Popjustice Second Chances: Eurovision Edition

How should we proceed with voting?

  • As planned - assign 4 x 12, 10, 8, 7 , 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

    Votes: 4 40.0%
  • One 10-pack of scores

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Two 10-packs of scores

    Votes: 2 20.0%
  • Rate-style - every song gets a score

    Votes: 2 20.0%
  • Three 10-packs

    Votes: 2 20.0%

  • Total voters
    10
  • Poll closed .
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We gather here today to celebrate the underappreciated, the overlooked, the forgotten... the songs that competed in national finals but never got the golden ticket.

The rules:

1) Please send me a PM with 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 of your favorite non-winning national final songs. I will let you know if one of your choices has already been entered. Your nominations will all compete in the rate.

2) Entries must be from 2000-2020. The 2021 national final season is still ongoing and recency bias is a thing.

3) Entries must not have competed at Eurovision (this could probably go without saying, but... just in case).

4) Entries must not have already competed in another forum rate. This is meant to cover rates where people had to choose songs to submit (e.g. Melodifestivalen Favorites Rate, Alt-Eurovision, and the PJSC / PJ00s / PJXTRA trifecta), as opposed to rates where every song competes (e.g. the annual Melodifestivalen rate, in which all the year's entries are automatically in contention). The taboo songs include, but are not limited to, the following:

Ace Wilder - Busy Doin' Nothin'
Afro-Dite - The Boy Can Dance
Agnes Carlsson - Love Love Love
Aitana & Ana Guerra - Lo Malo
Alcazar - Blame It On The Disco
Alcazar - Stay The Night
Aly Ryan - Wear Your Love
Ana Cláudia - Inércia
Andrea Demirović - Ja Sam Ti San
Andreas Lundstedt - Aldrig aldrig
Andreas Lundstedt - Move
Anna Bergendahl - Ashes To Ashes
Anna Bergendahl - Kingdom Come
Anna Sahlene - We're Unbreakable
Anna Sahlene & Maria Haukaas Storeng - Killing Me Tenderly
Anna Timofei - Endlessly
Annalisa - Il mondo prima di te
Anniela - Elektrisk
Anton Ewald - Begging
Anton Hagman - Kiss You Goodbye
Areti Ketime - Min ksehnas ton ilio
Asanda - Legends
Aysat - Comme Une Grande
Bella Santiago - Army Of Love
Bosson - Efharisto
Bubbles - Blow The Spot
BWO - Lay Your Love On Me
Caroline Wennergren - A Different Kind Of Love
Charlotte Perrelli - The Girl
Cosmo 4 - What's Your Name
Daniel Mitsogiannis - Pame
Date - Om du förlåter mig
Daz Sampson & Nona - Kinky Boots
Debbi - High On Love
Dilba - Try Again
Dinah Nah - Make Me (La La La)
Dinah Nah - One More Night
Eddie Razaz - Alibi
Electric Fields - 2000 and Whatever
