Your Grand Final favourites reveal their very own favourites13 May 2023 at 17:26 CEST
Which artist learned Serbian lyrics so that they could sing their favourite song? Which act has greatest affection for Silvia Night? And which singer chose their own song when tasked with selecting their fave?...
When Steve Holden asked our Grand Finalists to choose their top of the pops on the official Eurovision Song Contest podcast, the answers threw up some nice surprises!
🇵🇹 Portugal | Mimicat
When she's not getting us all whipped into a frenzy with her inimitable rhythm on-stage, Mimicat likes to chill out to the heart-breaker that is Arcade by Duncan Laurence.
🇨🇭 Switzerland | Remo Forrer
SPACEMAN by Sam Ryder. According to Remo, he knew Sam from TikTok and was very pleased to see him rock up at Eurovision.
🇵🇱 Poland | Blanka
A dance-break aficionado knows a great one when she sees one. Blanka had her focus caught by Chanel's SloMo in 2022, and gave a bonus mention to Måneskin's Contest winner from the year before.
🇷🇸 Serbia | Luke Black
Luke gave a nod of respect to his immediate predecessor, Konstrakta, who represented Serbia in 2022 with In Corpore Sano. He's also a big fan of Ruslana's Wild Dances ("we always put it on at parties") and Måneskin get another well-deserved mention.
🇫🇷 France: La Zarra
From one chanteuse to another - La Zarra's pick is Marie Myriam's 1977 elegant Contest winner L’Oiseau et L’enfant.
🇨🇾 Cyprus | Andrew Lambrou
As anyone who watched our YouTube series A Little Bit More will know, Andrew is a huge admirer of Molitva, the 2007 winner by Marija Šerifović.
🇸🇪 Sweden | Loreen
Our 2012 Contest winner is rather partial to the 2014 winner - Rise Like A Phoenix by Conchita.
🇦🇱 Albania | Albina & Familja Kelmendi
Albina wil be very happy to be performing on the same stage as Jamala on Saturday night, who performed her favourite Eurovision song of all time - 1944.
🇮🇹 Italy: Marco Mengoni
Marco chose his own entry from 2013, L’Essenezialle. And we respect that. A bop's a bop.
🇪🇪 Estonia | Alika
When Alika is sat doing her thing at her piano, she's often thinking of Måneskin doing their trademark strutting across the stage - performing her favourite Eurovision song Zitti E Buoni.
🇫🇮 Finland | Käärijä
Are we even surprised that when Käärijä listens to Eurovision music, he chooses chaos? Verka Suducka's iconic Dancing Lasha Tumbai is the number-one fave of his.
🇨🇿 Czechia | Vesna
The versatile Vesna girls have gone with different choices:
Markéta Vedralová: We Are Domi - Lights Off
Patricie Fuxová: Amanda Tenfjord - Die Together
Tereza Čepková: Måneskin - Zitti E Buoni
Bára Šůstková - Manizah - Russian Woman
Tanita Yanková - Ruslana - Wild Dances
🇦🇺 Australia | Voyager
And did anyone expect the Voyager lot to have gone for anything other than the sublime and the ridiculous?...
Simone: Elnur & Samir - Day After Day
Danny: Silvia Night - Congratulations / Efendi - Mata Hari / Slavko Kalezić - Space / Poli Genova - If Love Was a Crime
Scott: Go_A - Shum
Ash: Zdob și Zdub - So Lucky / Hatari / Daði Freyr - Think About Things
Alex: Måns Zelmerlöw - Heroes / Cezar - It’s My Life
🇧🇪 Belgium | Gustaph
Gustaph's got plenty of rhythm and soul, as we know. And we were delighted to hear that he picked the United Kingdom's runner-up from the last time the country hosted Eurovision - Where Are You by Imaani.
🇦🇲 Armenia | Brunette
Despite her young age, Brunette was touched by the traditional tones of Portugal's 2017 winner - choosing Salvador Sabral's Amar Pelos Dois as her fave.
🇲🇩 Moldova | Pasha Parfeni
Pasha wasn't too peeved to be pipped to the post when he competed at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest - eventual winner that year, Loreen's Euphoria, remains his all-time fave to this day.
🇺🇦 Ukraine: TVORCHI
Jeffrey is giving props to the song that finished 2nd behind Ukraine at last year's Contest, SPACEMAN by Sam Ryder. Andrii, meanwhile, favours a classic 2nd-placer from Ukraine - Dancing Lasha Tumbai.
🇩🇪 Germany: Lord of the Lost
Sometimes they're called obvious choices for very good reason. And that applies to Waterloo by ABBA, which is Chris Harms' favourite Eurovision song of all time.
🇱🇹 Lithuania | Monika Linkytė
2018 was a good Contest for Monika - her two faves of all time are the 1st and 2nd-placers from that year, Toy by Netta and Fuego by Eleni Foureira respectively.
🇸🇮 Slovenia | Joker Out
We love that Joker Out have taken us to the Slovenian archives when telling us their fave - it's 2002's drag-tastic Samo Ljubezen by Sestre.
🇭🇷 Croatia | Let 3
The Italian entries down through the years have clearly struck a chord with the Let 3 lads. Ivan picked Insieme 1992, Dražen chose last year's Brividi and Zoran went with the classic Nel Blu, Dipinto Di Blu. Matej looks out beyond the Tyrrhenian Sea for his choice though, Spain's SloMo. While Damir will be pleased at the news that Luxembourg is returning to the Contest - his all-time high came from that country's winner Apres Toi by Vicky Leandros.
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