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 10.
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 – it wasn’t easy . And now, it’s time to reveal our top picks.
Our national final Hall of Fame currently includes:
But, who will join them?
Find out below with the conclusion of this year’s countdown!
Team Wiwi’s top national final songs of Eurovision 2022: 10 to 1
10. La Rappresentante di Lista – “Ciao Ciao” (Sanremo)
What we said: “Ciao ciao” is an over-the-top tale about the end of the world as seen through the eyes of La Rappresentante di Lista: a colourful apocalypse in which we must quickly come to terms with the general crisis underway, including climate change and social upheaval. The musical production of the song draws on a vintage imagery, bringing LRDL to a dancehall of the ’70s, between funk and dance. There are explosions of sound, much like scenes from a film one after another, moving from urban atmospheres to tribal rhythms. In the lyrics we find the irony of a generation that looks at the future with disenchantment. Is there time for one last wild dance before the apocalypse? (Cristian)
9. Alban Ramosaj – “Theje” (Festivali i Këngës)
What we said: Easily the most impressive male-sung song of the lot. Alban Ramosaj serves us a song full of power and passion. I love how the first verse properly simmers, then bubbles and builds up to the explosion in the chorus. And it continues! It is a relentless song that holds you in a lock for three minutes and four seconds and does not let go. Nor do you want it to. Absolutely brilliant and it comes with a big chance. (Tom)
8. SOA – “Seule” (Eurovision France, c’est vous qui décidez)
What we said: With SOA, music is a family affair. The brother and sister duo, comprised of LudySoa and Nathan, have been singing together since the respective ages of nine and six. SOA intend to compete in the final of Eurovision France 2022 with the song “Seule” (“Alone”), a track written in 2019. While Nathan was singing the chorus in his room, his sister LudySoa fell in love with the lyrics whilst listening on the other side of the door. The two of them then completed the song, which speaks of of a universal feeling – that of loneliness. (Oranie)
7. Alina Pash – “Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors” (Vidbir)
What we said: It’s her first effort to go to Eurovision, but she came prepared with “Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors”! Alina Pash’s song bares the same title as the famous 1965 film that depicts the tragic life story of a Hutsul Ukrainian man. In the 1960s, the film was progressive and controversial for its strong depiction of local culture, traditions and customs at a time when national culture was repressed. Alina sings that, at times, the history of Ukraine seemed so depressive that Dante could have written a Divine Tragedy instead of his famous Divine Comedy. In the last part before the chorus, Alina says Ukrainians are not dependent on the tragedy of the past, but can instead create a better future for themselves. (Renske)
6. Cazzi Opeia – “I Can’t Get Enough” (Melodifestivalen)
Cazzi Opeia can’t get enough of her loved one, and we can’t get enough of her Melodifestivalen 2022 entry. The Swedish singer took us over the candyfloss rainbow with her bright, pastel-themed stage show. Add a catchy pop tune to go with it, and Cazzi soared to the grand final upon her first Melfest outing. (Jonathan)
5. Rigoberta Bandini – “Ay Mamá” (Benidorm Fest)
What we said: “Ay Mamá” is a modern anthem. The song’s progression from slow ballad to choir hymn and the way it gains momentum as seconds go by makes me want to jump from my chair and scream “Amen!”. The magic of this song is the way Rigoberta manages to turn a simple pop song into both an earworm, with the playful “Mamamamama”, and a tune that moves the masses. The gravitas this song is getting in Spain makes it one to watch. It’s faring better than anyone else on streaming platforms, and is often played in private broadcaster Telecinco, one of Spain’s most watched TV channels. (Luis)
4. Klara Hammarström – “Run To The Hills” (Melodifestivalen)
What we said: Klara is a star. If she doesn’t go to Eurovision this year, then she will eventually. Run to the hills takes the crumpet for me this Melfest. Damn Klara is a powerful lady – Wonder Woman eat your heart out! It’s a pop banger and Klara looks spectacular, though I will say she does tire a little bit near the end of the song. But if she gets her breathing right on the night this could head to Turin. (Tom)
Previous top national final songs: “Nobody” (#36 in 2020)
3. LIAMOO – “Bluffin” (Melodifestivalen)
Sweden is the master of slick, contemporary music production. This was showcased once again through “Bluffin”, which gave LIAMOO his third direct ticket to the Melodifestivalen grand final. A favourite amongst the international juries at Melfest 2022, it was also a favourite of our international team at wiwibloggs. The club beats meant this wasn’t just any re-hash of the Swedish-pop formula. Add on a professional stage show that even the world’s top artists would be jealous of, and LIAMOO delivered a standout entry. (Jonathan)
2. Medina – “In i dimman” (Melodifestivalen)
What we said: Different is the word and I love it! Swedish pop meets reggaeton half way in this upbeat banger. It’s a party on stage and Medina are so much fun! “In i dimman” is guaranteed to get the public on their feet in Italy if this qualifies – even though a Eurovision audience will have no idea what they are saying. Swedish songs will always have an outside chance of qualifying but this could do it. (Tom)
1. BESS – “Ram pam pam” (Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu)
What we said: “Ram pam pam” is exactly how my heart beated when I heard this for the first time. Fierce, feisty, fabulous, Finnish-language pop – what more could a Eurofan ask for? Bess has delivered a self-assured rock-pop number that doesn’t give a damn. That’s no easy task given that the whole song is built around a hook which, in the hands of a lesser artist, could become completely cheesy and camp. This is a foot-stomping, fist-in-the-air belter. And it’s little wonder that this is still top of Finland’s Spotify charts all these weeks after its release. (Padraig)
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.
What do you think of our top 10 national final songs of Eurovision 2022? Are you surprised by our choices? Let us know in the comments.