While Eurovision 2020 has been cancelled, the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — have still been busy reviewing and rating the 41 songs that were due to compete in the song contest. In the end, one entry has come out on top: Germany‘s Ben Dolic and his song “Violent Thing”. In second place is Malta’s Destiny with “All of My Love”, while in third place is Iceland’s Daði & Gagnamagnið with “Think About Things”.

While different jury members had different favourites, Ben Dolic‘s catchy contemporary pop track “Violent Thing” turned out to be the one song the jury could mostly all agree on. It earned an average score of 8.18 out of ten. While this is the lowest score of a winner since the Wiwi Jury began in 2012, it’s still a song worth celebrating.

Jury member Lucy was singing the track’s praises:

“I never thought I’d give a pure-pop banger a perfect ten, but when it’s this good, why not? The “don’t tell your MAMMAH” hook hits you hard every time and Ben’s tones just help make this song ridiculously cool. There really is no element of cringe like the “I met a girl in a bar” style such songs often have. It starts the second the song opens with those six notes pulling you in, and keeps hold for three minutes. This is exquisite and possibly my favourite German song at Eurovision ever.”

In second place was Malta’s Junior Eurovision champ and X Factor winner Destiny Chukunyere with “All of My Love”. Her soul-pop track picked up an average of 8.1 from the jury

Jury member Pablo had this to say about Destiny’s efforts:

“When everyone else went Billie Eilish, Malta went Lizzo. I had always thought that the year they decided to send Destiny meant automatic Eurovision victory, but I am not totally certain it would have been the case this time. The verses and the bridge need some oomph, but when that chorus hits, you can’t deny this is a banger. “All of My Love” is a really smart use of Destiny’s gospel capacities, all the while keeping the song radio-replay-ready. It is the best use of gospel in a Eurovision song and would have exploded live.”

Taking third place was Iceland’s Daði & Gagnamagnið and the song “Think About Things”. The viral favourite had an average of 8.03 from the Wiwi Jury.

Wiwi Jury contributor Bernardo shared his thoughts on the song:

“Take note: “Think About Things” walks the line of musical quality, joke entry, commercial appeal and very good production, perfectly. From outfits to looks and choreography, this entry is planned from its very first second. This would be a contender for the victory and deservedly so. It is infectious and has cross-appeal in all age groups.”

Rounding out the top five was Switzerland’s Gjon’s Tears whose song “Répondez-moi” picked up an average of 7.95, and Norway’s Ulrikke whose “Attention” closely followed with 7.9.

The Wiwi Jury reviewed the 41 songs of Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in March 2020, based on studio recordings, music videos and live performances, where available. As always, Wiwi Jury reviews will not be changed to reflect new information from subsequent performances.

The jury rankings are not intended to predict who we think would have won Eurovision 2020 — the contest has been cancelled and there will be no winner. Rather, it’s an indication of what our favourites were and a celebration of the 41 entries.

