#7 – Kejsi Tola – Carry Me in Your Dreams (Albania 2009)
Kejsi takes to the stage done up like a dog’s dinner to sing this hashed up shortened version of a better native language song. Complete with green gimp, guys in creepy masks, clumsy choroegraphy and backing vocals that are sharp throughout, there shouldn’t be much to earn my favour. Yet it brings me joy and gets stuck in my head too often.
#6 – Salvador Sobral – Amar Pelos Dois (Portugal 2017)
I fully admit to not “getting it” until the contest, but it is a beautiful song. I have respect for it especially as it was thrown among the lions and came out smiling – you would not think that it would have any hope in Eurovision, but how we were proven wrong.
#5 – Jamala – 1944 (Ukraine 2016)
A firm middle finger up to certain people, certain events, certain mindsets. But all delivered with impeccable vocals and artistic impression. Every now and then is an entry that creates an atmosphere to seemingly remove itself from the stage and the “TV show”, and this was certainly ones of those.