National final season is a staple of the Eurovision calendar, with numerous artists vying to earn the opportunity to represent their country at Eurovision. Not every fan-favourite manages to prevail, but they are nonetheless loved by countless folks all over the world.
The national finals act like rocket boosters for all the contestants regardless of if they win or not. They are loved and celebrated within their home countries and beyond.
This was undoubtedly a year with some very strong national final acts. Fans will no doubt continue to argue for weeks over who might have been robbed of victory. In a friendly attempt to settle the debate once and for all, we presented our readers with a question: Who is your favourite national final runner-up of 2020? And thou people have spoken.
Dotter’s “Bulletproof” is your favourite national final runner-up of 2020
Out of a total of 15,175 votes, y’all have voted “Bulletproof” by Dotter as your favourite national final runner-up of 2020. The Melodifestivalen star earned 2,902 votes, which is a 19.12% share of the total.
Sweden’s national final is often a tough competition and Dotter immediately stood out from the crowd after her first performance in Gothenburg. Without even taking a single jump on stage this fabulous diva lasered her way straight through our eyes and where our heart’s supposed to be.
Dotter also emerged victorious in the Melfest 2020 Wiwi Jury and topped Team Wiwi’s countdown of our top national final songs this year. Now adding a victory in this poll to the mix, it’s clear that the Swedish star has captured the hearts of many with “Bulletproof”.
Having been knocked out in the semi-finals during her first appearance at Melfest in 2018, Dotter returned this year with a point to prove. She delivered luscious pop with a finesse that very few stars have in them. Yes, we are talking about the little things. If you somehow managed to get over the impeccable staging, then her hair flips will surely win you over.
She might be bulletproof herself, but her fans were naturally disappointed when she missed out on Melodifestivalen victory by a mere one point against the very stunning The Mamas. Although ‘Dotterdam’ may not be a reality this year, her victory in this poll suggests that y’all would surely love to see this fierce star competing for the coveted Melfest (and Eurovision) crown in the future.
The remaining results
Following up at a close second place in this poll was “Me Tana” by Albania’s Elvana Gjata. The runner-up of Festivali i Këngës 58, Elvana picked up 1,874 votes (12.15%).
FiK 58 was the very first national final of the Eurovision season, all the way back in December 2019. Despite this, “Me Tana” remains another much talked about national final performance to this day. Already a big star in her home country, many fans were hoping Elvana would walk away with the victory.
Sadly, it wasn’t meant to be and the star came in second place behind Arilena Ara. Nonetheless, “Me Tana” won over thousands of fans with its unique middle eastern flair.
In third position is Finnish artist Erika Vikman. Her Finn-disco track “Ciccolina” from UMK 2020 received 1,728 votes, which is 12.35% of the total.
Rounding out the top five are Ukraine’s Khayat with “Call for love” and Lithuania’s Monique with “Make Me Human”. These two stars were the only other acts to receive over 1,000 votes in the poll. Khayat secured 1,069 votes (7.04%) while Monique was just behind on 1,005 votes (6.62%).
Full results: Favourite national final runner-up of 2020
- Sweden: Dotter – “Bulletproof”, 19.12% (2,902 votes)
- Albania: Elvana Gjata – “Me tana”, 12.35% (1,874 votes)
- Finland: Erika Vikman – “Cicciolina”, 11.39% (1,728 votes)
- Ukraine: Khayat – “Call for Love”, 7.04% (1,069 votes)
- Lithuania: Moniqué – “Make Me Human”, 6.62% (1,005 votes)
- Estonia: Jaagup Tuisk – “Beautiful Lie”, 5.42% (823 votes)
- Romania: Roxen – “Storm”, 4.55% (690 votes)
- Portugal: Bárbara Tinoco – “Passe-Partout”, 4.54% (689 votes)
- Israel: Eden Alene – “Roots”, 4.34% (658 votes)
- Poland: Lake Malawi – “Lucy”, 3.78% (573 votes)
- Italy: Francesco Gabbani – “Viceversa”, 3.44% (522 votes)
- Czech Republic: Elis Mraz feat. Čis T – “Wanna Be Like”, 2.95% (447 votes)
- Norway: Kristin Husøy – “Pray for Me”, 2.85% (433 votes)
- Slovenia: Lina Kuduzović – “Man Like U”, 2.12% (322 votes)
- San Marino: Senhit – “Obsessed”, 1.56% (236 votes)
- Croatia: Mia Negovetić – “When It Comes to You”, 1.48% (224 votes)
- Serbia: Naiva – “Baš, baš”, 1.38% (209 votes)
- Australia: Casey Donovan – “Proud”, 1.13% (171 votes)
- Latvia: Katrīna Dimanta – “Heart Beats”, 0.98% (149 votes)
- Moldova: Pasha Parfeny – “My Wine”, 0.9% (136 votes)
- Denmark: Sander Sanchez – “Screens”, 0.78% (118 votes)
- Iceland: DIMMA – “Almyrkvi”, 0.62% (94 votes)
- Armenia: ERNA – “Life Faces”, 0.44% (67 votes)
- Belarus: Yan Yarosh – “Fire”, 0.22% (36 votes)
Total Votes: 15,175
What do you think of these results? Do you want any of these artists to return to their respective national final in the future? Let us know in the comments down below!