Eurovision 2020 reviews and rankings

  1. Germany: Ben Dolic – “Violent Thing” (8.18)
  2. Malta: Destiny – “All of My Love” (8.1)
  3. Iceland: Daði & Gagnamagnið – “Think About Things” (8.03)
  4. Switzerland: Gjon’s Tears – “Répondez-moi” (7.95)
  5. Norway: Ulrikke – “Attention” (7.9)
  6. Sweden: The Mamas – “Move” (7.88)
  7. Lithuania: The Roop – “On Fire” (7.85)
  8. Bulgaria: Victoria – “Tears Getting Sober” (7.75)
  9. Australia: Montaigne – “Don’t Break Me” (7.73)
  10. Israel: Eden Alene – “Feker Libi” (7.48)
  11. Romania: Roxen – “Alcohol You” (7.35)
  12. Azerbaijan: Samira Efendi – “Cleopatra” (7.28)
  13. Russia: Little Big – “Uno” (7.18)
  14. The Netherlands: Jeangu Macrooy – “Grow” (7.03)
  15. Italy: Diodato – “Fai rumore” (6.95)
  16. Latvia: Samanta Tīna – “Still Breathing” (6.93)
  17. Ukraine: Go_A – “Solovey” (6.6)
  18. Armenia: Athena – “Chains On You” (6.5) *
  19. Finland: Aksel – “Looking Back” (6.5) *
  20. Denmark: Ben & Tan – “Yes” (6.5) *
  21. Greece: Stefania – “Superg!rl” (6.48)
  22. Serbia: Hurricane – “Hasta La Vista” (6.43)
  23. Spain: Blas Cantó – “Universo” (6.25)
  24. Belgium: Hooverphonic – “Release Me” (6.1)
  25. United Kingdom: James Newman – “My Last Breath” (6.08)
  26. Ireland: Lesley Roy – “Story of My Life” (6.03)
  27. Cyprus: Sandro – “Running” (5.90)
  28. Portugal: Elisa – “Medo de sentir” (5.75) *
  29. Moldova: Natalia Gordienko – “Prison” (5.75) *
  30. Belarus: VAL – “Da vidna” (5.73)
  31. North Macedonia: Vasil – “You” (5.65)
  32. Poland: Alicja Szemplińska – “Empires” (5.63)
  33. Albania: Arilena Ara – “Fall From The Sky” (5.6)
  34. Austria: Vincent Bueno – “Alive” (5.53)
  35. Czech Republic: Benny Cristo – “Kemama” (5.43)
  36. San Marino: Senhit – “Freaky!” (5.38)
  37. Croatia: Damir Kedžo – “Divlji vjetre” (5.13)
  38. Georgia: Tornike Kipiani – “Take Me As I Am” (5)
  39. Slovenia: Ana Soklic – “Voda” (4.88)
  40. France: Tom Leeb – “Mon Alliée (The Best In Me)” (4.18)
  41. Estonia: Uku Suviste – “What Love Is” (4.10)

* Tiebreak winners are decided by preferential vote.

Previous Wiwi Jury winners

  • 2012: Sweden –  Loreen with “Euphoria” (9.25)
  • 2013: The Netherlands –  Anouk with “Birds” (8.36)
  • 2014: Hungary –  András Kállay-Saunders with “Running” (8.56)
  • 2015: Estonia – Elina & Stig with “Goodbye to Yesterday” (8.50)
  • 2016: Russia – Sergey Lazarev with “You Are the Only One” (8.7)
  • 2017: Italy – Francesco Gabbani with “Occidentali’s Karma” (8.96)
  • 2018: Israel – Netta Barzilai with “Toy” (8.61)
  • 2019: Netherlands – Duncan Laurence with “Arcade” (9.15)
  • 2020: Germany – Ben Dolic with “Violent Thing” (8.18)

Wiwibloggs will also run our annual alternate Wiwi Jury, using the classic “12 points” system. Will that yield a different result? Stay tuned to find out!

What do you think? Do you agree with the Wiwi Jury? Or do you have different favourites? Tell us your thoughts below — and don’t hold back!

See all our Eurovision 2020 reviews and rankings

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Ms. T. Elliot

Hey, now that you’ve posted all of these 10 days ago, maybe you can finish uploading the review videos? Or at least post maybe more than one every two days?

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Mr X
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Mr X

Slovenia is in my personal Top 5…

Mr X
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Mr X

Sorry, I don´t like neither Germany nor Malta and Iceland is mediocre for me…..

Jo.
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Jo.

terrible, but at least I agree on the bottom 2.

vangelis vt
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vangelis vt

I thought this was the vote on the best song, not the most likely fanflop 😛

My Tears Are Getting Sober
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My Tears Are Getting Sober

If this is combined with the polls then 33rd jury placed Albania will win

Jofty
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Jofty

I would swop out Malta and Iceland with Norway and Lithuania. Malta would yet again probably struggle with Televote and tbh I preferred Chameleon. Don’t get me wrong, I would love Iceland to win (? bring back Selma!) but not with this song. Chance of winning Televote but I think juries will snub it/save us. And we know that Lithuania will start the Televote with the usual guaranteed 36 points ?

