National final season is over. 

From Sweden to Serbia to Norway to Israel, Europe has spoken.

And now the time has come for Team Wiwi to look back and pick our favourites. This year we’ve gone bigger than ever and over the next week, we’ll reveal our top 50 songs of the season, as voted for by our wiwibloggers. That’s double the number of past years. Note these are our favourite songs, not songs we think should have gone to Eurovision.

The winner receives a coveted spot in the NF Hall of Fame alongside “Sting“, “Cool Me Down“, “Spirit Animal”, “OK ou KO” and “2000 and Whatever“.

50. Bárbara Tinoco – “Passe-Partout” (Festival da Canção)

We kick off with “Passe-Partout”: A perky Portuguese ditty that many thought had the potential to charm Europe. The song evoked a timeless sound of Eurovision entries from years gone by.

The sweet La La Land-lite staging at the semi-final was appealing too and Bárbara gave it similar gusto at the final. Portugal’s public lapped it up and gave it the maximum 12 points. While regional juries were less impressed, and Bárbara didn’t win the ticket to Eurovision, she at least has the first spot in our countdown as a consolation.

49. Marko Markovic – Kolaci (Beovizija)

“Kolaci” is a fun, folksy, brassy number that stood out for all the right reasons in this year’s Beovizija.

A frenetic performance brought the studio cut to life. A troupe of trumpeters made this a real highlight of Serbia’s national final.

48. Andrija Jo – “Oci Meduze” (Beovizija)

Back-to-back Beovizija entries now.

Andrija Jo was one of the big names when the national final was announced. The Youtuber had a pretty out there performance, but Andrija made up for it with on stage enthusiasm. As with Portugal’s Bárbara, televoters and wiwibloggers lapped him up, but juries were less impressed.

“Oci Meduze” offers a different twist on Balkan entries we’ve heard before.

47. Roxen – “Beautiful Disaster” (Selecția Națională 2020)

It placed last in Romania’s national final.

But “Beautiful Disaster” won enough support from our bloggers to make it into the Top 50. “Beautiful Disaster” has a hypnotic feel and the dizzying stageshow delivered on that motif.

46. Francesco Gabbani – “Vice Versa” (Sanremo)

Francesco Gabbani won a place in many Eurofan hearts in 2017 and his return to Sanremo caused flutters of excitement across the fandom. And “Vice Versa” delivered on the expectation, delighting old fans and winning news ones to Gabbani’s cause. In the competition, “Vice Versa” achieved a very respectable result, advancing as far as the final round, and winning over 33% of the vote.

45. Olga Lounova – “Dark Water” (Eurovision Song CZ)

She’s a lady of many talents and many international singing competitions.

This year Olga Lounova set her sights on Eurovision, with her classy ballad “Dark Water”. With sonic similarities to Dido, stirring percussion and Olga’s powerhouse vocal, it is easy to see how it made the Czech national final shortlist.

44. Blasted Mechanism – “Rebellion” (Festival da Canção)

If you hear the phrase “theatrical live shows”, your Eurovision-senses start tingling. And Blasted Mechanism’s “Rebellion” drew praise across the Eurofandom. The electro-gothic soundscape in “Rebellion” was appealing and the drop felt tailor-made for a major staging moment at Eurovision. A chaotic performance may have cost the band a spot at the FdC final, but if nothing else the “Rebellion” remains in the minds of fans.

43. Tone Damli – “Hurts Sometimes” (Melodi Grand Prix)

She was one of the big names in the lineup for Norway’s resurgent Melodi Grand Prix this year.

But all the hype may have set expectations too high for Tone Damli.

“Hurts Sometimes” is a pretty midtempo number, which had a few nice staging moments at the MGP final, but feels like a song that doesn’t really end up going anywhere. Still, she’s managed over 400k streams of the song on Spotify and there’s always next year, right?

42. Lisa Børud – “Talking About Us” (Melodi Grand Prix

From one Norwegian lady to another.

Melodi Grand Prix’s duels-based semi-final system was a cruel mistress. And Lisa Børud was its first casualty. In a bizarre twist of fate prolific Euro-songwriter Laurell Barker found her two entries “Talking About Us” and “Wild” up against one another.

Raylee went through, but Lisa’s earworm entry would have made a respectable addition to the final.

