Wednesday Wishlist 2020 Croatia to Greece

It’s that time of year again when we ponder and dream about which artists would be fantastic picks for their countries at Eurovision. And while the 2020 off-season is different than all the ones that have come before, we’re still running our annual “Wednesday Wishlist” series.

Of course, many broadcasters have already selected their 2021 representatives, so consider these lists more as a chance to discover new music rather than 2021 hopes — we’re not proposing for any singers to be replaced.

Who knows, perhaps some of the wishlist names will have a free schedule come 2022?

As this is all fantasy, we’ll also be taking a look at absentee countries, both long and short term. Because in our ideal contest everyone comes to the party.

To make sure that no one gets left out, we’ll be going through countries in alphabetical order, so this week we’re starting with Croatia and working through to Greece.

Eurovision 2021 Wishlist (Part Two)

Croatia: Marko Kutlić

Antony: Singer-songwriter Marko Kutlić is a rising star within Croatia’s music industry. He started off in 2014 as the lead singer of the band Pravile Igre. Their debut single “Nebo na mojoj stranitopped the local charts. However, Kutlić left the band in 2017 to focus on his solo career. With that, he released an album in late 2019 entitled “U kapi tvoje ljubavi”. In 2020, he participated in the annual Zagrebački Festival. He came first with “Samo nek’ ona sretna je”, which also reached number one in the charts. Marko’s raspy voice would be a nice addition to the contest with a pop-rock ballad.

Past wishes: Franka Batelic (wish granted), Luce, Lana JurcevicPetra Kovacevic, Damir Kedzo (wish granted) and Mia Dimsic

Cyprus: Charis Savva

Oliver A: Cyprus well and truly seems to have found its Eurovision formula — powerful female vocals and stunning choreography. And that’s exactly what Charis Savva serves. Charis is no stranger to the Eurovision scene. As part of a duo with Elena Mannouri, she previously represented Cyprus at Junior Eurovision 2008 with “Gioupi Gia!”. She later appeared in the Cypriot selection show for Eurovision 2015, performing the power ballad “Deila den agapo” with Nearchos Evangelou. Since then, her style has evolved dramatically. “Kryfto” is a summer pop banger with thumping beats, punchy riffs, and just a hint of that Mediterranean flair that has proven very popular with voters. I can very clearly imagine this at Eurovision with some intense hairography, outfit reveals, and enough pyrotechnics to set the stage en fuego!

Past wishes: Valando TryfonosKyriacos Georgiou, Nikolas Metaxas, Sophia Patsalides, Polina Christodoulou and Arcadian Child

Czech Republic: Jordan Haj

Padraig: He’s a singer-songwriter who’s been part of the Czech Republic’s music scene for several years. But it was only in 2020 that Jordan Haj released his first solo single — “The End Of The World”. The track became an instant hit, getting heavy traction on radio and topping airplay charts. But success is nothing new to Jordan, he’s collaborated on big songs with other artists, including Emma Smetana — his partner and mother of his daughter. Smetana herself is a previous Wednesday Wishlist pick of ours, and together the pair have released “Lost And Found” and “No Fire”.

Past wishes: VeronaVeronika Stýblová, Lenny, Mikolas Josef (wish granted), Emma Smetana and Tereza Mašková

Denmark: Mekdes

Jordi: Christina Mekdes Vinholt Pedersen — known as Mekdes — was born in Ethiopia, but is based in Kolding, Denmark. She’s her own producer and songwriter and works from her self-made home studio. Mekdes shines through her music, reflecting her very own personality and soul on singles like “Out of Here” and “Lose a Minute”. Inspired by a great artistic scene that includes Mahalia, Kehlani and Joja Smith, Mekdes grabbed the attention of many after winning the Danish festival Smukfest 2019’s Live Camp. The 21-year-old has just presented her most personal song — “In Favour of You”. It focuses on the importance of expressing love, especially in tough times like today. Her soulful style would give Denmark a fresh and distinctive flavour at Eurovision, different from its usual diet of Scandinavian pop.

Past wishes: Ida CorrStine Bramsen, Turboweekend & Oh LandLukas Graham, Malte Ebert and Medina.

Estonia: Beatrice

Lukas: Eesti Laul might be starting to lose its spark, but there are a lot of new and promising singers to be found in Estonia. And Beatrice is one of them. This 16-year-old just started her music career but has already put out two catchy songs and people are loving them on YouTube. She knows how to move and could be the fresh air which Estonia needs. With a great upbeat song she could be the new Getter Jaani at Eurovision who Beatrice herself sees as a huge inspiration. She might be young, but we’ve seen plenty of up-and-coming artists slaying on the Eurovision stage. Beatrice could be one of them.

