Wednesday Wishlist 5 July

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’ve also taken 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 went through countries in alphabetical order. So, in this concluding week, we’re starting with San Marino and working through to the United Kingdom.

San Marino: Helia

Edd: Whilst San Marino has succeeded in giving us some iconic Eurovision performances, they’ve rarely strayed far from the pop genre. One new area they could explore is hard rock, by sending their very own metalcore band Helia. This San Marinese quintuplet mixes AWS-esque screamo verses with a Softengine style chorus to create an undeniably epic sound. Their work has already seen large success – their cover of Lady Gaga’s “Alejandro” has over seven million views. The group has been largely inactive since 2016 and the individual members have all embarked on side projects. However, a 2017 tweet confirms that “Helia ain’t dead”. A comeback is long overdue.

Past wishes: Michele Perniola (wish granted), Irol MCDelayersThe Slight, Jimmi JDKA and Lo Strego

Serbia: Edita

Mario: Edita Aradinovic is currently one of Serbia’s biggest rising stars. She started out the girl band Ministarke and remained a member from 2013 to 2018. Upon embarking on a solo career, Edita played it safe and collaborated with many known stars from the Balkans. However, her most recent single “Slobodno me rani” helped her reach new heights. The number currently sits at #14 in ex-Yugoslavia’s top 100 chart and has amassed over 11 million hits on YouTube in less than two months.

Past wishes: CecaGnucciZap Me StrobeSevdahBABY & Djixxs, Saša Kovačević and Milica Pavlovic

Slovakia: SIMA

Jonathan: Born in Trnava, SIMA initially gained attention after appearing on the first season of Hlas Česko Slovenska (The Voice Czech Slovak) in 2012. Following the release of her first single “Vnímaš” in 2015, the Slovak star has gone on to become one of the country’s top contemporary artists and now regularly racks up millions of views on her music videos. SIMA’s music has transitioned between drum and bass, pop and hip-hop/rap, giving her a versatile catalogue of hits that show she’s capable of evolving with the ever-changing music industry. When Slovakia (hopefully) return to Eurovision, selecting SIMA would be a great way for the country to showcase their modern musical output to the rest of Europe.

Past wishes: Katarína KoscováCeleste BuckinghamMária CírováCarmel Paradise, Lina Mayer and Katarzia

Slovenia: Mark Zebra

Antony: Mark Zebra may be one of the newest names on Slovenia’s music scene, but he’s already made an impact! Several of his songs have a traditional flair, amassing considerable views on YouTube. Coupled with some on-trend Latin/reggaeton tracks, Mark is paving his way to becoming one of the hottest names in Slovene music. With this cheeky and playful singer and an upbeat song, Slovenia could have some serious fun at Eurovision.

Past wishes: Petra MarklundKingstonPerpetuum JazzileChalle Salle, Luka Basi and Torul

Spain: Lola Indigo

Jordi: Where there’s a will, there’s a way. And that motto is embedded in Lola Indigo’s genes. Miriam Doblas, a.k.a Mimi, has been fighting for her career since she first stepped on a stage. Her path to fame brought her to big talent shows such as Fama, ¡a bailar! and Operación Triunfo. And she also danced all over the world with choreographers that worked for stars like Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé. She was catapulted to fame after releasing “Ya No Quiero Ná”. Today, Lola Indigo has an MTV EMA for best Spanish act, a Los40 New Artist of the Year gong and up to five platinum records, including “4 Besos”. Spain has not yet explored the Latin genre at Eurovision, despite its worldwide popularity. Plus, Lola Indigo has previously expressed an interest in Eurovision! Please, gimme perreo.

Past wishes: Amaia MonteroVarry BravaYallSara Serena, Rosalía and Guitarricadelafuente

Sweden: Sandro Cavazza

Padraig: Sandro Cavazza is a name that many outside of Sweden might not be familiar with. However, they’ve almost certainly heard him on the radio. That’s because Sandro provided guest vocals for some of the world’s biggest DJs and producers including Kygo, Lost Frequencies and the late Avicii. “Without You”, one of his many collabs with Avicii, is perhaps his best-known song, becoming something of a posthumous swansong to the superstar DJ following his death in 2018. Sandro is a hitmaker in his own right too, scoring multiple entries in the Swedish charts. “High with Somebody” is arguably his breakout single, cracking the top ten in 2018.

Past wishes: Hakan HellströmRobyn, Tove LoFirst Aid Kit, Lykke Li and Winona Oak

Switzerland: Eluveitie

Antranig: Here’s a group that gives Serebro and Dolly Style a run for their money in terms of lineup changes. Chrigel Glanzmann founded this project in 2002 and remains a key part of the act, with numerous members coming in and out of the group over the years. They combine elements of melodic death metal with traditional Celtic music, creating a truly unique blend. Their music feature works in many languages, including the extinct Gaulish language, while their music involves a variety of traditional instruments. These range from bagpipes and gaita to crumhorn and sitar. Eluveitie boasts a sound that is simply incomparable and would be a real standout on the Eurovision stage.

