Wednesday Wishlist 2021 Albania to Bulgaria

It’s that time of year again when we ponder and dream about which artists would be fantastic picks for their countries at Eurovision. And so, we’re back with our annual “Wednesday Wishlist” series. Over the seven Wednesday Wishlist editions we have done to date, our wishes were granted a total of 17 times. Will any more be granted in 2022?

As this is all fantasy, we’ll also be taking a look at absentee countries, both long and short term. Because in our ideal contest everyone comes to the party. To make sure that no one gets left out, we’ll be going through countries in alphabetical order, so this week we’re starting with Albania and working through to Bulgaria.

Eurovision 2022 Wishlist (Part One)

Albania: Alban Ramosaj

Erdi: Alban Ramosaj is a Dutch-Albanian singer, songwriter and model from Kosovo. He comes from a musical family — his sister Beatrix Ramosaj and his aunt Alberie Hadergjonaj are also singers. Eurovision fans may remember Alberie from her past Festivali i Këngës appearances. Alban began his career on X Factor Albania and The Voice of Albania. However, being crowned the winner of the 22nd edition of Kenga Magjike with “Thikat e mia” (My Knives) is definitely among his biggest achievements to date. Alban is a perfect candidate to represent Albania at Eurovision, even telling wiwibloggs in a recent interview that he is quite interested in being part of the show.

Past wishes: BleonaBebe Rexha, Era Istrefi, Elvana Gjata, Anxhela Peristeri (wish granted), Xhensila Myrtezaj and Butrint Imeri

Andorra: Persefone

Luis: There’s been talk of Andorra’s return for a good while now. And in the year after Måneskin and Blind Channel, what would make a better choice than the country’s most established metal band? Persefone have been around for over 15 years, playing all over Europe — from Amsterdam to London. They haven’t released music in a while, but they did recently release a compilation CD. Rocking the house down as their country’s Eurovision comeback act would be a great way to celebrate.

Past wishes: Patxi LeivaMadretomasa, Nami, Lluís Cartes, Marta Knight, Els Pali and Nina

Armenia: Garik & Sona

Jonathan: Armenia was naturally missed at Eurovision 2021, and it would be great to see the country come back with a bang in 2022. One act that could do that is Garik & Sona, a duo comprised of musician Garik Papoyan and singer Sona Rubenyan. Garik rose to prominence as a stand-up comedian on TV shows alongside Armenia’s Eurovision 2014 star Aram MP3, but he has also been involved with music and was a judge on Hay Superstar (the Armenian version of Pop Idol) and X Factor Armenia. Meanwhile, Sona became a household name after winning the fifth season of Hay Superstar in 2011; she subsequently participated in New Wave 2014, picking up the Audience Choice Award. They also both have small Eurovision connections – Garik wrote the lyrics for Armenia’s 2014 and 2019 entries, while Sona was a part of Armenia’s jury in 2019 (her favourite in the final was Italy). The pair began collaborating in 2016 and have gone on to huge success, with their song “Lusin” being named The Hit of The Year at the Armenian Swallow Music Awards in 2018. Whilst that was a slower and more emotional track, they’ve also achieved acclaim for more dynamic songs with a mixture of rock and folk influences – see “Esor Urbat e”, “Mayro”, “Hamayak” and “Nino”. Måneskin and Go_A showed that these genres are very much still strong choices for Eurovision. Garik & Sona could give us something even more exciting by combining them together and putting Armenia firmly back on the Eurovision map.

Past wishes: Iveta Mukuchyan (wish granted), Christine Pepelyan, Lilit Hovhannisyan, Srbuk (wish granted), Iskuhi Hovhannisyan, Sofi Mkheyan and Masha Mnjoyan

Australia: Sneaky Sound System

Sebastian: Those who watched Montaigne’s performance of “Technicolour” at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras earlier this year, may have stayed on to watch a surprise, yet legendary performance by Connie Mitchell from iconic EDM duo Sneaky Sound System.Their 2007 radio hit “UFO” has had an incredible resurgence among a new generation of dancefloor hitters, and they have, ever since, been a stalwart on the club scene with recent hits like “We Belong” and “Can’t Help the Way I Feel”. Their singer, the visually eclectic Connie Mitchell, has long contributed vocally to worldwide superstars, including lending her vocals to four tracks on Kanye West’s Grammy-winning album Graduation. She also has features with Jay-Z, Rick Ross and Snoop Dogg. She’s a star on the Australian club scene, and it’s only fair to let Sneaky’s star shine on the European stage (and Euroclub).