Guest
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Guest

As per usual, fans just don’t accept the result. We all have favorites, let’s just accept theirs’

Stian F
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Stian F

I do think this is a reasonable result for once. It is a good year, or more a very even year with no real bad songs at all. I do though think that Lithuania, Iceland and Russia would have cancelled each other out and none would have won. The same would have happened to Romania and Bulgaria, and after that revamp of Romania it became even more similar to the Bugarian song. In 2005 tjere were 3 kinda rock songs in the contest, Norway, Moldova and Switzerland.. They all cancelled each other out, none won, but still managed top 10.… Read more »

Shanfa Chai
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Shanfa Chai

Agree. This might be unpopular, but I prefer the year where there’s no clear winner. Having some obvious front-runners like in 2015 (Italy, Russia and Sweden), 2017 (Portugal and Bulgaria) and 2019 (Netherlands and Italy) would be quite boring for me.

Just my opinion.

Jofty
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Jofty

Erm Malta/”black singer support”? I do not approve this practice for one moment.

Kiki
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Kiki

I’m really sad about Iceland, Switzerland and Germany who all had a fantastic chance to do really well this year! Although not my favourite, Lithuania would also get to have a strong moment and I don’t think they can replicate it next year. Overall I don’t think it would be a very strong year, though. Destiny is amazing but I don’t think Malta would’ve been a worthy winner with that song. I think many returning artists have a great chance to send a better song next year.

IHPIESC
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IHPIESC

I don’t know how ppl can like Ben Dolic, but ok.

Peter
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Peter

If Wiwibloggs wants to continue to come across as a serious ESC site it would be wise to offer serious and believable jury results. There is something called credibility. This farce can only hurt Wiwibloggs’ reputation.

Tris
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Tris

I really think this could’ve been one of the most exciting years because it seems that everyone’s mixed about the songs. Winner is different by every group mentioned. But seeing that only 3 songs passed the rating of 8 when the highest last year was 9 feels like it is a weak year of songs for Wiwibloggs.

IVANOV
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IVANOV

So Ridiculous. Russia 13th when it should have been first with a 10.00 and all the mediocre others should been below 6 except Moldova with 8.02

IVANOV
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IVANOV

Downvote as you want but UNO is already the 2nd most watched eurovision clip. And be the first in a few months sending the fat toy where it belongs.

Idan Cohen
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Idan Cohen

ya’know, Netta FACTUALLY participated in ESC and FACTUALLY won,
can you say these two about Little Big?

so sh$t up Ivanov.
(btw, are you seriously mocking a fat girl? a gay guy from Russia? a person who’s attacked regulary simply for being a bit different? who knows, maybe her self acceptance is touching your exposed nerves?)

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

It’s a pretty mediocre top. However, for the first time, it does look like an actual “jury” vote where the songs that have nothing to make you particularly like or dislike them end up at the top and those that are interesting enough to capture “televote” (our) attention get downvoted by jury members with no taste. 😉

Kent
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Kent

‘Violent Things’ was my top song and so I am happy yet also sad to see this. Germany had a very good chance to win it this year and start a new decade the way Lena did in 2010!

Matthew ESC
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Matthew ESC

Um ew. Germany’s song is so generic and the vocals are like nails on a chalkboard. I feel like this is just a basic radio song, eurovision is more than just basic radio hits.

404error
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404error

Nice song but Not my cup of tea
Congratulations 😀

Gert (Songfestivalwerk)
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When so many songs do relatively well in this wonderful WiWi-jury (more than 6.00/10), you know Eurovision 2020 could have been such an exciting year.

yodenman
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yodenman

Sorry but I agree with the comment below. It’s a very mediocre year. Still gutted that’s it’s not going ahead though.

Polegend Godgarina
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when a completely mediocre song tops a fan vote that’s when you know it wasn’t a great year…

gamarjoba
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gamarjoba

The fact that this year had so few good songs makes the cancellation a bit more bearable. I can’t imagine how devastating it would have been if this happened last year, with so many great tracks.

Onur
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Onur

Yessss it was my winner from this year too. Ben is amazin. So is his song. I really rooted for seeing the live performance of this song but unfortunately it couldn’t happen. I hope German broadcaster doesn’t make a big mistake and select Ben for next year.

Bob
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Bob

Bro that’s wack, it’s a good song but nothing more than that in my opinion. It’s not anything special or outstanding compared to any of the other Wiwi jury winners. And it’s not because this is a bad year, on the contrary, it’s a very good year. The song would most likely be on the left side of the scoreboard, top 5 if lucky, but I think it’s very likely it would end up being underwhelming and flopping. But that’s just my opinion :p

Colin
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Colin

Germany probably won because a lot of hardcore ESC fans need a “bop”. This year, for better of worse, most of the best songs are ballads. And even some of the best uptempos are hardly “bops”. They are either too niche, humorous or artsy to be as accessible to the majority of fans. Thus Germany won simply by being the best among uptempo club bangers. I guess the Azeri lyrics were too much even for fans.
Nevertheless, congrats to Germany, who was underrated several times before.

Colin
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Colin

And yes, last year a ballad has won the Wiwi Jury (and subsequently the whole contest), but it really stood out among all the songs. This year, there are many really good ballads / slower songs and not all of them reached everyone. I gave three of them a 10 and additional four a 9 and there were still some good ones below.
“Bops” are a safer ground to at least be decently reviewed among vast majority of the fans, making the average score higher.

Alex
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Alex

Violent Thing is a top 5 material but not winner material unfortunately.

Serafina
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Serafina

I’m mostly ok with this top 41, small changes:
Bulgaria and Malta should’ve been higher (they’re my top 2 this year)
Belarus and Moldova deserve better too, especially Belarus, underrated bop.

khm
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khm

Also, two Milanov’s songs leading this after Wiwibloggs had an interview with Milanov? Yeah, no coincidence.

khm
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khm

It seems that an elephant farted near some people’s ears.

Piment
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Piment

I am surprised about Portugal being so “high”, after all the criticism… Germany and Malta… Really? What could be more fake than those two songs…

Héctor
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Héctor

As I said yesterday, both Germany and Malta (maybe Romania too) have probably the most prefabricated songs in the contest. They are made under the international pop industry standard formula, trying to tick all the points to make it appealing to general masses. This final top demonstrates they are very effective in their goal. Also in me, the three are in my top 6 (3rd, 4th and 6th). Anyway, I quite agree with this outcome, I’d put Slovenia, Czech Republic, Spain and Romania higher and Norway and Azerbaijan lower. 1. Switzerland – Gjon’s Tears – Répondez-moi (9.25) 2. Australia –… Read more »

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Interesting. Such a difficult year to predict. I don’t think we will ever know how it would have panned out.

Lily
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Lily

Symphonixvision

Lily
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Lily

Keep downvoting me, maybe you convince someone to actually listen those songs LOL

Piment
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Piment

I for one totally agree

Hun
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Hun

Lmao at least Milanov doesn’t rig the selections and send outdated af songs every year like Kirkorov

Nicolas
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Nicolas

Well now I’m happy ESC 2020 has been cancelled. Worst top 3 of all time.

Safiya
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Safiya

Kind of surprising but I am not mad. It’s one of my favorite songs this year and it could have been a great surprise. I hope to see Ben representing Germany next year.

Tom
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Tom

A typical pop song won with an artist that can’t sing lmao

Anon
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Anon

Where can’t he sing lmao

Hun
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Hun

How do you know he can’t sing? Just because of it is not a typical screamy overrated ballad? Lmao

Nils
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Nils

Croatia underrated

Domino
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Domino

Albania underrated

ESCJudge
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ESCJudge

Everyone has a right for making (and sharing) opinions…
but if you write a blogg and you make official blogg “jury” result like that (Germany, Malta, Iceland) it’s not a good recommendation for your blogg.
Really wiwibloggs?
Most of you post individual reaction videos… and there it seems like your opinions are quite different than this outcome (huh, how come?)