Past wishes: Stefanie HeinzmannBeatrice EgliBastian Baker, Anna Känzig, Vendredi sur Mer and 77 Bombay Street

Turkey: Tarkan

Katie: There is a whole catalogue of amazing new Turkish music to choose from. So, it may seem a little strange that I’ve gone for Tarkan, who many outside of Turkey know only through a song released over twenty years ago. But let’s just think for a second about how legendary “Şımarık”, or “Kiss Kiss”, is. Whenever any movie – literally ever – switches to a scene in Istanbul, you can bet this song is in the background. You can’t have a shisha bar night in Berlin without hearing it at least once, and did I play this song in the car during a road trip only last week? You bet I did! For Turkey to make its long-awaited return to Eurovision in 2021 after nine years, TRT would need an artist who’d make an unforgettable entrance onto the Eurovision stage. And who better to deliver ICONIC and a song we’ll all still be listening to in twenty years time, than the Prince of the Bosporus himself?

Past wishes: Aynur AydinAtiyeMurat CeylanAleyna Tilki, Edis and Simge

Ukraine: Alina Pash

Sebastian: The best thing about Alina Pash is that you really can’t predict what she’ll pull out of her musical bag. At times Alina spits bars, it’s almost hypnotic. At best, her greatest appeal is her ability to mix Ukrainian ethno sounds with a hip hop undertone – which always creates a sense of mood and movement to her performances. Alina holds herself to some high morals in her music, including fighting the stigma against the LGBTQ+ community and commenting on gender equality. And girl has some big cojones to rap the Ukrainian national anthem in front of the sitting President of Ukraine, among millions of spectators. For Alina, Eurovision should be a walk in the park.

Past wishes: Vera BrezhnevaAlloiseAlekseev (wish granted for Belarus) Monatik, Max Barskih and Vremya i Steklo

United Kingdom: Sam Fender

Lucy: Indie as a genre is possibly the greatest export from the UK musically, so why do we never see it at Eurovision? One of the most exciting examples of late is Sam Fender. Sam’s brutally honest lyrics paired with Springsteen-esque melodies won him the Brits’ Critics Choice Award in 2019 – a prize given to the best emerging talent in the UK — previous winners include Adele and Sam Smith. He is known for being able to cover intense topics such as male suicide, living in poverty – and yes, Brexit – with complete understanding and tact. “Hypersonic Missiles” is no different, managing to make a song about nuclear weapons sound anthemic and romantic. Also, this song was voted the Hottest Record of the Year 2019 by BBC Radio 1 listeners to boot. It would be a great way to change things up for UK fans.

Past wishes: Mutya Keisha SiobhanHurtsEmma BlackeryLittle MixNina Nesbitt and Florence + The Machine

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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ESC SSS
ESC SSS
1 month ago

Maybe Janice for Sweden and Grace Carter for the United Kingdom

Ieva
Ieva
1 month ago

The Hardkiss for Ukraine <3

Laburnum
Laburnum
1 month ago

Sam Fender or CHVRCHES for the UK

Ellen
Ellen
1 month ago

I’m still waiting for Nina Nesbitt to represent the UK

Lucy
Lucy
1 month ago
Reply to  Ellen

She was the wishlist choice in 2018 🙂 Sadly she has tweeted about Eurovision before and let’s say she isn’t a fan sadly!

Ron
Ron
1 month ago

What a missed opportunity to put Molly Sanden as the wishlist contestant for Sweden…

Veta
Veta
1 month ago

OMG Eluveitie…. Wiwibloggs you’re playing with my mind… two years in a row you keep putting my favourite Swiss bands on your wishlist! Should I expect The Vad Vuc next year haha??:))) The only thing I don’t understand here is why you attached such an old song of Eluveitie. Their current vocalist Fabianne is a total fire and the songs they have with her are no worse than their Anna-era ones at all! I would recommend “Reborn”, “Ambiramus”, “Lvgvs” and “Epona” as the best examples of their past years’ sound. That’s what I would like their song to sound like… Read more »

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Veta
Veta
1 month ago
Reply to  Veta

P.S.: I forgot the opportunity to say that Ambiramus is exactly 3 minutes long and I was always wondering if it was sent to the SRF internal selection for 2019… I mean, it sounds very Eurovision, with a power chorus and a key-change towards the end and all the stuff… I guess we will never know.. but if it was true… then choosing Luca Hanni over that masterpiece was a tasteless decision, and I’m saying this as someone who really loved “She Got Me”.

