Medina. Although she often sticks to the Danish language, she has also released various singles in English, including “You and I” and “Lonely”. The former charted in the UK, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Her voice is different than that of your average pop queen. It possesses a softer edge which, weirdly, works beautifully with an upbeat track. She’s also worked with Melfest alum Anton Ewald on the sexually-charged “This Could Be Something”, so Eurovision is definitely a possibility. I’d love to hear what uplifting tune she could bring to the table.

Past wishes: Ida CorrStine Bramsen, Turboweekend & Oh LandLukas Graham and Malte Ebert

Estonia: Nublu

Julian: Nublu is a popular Estonian rapper. However, he plays with a lot of different genres. His most-streamed song “Mina Ka” will give you a very retro feeling due to electro beats and lots of synthesizer action. On the other hand, “für Oksana” – one of his newest songs – is filled with contemporary Latin beats. The song topped Estonia’s Spotify charts and has amassed over 2.3 million YouTube views in less than two months. Impressively, it contains rapping in Estonian, Russian and English! One more fun fact: While “für Oksana” placed seventh on Estonia’s top 20, the track also reached number one on Estonia’s top ten most annoying songs, proving taste is always subjective.

Past wishes: Jaan LehepuuLiis LemsaluIiris, Jana Kask and Cityflash & Laura-Ly

Finland: Nightwish

Tom: This might seem a little on the nose since the band’s current lead vocalist Floor Jansen has already expressed an interest in participating for the Netherlands. However, I say get the boys together, dust off the electric guitars and let’s rock Nightwish style! Nightwish, the legendary symphonic metal band from Kitee, Finland, was formed way back in 1996. Though the lineup may have chopped and changed over the years, it has gone on to be the most successful group in Finland, selling more than nine million records and receiving more than 60 gold and platinum awards, releasing five number one albums and thirteen number one singles. Plus, they were inducted into the Finnish Music Hall of Fame in 2018. Bringing the heavy metal group back together for Finland may be a stroke of genius. Nightwish even has some Eurovision pedigree, having performed in Finland’s national selection in 2000 with rock ballad “Sleepwalker”. It placed first with the public but ultimately dropped to third place after the jury vote. Twenty years on, Nightwish may ‘Finnish’ what they started and have their Eurovision entry after all.

Past wishes: Laura NärhiAnna AbreuNiila, Alma and Sonata Arctica

France: Indila

Padraig: She’s one of the biggest names in French pop. But, alas, Indila is on record saying that Eurovision is not for her. However, that was way back in 2014. France had just scored its worst result ever with Twin Twin. Meanwhile, this chanteuse was releasing hit after hit, including “Dernière Danse” — a global smash with over half a billion YouTube views. Five years later, France’s Eurovision reputation is on the rise and Indila in the midst of a long-awaited comeback campaign. Surely the ESC stage looks more appealing now?

Past wishes: Mylène FarmerAmel BentBrigitte, Christine & the Queens and Maître Gims

Georgia: Keti Topuria

Jonathan: Despite being a relatively small country, Georgia still has its fair share of international stars. This includes Keti Topuria. Since 2005 she’s been the lead vocalist of Kazakh band A’Studio, who themselves initially received widespread acclaim in 1989/1990 across the then USSR. Three decades later and the band are still going strong, with their recent music videos racking up millions of views on YouTube. Keti herself has become a prominent figure across the region and amassed 2.3 million Instagram followers. Thus, with fifteen years of international success and experience behind her, perhaps it’s time the Tbilisi-born star turned the spotlight purely onto herself for a short period and represented her birth nation at Eurovision. Whether she participated with an A’Studio-produced track or one from other song writers and producers, Keti may just be what Georgia needs to once again climb up the Eurovision scoreboard.

Past wishes: Katie MeluaBERA, Nini, Salio and Nino Katamadze & Insight

Germany: Nico Santos

Florian: Nico Santos is an aspiring German singer-songwriter. Growing up in Spain, he got into music at a very young age. For quite some time he was working for other artists behind the scenes. That changed with his breakthrough hit “Rooftop”. Ever since, Nico Santos has become one of Germany’s most promising acts. He’s also been part of the German Eurovision jury and is now part of The Voice of Germany, hosting the comeback stage for eliminated acts. Recently, he released the track “Better” with none other than Eurovision 2010 winner Lena.

Past wishes: Mandy CapristoOonaghGlasperlenspiel, Mogli and LEA

Greece: Konstantinos Argiros

Oliver: Unfortunately, Greece has fallen into somewhat of a rough patch at Eurovision. The once powerful competitor has struggled to deliver good results at the contest for a few years now. That’s where our pick, Konstantinos Argiros, comes into play. A heavyweight in the Greek music industry, Konstantinos has tonnes of hits registering millions of YouTube views. With lots of TV performances under his belt, he is no stranger to a big stage. His musical style spans genres, but one thing that always remains true is his ability to incorporate a distinct Greek charm into his work.

Past wishes: Eleni Foureira (wish granted for Cyprus), Tamta (wish granted for Cyprus), Kings, Nikos Ikonomopoulos and Marina Satti

What do you think of our choices? Who would you choose? Let us know in the comments.

CHECK OUT OUR PREVIOUS WEDNESDAY WISHLISTS.

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WaylonRasmussen
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WaylonRasmussen

Medina has terrible live vocals. Please no!

Croazianno
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Croazianno

K’Joe should represent Croatia.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RsuSlRUDrQ

Rachel
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Rachel

Pleaseeeee, not Medina for Denmark ??

Minerva
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Minerva

I’d say Marina Satti for Greece. Have a look at this video of over 41m views. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPX43SfFu0A
I really think something similar would be great. A young talent, fresh, witty and catchy song and music…the Eurovision competition is getting harder and harder.

Chris
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Chris

Who is Arcadian Child?! And I am Cypriot!

Manuel Treill
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Manuel Treill

WTF? Konstantinos for Greece? Of all the singers/groups, you chose him?

Ffs
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Ffs

They’re all dreadful

vf99
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vf99

We have so much talent in Germany and yet again your pick is dreadfully basic. I’d prefer Milky Chance or Lilly Among Clouds (I know she participated in our NF and you won’t pick her bc of that). They would do us proud.

Same with Austria. Forget Gabalier and Seiler & Speer. Thorsteinn Einarsson or Ankathie Koi would be iconic.

JJ Abrahames
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JJ Abrahames

worst music list again

SAKIS88
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KONSTANTINOS SUBLIME UN REVE NIKOS GANOS

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

medina will forever stay on everyone’s wishlist i guess

Candy
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Candy

Another idea of a similar genre for Finland… Beast in Black! They make power metal, partially with lots of 80s synth pop influence, – and their lead singer Yannis covered Fuego and is a fan of Eleni!

milky
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milky

nublu for estonia???? hell no

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

agreed, his public is 14 year old gangster wannabes

Sabrina
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Sabrina

If someone told me yesterday that I would be listening to Croatian countrypop today, I would laugh at their face! And that’s why I love these wishlists, even if I sadly can’t agree with every suggestion. From this list, I would certainly like to see Indila, Nightwish (or Floor Jansen in a solo effort) and Medina doing Eurovision.

Dawid
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Dawid

Going with a trend:
Cyprus 2020 – Konstantinos Argiros xd

Panosldr7
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Panosldr7

Marina and the Diamonds is the best option for Greece

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

none of the songs on love + fear would qualify, she needs better music

Azaad
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Azaad

She’s my all time favourite artist- but her best songs are well over 3 minutes so I don’t think she could really do ESC in its current format.
Moreover she grew up in the UK and has a Welsh mother- she’s proud of her Greek heritage but considers herself British so would opt to sing for the UK instead.

Rob
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Rob

Both Indila and Medina are two of my faves; I’ve followed their music from the start, I’m so happy to see that Wiwibloggs loves them, too! 😀 Indila’s voice is fragile yet powerful, and yes; she should sing in French, no doubt about that! Medina is another story: I prefer her Danish music above the English-language versions (as she released her albums/songs in both languages, she even can sing in Spanish). For some reason, it makes me feel she opens up more in her native tongue. But she had international succes singing in English. So who knows. Plus: she could… Read more »

noone
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noone

I think Mia Dimsic would really be a perfect choice for Croatia. For Germany: Drangsal or Mia Morgan.

Candy
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Candy

Drangsal would be perfect indeed, but Germany’s broadcaster would never dare to even consider sending someone who MIGHT be controversial in the eyes of some. Better play it safe. And if you pick young people who never had a career beyond a talent show participation and give them an unproblematic simple song, there is no chance for a scandal.

Max
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Max

Indi who ? Come on ! Be serious for 2 seconds haha
Indila has never been a huge name in French pop and never will be ! She just a singer who had two hits the same month 5 years ago and that no one has heard of since… I don’t even remember seing her on French tv for the last 3 years !
She’s forgotten and you should forget her too.

FanESC
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FanESC

She was the first ever french singer who got her 4 singles from an album beyond 100 millions of views on youtube. She’s still very popular, she was on stage laast week to sing her new single “Parle à ta tête” and everyone remembered “Dernière Danse” :
https://youtu.be/0vQBo9EGJww

She would be absolutely amazing and would make it into the top 10 with literally every songs she got, like “Dernière Danse”, “Tourner dans le vide”, “SOS”, “Love Story”, to only quote her singles.

Adam
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Adam

Being a huge name has nothing to do with success at Eurovision. You can be a complete unknown and win the entire contest or be a commercial success and flop.

