More and more countries are now selecting their Eurovision entries through an internal selection. Such selections can sometimes be rather successful for countries – Duncan Laurence’s 2019 entry “Arcade” was the second winning song in a row to have been internally picked.
This year, 17 countries have selected their songs internally. That’s up two from last year.
Most prominently, four of the Big 5 nations – France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom – all ditched their national selections and switched to an internal selection process this year.
Meanwhile, other countries like Switzerland were hoping to build on the success of their previous internal selections. Last year, Luca Hänni’s “She Got Me” brought the country back to the top five at Eurovision for the first time since 1991.
Some of this year’s betting odds favourites, including Switzerland, Bulgaria and Malta were chosen through an internal selection process. Moreover, Russia’s Little Big, who have amassed more than 40 million views on the “Uno” music video, were also chosen internally.
As the 2020 contest is now cancelled, we’ll never find out whether these decisions were for the worse or for the better. However, we still want to know what you think about this year’s internally chosen entries.
Please note that while Georgia and Malta chose their act publicly, the song was chosen internally — thus allowing them to compete in our poll.
As usual, you can vote for as many options as you like, but you can only vote once! Don’t forget to voice off down below in the comments section once you’re done.
Eurovision 2020: Internally Selected Entries
Click on the song titles to remind yourself of the tracks.
- Austria: Vincent Bueno – “Alive”
- Azerbaijan: Efendi – “Cleopatra”
- Belgium: Hooverphonic – “Release Me”
- Bulgaria: VICTORIA – “Tears Getting Sober”
- Cyprus: Sandro – “Running”
- France: Tom Leeb – “Mon alliée (The Best in Me)”
- Georgia: Tornike Kipiani – “Take Me as I Am”
- Germany: Ben Dolic – “Violent Thing”
- Greece: Stefania – “Superg!rl”
- Ireland: Lesley Roy – “Story of My Life”
- Malta: Destiny – “All Of My Love”
- Netherlands: Jeangu Macrooy – “Grow”
- North Macedonia: Vasil – “You”
- Russia: Little Big – “Uno”
- Spain: Blas Cantó – “Universo”
- Switzerland: Gjon’s Tears – “Répondez-moi”
- United Kingdom: James Newman – “One Last Breath”
Poll: Which internally selected Eurovision 2020 entry is your favourite?
Who did you vote for? Do you think one of these entries would have taken home the Eurovision 2020 trophy? Let us know in the comments below!