National Selections are contests that are used to decide who will represent the country in Eurovision Song Contest. Many countries use this method to choose their Eurovision entry. This year 28 countries organized national selections. 28 acts won these selections but instead of winners we decided to list non-winning songs of some of these national finals for you!
Marko Bošnjak – Moli za nas (Dora)
Bosnian-Herzegovinian singer Marko Bošnjak participated in Croatia’s national selection Dora with his song “Moli za nas” which means “Pray for us” in Croatian. He placed second with 179 points. He also known as the winner of the second season of the Serbian talent show Pinkove Zvezdice.
Cyan Kicks – Hurricane (Uuuden Musiikin Kilpailu)
Cyan Kicks participated in the Finnish national selection Uuuden Musiikin Kilpailu with their song “Hurricane” and placed second with 221 points.
Eli Huli – Blinded Dreamers (X Factor Israel)
Eli Huli participated in X Factor Israel with his song “Blinded Dreamers” but placed second with only 1 points behind the winner Michael Ben David. Eli Huli received 213 points in total, placing first in professional committee and jury voting but second in public voting.
AIDAN – Ritmu (MESC)
Malta could have participated Eurovision with a Maltese song again after 50 years but that did not happen. The last time this happened was in 1972 with “L-imħabba” which placed last in Eurovision. Unfortunately, AIDAN’s song “Ritmu” placed second with 72 points, so we lost the chance to see a Maltese song on Eurovision stage this year.
Elsie Bay – Death of Us (Melodi Grand Prix)
Even though she was a fan favourite, Elsie Bay could not quailify to the gold duel of Norwegian Melodi Grand Prix and finished in top 4.
Daria – Paranoia (Tu Bije Serce Europy!)
This year, Poland decided to organize a national selection with an absurdly long name called “Tu bije serce Europy! Wybieramy hit na Eurowizję” meaning “The heart of Europe beats here! We choose the hit for Eurovision“. Daria participated in this national selection with her song “Paranoia“. Even though she was jury’s winner, she was public’s second and in the end, she placed second.
Gabriel Basco – One Night (Selecția Națională)
Gabriel Basco participated in the Romanian National Selection with his song “One Night”. He placed 4th with 38.37 points
Burak Yeter & Alessandro Coli – More Than You (Una voce per San Marino)
Turkish DJ Burak Yeter and Italian singer Alessandro Coli joined forces and participated in San Marino’s national selection with their song “More Than You.” They placed second with 41 points, only 1 point behind the winner Achille Lauro.
Sara Jo – Muškarčina (Pesma Evrovizije)
Serbian singer Sara Jo participated in the Serbian national selection with her song “Мушкарчина/ Muškarčina” which means “a man’s man/macho man” in Serbian. She placed second with 20 points, after placing second in both jury and public voting.
Tanxugueiras – Terra (Benidorm Fest)
Spain’s Benidorm Fest had many high-quality songs but for sure its voting procedure was cheap. The Galician folk trio Tanxugueiras came first in both televoting and demoscopic jury, but placed 5th in “expert” jury. In the end, they placed 3rd with 90 points even though they got 70,75% in televoting, while the winner Chanel got 3,97%. The reason behind this results is that televoting and demoscopic jury votes were taken as points that has 5 between each (30-25-20…) while jury voting already consisted of points that could add up to more than 30 points. Now we can only wish for not to witness another inquity next year.
Klara Hammarström – Run To The Hills (Melodifestivalen)
Klara Hammarström participated in the Swedish national selection Melodifestivalen once more and this time, she advanced directly to the final. Her song “Run To The Hills” placed 6th with 83 points.