Ellen Benediktson - Insomnia
EMD - Baby Goodbye
Emma Sandstrom - Diamonds
Emmy Liyana - OK ou KO
Eric Saade - Manboy
Eric Saade - Sting
Erik Segerstedt - Hello Goodbye
Erika Selin - Break Me Up
Erika Vikman - Cicciolina
Evan - Under Your Spell
Excellence - Last To Know
Faith Kakembo - Crying Rivers
Greta Zazza - Like I Love You
Hanna Hedlund - Anropar försvunnen
Helena Paparizou - The Light In Our Soul
Ifi Ude - Love Is Stronger
IIRIS & Agoh - Drop That Boogie
IMSLAND - What Are You Waiting For
Ingrid Berg Mehus - Feel
Irresistible feat. Carlprit - Elevator
Ivy Quainoo - House On Fire
Jasmine Abela - Supernovas
Jay-Jay Johanson - Paris
Jenny Silver - A Place To Stay
Jenny Silver - Something In Your Eyes
Jessica Andersson - Party Voice
Julie & Nina - League of Light
Kaia Tamm - Wo Sind Die Katzen?
Karin Park - Human Beings
KARUI - Signals
Kerrie-Anne - Sweet Lies
Klara Hammarström - Nobody
Krista Siegfrids - Faller
Krista Siegfrids - Snurra min jord
Le Freak - 25 Hours A Day
Lemonique - Gravity
Lina Hedlund - Victorious
Linda Bengtzing - Jag ljuger så bra
Linnea Dale - High Hopes
Lisa Ajax - My Heart Wants Me Dead
Lisa Miskovsky - Why Start A Fire?
Loredana Bertè - Cosa ti aspetti da me
Loreen - My Heart Is Refusing Me
Loreen - Statements
Lorena - Tower of Babylon
Love Generation - Just A Little Bit
MADARA - Esamība
Magnus Carlsson - Live Forever
Maja Nikolić - Zemlja čuda
Malou Prytz - I Do Me
Man Meadow - Love Is Gonna Get You
Måns Zelmerlöw - Cara mia
Måns Zelmerlöw - Hope & Glory
Margaret - In My Cabana
Margaret - Tempo
María Villar - Muérdeme
Mariette - A Million Years
Midnight Boy - Don't Say No
Minnie & Rhayra - Patati Patata
Molly Sandén - Youniverse
Monika Marija - Light On
Nanne Grönvall - Evig kärlek
Nanne Grönvall - Håll om mig
Nika Zorjan - Uspavanka
Nina Petković - Dišem
Orgesa Zaimi – Ngrije zërin
Oscar Enestad - I Love It
Pam Rabbit - Easy to Believe
Paula - 1 2 3
Pay TV - Refrain Refrain
Pay TV - Trendy Discotheque
Queentastic - Absolutely Fabulous
Raffaëla Paton - Chocolatte
RAIVEN - KAOS
Rozina Pátkai - Frida
Samanta Tīna - Cutting the Wire
Sanna Nielsen - I'm In Love
Sanna Nielsen - Vågar du, vågar jag
Serena - Safari
Shuma - Hmarki
Simone - Heart Shaped Hole
Sofia - Hypnotized
Sofija Perić - Aritmija
Soni Malaj - Më e forte
Sonja Aldén - Etymon
Star Pilots - Higher
Stella Mwangi & Alexandra Rotan - You Got Me
Sukkerchok - Det det
Swedish Housewives - On Top Of The World
Tamar Kaprelian - Poison (Ari, Ari)
TAYANNA - Lelya
The Attic feat. Therese - The Arrival
The Lovers Of Valdaro - Somebody Wants
Þórunn Antonía - Ég mun skína
Timoteij - Kom
Tolvai Reni - Crack My Code
Tone Damli - Butterflies
Ulrikke - Places
Vanessa Iraci - Red Lights
Velvet - Déjà vu
Velvet - The Queen
 
