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 – it wasn’t easy. And now, it’s time to reveal our top picks.
Our national final Hall of Fame currently includes:
2015: Eric Saade – “Sting” 🇸🇪
2019: Electric Fields – “2000 and Whatever” 🇦🇺
2016: Margaret – “Cool Me Down” 🇵🇱
2020: Dotter – “Bulletproof” 🇸🇪
2017: Kerli – “Spirit Animal” 🇪🇪
2021: Dotter – “Little Tot” 🇸🇪
2018: Emmy Liyana – “OK ou KO” 🇫🇷
2022: BESS – “Ram Pam Pam” 🇫🇮
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 2023: 10 to 1
10. JONE feat. Silke – “Ekko inni meg” (Melodi Grand Prix)
What we said: In a sense, this is the most authentic Norwegian entry of the lot. JONE’s bringing straight out Russ in the best way possible. Energetic, young, dynamic, “Ekko Inni Meg” simply cannot pass unnoticed wherever its put, and it’s set to make people all around dance and have fun in the most Norwegian way possible. Let’s bring Russ to the world! (Pablo)
9. Vicco – “Nochentera” (Benidorm Fest)
The title is a port manteau of “Noche ochentera” and “Noche entera”, which mean ‘Eightees night’ and ‘The whole night’. That should give you an idea about the whole feel: a fun, fresh and uncomplicated entry: “And we go to shout from the balcony, because life is ours to enjoy, because we have so much love to give, the neighbour starts knocking the door because she wants to come and dance”. Full lyrics here.
8. KUUMAA – “Ylivoimainen” (UMK)
What we said: This is far and away the most-played of all the UMK 2023 songs on my iPhone. KUUMA have managed to deliver a pop song that pushes forward despite the heavy nostalgia and melancholy that underscore pretty much all of it. I don’t speak Finnish, but the song transmits desire, longing and regret loud and clear — and it all feels so smooth and polished. That the lead singer has those vocals — and that handsome face — only adds to the allure. My favourite studio cut in a stellar field. (William)
7. Filip Baloš – “Novi plan drugi san” (Pesma za Evroviziju)
The Euroclub has another banger to put on repeat thanks to Filip Baloš. He brought the oonts oonts to Pesma za Evriviziju 23 with the catchy dance track “Novi plan drugi san”. Filip also showed that you can create dynamism in a performance even when there’s only one person on stage. A simple LED sequence combined with slick camera cuts helped propel him to a strong fourth-place finish.
6. Theoz – “Mer av dig” (Melodifestivalen)
Theoz jumped back into the Melodifestivalen scene for the second year in a row. He also made it to the final once again after taking a journey from heat two via the semi-final. His catchy Swedish-language track “Mer av dig” got all of Sweden dancing, hitting #5 both on the grand final scoreboard and on the Swedish chart. Europe also fell in love with Theoz – he was the only act other than Loreen to pick up 12 points from one of the international jury panels (Pozdrav iz Hrvatske!).
Previous top national final songs: “Som du vill” (#30 in 2022)
5. Agoney – “Quiero Arder” (Benidorm Fest)
What we said: In a strong Spanish field, Agoney manages to stand out. Packaged with an infectious beat, “Quiero arder” serves a lot of attitude. Composed expertly, performed wonderfully and staged flawlessly, this is a complete earworm with an unforgettable hook. “Quiero arder” is bound to bring Spain another respectable Eurovision result. (Antranig)
4. Chérine – “ça m’ennuie pas” (Eurosong Belgium)
Belgium’s Flemish broadcaster VRT brought back their national final Eurosong for 2023. Yet, the standout song ended up being one in French. Chérine’s “ça m’ennuie pas” harked back to the country’s 1986 winner (Sandra Kim, “J’aime la vie”) with it’s fun and carefree personality. But sadly, Chérine won’t have the chance to replicate the result as she ended up fourth at the Eurosong final.
3. Marcus & Martinus – “Air” (Melodifestivalen)
Norway’s twin superstars Marcus & Martinus have been well-known names ever since the age of 12 and their victory at Melodi Grand Prix Junior 2012. But rather than enter the main competition of their home country, they decided to give Sweden’s Melodifestivalen a go. They came with a killer laser show that perfectly matched their track “Air” and left us gasping for more. They ended up walking away with the silver medal and cemented themselves further on fans’ wish lists for Eurovision in the future.
2. Ulrikke – “Honestly” (Melodi Grand Prix)
Ulrikke comes from the unlucky cast of Eurovision 2020 who had their participation unfairly snatched away. She returned to Melodi Grand Prix in 2023 with the hope of finally making it to the contest with the heartfelt, orchestral ballad “Honestly”. Sprinkling a bit of Norwegian into the lyrics, Ulrikke showcased her powerful vocals and just why she was a favourite. In the end, it wasn’t quite enough, and Ulrikke finished as the runner-up. We’ll have to wait that little bit longer to see her on the Eurovision stage.
1. Benjamin – “Hoida Mut” (UMK)
What we said: This is sex electrocuted! Benjamin captivates viewers, and in the same breath decapitates his competition. “Hoida Mut” is a well-constructed piece of pop nostalgia. Bilingual in execution and without sounding over-worked, this is a clever take on 80’s dance pop. With visuals that solidly defy traditional notions of gender expression and sexuality, “Hoida Mut” isn’t just saying “Do Me”; it penetrates DEEP —and hits the point where it hurts so good. (Deban)
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.
