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.
Let the countdown continue!
Team Wiwi’s top national final songs of Eurovision 2023: 20 to 11
20. Kiana – “Where Did You Go” (Melodifestivalen)
Australian-Swedish singer Kiana made her debut at Melodifestivalen this year. It proved to be a successful one. Kiana sparkled on stage with her pop track “Where Did You Go” – and that was before she added the on-screen effects. Progressing from heat four with a subsequent trip through the semi-final, she eventually finished sixth in the grand final. Where did Kiana go? Right onto our music playlists.
19. Madame – “Il Bene Nel Male” (Sanremo)
Following a strong first Sanremo appearance in 2021, Madame returned for a second helping in 2023. This time it was with the song “Il Bene Nel Male” (“The Good In The Bad”). It turned into another hit for the star, peaking at #4 on the Italian charts. Madame didn’t quite reach the top five at the festival, finishing in seventh place – one up on her 2021 result.
Previous top national final songs: “Voce” (#24 in 2021)
18. Jerry Heil – “When God Shut The Door” (Vidbir)
In “WHEN GOD SHUT THE DOOR”, Jerry Heil sings about the spirit of the Ukrainian people during war. At times she’s deterministic, suggesting there’s little free will and that external forces are guiding all action. But the track also speaks about how after the bad times, the good times will always return: “I don’t want war / But He knows, sure / When God shut the door / He opens one more”. It concludes that goodness will win over evil and that the prayers of the Ukrainian people will eventually be heard. Full lyrics here.
17. OLLIE – “Venom” (Eesti Laul)
What we said: OLLIE brings the same nostalgic emo vibes we got from Finland’s Blind Channel in 2021, but dare I suggest he’s doing it better? OLLIE’s raw vocal is stunning, and “Venom” really builds throughout the verses to the powerful punch that is the chorus. (Lucy)
16. Hurricane – “Zumi zimi zami” (Pesma za Evroviziju)
Serbian girl group Hurricane have completely changed their line-up since appearing at Eurovision 2021. It’s now Jovana Radić, Sara Kourouma and Miona Srećković who front the trio. Hoping to follow in their predecessors’ footsteps, they transported us to the mystical Hurriland for their performance of “Zumi zimi zami” at Pesma za Evroviziju 23. But the trip didn’t end up with a stopover in Liverpool this time.
15. Jann – “Gladiator” (Tu bije serce Europy)
Eurodrama claxon! Jann was THE big fan favourite ahead of Poland’s Tu bije serce Europy with his dark and edgy alternative rock song “Gladiator”. He went on to top the televote at the national final. However, a fourth-place finish with the jury meant that he ultimately ended the night as the runner-up.
14. CONNOLY – “Midnight Summer Night” (Eurosong Ireland)
What we said: This is the most interesting entry in Ireland’s Eurosong 2023. Lana del Rey’s music style instantly springs to mind: The song has depth, mystery and sadness, plus it brings strong lyrics and a solid structure. I like the fact that it’s not just a linear sound. Yes, it’s peaceful and soothing, but it all leads to a climax. The lyrics speak about nostalgia, fear and detachment, but it’s all underscored with hope. CONNOLLY’s voice carries the song perfectly. (Ruxy)
13. Smash Into Pieces – “Six Feet Under” (Melodifestivalen)
Rock bands don’t always have the best results at Melodifestivalen. But Smash Into Pieces came to change that with their entry “Six Feet Under”. After heading direkt till final from heat four, the group walked away with the bronze medal and a #2 hit on the Swedish chart.
12. Elsa Lila – “Evita” (Festivali i Këngës)
In almost any other year it would be Elsa Lila who would be representing Albania at Eurovision. The singer claimed victory at Festivali i Këngës 61 with her song “Evita”, dedicated to her daughter. Sat on a stool and delivering pure emotion, many have tipped “Evita” as one of the best ballads of the season. But a rule change for the latest edition of the festival saw the introduction of a separate televote that determined the country’s Eurovision act, which swung in favour of Albina & Familja Kelmendi.
11. Keira – “No Business On The Dancefloor” (UMK)
What we said: Props to Keira for producing an absolutely solid pop-banger track. “No Business On The Dancefloor” is a modernised hark back to western ethno-pop fusions of the 2000s, with an undeniably catchy chorus and hook designed to burrow itself as an earworm. Very TikTok friendly. (Sebastian)
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.