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Voting Rules

All voters will submit 3 Eurovision ballots' worth of points. Feel free to send your votes to me like this:
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All are welcome to send ballots, even if you did not nominate any songs.

Deadline: January 1, 2022 11:59pm in the last time zone

And now... the songs:

2 Fabiola feat. Loredana – “She’s After My Piano” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Ace Wilder – “Don’t Worry” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Adelen – “Bombo” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Alcazar – “Headlines” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Alcazar – “Not A Sinner, Nor A Saint” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Aleksa Jelić feat. Ana Štajdohar – “Beli jablan” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Ana Nikolic – “Romale, romali” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Anton Ewald – “Natural” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Asmik Shiroyan – “You & I” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Bárbara Tinoco – “Passe-Partout” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Biber feat. DJ Niko Bravo – “Svatovi” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Catarina Pereira – “Canta Por Mim” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Catarina Pereira – “Mea Culpa” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Chimene Badi – “Là haut” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Coral – “Todo Está En Tu Mente” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Courtney Act – “Fight For Love” (Live Version / Studio Version)
David Lindgren – “Skyline” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Dianna Rotaru – “Dale Dale” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Eleanor Cassar – “Back To Life” (Live Version / Studio Version)
E–Rotic / Missing Heart – “Queen Of Light” (Live Version / Studio Version (NB: this is longer than the live version))
Gabrielius Vagelis – “Tave čia Randu” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Hanna Ferm – “Brave” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Helena Paparizou – “Survivor” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Hera Bjork – “Someday” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Holly Brewer – “I Wish I Loved You More” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Hyrise – “Leading Me On” (Live Version / Studio Version)
IIRIS – “Astronaut” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Indira – “You Will Never Break My Heart” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Ivana Jordan – “Lazarica” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Jelena Tomašević – “Jutro” (Live Version / Studio Version)
JEM – “Love Trigger” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Jenny Berggren – “Let Your Heart Be Mine” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Katie Price – “Not Just Anybody” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Kikki, Bettan, Lotta – “Din hånd i min hånd” (Live Version with Studio Vocals (the only video that seems to be online))
Laing – “Zeig deine Muskeln” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Liz McLarnon – “(Don’t It Make You) HAPPY!” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Maja Marković – “Nije nam se dalo” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Margaret – “Cool Me Down” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Marilia – “Todo Bien” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Mazy – “Oulala” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Michael Rune feat. Natascha Bessez – “Wanna Be Loved” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Michelle Gayle – “Woo (U Make Me)” (Live Version) / (looking for Studio Version)
Mirela – “La Reina De La Noche” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Nanne Grönvall – “Carpool Karaoke” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Nanne Grönvall – “Men” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Oscar Zia – “Human” (Live Version / Studio Version)
OT Bend – “Blagoslov za kraj” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Ramona Nerra – “Save Me” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Rein Alexander – “One Last Time” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Renaida – “All The Feels” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Saara Aalto – “Domino” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Sansa – “Lover View” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Sara Bajraktari – “Ajër” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Saša Lendero – “Mandoline” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Satin Circus – “Crossroads” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Severina – “Daj mi, daj” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Sil – “What’s The Time In Tokyo” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Six Chix – “Only The Women Know” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Syostry Syo – “Une Marionette” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Thomai Apergi & Legend – “Jazz & Syrtaki” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Throes + The Shine – “Movimento” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Tina & René – “Mi amore” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Vanessa Amorosi – “Lessons Of Love” (Live Version / Studio Version)
YOHIO – “To The End” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Yuko – “Galyna guliala” (Live Version / Studio Version)



There should be 55 songs on the Spotify playlist. If you don't have 55, you most likely have to set your settings to show unplayable songs.

NOTE: The song Maja Marković – “Nije nam se dalo” is titled as “Iluzija.”

NOT ON SPOTIFY
:

Aleksa Jelić feat. Ana Štajdohar – “Beli jablan” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Coral – “Todo Está En Tu Mente” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Hyrise – “Leading Me On” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Katie Price – “Not Just Anybody” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Kikki, Bettan, Lotta – “Din hånd i min hånd” (Live Version with Studio Vocals (the only video that seems to be online))
Michelle Gayle – “Woo (U Make Me)” (Live Version) / (looking for Studio Version)
Mirela – “La Reina De La Noche” (Live Version / Studio Version)
OT Bend – “Blagoslov za kraj” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Six Chix – “Only The Women Know” (Live Version / Studio Version)
Syostry Syo – “Une Marionette” (Live Version / Studio Version)

