The Eurovision 2022 season saw a boom in national finals, with 27 countries using a show to select their entry for the contest. Although we now have 27 winners who will move onto Eurovision, many of the other entries that didn’t make it will remain on our playlists for some time. To celebrate these acts, it’s time for our countdown of Team Wiwi’s top 50 national final songs of Eurovision 2022.
As usual, the team from wiwibloggs have voted for their favourite songs that competed in the national finals for Eurovision 2022 but were not selected. Note these are our favourite songs, not songs we think should have gone to Eurovision.
After reviewing the 100s of 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 reveal ten tracks each day until we reach the winner.
It’s time to find out which song will enter our Hall of Fame. Let the countdown commence!
Team Wiwi’s top national final songs of Eurovision 2022: 50 to 41
Honourable mention: LUMA – “All In” (EMA)
After counting all the votes from Team Wiwi, there was in fact a tie for 50th place. Tie-break rules see the act with votes from the most number of jurors win; the second tie-break sees the act who topped the ranking of the most jurors win (then most second places, third places etc.).
Following the tie-break, it was Slovenia’s LUMA who just missed out on the top 50 with their EMA entry “All In”.
50. ROXOLANA – “Girlzzz” (Vidbir)
ROXOLANA brought Girlzzz power to Vidbir 2022, ultimately finishing in fourth place. The Ukrainian singer said the main message of the song was to tell woman — who face all manner of difficulties — that “one day during the week, they should forget about everything and just have fun”. ROXOLANA says the “fun” part can mean something different for everyone. Speaking on TV show Hrymerka Yevrobachennya, she said that her interpretation of “fun” was to sit on the couch and watch Netflix series. Relaxing! (Renske)
49. Anna Bergendahl – “Higher Power” (Melodifestivalen)
What we said: I love Anna Bergendahl, I always get excited when I see her name on the Melfest list. And I hope she keeps trying for Eurovision every year as she is Miss Consistent. If not spectacular, she brings a quality song year after year and “Higher Power” is no different. Country-pop at its finest and Anna certainly serves us this in her costume and staging. I just wish she would steer into that genre even more with the song. I am not sure if it was meant to be or not, but given the visuals, it’s not country enough for me. I doubt “Higher Power” will qualify [for Eurovision] but another fantastic effort and I hope to see her next year. (Tom)
48. ARIS – “Do Svidaniya” (Selecția Națională)
Romania gave us a mammoth selection this year. A total of 46 songs started off in the first round of Selecția Națională, with many favourites falling along the way. One of those who stood out from the large pack was ARIS. Through her catchy number, “Do Svidaniya” (“Goodbye”), she reassured us that she wasn’t a Russian doll. While ARIS sadly didn’t make it any further than the semi-final, she still caught the attention of many. (Jonathan)
47. Eline Noelia – “Ecstasy” (Melodi Grand Prix)
Eline Noelia was the fan favourite going into semi-final one of Melodi Grand Prix 2022. The Norwegian singer served us lasers, glittery shoulder pads and noteworthy vocals during her performance of “Ecstasy”. Unfortunately, she ended up losing the gold duel to Frode Vassel and wasn’t able to qualify through the last chance round either. Nevertheless, she still made a strong impression on many, including Team Wiwi. (Jonathan)
46. Eldis Arrnjeti – “Refuzoj” (Festivali i Këngës)
Eldis Arrnjeti entered Festivali i Këngës 60 as one of the newcomer artists. However, the Albanian singer managed to hold his own against all the other competitors, including the established acts. Eldis won over many of the jurors with “Refuzoj” (“Refuse)”, ultimately finishing in joint third position. (Jonathan)
45. Charley – “I Suck At Being Lonely” (Eurovision – Australia Decides)
What we said: As a new addition to Australia’s growing pop music community, Charley’s discography, and her Eurovision – Australia Decides 2022 entry, is 100% of herself. More than just a song, “I Suck At Being Lonely” is evidently a cathartic release of emotion post-breakup. Her subtle vocal melody is supported by a gentle instrumental build, with Charley’s layered vocals showcasing a simple, yet very expensive, production. “I Suck At Being Lonely” sucks you into Charley’s trauma and hooks you in hard. (Sebastian)
44. Zorja – “Zorja” (Pesma za Evroviziju)
Mystical, enchanting and powerful – just three of the words that could be used to describe Zorja’s performance at Pesma za Evroviziju 22. The Serbian star brought a self-titled Balkan ballad with plenty of gusto to it. Zorja shined bright with an eye-catching head piece and deservedly rose up the leaderboard and claimed the bronze medal. (Jonathan)
43. Matteo Romano – “Virale” (Sanremo)
Italy’s Matteo Romano earned his place at Sanremo 2022 after qualifying through the Sanremo Giovani round for newcomers. Despite going up against some well-known established names, Matteo nonetheless stood out in between them with his song “Virale” (“Viral”). He ultimately climbed to 11th place on the final scoreboard. (Jonathan)
42. Ana Mena – “Duecentomila ore” (Sanremo)
Spanish singer Ana Mena teased fans into thinking she might be participating in Benidorm Fest. But she threw a curveball and ended up appearing in Italy’s Sanremo. Ana’s song “Duecentomila ore” (“Two hundred thousand hours”) didn’t get the best reviews in the world prior to the contest, and at the end of the week she found herself in 24th place (out of 25). But whilst Italy might not have taken to the slice of pop, international fans (including Team Wiwi) most certainly did. (Jonathan)
41. Pauline Chagne – “Nuit Pauline” (Eurovision France, c’est vous qui décidez)
Harps are an underused instrument at Eurovision, but Pauline Chagne hoped to right that wrong. She combined harp melodies with a dark aura to create the mystifying “Nuit Pauline” (“Pauline Night)”. This combination ended up being a strong one at Eurovision France, c’est vous qui décidez 2022 and Pauline finished as the runner-up. (Jonathan)
Our top national final songs of Eurovision 2022 ranking is determined by independent votes from a panel of wiwibloggers. They are Jonathan, Cinan, Youyou, Diego, William, Pablo, Oliver, Edd, Antony, Deban, Sebastian, Luis, Antranig, Padraig, Tom, Renske, Lauren, Robyn and Ron.
Which songs do you think should feature on the list? Are you surprised by our Eurovision 2022 national final top 50 choices? Let us know in the comments.