Past wishes: Delta Goodrem, The Veronicas, Tkay MaidzaAnthony Callea, Tones And I and Ricki-Lee

Austria: AVEC

Patrick: Austria might be in a slump, but there are many artists that can bring them out of it. AVEC has been rumbling in the music scene since 2015. Her self-written song “Granny”, which dealt with her grandma suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, was used in a German TV commercial. After that came her debut album What If We Never Forget. It charted instantly. AVEC is not a flashy artist. She lets her emotions speak through her folk-pop music while always looking striking. Award show nominations turned into victories and chart positions turned into a gold certification for her song “Under Water”. Her latest single “I Don’t Pray” is an instant earworm that was actually not supposed to be released. It talks about the tragic death of her uncle which she thought was too personal. This artist uses her heart and soul to create intimate but strong music that is ready for that big stage.

Past wishes: Andreas GabalierHannah, Denise BeilerAnna F, Poptracker & ArianA, Seiler und Speer and Mavi Phoenix

Azerbaijan: Röya

Oliver: In 2021, Efendi’s “Mata Hari” made history as the first-ever Azerbaijani Eurovision entry to contain lyrics in the nation’s native language. Now, it’s time to continue the trend and celebrate the Azeri language in its full glory. Introducing Röya. She’s a Baku-born superstar with a music career spanning more than 20 years. In her time, she’s explored traditional Azerbaijani folk music, pop music, orchestral sounds and hip-hop and trap beats. Truly, her iconic deep and sultry alto voice is suited to just about any genre. Röya’s May 2021 release “Qəribə Dünya” (Strange World) is the latest addition to her eclectic library of sounds, fusing rock elements with swing-jazz pop. It leans towards the dark pop flavours that Eurovision fans favour these days, with the added benefit of its lyrics being wholly in Azeri. If the diva ever took on the song contest summit, Röya’s would certainly be the name on everybody’s lips.

Past wishes: Emin, Aygun KazimovaLatifa Soyuoz, Vugarixx, Manana, Elyar and Sura İskenderli

Belarus: Mustelide

Lauren: Due to recent events, seeing Belarus on the Eurovision stage anytime soon seems unlikely. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t dream. If a Belarusian broadcaster is ever eligible to submit an entry to the contest, Berlin-based indietronica musician Mustelide would be an intriguing and very fun choice. The musical style of Belarusian-born Mustelide, whose real name is Natallia Kunitskaya, would fit right in an ideal contest inspired by Måneskin’s victory. She’s out of the box, lively, young, and true to herself. The likes of Naviband and VAL were very creative choices, and if Belarus somehow make their way to the contest during better days for the country, I trust them to continue that line of great musicians.

Past wishes: NutekiVintage, Shuma, Max KorzhIOWA, VAL (wish granted) and Kristina Bazan

Belgium: Ibe Wuyts

Lucy: Belgium made it back into a Eurovision final in 2021 for the first time since 2017, so will be keen to keep the success going in the years ahead. This is where Ibe Wuyts comes in. Ibe won The Voice van Vlaanderan in 2019, with his almost Lewis Capaldi-esque tones. He has soul, but can also pull of a more uptempo ballad like “Dark Maze” which blends together various popular styles in music currently. Belgium thrives with classy pop at Eurovision. Ibe can perform live with his stunning voice, and he’s unnerved by performing on live TV. It would be great to see this young talent on the song contest stage.

Past wishes: StromaeGabriel Rios, Lost FrequenciesLea RueEmma Bale, Roméo Elvis and Angèle

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Božo Vrećo

Pablo: While Bosnia and Herzegovina still has issues with its broadcaster, it doesn’t lack talent. With uniqueness as a favourite quality in acts, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who would stand out as much as Božo Vrećo. This Bosnian powerhouse is a walking statement: Traditional meets futuristic, the chants of the East meets the beats of the West, and all of this positively dripping in edgy androgyny. Božo has the potential to be up to the levels of Mata Hari and Željko Joksimović when it comes to powerfully pure Balkan power.