Wiwiblogs should stop trying to pretend they understand music
My top 20 to 11: 11. Benjamin – Hoida mut – UMK 12. Bedwetters – Monsters – Eesti Laul 13. Felivers – Never Back Down – Poland 14. CONNOLLY – Midnight Summer Night – Eurosong (Ireland) 15. Agoney – Quiero arder– Benidorm Fest 16. Inspo – Sway – Supernova 17. Lxandra – Something To Lose – UMK 18. Madame — Il bene ne male – San Remo 19. Ella A – Waist – MGP 20. Jann – Gladiator– Poland _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 21. José… Read more »
Actually, an almost perfect 20-11 category. My only dissagreement is with Hurricane, whose song I find very overrated and was also awfully executed live.
Lovely to see Madame being appreciated! Her song was really unique. And thank heavens for Smash into pieces:)
Ollie! Agreed – he was way underrated. Hope he competes again.
Evita <3 Elsa we want you back!
A lot of songs take part of NFs every year that – unfortunately, I lose track of many of them at this point. Might not agree with many of your placings but I thank you all for making this thorough list.
Unlike the previous lists (top 40 and top 30), I think I agree with this top more, maybe I’d put Madame at the top 10, but all in all I’m fine with this 🙂
Some more of my top 10 in this list incl my number one of the nf season Venom.
I dont think my number 2 of the season will make the cut “Love you in a dream”. Interested to see what does make it.
Interesting to see that 7 of the WIWI-top songs for 11-20th didn’t even reach my top 50…
Here is MY 11-20th, based either by the song only (a bad performance doesnt make a song bad), or song combined with performance (a gret performance can indeed make a not great song feel way better). 11: Sofia Martin – «TUKI» (SPAIN) 12: Filip Balos – «Novi plan drugi san» (SERBIA) 13: Sunstroke Project – «Yummy Mummy» (MOLDOVA) 14: Kiara – «No Business On the Dancefloor» (FINLAND) 15: Lola – «Temperatura» (MOLDOVA) 16: Anica Russo – «Once Upon A Dream» (GERMANY) 17: Krutb – «Kolyskova» (UKRAINE) 18: Megara – «Arcadia» (SPAIN) 19: Elsie Bay – «Love You In A Dream» (NORWAY) 20:… Read more »
I still listen to Evita. What a musical masterpiece.
On the plus side, with Albania not choosing it for Eurovision, we didn’t have to suffer through it being butchered in the form of the patented Albanian “revamp”, leaving it to forever remain the masterpiece that it was. :3
Unlike Sanremo, FiK should start thinking about introducing the three minute rule, as well as give more time to their composers to polish the entries before the festival. Having an automatic playlist with studio cuts would help as well. While Italy always manages to trim down their songs to 3 minutes without losing any of the essence, can’t always say the same for Albania. Perhaps they should start treating the song at FiK like it already is a potential Eurovision song.
I respect the FiK tradition, and they had some amazing songs over the years. The thing is, many of their winning entries got serious revamps and especially now that they are using the televote, the voters have no idea what they are actually voting for. Could be a great entry at FiK, but butchered later on, outside of their control. Thinking of it, 3 minute rule is the least of the problems. The real issues are changing instrumentals, lyrics, key, tone of the songs. Especially when they get an English translation that feels off. That’s not the entry the viewers… Read more »
Introducing the televote is a good move. Personally, I prefer Evita as a song, but Albanians picked Duje, and that’s a long overdue that they could have that opportunity, so I’m happy for them. Both Sanremo and FiK can have changes, and occasionally, it’s fine. Trimming down a double chorus or an extra verse doesn’t have to be bad. In some cases, it can even strengthen the song. But doing a heavy revamp almost every single year feels like an underwhelming pattern. As a televoter, do you even have a guarantee that the song will resemble what you voted for?… Read more »
I’m comparing the revamp of Duje to Malta, but I am roughly comparing the revamps of Fairytale and One Night’s Anger (which you corretly pointed out as the worst ones) to Malta 2022 – to a certain degree. While still technically the same song, the changes were significant enough to put that in doubt. Sekret is a borderline as well. Duje, much like Mall or Ktheju tokes didn’t change its essence. I was talking more about the principle of ”any change is allowed” rather than ”every one of them sucks” or even that the current entry changed all that much.
