In December, #EurovisionAgain will celebrate Eurovision non-qualifiers, with a fan rewatch and vote of 20 of the best songs that never made it to a grand final. But before that, we want to know which non-qualifiers are your favourites. We’re running a series of polls to see which acts wiwibloggs readers think deserve a second chance.

The polls include all countries who had more than one non-qualifier in the semi-finals era — from 2004 onwards. Listen to the non-qualifying tracks and vote for your favourites! We’re continuing with Montenegro, the Netherlands, North Macedonia and Norway.

What is your favourite non-qualifier from Montenegro?

What is your favourite non-qualifier from the Netherlands?

What is your favourite non-qualifier from North Macedonia?

What is your favourite non-qualifier from Norway?

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Which non-qualifiers are your favourites? Who would you like to see have another shot at Eurovision? Tell us your thoughts below!

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Veta
Veta
7 months ago

1. North Macedonia – Dona – the best North Macedonian entry. “Pred da se razdeni” was great and had deserved final as well. “Autumn Leaves” was really nice in the studio version. I liked “Jas ja imam silata” too but that moment he grabbed the female dancer by her chin during the live performance was supa unnecessary. 2. The Netherlands – easily Sha-la-lie. Such a cute and uplifting entry. I also loved “You and me” in the studio version until Joan Franka came on stage in those Indian-American feathers – just why? 3. Montenegro – surprising for me to realise,… Read more »

TheDr Mistery
TheDr Mistery
8 months ago

Montenegro: 2013. Along with San Marino – the biggest robberies of the decade. Thanks, juries.
Netherlands: 2012. Sweet stuff.
North Macedonia: 2013. Applause for trying that. Lozano should return.
Norway: 2016. I’m catching myself listening to it so there’s that. 2011 was also fun. 2007 was ok but Portugal did it way better that year.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
8 months ago

My votes:
Montenegro – D mol (2019), haha. 🙂 But I understand why Igranka is leading. If I took it seriously then probably 2013.
The Netherlands – 2012, but I also really like 2010.
North Macedonia (or whatever it used to be called) – 2017, but I also like 2018 and 2016.
Norway – 2011, Haba Haba! (Sorry, I can’t stand ‘Icebreaker’.)

Colin
Colin
8 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

1/4 this time around. I guess that my sad moment with Montenegro came in 2018 and yours in 2019.
I know many people are saying that Inje is not as strong as Adio or Moj svijet, but all 3 are equally an absolute favorites of mine.
In a an equally subjective manner, I can see why Icebreaker is polarizing, but I really enjoy it. Haba Haba is kind of a guilty pleasure. 🙂
We also have completely different Dutch favorites.
We agree on North Macedonia. 🙂

Last edited 8 months ago by Colin
Kosey
Kosey
8 months ago

Oh my, Agnete’s Icebreaker was my favourite of the whole 2016 so I was really gutted that she didn’t make it. I know some people didn’t like the two-paced nature of it and perhaps the staging was a little strange, but I absolutely loved that song and Agnete’s delivery. I still listen to it a lot now. I was having a tough time back then and the song and Agnete’s delivery was such a dazzling light of hope.

ESC8
ESC8
8 months ago
Reply to  Kosey

The thing is that this two-paced nature that you’re mentioning was easily recognized in the studio version, but Agnete made it work better live! And this is what amazes me with her delivery! How unfortunate that this song was killed because of the emptiness of the staging in Stockholm. Their national final staging was better by far. At least, I believe Agnete will get the recognition she deserves with this ongoing procedure regarding the semis

Hugo
Hugo
8 months ago

Montenegro: I’m probably the only one who loved The Real Thing, but I really like the power and the rock-influences. The live performance was really cool too.

Netherlands: I honestly couldn’t care less.

North Macedonia: Most people went with Dance Alone, and I did too. A great song, and I didn’t understand people complaining about the empty stage, it is literally a song about dancing alone.

Norway: Well, Norway usually qualifies so their NQs aren’t exactly masterpieces. I’ll go with Icebreaker, it’s a pretty good song.

Last edited 8 months ago by Hugo
Me!
Me!
8 months ago

Montenegro: 2007 & 2009
Netherlands: 2005, 2007 & 2008
North Macedonia: 2017
Norway: 2007, 2011 & 2016

Whisker
Whisker
8 months ago

Montenegro: All day, every day, “Space” (2017). It’s outrageous and outrageously good!
Netherlands: “You and me” but that outfit needs.to.go.
North Macedonia: “Lost and found” (2018). I liked it at the first listen and I still do.
Norway: “Icebreaker” (2016). I enjoyed a lot that two-tempo musical thing.

Leo
Leo
8 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

Glad to agree with you on the first 2, though I felt that, whilst I wanted to like Lost and Found and Icebreaker, it was felt there was too much going on for me.

Héctor
Héctor
8 months ago

Jana Burceska’s “Dance Alone” totally deserved to qualify, so underrated. The stage looked a bit empty and simple but the song itself was good enough to take Macedonia to the final.

Una
Una
8 months ago

Montenegro – 2016 without a doubt – my favourite genre. I need rock in top 10 at some point. It’s real music and real music art with classic pieces standing the test of time. The Netherlands: I cannot pick between 2008 (nice uplifting music and nice performance) and 2011 (not fab but very, very decent as compared to previous years not 2008). North Macedonia – 2018 – one of the most promising entries before the shows was let down by awful staging, awful fashion, awful choreography and basically the backings and Bojan looked like they did not belong to the… Read more »

Last edited 8 months ago by Una
Hugo
Hugo
8 months ago
Reply to  Una

Yes, finally someone else who really likes Montenegro 2016, it is really hated for some reason

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
8 months ago

Yeah, there’s some proper good songs in this selection. I think “Inje” is the best overall composition and would be in my top ten of all-time “deserved to qualify lists” and obviously, “Icebreaker” not qualifying still doesn’t seem right, even now.
N.Macedonia have some good ones but nothing to the level of the two that I mentioned.

