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Our #ESC250 2019 votes – Part 4: Sean, Aline, Luke M

With the announcement of this year’s Eurovision Top 250 results shortly, we really want to tell you all who our all time Eurovision favourites are. Over the last few weeks we’ve been sharing our #ESC250 votes with you. In the first edition, we heard from Tim, Costa, and Julian. In the second edition, Sami, Nick and Tom R shared their favourites. In the third edition, Tom O, Oliver, and Vincent shared theirs.

In this fourth and final edition of 2019, editors Sean, Aline, and Luke M will talk about their votes for ESC250!

Sean: A top 10 spanning decades

When I first started listening to Eurovision music in 2013, I spent most of my time listening to the old winners and songs from the old contest. Even now that I listen more to the modern contest, some of the older songs still hold up decades later. My top is essentially the same as last year, but I do hope that it reflects the long history of amazing music that this contest has provided.

  • 1 point: Kaelakee Hääl (Estonia 1996)
  • 2 points: Ein Lied Kann Eine Brücke Sein (Germany 1975)
  • 3 points: Stronger Every Minute (Cyprus 2004)
  • 4 points: La La La (Spain 1968)
  • 5 points: Chamar a Música (Portugal 1994)
  • 6 points: Ja Sam Za Ples (Yugoslavia 1987)
  • 7 points: Crno i Belo (North Macedonia 2012)

8 points: Igranka (Montenegro 2013)

It agonized me as to whether this song or Crno i Belo should be here, but I ultimately chose this for two reasons. First, this song has been robbed for so long, from not making the final in 2013 to not making the top 250 last year. Second, this song was something that me from a few years ago would’ve despised. But it really opened my horizons farther than any other Eurovision song to date. And it deserves to be recognized.

10 points: Waterloo (Sweden 1974)

I started following Eurovision because I was (and still am) a huge ABBA fan. I was doing a school report on ABBA in middle school and stumbled upon Eurovision doing research. I clicked the link, and I fell down the rabbit hole. ABBA is still dear to me, and this song still stands up to this day.

Honorable Mention: Say Na Na Na (San Marino 2019)

My honorable mention is my winner of 2019 because I couldn’t just not talk about Serhat. None of the songs this year were really threatening to break into my top 10 (MARUV and Monika Marija might have though), but I just wanted an excuse to talk about our hero.

12 points: 1944 (Ukraine 2016)

Jamala has had an eventful 2019 to say the least, and the fandom is probably still making “I hAvE a VeRy UnComFoRTABlE qUeSTioN fOr YoU” jokes. But let’s not get it twisted. Jamala’s “1944” is probably the most beautiful and most special Eurovision song of all time. People may still be mad at her for the MARUV situation, but if voters don’t put 1944 back in the top 3 of ESC250, I’ll be really disappointed.

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