Past wishes: Jaan LehepuuLiis LemsaluIirisJana KaskCityflash & Laura-Ly and Nublu

Finland: JVG

Tom: Finland has struggled recently. In fact, in the last five years, Suomi has only made it to Saturday night once with Saara Alto’s “Monsters”. Finland needs to do something different, something out of the box. Enter JVG. The Helsinki based rap duo, made up of Jare Joakim Brand and Ville Galle, would be an ideal choice to open some eyes and turn some heads. The duo originally became famous for their unique and comical sports-themed songs, where they rapped about ice hockey, soccer, doping and Finnish sportspeople. Now, they have five number one albums, 11 number one singles and are three-time winners of the MTV EMA for Best Finnish Act. Plus, they are massively popular — 700,000 people tuned in to their virtual gig during lockdown!

Past wishes: Laura NärhiAnna AbreuNiila, Alma, Sonata Arctica and Nightwish

France: Kendji Girac

Padraig: He burst onto the scene upon winning the third season of France’s The Voice in 2015. And Kendji Girac has not looked back since. The artist of Catalan Gitano descent immediately cemented his status as one of France’s biggest popstars with the massive singles “Color Gitano” and “Andalouse”. In the interim, he’s racked up numerous smash hits, seven of which have passed 100 million views on YouTube. On top of that he’s released three chart-topping albums and won multiple awards. He’s never ruled out the possibility of Eurovision — addressing the question in both 2015 and 2018.

Past wishes: Mylène FarmerAmel BentBrigitte, Christine & the Queens, Maître Gims and Indila

Georgia: Mgzavrebi

Åri: My zany experimental indie wishes aren’t usually well-received, but when it comes to Georgia, this might even be a tone down from its craziness in recent years. After self-labelled ethno-jazz in 2018, nationalistic hard rock in 2019, and whatever 2020 was, Mgzavrebi‘s unique harmonic indie-folk style could be an interesting path to go down. And if this doesn’t finally bring Georgia back to the grand final, nothing will. I personally love it when Georgia sings in their native language, being one of the few who stan its 2019 entry. I feel like a Georgian-language three-minute indie rock masterpiece will resonate with the European crowd. Mgzavrebi have more up-beat tracks, some artistic symphonic ones, but below is what I would like to see them go for in Eurovision, in an ideal world.

Past wishes: Katie MeluaBERA, Nini, Salio, Nino Katamadze & Insight and Keti Topuria

Germany: Sarah Connor

Calvin: Germany rarely goes for big names. And when it does, there’s always the potential for a glorious disaster. However, after 13 consecutive attempts with an English song, why not return to German? In combination with one of the biggest German acts of this century — Sarah Connor. Connor is responsible for several hits in the early 2000s on German radio and beyond (like this, or this, or maybe this). Her songs have reached the top 20 in Australia, UK and the Netherlands. In 2015, she took a risk and released her first German album — her bestselling album so far. If there’s a chance for successful participation in German, Sarah Connor is amongst the most promising candidates. It may seem unlikely for this to happen, as Germany already revealed its selection method, but Sarah Connor would be an enrichment to the Eurovision family. Connections to Eurovision exist. She was part of the German jury in 2016 and performed on multiple occasions during the German pre-show.

Past wishes: Mandy CapristoOonaghGlasperlenspiel, Mogli, LEA and Nico Santos

Greece: Vasiliki Ntanta

Esma: Greece was one of the most successful countries in the early years of the 21st century. However, the once-powerful competitor has struggled to deliver outstanding results recently. One singer who could change that and bring Eurovision back to Greece is Vasiliki Ntanta. This Greek Goddess possesses a euphonic voice and incredible dance moves. Also, she has worked with big names from the Greek music industry like Notis Sfakianakis and Christos Holidis. Vasiliki Ntanta is known for Mediterranean bops such as “Mazi Tis”, “Den Me Richneis Tora Pia” and her most recent release “Ola Ta Nai”.

Past wishes: Eleni Foureira (wish granted for Cyprus), Tamta (wish granted for Cyprus), Kings, Nikos Ikonomopoulos, Marina Satti and Konstantinos Argiros

What do you think of our choices? Who would you choose? Let us know in the comments.

Check out our previous Wednesday Wishlists.

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Matt
Matt
3 months ago

Sarah Connor for Germany? Never heard of Eskimo Callboy and their song “Hypa Hypa”? This song could have won if it hadn’t been released since June..