41. Roxen – “Colours” (Selecția Națională 2020)

Roxen put forward a great set of songs for Romania this year and “Colours” is her second appearance in our Top 50.

The kaleidoscopic screens brought the song’s theme to life, but it found itself passed over in favour of other songs at the close of voting.

These are the first ten songs in our countdown. Are any of these your favourites? Who do you think is in the Top 40? Let us know in the comments below!

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Tone Damli – Hurts Sometimes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j41zEf5LyBY
You should include this it is the final of MGP

CardiB
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CardiB

wow did you manage to have 50 songs? I have like 20 and that’s it.

Kosey
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Kosey

41. Jasmin Rose ft Roxor Loops – Human (Denmark)
42. Ziggy Wild – Lean on Me (Estonia)
43. DIMMA – Almyrkvi (Iceland)
44. Elvana Gjata – Me Tana (Albania)
45. Aiste Pilvelyte – Unbreakable (Lithuania)
46. Meandi – DRIP (Lithuania)
47. Kady – Diz so (Portugal)
48. CHAKRAS – La-ley-la (Belarus)
49. Iota – Life (Australia)
50. Raylee – Wild (Norway)

Robert
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Robert

I love a lot of NF songs..

1. Naiva – Bas Bas Serbia
2. Roxen – Colors Romania
3. [O] – Tam, Kyan R Nay Ukraine
4. Anna Bergendahl – Kingdom come Sweden
5. Elodie – Andromeda Italy
6. Magnus Bokn – Over the sea Norway
7. Dotter – Bullerproof Sweden
8. Raphael Gualazzi – Carioca Italy
9. Nick Jones – 2AM Denmark
10. Luiz Caracol & Gus Liberdade – Doi-Me O Pais Portugal

Ashton Schier
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Ashton Schier

did u mean “Tam Kudy Ya Ydu”, it isn’t “Tam, Kyan R Nay”.

Robert
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Robert

That’s what it says on YouTube………… Besides you know which song I mean right?

Ashton Schier
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Ashton Schier

that’s in the Cyrillic alphabet, and yeah I do but I was just letting u know

Gwendal
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Not a bad year for NF (OGAE Second Chance Contest would probably be a little bit stronger than official ESC). My top 10 was so complicated! Then, for 50/41:

50 INMATE – The Salt SVN
49 Alen Chicco – Somewhere Out There LIT
48 Elisabet – Haunting ICE
47 Assol – Save It UKR
46 Olga Lounova – Dark Water CZE
45 KeySi – Chili Pepper BLR
44 Shira – Out in Space EST
43 DIMMA – Almyrkvi ICE
42 Nina – Ekko ICE
41 Baltos Varnos – Namu Dvasia LIT

Ashton Schier
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Ashton Schier

if hege bjerk’s pang isn’t on this list I am going to be mad

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

It made my top 25!

Andi
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Andi

Rather Ringo Starr should.

John
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John

Viceversa no. 46?! What the h… It should be nowhere outside top 10. Pure class – both song and performer.

Vangelis vt
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Vangelis vt

My top20: 1. “Eden” – Rancore (Italy) 2. “Rabbit Hole” – Jaguar Jonze (Australia) 3. “Occulis Videre” – Iva (Iceland) 4. “Call for Love” – Khayat (Ukraine) 5. “Cicciolina” – Erika Vidman (Finland) 6. “Ajer” – Sara Bajraktari (Albania) 7. “Brave” – Hanna Ferm (Sweden) 8. “Beautiful Lie” – Jaagup Tuisk (Estonia) 9. “Boys with Emotions” – Felix Sandman (Sweden) 10. “Tikibombom” – Levante (Italy) 11. “Kingdom Come” – Anna Bergendahl (Sweden) 12. “Ho Amato Tutto” – Tosca (Italy) 13. “Zidina” – Colonia (Croatia) 14. “Take Control” – Maxim Zavidia (Moldova) 15.“Ville Ønske Jeg Havde Kendt Dig” – Emil (Denmark)… Read more »

Vangelis vt
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Vangelis vt

But of course the Wiwi is going for either Dotter or Elvana Tana 😛

Andi
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Andi

You mean Elvana Gjata 😉
But yes, I expect the same.
But maybe it’s Erika Vikman (that would be mine at least)

Colin
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Colin

*** I just have to point out that there are 369 eligible NF songs which didn’t win, so top 50 is still an elite (only less than 1/7 songs). So, if you ask: ”Why isn’t XY song on your list, don’t you like it?”, have in mind that there is a big chance I *do like it* just fine, but not as much as those which ended up in my top 50.