What do you think of our top 10 national final songs of Eurovision 2023? Are you surprised by our choices? Let us know in the comments.
@wiwibloggs_official Who were your favourites? #Eurivision #ESC2023 #Nochentera #MerAvDig #QuieroArder #Air #HoidaMut #Ylivoimainen #EkkoInniMeg ♬ Air – Marcus & Martinus
Good top 10, but Benjamin on the first place it just proves Deban’s tasteless music sense!
It’s shame that Benjamin has not live vocal capabality, though it was well awared. 🙁
I don’t agree with the top 50. Where are m els, Ruta Mur and Elsie Bay? They definitely belong there.
I was right about the winner but where are Edmundo, Beatrich and Elsie Bay? Not even in the 50 best of this season?
All behind Laurell somehow.
Can’t believe how hard it was to make this list. It is my first Top 50 NF song list. Just started following NF since 2021 and I love all of the new music and artists I’ve met through these finals. Included Sanremo Giovani because for me it’s indirectly a way part of this (I know it’s not, but such great songs there, too). So here’s my list! 1. Lazza “Cenere” 2. Elsa Lila “Evita” 3. Eline Thorp “Not Meant to Be” 4. Ruta MUR “So Low” 5. Jone, Silke “Ekko inni meg” 6. Chérine “ça m’ennuie pas” 7. KUUMAA “Ylivoimainen”… Read more »
Great list! It’s time consuming to do hey.. but heaps of fun on a lazy Sunday arvo. I adore 8 of your top 10, it’s nice to see someone with similar high taste 😉
What’s your top 2 or 3 of the actual 37 in the contest??
Top 2 are super clear. Then it gets hard lol
How about you?
I’ll be gutted if Latvia doesn’t make it through, but at least I got to know their music.
Good attitude! The songs don’t die, we have them forever =) I can’t order mine yet, but my top 5 are Austria, UK, Netherlands, Slovenia & Finland. It’s funny how it happens but I didn’t like Mia/Dion, Joker Out or Kaarija on first listen, then much later I can’t stop playing them. I think Spain will be an amazing stage show, it’s soooo good to watch her strut. Latvia is nice, I like the video clip, I worry about their draw going 4th in such a tough semi. I have a feeling Azerbaijan & Netherlands might surprise in that semi… Read more »
YEAHH Benjamin!! I hope he returns to UMK and makes it to Eurovision next time. What a king! (And agoney, cherine, kuumaa and theoz all did so well too!)
Hoida mut is also my winner! I hope Benjamin try to represent Finland again with great song.
I love “Hoida Mut” and videoclip, but the live performance was average
Here is my top 45, for anyone interested ** My top is based on what I actually bothered to listen to, replays, and I’m not trying to please anyone with it as it’s mostly Pop. ** earlier released songs tend to be in the bottom with few exceptions. ** Honorable mentions from San Remo Giovannia – “Sethu – Sottoterra”, “Olly – L’anim Balla”, and “Guise The Lizia – Sincera”. ** no songs from Malta, Poland, Belgium [so don’t come at me Jann stans]. ** Previous winners; 2016 “Adil – In our nature”. [Belgium] 2017 ” Spoon 21- Deák”. [Hungary] 2018″… Read more »
Have same first and last place lol. Though mine was #50 and yours #45
Just checked it was 49 heh. Wish for that edit button
I’m not mad you didn’t include any Polish song (even if I really like Be Good ?), but I may not be objective as I don’t like Gladiator (not bad, but he could do better IMO) and I’m not so keen on Solo either XD
unpopular opinion Solo is more listenable to Gladiator for me! the song itself is not bad, but the drama surrounds it discredit it tbh!
I have the same opinion, the song isn’t bad albeit a little too generic xD plus to add her live is average at best, and all the drama around her…
Yes! Hoida Mut for the win! This is one of two 2023 songs I play on repeat over and over (the other being Gladiator).
I’m glad to see that my top 2 was featured in the top 10! While its staging was cheesy, Ça m’ennuie pas is a cute, quirky and catchy song that deserved a chance at the ESC stage. My overall no. 1 this season is Ylivoimainen, I love the song and if I had to describe it, I’d say it’s the most essentially Finnish song I’ve ever heard without it being metal 😀 Btw, my third place (Le Deva – Fiori su Marte) wasn’t featured in this list at all, but I’ve been hooked to it since finding out they took… Read more »
I’m also hooked to Fiori su Marte by La Deva. It’s such a quality entry, worthy of San Remo, and much better than the actual winners. It’s a crime Wiwi included Ronela on this list and not La Deva. My guess is that none of them actually bothered watching Una voce per San Marino and only watched the clip of Ronela on YT because Yas Queen! (when actually she was among the worst of the evening…)
Lol, obvious last place of its national final is first here
Dean who hates unique music listens only to this dated generic pop
Lazza’s Cenere comfortably takes my #1.
It’s a great song, it’s also on my top 10 🙂
I actually beleive that Italy can win again with it.