Max
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Max

I know it has nothing to do with success. I was just referring to what Padraig said in the article (“one of the biggest names in French pop”) 😉

Joey
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Joey

What are you talking about? She is a huge name in French music, and is loved around the world! She did not have two hits in the same month; you should research again…haha Her album was number one in the French charts for an extended period, and she was very successful in 2014 and early 2015. Then, she deliberately took a big break from the media. That is why you haven’t seen her on French TV for 3 years; it’s perfectly normal, and it was her choice. No one has forgotten her! She is loved around the world and still… Read more »

Max
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Max

I think we don’t have the same definition for “huge name”… The concert she gave were part of a gathering of artists and not as a solo artist with only her for an hour and a half ! I assure you, ask in the streets in France to random people if they know Indila and/or if they think she’s relevant in French music. I bet the results will be that barely 25% will know who she is and what song she sang. And I don’t think having views on youtube is a sign of impact in the industry. Look at… Read more »

Joey
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Joey

You’re not stating facts; you’re “betting” and assuming things without having actually done any studies… Indila chose not to go on tour or appear on TV; she chose it. It was her choice You can’t make up a statistic from your head and expect me to believe it 😉 The truth is that at her shows,(which as you say were part of a gathering of artists and therefore the audience was not necessarily all there just for her), the public was singing all the words to Dernière Danse, after almost 4 years of a media break and almost 6 years… Read more »

FanESC
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FanESC

Mon commentaire (j’étais le premier à te répondre, lol) a été effacé mais je disais que c’est la première artiste française à avoir ses 4 singles (exploités via un clip) au-dessus des 100 millions de vues. Plus d’un million de disque vendu. Énorme succès en Europe. Personne ne l’a oublié, la preuve ici : https://youtu.be/0vQBo9EGJww Et dans mon entourage, les gens se souviennent très bien d’elle, comme quoi, tu vois. Ce n’est pas parce que l’on ne fait pas le tour des télés et radios que ce n’est pas un succès. Franchement, j’ai beau cherché mais je ne vois pas… Read more »

Ixuxu
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Ixuxu

Tereza Mašková sent last year “New Me” to national final. This year, she doesn’t try to send something.

Sarah
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Sarah

As a die-hard Nighwish fan I would be thrilled to see them at Eurovision, but the band’s leader has said many times since 2000 that they wouldn’t do it again. Plus they have a tour in south America just a few days before the 1st semi final which would clash with rehearsals, and I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t cancels shows. They didn’t even cancel shows when they were in the midst of a band crisis and line-up change, so I really don’t see that happening. Maybe just maybe Floor could do it, but I don’t see her cancel the shows… Read more »

filipko54
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filipko54

Czechslovak Superstar is Czechoslovak version of Idol 😉

West
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West

On other news – Karel Gott, the Czech singer who represented Austria in ESC 1968 died at the age of 80.

Martin
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Martin

R.I.P. Karel Gott. Our Maestro. We love you. 🙁

Tom
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Tom

He was Czechoslovak singer actually!

Martin
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Martin

True!

Loin dici
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Loin dici

I’d like to see Indila. However, it is unknown whether she was asked to do DE : she is really off-platform it’s hard to see what she’s been up to.

Toinousse
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Toinousse

she actually released a song a few weeks ago 😉 but I don’t see her do that whatsoever

Roelof Meesters
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Roelof Meesters

Ida Kudo should represent Denmark, her song Wolf is a masterpiece.

Oggy
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Oggy

Eurovision 2020 for some countries.

Cyprus : Vangelis M Kakouriotis
Greece : Ian Stratis
Georgia : Natia Todua
France : Emmanuel Moire

Loin dici
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Loin dici

But for serious reasons, I can’t unsee Natia trying to be a participant in Georgian Idol and actually winning it 🙂

Eurovisionfan12
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Eurovisionfan12

My picks:

Croatia – KEDŽO
Cyprus – Louis Georgiou
Czechia – Light and Love
Denmark – Medina
Estonia – Maian
Finland – Lxandra
France – Alice et Moi
Georgia – Tamta Chelidze
Germany – Oonagh
Greece – Vangelis Kakourioutis

Puff
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Puff

Who the hell is Lxandra? No one in Finland knows this artist. Don’t pick nobodys.

Toffeenix
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Toffeenix

Sure we’ll get Konstantinos Argiros for Cyprus now.

Aris
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Aris

Cyprus what?

Jack
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Jack

Cyprus will continue sending greek artists, no need to ask what they wish

Joff
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Joff

Croatia = Nikolija
Cyprus = Charis Savva
Cechia = Tereza Maskova, Nykki
Denmark = Sada Vidoo, Reem Hamze
Estonia = Kerli, Noep
Finland = Jenni Vartainen, Alma
France = Lea Paci, Slimane
Georgia = Salio, Cira, Apolloe
Germany = Tim Benzko, Johannes Oerding
Greece = Elli Kokkinou, Iasonas Mandilas, Malu

Ia Li
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Ia Li

Bring Nightwish back together? Since when have they parted? The band is up and running..

khm
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khm

From all singers in Croatia, we can see a girl who is a protegee of presidental candidate Miroslav Škoro and who’s public is under 12 years old. Bravo!

Hrvatska
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Hrvatska

Croatia has an excellent music market, labels can create musical miracles but in Eurovision Croatia does not show this among the artists I would see, in Eurovision it is Damir Kedzo, Zsa Zsa, Marko Tolja who today revealed an excellent song Indira Forza would also be a good choice Marko Kutlic also has the potential Ps I love Croatia and their music, I hope that their form will come back, from the 90s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXGXZRTjVCU I recommend plus great views of the HVAR island