The Eurovision 2023 season was once again filled to the brim with national finals. A total of 24 countries used a show to select their entry for the contest. Although we now have 24 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 50 national final songs of Eurovision 2023.
As usual, the team from wiwibloggs have voted for their favourite songs that competed in the national finals for Eurovision 2023 but were not selected. Note this is not an objective list, but is determined by the personal votes of a panel of wiwibloggers. We encourage you to share your own personal favourites in the comments below.
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.
It’s time to find out which song will enter our Hall of Fame. Let the countdown commence!
Team Wiwi’s top national final songs of Eurovision 2023: 50 to 41
Honourable mention: Melanie Wehbe – “For The Show” (Melodifestivalen)
After counting all the votes from Team Wiwi, there was in fact a tie for 50th place. Tie-break rules see the act who received votes from the highest number of jurors win; the second tie-break sees the act who topped the ranking of the most jurors win (then most second places, third places etc.).
Following the tie-break, it was Sweden’s Melanie Wehbe who just missed out on the top 50 with her Melfest entry “For The Show”.
50. Wiktoria – “All My Life (Where Have You Been)” (Melodifestivalen)
Wiktoria returned to Melodifestivalen for the fourth time this year, having gone directly to the final on her previous three attempts. Sadly, that pattern came to an end in 2023, with the Swedish star finishing fifth in her semi-final and failing to qualify. Nevertheless, “All My Life (Where Have You Been)” is still a fun bop that many of us have added to our playlists.
49. Ronela Hajati – “Salvaje” (Una Voce per San Marino)
Eurovision 2022 star Ronela Hajati doesn’t want her non-qualification at last year’s contest to define her Eurovision story. The Albanian star decided to enter Una Voce per San Marino with the hope of representing the microstate at the 2023 contest. She battled her way through the second chance round to reach the grand final, but unfortunately didn’t make the top ten with her entry “Salvaje”. Hopefully she’ll be back at Eurovision soon to add another chapter to her story.
48. Umami Tsunami – “Geronimo” (Melodi Grand Prix)
Norwegian trio Umami Tsunami aimed to wash the competition away at Melodi Grand Prix. They sailed through semi-final one with their energetic song “Geronimo”. Sadly, the boyband got into troubled waters at the grand final, finishing in last place. But we’re still bouncing along to the studio cut.
47. ADGY – “Too Good For Your Love” (Eurosong Ireland)
What we said: Well this dark bop is definitely a surprise. It’s a song that could make the audience jump — and drivers, too, as it’s sure to get radio play. The chorus is extremely catchy and it gets stuck in your head after only a few listens. The lyrics are a bit generic, but not bad, especially considering that this is a dance track that pays more attention to the sound and the tempo. This could do well in Eurovision with suitable staging — maybe something similar to what the Czech Republic had in 2022. (Ruxy)
46. Paola & Chiara – “Furore” (Sanremo)
Time to head to the disco. Italian duo Paola & Chiara won the Newcomers’ section of Festival di Sanremo in 1996. Over two decades later, the sisters returned for the Big Artists’ section this year. Their entry “Furore” brought the dancefloor to the Ariston Theatre and took Paola & Chiara to a 17th-place finish.
45. Zejna – “Rumba” (Pesma za Evroviziju)
Zejna brought some Latin flair to Pesma za Evroviziju 23 with her song “Rumba”. The Serbian singer strutted her way across the stage accompanied by four backing dancers. She improved upon her result from PzE 22 and claimed seventh place in the grand final. We’ll still be going “bum-bum-bum” and “bam-bam-bam” for some time to come.
44. INGER – “Awaiting You” (Eesti Laul)
Not content with just singing, INGER decided to throw in a turntable for his performance at Eesti Laul 2023. The Estonian star spun right into the grand final and to a seventh-place result. This marks INGER’s third trip to the Eesti Laul final, after previously competing in 2019 and 2020.
43. Søren Torpegaard Lund – “Lige her” (Dansk Melodi Grand Prix)
In a show full of uptempo numbers, Søren Torpegaard Lund cut through the noise and stood out on his own. “Lige her” mixed elements of musical theatre and 60’s charm to produce a timeless song. Søren may not have advanced to the superfinal of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, but his one-camera-shot performance will forever be a moment.
42. Tananai – “Tango” (Sanremo)
After reaching Sanremo 2022 through the newcomers’ Giovani show, Tananai returned in 2023 as an automatic Big Artist. His entry “Tango” honoured those fighting in Ukraine and the loved ones they’ve had to leave as a result. Tananai eventually reached the superfinal of this year’s festival, ultimately finishing in fifth position.
41. Panetoz – “On My Way” (Melodifestivalen)
For their third appearance at Melodifestivalen, Panetoz brought the fun number “On My Way”. Mixing African music with Swedish hip hop, the multi-ethnic group brought a slice of sunshine to the cold Swedish nights. Viewers lapped it up and sent them direct to the final from heat two, ending up in tenth place.
Our top national final songs of Eurovision 2023 ranking is determined by independent votes from a panel of wiwibloggers. They are: Oliver A, Simon, Oliver R, Lukas, William, Ruxy, Lucy, Luis, Forrest, Pablo, Antony, Cinan, Freddy, Dayana, Antranig, Youyou, Jonathan, Deban, Mario, Sebastian, Edd, Padraig, Ron and Tom.
Which songs do you think should feature on the list? Are you surprised by our Eurovision 2023 national final top 50 choices? Let us know in the comments.