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

#7: Greta Salóme & Jónsi – Never Forget (Iceland 2012)

Really it’s the original Icelandic “Mundu eftir mér” I love, but I could live with the English version! Iceland plays well to its dark mysterious vibe and Greta’s wonderful violin adds to the drama of the song. As you’ll see later, not my top entry from Iceland though.

#6: Emmelie de Forest – Only Teardrops (Denmark 2013)

The lovely Emmelie. One of those songs you hear the first time and get winner vibes. I remember well, knowing this was the one for Denmark on the first 30 second snippet alone. In the grand scheme of Eurovision this isn’t the greatest Eurovision winner, but there’s plenty to like here. As often the case: the right song at the right time.

#5: Mørland & Debrah Scarlett – A Monster Like Me (Norway 2015)

Another song with winner vibes on the first listen. The dramatic music video that first presented the song was amazing and did leave me wondering how they’d replicate it on stage. It’s a beautiful song and there’s that whole mystery over what the character in the lyrics did to make him a such a ‘monster’.

#4: Yohanna – Is It True (Iceland 2009)

Can Iceland ever top this and win Eurovision? If it wasn’t for the force that was Alexander Rybak, Eurovision history could have been made with Iceland hosting an Eurovision Song Contest. Yohanna looks amazing in the blue dress and sings this beautifully. All the blue imagery on stage just plays into that magical fairy-tale vibe that would be expected from a country like Iceland.

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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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