The Eurovision 2016 season received a much need kick-start this week when Ireland broke with tradition by internally selecting Nicky Byrne and his song “Sunlight”. This brought the current tally of confirmed acts and songs to two, the other being Albania’s Eneda Tarifa with Përrallë” (Fairytale). She earned the right to sing at Eurovision after winning Festivali i Këngës 54 in late December. Stockholm may still be a long way off, but it only takes two to tango. And what a fierce dance it’s been!
We asked y’all to vote for your favourite Eurovision act so far, and in just four days an impressive 1,312 votes were cast. Eneda put in a valiant effort, picking up 550 votes. But the Balkan blonde was no match for Ireland’s finest. Nicky turned on the heat and scooped up 762 votes in the process.
Ireland: Nicky Byrne “Sunlight”
Albania: Eneda Tarifa “Përrallë” (Fairytale)
YOUR EUROVISION FAVOURITES on 17 January (2 Acts)
- Ireland: Nicky Byrne “Sunlight” 58.08% (762 votes)
- Albania: Eneda Tarifa “Përrallë” (Fairytale) 41.92% (550 votes)
Total Votes: 1,312
Thankfully, this isn’t a battle to the death. Eneda lives to fight another day. However, she’ll face an additional adversary. Belgium chooses its Eurovision 2016 act later tonight. Afterwards, we’ll relaunch the poll to include Loïc Nottet’s successor.
What do you think of the current standings? Does Ireland deserve its number one placing? And perhaps more importantly, can they hold onto the much coveted top spot next time? Will Belgium arrive with a bang and snatch poll position? Or could Albania sneak past both of them and claim the crown? Let us know below.