That was my number 1 as well
Kinda late here but here is my final personnal 2023 NF’ Top10. Looking at it, it reveals my predominance for “slow and deep” numbers although I note some original electronic proposals that managed to grab me positively. As expected, I totally dove into the “roots musics” and it’s no coincidence that native languages form once again the majority of the Top 10. Congrats to Spain who manages to reach the first place to me on a second year in a row (in 2022 I went for Rigoberta Bandini – Ay Mama). They are set for great things in Eurovision !… Read more »
The complete list : 11) Once upon a dream – Anica Russo (Germany) 12) When God Shut the Door – Jerry Heil (Ukraine) 13) Quiero arder – Agoney (Spain) 14) Nascia Maria – Claudia Pascoal (Portugal) 15) Checkmate – Brooke (Malta) 16) Kosmosi i dashurisë – Erma Mici (Albania) 17) Midnight summer night – Connoly (Ireland) 18) Nevera (Lei, lei) – Harmonija Disonance (Croatia) 19) Armageddon – Ameerah (Belgium) 20) Melodies of hope – Patty Gurdy (Germany) 21) Hoida mut – Benjamin (Finland) 22) Love you in dream – Elsie Bay (Norway) 23) Air – Marcus & Martinus (Sweden) 24)… Read more »
Some thoughts : – A lot of my choices have been concretised this year, including Czechia, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Norway, Portugal, Serbia, Spain and Sweden. Biggest disappointments come from Poland and San Marino that had very clear stand-outs to me. – Spain : Benidorm Fest reached another level this year, despite the lack of very big names that we could have expected after the inaugural edition. My favorite NF as of now, full of diversity and ambition. – Belgium : The great surprise of the season, with a lot of songs still on repeat. The mecanic may not be the… Read more »
The Wiwi top ten redeemed itself with its number one, so all previous mistakes are forgiven.
As for my own, I just can’t do it – it’s too soon! I don’t know how you all do, but your thoughts have been good to read.
Based on my most played:
1. Ruta Mur – So Low
2. Filip Baloš – Novi Plan Drugi San
3. Anett x Fredi – U Need to Move On
4. Trong – Dare to be Different
5. Lazza – Cenere
6. Public Image Ltd – Hawaii
Honourable mentions to Chérine, Kiana & Jona (German tiktok entry 10/10)
Fantastic Season as always!
Questionable staging or not, “ça m’ennuie pas” will always be my favorite song from the 2023 season.
Not a great list for those of us who prefer different genres.
I just think live performance should be factored into who finishes at #1.
Six of the top 10 from Nordic NFs
you can’t blame them for serving quality!
Ayy nice to see some of my top 10 here too, I wasn’t expecting Theoz to be on this list because people seemed to just not root for it too much but its one of my favs of the national final season. Here are my favs of the nf season (theres more than 10 coz it was too hard to narrow it down, also spoilers, its mostly pop, sorry I just tend to prefer that). 1. Ollie Venom 2. Lazza Cenere/Madame Il Bene nel male 3. Elsie Bay Love you in a Dream 4. Filip Balos Novi plan drugi san/… Read more »
also, meant to add René Miller concrete heart and Will Church Hold on.
but yeah all in all, loved a lot of nf songs this season, not all of them are mentioned here.
WOW – happy to see someone else appreciating Sofia Martin’s “TUKI” – such a great song in studio version !
Here is my 1st-10th of this years songs in the national finals. My list is determined by either song only (as a bad performance doenst make a great song any worse) or a combination of song and performance (as a great performance can make a not so great song feel much better): 1: Jann – «Gladiator» (POLAND) 2: Madame – «Il bene nel male» (ITALY) 3: Ulrikke – «Honestly» (NORWAY) 4: Rosa Chemical – «Made In Italy» (ITALY) 5: Oy Sound System – «Oy, tuzhu» (UKRAINE) 6: Benjamin – «Hoida mut» (FINLAND) 7: René Miller – «Concrete Heart» (GERMANY) 8: Leo… Read more »
Who puts these tops together? Seriously….
Only covers few national finals and fully cover western pop.
I lowkey expected to see more acts from Lithuania’s ‘Pabandom is naujo’, but hey – there is always next year, I guess…
I thought PIN was really good this year. In my personal NF rankings it would be top ten for sure.
Me too, PiN this year had several great songs!
1. Jone – Ekko Inni Meg (Norway) – for me, this song captures everything that Eurovision is about. In three minutes, we have an accessible audio experience that captures ethnic elements, delivers modern sensibilities and most of all gets you to sing and dance along. There is no other song that I have played as much as this, it is about as near to perfection that we can get. 2. Meelik – Tuju (Estonia) From the very first beat, this song creates such an exceptional groove. Do you, do you, do you know what I mean? What’s more, I love… Read more »
Three out of the top ten matched with the Wiwibloggers – maybe I don’t have such weird taste after all! I’m really pleased to see these songs recognized by a wide audience.
