🎉 #EI10: Our Favourite Eurovision Song Contest National Final 2012 – 2021

At the start of April, Eurovision Ireland entered its 10th anniversary year. Now that the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest and its aftermath is over, we thought it was about time we got around to celebrating. Some of the current team, along with some of our contributors, have put their thoughts together.

Today, we are looking at our favourite Eurovision Song Contest National Final from the first ten years of Eurovision Ireland.


In 2020, it was one of the few times a favourite won Melodifestivalen, however the Eurovision Song Contest sadly didn’t go ahead due to the Coronavirus pandemic. I was thrilled when The Mamas took victory with “Move” and I personally think it would of done very well, had the 2020 Contest gone ahead in Rotterdam.

Video: YouTube/Melodifestivalen


It has to be Denmark in 2013, which was a great show full of strong songs. Any of them could have gone to Eurovision and got a decent placing for Denmark, but in the end they chose wisely with “Only Teardrops” and Emmelie de Forrest as they won the ESC that year in Malmo, Sweden.

Video: YouTube/Dansk Melodi Grand Prix

Phil (OnEurope)

I had to have a think about this one because I’ve seen so many.  The one that stands out for me is the 2016 Melodifestivalen final.  I’m usually a bit ambivalent to the modern Swedish selection but the twelve that got through on that Saturday night were some of the best.  A high quality line up throughout with some really high points.  If only they had picked one of those instead of Frans and his whinge.  Still a final I watch to this day.

Video: YouTube/Melodifestivalen

Roy (Eurovision Apocalypse)

As some of you may know, I’m an avid national final follower, and tend to watch absolutely everything that’s available. Moldova usually offers great joys, and while not strictly speaking a final in the traditional sense, I get more and more addicted to Sanremo every year. But if I had to pick just one, it would be Eesti Laul 2013 – but not necessarily for the whole thing. Just for the one song, really, and possibly the greatest thing that’s ever happened on my telly. All together now… Meiecundimees üks Korsakov läks eile Lätti!

Video: YouTube/ERR

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Author: Richard Taylor

Source: Eurovision Ireland

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