2 Fabiola feat. Loredana – “She’s After My Piano”
Ace Wilder – “Don’t Worry”
Adelen – “Bombo”
Alcazar – “Headlines”
Alcazar – “Not A Sinner, Nor A Saint”
Aleksa Jelić feat. Ana Štajdohar – “Beli jablan”
Ana Nikolic – “Romale, romali”
Anton Ewald – “Natural”
Asmik Shiroyan – “You & I”
Bárbara Tinoco – “Passe-Partout”
Biber feat. DJ Niko Bravo – “Svatovi”
Catarina Pereira – “Canta Por Mim”
Catarina Pereira – “Mea Culpa”
Chimene Badi – “Là haut”
Coral – “Todo Está En Tu Mente”
Courtney Act – “Fight For Love”
David Lindgren – “Skyline”
Dianna Rotaru – “Dale Dale”
Eleanor Cassar – “Back To Life”
E–Rotic / Missing Heart – “Queen Of Light”
Gabrielius Vagelis – “Tave čia Randu”
Hanna Ferm – “Brave”
Helena Paparizou – “Survivor”
Hera Bjork – “Someday”
Holly Brewer – “I Wish I Loved You More”
Hyrise – “Leading Me On”
IIRIS – “Astronaut”
Indira – “You Will Never Break My Heart”
Ivana Jordan – “Lazarica”
Jelena Tomašević – “Jutro”
JEM – “Love Trigger”
Jenny Berggren – “Let Your Heart Be Mine”
Katie Price – “Not Just Anybody”
Kikki, Bettan, Lotta – “Din hånd i min hånd”
Laing – “Zeig deine Muskeln”
Liz McLarnon – “(Don’t It Make You) HAPPY!”
Maja Marković – “Nije nam se dalo”
Margaret – “Cool Me Down”
Marilia – “Todo Bien”
Mazy – “Oulala”
Michael Rune feat. Natascha Bessez – “Wanna Be Loved”
Michelle Gayle – “Woo (U Make Me)”
Mirela – “La Reina De La Noche”
Nanne Grönvall – “Carpool Karaoke”
Nanne Grönvall – “Men”
Oscar Zia – “Human”
OT Band – “Blagoslov za kraj”
Ramona Nerra – “Save Me”
Rein Alexander – “One Last Time”
Renaida – “All The Feels”
Saara Aalto – “Domino”
Sansa – “Lover View”
Sara Bajraktari – “Ajër”
Saša Lendero – “Mandoline”
Satin Circus – “Crossroads”
Severina – “Daj mi, daj”
Sil – “What’s The Time In Tokyo”
Six Chix – “Only The Women Know”
Syostry Syo – “Une Marionette”
Thomai Apergi & Legend – “Jazz & Syrtaki”
Throes + The Shine – “Movimento”
Tina & René – “Mi amore”
Vanessa Amorosi – “Lessons Of Love”
YOHIO – “To The End”
Yuko – “Galyna guliala”
 
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RESULTS
65) Michelle Gayle – “Woo (U Make Me)”
64) Holly Brewer – “I Wish I Loved You More”
63) Nanne Grönvall – “Men”
62) Six Chix – “Only The Women Know”
61) Katie Price – “Not Just Anybody”
60) Liz McLarnon – “(Don’t It Make You) HAPPY!”
59) Throes + The Shine – “Movimento”
58) Nanne Grönvall – “Carpool Karaoke”
57) OT Bend – “Blagoslov za kraj”
56) Kikki, Bettan, Lotta – “Din hånd i min hånd”
55) Maja Markovic – “Nije nam se dalo”
54) Mazy – “Oulala”
53) 2 Fabiola feat. Loredana – “She’s After My Piano”
52) Syostry Syo – “Une Marionette”
51) Indira – “You Will Never Break My Heart”
50) Thomai Apergi & Legend – “Jazz & Syrtaki”
49) Severina – “Daj mi, daj”
48) Courtney Act – “Fight For Love”
47) Yohio – “To The End”
46) Ivana Jordan – “Lazarica”
45) Yuko – “Galyna guliala”
44) Saara Aalto – “Domino”
43) Saša Lendero – “Mandoline”
42) Vanessa Amorosi – “Lessons Of Love”
41) Dianna Rotaru – “Dale Dale”
40) IIRIS – “Astronaut”
39) Jelena Tomaševic – “Jutro”
38) Biber feat. DJ Niko Bravo – “Svatovi”
37) Mirela – “La Reina De La Noche”
36) Aleksa Jelic feat. Ana Štajdohar – “Beli jablan”
35) Hyrise – “Leading Me On”
34) Sara Bajraktari – “Ajër”
33) Ana Nikolic – “Romale, romali”
32) Satin Circus – “Crossroads”
31) Tina & René – “Mi amore”
30) Sil – “What’s The Time In Tokyo”
29) David Lindgren – “Skyline”
28) Bárbara Tinoco – “Passe-Partout”
27) E–Rotic / Missing Heart – “Queen Of Light”
26) Sansa – “Lover View”
25) Coral – “Todo Está En Tu Mente”
24) Ace Wilder – “Don’t Worry”
23) Chimene Badi – “Là haut”
22) Ramona Nerra – “Save Me”
21) Oscar Zia – “Human”
20) Anton Ewald – “Natural”
19) Hera Bjork – “Someday”
18) Catarina Pereira – “Mea Culpa”
17) Asmik Shiroyan – “You & I”
16) Laing – “Zeig deine Muskeln”
15) Gabrielius Vagelis – “Tave Cia Randu”
14) Marilia – “Todo Bien”
13) Michael Rune feat. Natascha Bessez – “Wanna Be Loved”
12) JEM – “Love Trigger”
11) Hanna Ferm – “Brave”
10) Renaida – “All The Feels”
9) Eleanor Cassar – “Back To Life”
8) Rein Alexander – “One Last Time”
7) Helena Paparizou – “Survivor”
6) Adelen – “Bombo”
5) Alcazar – “Headlines”
4) Margaret – “Cool Me Down”
3) Catarina Pereira – “Canta Por Mim”
2) Alcazar – “Not A Sinner, Nor A Saint”
1) Jenny Berggren – “Let Your Heart Be Mine”
 
