Our #ESC250 votes – Part 6: Lisa, Nathan P & Tom O

Nathan P: I love a DIVA!

Well it turns out I love the ladies! With all 10 of my Top-10 having a female either as a solo or as part of a duet! It also turns out I love a routing with hair flipping, head nodding, tribal influenced, glittering, flaming choreography too! So without any further ado, I will present the definitive Top-10 and you won’t ever see a better Top-10 out there. #FactAreFacts

#10: Paula Seling & Ovi – Playing With Fire (Romania 2010)

Romania are one of my favourite Eurovision nations and this song just cements this. What a gloriously written and produced pop song. Romania really deserved their Eurovision win here. That soprano bridge from Paula makes this song even more epic and gives this song the edge for me. This was the first song EVER that I looked up on YouTube. That double ended piano has to be one of the best uses of a prop in the contest’s history. What a banger, what a performance. Third Place doesn’t do this song justice.

#9: Aysel and Arash – Always (Azerbaijan 2009)

If any of Azerbaijan’s songs deserved to win, it’s this one. It perfectly blends European and Middle Eastern elements. Like Paula and Ovi, it’s a love song, but it’s fun and vibrant and doesn’t take itself too seriously. The ethnic breakdown and the beats just top it off. I would love Azerbaijan to go back to this.

#8: Ruslana – Wild Dances (Ukraine 2004)

Rock, Folk and Electronic influences blended to perfection. High energy from the start. I started watching Eurovision in 2004 and this came on all guns blazing and made me fall in love with Eurovision and I haven’t stopped since! The choreography is off the chart.

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Lisa Bird

My first Eurovision memory was watching 1994 as a hatchling. I've been tapping my talons to the bops and bangers from Europe and beyond ever since! I finally spread my wings to attending the contest in Lisbon 2018 and am now a regular at many events and national finals - especially my regular nest at Eesti Laul.

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