In just over one week, #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’ve been running a series of polls asking you to pick your favourite non-qualifiers from each country that had more than one non-qualifier in the semi-finals era. Now it’s time to decide which songs are the best of the best.

The poll won’t include any songs from the Big Five countries as they never compete in the semi-finals. Likewise, Australia and Ukraine are lucky enough to never had had a song not make it out of the semis. Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Russia, Sweden and Turkey are also excluded as they’ve only ever had one song not qualify.

But there are plenty of other countries still in the running. Listen to the non-qualifying favourites from each country then vote for your favourites. As always, you can vote for as many songs as you like, but you can only vote once — so make your vote count!

What are your favourite Eurovision non-qualifiers?

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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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Shuester
Shuester
2 months ago

Ester Peony’s “On A Sunday” (Romania 2019) is one of my absolute favorite songs. I can’t believe it didn’t qualify, a year and a half later.

Sam
Sam
2 months ago

Even if excluded, I would vote for Sweden, Anna Bergendahl and This Is My Life. Already a decade ago, and even after all Swedish success, few of us can forget that unfair result.

noah
noah
2 months ago

Blackbird, Hear Them Calling, Stones

Insert name here:
Insert name here:
2 months ago

I could not decide between Sennek (Belgium) and Agnete (Norway) so I did vote for both of them. Greetings from Lithuania!

moramento
moramento
2 months ago

Crisalide and Blackbird 100%

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
2 months ago

They’re all winners, really.

AMPM
AMPM
2 months ago

Ireland’s staging (well the visuals) are very similar to what Salvador used. Travesty that Molly didn’t qualify.

Ulvi
Ulvi
2 months ago

The Why-ay-ay-ay Lady. No competition.

Nicky
Nicky
2 months ago

it will be a proper length show next saturday, 2 hours and 15 minutes

TheDr Mistery
TheDr Mistery
2 months ago
Reply to  Nicky

Are songs already selected? Where was the voting taking place?

moramento
moramento
2 months ago
Reply to  TheDr Mistery

If you’re asking about the Wiwibloggs poll then:

“We’ve been running a series of polls asking you to pick your favourite non-qualifiers from each country that had more than one non-qualifier in the semi-finals era.”

As far as I know the vote for #EurovisionAgain was done on Instagram

TheDr Mistery
TheDr Mistery
2 months ago
Reply to  moramento

Thanks!

Wilfried
Wilfried
2 months ago

Too hard to choose!! ??

Hmm
Hmm
2 months ago

A lot of these song options are from recent years, which makes me think that the overall quality on eurovision entries has gone from bad to better and many, even some good enries couldn’t qualify because there’s just too many good songs

Or people just don’t remember the older entries

Colin
Colin
2 months ago
Reply to  Hmm

I believe that it’s a bit of both. While there were individual masterpieces in 2000s as well, the overall quality has gone drastically up.
Also, many fans who recently joined in, haven’t heard the older songs yet, or have heard them, but don’t equally connect them to a certain memory (which can, at times, also play a part).

Paul
Paul
2 months ago
Reply to  Hmm

I think it’s probably the latter. It’s like the top 250 has way more newer entries because people don’t know the history

TheDr Mistery
TheDr Mistery
2 months ago
Reply to  Paul

Their loss. I absolutely adored going deeper into the history of the contest and discovering hidden gems along the way.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
2 months ago

A lot of my choices didn’t win their polls so that makes the ones that did even clearer winners for me when it comes to ranking. Verona was my clear #1 and World was my #3 so they’re still there.
I respect everyone’s opinions but Blackbird over När Jag Blundar? Definitely took one of my favourites out of the running there.

dxi
dxi
2 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

När Jag Blundar will always be the winner in my heart

mop
mop
2 months ago

I’d like to see Tijana from Serbia with a scenography, costume, dancers, that someone has put at least some energy. Her vocals were amazing but she was screwed over by the people around the performance production

Tibor
Tibor
2 months ago

With most of these songs, I agree with their non-qualification or can at least understand why it happened. There are four exceptions: Tulia and Conan Osíris from the first semi of 2019, I think I have made abundantly clear how I feel about them being left behind, it’s one of the biggest scandals in Eurovision history, the juries should have saved them. Same goes for Who See who brought a good act to a mediocre semi and were axed by the juries nonetheless, if only just. Fourth and last in this category is Norma John who also received objectively speaking… Read more »

Una
Una
2 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

Was Hovig’s song written by Gson? That could explain it. “Name recognition” having some weight? That could explain some unspeakable things.

Tibor
Tibor
2 months ago
Reply to  Una

It was, I have looked it up. But that must not be an excuse for a professional jury.

