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 Moldova and working through to Russia.
Eurovision 2022 Wishlist (Part Four)
Moldova: Mark Stam
Jonathan: Mark Stam first appeared to the public when he auditioned for Moldova are Talent. Unfortunately, he failed to gain enough support from the judges and didn’t make it to the next stage. Determined not to give up, the singer secured a record contract and began releasing his own music. His big breakthrough came with the song “Doar Noi”, and particularly the duet version with Alina Eremia, who represented Romania at Junior Eurovision 2005. This introduced him to the Romanian public and Stam’s career has only continued to grow since then — his later single “Impar” topped the Romanian airplay chart. Stam can sing, dance, and also has a standout presence in his music videos and performances – he’s a true triple threat. In that sense, he could perhaps be seen as Moldova’s answer to Eric Saade or Loïc Nottet, and we’re sure Stam could provide just as good a finish at Eurovision for his home country.
Past wishes: Ionel Istrati, Nicoleta Nuca, Irina Rimes, Carla’s Dreams, Dan Balan, Alternosfera and Vanotek
Monaco: Terence James
Edd: If Monaco wants to come back with a bang in 2022, then look no further than double threat, Terence James. After spending his childhood between Glasgow, the south of France, and the glamorous streets of Monte Carlo, the young singer now lives in the border town of La Turbie. He shot to fame on The Voice France, where he wowed with his slick moves and rich powerhouse vocals, reaching the semi-finals. His musical journey has since led him to no other than this year’s French national final. Mixing his Scottish roots and Monégasque upbringing, his entry “Je t’emmènerai danser” gives us a great taste of his Eurovision pop banger potential.
Past wishes: Vlad Scala, Josh Stanley, Beyoncé, Brod’ Earth, Shirley Bassey, Olivia Dorato and David Zincke
Montenegro: Light Under The Black Mountain
Lauren: I would never suggest a mundane pop girlie on a Wednesday Wishlist. However, after some research, I almost felt like Montenegro leaves me no choice but to do so. Then out of nowhere, I found Light Under The Black Mountain, a progressive blues rock band from the Bay of Kotor. Reminiscent of 1970’s prog gems like Jethro Tull and Focus, but with a modern KALEO-esque touch, these Montenegrin rockers sound exactly like what I (and pretty much nobody else) would want to see at Eurovision. There’s no knowing when is the next time we’ll see Montenegro, who last qualified six years ago, back in the contest. But if they do make a comeback, and it’s with this funky group, I’ll be beyond delighted. Of course, this is the archetypical “not for Eurovision” sound, but come on… the highest-placing pop song in Eurovision 2021 came seventh. And a rock ‘n’ roll song won. So let’s loosen up and pick something we haven’t heard before!
Past wishes: Dado Polumenta, Anita Popovic, Jovana Mustur, Milena Vucic, Šako Polumenta, Deni Bonestaj and Senidah
Robyn: National final fans may remember Royane from Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix earlier this year — but there’s a lot more to her than that. Royane was born in Spain but has a Moroccon mother and spent the first nine years of her life in the Northern African country before moving to Norway. Her music takes her cultural influences of Arabian, Moroccan and Spanish styles, mixed with a Norwegian pop sensibility. Royane describes her sound as “bass-heavy, cinematic and a good blend between emotion and club music”. Her recent single “Let Me Be Free” delivers a lush, sensual sound with Royane’s smooth, cool vocals guiding the listener into her world. When Morocco decides its time to return to Eurovision, Royane would be a great choice.
Past wishes: French Montana, Saad Lamjarred, Oum, Samia Tawil, Bouchra, Echbiy and Malca
Sebastian: Easily one of the best-known rappers on the Dutch music scene, Lars Bos, known professionally as Snelle, has cornered the market for radio-friendly rap and mainstream appeal. His success has brought him a recent number one single with Maan (a previous Wednesday Wishlist request) and a Netflix special to boot. Despite being the son of footballer Jan Bos, Snelle’s life is not shrouded in privilege – detailing his struggles growing up with a cleft-lip palate, and his loneliness in adulthood. Snelle’s rap is accessible, meaningful and might potentially cross borders internationally.
