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 30.
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: 30 to 21
30. Theoz – “Som du vill” (Melodifestivalen)
Theoz was one of the youngest contestants in Melodifesitvalen 2022. But he put that youth to good work by delivering an energetic and fun performance of “Som du vill” (“As you please”). Making a journey via the second chance semi-finals, Theoz eventually reached the grand final on his very first outing at Melfest. (Jonathan)
29. Olivera – “Thank God I’m An Atheist” (Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu)
What we said: Olivera is a pop music philosopher. Her enchanting song tackles big ideas — like what happens after we die and whether we can create our own sense of heaven while we’re still living. Her voice cuts in multiple directions — it haunts, but it can also lift you up depending on how you interpret her message. This is pure class from start to finish and well deserving of your consideration for Eurovision. (William)
28. Inbal Bibi – “Marionette” (X Factor Israel)
Israel mixed their selection process up in 2022 and introduced The X Factor. After reaching the final four, Inbal Bibi was paired with the song “Marionette”. It seemed like a perfect match, and Inbal was a fan favourite to come out on top. Whilst that didn’t happen in the end, we’ll always have her puppeteer-style performance to watch back. (Jonathan)
27. Nicole Azzopardi – “Into The Fire” (Malta Eurovision Song Contest)
What we said: There are so many bland pop songs in this selection that I find myself craving for something a little bit different. Same beats, same vocals, same rhymes (illusion/confusion, safe/game, above/love yep). What sets this one apart is that is packs a punch. The dance beats are a little fiercer, the bass line is a bit thicker, the vocals are stronger, and the lyrics are dark enough to stand out. We’ve seen this type of song a million times on the Eurovision stage, so it’s hard to think this could be a contender for victory, but we also know that with enough of a performance, it could be a dark horse. (Natalie)
26. Ditonellapiaga & Rettore – “Chimica” (Sanremo)
A duet between Ditonellapiaga and Rettore might not have been what Sanremo fans were expecting. But the result was certainly a good one. The Italian singers had an abundance of “Chimica” (“Chemistry”) on stage and brought one of the most infectious songs of the festival. (Jonathan)
25. Javiera Mena – “Culpa” (Benidorm Fest)
What we said: It’s not every Eurovision season you see a song that ended up in your Spotify top 100 get signed up to compete for a chance to go to the contest. Javiera is a formidable electropop commander and “Culpa” is a testament to the fact. Its wide range of musical elements never fail to impress me: the danceable, diverse base beats, the great use of vocal effects, the dramatic organ climax, all to end in a vocal layering of good/evil à la Phantom of the Opera. Javiera is a complete original, and this song would be one of the most dignified options for Spain to send. (Pablo)
24. Sara Jo – “Muškarčina” (Pesma za Evroviziju)
In 2013, Sara Jo failed to qualify to the grand final of Eurovision as part of the girl group Moje 3. In the years since then, she has grown to become one of Serbia’s biggest pop stars. Thus, there was a lot of anticipation when Sara was announced as a contestant in Pesma za Evroviziju 22. With her performance of “Muškarčina” (“Macho man”), Sara served sex appeal and hit dynamic positions that would even make yoga teachers jealous. Although her Eurovision return will have to wait, Sara proved she hasn’t let her previous result drag her career down. (Jonathan)
23. Voyager – “Dreamer” (Eurovision – Australia Decides)
What we said: West Australian progressive-rock quintet Voyager deliver the neon-heavy entry “Dreamer”. The synth-heavy song is a commentary of living, breathing and being in the now. With lyrics commenting on lost love, mixed emotions and loss, lead singer Danny’s powerful vocals emphatically bring the listener the feels. (Sebastian)
22. Omar Rudberg – “Moving Like That” (Melodifestivalen)
Following his worldwide success as part of the Netflix series Young Royals, there was a lot of hype behind Omar Rudberg going into Melodifestivalen 2022. From the very first camera shot, Omar sizzled during his performance of “Moving Like That”. Unfortunately, Sweden weren’t feeling it as much as everyone else and Omar crashed out of heat one. We’ll never know if the technical issues surrounding the app voting in heat one impacted Omar’s chances. But regardless, it’s a performance he can be proud of (and we can look forward to seeing Omar in Young Royals season two). (Jonathan)
21. Elis Mraz – “Imma Be” (ESCZ / Una Voce per San Marino)
What we said: This is fun and it’s entertaining. Elis is a great performer – she can sing, rap and perhaps even more importantly she can deliver a compelling, engaging performance that draws the listener into her sassy world. I’m especially impressed that the rapping is seamlessly incorporated into the rest of the song. There’s no “rap break”, more that the mood of the song requires her to channel her inner Nicki and drop some bars in certain places. Best of all, the song feels like it could be a current pop hit. This would be really fun to experience live in Turin. (Robyn)
Previous top national final songs: “Wanna Be Like” (#35 in 2020)
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 30 choices? Let us know in the comments.