ESC SSS
ESC SSS
1 month ago

San Marino: Joan Thiele, Valentina Tioli, Baby K Serbia: Andrija Jo, Zoi, Andjela Keleman Slovakia: Lina Mayer Slovenia: Raiven, Gaja Prestor, Lina Kuduzovic, Klara Jazbec Spain: Lola Indigo, Antonio Jose, Aitana, Melani Garcia, Rosalia, Cepeda, Pablo Alboran, Marilia, Ana Mena, Ana Guerra, David Bisbal, India Martinez, David Bustamante, Juan Magan, Morat, Maria Isabel Sweden: Dotter, Dolly Style, Nova Miller, Skott, Samir & Viktor, Renaida, Faith Kakembo, Skott, Margaret, Peg Parnevik, Darin, Lina Hedlund, Amanda Aasa, Jon Henrik Fjallgren, Suzy P, DJ Mendez, Hanna Ferm, Alvaro Estrella, Mariette, Liamoo, Lisa Ajax, Anis Don Demina, Klara Hammarstrom, Sonja Alden, Danny Saucedo, Laleh,… Read more »

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ESC SSS
ESC SSS
1 month ago
Reply to  ESC SSS

One more thing:

Serbia: Breskvica, Voyage

Switzerland: Flavie Lea

Ukraine: Khayat, Kazka, Jerry Heil

United Kingdom: HRVY, Ella Eyre, Samantha Harvey, Marina & The Diamonds, Connie Talbot, Courtney Hadwin, Susan Boyle

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ESC SSS
ESC SSS
1 month ago
Reply to  ESC SSS

I forgot two more:

Spain: Vega Almohalla

United Kingdom: Grace Carter

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Hrvatska
Hrvatska
1 month ago

I hope that someday Raiven will appear in the colors of Slovenia, at Eurovision I unfortunately hear that the Prime Minister of Slovenia wants to cut the finances of public television, even the EBU is worried about rtv slo

Erasmus
Erasmus
1 month ago
Reply to  Hrvatska

OK as a Slovene I can explain the situation… I kind of agree with the government and I also disagree. We have A LOT of employees at our TV (with a lot I mean probably the most per capita in the EU). But we have a lot of quality TV as well (great films – mostly European ones, great news, local shows aren’t the best but still..), so we could cut down some of the financing, BUT not as much as the government wants – and believe me they won’t achieve that – since not the whole government agrees with… Read more »

Heyey
Heyey
1 month ago

My wishes: San Marino – IROL, Sara de Blue, Aly Ryan, Inis Neziri Serbia – Emina Jahovic, Natasa Bekvalac Slovakia – Emma Drobna, Kristina Pelakova, Lina Mayer, Peter Bic Project Slovenia – Senidah, BQL, Raiven, Lina Kuduzovic Spain – Alvaro Soler, Rosalia, India Martinez, Famous Oberogo, Natalia Lacunza Sweden – Zara Larsson (I wish!), Jübel, Axwell /\ Ingrosso, Galantis, Dotter, Wiktoria, Ace Wilder, Oscar Zia, Renaida Switzerland – Crimer, Bastian Baker, Tabitha Nauser Turkey – Hadise, Aleyna Tilki, Gülsen, Emrah Karaduman, Tarkan Ukraine – Maruv, Kazka, Tayanna, Khayat, Hardkiss, ONUKA United Kingdom – Coldplay, Adele, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Lewis… Read more »

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Erasmus
Erasmus
1 month ago

My whishes are:

San Marino: Someone famous from Italy like Elodie or Irama.

Serbia: Edita

Slovakia: Emma Drobna

Slovenia: Tabu

Spain: Aitana

Sweden: Veronica Maggio

Switzerland: Crimer (check him out one of my fave artists ever)

Turkey: a female bop please haha

Ukraine: Max Barskih

UK: Sam Fender or Paloma Faith or even Hurts

Iván el Conquistador
Iván el Conquistador
1 month ago
Reply to  Erasmus

Aitana says she wants to go to the festival when she thinks she’s prepared for it.

Erasmus
Erasmus
1 month ago

Sam Fender really is amazing! When will UK for once send someone who is relevant in their industry..

Iván el Conquistador
Iván el Conquistador
1 month ago

I’d like to vindicate two groups: Mojinos Escozíos (Spain) and Gloryhammer (United Kingdom). On one hand, Mojinos Escozíos are a Spanish rock band whose trademark is their comical and irreverent lyrics, with sometimes scatology included. They’ve been campaigning for representing Spain in the contest since the mid 2000s and last year, they ranked first in a popular poll launched by Spanish newspaper 20 Minutos about who should represent Spain in 2020. They tripled the votes Rosalía received in that same poll! On the other hand, Gloryhammer are a British power metal band which satirizes metal bands by creating their own… Read more »

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Maxim
Maxim
1 month ago

I would like to see Fleur East for the UK.
She’d bring UK a top 10 place

Jofty
Jofty
1 month ago
Reply to  Maxim

Failed talent show contestants do not work for UK, no disrespect to Fleur. Add Tom Grennan to the above lists.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago

San Marino did give Hatari a high score. If they sent Helias they could take a page out of their book!

Iván el Conquistador
Iván el Conquistador
1 month ago

Lola Indigo is quite a popular wish in Spanish Eurofans, although she also has haters who accuse her of making the same song.

Una
Una
1 month ago

Robyn? Florence+The Machine? Tove Lo? Little Mix? TARKAN? One can dream. Now really!!