If it wasn’t you, Kosey…the mention of Sasha almost instinctively has me reaching for the downvote button, am resisting the urge! Ruta Mur is the other act I can’t really fully get onboard with. Besides that, this is probably your most accessible selection of ten so far. I find the “out there” entries to be a little more understandable. Meelik, Oy Sound System and even Churky all have some musical interest to them. Obviously, things like Kuumaa, Bedwetters, Jone and Benjamin are already well-received so don’t need to pat too much on the back for those ones. I didn’t include… Read more »
I feel like I might need to explain number 9. I am not very close to the history and so have only judged this one song on its own merits. At first glance, it might seem inappropriate, but the artist has said that the story is about a guardian angel looking over someone. I can only take that at face value and in that context, I find the storyline engaging. As I have said, the musical elements are very up my street and I am reminded of acts that I have enjoyed for a lot of years so it ticks… Read more »
You are clear, Kosey. 🙂 You certainly haven’t offended me. Sasha B, on the other hand… Sure, he says it’s about a guardian angel (and everyone is free to take it as face value), but this man has brought several songs about desiring underaged teen girls. Year after year, song after song. I’m not saying anything for certain, but at this point, I’d be surprised if there wasn’t more to it. I hope I’m wrong. I can understand a lot. I have zero issues with sex / relationships among consenting adults with a huge age gap. Everyone 20+ can have… Read more »
Thanks for the background detail Colin and what you have written above is totally abhorrent and doesn’t even deserve to be commented upon. I don’t know the man and have no desire to explore further, I was judging the song in complete isolation (and perhaps that is a mixture because it is impossible to separate the song from the artist, it’s part of the reason why Eurovision will also be inherently political (but that’s a topic for another day!)). I had carefully researched this specific song as there is no way that I could support something that was in any… Read more »
That’s fair. I mean, if these lyrics didn’t come from someone who also had songs called “Love me like my daughter” and “I love girls of 13 years old”, I’d probably give them a benefit of the doubt. I just see this particular guy as a sinister figure. Then again, Charles Manson was an absolute monster, and yet I’ve met a man who says that he finds some of his songs good from a purely musical standpoint. I can understand both separating the art from the artist, and not being able to. It’s quite individual.
He is disgusting and potentially dangerous. I’m seriously creeped out!
Oh dear, I didn’t realize that. I am fighting hard for this not to spoil my enjoyment of the song. In complete isolation, it is really engaging. I really want to judge a song just for a song’s sake because if not, that means in Eurovision we must be inherently judging the country as well as the song, and I really don’t like going down that path.
Of course, I’m not personally offended by you finding something to like about the song. If anything, the issue is the broadcaster continuing to give him a platform considering his past song content and overall behaviour.
I just cannot with him at this point. Definitely not getting any benefit of the doubt with me.
Glad to see Kuumaa, Benjamin, Meelik, Oy SS, Bedwetters, and Jone in your top 10. Kuumaa are my winners, and I am happy to see them this high. Absolutely baffled about number nine. For me, it’s my most disliked song this season. But others are more than fine. Overall, you have some good songs here. 🙂
Kosey! I just reattached my jaw and then you drop your number 9?
Other than that I guessed right: You really are a Meelik kind of guy. 🙂
Well, did all the jurors listened to all the national final songs?
I’m surprised to see so few songs in the top50 of the strongest National Finals of this year: Serbia and Portugal.
And why every year Melodifestivalen get so represented here with dull songs? Let’s be frank, Sweden don’t have an exciting national final for several years (only the winners are great).
This is my personal opinion. I think this top should include more jurors or ways to have the community voting, so it can be more diverse and representative of the efforts of “less fanbase” NFs
Well this top is the favorites of the WIWI team, and it clearly is stated so – every fan page is allowed to make their own national final top 50. Dont hate on WIWI for doing something no other fan page even bother doing. And after having listened to several podcasts and reading news from severeal fanpages I know that there could be many different whole teams presenting their favorites. People tend to take WIWI too seriously as they are the largest fan page, but if one disagrees that much with WIWI then one is free to not read or… Read more »
The wiwi top 10 is pretty good, actually, with only those two okay Melfest songs taking up space (seems like a theme here). I’m a little surprised by #1 since it felt like Kaarija really stole its thunder, but I’m happy to see it’s still loved.
BENJAMIN!!! So happy he got the top 1!!!
Though I am surprised that gala dragot (Belgium) did not get mentioned on the list…
Absolutely agree. Gala Dragot should definitely be in a top 50 list. My favorite selection this year is my own country, MGP – but I feel they focused on wrong entries mostly for the wiwi-top 50, and the same goes for swedish MF which was way worse than MGP. Belgium, Finland, Serbia, Croatia and Norway had the best national finals this year. Latvia, Iceland and Denmark were the worst…
Benjamin was good, but not good enough. There is a reason why he finished at the bottom in the end of that NF. I think Filip Baloš deserves to be 1st or in the top three since he genuinely could have won it. Idk why he got 4th!
Really love Filip! Also very glad to see the sweet friendship between him and Lulu.
PZE this year is really competitive, so I feel 4th place is not a bad result for him either. (Though I’d expect he would enjoy more popularity in NF televoting…)
For me, Filip, with Jann, Benjamin, and Cherine, all have winning talents. Though this year, for staging, vocal, or whatever reason, they did not make it. Next time they may hit the perfect and bring back the ESC championship 😉
I mean, a Serbian national final song isn’t going to win one of these lists on Wiwibloggs tbf. I’m glad Filip did as well as he did!
1. Krut, “Kolyskova” (Ukraine) – Starting as a hushed, fragile thing, this methodically builds into a monument to Ukrainian grit. I thought this met the moment better than any other Vidbir song, and the first NF runner-up is still the one I’ll miss most in Liverpool. 2. Madame, ‘Il bene nel male” (Italy) – The first Sanremo performance was one of my favorite video recordings of live music, ever. Those orchestral accents! That cathedral of a building! That climax that blew away the studio cut! 3. Jann, “Gladiator” (Poland) – “I’m picking your new favorite/ You buy it and I’ll… Read more »
This is also a very thoughtful top ten, thanks for sharing and explaining what you like about the songs. I never quite understood the love for Petunija’s “Love of my life”. I know, it has an ardent following, but I never found the key to its charm – and I only ever listened to the long version, so that’s not the reason. I feel like I should at least get what others appreciate so much about it, but I just don’t.
Here are my honorable mentions. My 7s and some 7.5s that didn’t manage to get into the top 50 overall, but I consider them good songs I might listen to, and might find their place higher-up someday: Albania: 2Farm: Atomike Evi reci: Ma kthe Petrit Carkaxhiu: Emri yt miresi Belgium: Gala Dragot: T’inquiete Croatia: The Splitters: Lost and Found Czechia: Rodan: Introvert Party Club Estonia: Bedwetters: Monsters Anett x Fredi: You Need to Move On M els: So Good at What You Do Finland: Lxandra: Something to Lose Keira: No Business on the Dancefloor Portion Boys: Samaa taivasta katsotaan Robin… Read more »
Additional explanation for the rest of the selections: Denmark and Iceland have their highest songs rated at 6.5/10 Malta has three and Moldova two entries rated over a 7, one of which won in each country, other three being in my top 50. Poland has three entries in my top 50, and there’s a rather big gap with the rest. I haven’t ranked San Marino yet, that’s about to happen soon enough. Not included are also German wildcards, Belgian alternative entries (as they were fully released only at point they were no longer eligible in), and entries like Regina and… Read more »
I think these honourable mentions pretty much covered almost every song that I included in my fifty that you didn’t. So am happy!
Apart from Iza Duge but I’m not even going to try and convince you on that one anymore. XD
Mostly everything, yeah. Your top mostly spans from ”I like it” to ”I love it”. Aside from Iza duge, Hurricane are also not included, but I don’t dislike the song either. It’s in the middle ground for me.
I couldn’t possibly create a whole top 50 of all NF songs this year since I didn’t follow them all and I’m not gonna. One thing for me would be for sure though, I’d 100% put Elsie Bay’s “Love You In A Dream” first. It’s a shame no one really pays attention to it anymore
X2, I struggled to make a top 10 myself
I saw a post on Twitter that said that the official lyrics for Due Vite are at the ESC website. It seems that they have cut a part of the first verses and the second part of the first chorus. The rest of the lyrics seem to be intact, so I am guessing that the rest of the cuts have to do with instrumental parts (if more cuts were necessary).
I am glad they kept the bridge intact. It’s the part where Marco can showcase his immense vocal capabilities. I am guessing your favourite part is the pre-chorus? If that’s the case yes I also like it a lot.
Yes it’s a great part I agree.
I really enjoyed this national final season. Thanks to everyone who took part.
N.B. It’s odd that ESC ‘23 isn’t one of my favourites, when considering how good the national finals were.
Well, here it goes, the first season ranking I’m ever posting on here. It’s a full season ranking, so absolutely all the songs are eligible, including the ones actually going to Liverpool. Mainly based on the studio versions, but I’m also giving bonus points if the live performance deserves it. 1st. Portugal – Bandua / Bandeiras 2nd. Spain – Blanca Paloma / EaEa 3rd. Serbia – Luke Black / Samo Mi Se Spava 4th. Italy – Madame / Il Bene Nel Male 5th. Ukraine – Maryna Krut / Kolyskova 6th. Estonia – Robin Juhkental / Kurbuse Matused 7th. Belgium –… Read more »
By the way, the UK would have easily been at least top 5 for me (and almost surely fighting for the number 1 spot too) with Birdy’s Raincatchers instead as their entry, such a massively cruel tease that was…
A lot of my favourite songs were included in here. There’s a lot of taste for sure. :3
Thanks a lot, I can see how it might come across as quite biased towards native language over English use and also towards Southern Europe in general I guess, but that genuinely can’t be helped, haha.
Overall this is a very good list – not everything on it is really for me, but I’m happy to see that you’re the only other person to at least include “Greh” into their top list. I guess there will also be a good amount of overlap on the ranking for the actual contest.
I never really warmed up to Air and Hoida Mut. My personal UMK winners were Kuuma, so I am really glad they are featured here. Also glad to see Ulrikke in the top 10, although I would have put her a bit lower. Still ‘Honestly’ is one of my favourites in this season and ‘Ekko inni meg’ also grew on me a lot with that flawless MGP final performance. I think these two are my favourite MGP songs with Eline Thorp and Elsie Bay coming afterwards. Theoz’ song is fun, but childish so once again I wouldn’t include it in… Read more »
And I also would have certainly included Lxandra and YCWCB. Maybe even Ines Apenas. From Benidorm Fest I think my favourites have to be Karmento and Alice.