Another strange poll/voting result at wiwibloggs.

ESCJudge
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ESCJudge

What?! Why “-” under my comment?
Did I say something that is not truth?

Kosey
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Kosey

Yes – you said the result was “not a good recommendation for your blogg”
Definition of “truth” = in accordance with fact or reality.
Opinions are not fact and your reality is certainly different to mine.
Therefore, you fail the definition of “truth” on both counts.

ESCJudge
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ESCJudge

But that result, especially when I saw many wiwibloggs editors reaction videos, IS not a good recommendation. Nothing untruthfull in this sentence.

In fact (!) reacting on ESC2020 videos quite enthusiastically and then voting for THE SAME songs different in this poll is a LIE. Either hefe, or eithef in the rection video. And if you (wiwibloggs) perform a lie, then for sure it is not a good recommendation.

Your 11 (so far) “-” are tideous.

Adrian
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Adrian

I feel like ‘Violent things’ could have been a surprise jury winner. Some people said it was like Benjamin Ingrosso’ s Dance You off, it is just that kind of song that the jury across Europe will throw points at. They see this as radio-friendly, contemporary. It won’t offend anyone and come in at each juror’s top 5. In such an open year with so many favourites, each juror ranking will be vastly different, so constantly coming in top 5 of each juror will average out a good sore out of 12. So I can definitely see Germany winning the… Read more »

Lily
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Lily

It won’t offend anyone? I say it would offend real artists.

Kosey
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Kosey

My personal top 3 were Norway, Romania and Latvia. I’m pleased to see Norway made it into the Top 5 – I think it had a great chance of winning as I think it would have appealed to juries and televote alike, and we already know that the visual performance would have been great. I thought Romania would have been higher, I suppose it is a more niche effort – I have no doubt it would have made the final and perhaps Top 10 would have been a possibility. And so pleased Latvia makes 16th. A lot of people don’t… Read more »

Thanos
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Thanos

Not a fan of Latvia personally but I agree that there was no doubt that she would have qualified to the final.

Conor K
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Conor K

Love reading the jury reviews every year, but I have noticed one thing: the jury has got so much more generous! Last place this year got 4.10 while Georgia got 1.75 in 2012. 😮

Colin
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Colin

IMHO, Georgia in 2012 was a worse than any song in 2020 (but I have to re-check that). But yes, their standards have become more nuanced on average, which is overall not a bad thing.

Thanos
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Thanos

My personal favourite this year and one of my favourite Eurovision songs since 2014 when I first became a Eurovision fan is Switzerland. It is such a well written and beautiful ballad sung by an artist with an amazing voice and the lyrics are really nice and metaphorical. My second place goes to Italy, my all-time favourite Eurovision country by a mile, who has a very nice although typical Italian ballad to offer that, as every Italian song of this type, doesn’t fail to reach the listener’s heart and is at the same time powerful. Finally my third place goes… Read more »

Adam
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Adam

It’s so weird seeing the Wiwi Jury winner alongisde the other winners from past years who have all gone on to secure Top 10 finishes in the Grand Final, when we’ll never find out how Germany would’ve fared in the contest.

Shanfa Chai
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Shanfa Chai

Germany’s score shows there’s no clear winner in Eurovision 2020.

And I’m still kind of upset about the cancellation because of that. A Eurovision 2011 scenario is a possibility.

Seeing songs cancelling each other out would be kind of fun, I guess.

Why should the virus came at the wrong time though…

Escvegi
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Escvegi

By the Scores u can See That the field of Songs and possible chances to win were wide Open …
In my opinion all Songs from the Top 13 of the Wiwi Jury had a good Chance to win Eurovision

Already excited for 2021

Mimi1234
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Mimi1234

It’s worth noting that Germany this year has the lowest score out of all wiwijury song