Aussievision’s ESC250 2020 rankings
Each New Year's Eve Eurovision fans across the globe tune to ESCRadio to hear the Top 250 Eurovision songs voted by fans.
The poll has been running for over a decade with the voting component currently organised by Belgian Eurovision site songfestival.be. With voting closing real soon.
Sixteen members of the Aussievision team have ranked their favourite Eurovision songs and voted in the ESC250. We have collated the teams votes and complied a top 10 of Aussievision’s ESC250 2020 rankings.
The team has a wide range of Eurovision taste with the top douze points going to 14 songs out of the 16 team members. Songs awards 12 points by the team that missed out on our top 10 include:
Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson - ‘Sing, Little Birdie’ - 1959 (Ford)
Sertab Erener - ‘Everyway That I Can’ - 2003 (Mike)
Silvia Night - ‘Congratulations’ - 2006 (Laura)
Nina Zilli - ‘L’amore è femmina (Out of Love)' - 2012 (Miles)
Zlata Ognevich - ‘Gravity’ - 2013 (Liv)
The Common Linnets - ‘Calm After the Storm’ - 2014 (Wade)
Aminata - ‘Love Injected’ - 2015 (Fleur)
Lesley Roy - ‘Story of My Life’ - 2020 (Ally)
There were also three songs that just missed out on a place in the top 10, with 20 points each, they were Sertab Erener with ‘Everyway That I Can’ from 2003, Aminata with ‘Love Injected’ from 2015, and Diodato with ‘Fai rumore’ from this year’s cancelled Contest.
Lets take a look at the Aussievision team’s ESC250 ranked songs for 2020:
10. Loïc Nottet - ‘Rhythm Inside’ - 2015 (22 points)
Highs: 8 points Miles and Emma
Interestingly ‘Rhythm Inside’ is an entry in the ESC250 that has been growing in popularity with fans and slowly climbing up up to the top. In 2017 it hit the top 10, then it climbed to No. 7 in 2018 and then last year it jumped up another spot to No.6. At Eurovision 2015 ‘Rhythm Inside’ was ranked the second best song behind ‘Heroes’ by the Australian televoting public and is clearly still a favourite in the Aussievision team.
9. KEiiNO - ‘Spirit in the Sky’ - 2019 (23 points)
Highs: 10 points Ally
It is no surprise that ‘Spirit in the Sky’ by KEiiNO ranks in our top 10, as it was the Australian televoting public favourite Eurovision 2019 winning song. The song hit the top 5 in last years ESC250.
8. Daði & Gagnamagnið - 'Think About Things' - 2020 (24 points)
Highs: 10 points Emma, 7 points Ally and Steve
The only entry from this years cancelled Contest, and one of the favourites that was to take it out is Daði & Gagnamagnið’ s 'Think About Things’ which is ranked at No. 8. Will 'Think About Things’ be the highest ranked 2020 entry in the ESC250 this year? There are other favourites like Diodato with ‘Fai rumore’ and The Roop with ‘On Fire’ that could snatch that title.
7. Sergey Lazarev - ‘You Are the Only One’ - 2016 (24 points)
Highs: 12 points Dale
‘You Are the Only One’ has remained steady in the ESC250 top 20 after its peak at No.3 in its debut year 2016. It is a favourite in the Aussievision team with Dale aka “the Aussie Sergey” (this makes sense if you have seen Dale’s performance of ‘You Are the Only One’ in OGAE Australia’s So You Think You Can Eurovision competition, which he won) giving it douze points and Liv and Hugo giving the song six points each.
6. Il Volo - ‘Grande Amore’ - 2015 (24 points)
Highs: 12 points Ruby and Hugo
Il Volo make our top 10 rankings solely thanks to two dedicated Il Volo fans in our team Ruby and Hugo who both gave it douze points. Even though it did score the same 24 points as Sergey Lazarev and Daði & Gagnamagnið it received more sets of 12 points hence being placed at No.6 in our rankings. It would be interesting to see if Il Volo can remain in the ESC250 top 10. Over the years they have been dropping from No.2 in 2016 to No. 9 last year.
5. Eleni Foureira - ‘Fuego’ - 2018 (25 points)
Highs: 7 points Cooper and Mike
It wouldn’t be a Eurovision Top 10 without the epic staged and choreographed ‘Fuego’ by Eleni Foureira. The song received points from five team members. In the ESC250 last year ‘Fuego’ was pushed down a spot to No.3 by the Eurovision 2019 winning song ‘Arcade’.
4. Loreen - ‘Euphoria’ - 2012 (29 points)
Highs: 12 points Steve, 7 points Liv and Kyriakos
Interestingly the Aussievision team have put the eight years in a row ESC250 winner in fourth place! ‘Euphoria’ has not been taken off the top spot since its debut on the ESC250 in 2012. It received only one set of 12 points from Steve, and points from three other members. This is clearly attributed by the team and Eurofans yearning for a new No.1 on the ESC250. Could ‘Euphoria’ make it at No.1 for a ninth year in a row, only time will tell.
3. Måns Zelmerlöw - ‘Heroes’ - 2015 (32 points)
Highs: 12 points Emma and Kyriakos
‘Heroes’ hits the top 3 in our team rankings. This is likely attributed as the “Måns Factor” after Måns Zelmerlöw was the guest judge and performer at this year’s ‘Eurovision - Australia Decides 2020’ and many Aussie fans got to see Måns perform his Eurovision winning song ‘Heroes’ live possibly for the first time. In the ESC250 ‘Heroes’ has remained steady at No.17.
2. Kate Miller-Heidke - ‘Zero Gravity’ - 2019 (44 points)
Highs: 12 points Cooper, 10 points Laura and Ford
Nothing beats one of the most impressive stage performances to wow fans and newcomers of Eurovision for years to come. Kate Miller-Heidke clearly impressed us Aussies by getting up on that pole and singing her operatic ‘Zero Gravity’ above earth’s thermosphere. ‘Zero Gravity’ scored points from the most amount of team members with seven in the team giving it 12 points to 1 point. ‘Zero Gravity’ came in at No. 51 in last year’s ESC250. Australian songs have a good record in the poll with four of our five acts making the Top 250. You can check out our article here. Can Kate Miller-Heidke crack the top 50 this year?
1. Dami Im - ‘Sound of Silence’ - 2016 (49 points)
Highs: 12 points Guy, 10 points Dale and Kyriakos
Australia’s best result thus far at Eurovision! Dami Im’s Eurovision 2016 runner up performance of ‘Sound of Silence’ scored the highest amount of points from the Aussievision team with six team members giving the song 12 to 4 points. ‘Sound of Silence’ reached its peak in the ESC250 in 2016 at No.15. Last year Dami Im was bumped out of the top 20 and placed at No.22.
Will Dami Im be able to climb back into the top 20? If you would like to see that happen you need to vote and then check out the ESC250 countdown on New Years Eve.
What are you Top 10? There’s not long to go now to vote.
Voting closes on Sunday December 6 23.59 CET that is Monday December 7 at 9.59am AEDT in Australia.
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