Past wishes: Neda UkradenMagdalena Bogic, Dubioza Kolektiv, Amel CurcicArmin Malikić, Rialda and Mirza Selimović

Bulgaria: Eva Parmakova

Calvin: Since its comeback, Bulgaria has always found success with mainstream beats and young but experienced performers. Never change a winning team. However, add a twist for the first fully Bulgarian song since 2013. Eva Parmakova is the perfect person to combine these attributes to yet another success story for Bulgaria.  She rose to fame in 2017 as a participant on X Factor Bulgaria. What followed were multiple hits both as a solo artist and together with other famous Bulgarian artists like Pavell & Venci Venc’. Her connection with Virginia Records, one of the most influential labels in Bulgaria, shows her potential to expand her career beyond the national scene. And music runs through her blood as her grandfather was the opera singer Lubomir Bodurov. Her songs create a happy mood, are extremely summer-friendly and invite you to move your body. As she sings in both English and Bulgarian, there is a wide spectrum of directions she may go, but one thing’s for sure: Eva Parmakova would bring the party with her.

Past wishes: PreslavaMihaela Fileva, Gery-NikolMihaela Marinova, Nadia, Preyah and METALWINGS

What do you think of our choices? Who would you choose? Let us know in the comments.

Check out our previous Wednesday Wishlists.

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damon
damon
9 days ago

dzejla ramovic for bosnia!!

Last edited 9 days ago by damon
Ieva
Ieva
12 days ago

Sneaky Sound System and Bozo Vreco sound great!

Red X
Red X
14 days ago

My wishlist:
Albania: Arilena Ara
Armenia: Athena Manoukian
Australia: PNAU
Austria: Thea Devy
Azerbaijan: Sevdaliza
Belgium: Luka Cruysberghs
Bulgaria: DARA

Anhel
Anhel
17 days ago

Very fun and informative, thank you. There’s a ton of new artists to hear in the article and the comments.
Oh and for Bulgaria my dream would be Galia Kurdova and/or Karizma, but that won’t happen ever, haha.

Last edited 17 days ago by Anhel
Yudhistira Mahasena
18 days ago

Mine is:

  1. Albania = Mirud
  2. Armenia = Compass Band (they were the best in Junior Eurovision 2012)
  3. Australia = 5 Seconds of Summer
  4. Austria = Andy Grammer
  5. Azerbaijan = Sami Yusuf
  6. Belarus = Helena Meraai
  7. Belgium = Breaking Benjamin
  8. Bulgaria = Calvin Harris or Silk Sonic
Apollo
Apollo
17 days ago

I don’t understand the Mirud hype at all. His song was really good and I wanted him to win, but his FIK performance was one of the worst I’ve ever seen. He looked really ill whilst performing, I almost thought he was going to faint. Stage presence is so important for Eurovision, some people naturally have that gift and others need to work on it – Mirud needs a lot more work.

Anhel
Anhel
17 days ago

Is the one about Bulgaria a joke or am I missing something

Red X
Red X
11 days ago

How are Andy Grammar, Breaking Benjamin, Calvin Harris and Silk Sonic related to those countries?

Sabrina
Sabrina
18 days ago

I love the Wednesday Wishlist, from time to time you guys always suggest someone that I end up listening to on a regular basis. For instance, if I’m not mistaken the first time I heard about Maneskin was on one of those. I followed them since then and I would never expect to see they that soon in Eurovision. Well, you know the rest of the story!

Red X
Red X
11 days ago
Reply to  Sabrina

and now Maneskin is becoming famous worldwide after winning ESC.

Sot
Sot
18 days ago

Athena Manoukian 2022 = Yerevan 2023

Tom
Tom
18 days ago

Val, Arilena Ara, Athena or Luca should come finally to the ESC !

esc2021rotterdam
esc2021rotterdam
18 days ago
Reply to  Tom

I can’t see VAL coming back anytime soon because Belarus is banned from the EBU, I doubt Arilena will go to FIK again this year (reminder that FIK like Sanremo isn’t officially a nf) but I could see her trying later this decade somewhere between 2025-2029, but I could see Athena and Luca coming back very soon (and I think that it’s very possible that Athena will represent Armenia next year (if they return ofc but they probably will) because she was supposed to represent Armenia both last and this year (It wasn’t officially confirmed about this year but that’s… Read more »

Hyunwoo
Hyunwoo
18 days ago

My Eurovision 2022 Wishlist
Albania – Tiri Gjoci
Armenia – Nemra (Band)
Australia – Stellar Perry
Austria – Chris Steger
Azerbaijan – Vefa Serifova
Belarus – Alexander Minyonok
Belgium – Jeremie Makiese
Bulgaria – Medi (Bulgarian Singer)

Last edited 18 days ago by Hyunwoo
mariksen
mariksen
18 days ago

It would have been cool to see Aurora Kapo, Mishela Rapo and Igzidora Gjeta representing Albania togetheeeeer!

