The national final season for Eurovision 2021 has come to an end. Each country across Europe has now selected their entry for this year’s contest, and that means we have to say goodbye to all the songs that didn’t quite manage to win over the public. But before we do so, it’s time to celebrate them one last time with our annual countdown of Team Wiwi’s top national final songs.
As usual, the team from wiwibloggs have voted for their favourite songs that competed in the national finals for Eurovision 2021. Note these are our favourite songs, not songs we think should have gone to Eurovision.
After reviewing the well over 100 songs that were entered into this year’s national finals, we finally settled on our top 50. And now we’re ready to share it with y’all. We’ll publish ten entries each day over the coming week.
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Team Wiwi’s top national final songs of Eurovision 2021: 40 to 31
40. KiiM – “My Lonely Voice” (Melodi Grand Prix)
KiiM made his way to the grand final of Melodi Grand Prix after emerging victorious from the duels of semi-final four. “My Lonely Voice” showcased his spectacular vocal talent, with KiiM delivering a dramatic and emotional performance. The staging was relatively paired back (apart from that guy playing with some strings), which allowed KiiM to remain the focus and connect with viewers at home.
39. Eden Alene – “La La Love” (HaShir Shelanu L’Eurovizion)
What the Wiwi Jury said: Eden Alene is one of the greatest singers Israel has to offer. Last year the level of the national final fit her capabilities, but this time the best song is a 5/10. “La La Love” is far from Ivi Adamou’s level. It’s quite basic but it’s fun and it puts a smile on your face. More importantly, it puts a smile on Eden Alene’s face. (Lauren)
38. ToMa – “Ocean of Love” (Dora)
ToMa flooded the Dora stage with his “Ocean of Love”. Flanked by four backing dancers, the Croatian singer brought a funky and soulful entry to the competition. There was plenty of life on stage and ToMa even threw in a few of his own dance moves. Not just a catchy song, ToMa also gave us some good advice for handwashing during (and after) the Covid-19 pandemic: “Wash it away with water, wash it away with love”.
37. Big Daddy Karsten – “Smile” (Melodi Grand Prix)
Rapper Big Daddy Karsten progressed to the gold duel of Melodi Grand Prix semi-final three. Unfortunately, he missed out on spot in the final, loosing out to Emmy. Nevertheless, his rendition of “Smile” certainly did put a number of such expressions on people’s faces. Proud to be an openly gay rapper, Big Daddy Karsten filled his performance with rainbows, lollipops and high-heeled backing dancers – colourful, sweet and joyous.
36. Pony X – “Amour Fou” (Eurovision France, c’est vous qui décidez)
What the Wiwi Jury said: In the studio version, “Amour four” is dope. PONY X take full advantage of the new Eurovision rules and make use of samples to good effect. The song plays homage to the “pony” dance of the 1960s, creating a modern electro-soul song packed full of irresistibly catchy hooks. (Robyn)
35. Mia Negovetić – “She’s Like A Dream” (Dora)
Mia Negovetić came into Dora 2021 as a favourite after finishing second in 2020 (only loosing on a tie-break). This year, Mia picked up another podium finish and placed third. Delivering the upbeat bop “She’s Like A Dream”, the Croatian star owned the stage despite being the only person on it for much of the performance. Mia shined bright – and not just because of her sparkly outfit.
34. Gram-Of-Fun – “Lost In A Dance” (Eesti Laul)
What the Wiwi Jury said: Gram-Of-Fun has delivered a perfect slice of pop. “Lost in a Dance” draws on current trends for 80s pop, but goes deeper than just throwing in some synths. The song is expertly structured, taking the listener on a journey and convincingly setting the scene for actually getting lost in a dance. With Eesti Laul 2016 super-finalist Kristel Aaslaid on vocals, Gram-Of-Fun are sure to bring something special to their semi-final. (Robyn)
33. Anton Ewald – “New Religion” (Melodifestivalen)
Appearing in Melodifestivalen for the third time, Anton Ewald proved that he still had all the same charisma and dancing talent that he first showcased in 2013 and 2014 (and the same backing dancers). Anton brought many fans onboard for his “New Religion” and advanced direkt till final from semi-final two. There were lasers aplenty in addition to the slick choreography, all of which made the performance a visual feast for the eyes.
32. Jüri Pootsmann – “Magus Melanhoolia” (Eesti Laul)
What the Wiwi Jury said: Two minutes is more than enough for Jüri Pootsmann to bring the best Eesti Laul entry in a few years. It’s a simple but deliciously crafted entry, with powerful vocals in the chorus but soft tones during the verses. Clever staging with eye-catching camera work elevate what would otherwise be just another Spotify-friendly tune into a contender. (Luis)
31. Jorn – “Faith Bloody Faith” (Melodi Grand Prix)
Jorn brought the rock to Melodi Grand Prix this year with “Faith Bloody Faith”. The Norwegian star initially lost out to Blåsemafian feat. Hazel in the first round of semi-final one. However, he was later voted as the public’s wildcard in the second chance contest, which gave Jorn a ticket to the grand final where he made it to the final four. Fire, guitars, drums and fireworks – Jorn made sure to heat up the chilly Norwegian nights with this full-force entry.
Our top national final songs of Eurovision 2021 ranking is determined by independent votes from a panel of wiwibloggers. They are Oliver R, Tom, Oliver A, Antony, Natalie, Pablo, Cinan, Diego, Deban, Jordi, Antranig, Luis, Padraig, Josh, Sebastian, Robyn, Mario, Renske, William, Ron, Lauren and Jonathan.
Which songs do you think should feature on the list? Are you surprised by our choices so far? Let us know in the comments.
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