SkyLightsESC
SkyLightsESC
3 months ago

I would love to see Acardian or even L.E.J for France

Ashton
Ashton
3 months ago
Reply to  SkyLightsESC

OMG surely L.E.J, Acrobates is such a damn bop

Pablo in Germany
Pablo in Germany
3 months ago

Vasiliki Ntanta for Greece? Never heard of her and there are tons of names who’d deserve to go before her: just throwing in, Melisses or Christos Machairas, someone here mentioned Martakis, so I’ll continue the line with Nino Xypolitas, Konstantinos Argyros and so forth.. and of course Vaggelis Kakouriotis and why not Ian Stratis.
I think it should be a guy in 2022, after almost exclusively sending female artists since 2015, a new approach might help.. not because of gender but either a matter of a artistic diversity. Also, I also fully support Marina Satti!

Penny Bleta
Penny Bleta
3 months ago

Exactly this. I am Greek and I want Christo Mastora and Melisses in Eurovision.

JeyDelRey
JeyDelRey
3 months ago

I’m really hoping that either Maëlle, Yseult, Pomme, or Deborah Lemoine will enter our national selection and win it to represent France at Eurovision. Winning the Eurovision would be amazing but I think that with one of them, we will at least put France back on the Eurovision map and it could be our best score since Amir. Fingers crossed!

Iván el Conquistador
Iván el Conquistador
3 months ago

Which criterion do you follow when you choose artists for thesr articles? Is it possible to give suggestions?

Hyunwoo
Hyunwoo
3 months ago

My wishlist (Part 3)
San Marino: Senhit
Serbia: Dzejla Ramovic
Slovenia: Ana Soklic
Spain Blas Canto
Sweden: Dotter
Switzerland: Gjon’s Tears
Ukraine: Go_A
United Kingdom: The Shires

Hyunwoo
Hyunwoo
3 months ago

My wishlist (Part 2)
Moldova: Natalia Gordienko
Netherlands: Jeangu Macrooy
Norway: Kristin Husoy
Poland: Roksana Wegiel
Portugal: Barbara Tinoco
Romania: Roxen
Russia: Zivert & Anatoliy Tsoy

Hyunwoo
Hyunwoo
3 months ago

My wishlist (Part 1)
Hungary: Follow The Flow
Iceland: Of MonsterAnd Men
Ireland: Roisin El Cherif
Israel: Eden Alene
Italy: Sofia Tornambene
Latvia: Samanta Tina
Lithuania: Monique Pundziute
North Macedonia: Bobi Andonov
Malta: Destiny

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
3 months ago

whew i’m streaming sarah connor’s debut album rn and she appeared in this article. the coincidence! taste!

Hyunwoo
Hyunwoo
3 months ago

Croatia: Nina Kraljic
Cyprus: Ian Stratis
Czech Republic: Benny Cristo
Denmark: Alma Agger
Estonia: Jaagup Tuisk
Finalnd: Erika Vikman
France: Maëlle 
Georgia: Tornike Kipiani
Germany: Johannes Oerding
Greece: Stefania

Last edited 3 months ago by Hyunwoo
Liam Lindsay
Liam Lindsay
3 months ago

Kendji would not be a bad choice at all for France or even Andorra if the opportunity should arise. For Germany, I would like to see a Cascada redemption moment at Eurovision first and foremost, my girl got done dirty in Malmo and that was billed to be her reinvention moment but due to some ridiculous so-called plagiarism claim it killed her chances dead. Otherwise I would like to see either Mandy Capristo or Sotiria separately or together. Finland it’s a choice of three, Nightshift, Delain or Beast in Black, and the latter of the three could be used for… Read more »

Nikko
Nikko
3 months ago

Croatia: Colonia
Cyprus: Ziynet Sali
Czech Republic: Jakub Ondra
Denmark/Greenland: Nina Kreutzmann Jörgensen
Estonia: Kerli
France: Shy’m
Georgia: Natia Todua
Germany: Milky Chance
Greece: Kelly Clarkson

notyourtoy
notyourtoy
3 months ago
Reply to  Nikko

Kelly Clarkson for Greece? Hahaha. The fact that she has Greek ancestry (and Irish) doesn’t mean that she should represent Greece. It will be unfair for the other contestants, because her fame will result in winning Eurovision. Imagine for example, Adele representing the UK. There will be no country that won’t give points in UK in that case

Penny Bleta
Penny Bleta
3 months ago
Reply to  notyourtoy

OMG I just found out Kelly has Greek roots? Omg

Aris
Aris
3 months ago

I hope Foureira comeback for Cyprus 2021
Fingers crossed

Pineaple
Pineaple
3 months ago
Reply to  Aris

She’s had her chance. I’d prefer to see someone new.

