A new year is right around the corner, and with it new wishes for the Eurovision season. So we have to ask: What do you hope to see at the song contest in 2023 and on the road to Liverpool?
Perhaps you want a country to win for the very first time. Of this year’s participating countries, 15 have never won. They are: Albania, Armenia, Australia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Georgia, Iceland, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Poland, Romania, San Marino, and Slovenia.
The past two winners — Måneskin from Italy and Kalush Orchestra from Ukraine — both sang in their native language. Perhaps you want to see another language represented at the top of the podium. If so, which one?
Or maybe you just want a fully functional stage?
Loreen, the queen of Eurovision 2012, is back at Melodifestivalen with the song “Tattoo.” Perhaps you want to see the “Euphoria” hitmaker return to the contest and win it again? Or maybe there’s another star of yesteryear who you’re dying to see make a comeback?
Maybe you’re a member of the press and dream of a slightly beefed up press centre, one which isn’t completely empty in the first few days as everyone waits for “high-reach media” to enter the tent. (Press conferences with zero media are so sad). Or maybe you simply want to do your work in peace, with a reasonable expectation of privacy, rather than feeling like officials are watching over your shoulder…
Perhaps you want a press room where there are actually places where people can live-stream without fear of the sound or visuals creeping into the background, since the new rules explicitly ban that. It almost seems like those rules were engineered to make live-streaming impossible…
Do you dream of a scandal-free voting segment? Maybe you want countries to actually be able to deliver their points rather than experiencing supposed technical difficulties?
Whatever your wish, we want to hear it. Shout out your Eurovision wishes below and let’s dream together!
Australia gets another 5 years in the Eurovision family
No.I prefer finally Gabrielius for Lithuania
We need some ethnic songs with countries that are known for it, like Armenia, Azerbaijan and the Balkans!
My wish is NO MORE POLITICAL CONTENT in Eurovision! Thanks.
My wish is NO MORE POLITICAL CONTENT in Eurovision! Thanks.
Countries using their own talented songwriters more and not buying in bad songs from mediocre song spammers that often add nothing to their selections.
More of a wish from the wiwibloggs community, but here we go: I wish for a pause from all these “SLAYYYY”, “QUEEEN”, “YAAAAAAS” and other worn out stuff we use in comments over and over again. Wishing you all a bit more creative and a lot more calmer year. 🙂
Yes! 100% this!
We need a bit more variety around here. They’re like a broken record much of the time.
My main wish is it to there! live never been to a contest, had ideas to go but never saw them through, but with it in the UK (and one of my favourite cities!), some of my friends are now interested too! Being half Irish, I want to see a strong effort from them this year. Brooke was fantastic and deserved to go 5hrough, hopefully we have something unique and exciting that cracks it, and leads to more interest from Irish audiences. We’ve had an interesting year, not 100% smooth and I know plenty of folks here thought the Italians… Read more »
As 2022, becomes 2023, I wanna wish everybody a happy New Year’s, and hope we get a great Eurovision.
Kind of off-topic but I wish everyone at Wiwibloggs – both bloggers and commenters, a happy new year! May next year be a year full of blessings and great days for every and each one of you! Also, I thank you all for being here, you’ve been a part of my life in the last 2 years and while my opinions might not always be liked (or properly worded sometimes, too), I’m really grateful for having discovered this wholesome community, which has helped me to hone my communication skills and also have given me the chance to speak my mind… Read more »
Oh dear, I didn’t realise they were cracking down even further on live streamers. One of my highlights this year was on the Saturday before where we got live reactions (and sound) when the big five had their open rehearsals. We in the UK realised we were likely to do well. They don’t want that happening again, do they?
Oh thank you for acknowledging that Måns and Petra weren’t great. That whole festival felt so smug.
How many wishes are we allowed? The genie is getting impatient.
I wish everyone at Wiwibloggs, all of my Eurovision friends and fellow fans a happy 2023. Thank you all so much; some of you have helped to restore my life, so I wish the same for all of you.
Have a happy and healthy 2023, Purple!
Happy you year!
new* omg my brain just malfunctioned.
At the moment, my only wish is to have Melanie Chisholm and Graham Norton to host all three live shows in Liverpool, if Lee Naeun and Cha Eunwoo ultimately didn’t become hosts. Mel C is from Whiston, near Liverpool, so she would have city connections as the potential host. And it would be best to have a native Scouser to host the contest next year considering the contest will be held in Liverpool.
BBC commentary could be done by Scott Mills and Rylan Clark once again, but this time for all three live shows.
Has Mel C even presented anything before?
I forgot one of my main wishes. To have at least one song that’s gay. Where nobody can miss the gay, and with no effort to hide it. Lyrics.
