Our #ESC250 votes – Part 3: Natalie, Giorgos & Rodrigo

It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for part 3 of our ESC250 series. So let’s have a look at who Natalie, Giorgos and Rodrigo voted for this year. Make sure you go through all of the pages, and let us know if we share any favourites!

Natalie: It’s a bit of a mess

In other words, I couldn’t think of a witty enough title

As I type this up, I know for a fact that I’ve forgotten to include some more incredible songs. Nonetheless, my top 3 was pretty solid, and the rest, well, it was just a case of “Which songs do I remember that I thoroughly enjoyed?”

#10: Roger Cicero – Frauen Regier’n Die Welt (Germany 2007)

A talented singer who was taken away from us too soon. To date, this is Germany’s last entry which was performed in their native language (along with the odd English verse towards the end). Perhaps the result explains why, but I found it to have been criminally underrated. I adore Roger’s vocals and the general vibe of the song. I don’t think it helped that he was in between Serbia and Ukraine that year, but it’s a song that I always enjoy listening to. 

#9: Knez – Adio (Montenegro 2015)

13th? Is that all? I can easily think of a few countries that didn’t deserve to finish above this masterpiece. Regardless of your opinion on Željko Joksimović, you have to admit that he’s amazing at his day job. Knez delivered a powerful and memorable performance that was worthy of a top 10 finish.

#8: Eugent Bushpepa – Mall (Albania 2018)

My runner-up of this year’s contest, and later on you’ll find out who my winner was. But first, let’s talk about Eugent. What a voice. We must’ve all been at the edge of our seats waiting to hear if Albania ruined their chances again with their infamous “revamps”. But this year was different. It still showcased Eugent’s incredible vocals and I still had every hope in him to qualify when the majority didn’t. This outstanding performance earned him a deserved 11th place, but I know he most definitely deserved more.

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Natalie Walpole

ESC fan since 2009, based in the United Kingdom. Also a lover of travel and astrology

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