Una
Una
2 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

I agree! Meanwhile, the more original and locally-made music, the better. More composers would benefit from this great platform. So we’ll enjoy a more fabulous Eurovision!

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

I think the problem is just that – they’re professional. Not actual music lovers.

Tibor
Tibor
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Hm, you really think that most music professionals do not love music?

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

Maybe I have the wrong idea about who these jurors actually are, but if they’re in the business end, then…yeah. I do recognize and admire a lot of smaller record companies with very passionate people behind them, I’m just not sure these are the ones picked for jury duty.

Tibor
Tibor
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

It’s a valid standpoint, but I wouldn’t go that far to say that only those who work for small companies really love music. But, as I said, I think the jury members should be thoroughly briefed about what their criteria should be (and marketability mustn’t be one of them, that’s the public’s job).

Me!
Me!
2 months ago

Finland will get my vote, still can’t believe it didn’t qualify in 2017, maybe there were just too many ballads that year and expecially in that semifinal

Sabrina
Sabrina
2 months ago

My votes would be… Portugal (“Telemóveis”, Conan Osíris): Arguably the most unique song Eurovision ever had. It’ll always be divisive, but I believe years from now other generations of Eurovision fans will still ask how it hasn’t qualified. And maybe they’ll even like the costume! Finland (“Blackbird”, Norma John): For me, this is the most hurtful non-qualifier, because I still can’t find an explanation, since it’s not that divisive and always had a passionate fanbase. Belgium (“A Matter of Time”, Sennek): Sennek’s pre-ESC journey was full of bumps and the final performance was still a let-down, but the song is… Read more »

dxi
dxi
2 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

National performance of Apollo was so, so good. They should’ve just done the exact same thing, lol.

Sabrina
Sabrina
2 months ago
Reply to  dxi

This is probably the worst thing about it, they messed up when they just needed to adapt the national final staging and improve one thing or another.

Kosey
Kosey
2 months ago

Two of my all time favourite Eurovision songs on this list – I would feel so bad if I had to choose between them so it is a tie between Norma John and Agnete. Still majorly appearing on my playlists, still majorly giving me all the feels when they come on. Bravo!

Yasi
Yasi
2 months ago

It should have been Apollo for Switzerland 🙁

Yup
Yup
2 months ago

My vote is goin for Finland

Colin
Colin
2 months ago

My personal (approximate) list among these songs (several of my all time favorite NQs didn’t win their polls): .36. THE NETHERLANDS – Yeah, walk along indeed. I just don’t like it, especially not her delivery. I have no idea how this won over My Impossible Dream. .35. MONACO – I appreciate the Tahitian language and beat, but this is just too childish and not particularly well performed. .34. RUN WITH THE LIONS – It’s not good, it’s not bad. It’s a middle ground incarnate. But it had no better songs to beat, so I’m fine. .33. SERBIA – Best of… Read more »

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Linus
Linus
2 months ago
Reply to  Colin

I like long lists:). Very ambitious:).
Slovakia: I remember i was 100% sure Slovakia would be in a envelope.
San Marino: i was 100% sure San Marino would be in the 10th envelope.
Ireland was a crime. So nice staging and song.

The worst: Monacos live performance, Andorras outfit and staging and Netherlands from a nice party before ESC, and to that on the night.

Colin
Colin
2 months ago
Reply to  Linus

Thanks for appreciating my effort here. It was fun to do, but it’s still nice to hear it. 🙂

I agree on all counts. Slovakia, San Marino and Ireland should have made it in a heartbeat. Monaco’s performance was a mess. I like Casanova as a song, but that outfit was terrible and it deserved it’s Barbara Dex winner. And yeah, the Dutch performance was unfortunately somewhat annoying (Sorry, Trijntje).

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Linus
Linus
2 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Some say small countries dont Q because they are small. Often are the smallest sadly the worst. They are not great on having singers who sing in tune, modern songs, staging. Hope Andorra will fix that in 2022:)

Sabrina
Sabrina
2 months ago
Reply to  Colin

This poll made me check who was in 2018’s first semi again… Boy, that was scary! I guess Iceland was the only country with zero chance to qualify then. All the others would qualify in different occasions.

Colin
Colin
2 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

It was the most competitive semi I can think of. There were several songs I’d think of as my winners in almost any other occasion and not a single bad song. Iceland was the least competitive one, but it was still cute and melodic.

I think that all 10 of the qualifiers deserved to make it and yet, Belgium, Switzerland and Greece would be more than deserving qualifiers. I wouldn’t mind any of the others qualifying in normal circumstances either. There were some tough semis, but I cannot think of any other example like this.