I actually wrote a few songs back in the 2000s trying to combine the two meanings of the word gay, but the songs are so out-of-date now. But the best open song about this is probably from “South Park: The Movie.” 😀
I don’t want it to be “about” gay, I want the gay to be incidental. Just there, no big deal, no empowering anthem. Just some lust, or some pronouns will do. Think ABBA’s Gimme Gimme Gimme A Man After Midnight.
Sung by a man, I mean.
Ah right. Some pronouns in the lyrics then. Or “my guy” or something like that.
It’s just so very disappointing to me that a little thing like that has not happened yet.
Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix had Big Daddy Karsten singing “Smile” in 2021. So it can’t be that far off.
Matt Blxck’s stuff a bit too much?
Peace in Europe, obviously.
Beyond that, every year I wish for a diverse group of songs at ESC. And, everyone have a good time. 🙂
I’d really like to get to Saturdays final without really knowing who’s going to win. Wouldn’t it be great to have a total surprise like we used to get in the 80’s and 90’s. (I know we never know for sure but the majority of the time the bookies and the fans hype up a couple of entries and the winner generally comes from them). I’d also love the presenters to do a little introduction to each of the songs after the postcards like they used to do – call me old school but I used to love it when… Read more »
A good overall danish song
Just to not see Ukraine winning again. Only this.
I don’t think you need to wish for that, “Heart of Steel” is not winning in a million years.
So many reasonable wishes in the comments! For me though:
1. Joint Ukrainian and British hosts in Liverpool
2. More songs in each country’s national language, and hopefully one of them to win
3. Lithuania has been consistently sending great acts in the last few years, I really want them to do well
4. Less ballads and more fun please!
I hope Lithuania has great options in their national final, and they pick the one that could do very well for them. I want Lithuanians to be spoiled for choices. Wouldn’t be amazing if Lithuania ended up as a serious contender for the trophy? But we’ll have to see.
I’m very hyped about Antikvariniai Kašpirovskio dantys!!
With this consistency, I think we will see Lithuania competing for the trophy very soon. Introducing PIN really worked.
For ESC 2023 to go without major scandals, with everyone safe and happy! (The most important wish by far!) For the line-up to have at least 3 songs I’d have as alltime favorites. Last year had 6, so at least half that, and I’ll be happy. For all the best songs to actually qualify and no major robberies to occur in the semis, thus proving that audiences can pick quality even without juries involved. For a winner that is special and of quality. Doesn’t have to be my personal winner, but I would want a really good song to win.… Read more »
Thank you. 🙂
Wonderful list Collin : )
Athena Manoukian’s return, that was also my BIGGEST desire for eurovision 2021 and 2022
And please my country to qualify again!
Armenia and Azerbaijan giving points to each other.
Go_a and Verka as interval act
I wish that everyone will be satisfied with next year winner. No drama
First time winner.
Another native language winner.
Stage that actually works.
Actual objective voting.
No pre-recorded vocals.
AzerBUYjan to NQ.
Germany snapping out of it and finally getting their shi together.
Countries that haven’t qualified in a while finally reach the final.
A Ukrainian/UK set of hosts
UK to send something that will land in top 10
Iceland/Malta/Cyprus to win since they’ve been waiting longest now
San Marino to Qualify and get there best placement yet/ Ireland to just qualify.
A suprise debut country from Kosovo/Kazakhstan or a country to return
Kosovo is not a country.
According to who? Serbia?
According to United Nations.
One where sympathy votes don’t ruin it. I’d also like to see the UK and Spain continue to get great results.
1. An unpredictable and surprising winner
2. A very creative and good looking stage in Liverpool
3. A very good organised show from United Kingdom
I really want to see Sweden send a song in Swedish. Everybody knows they can put together an amazing act, but it’s been so long since one has been in Swedish.
But not only Sweden. How about Germany ?
And who are you to decide whether it’s a song contest or not?
I just want a fair and square contest with high quality songs, artistic stagings, lots of different language and genres of music and a nice NF season where most of my favourites end up winning their respective selections 🙂
Oh and I want the rehearsal weeks to go back to how they were before 2022: Livestreams by the press both in the first and second rehearsals and no TikTok involvement.
Haha, you can totally tell this was William’s writing. Sad…
Anyways, obviously, I want a song contest. Too much to ask, I know – this is what I want, though. Oh, and it would be great if Wiwibloggs was unbiased and unpolitical. This might be even less realistic than Ukraine not winning in 2023.
1. No country changing the song that was chosen in the selection unless it was the second place (like Malta did).
2. Less ballads (compared to 2022).
3. A new country joining in last second.
I wish for this eurovision to NOT be political. Let talent be the center of attention!
Yeah this is impossible
You expect for the 2023 contest which will 99% be “Ukraine’s solidarity show” to be non-political? We all do, but let’s be realistic this time, politics will be involved and this year and in future it will always be involved… Just don’t know in which level.
