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 songs each day over the coming week.
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Team Wiwi’s top national final songs of Eurovision 2021: 20 to 11
20. Charlotte Perrelli – “Still Young” (Melodifestivalen)
Eurovision 1999 winner Charlotte Perrelli returned to Melodifestivalen for the fifth time in 2021. Having failed to qualify from the semi-finals in her previous two attempts, the Swedish singer made sure to come back with a bang this time around. And she did, qualifying direkt till final from semi-final three. Charlotte proved that she’s still got it 20 years after winning Eurovision and she is very much “Still Young”.
19. Aksel – “Hurt” (Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu)
What the Wiwi Jury said: Aksel stands out again because of his amazing ability to connect words to emotions and spark a reaction in the heart of his listeners. I hear a song that has many emotional nuances, which could potentially speak to a diverse cross-section of viewers. Themes of healing from a broken relationship or fighting to have victory over a serious emotional or physical struggle echo, and I instantly take every word in from beginning to end. (Josh)
18. Eric Saade – “Every Minute” (Melodifestivalen)
Eric Saade promised Christer Björkman that he would return to Melodifestivalen before the longstanding director of the contest moved on from his post. Making good of his word, Saade appeared at the contest for the fourth time, after previously winning and going to Eurovision in 2011. The Swedish star brought the song “Every Minute”, and viewers certainly did enjoy all three minutes of this slick and professional performance. Qualifying directly to the final, Eric ultimately finished as the runner-up and maintained his string of strong results at Melfest.
Previous top national final songs: “Sting” (#1 in 2015)
17. Willie Peyote – “Mai Dire Mai (La Locura)” (Sanremo)
Willie Peyote kept his performances at Sanremo 2021 relatively simple and let the music and lyrics of his entry “Mai Dire Mai (La Locura)” do the talking. This paid off and fans fell in love with the rap song that presents a satire of Italian music. After the final night of the contest, Peyote finished in a strong sixth place and also earned the Mia Martini Critics’ Award.
16. Francesca Michielin & Fedez – “Chiamami Per Nome” (Sanremo)
Before the competing songs of Festival di Sanremo 2021 were heard for the first time, Francesca Michielin and Fedez were the early favourites. The Italian duo managed to live up to the pre-contest hype and eventually finished in second place. Their performances balanced the differing energies between the pair, with Francesca visibly involved with the song while Fedez delivered a softer approach; but they were still connected with one another.
15. Mirud – “Nëse Vdes” (Festivali i Këngës)
What the Wiwi Jury said: It is Mirud who wants to revolutionize the contest with a song that shows us his personal style and essence. A mixture of folk with modern rhythms that makes us mentally travel to those small Albanian and Kosovar towns. We know Mirud for his impeccable vocal technique and this year he returns more confident and mature, with a personal and very dramatic message like the one that many of us must face at some point in our lives. An epic and mysterious introduction that ends in a marvellous rhythmic explosion. (Diego)
14. Kadiatou – “One Touch” (Melodifestivalen)
Kadiatou had the honour of opening the entirety of Melodifestivalen 2021, performing first in the first semi-final. Sadly, she failed to advance any further in the contest. But while the live performance might have been a bit shaky, the studio recording lives on and is still getting listeners pumped and in the mood to dance.
13. Teflon Brothers & Pandora – “I Love You” (Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu)
What the Wiwi Jury said: It’ll probably get written off as a joke, but “I Love You” has character, charm and originality. It’ll be heaps of fun on stage in both Finland and the Netherlands. It’ll probably die in the semi-final (most likely thanks to the juries) but at least there’ll be one country to make us smile and dance this year. We deserve it! (Natalie)
12. Inis Nezeri – “Pendesë” (Festivali i Këngës)
What the Wiwi Jury said: Inis Neziri’s power ballad shifts between low and high registers, whilst creating a beautiful cinematic atmosphere. When “Pendesë” doesn’t tug on your heart, it makes you stop and listen to your heartbeat. Ballads arriving at Eurovision often create a genre congestion — repetitive, predictable and often languid. Although Inis commits to this genre without any musical surprises, her voice is undeniably magical, the song’s theme of regret is stirring and her stage presence is captivating. (Deban)
11. IMERIKA – “I Can’t Escape” (Melodi Grand Prix)
IMERIKA had to wait until the fifth and final semi-final of Melodi Grand Prix 2021 to showcase her entry “I Can’t Escape”. But it was definitely worth the wait. With relatively simple staging, IMERIKA delivered a raw and emotional performance that let her vocals be the main focus as the song slowly built up to a powerful climax. The entry quickly connected with the audience at home and viewers naturally sent her through to the grand final.
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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