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“Fără tine” by Dora Gaitanovici wins SongHunt 2018

“Fără tine” by Dora Gaitanovici wins SongHunt 2018

SongHunt 2018, our poll series to find the best non-winning national final song of the year, has come to an end: “Fără tine” by Dora Gaitanovici, from the Romanian preselection, has won the grand final!

Based on the votes of our chatters in the #esc chat and supplemented by our editors’ choices, a total of 96 songs took part in the eight SongHunt heats between January and March, followed by four quarter-finals and two semi-finals. The 12-song final was open for the two weeks during and after ESC 2018 itself, and over the past week we have been eliminating one song every day until we got to tonight’s six superfinalists.

In a special event in the chat, our chatters voted in three rounds. Firstly, they chose their favourite of the three lowest-scoring songs from the public vote, which resulted in “Piedestal” by Inis Neziri (Albania) going forward to the next round (with Emmy Liyana from France and Tamás Horváth from Hungary dropping out). Next, the four remaining songs were whittled down to two, which meant we said goodbye to Inis Neziri as well as Rebecca from Norway with her song “Who We Are”.

This resulted in a final head-to-head between Spanish summer hit “Lo malo” by Aitana & Ana Guerra (a.k.a. the mighty Aitana War) and Dora from Romania. In a clear and unequivocal verdict, “Fără tine” stormed to victory and was duly crowned the winner of SongHunt 2018!

Looking back at the full results for this year’s SongHunt, “Fără tine” actually achieved the highest chat score of any non-winning finalist during the respective national final show, so its victory didn’t come completely out of the blue. This also means that Romania has defended its SongHunt title, after “Petale” by Instinct won the 2017 edition.

Here’s the reprise of the winning song and performance. Many congratulations to Dora Gaitanovici – and we look forward to seeing which songs become our chat and poll favourites when SongHunt rolls around again in 2019!

 

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SongHunt 2018: Introducing the finalists

SongHunt 2018: Introducing the finalists

Twelve songs have made it through the rounds of SongHunt 2018 to compete for your vote in the grand final.

If you know them all already, click here to vote in the grand final! You can vote once every 24 hours, so make sure you keep coming back to support your favourite song(s).

But in case you still need help making up your mind, here’s a quick introduction to the dozen candidates who are vying for your vote!


Tamás Horváth – Meggyfa (Hungary)
This folksy number lost out to screamo rockers AWS in the A Dal superfinal but would surely have had a decent chance of maintaining Hungary’s strong Eurovision qualification record this decade.

Emmy Liyana – OK ou KO (France)
Co-composed by French music superstar Zazie, “OK ou KO” was an early favourite for the French selection when the clips of the songs first emerged. Emmy Liyana delivered an intriguing performance using doubles of herself, and while she didn’t get the ticket to ESC, she’s proved a favourite throughout the SongHunt process.

Inis Neziri – Piedestal (Albania)
Festivali i Këngës is typically the first national final of the season, so it’s nice to see a non-winning song from there still pleasing fans in mid-May. Given Albania’s penchant for dramatic female-sung entries, Inis might have expected to be making a trip to Lisbon, but she will have to satisfy herself with a place in the SongHunt final instead.

Aitana & Ana Guerra – Lo malo (Spain)
If the return of OT has been a success, “Lo malo” has been the cherry on the cake. Well in excess of five million views for this video alone and the song of the summer season in Spain, we’ll never know how well it might have done at ESC, but its success has achieved an even greater feat: persuading the singers that they actually quite like the song after all.

Felix Sandman – Every Single Day (Sweden)
We’re still none the wiser as to why SVT decided to style his name as FELIX SANDMAN (ALL CAPS), but the former FO&O member made a big impression at Melodifestivalen, emerging from the Andra Chansen round to almost deny Benjamin Ingrosso the big prize.

Rebecca – Who We Are (Norway)
Poor Rebecca. Did she ever really stand a chance against the Eurovision juggernaut that is Alexander Rybak? A strong showing to reach the superfinal in Norway helped her win over a lot of our SongHunt voters, though, and here she is in our grand final.

Nassi – Rêves de gamin (France)
The French selection proved to be a particularly popular one among SongHunt voters, dominating the early stages of the competition and contributing one-quarter of the entries for our grand final – including this fun number from Nassi.

Aitana – Arde (Spain)
Aitana makes her second appearance in our SongHunt final with a song that could hardly be any different to “Lo malo”. This powerful and smoky ballad might well have been cannon fodder in the Saturday night Eurovision show, but it’s been music to the ears of the SongHunt voters so far.

Asmik Shiroyan – You And I (Armenia)
Would Asmik have been able to qualify for the Eurovision grand final where Sevak failed? We’ll never know – although she’d probably have to have sung a whole lot better than she did at Depi Evratesil.