*I’m NOT comparing the revamp of Duje to Malta, is what the first sentence was supposed to start like.
I mean, the jurors are actual people, and were still voting on a certain criteria for a certain song for a reason. But yeah, the things get exponentially worse when televote is involved. When taking the whole package in consideration, Malta 2022 was perhaps the worst song change ever, I believe. I can’t drag Elhaida into that, as she had zero responsibility for changing her song. And the new entry turned out really lovely. Some revamps do work, don’t get me wrong. But the similarity between the version people picked and the one that goes to ESC still has to… Read more »
I prefer Elhaida’s new song too. I have a similar experience with Sekret. While I wasn’t blown away or anything like that (I wasn’t blown away by any FiK 2022 song like I was with my top 5 in FiK 2023, TBH), I did consider it one of the strongest contenders there, and I liked it. With the revamp, with each listening, this fell further down my list. I think that what bothers me the most is how much Ronela wanted it to be raw and sensual, but missed the mark.
Then we are actually on the same page here. I might have come off as strict towards RTSH at first, but it wasn’t my intention. I understand that festivals like FiK and Sanremo might sometimes give us song that would have to be adapted for ESC, but this . essence of the original product should be kept. Nicely put!
Poland would have probably won this year with Jann. Ireland would have probably gone Top 10 with Connoly. Could we have one year where all the obviously best entries go to ESC? Just one year!
It would’ve been amazing, but there’s a flip side to it. We are already moaning about semi 1 having too many good songs, and how some great entries will NQ because of it. Now imagine if Connolly also joined the line-up. Imagine if we had 31 great entries in the semis, and 11 have to be cut out. People would go ballistic and call robberies on everything. Otherwise, purely speaking from a perspective of enjoying music and not caring about the result, I’d be on board.
Madame should be 1st.
I hope she doesn’t give up trying to get to Eurovision even though Sanremo is constantly dominated by male acts and constantly underrates female acts. Madame could’ve won in Liverpool with Il Bene Nel Male.
Madame >>> all the rest
Well, Madame and Elsa Lila are good (and obvious) choices, the other 8 I just wouldn’t include in my ranking. Only around 5 out of wiwi’s first 40 revealed have actually made my own ranking so far, haha.
Strong set of ten here from you guys with Jerry Heil and Connolly being the only ones that I don’t think really deserve to be in the top 50. Otherwise, liking every other choice. I hope you manage to finish the list strongly! My top 20-11: 20: Erma Mici – Kozmosi I Dashurise (Albania) 19: Aliona Moon – Du-Ma (Moldova) 18: Kate Gulbrandsen – Tarer I Paradis (Norway) 17: Bandua – Bandeiras (Portugal) 16: Atle Pettersen – Masterpiece (Norway) 15: Egret – Ako Shvatim Kasno (Serbia) 14: Eline Thorp – Not Meant To Be (Norway) 13: Kuumaa – Ylivoimainen (Finland)… Read more »
An astonishing amount of Norway in your top 20 … Should I brace myself for more? Otherwise I count four more matches between our lists.
We are all out of Norway, I’m afraid!
There’s definitely more Scandi stuff in my top 50 than usual this year.
Yeah, no major issue here. Aliona Moon is only a few spots below on my list, and I love her song. I am so happy to see Kuuma quite high! Some of these, like Eline, Bandua, Kate, Gala, and Erma would be among these that missed out top 50, but are in top 100. Atle’s song is objectively well-composed, but I cannot understand the emotional distance between the lyrics and the performance, so he’s only in the middle of my MGP list. Interestingly enough, I think that you ended-up with even more of MGP songs on your list that I… Read more »
Oops… Erma didn’t miss out on my top 50. She narrowly passed the line, completing five of FiK entries in there.
As someone who doesn’t generally care for lyrics, Atle’s song this year was probably the one that hit me most lyrically (maybe alongside a certain Italian song still to come in my list but we’ll talk about that later). Every line touched in a different way. It’s probably just a parent thing but it really is a beautiful piece of lyricism and captures a lot of what it means
The performance was probably a bit showy but not enough to put me off it.
Glad that the songs that didn’t make your list did get some love!