Overall though I just hope we get a strong year with a surprising and exciting voting sequence! 🙂
Same diversity in music just like in Turin. I very like it to hear more and more songs in native language and more different styles
1. Azerbaijan to NQ
2. BBC to gain positive reviews for ESC
3. At least one song going viral
4. BBC & Liverpool to keep the contest in budget
5. Bigger viewing figures
6. No voting scandal
7. More quality entries
8. A country to win that hasn’t won more than once (Not Azerbaijan)
9. No flag drama
10. Not too many hosts
Without Russia there will be no bigger viewing figures. Say what you want about it, but you can’t deny this.
It could be argued that now with international voting it will become even more popular worldwide
But how many outside Europe even knows ESC exists? Even more popular? It needs to get recognised in order to be popular and this is a first step..
I get your question, but the festival has been more recognized outside of Europe in recent years. Especially in the Americas and I think Asia too.
How? Broadcasters from Andorra, Luxembourg, Monaco, B&H, Slovakia, Turkey and Hungary refuse to broadcast the contest, also broadcasters from Belarus and Russia are banned and they can’t broadcast it. I’m just wondering how is this RoW voting gonna work. I honestly think that it’s gonna be like what JESC 2016 tried to include (2 juries and 3 “experts”): complete mess.
99% you will see this rule being removed for 2024.
That wouldnt really work as the average viewer wouldn’t know which is which
I wish for ESC to go as smoothly as possible, for there to be no cheating in the NF’s or in the contest itself and for the fandom to be as least as toxic as possible. I know that may be a lot to ask, especially on this site…
No toxic comments here? You’re asking moon from the sky..
Germany, France, Czechia coming for their revenge and ending in the top 5 this time.
Loreen in Eurovision again would be iconic.
Israël and Slovenia doing very very well.
San Marino, Malta , Cyprus, Albania qualified.
Norway Iceland Finland Belgium The Netherlands ending on the left side of the scoreboard.
Uk and Ukraine top 10.
But I wish success to every country and to the future winner.
I forgot Portugal and Armenia in the left side of the scoreboard too 😉
We had Portugal on the left side in 2021 and 2022.
My wish to be able to vote in Eurovision in America has been granted. 🙂 My wish came true.
I hope countries that never have a won send great songs so one of then can win, because I really want a first time winner. I also hope Latvia and Georgia sends good songs that are enough to qualify because they have a long NQ streak now.
well if they have a good song you can not deny them a place in the final..
My wish is that in the semi-finals, since they’re going back to 100% televote, instead of using the 1 to 12 points system during the voting, they use average rankings to determine the results. Simply because neighbour and diaspora voting does give some countries (like Serbia, Greece and Lithuania) an unfair advantage when it comes to their chances of reaching the final via televote. At least if you used averages instead of points, there’s more incentive to appeal to everyone and not just your neighbours, and family members who have travelled abroad. This kind of thing is not the biggest… Read more »
Semi-Final 1 of 2022 with this system:
Damn, the picture didn’t show up properly.
The results were:
And some more: Semi-final 2 of 2022: Serbia – 2.34 Sweden – 2.56 Czech Republic – 4.45 Poland – 4.59 Finland – 5.34 Romania – 5.46 Estonia – 5.50 Australia – 6.95 Cyprus – 7.56 Belgium – 8.80 Ireland – 9.35 Israel – 10.02 San Marino – 10.20 Malta – 11.24 North Macedonia – 12.27 Georgia – 12.61 Montenegro – 13.12 Azerbaijan – 14.80 Semi-final 1 of 2021: Ukraine – 2.78 Malta – 3.06 Lithuania – 4.06 Russia – 5.17 Israel – 6.06 Azerbaijan – 6.06 Cyprus – 6.78 Norway – 6.94 Sweden – 8.50 Belgium – 8.72 Croatia –… Read more »
This sounds very interesting.
Barbara Pravi to represent France at Eurovision (again) plz lol ? she’s one of France’s only hopes to be honest. I think she could bring us the victory.
It’s too early for her to come back imo, she ‘s great and she made France very proud but she is not the only hope for France. The come back of a runner-up is not easy, if you want to improve your result you only have to win, no option. Look at Mahmood he tried again and was out of the top 5 the second time. 6th is still good in Eurovision but when you have been able to be 2nd already It’s disappointing. Miss Pravi has nothing more to prove with her incredible results in Esc and Jesc so… Read more »
Indila said in a interview she didn’t want to do it. Amir probably won’t as he now has like a 3 year old child and like a personal life other than doing music and he don’t release that often. Slimane and Yseult have never expressed any opinion on the competition of what I know of. Barbara Pravi has been silent lately and I think this could be why.
Yseult would be a great representative for France at ESC! Her voice is great and her songs are nice, I’d love it if she gave it a try sometime 🙂
“We are, um, not good to go…”