Every day until December 24, we’re stuffing your stockings with a new Eurovision poll and asking for your opinion about important matters such as who had the best tree backdrop in 2015 and which national final you are looking forward to the most. Consider this our advent calendar for 2015. Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, you can let us know your thoughts each and every day by casting your vote and sounding off in our comments section. There’s only seven days left, so let’s jump to today’s poll!
Day 18: Eurovision 2016 artists
The new Eurovision season officially started in September and so far eight countries have announced their representatives for 2016. However, we’ll have to wait until December 27 to hear the first song, when Albania chooses their entry from Festivali i Këngës 54.
But which song from the already announced artists are you looking forward to the most? Vote for your favourites by clicking their names in the poll, then press submit. You can vote for as many artists as you like, but you can only vote once.
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Fuad Backovic-Deen, Dalal Midhat-Talakic and Ana Rucner
Just a day after announcing that they will return to the contest, Bosnia and Herzegovina announced their representative for Stockholm on November 25. Their 2004 singer Fuad Backovic-Deen will make a comeback and sing with singer Dalal Midhat-Talakic and cellist Ana Rucner. Their song will be revealed in February.
The Netherlands: Douwe Bob
23-year-old Douwe Bob will sing for The Netherlands in 2016. When wiwibloggs spoke to Douwe Bob in October, he said he thought he had the perfect song for Eurovision. His song will be revealed on March 2.
Three-piece boyband Highway will sing for Montenegro in 2016. They will be joined by former No Name (ESC 2005) member Bojan Jovovic. The exact date for the song reveal hasn’t been announced yet.
Armenia: Iveta Mukuchyan
Armenian-German Iveta Mukuchyan will represent Armenia in Stockholm. Armenian broadcaster AMPTV invited songwriters around the world to submit a song for Iveta.
Macedonian superstar Kaliopi will also make a comeback, after last singing for the country in 2012. Like her previous entry “Crno i Belo”, the song will once again be written by her ex-husband Romeo Grill.
Cyprus: Minus One
Minus One, a rock band from Nicosia, was chosen internally to sing for Cyprus. They already took part in the Cypriot selection in 2015 with “Shine”. Their song will be co-written by Thomas G:son together with the band.
Georgia: Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz
Georgia’s act is the newest addition to the list. Indie rock group Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz will represent their country in Stockholm. Georgia also has an open call for the songs and five of them will compete in national final.
Russia: Sergey Lazarev
Sergey Lazarev has been among the rumoured acts many times, but now he is officially singing for Russia in Eurovision. Sergey has quite a team behind him — producer Philipp Kirkorov, songwriter Dimitris Kontopoulus and choreographer Fokas Evangelinos. The Russian version of the song is set to be released before the new year.