I honestly cannot see what you found in Theoz entry and, although I disagree with Benjamin being first, it’s still a respectable choice.
10 Dzipsii, Greh: Dzipsii has one of these rare truly androgynous voices that shatter expectancies. The song has inklings of 70s disco, but is more than a mere throwback. 9 Alice Wonder, Yo Quisiera: This has proved staying power as one of the earliest entries to have dropped that made it to my list. I liked the raw performance in Benidorm, although some think it cost her a better placing. The sparse synths highlights, the vocal melody and the voice layering remind me a little bit of Imogen Heap. 8 Neon Soho, Endless World: This kind of electropop has a… Read more »
Love more Kuumaa and Elodie appreciation! 🙂 Some of them are very *you* in terms of being ambiental, somewhat alternative songs. I’m not surprised at all to see Bandua and Lxandra as top 2, and honestly, I understand why. They are good, and bring new flavors to the table. Same goes for Inspo, Rodan, and Alice Wonder. I am a bit surprised by Dzipsii and Levante. His voice is fantastic, but the instrumental is just not for me. Levante did well, but there are many songs ahead in Sanremo on my list. I’m not surprised you liked her, but I… Read more »
“Vivo” certainly isn’t as immediate as some of Levante’s other songs, but I liked the feel of the verses from the get go and after some spins I was sold to the chorus as well.
Great to see someone else placing Bandua’s “intangible”-feeling track as the number 1 of the season, what were the odds of that happening, for an entry that inexplicably didn’t even make it to the FdC final?
Yeah, like I said to Sabrina, Bandua not making it was one of the biggest crimes of the season. I’m glad that I’m not alone in my appreciation for it.
Four of these made it into my top fifty and Levante only missed out by the smallest of margins.. Rodan and Inspo were both highly rated by myself also, so weren’t a million miles off either. Seven of these choices definitely get a thumbs up from me.
Dzipsii was ok, Lxandra was ok but Neon Soho were not for me at all.
Love your choice of winner btw.
I never really got why you didn’t liek Lxandra, you’re certainly not one to cast aside all ballads, I remember that you had quite a few of the as favorites over the years.
As for Neon Soho, I already explained to Colin when FdC was on: This is just my go to style of music. That’s why I mentioned Alison Goldfrapp who gives me a similar vibe. But I understand that this kind of electro pop might feel a little monotonous to others.
Am OK with the first verse and chorus of “Something To Lose” but then, it just doesn’t add enough during the rest of the song to make it worth the listen for me. Still gave it a 6.0/10.0 because of the quality though.
I think you got the sum up of Neon Solo right. I did find it monotonous and overly repetitive. It did find its fans here however!
Really pleased that you connected with KUUMAA, I do feel that it is an exceptional pop song. It perhaps is the sort of thing that grows after one listen, so I do understand why it didn’t win UMK. Really pleased to see INSPO here, I really enjoyed their precious Supernova entry and still enjoy Sway even if it didn’t connect as much, it ended up 52nd, so only just missed out on my top 50.
“A happy place” wasn’t really one of my favourites last year, but I already felt that they could provide me with something I really liked, if they made some minor adjustments to song structure and sound – and so they did.
Taste!! Curious to know your 10-20 (:
How nice of you! The rest of my top 50 is posted in the comments under the other articles of this series, so if you’re interested …
Happy to share a song from you Top10 in common. “Yo quisiera” would have made a great return for grand female Spanish ballad in ESC. Alice carried her song very well, specially in the final where the vocals were notably elevated compared to the semi. Also, I just listened to Bandua by curiosity as I only saw the Portugese Final and it’s interesting because it follows well recent trends of exploring roots and traditional folklore in Eurovision candidates songs (thinking Terra and Fulenn). The comparison takes another level when you learn the ‘Bandua’ name refers to some Celtic divinity. Looking… Read more »
I thought the criticism towards Alice Wonder was too harsh. She did not sound like the studio cut, but that’s not necessarily what I expect from a live version, I enjoyed her more emotional performance in the semi as much as the other one.
And I’m glad you like Bandua even a little bit. I’m curious to see, what kind of music they will release in the future. So far they have issued one album, which is very different from “Bandeiras”, much more ambient with much longer tracks.
I also love Dzipsii’s song, he has such a unique voice and stage presence, and for me the song is quite catchy. Can’t believe he didn’t make it to Wiwi’s top 50.
So here’s my top 30: 1) “Something to Lose”, Lxandra (Finland) 2) “Il bene nel male”, Madame (Italy) 3) “Ylivoimainen”, Kuumaa (Finland) 4) “Contraste mudo”, You Can’t Win, Charlie Brown (Portugal) 5) “Kolyskova”, Krut (Ukraine) 6) “A festa”, Edmundo Inácio (Portugal) 7) “T’inquiète”, Gala Dragot (Belgium) 8) “Cenere”, Lazza (Italy) 9) “Alle Frauen in mir sind müde”, Frida Gold (Germany) 10) “Tuju”, Meelik (Estonia) 11) “Splash”, Colapesce Dimartino (Italy) 12) “Bandeiras”, Bandua (Portugal) 13) “Gladiator”, Jann (Poland) 14) “Due”, Elodie (Italy) 15) “Nasci Maria”, Cláudia Pascoal (Portugal) 16) “Ça m’ennuie pas”, Chérine (Belgium) 17) “Evita”, Elsa Lila (Albania) 18) “Viver”,… Read more »
Your actual top ten is incredibly close to my own taste, even if some of the individual songs aren’t what I would’ve personally gone for. The “feel” of it is right to me.
