This week it’s Eurovision week. A grand scale song contest comprising two semi-finals (the first of which kicks off tonight), and Saturday’s big final. Out of the 42 songs this year, all five of the Nordic countries have contributed an entry to the contest. And you can check out those five right here.
But we all know how good the Scandis are when it comes to their Eurovision national finals. So what else was on offer when the Scandinavian public made their votes earlier in the year?
We’ve looked back over all five selections, and picked out our own choices.
In an alternative universe – these five sublime songs could have been the Nordic Eurovision entries this year;
Simone – Heart Shaped Hole
If Sia were to pen a Eurovision entry. This dual chorused monster gives us ALL the drama. And the less said about the DIRE song that the Danes ended up choosing in its place, the better. Denmark will be sitting out another year in the semis. And deservedly so. The fools.
Ace Wilder – Don’t Worry
While we wouldn’t change the Swedish entry this year (they’re on course for another win, or at the very least – a fifth Top 3 finish in six years), Ace Wilder’s ‘Don’t Worry’ is still our favourite song from this year’s Melodifestivalen. A piano house banger that was brilliantly staged, and wouldn’t have affected Sweden’s very high chances of a win this year. And it’s not too late for this tune and a half to become a continental summer smash.
Tuuli Okkonen – Don’t Wake Me Up
It’s fair to say the Finns didn’t have a stellar national selection process this year. But they still deserve better than the basic banger that they’ve ended up with. Instead, we’d have gone with ‘Don’t Wake Me Up’ – a simplistic n’ sweet pop number that gets the job done.
Alda Dís – Now
In truth, the Icelandic public did actually choose the right song to send to Eurovision. But this ever-so-charming fairytale folk number would have made a great Eurovision song too. Especially when it gets all choral and climactic towards the end.
Hungry Hearts – Laika
Disco lesbians from space. We shit you not. This is an anthem that just WILL NOT QUIT. We’re still hammering it. It would have been an amazing addition to this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Oh well, maybe next year. On the streets of Moscow. With my girlfriend……