Past wishes: Lisa Lois, Dotan, OG3NE (wish granted), Jody Bernal, Maan, Danny Vera and Naaz
Norway: Emelie Hollow
Lauren: I’m a massive fan of Norwegian songstresses Emily Blue and Hege Bjerk. And I will not rest until the day at least one of them sets foot on the Eurovision stage… But Norway also has plenty of other names I’m dying to see representing them. And three months ago, one of them did! …Sort of. Ever since I first heard Emelie Hollow’s dramatic-yet-sweet, soft-yet-haunting ballad “HE”, I’ve been praying to see this woman in Melodi Grand Prix. That’s why I was kind of shocked to see her as the songwriter for TIX’s “Fallen Angel”. I hope she enjoyed her Eurovision experience with TIX, but if she were to some day sing on the Eurovision stage, with her unique voice and her powerful performance ability, I think she could go far. Perhaps even grab the trophy. Norway has a lot to offer Europe; the Norwegians just need to choose it — cough cough, NRK.
Past wishes: Astrid Smeplass, Alejandro Fuentes, Julie Bergan, Sigrid, Ylvis, Honningbarna and Emily Blue
Poland: Hania Rani
Tom: Right, after what has happened in the last few years, Poland needs to turn this bad form around. Forget the pyros and the forgettable pop that’s written by half a dozen people, we need some pure talent. Right now, there aren’t many as talented Polish performers as pianist, composer and singer Hania Rani – she is talent! Her ethereal vocals, similar to Norwegian singer-songwriter Aurora, combined with her frightening gift on the keys make her an excellent left-field choice. Hania will stand out on the Eurovision stage. She will not give you a Euro Club banger, but she will give chills and mesmerise. Sometimes less really is more and Hania gives simple, beautiful, emotional songs. I see a spotlight, I see a piano on the smaller stage surrounded by a captivated audience in Italy and I see Poland making a final for the first time since 2017. Hania will shine! Check out “Leaving” which can be only described as musical art but also please check out some of her instrumental work – stunning.
Past wishes: Sylwia Grzeszczak, Sarsa, Brodka, Dawid Podsiadlo, Natalia Nykiel, Golec uOrkiestra and Margaret
Portugal: Ana Moura
Luis: Ana Moura is one of Portugal’s best-known fado singers. You may remember her from Lisbon 2018 when she was part of the opening sequence, together with Mariza and The Beatbombers. After a whole life dedicated to fado, recently Ana Moura spiced things up. Her latest releases blend traditional Portuguese elements and her rich vocal artistry with upbeat, urban sounds. “Vinte Vinte” saw her collaborating with Eurovision 2019 star Conan Osíris. With such recent Eurovision relations, can we perhaps expect Ana Moura at Festival da Canção soon?
Past wishes: Kika, Amor Electro, Diogo Piçarra, Carolina Deslandes, David Carreira, Dino D’Santiago and Murta
Romania: Alexandra Stan
Katie: It’s fair to say that Romania – once the country of operatic vampires, circular pianos, and yodel-pop – is experiencing a lull in its typical success at Eurovision. Having failed to qualify for the last three grand finals and with viewing figures waning at home, only a true icon can save the former Eurovision powerhouse now. Step forward Alexandra Stan, one of Romania’s most celebrated pop divas, whose name appears year on year in the Eurovision rumour mill. In true Anouk style, Alexandra could revitalise Romania at Eurovision with either a Europop banger à la “Mr Saxobeat”, her most widely-known single, or dip into the musical styles she has explored more recently in her latest albums such as techno, R&B, ballad, or even J-pop. With a new album Rainbows in the making, let’s hope Alexandra will reconsider her once-reluctant stance on Eurovision.
Past wishes: Antonia, Alina Eremia, Delia, Mihai Chitu, Moonlight Breakfast, Mario Fresh and Dirty Shirt
Russia: DEAD BLONDE
Oliver: DEAD BLONDE is one of the hottest new breakout stars of the Russian music scene. The high-concept character-driven rave project is the brainchild of 22-year-old Arina Nikolaevna Bulanova, who herself by way of marriage has ties to GSPD — a hugely popular Russian electronic musician. You might be familiar with “Мальчик на девятке” (“Boy on the nine”). The 1990s-inspired synth track went viral on TikTok and helped launch DEAD BLONDE into national stardom. Even Philipp Kirkorov is a fan! DEAD BLONDE’s niche musical and visual aesthetic hits somewhere in the cross-section between Gala, t.A.T.u. and Marina’s Electra Heart era. It’s exactly the type of nuanced zany and wacky wonderfulness that Eurovision fans — casual or hardcore — love so dearly. And with Russia fresh off of another top ten result with Manizha, the delegation may be looking to expand their horizons and recruit more new young and self-made talent. Under that assumption, DEAD BLONDE at Eurovision is a no brainer. Could she be the key to another Russian victory?