Una
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Una

Strong clap. Colin. You counted them. Wow. 🙂

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

And 416 were in the running at some point. Additionally, 573 singers/duos/bands participated in the NFs and didn’t get the chance to go to Eurovision.

Una
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Una

Another strong clap. For Skiwalko this time. How did you do the count!!

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

Wikipedia, mostly. Plus X Factor Malta’s YT channel.

Tibor
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Tibor

50. Katya Chilly – Pich: This is a lot. 30 seconds of nothing, then a primal scream, then some native American chanting. But I admire the boldness. 49. Meandi – Drip: The studio cut is quite enjoyable, his live vocals and dancing less so. 48. Blasted Mechanism – Rebellion: The live didn’t work and the track itself is a bit unwieldy, but I guess this would have been much more impressive on a big stage. 47. Alexandru – Pink Jacket: Why not have some sort of a boy band moment now and then? One of the better tracks in a… Read more »

Anna
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Anna

– FO SHO – BLCK SQR
– Erika Vikman – Cicciolina
– Naiva – Baš Baš
– Jaagup Tuisk – Beautiful Lie
– Emil – Ville Ønske Jeg Havde Kendt Dig
– Astrid in Avantgarden – Sing to Me
– Valentin Uzun & Irina Kovalsky – Moldovi?a

Jonas
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Jonas

Viceversa is really a lot better than I gave it credit for on first listen. It would have made a worthy Sanremo winner. 46 is way too low!

Colin
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Colin

My Top 50 songs of this NF season:

50. Nicolae Untila: Call Me Please (Moldova) – I just *really* enjoy it, a guilty pleasure of mine. 🙂
49. Alexandru Cibotaru: Cine te-a facut sa plingi (Moldova)
48. Sansa: Lover View (Finland)
47. Francesco Gabbani: Viceversa (Italy)
46. Jaguar Jonze: Rabbit Hole (Australia)
45. Kanita: Ankth (Albania)
44. Uudo Sepp: I’m Sorry, I Messed Up (Estonia)
43. Anna Bergendahl: Kingdom Come (Sweden)
42. Blasted Mechanism: Rebellion (Portugal)
41. Twosome: Playa (Lithuania)

* I would also add Summer of Love and Te-am vazut in vis pe tine as Moldovan guilty pleasure songs on honorable mentions. 🙂

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

I was just about to say that Tudor Bumbac deserves an honorable mention as well. He might not be an amazing singer and he did forget his own lyrics, but each time he takes part he brings me a lot of joy and I truly admire him for his persistence and self-belief. He’s a treasure.

Colin
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Colin

He sure is. Honestly, I’ve been listening to Tudor, Sasha and Nicolae way more than many other, objectively speaking way more polished or deeper songs. I truly enjoy these entries and they make me happy. I really hope to see them all in one of the next Moldovan selections pretty soon.

Tibor
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Tibor

Wasn’t Nicolae Untila one of those who didn’t hit one single note?
And some of the others are surprisingly low … It’d be interesting to hear the reasoning behind some of these placements. 🙂

Colin
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Colin

Untila, Bumbac and Letty gave me my guilty pleasures. Objectively, their songs should not be nearly as high, but as I genuinely enjoy them, I wanted to give them a nod as well.

Aside from these three, others are all songs I gave *at least* a 7.5/10 in their NF rating, so I’d say I really like all of them. It’s only top 50, meaning even these were thoroughly picked among those I found good. You think some of them should have been higher? Feel free to share your thoughts, Tibor, I welcome them. 🙂

Tibor
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Tibor

Oh, I will share my thoughts, but since we’re doing a top 50 countdown, I can’t reveal which ones will be much higher, we have to build a little suspense, after all, don’t we? 😉 I can tell you that three of these are my numbers 21, 16 and 11 respectively.

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Oh wow. You really are going for the top 50!
I salute you, sir!