Tibor
Tibor
2 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Okay, I have to say something about Valentina Monetta’s “Crisalide” I respect that so many like this song, but it’s one of the many things I really don’t understand about the Eurovision fandom. Perhaps I cannot be objective, when it comes to Ralph Siegel songs, because I grew up with a lot of them, he was always there, squatting like an uninvited relative you just cannot get rid of and monopolized the contest, but he has a style that was never popular with young folk, not during the 80s and certainly not after the 80s. So to say, this song… Read more »

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Colin
Colin
2 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

I respect your opinion, as always, but I genuinely think that it’s beautifully composed, written and performed. It’s one of my favorite ESC songs of that time. I seriously find it as good as most of recent Sanremo winners. It’s actually placed even a bit higher than Italy on my 2013 list (even if both are excellent and in my top 10). I can understand people having different tastes, or being tired of a certain style, so, all the power to diversity. 😉 Just to add, I am constantly getting surprised that some of my favorite ESC songs sometimes share… Read more »

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Tibor
Tibor
2 months ago
Reply to  Colin

I have to be very blunt, when it comes to Siegel: I’d say, you could discuss if his attempts of the early 80s (1980-82) legitimately fall into the category, simple but sweet. They are not at all my taste, but I think, there’s a case to be made. After his victory in 82 he should have taken his success and run. Instead he chose to stay – but his music didn’t evolve, so already in the 90s, even though he still had some success in Eurovision, nobody bought these records anymore, and bands like Mekado or Sürpriz split up not… Read more »

Last edited 2 months ago by Tibor
Colin
Colin
2 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

I just went on Siegel’s Wiki page and saw how he was behind some of the really poor entries as well. I saw only up to ESC 2000 thus far. I see Crisalide (and Maybe, even though it’s less strong than the former) as bright exceptions to the rule. I don’t know, maybe it was a spark of inspiration and perhaps it was a result of collaboration with other artists. I didn’t dislike Montenegro in 2009 either, even though it’s somewhat a nonsensical song (“or just stay”, ha ha ha). Everything else… well… a “so bad it’s good” at best… Read more »

Tibor
Tibor
2 months ago
Reply to  Colin

I obviously won’t convince you to not like “Crisalide”, and that’s fine, of course. I’m not a musicologist, perhaps PM would be able to explain what’s up with his tunes, but to my ear, they have something in common besides their schlager feel that I’m not fond of. Perhaps it’s the chords or the keys or the progression, to me a Siegel song sounds similar regardless if it’s from the 80s, the 90s, the noughties or the 2010’s, I see no musical evolution whatsoever, he didn’t experiment with different styles or tonalities, it’s all very much the same. Sanremo on… Read more »

Colin
Colin
2 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

I can only speak for myself, but what I love so much about Crisalide is the perfect match of music and the message. We have inspirational lyrics about rebirth and the music always grows with them. It starts slowly, but atmospheric, then grows and grows until the epic finish! 🙂

The purpose of sharing is not to change your (or anyone’s) opinion, it’s just for sharing my personal experiences with this song. 🙂

And IMHO that’s such a petty reason to be dissatisfied. If anything, he should’ve been happy that Germany is now a two times winner.

Last edited 2 months ago by Colin
Briekimchi
Briekimchi
2 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Excellent work on your list, Colin! I enjoyed reading it.
Interestingly enough, a lot of the songs that you have towards the top of this are songs that I didn’t really care much for. I think you’ve seen my choices elsewhere so you probably kno which ones I’m talking about. 😉

Colin
Colin
2 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

Thanks, Briekimchi, that’s very nice to say. 🙂 Just like I said to Tibor, I like the diversity in expression. For me, it is interesting seeing someone not liking Crisalide or Blackbird, because it just proves there is no such thing as absolute “universal appeal” and that music just speaks to us in different ways. 🙂

Last edited 2 months ago by Colin
Nobody Important
Nobody Important
2 months ago

This was such a hard choice but at the end I voted for: Israel, Bulgaria, Greece, Slovakia, San Marino, Switzerland, Armenia and North Macedonia. I love so many of them and I could have honestly voted for almost all of them! So many robbed masterpieces!

Whisker
Whisker
2 months ago

My favouritest is Norma John’s BLACKBIRD. It’s an exceptional entry!

Nathan
Nathan
2 months ago

Justice for HOREHRONIE!

Hellohi
Hellohi
2 months ago

Of all of these I would say sennek matter of time .. It was an excellent entry let down by terrible staging and nervous live .. if it had the staging it needed it could have done very well at the contest .. still listen to it ..
Also norma John blackbird , atmospheric perfection .. what a shame it didn’t qualify

just an esc fan
just an esc fan
2 months ago
Reply to  Hellohi

couldn’t agree more…it’s like i wrote this comment