Onwards and upwards.
Despite yesterday’s sad news, we continue our countdown of the Top NF songs from ESC 2020, to celebrate the artists from this year’s season. With that in mind, let’s enter the Top 20, as voted for by wiwibloggers.
Team Wiwi’s Top National Final Songs of Eurovision 2020
20. Anis don Demina – “Vem e som oss”
Swedish Spotify party songs at Melodifestivalen are nothing new. But Anis don Demina took the genre up a notch this year. “Vem e som oss” is an infectious song, which elevated with advanced staging, and impressed voters in Sweden.
19. We All Poop – “All The Blood (Positive Song Actually)” (Eurovision Song CZ)
We All Poop were an early fan favourite and an early national final season casualty too. Despite the eyebrow raising band name, “All The Blood (Positive Song Actually)” was a compelling slice of indiepop, which showed there’s a place for all genres at Eurovision. It wasn’t to be this time around, but hopefully the band will be back soon.
18. Felix Sandman – “Boys with Emotions” (Melodifestivalen)
“Boys with Emotions” was divisive. To some a slice of ultra modern Swedish pop, to others more of the same from Sweden. Wherever your emotions were, it boasted technologically impressive staging, and a compelling frontman in Felix Sandman.
17. Robin Bengtsson – “Take A Chance” (Melodifestivalen)
Three years after he won it all, Robin Bengtsson came back in a different style altogether. Out with cool electropop, in with anthemic stadio rock. Little happened on stage compared to his past entries, but Bengtsson did get to showcase his killer vocal one more time. “Take A Chance” is also an absolute earworm.
16. Hanna Ferm – “Brave” (Melodifestivalen)
Another Melfest finalist now. Hanna Ferm had mega hype ahead of the competition and that may have hurt her a bit when “Brave” was revealed. It was a fun, clever pop song, but perhaps lacked the impact expected of a Melfest show closer. Still Hanna made the best of it, strutting around like her life depended on it. Woohoo indeed.
15. Rein Alexander – One Last Time (Melodi Grand Prix)
From Sweden to Norway. Rein Alexander hit the MGP stage in Oslo like a bolt of lightning out of the sky. “One Last Time” blended winning pop melody, with fun campy staging to create national final magic. This looked the part of an MGP winner, even if the result did not exactly pan out that way.
14. Vanessa Amorosi – “Lessons Of Love” (Eurovision Australia Decides)
Vanessa Amorosi was one of the big names in Australia’s national final. “Lessons of Love” was a huge ballad and Amorosi delivered it live. It started with a car crash on stage, but it ended with a diva on fire.
13. Khayat – “Call For Love” (Vidbir)
This year had more cool choreography than most and Khayat’s “Call For Love” looked fabulous on stage. The song was also poppy and had a great melody underpinning it all. Things did not work for Khayat in Ukraine, but this is a performance to be proud of.
12. Jasmin Rose feat. RoxorLoops – “Human” (Dansk Melodi Grand Prix)
“Human” was a hot favourite in Denmark and many were shocked when it failed to make it to the superfinal. All the elements were there: Catchy hook, great vocal and novelty (hello Tin Man from Oz!). Denmark may have been looking the other way, but the rest of Europe got this.
11. Jaguar Jonze – “Rabbit Hole” (Eurovision Australia Decides)”
Jaguar Jonze is a trooper. She dislocated her shoulder in the live performance, but still turned it out on the night. A highlight from Australia’s national final, “Rabbit Hole” was a dizzying delight.
What do you make of the Top 20 so far? Let us know in the comments below!
Update: An earlier version of this post failed to include Pinguini Tattici Nucleari at #30. This was a human error. It has now been updated, which means that songs originally ranked 30-11 (Hege Bjerk to Elodie) all improve a space in the rankings. Apologies for this oversight.