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Great idea! I'll take part here, too.

Now, I'm not familiar with pretty much any national finalists except from my own country, I'm looking forward to making discoveries.

@WowWowWowWow, just to be sure, are we supposed to send studio or live version of the song(s)? Or it doesn't matter?
Yay!

So far I have been collecting videos with studio versions - sometimes dubbed over the live performances, sometimes the music video or the lyric video. I am inclined to say we should keep this to studio versions.

But I know the off-the-wall nature of some of the live performances contribute to the amazingness — maybe we can do another rate someday for the bonkers, so-bad-they’re-good live performances?
 
I am thinking more about this and I don’t want to be the fun police. Y’all can send the live versions if you want to. (I will be trying to make a Spotify playlist, though.) I guess it’s like real Eurovision—each voter will assign their scores as they see fit; the live staging may help or hurt the cause. Some may only care about the songs and ignore the visuals. For others, it’s the whole package that counts.

tl;dr the rate theme is not “Everyone submit the songs you think are the most absurd.” If you want to submit those, super. If you don’t want to submit those, super. The submitting is the most important part!
 

londonrain

Staff member
Thanks for bringing it up. My instinct is to keep it a secret, so that the entries are all (at least theoretically) on a level playing field at the start. What do you all think?
I guess it depends on whether we’re treating it like a song contest (that is, we’re trying to “win” with our entries) or if it’s just a nomination process (that is, we’re all trying to put together the best possible list regardless of who submits what, like the Women of the 90s rate).
 
I guess it depends on whether we’re treating it like a song contest (that is, we’re trying to “win” with our entries) or if it’s just a nomination process (that is, we’re all trying to put together the best possible list regardless of who submits what, like the Women of the 90s rate).
Excellent point. I was thinking about presenting the results song by song instead of voter by voter, which feels like it leans in the direction of "best possible list." And we *may* get voters who don't participate in the nominations (touch wood), and you'll be able to vote for your own choices. All of that makes me think identifying the nominators at the outset is a reasonable course of action.
Not me destroying my chances with the flop this was in PJSC:

Raffaela Paton - Chocolatte

Is there a way to reconsider this or is it finite ddd?
I am similarly disappointed, as there is a song that I wanted to enter that also competed in the PJSC. We can give Raffaëla (whose name I have rudely misspelled in the opening post) the spotlight she deserves during the voting period, but I think I am going to stick with the original rule. Please don't let it deter you from participating, though!
 
Excellent point. I was thinking about presenting the results song by song instead of voter by voter, which feels like it leans in the direction of "best possible list." And we *may* get voters who don't participate in the nominations (touch wood), and you'll be able to vote for your own choices. All of that makes me think identifying the nominators at the outset is a reasonable course of action.

I am similarly disappointed, as there is a song that I wanted to enter that also competed in the PJSC. We can give Raffaëla (whose name I have rudely misspelled in the opening post) the spotlight she deserves during the voting period, but I think I am going to stick with the original rule. Please don't let it deter you from participating, though!
Ahw. But no I am not petty now to not participate ddd. That list did limit my options so out of head I know only one.
 

londonrain

Staff member
Excellent point. I was thinking about presenting the results song by song instead of voter by voter, which feels like it leans in the direction of "best possible list." And we *may* get voters who don't participate in the nominations (touch wood), and you'll be able to vote for your own choices. All of that makes me think identifying the nominators at the outset is a reasonable course of action.
That makes sense.

In that case: if anyone is running out of ideas for songs to submit, please consider submitting these:




 

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