Past wishes: Natasha Koroleva, Sergey Lazarev (wish granted twice), Egor Kreed, MakSim, Pelageya, LITTLE BIG (wish granted) and Andro
What do you think of our choices? Who would you choose? Let us know in the comments.
Check out our previous Wednesday Wishlists.
Ana Moura in Eurovision? lol Prince was her fan. We are talking about another league, here. SOrry guys
I wish that Little Big gets the chance to stand on the real Eurovision Stage!
Manal or Abir for Morocco!
I highly doubt that we’ll get to see Emelie Hollow in Eurovision. The only reasons for her participation in Eurovision this year are because 1. she and TIX are signed to the same record company (universal music) 2. she has family from an English-speaking country (not quite sure which one) so she was only asked to translate ‘Ut av mørket’ into English by the record company. TIX, together with his brother Mathias and Emelie, ended up with a new version though, as many know. With that being said, her music AND VOICE has a lot to offer and I’m a… Read more »
I’ve never once heard about that Hania girl from Poland. Never
My BIGGEST wish for Eurovision is Mylene and Rosanne representing the Netherlands with an INCREDIBLE happy Dutch song!! 😀 Their song from JESC 2013 is so underrated!
I would really like to see some Junior Eurovision alumnis representing their countries… it would be so cool!
Some of the artists I WISH to represent Norway are:
I would really like to see Tolmachevy sisters and Polina Gagarina taking part in Eurovision again (WITHOUT being booed at), and I would also like to see Yulia Samoylova reaching the final and doing inredible performances in both the semi-final and the final!
Thank you SO much for putting ROYANE on the wishlist for Morocco! I am so goddamn PROUD and HAPPY about it!!
My Eurovision 2022 Wishlist
Moldova – EMAA
Montenegro – Maša Vujadinovic
The Netherlands – Dani van Velthoven
Norway – Erlend Gunstveit
Poland – Krystian Ochman
Portugal – Luís Trigacheiro
Romania – Laura Bretan
Russia – JONY
My wishlist is quite small, I don’t know a lot scenes in Europe. But here we go.
Romania: Ioana Ignat, Irina Rimes
Russia: Elvira T, or even something like Morgenshtern or Egor Krid would be welcomed.
Please not Snelle for Netherlands. I#d rather see Wulf
My Eurovision Song Contest 2022 wishlist (M-R)
Moldova – Irina Rimes
North Macedonia – Robert Bilbilov
Netherlands – SOMI
Norway – Girl In Red
Poland – Alicja
Portugal – Rita Laranjeira
Romania – Kamelia
Russia – Misha Smirnov
As a K-pop fan, your suggestion makes me happy. Jeon Somi is Dutch from her father’s side and I guess she’s a good choice to represent the country of her heritage in Italy.
For a moment I thought that was Tom Holland in the top right corner. Mark Stam sounds interesting but that video was so cringe. Lost my interest. I still like Terence James’ song and voice. He seems like a really nice (and akward) guy but the chorus was too repetitive and he can’t dance to save his life. I don’t care about rap but I really liked Snelle. Wouldn’t mind if The Netherlands sent him. Ana Moura could work wonders for Portugal. Her voice is spectacular. There’s enough familiarity for middle aged audience to pick up their phones and the… Read more »
My wishes for the netherlands: Kensington: A band with a long history in the dutch music scene. They are a household name at every festival with captivating music. Can’t go wrong with this one. Suzan & Freek: they make modern pop in dutch and every song is a banger. It’s actually ‘fresh’ unlike most other dutch language singers who mostly follow the palingsound like Jan Smit and Nick & simon. Tabitha: talented and versatile artist. She can sing in both dutch and english, Has an amazing voice and her repertoire ranges from ballads to uptempo. She has collaborated with kriss… Read more »
My wish for Poland is Sanah, she is one of my favourite Polish artists and she is super talented!
I agree! Sanah is also among my favorites to represent Poland in Eurovision 2022.
Sanah would be perfect. Even if she ended up dead last, it’s impossible to hate on her xd TVP would rather send Rafal second time. Or another TVP host
Mine are (there can be multiple choices):
My big wish for Poland is Krystian Ochman, but unfortunately not for 2022, because he said he probably won’t be ready.