Even then, we do have a lot of shared songs from this 30!
The winner is just one of those where if it touches someone, it’s going to be really hard for it not to be at the very top of their lists. I think it’s more of an “understandable” choice than really “controversial”!
Yeah, “controversial” wasn’t the right word for it, so let’s say it’s a left-field one. Thankfully, I wasn’t alone on that one, Tibor almost did the same!
I guess our tastes are more alternative than it usually happens in the fandom. Though things are changing. I would say that 6, 7 years ago, we would be much more disappointed with ESC and national finals’ results.
Overall a list I can honestly give two thumbs up. It features several of my big favorites, and some songs in my top 20. Especially glad to see Kuumaa, Claudia Pascoal, Krut, and Lazza here. I’m giving an extra shout to Meelik (also in my top 50), because it’s such an oddball unlikely choice, and I’m happy to see it appreciated. Mostly all of these songs I’ve rated with at least a 6, most with over a 7. One I find just mid-ground here is Doomsday Dancing. I see that both Tibor and you really like it. For me, it… Read more »
I must say that I’ve rewatched Meelik’s performance in Eesti Laul’s final an unhealthy number of times! Though Alika will be a respectable representative for Estonia, I would love to see them in Liverpool taking the “everything is breaking” schtick to a whole new level.
About “Doomsday Dancing”, the live performance is messy, but I love how the track doesn’t seem like any other entry I can remember from an Eurovision national final. I always like to reward it, sacrificing some entries that sometimes I enjoy, but are more to the conventional side of things.
I understand. They could have been an interesting choice for Iceland, if given the total change of visuals and improved vocals in the live performance. Again, I am happy to Meelik high. They are rather cute, while still having raunchy lyrics. It’s not an easy thing to pull off, yet they did it very well.
Not a controversial winner for me at all. 21 of these made it to my own list, and I can understand the appeal of the other 9 as well. Not much to dispute here.
As I said in a different post, we wouldn’t fight about music. 🙂 Glad to see that you haven’t forgotten “Something to Lose” either. And I had a hunch Bandua would take your first place. I still can’t understand how they haven’t made to the final.
You mean in real life? No, we almost certainly wouldn’t. And how could I forget about “Something to lose”? It’s one of my most played tracks this year. Bandua not making it to the final was a crime.
Lxandra live performance really elevated the thing to me, making it straight to my second place of UMK. I almost thought it could overpass Käärija in the official ranking until I remenber the televote was counting for 75%. Public vote was kinda unfair in my opinion.
Yeah, she deserved much better from the televote and I thought it could happen, since it was the only slow song in the competition. Anyway, Finland made the choice they had to make, because “Cha Cha Cha” was indeed their chance to win the whole thing. I’ll rank them very high in Eurovision, as I would also if Lxandra or Kuuma got the ticket.
I’m afraid that after Blackbird was robbed in the semi, and after people reacted negatively about Looking Back winning over Cicciolina, that none of the (frankly, often gorgeous) UMK ballads had a great televote in comparison to its louder counterparts. Maybe Fins now think that their best shot are rock songs or other explosive styles, and that ballads will get them ignored. By this rate, I wouldn’t be surprised if years pass before another ballad represents Finland.
No surprises from the wiwilist, setting aside the two Finnish entries none of these has made my personal top 50. Benjamin winning kind of makes sense, because he seems to be the smallest common denominator between the party and the hipster faction of the fandom. I don’t expect him to have topped a lot of individual rankings, though, but we’ll never know.
I definitely think Benjamin ticks a lot more “Wiwibloggs” boxes than those of the rest of the fandom.
Tbh, I don’t think there was one singular national final track this year that had the obvious appeal of say a Bulletproof, 2000 and Whatever or a Ram Pam Pam so maybe, it really was a case of it just being a shared “like” amongst most of the jurors.
You’re probably right that he appeals more to the party crowd, but he made some of the more alternative rankings as well – not yours, of course, but if I understood correctly, your reason was primarily the poor live performance, wasn’t it?
And here are my top 10, which would all be top five-worthy had they went to ESC: 10 – Elodie: Due (Italy) – At first, I said that I preferred Andromeda. Now I’m not sure that it’s so. This is just as brilliant, impeccably produced and executed. I know that everyone’s saying that it should have been Madame to upset the all-male line-up of Sanremo superfinals (and had it been so, it would’ve been deserved too), but for me, Elodie is the most robbed female artist of the year. 9 – Fusa Nocta: Mi familia (Spain) – Out of my… Read more »
And my likeness here is 6/10, which I’m perfectly willing to take considering how much of a “Colin choice” Dominik Dudek is! The three that missed out on my list are two 7.0 songs and a 6.5, so still, well-received entries, one of which was still my winner in the Ukraine! I believe Elsa Lila and Kuuma were the two highest of these ten to appear in my list so I’m guessing that there’s a chance that they’re the two mutually loved songs by yourself and I this year (although there’s probably an Excel formula out there that would provide… Read more »
I can understand most of these, but I have swapped your guitar guy with another guitar guy.
