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 national final songs of Eurovision 2022, now entering the top 40.
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.
Let the countdown continue!
Team Wiwi’s top national final songs of Eurovision 2022: 40 to 31
40. Wellboy – “Nozzy Bossy” (Vidbir)
What we said: Wellboy — that’s Anton Vel’boy — grew up in the Sumy Oblast village of Hrun’. With his nasal voice and interesting stage persona, he quickly gained a strong fanbase and following. In “Nozzy Bossy”, Wellboy tries to reconnect with the ground underneath his feet. In the first verse of the song, the narrator says that the protagonist, a girl, should not forget her roots in the countryside. (Renske)
39. Azúcar Moreno – “Postureo” (Benidorm Fest)
What we said: What most surprises me about this song is that, production-technology gap aside, “Postureo” is perfectly interchangeable with Azúcar Moreno’s Eurovision 1990 entry “Bandido”. The flavour Azúcar Moreno brings is unmistakably their signature and for what could be shrugged off as the “vintage quota” ends up a really enjoyable entry with strong Spanish identity and an addictive hook. It isn’t my preferred one to send, but I’m more than glad it’s in Benidorm, busting the myth of the “older act” being dull filler. (Pablo)
38. Queens of Roses – “Washing Machine” (Pabandom iš Naujo!)
Inspiration for songs can come from anywhere. For Lithuania’s Queens of Roses, the inspiration came from a household appliance. “Washing Machine” was a sassy track that the girl group performed with striking ponytails and pink gloves. The trio ultimately went all the way to the grand final of Pabandom iš Naujo! 2022. (Jonathan)
37. Reykjavíkurdætur – “Turn This Around” (Söngvakeppnin)
What we said: Enter the all-female rap band Reykjavíkurdætur, who have been playfully ruffling conservative feathers with their raunchy and in-your-face songs and performances since 2013. Their Söngvakeppnin 2022 song is written and composed by Reykjavíkurdætur themselves. They admit that they had enormous fun writing the song, as they lived in a commune of some sort with their kids for a week while writing it. They wanted that feeling of change in the lyrics, as well as a song that makes people want to dance. (Kristin)
36. Lolita Zero – “Not Your Mother” (Pabandom iš Naujo!)
The icon, the legend, the moment that is Lolita Zero. Lithuania’s prima drag queen returned to the country’s national final as one of the public favourites. Stood in one place for the entire song, Lolita still managed to keep viewers interested as she spent three minutes telling us all that she is “Not Your Mother”. Making it to the grand final, Lolita finished in joint second position. (Jonathan)
35. Pongo & Tristany – “Dégrá.dê” (Festival da Canção)
What we said: Disruptive, intense, genuine, representation. So many words can be used to describe Pongo & Tristany’s entry this year but none on its own can perfectly define what’s being presented to us. Channelling African sounds and culture, “DÉGRA.DÊ” presents itself as a frontrunner for this year. Experimental but more accessible than Conan Osíris, the duo would be the perfect representation of a diverse and inclusive Portugal. (Bernardo)
34. Niello & Lisa Ajax – “Tror du att jag bryr mig” (Melodifestivalen)
Melodifestialen alum Lisa Ajax returned to the contest with a duet partner for 2022, performing alongside rapper Niello. The response to their entry “Tror du att jag bryr mig” (“Do you think I care”) is one of two contrasting stories. Lisa and Niello finished last in heat two of Melfest 2022. However, the song went on to be a hit, reaching a peak of #7 on Sweden’s Sverigetopplistan – Lisa Ajax’s highest charting song to date. Every cloud has a silver lining. (Jonathan)
33. Aminata – “I’m Letting You Go” (Supernova)
There was much excitement for Aminata’s return to Supernova. After taking Latvia to sixth place at Eurovision 2015, many were looking to her to bring the country back to the grand final. Aminata brought the emotional ballad “I’m Letting You Go”, which was a fan favourite among the field. In the end, she couldn’t quite make it back to Eurovision, finishing second. But Aminata was still able to showcase her talent once again. (Jonathan)
32. Jude York – “I Won’t Need to Dream” (Eurovision – Australia Decides)
What we said: “I Won’t Need to Dream” is a dreamy, almost weightless ballad. Jude imagines better times and happier days, where his dreams become real: “Soaring through the make believe, chasing something out of reach, and maybe if I wish it so, life could be the way I hope, one day I won’t need to dream.” The contemplative lyrics married to his glorious vocals make this West End ready! (William)
31. Isaac Sene – “Kuuma jäbä” (Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu)
What we said: Slick, smooth and slightly dirty, “Kuuma jäbä” is a full delight. It takes the wave of male sensuality that Måneskin and Achille Lauro ride, but gives it a pop twist. If Isaac can translate the appeal of his music video to the live performance, this is going to be one to watch. However, its linear progression and lack of a clear hook makes his chances delve. The fact that it’s in Finnish just adds an extra touch to this electro pop delight. (Luis)
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 40 choices? Let us know in the comments.