notyourtoy
notyourtoy
3 months ago
Reply to  Aris

If there is a Cypriot singer who should comeback, that one is Ivi Adamou, because she was totally underrated and overshadowed by Loreen

FanESC
FanESC
3 months ago

Kendji is way too popular, he’ll make it the day we’ll win, lol. Maëlle for 2021, for France.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
3 months ago

I really hope germany will send LEA one day. She competed in sing meinem song together with ilse de lange so hopefully she got some inspiration because of that xD

ESC SSS
ESC SSS
3 months ago

Croatia: Indira, Mia Negovetic, Lorena Bucan

Cyprus: Christina Loizu, Josephine Wendel, Vangelis Kakouriotis, Ian Stratis, Sophia Pathsalides, Charis Savva, Valanto Trifonos

Czech Republic: We All Poop, Elis Mraz, Olga Lounova, Nykki, Barbora Mochowa

Denmark: Nabiha, Jasmin Rose, Roxorloops, Mo

Estonia: Merlin Mak, Jaagup Tuisk, Shira

France: Philippine, Yseult, Deborah Lemoine, Slimane, Seemone, Aya Nakamura, Chimane Badi, Maelle, Emmy Liyana

Georgia: Cira

Germany: Nico Santos, Kim Petras

Greece: Lila Trianti, Elena Tsagkrinou, Nikos Vertis, Kostas Martakis

Last edited 3 months ago by ESC SSS
ESC SSS
ESC SSS
3 months ago
Reply to  ESC SSS

I didn’t put Kendji Girac on it because I think he’s too good for Eurovision so.

ESC SSS
ESC SSS
3 months ago
Reply to  ESC SSS

I’m sorry if I offended y’all but there are lots of artist who can actually represent France (Maelle, Yseult, Philippine, etc.). But please stop with Kendji, he may not be interested on representing France after all.

ESC SSS
ESC SSS
3 months ago
Reply to  ESC SSS

I forgot about Finland.

Finland: Erika Vikman, Tika, F3M, Rita Behm

Penny Bleta
Penny Bleta
3 months ago
Reply to  ESC SSS

Your choices for my country Greece are awful except for Vertis. The only choice for a good result for us is Christos Mastoras and Melisses or Marina Satti. Those are the only ones with voices.

ESC SSS
ESC SSS
2 months ago
Reply to  Penny Bleta

Or they can pick Evangelia, the New Jersey Greek singer. Her only song is Pame Pame so maybe she can represent Greece in 2022 or 2023 at Eurovision to boost her career.

Last edited 2 months ago by ESC SSS
CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
3 months ago
Reply to  ESC SSS

Aye! Nabiha for Denmark! She is way overdue for an appearance!

Last edited 3 months ago by CookyMonzta
Bimbamboom
Bimbamboom
3 months ago

This year, France could have made a real impact selecting Yseult with her impressive track “Corps” but unfortunately it didn’t happen.

Bimbamboom
Bimbamboom
3 months ago
Reply to  Bimbamboom

By the way, if you haven’t heard about it and want to see all the potential of the french music scene, you NEED to take a look at it right now!!! This is a pure gem of french music and delicacy. Your ears will thank me for this masterpiece!

Hrvatska
Hrvatska
3 months ago

Marko has an excellent voice, I hope that he will send his song to HRT and then appear in the colors of Croatia, he has a chance for success, I recommend his song Kreni it’s nothing that he is very religious

Erasmus
Erasmus
3 months ago
Reply to  Hrvatska

I want to see Filip Rudan, he might be a really good option with a modern song! And he also follows Duncan and Mahmood on his IG so we might see him in the future!

Erasmus
Erasmus
3 months ago

Love how the previous two comments also mentioned Maelle, she’s also my first choice and she’s also not too famous, so there is a chance, really hope so!

Nickfan
Nickfan
3 months ago

Kendji why not for France. I prefer Indila obviously ! And Maelle.

maladroite
maladroite
3 months ago
Reply to  Nickfan

I really doubt we will ever see Indila at eurovision

ESC SSS
ESC SSS
3 months ago
Reply to  Nickfan

Indila says so many times that she won’t do Eurovision. So Indila can’t represent France.

Grafton
Grafton
3 months ago

Kendji is super old fashion. For France, it would have to be Maelle (the best chance, she’s like a Seemone but 10 times better) or Yseult for example.

ESC SSS
ESC SSS
3 months ago
Reply to  Grafton

What about Deborah Lemoine?

FanESC
FanESC
3 months ago
Reply to  Grafton

I’d love Maëlle too but I wouldn’t call Kendji old-fashioned, though.