Don’t get me wrong, I really like the lyrics of Masterpiece (as I assume that being a parent, you connect to them even more that I do), but I feel like there’s an odd disonance between them and the way the song’s been executed / performed. If one didn’t know English, and only watched the performance, I don’t think they could ever guess of what the song is about. It comes off as either a romantic love ballad or an epic one about finding your own strength or something along the way. A bit ”showy”, yeah, and makes me not… Read more »
I want to scream and cry when I see Elisa and Jan staying home. Albina and Blanka will not even qualify for the final, whereas the former two would have easily landed in the left hand of the scoreboard.
X2, and it’s such a shame, they would’ve elevated SF2
Wow, Jann off the board. I was thinking that “Gladiator” could be a potential #1. And, uh, just ahead of Hurricane, who were rightfully panned in the Serbian voting.
20 Benjamin – Hoida Mut: The live performance wasn’t good at all, so it was justified for him to finish last on UMK, but the song is an 80s pop throw back done right. 19 Mattia Zanatta & Angela Kassiani, Novi Svet: Another favourite of mine that didn’t make the final in PzE, this time it’s popera done right, the jury would have put them through, but the televote kicked them out. 18 Sethu – Cause Perse: It’s a little too short and therefore ends a little abruptly, but this is even better than his Giovani winning entry “Sottoterra”. He’s… Read more »
Out of these ten, “Splash” is the one that I have ranked even higher than you have it and think it’s a great inclusion. I also have “Cenere” and “Fim Du Muno” comfortable in my top 50 so we’re pretty good there. Of the ones that didn’t make my list, I believe N’Eden would probably be the closest. Hard to fully evaluate it without a flawless studio version to really consider but even just based on the live, it’s pretty close to making the top 50 for me and was clearly a top five song in Albania. Benjamin and Celebs… Read more »
I am happy to see the appreciation of Cenere, which, spoilers ahead, will be included in my top 10. As you know, Benjamin, Edmundo Inacio, and Colapesce Dimartino already made an appearance in my top 30. Rezarta is an interesting case for me to. With a proper studio version, and perhaps some visuals, I think I’d be more than capable of making her my FiK runner-up as well. This is certainly a special entry. I am neutral on Urban Band, and Celebs (especially after the live performance), but I can see the angle. None of the songs amongs these 10… Read more »
To be fair, my top 10 could easily include my 11th-13th places as well, I guess that is where my top-5-worthy material starts.
Elsa Lila was the best choice for Albania and I can conclud that her song in eurovision would be in top 3…so sad
Why are Madame, Jerry, Jann, Kiana, Smash into Pieces and Ollie THIS low down! There’s enough for a top 5 there!
Because the Wiwi team tends to only appreciate songs like “No Business On The Dancefloor”. If there’s a girl singing an uptempo song and dancing, that’s just what it needs to be top 1 here.
True, but you’re forgetting the elephant in the room: them stacking the top every year with Melfest entries
My Top 20 (Now we entered the realm of songs which would definitely be in my top 10 at ESC): 20 – Jann: Gladiator (Poland) – Look, he is not my personal winner in the Polish selection, but he’s fantastic nonetheless. The song is dark, provocative (in a good way), and I absolutely love these strong electropop / industrial instrumentals that carry it. He’s such a charismatic performer on stage, and even if his vocals could have been more polished, he was miles ahead of the winning entry. What’s fair is fair – he should have represented Poland. 19 –… Read more »
This is very you and a good selection, although only one of these has made my list. I know that you like Donata, but for me she’s not on a par with your other choices here, and Gebrasy should definitely take a break – and change his styling, this staid son-in-law look is really not suiting him.
There’s a bit of a frustration on my part towards Gebrasy’s last two songs. They are really good, and I still feel like he would have done well at Eurovision, but seeing how he tries the same formula again and again, only to be ignored more and more, kinda hurts. While his style still works for me, he should take a break, give a new spin, and really work on his performing skills (not vocals, but connection to the camera and the audiences).
