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 – it wasn’t easy . And now, it’s time to reveal our top picks.
Our national final Hall of Fame currently includes:
- 2015: Eric Saade – “Sting”
- 2016: Margaret – “Cool Me Down”
- 2017: Kerli – “Spirit Animal”
- 2018: Emmy Liyana – “OK ou KO”
- 2019: Electric Fields – “2000 and Whatever”
- 2020: Dotter – “Bulletproof”
But, who will join them?
Find out below with the conclusion of this year’s countdown!
Team Wiwi’s top national final songs of Eurovision 2021: 10 to 1
10. Clara Klingenström – “Behöver inte dig idag” (Melodifestivalen)
What the Wiwi Jury said: This song continues to enchant me. There’s a lot to be said for Clara, who can rock up to the stage and deliver a really captivating performance with just her guitar, no fancy staging concepts needed. “Behöver inte dig idag” brings a positive and uplifting message, a helping hand out of a darker situation. While the lyrics are in Swedish, the music supports the theme meaning that those who don’t speak the language can still get the general feeling of the song. (Robyn)
9. Bernarda – “Colors” (Dora)
This was Bernarda’s third national final appearance after previously competing in Switzerland’s Die grosse Entscheidungs Show 2011 and Dora 2019. The star returned to Croatia’s Dora with “Colors”. An expertly produced pop song, the track’s lyrics about seeing the colours inside other people took on extra meaning owing to Bernarda’s life story and having been blind since birth.
8. LMK – “Magique” (Eurovision France, c’est vous qui décidez)
LMK was “Magique” on the stage of Eurovision France, c’est vous qui décidez. Starting off slowly and playing the harp, the French star then exploded and served fierce attitude with the urban pop song that also included a rap bridge. While the public initially didn’t vote LMK through to the second round of the contest, she was saved by the juries. She then received top marks from reigning Eurovision 2019 champion Duncan Laurence in the final vote – a strong sign of the song’s hit potential.
7. Nina Kraljić (Alkonost of Balkan) – “Rijeka” (Dora)
Croatia’s Eurovision 2016 singer Nina Kraljić tried to make a return to the contest this year and competed in Dora 2021. She sang as part of the project Alkonost of Balkan, bringing the mystical and enchanting song “Rijeka”. Making great use of a backing choir in the chorus, the song delivered a powerful Balkan sound. Despite opening the show, Nina managed to leave a strong impression on viewers and the jury, eventually finishing as the runner-up.
6. The Mamas – “In The Middle” (Melodifestivalen)
What the Wiwi Jury said: It’s not as immediately catchy as “Move”, but “In The Middle” is still fabulous. The Mamas capitalise on the popularity of uplifting power ballads — a smart move, given the chart success of such anthems from The Greatest Showman soundtrack. And on stage, their group synergy is stronger than ever. Ash, Loulou and Dinah complement each other brilliantly, and all of The Mamas get their own moment in the spotlight to show off their killer vocals. Other than the “Bigger Than Us”-style inward-facing staging moment towards the end of the song, there’s little to fault here. (Oliver A)
5. Emmy – “Witch Woods” (Melodi Grand Prix)
What the Wiwi Jury said: I’ll be aboard the Emmy train this year. There’s nothing about this song I don’t like. Emmy is such a queen. The staging is so cool and interesting, it’s a subversive experimental piece of electro-swing with a fierce attitude, and is a hell of a feminist “eat the rich” anthem. The world needs girls like this! (Natalie)
4. Irama – “La genesi del tuo colore” (Sanremo)
What the Wiwi Jury said: “La genesi del tuo colore” is one of the best Sanremo songs I’ve heard. Without reading a single lyric from the song (other than the intriguing title), this song is fascinating in its composition, production, countless musical elements, and Irama’s performative ability is beyond description. It’s part indie rock, part deep house, but for the most part — brilliantly executed electropop that I’ve been longing to hear at Eurovision. (Lauren)
3. KEiiNO – “Monument” (Melodi Grand Prix)
What the Wiwi Jury said: Packed with jet fuel and a burning passion to slay, KEiiNO have re-emerged with a solid concept, powerhouse vocals and an irresistible hook. By far their most memorable hit, and the strongest MGP entry in recent years, “Monument” has become a cultural phenomenon. Their tenacity and toil have earned much love from fans all over Europe and Down Under. (Deban)
Previous top national final songs (Alexandra): “You Got Me” (#21 in 2018)
2. Raylee – “Hero” (Melodi Grand Prix)
What the Wiwi Jury said: Of all the 1980s-inspired tracks we’ve heard this national final season (and there’s been a lot), Raylee does it best. With a dance-worthy beat and one hell of an earworm melody, “Hero” brings an infectious energy to the Melodi Grand Prix stage. On first listen, its lyrics seem repetitive — but they’re more than just the words to a catchy pop tune. “Hero” is an empowering anthem, flipping stereotypical gender roles. Bonnie Tyler was holding out for a hero, but Raylee doesn’t need one. She’s her own hero! (Oliver A)
Previous top national final songs: “Wild” (#3 in 2020)
1. Dotter – “Little Tot” (Melodifestivalen)
What the Wiwi Jury said: “Little Tot” is perhaps the most excellent pop song of the whole 2021 season. Dotter only needs a few lights to create a wonderful performance out of this entry, slightly darker than what we’ve heard from her but still uplifting. In the past few years the Swedes have delivered pop perfection to Eurovision, and this is another great taste of it. (Luis)
Previous top national final songs: “Bulletproof” (#1 in 2020)
And there we go, Dotter emerges victorious in our ranking for the second year in a row. The Swedish star becomes the first act to have two entries featured in Team Wiwi’s national final Hall of Fame.
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.
What do you think of our top national final songs of Eurovision 2021? Are you surprised by our choices? Let us know in the comments.
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