Hyunwoo
Hyunwoo
18 days ago

Not a bad wishlist!

Rose
Rose
18 days ago

I am fully 100% on Alban Ramosaj’s boat. He clearly wants to go and I hope whatever he sends to FiK is more than good enough to win.

Branko86
Branko86
18 days ago
Branko86
Branko86
18 days ago
Kyle
Kyle
18 days ago

I just want Eugent Bushpepa back for Albania…

Mark
Mark
18 days ago

I think the time has passed on Sneaky Sound System. I think we need someone youthful and fresh, someone like Ruel.

ZMG
ZMG
18 days ago
Reply to  Mark

Yes, I’m disappointed they chose Sneaky Sound System – haven’t heard that name in years! – when Australia has soooo many strong current acts.
My personal choice would be Johnny Hunter or CLEWS.

Lucky
Lucky
18 days ago

For a lesser-known name, I would pick Jan Verstraeten for Belgium. Just discover him few weeks ago and some of his songs are well-fitting with the nature of Belgium entries. Quite unlikely to see him in ESC, but one can just only dream.

Geri
Geri
18 days ago

I’d love to see something different and a little bit risky from Bulgaria. Bands like Jeremy?, Robbers on Parole, MIRY.

Rashad
Rashad
18 days ago

Singers like Röya wouldn’t do Eurovision, because it could damage her reputation. My personal favorite to represent Azerbaijan is Mila Miles. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-E7D_Tf40_Y
She has an amazing style and ITV should let her make her own music. We don’t want another Dream Team project that will destroy a potential like Aisel. Actually I would like to see her come back to Eurovison with a song that she wrote. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIntJyKFs68

Azaad
Azaad
18 days ago
Reply to  Rashad

But ESC has a mostly positive reception in Azerbaijan right? Although I agree that ITV needs to give its singers more creative freedom and not shoehorn them into pre written songs.

Ninz
Ninz
18 days ago
Reply to  Rashad

Damage her reputation? So she thinks she is above ESC…

Princess Diana
Princess Diana
17 days ago
Reply to  Ninz

Yes, because she is an established artist both in Azerbaijan and Turkey. So I don’t think she’d do Eurovision.

Last edited 17 days ago by Princess Diana
Princess Diana
Princess Diana
17 days ago
Reply to  Ninz

I mean, if she fails to have a good result at ESC or stand out at ESC, it would damage her reputation as she’s a well-known and established artist.

Bombalurina
Bombalurina
18 days ago

Only Athena Manukyan for Armenia please please please 🙁

Pancake
Pancake
18 days ago

My Eurovision 2022 wishlist (A-B)
Albania – Arilena Ara
Andorra – Judith Neddermann
Armenia – Athena Manoukian
Australia – AViVA or Dami Im
Austria – Lemo
Azerbaijan – Aygun Kazimova
Belarus – VAL (also my pick for San Marino, hehe)
Belgium – Angèle
Bulgaria – VICTORIA (yes, again)

Last edited 18 days ago by Pancake
Anijs
Anijs
18 days ago

Belgian choice Ibe is from Flanders. In 2022, it is the Walloonian broadcaster’s choice to send someone (most likely from Wallonia). So Ibe is not very likely to happen.

Kim
Kim
18 days ago
Reply to  Anijs

Also, with all due respect, IBE has zero personality and no stage presence. Charles, winner of The Voice Belgique, would be a far better choice. I hope RTBF chooses wiseley.

Estelle
Estelle
6 days ago
Reply to  Kim

I would much prefere if they chose Angèle tbh. Altough she is really famous, so i doubt she would do it.

Lhar
Lhar
18 days ago

That Azeri song was….a choice

Ashton
Ashton
18 days ago

just a correction, Azeri was first used in love unlimited in 2012, not in Mata Hari

Azaad
Azaad
18 days ago
Reply to  Ashton

I think they were talking about an Azerbaijani song using Azeri

Ashton
Ashton
18 days ago
Reply to  Azaad

well they said “made history as the first-ever Eurovision entry to contain lyrics in Azeri” lmao

Kristian
Kristian
18 days ago

Why isn’t the Albanian guys live performance linked ?

Euro Fan
Euro Fan
18 days ago
Reply to  Kristian

Yeah, we need a male participant for Albania in 2022 this time

Malo
Malo
18 days ago
Reply to  Kristian

There is no official video with his live performance only.
There’s only the video of the full finale of Kenga Magjike 2021, which is about 3 hours long, so not practical to link it here.