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 Moldova and working through to Russia.
Eurovision 2020 Wishlist (Part Four)
Barnabas: Lately, Moldova is always the country responsible for the fun entries at Eurovision. And acts like DoReDos or SunStroke Project didn’t disappoint on that front. But maybe it’s time to change things with Alternosfera, an alternative rock group that’s been around since 1998. Their atmospheric sound together with the synths is a unique blend that could earn many jury points for its originality. And Marcel Bostan’s voice guarantees that the televoters won’t be indifferent either.
Monaco: Olivia Dorato
Pablo: Despite being a micronation, if you look deep down Monaco’s affluent streets, you can find locals that deserve to be celebrated at Eurovision. Enter Olivia Dorato, exuding 100% Monegasque groove and smooth retro rock. From balladry to catchy easy listening, she could serve some Francesca Michielin or Soluna Samay if so needed. We are pretty sure that if Monaco ever has a change of heart, her soft voice and laidback tunes would be more than welcome on the big stage, this time with a more endemic brand of music.
Montenegro: Deni Bonestaj
Jonathan: Montenegro has tried rock, rap, Balkan ballads and more at Eurovision. But, surprisingly, one genre it has yet to send is the pop-folk that consistently appears in the Balkan charts. This is where Deni Bonestaj steps in. The Podgorica-born star initially broke through onto the Balkan music scene in 2007 with the mega-hit “Crno Mece”. His career continued to grow with songs such as “Morfijum” and “Volim te na kvadrat”, and he’s received numerous awards over the past 13 years. Capitalising on this success and experience, Deni could bring his pop-folk sound to Eurovision and once again give us the Balkan party we’ve been missing (and very much craving) in recent years.
Oliver: Morocco may have only once participated in Eurovision back in 1980, but its still an important member of the family, just like everyone else. Adil Echbiy — a runner up on X Factor Arabia 2015 as a part of boy-band The5. After the group’s separation in early 2019, Adil began working on his solo career, wasting no time in establishing his colourful artistic identity.
His most recent number “Sem3i” is a grand example of what he does best: infusing Morocco’s rich ethnic heritage with the modern sounds of today.
Netherlands: Danny Vera
Esma: Danny Vera has a long career to date. He writes all of his music by himself, and his genre can be best described as Americana. For his latest album, Danny collaborated with the former guitarist of none other than The King — Elvis Presley. A few years ago, Danny Vera released the song “Loving Her Alone” with Eurovision 2016’s Douwe Bob. This was a great success, but not as big as his last single ‘’Rollercoaster’’ with which Danny received — to his own surprise — a gold record. Not only is Danny known for his unique musical style, but he was also named best-dressed man in the Netherlands in 2014. After all, we all love a handsome artist on the Eurovision stage, don’t we?
Ari: Hard rock hallelujah! I might be biased, but Norway is probably my favourite metal country, and it’s been 14 years since its submitted anything metal. It’s about time. Norway’s fared rather well with the televoters in recent years, and oh my, Honningbarna would definitely continue that streak. Highly reminiscent of Hatari, this anti-Palestinian protest punk/metal group will definitely be more liked by the televoters than the juries. And they sure know how to pull off a live performance! With three electric guitarists and one cello player, they have a very unusual set of instruments, which is an… interesting gimmick. It might work. All they need is a good song, some unexpected Euro-bubble hype, and a Hatari-esque live performance. Let’s light up Rotterdam!
Poland: Golec uOrkiestra
Tom: Folk is not dead! Tulia, of course, didn’t quite make the grand final but I think Poland were still on to something and should go again and folk it up, only this time, crank it up this time with Golec uOkierstra. Golec is a Polish folk-rock group, founded in 1998 in the southern Polish village of Milówka near Żywiec by twin brothers Paweł and Łukasz Golec, after whom it is named. In March 1999, the first album was recorded in studio in Bielsko-Biala. In the following years, Golec uOrkiestra recorded several more platinum albums, becoming one of the most popular folk-rock bands in the country. This year, they partnered up with 2018 Eurovision alum and composer of this year’s Junior Eurovision anthem Gromee, on “Górą Ty” (Up You) which has already gained over 22 million hits on YouTube. If folky pop is going to work for Poland, it just might with Golec.
Portugal: Dino D’Santiago
Felicia: A star in the making. Dino D’Santiago is the face and voice of the new Lisbon. A multicultural and diverse Lisbon that is reflected in his work. Dino navigates the wonders of electronic music and combines it with his Cape Verde roots influences. From funána to kizomba to afro-house the Portuguese star was also part of Eurovision 2018 interval act.
Romania: Mario Fresh
Over the past two years, Romania has suffered some of its worst-ever results at Eurovision. TVR need to find a fresh new talent to bring it not only back to the grand final, but back to the top ten where it belongs. There would be no better, or fresher, man for the job than up-and-coming singer and popular vlogger Mario Fresh. His latest single “Saraca Inima Mea” (My Poor Heart), released just over a week ago, has already racked up almost 2,000,000 views on YouTube and hit the top three of the country’s Spotify trending list. His R&B style, with a touch of Latin flare, is one that would be new to Eurovision, but could certainly capture the attention of many young viewers across the continent. Sending a male solo artist to Eurovision is relatively uncharted territory for Romania, with its last one being 2013’s infamous vampire Cesar Ouatu. But with someone as talented, innovative and as easy on the eye as Mario, it would be the perfect route to take!
Russia: LITTLE BIG
Mikhail: Many of you have already heard of this extraordinary band, LITTLE BIG. They and their ridiculously contagious songs have captured a lot of attention. They are pop punk rave band that makes fun of everything. They are widely popular in Russia. The whole country is dancing to “Skibidi” and laughing at their other hits. There are millions of views on their videos. They have already mentioned that they would like to perform at Eurovision, they even submitted a song for the 2019 edition. Choosing them would not be safe by any means, but there is no doubt that LITTLE BIG would make a performance for everyone to talk about.
What do you think of our choices? Who would you choose? Let us know in the comments.
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