You already know that “Dreamer” is definitely not for me, and while I can enjoy Siderland’s entry, I wouldn’t have it anywhere near the top of Benidorm or a list such as this. Once those two are out of the way however, what we have is a collection of songs that are either at the very top of my own ranking, safely secure elsewhere in it or just missing out by the slightest of margins. Gebrasy and Janek, in particular, have songs that get better every time you go back and listen to them, so even though I think you… Read more »
My guiding line when creating this list was influenced by how much I listen to these songs, and how well they aged since the NFs. All of these hold-up very well, as all of them either grew on me further, or kept their original rare reviews. I understand that Kosey and I (interestingly, both putting it exactly at 18th spot, which makes out second match after Connolly), are among the rare fans of this entry, but I think it really shows how some effort can charm *someone*. We are on a similar page with most of these, though. I know… Read more »
It’s a good way to look at them, actually. Out of your ten, they’ve grown on me more than not. I’d say the only one that I’ve grown off a bit is probably Sissi’s Lighthouse and that’s more than I probably had it too high to begin with. It’s still great but if you had told me when it first came out that it wouldn’t make my top 50 this year, I would’ve been very surprised at that time.
For curiosity sake, considering that you started really loving both entries, but cooled off of both, is Lighthouse ahead of Bridges on your current EL list or not? For me, it’s almost a tiebreaker between Lighthouse, House of Glass, and Bridges for my second spot. All three are similarly loved by me. Only a small tip could rearrange them at any point.
Lighthouse is currently my 3rd and Bridges is now my 7th. They were pretty close initially but I actually dread trying to get through 3 minutes of Bridges at this point.
Lighthouse is still a quality listen, just liking other stuff more.
Lol Hurricane? Even San Marino had better acts than that
My predictions for the wiwi top ten: The 2 remaining Finnish entries, Agoney and Vicco from Spain, at least two entries from Norway and Sweden each (I don’t know which ones, but I’m sure there are enough of them left), if it’s more than that Filip Balos or Chérine won’t have made the list at all, but that would be odd. That means, Claudia Pascoal at #31 remains the only entry from FdC and Madame remains the highest placed entry from Sanremo at #19.
I have similar expactations as you. If you are right, no Sanremo entries in top 15, and only one FdC entry is… a choice. Not the one I’m having. But this year was so strong and diverse overall that, interestingly enough, for the first time, my top 9 are all from a different country.
I am happy to see Elsa Lila and Ollie included relatively quite high on the Wiwi list, though.
PS. I can honestly see Melodies of Hope also included in their top 10. While it’s a nice song, and probably would be in my top 100, I can see it being overrated among Eurofans, as it ticks all the boxes – uptempo, catchy, beautiful and charming female performer, has been a favorite since December when it came out. Actually, I’d be surprised not to see it in their top 10.
I don’t think any of the German entries will make the top 10, but just for fun: What would you think was kicked out to make room for it?
Considering the entries that haven’t been featured on this list yet, I’d probably predict:
But I could see Filip and / or Theoz missing out entirely, and perhaps the twins from Denmark having one of the spots.
So no Jone, no Ulrikke and no Kuumaa in the entire top 50? That seems really unlikely. What I could imagine is only the M&Ms from Melfest and three acts from MGP.
Your are right, Kuuma, Jone, and Ulrikke also haven’t been featured! In that case, I have no idea. They are all more a must-have in my book than Patty pr M&M, to be frank, but we know that the latter ones are definitely in.
There are a couple of Sanremo entries that might still sneak into the top 10… Elodie (not for me but a fan favorite) or my girl Mara Sattei.
Yeah, I could see Elodie or Mara being there, and I’d like that.
I thought about Elodie, but I just don’t know how to fit her in, so same question, who do you think missed out, if she’s in?
Last year, I actually managed to correctly guess the entire composition of their top 10 (not in their exact order tho) after seeing the first 40, if you can believe that. This year it doesn’t seem quite as predictable so I’m not going to attempt it, lol.
I have absolutely no difficulty believing it. 🙂
Guys, how can you put Madame, Rosa Chemical and Lazza behind Hurricane? You have put Lazza on 35th place and Hurricane on the 16th! He was on the 2nd place of Sanremo and they, if I am not wrong have had only 1 point?! Their song is mediocre and performance was a joke. And then Jan is only two places in front of Hurricane?! Sorry, but have the impression some jury members of yours did not listen all songs properly.
There have been far worse entries than Hurricane’s in this list already tbf.
So in the top 10, we will have Cherine, and gala dragot (Belgium), Benjamin (Finland), Marcus & Martinus (Sweden), Filip Baloš (Serbia), Agoney (Spain)… right?
