Best Non-Winning Songs of National Finals 2021

National Selections are contests that are a way to decide who will represent the country in Eurovision Song Contest. This year some of the selections were not held. Some countries decided to go on with their 2020 representatives since they did not have a chance to sing their songs on Eurovision stage due to COVID-19 pandemic. This year 12 National Finals took place and winners of each one will represent their country in Eurovision 2021. However, instead of winners, we decided to list some of our non-winning favourites from these National Finals.

  • This list was arranged alphabetically by country names.

Inis Neziri – Pendesë (Festivali i Këngës)

Albanian singer-songwriter Inis Neziri participated in 59th edition of Festivali I Këngës with her song “Pendesë” meaning “Penance” in Albanian. Despite her strong voice and meaningful lyrics, she placed in 14th place. She also participated in 56th edition of the contest but ended up in 10th place with her song “Piedestal”.

Bernarda – Colors (DORA)

Swiss-Croatian singer Bernarda Bruno tried for Eurovision a few times. First, she participated in Swiss National Final Die grosse Entscheidungs Show for Eurovision 2011 but ended runner-up with her song “Confidence”. Later, she participated in Croatian National Selection DORA and ended up 6th with her song “I Believe in True Love”. Lastly this year, she tried for Eurovision once more in DORA with her song “Colors” written by herself and Borislav Milanov. Despite her beautiful voice and a song with meaningful lyrics, she placed 7th, being placed 2nd by juries and 10th by the public.

Emma Nicoline – Står lige her (Dansk Melodi Grand Prix)

Danish singer Emma Nicoline participated in DMGP with her song “Står lige her” meaning “Standing right here” in Danish. She was eliminated in the Final, thus she could not qualify to the Superfinal.

Jüri Pootsmann – Magus melanhoolia (Eesti Laul)

Jüri Pootsmann is no foreigner to the Eurovision Song Contest. He participated in Eurovision in 2016 with his song “Play” but failed to qualify to the Grand Final. This year he tried once more now with a song in Estonian called “Magus melanhoolia” meaning “Sweet melancholy”. However, Pootsmann placed 3rd in the Grand Final of the Eesti Laul.

Juliette Moraine – Pourvu Qu’on M’Aime (Eurovision France)

Pourvu Qu’on M’aime is a song about a woman’s journey from childhood to adulthood, and her insecurities. Lyrics of the song is autobiographical, and they reflect Moraine’s experiences throughout her life.

Aksel – Hurt (Uuuden Musiikin Kilpailu)

Even though Aksel Kankaanranta was chosen to represent Finland in 2020 with his song “Looking Back”, Finnish national broadcaster decided to choose Finland’s entry via national selection. So, Aksel participated once more in UMK, but this time he finished 5th with his song “Hurt”.

Colapesce, Dimartino – Musica leggressima (San Remo)

Italian singer-songwriters Colapesce and Dimartino participated in 71st edition of legendary song contest San Remo Music Festival with their song “Musica leggressima”. Despite their “super-easy-listening music”, they finished in 4th place.

Gebrasy – Where’d You Wanna Go (Pabandom Iš Naujo)

Gebrasy participated in Lithuanian national selection Pabandom Iš Naujo 2021 with his song “Where’d You Wanna Go”. He ended in 2nd place, losing out to The Roop, last year’s Pabandom Iš Naujo winner.

Eric Saade – Every Minute (Melodifestivalen)

Swedish singer Eric Saade represented Sweden in Eurovision Song Contest before in 2011 with his song “Popular” and placed 3rd. He also participated in Melodifestivalen in 2010 and 2015, hosted in 2019 and participated recently in Melodifestivalen 2021. He placed 2nd with his song “Every Minute”.

KEiiNO – Monument (Melodi Grand Prix)

Norwegian supergroup KEiiNO participated in Eurovision 2019 with their song “Spirit in the Sky” and placed 6th, with being the first in televoting. This year, they tried once more hoping to represent Norway in Eurovision 2021 but they placed 2nd in Norwegian Melodi Grand Prix. Even though KEiiNO had many fans throughout Norway and Europe, it was not enough to beat TIX.

NEEV – Dancing in the Stars (Festival da Canção)

Portuguese singer NEEV participated in 55th edition of Festival Da Canção with his emotional song “Dancing in the Stars”, but ended up in 3rd place.

#2Mashi – Bitter Words (Yevrovidenie 2021 – Natsionalnyy Otbor)

In 2020, Russian national broadcaster internally chose Little Big to represent Russia in Eurovision with their song “UNO”. However this year, they decided to chose their Eurovision entry with a national selection. In that selection, #2Mashi finished in 2nd place out of 3 acts with their song “Bitter Words”.

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