Una
Una
8 months ago

OK, first just a bit of thought over the Netherland’s eight-year NQ drama. I won’t get into what was before 2013. It only shows that 2013 was a pivotal year for them and they put a lof of effort ever since with their top 2 in 2014 just one year later and eventually winning in 2019. Some things changed in several places. And history shows they had a long-term strategy and money to put into their efforts and soft diplomacy. I only applaud the impetus because otherwise (without money) the game is over for some countries even before the competition… Read more »

ESC8
ESC8
8 months ago

Montenegro: 2013. I don’t have much to add, I just like it, but I can understand why it didn’t get through, but had it been 100% televoting it would have made it to the final. Inje was a good song but it didn’t work live for some reason and this is why I didn’t vote for it. And of course Moj Svijet and Adio were much better than Inje. The Netherlands: 2007.There are some quality songs here that could’ve made it but they were in the wrong year or semi. For example My Impossible Dream or Your Heart Belongs To… Read more »

Gurl
Gurl
8 months ago

Wow FYROM, definitely the most underrated country in the ESC. I’ve voted for all their songs since 2013. So many good songs!

Chessguy99
8 months ago
Reply to  Gurl

So many of them had mediocre to just plain terrible staging. They would have qualified with just a small upgrade in how they were presented.

Linus
Linus
8 months ago
Reply to  Gurl

its Northmacedonia now for 2 years

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
8 months ago
Reply to  Linus

Or: “The one with the sunshine flag.” 🙂

Leo
Leo
8 months ago

Whilst Moldova did that stuff better 6 songs later, Space is still great fun, the lyrics are so outre they are hilarious, and it was a lot better than I expected – disco soul rather than the autotuned EDM I had expected it to be before hearing it. It was a bit sad the You and Me didn’t qualify, even though it was a sweet song (maybe due to the appropriating headdress) but thankfully the only way was up. Dance alone and Let Me Love You were good and 2010’s had a good chorus, but several NM failures to qualify… Read more »

Veta
Veta
7 months ago
Reply to  Leo

Exactly due to Joan Franka’s headdress that song stopped existing for me, even tho it’s 100% my kind of music.

Nobody Important
Nobody Important
8 months ago

Montenegro: Igranka – Would have qualified if it wasn’t for the jury!

Netherlands: My Impossible Dream – Granted, 2005 was a strong year, and there were so many song that were robbed, but this one was my favourite if the bunch! It should have qualified!

North Macedonia: Dance Alone – Great song, mediocre live performance.

Norway: Icebreaker – By a landslide! Robbed so badly! Should have definitely qualified!!!

maladroite
maladroite
8 months ago

I was so surprised that the Netherlands didn’t qualify in 2005– My impossible dream easily made my top 3

Tibor
Tibor
8 months ago

You can always argue about “Icebreaker”, I personally liked it, but the problem is, what would you have kicked out instead in semi-final 2 of 2016? And not based on personal preference.
So the most undeserved of this bunch would probably be Who See in 2013, because that was a really weak semi-final with a lot of mediocre qualifiers. On the other hand, knowing the Eurovision audience, I never believed in the deserved qualification of Serbo-Croatian rap over this belorussian latin wannabe, for example. It was injust, but it was to be expected.

Last edited 8 months ago by Tibor
Ashton
Ashton
8 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

I would have kicked Georgia. easily. It was a jumbled mess of a song with great staging.

Colin
Colin
8 months ago
Reply to  Ashton

I just checked, it’s really a strong group of qualifiers. Personally, I loved Georgia (my overall top 5 in 2016), but I totally see why the song is polarizing. For my personal taste, I’d replace Norway with Latvia. I just find the song too repetitive, but I can see the quality in the production. As for Who See in 2013 – This is an interesting case for me. It’s the *only* Montenegrin song of 2010s which I don’t downright love or dislike. It’s interesting, but not something I’d usually listen to. It would, however, easily be my second favorite Montenegrin… Read more »

Last edited 8 months ago by Colin
Tibor
Tibor
8 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Oh, that’s right, I should probably check my preconceptions about the Eurovision audience. Usually, I’d still say they’re justified, but in this case, apparently they aren’t. 😉 Although it was very close, and I don’t really know how they calculated these fractions during the single set of points era.

Tibor
Tibor
8 months ago
Reply to  Ashton

I wouldn’t call “Midnight Gold” a jumbled mess, it has a clear structure and is, if anything, a little monotonous. It has a lot of fans, and I absolutely understand why that is.

Colin
Colin
8 months ago

For me, each of these countries had one truly robbed stellar song:

Montenegro – Inje
Netherlands – My Impossible Dream
North Macedonia – Dance Alone
Norway – Icebreaker

Others were either not deserving by being poor or just stuck in a difficult semi whose top ten they wouldn’t break (Lost and Found, Autumn Leaves, On Top of The World…)

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
8 months ago
Reply to  Colin

The issue with “Inje” is that it got compared to “Adio” (2015) and “Moj Svijet” (2014), both of which were a bit stronger sounding.

Norway’s “Icebreaker” is of course divisive – I just can’t stand that slower Chorus and that painful held clash note in the melody; it honestly makes me cover my ears every time.

Ashton
Ashton
8 months ago

Agnete was robbed so badly. Deserved top 10 in the final.