Margaret – In My Cabana (Sweden)
The Polish final was an enjoyable enough event, but none of the competing songs were strong enough to fight their way through to the SongHunt final. Never fear, though: Poland has a proxy representative in the form of Margaret, whose “In My Cabana” was another graduate from the Andra Chansen round in Sweden.

Dora Gaitanovici – Fără tine (Romania)
Ah, Romania. You delivered a month and half’s worth of reliable Sunday night entertainment, salt mines and all. The rest of the fan world might still be screaming that Feli was robbed, but we know differently – Dora’s powerful ballad got the highest chat score of any song this season.

Lisandro Cuxi – Eva (France)
Speaking of “robbed”, there would probably be a lot more anguish over Lisandro Cuxi’s ultimate failure to win the French ticket to ESC 2018 if Madame Monsieur hadn’t swiftly established themselves as a fan favourite for the contest proper. The lyrics pitying Eva for being a single mother may be a little dubious, but the song remains a bit of a banger.

And that’s all twelve songs. Now all you have to do is vote – and keep coming back every day to defend your favourites from elimination!

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SongHunt 2018 – The Final!

SongHunt 2018 – The Final!

What’s the best non-winning song of the 2018 national final season?

The semi-finals are closed, and our SongHunt is finally reaching its end! In the past weeks, we have narrowed down our favourites from the national preselections to just 12 songs, and now it’s time to pick the very best.

In the final, you can only vote for one song at a time – but you can vote again once 24 hours have passed since your last vote. So don’t forget to keep coming back day after day and supporting your favourite(s)!

The voting period will be open for two weeks. All 12 songs will participate in the first week – then, starting on Monday 14 May, every evening at 21:00 CET one entry will be eliminated (naturally, the one with the fewest votes by the deadline!), meaning only 6 songs will reach the super-final on Sunday 20 May. The super-final will be celebrated with a group viewing in our #esc chatroom, and the poll will be closed and the final results revealed during the course of the event.

And now all that remains is for you to vote! A video playlist can be found below the poll if you need a reminder – or you can read our full introduction to all twelve songs.



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SongHunt 2018 – Semi-Final 2

SongHunt 2018 – Semi-Final 2

The SongHunt continues!

Our quest to find the best song from the 2018 national final season continues with the second of our two semi-finals!

Each semi-final features 12 songs that qualified from the previous phase. Your task is simple: You have three votes to give to your favourite songs!

A playlist of all the songs can be found below the poll if you need a reminder.



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SongHunt 2018 – Semi-Final 1

SongHunt 2018 – Semi-Final 1

The SongHunt continues!

Our quest to find the best song from the 2018 national final season continues with the first of our two semi-finals!

Each semi-final features 12 songs that qualified from the previous phase. Your task is simple: You have three votes to give to your favourite songs!

A playlist of all the songs can be found below the poll if you need a reminder.



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SongHunt 2018 – Quarter-Final 4

SongHunt 2018 – Quarter-Final 4

The SongHunt continues!

Our quest to find the best song from the 2018 national final season continues with the last of our four quarter-finals!

Each quarter-final features 12 songs that qualified from the previous phase. Your task is simple: You have three votes to give to your favourite songs!

A playlist of all the songs can be found below the poll if you need a reminder.



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SongHunt 2018 – Quarter-Final 3

SongHunt 2018 – Quarter-Final 3

The SongHunt continues!

Our quest to find the best song from the 2018 national final season continues with the third quarter-final!

Each quarter-final features 12 songs that qualified from the previous phase. Your task is simple: You have three votes to give to your favourite songs!

A playlist of all the songs can be found below the poll if you need a reminder.



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SongHunt 2018 – Quarter-Final 2

SongHunt 2018 – Quarter-Final 2

The SongHunt continues!

Our quest to find the best song from the 2018 national final season continues with the second quarter-final!

Each quarter-final features 12 songs that qualified from the previous phase. Your task is simple: You have three votes to give to your favourite songs!

A playlist of all the songs can be found below the poll if you need a reminder.



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SongHunt 2018 – Quarter-Final 1

SongHunt 2018 – Quarter-Final 1

The SongHunt continues!

Our quest to find the best song from the 2018 national final season continues as we reach the first of our four quarter-finals!

Each quarter-final features 12 songs that qualified from the previous phase. Your task is simple: You have three votes to give to your favourite songs!

A playlist of all the songs can be found below the poll if you need a reminder.



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SongHunt 2018 – Heat 8

SongHunt 2018 – Heat 8

The SongHunt continues!

Our quest to find the best song from the 2018 national final season continues with the final heat in the first phase, Heat 8.

Each heat features 12 songs, comprising nine of our chatters’ favourites from the national final shows and three editors’ choices. Your task is simple: You have three votes to give to your favourite songs!

A playlist of all the songs can be found below the poll if you need a reminder.



Want to know more? You can read about how SongHunt works here, and the full qualification list can be found here.

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