I do like your guitar guy, Tibor! (wait for the honorable mentions), I just like mine even better. 🙂
Though some of them haven’t made to my list (well, they would if I picked 50), the only one I simply can’t get is Dudek. As Briekimchi pointed, it was pretty much a “Colin choice”! 😀
Not a conventional top 10 choice, perhaps, but I’m fully standing by it. Consider that my big past favorites include Malta 2013, Switzerland 2014, Austria 2017, and Estonia 2022, and all might become clear. 🙂
Really pleased for your love of KUUMAA, I genuinely believe it to be the most expertly crafted pop song of the year, so great choice!
We didn’t connect on any others, but that’s what makes these lists so much fun and variety is the spice of life!
I need to start doing these rankings and post mine as well. So many great songs during these national finals, I still have a hard time organizing them all. But there’s a couple songs we sure have in common!
Which ones, Dani? I’m curious now.
From your top 10, I’d say “Evita”, “Ylivoimainen”, “Kolyskova” and “Love You in a Dream” would be at least top 15 for me. Very possible “Cenere” and “Venom” as well. 🙂
That’s a lot of amazing choices! Taste! 🙂
Awww thanks for putting Be Good in your top10 <3
I soooo wanted this one to win, neither Solo nor Gladiator made me like them that much as this song <3
The top five are all a bit meh for me. Don’t think there’s a proper winner amongst that lot. Kuuma is probably the best song here. I like my top ten a lot more but then again, of course I would! My top 10-1: 10: ColapesceDiMartino – Splash (Italy) 9: Elsa Lila – Evita (Albania) 8: Barbara Tinoco – Goodnight (Portugal) 7: Keira – No Business On The Dancefloor (Finland) 6: Alicja Szemplinska – New Home (Poland) 5: AnettxFredi – You Need To Move On (Estonia) 4: Madame – Il Bene Nel Male (Italy) 3: Teresinha Landeiro – Enquanto E… Read more »
Meh? You cooled off of Marcus and Martinus as well? 😉 Also, Benjamin, Ulrikke, and Chrine are all great, even if putting them in top 10 is a slight oomph too high. Kuumma IS the best song here, at least for me. In terms of matches, your numbers 10, 9, 8, 6, 4, 2, and 1 are all featured somewhere in my top 50. 7/10 is a great likeness. As for the three remaining ones, I do think they are good. Slow and atmospheric Jazz is your genre more than it is mine, but if someone can execute it very… Read more »
I don’t think I’ve really cooled off on M&M. They were just outside my top 50 and were in my top five of Melodifestivalen. I just don’t think there’s enough there to justify a top ten of the NF season selection and certainly don’t think they’d be in there without the “Sweden” tag being attached. If this was a personality/vocal top 50, then Ulrikke deserves to be there but based on the song? I just don’t think it was anywhere near a top 5 in MGP, if you take Ulrikke out of it. I’ll definitely take the 7 out of… Read more »
Annet x Fredi are currently sitting on my 7th place at Eesti laul, but consider that top 5 are already either in my top 50 or won the selection. So, Bedwetters and Annet x Fredi would come next, both currently at 7/10. I think I’ll gather my honorable mentions too, just to showcase what other songs I liked, but just missed my top 50. I agree that liking a song isn’t the same as wanting to see it in the overall top 10. Still, considering that the same list featured Laurell and Ronela beforehand, I am perfectly fine with this… Read more »
I think I had 6-7 songs that I had rated at 7.5/10.0 (Rumba, M&M, Levante, Giorgia, Sissi, Frida Gold off the top of my head) that didn’t make the top 50…but after that, I’d be in my 7/10’s.
Would be interesting to see how the 7.0’s stack up lol
Five of these made it to my own list, Colapesce Dimartino being the closest in placing. Among the rest, AnettxFredi is probably the one I see as the most top-10-worthy.
If I get some AnettxFredi appreciation from somebody, I’m always happy. :3
I’m glad that you ended giving a little more love than me to YCWCB and Colapesce Dimartino and a whole lot of more love to Anett x Fredi and Tananai.
Thanks! I’m so glad that the classier songs from this year also held up in terms of quality against the “bangers”. Makes it easier for me to make my lists. :3
Not putting Tananai no.1 was hard though.
So pleased that you have loved YCWCB, it only very just missed out on my top 10. And Madame made it to my top 50 so we’ve connected there as well. I didn’t necessarily feel your other choices but that’s why this is such a fun thing to do, to appreciate everyone’s different tastes, and I’ve definitely enjoyed reading your picks. Until next year…
Circumstances permitting, I will be here next year providing that middle-aged realness through questionable selections as I always do!
I couldn’t have summarized it better myself haha!
UMK has become one of the strongest national finals we have and we also see it here,
with Finland winning your top twice in a row!
Bess and Benjamin were fantastic and there were even more acts who deserved it
And with only 7 acts per year – it ain’t easy to achieve!
Well done Finland!