Colin
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Colin

At first, I wanted to keep it at 25, but since I saw the Wiwi team starting their list from the 50th place, I told myself: Why not? Thing is, even with a number as high as 50, I feel like I missed some really good songs. With me so far rating about 330 songs or so, I think I kinda enjoyed approximately around 200 of them. Still, these are my most impactful ones. 🙂

Héctor
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Héctor

If I take out the NF winners, I don’t even have 50 entries to sort. But here are my 46-41th:

41. Rokas Povilius – Vilnius Calling (6.5) – Eurovizijos Atranka
42. Akuvi – Som Du Er (6.5) – MGP
43. Elvana Gjata – Me tana (6.5) – Festival i Kenges
44. CHAKRAS – La-ley-la (6.5) – Eurofest
45. INGER – Only Dream (6.5) – Eesti Laul
46. Valon Shehu – Kutia e Pandorës (6.5) – Festival i Kenges

Timi
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Timi

Beautiful Disaster is amazing, it was my favorite from Roxen with Alcohol You. And Rebellion was great in audio, but live was a disaster that it was not beautiful at all. A pity.

xyp
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xyp

Cherry Red, Bulletproof or Cicciolina should top this.

Una
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Una

And from this top I liked a lot Tone’s “Hurts Sometimes.”

SecCha
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SecCha

Waiting to see:
Make me human (Lithuania)
One last time (Norway)
Call for love (Ukraine)
All the blood (Czech Republic)
Beautiful lie (Estonia)
Oculis videre (Iceland)
Lucy (Poland)
Me tana (Albania)
Human (Denmark)
Cicciolina (Finland)
Andromeda (Italy)
Rabbit hole (Australia)
Bulletproof (Sweden)

Una
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Una

I have a sort of top myself but truth is I like all theses songs almost equally. So I will just list them:
1. Kristin – Pray for Me (Norge)
2. Roxen – Beautiful Disaster (Romania)
3. Karelll – At Least We’ve Tried (Czechia)
4-6. Levante – Tikibombom, Alfredo – Il Sole Ad Est, Rapahele – Carioca (Italy)
7. Voldemars – Wings of Freedom (Lithuania)
8. Filipe – Gerbera Amarela do Sul (Portugal)
9. Anna Bergendahl – Kingdom Come (Sweden)
10. Maja and De Sarte Sjaele – Den eneste goth i Vejle (Danmark)

Una
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Una

11. Alfred with Lucy in Poland.

Andi
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Andi

I’m so agreeing with the Top 3 🙂
These three should have won their NF.

Una
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Una

Nice 🙂 I would be happy for number 1 and 3 to win their selections. I’m ok with Romania’s selection as I had both AI and BD as my number 1 there.

Polegend Godgarina
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eh i guess these are the “filler” songs, they’re all pretty bad except for “rebellion” and “viceversa”

Ashton Schier
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Ashton Schier

*beautiful disaster

Khan
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Khan

I’m expecting Bulletproof, Me Tana, Cicciolina, Andromeda, Human, Beautiful Lie, Make Me Human, Rabbit Hole and Man Like U to make the top 10

dxi
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dxi

Also, Oculis Videre, One Last Time, Wild, All The Blood and several others from the Czech NF.

Idksmth
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Idksmth

So, I guess it’s pretty safe to say that Bulletproof will win this? Or either anyone that didn’t win that night like Cicciolina, Human or possibly other respectable entries left behind earlier – Make me Human, maybe Andromeda. Tbh I don’t see any other candidates. But I’m sad to see Passe-Partout so low on this list, the one entry that I would’ve loved to see at Eurovision the most from Portugal this year. Others in this article deserve their spot here imo.

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

“Medo De Sentir” is a sweet song with touching lyrics, but “Passe-Partout” was a masterpiece. Oh well, I still believe Barbara will wind up being Portuguese representative one day.
P.S. Here’s hoping “Polyester” makes the list.
P.P.S. Wiwi Jury is bound to kick off soon, right? According to the schedule, there are only 45 days left till the first rehearsals start.

Robyn Gallagher
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Indeed, the jury is coming soon!

Polegend Godgarina
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i don’t like “passe-partout” but let’s be objective, it was portugal’s only ticket to the final. i love “medo de sentir” but it doesn’t stand any chances!