Spain chose ex-UK X-Factor contestant Ruth Lorenzo and her power ballad ‘Dancing in the Rain’ as their entry for Eurovision 2014 but which acts narrowly missed out to her and do you agree with the choice that Spain made? The Spanish selection process is comprised of a 50% public vote and a 50% jury vote and the results were tight indeed.
For me there was only ever one winner in the French national final and that was the eventual winner ‘Moustache’ by Twin Twin. France selects their entry through a combination of votes from the public and votes from a jury of experts. There were two other competitors in the French final, so let’s have a look at them and see how they measure up to the ‘Moustache’ men.
Germany’s Eurovision selection process is interesting as it is not just about the artist nor is it just about the song but equal focus is given to both. Each act in the national final selects two original songs and the public vote for which is their favourite. Germany in the end opted to go for Elaiza but ‘Is It Right?’ Or is there another song that you preferred? We take a look at which songs just missed out on taking to the stage at Copenhagen.
As national selection processes go, Ukraine is one of the more intense ones. Twenty acts competed for both the votes of the Ukrainian public and a panel of expert jury members. In the end it was Mariya Yaremchuk who was selected despite some acts protesting that the phone line for their songs had closed long before Mariya’s had, therefore giving her a more increased chance of winning. The winning song is called ‘Tick Tock’ but let’s have a look at the other entries that could have been Ukraine’s representative this year:
It was slim pickings for Ireland at Eurovision this year as the Late Late Show presented 5 possible runners for the contest in February. I believe the stand out song was Can Linn and Kasey Smith’s ‘Heartbeat’ which ended up winning the selection process. However there were one or two other songs that could have been contenders too. Check them out below:
The last few years the UK have selected a well known person or group to represent them at Eurovision. We’ve had power ballad Queen Bonnie Tyler, boy band legends Blue and crooner Englebert Humperdink. The UK entry is selected by a committee and not voted for by the public so there was never a list of competitors or any live shows with competing entries battling out, so this article is based on some of the rumours we’d heard. It was a shocking change of tact then when they decided to go for a relatively unknown name: Molly Smitten Downes. But what were the other options?
After weeks of live qualifying events as part of their Melodifestivalen selection process , Sweden opted for Sanna Nielsen as their Eurovision entry with song ‘Undo’. But which songs could have been the Swedish representative had she been unsuccessful? Here are our favourites that narrowly missed out: