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 20.
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: 20 to 11
20. Elsie Bay – “Death Of Us” (Melodi Grand Prix)
What we said: Throughout a tough-to-stomach, painstakingly long national selection, less than a handful of Eurovision qualifier contenders have arisen from Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix. Elsie Bay stands head and shoulders above the competition. Despite some overly-pretentious lyrics and subtext, “Death of Us” is a well-crafted piece of songwriting, with emphatic swells and intriguing progressions. Elsie seizes every opportunity to show off her vocal, but to really capture a voter’s attention she’ll need to upgrade the minimal staging to match the dynamism of the track. Nail it, and she’s got a real shot at the Norwegian ticket to Turin. (Oliver)
19. Cyan Kicks – “Hurricane” (Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu)
What we said: I’ve been a fan of Cyan Kicks for about a year now, having found them through Blind Channel’s record label, and I’ve grown to love them for their coarse, punchy nu metal sound. That’s why I expected a much heavier song going into “Hurricane”, and was initially let down by how poppy it is. After a couple of listens I’ve managed to see the song for what it’s worth. In a nutshell, it’s an excellent pop-punk track, it’s catchy, and it’s on brand for Finland. I’m also well aware Cyan Kicks know exactly how to put on a live show, so I’m expecting a UMK winning performance from them. (Lauren)
18. AIDAN – “Ritmu” (Malta Eurovision Song Contest)
What we said: At its core, “Ritmu” is cliché Mediterranean dance-pop. From a musical standpoint, this formula is stale; there is little innovation or mesmerising composition at work, and despite its title the track has little rhythmic variation. But frankly, that doesn’t matter. Aidan’s bid for Malta is fun, feisty and feel-good – just what this kind of music needs to be. Additionally, the native-language lyrics also give this track a competitive edge, standing out from the abundance of English entries. The Maltese language is decades overdue its return to the Eurovision stage, and Aidan has the chance to spark its renaissance. (Oliver)
17. Rayden – “Calle de la llorería” (Benidorm Fest)
What we said: Rap isn’t a genre that is usually heard very much at Eurovision. And when it is, it frequently flops. Rayden is giving Spanish rap a go with his song “Calle de la llorería” and dare I say (and I will say this quietly), this could do well. I have not seen Rayden sing live but if he brings the kind of drip from his music video onto the Benidorm stage, he will smash it. Rayden, much like his song, is just so cool and “Calle de la llorería” would not be out of place in a movie soundtrack or a TV series like Money Heist. I am not convinced this song, or his moustache for that matter, will be universally liked. Rap isn’t everyone’s cup of Sangria. However, the beat is irresistible and I think Rayden is an excellent addition to what will (finally) be a strong Spanish national final. (Tom)
16. Blanca Paloma – “Secreto de agua” (Benidorm Fest)
What we said: This song is enchanting from start to finish. Its production is minimal but still wide-ranging and definitely enough to fill anyone’s soul. Blanca Paloma’s voice is a non-stop force of emotion from start to where it fades out into the snares at the end. The only issue I have is while I enjoy these kinds of spiritual ballads, it does end up becoming a bit repetitive towards the end and I wish they would pick it up a bit more as it goes along. Still, I’m sure with enough presentation, this song will soar on stage. (Natalie)
15. Dargen D’Amico – “Dove Si Balla” (Sanremo)
What we said: Dargen D’Amico — real name Jacopo D’Amico — makes his grand debut at Sanremo. It’s time to dance, literally, with Dargen, who transforms the Ariston stage into a club with a song with clear 90s vibes. “Dove Si Balla”, which translates to “Where do we dance?”, is an authentic declaration of love for dance music, the kind you can’t resist. This dance is cast as an antidote: to break the boredom of those who sleep without dreams, to react to a story that goes to hell, to express dissent against the masks we wear to protect ourselves. (Cristian)
14. Jaguar Jonze – “Little Fires” (Eurovision – Australia Decides)
What we said: “Little Fires”, which is in the same vein as a Radiohead style ballad, is very much a reflection of what has been a reflective and life-affirming few years for Jaguar Jonze – from an early COVID-19 diagnosis back in 2020, to becoming a fierce advocate for change and accountability in Australia’s music industry off the back of her experience of being assaulted at the hands of music producers. Jaguar stood up and fought strong, showing her tenacity and became an advocate for those who couldn’t share their voice. “Little Fires” is moving, it’s liberating and it’s unlike anything you’ll hear in a national final. (Sebastian)
Previous top national final songs: “Rabbit Hole” (#11 in 2020)
13. NorthKid – “Someone” (Melodi Grand Prix)
What we said: This is a sweet song and NorthKid deliver it well. And, ok, is seems a little inspired by Lewis Capaldi’s “Someone You Loved” — but the Scottish singer certainly doesn’t have monopoly on heartbreak. NorthKid brings a relatable energy to the performance and frontman Bilal is able to handle both the big loud notes and the more subtle moments of the song. Maybe the overall sound is ever so slightly dated but the overall performance elevates the song beyond just the impact of the audio. It’s a fresh sound for Norway. (Robyn)
12. Tone Sekelius – “My Way” (Melodifestivalen)
What we said: Tone came out as a transgender woman last year in an interview with Aftonbladet. “My Way” is a very brazen song about the fight for transgender rights. As a trans woman myself, seeing a song like this performed by such a confident, proud performer such as Tone means the world to me. I hope we see much more of Tone in the future, and that this will be just the start of an influx of trans-positive performances at Mello and other national finals. (Natalie)
11. Tanxugueiras – “Terra” (Benidorm Fest)
What we said: The Benidorm Fest 2022 songs dropped when I was boarding the plane back home from Junior Eurovision, and I only had time to play one song. About ten seconds into it, I knew I had chosen the right one. A booming electronic bass echoing as the trio chants “ailaralalá!” at the top of their lungs, fading into an addictive percussive beat – that intro single-handedly gives hope that Spain could end their current dark age at Eurovision and get their best result in at least 20 years. “Terra” is unique, (post-) modern, empowering, and above everything, unifying. Hopefully the nation of Spain is unified in the opinion that Tanxugueiras should go to Turin! (Lauren)
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 20 choices? Let us know in the comments.