I hope Ultimo and maybe Tananai make it too.
Tananai is already on the list, very low.
Vicco gotta be there as well
I actually would love to see much more entries from Serbia: Besides Filip, we have Princ, Na?a, Dzipsii, Stefan Shy, and many others (though they have not made the list yet, so even less likely to be the top 10, such as Zejna’s ‘Rumba’ and Angellina ‘Lanac.’)
Serbia deserves more love. PZE is one of the best (S)NFs this year.
And, I will add that, most PZE entries, as well as their stagings, have ESC GF qualities – much better than some entries of other countries we have now.
Madame is my winner in San Remo this year and two years ago. I hope to see her at Eurovision someday. Too bad she’s not in the top 10 with Jann, but I’m glad they weren’t any lower.
Did we ever find out if Harry Potter swinged it? 😀
Is it me? But I find it odd that Belgiums Rollercoaster by the Starlings hasn’t passed us by yet.. even though there are I see fire/Ed Sheeran comparisons, I freaking adore that song
It’s horribly boring and outdated. The line ”life is a rollercoaster, so hold on” instantly removes that song from being on this list.
Cherine for top 5? Ca m’ennuie pas is definitely my most streamed song of this nf season.
What a robbery! 80s done right!
To be honest – I don’t trust these lists. Almost all the songs are generic mainstream pop. Boring sorry. Too many MF songs, overrated as usual. And hardly Anyone from great nf countries this year as Croatia, San Marino and Portugal. Disappointing. This list is for traditionalist fans only
Ok! So my guesses on who will be in the top 10 are Benjamin from Finland, Marcus and Martinus from Sweden, Vicco and Agoney from Spain, Edmundo from Portugal, Ulrikke, Elsie Bay and Jone from Norway, Cherine from Belgium, Beatrich from Lithuania and Benjamin will probably win.
11 – You can’t win Charlie Brown – Constrate Mudo (Portugal) – this one makes me want to have a quiet cry from the very first best, it is so gentle and calming. A song to get completely lost in. 12 – Never Back Down (Poland) – I’m hooked on the attitude in this song. There’s an understated confidence in being the underdog, and that suckers me every time. Perhaps the catchiest chorus of the season for me, this was stuck in my head for about 27 days. 13 – Arturs Hatti – Love Vibes (Latvia) – I’m sure this… Read more »
Your list really is a rollercoaster for me, I never know what to expect next. You do Charlie Brown much more justice than I did, when I put them 25 places lower, but as much as I like the second part of the song, it still takes an effort for me to get through the first part – an effort not to be taken on lightly and several times in a row. Thank you for reminding me of Saule, I never had the opportunity to really get into this song, because it vanished from all platforms after its disqualification, but… Read more »
You have my winner in this section so yay for that but also a lot of songs that I really don’t care for. Can’t wait for Colin to get in here and appreciate some of “Dreamer” with you! Also happy that you remembered Saule’s song, as it was potentially going to be in my top three in Supernova. “I’m In Love” is also one of the best written pop songs of all the national final season that was screaming out for Scandi national final levels of production and performance. It would’ve been a contender! Coma_Come is probably my least enjoyed… Read more »
High-five for having Donata at 18th! 🙂
Also, Saule’s song is really good. I didn’t include it in my rankings since it was DQ before the semi, but I think it would’ve been in my top 3 of Supernova, next to Sudden Lights and Raum.
Felivers are my 4th in Poland, and while only my top 3 are included in my top 50, this is the only other song that passed the ”it’s at least okay” bar for me.
Il bene nel male is my Sanremo winner this year and perhaps my favourite song from this year’s ESC season.
I would probably have to say the same two. Madame manages to pull in multiple markets from the pop/new wave scene but also with the class orchestration of Sanremo. The song is so memorable to me and is one of the songs I play the most.
It’s also perhaps my most listened ESC-related track of the season (alongside Tattoo). I like everything about it: the music, the lyrics, the video clip, the general artistry around it… I also loved the live version: Sanremo orchestra seems to enhance every song musically and that’s the case for Il bene nel male as well, but Madame’s raw and full of feelings interpretation made the song even more of an emotional rollercoaster. She really knows how to perform and I love her expressive voice.