Snow might be falling across Europe, but the thaw is most definitely setting in when it comes to Eurovision. We now know three of the entries which will be performed in Stockholm next May. Last week’s duo of Albania’s Eneda Tarifa with “Përrallë” (Fairytale) and Ireland’s Nicky Byrne with “Sunlight” are joined by Belgium’s Laura Tesoro with “What’s The Pressure”. Two’s company but three’s a crowd. Who needs to go? It’s time to choose your favourites!

You can listen to all three tracks and watch our video reactions below. Then vote in our poll. You can vote for as many contestants as you like, but you can only vote ONE time. Be sure to check the box next to every act you want to support before submitting your votes. Voting ends on Thursday 21 January — just ahead of the Belarusian and Maltese national finals on 22 and 23 January. We will then relaunch the poll to include the winners of both shows, along with any surprise entries that might drop in the interim.

Eurovision 2016: Our top three so far

Laura Tesoro “What’s The Pressure”

The newest addition to the Eurovision 2016 mix, Laura won Belgium’s Eurosong selection on Sunday night. The Voice of Flanders graduate proved a popular winner, topping both the jury and televote. However, “What’s The Pressure” has been met with mixed reactions from Eurofans. The comments in our own Wiwi Jury ranged from “Sassy. Edgy. Fun.” to “1/10 for catchiness and 9/10 for monotony”. Now that the national final is over, can Laura channel the Belgian spirit and unite the two sides under one flag?

IRELAND: NICKY BYRNE “SUNLIGHT”

For the first time in its 51 year Eurovision history, Ireland has selected both its artist and song behind closed doors. The result is Nicky Byrne singing “Sunlight”. He sold over 40 million records as part of Westlife, but this is his debut solo effort. Can he cope without the support of his bandmates? The early signs are promising. The track is co-written by Byrne and proven hitmakers Wayne Hector and Ronan Hardiman. The mid-tempo number is already creating a buzz and has been compared to last year’s winner “Heroes”. However, we have yet to hear the entry performed live. Nicky comfortably topped last week’s poll. Will he do the same this time?

ALBANIA: ENEDA TARIFA “PËRRALLË” (FAIRYTALE)

Eneda Tarifa’s “Përrallë” saw off competition from 29 other songs to emerge victorious at Festivali i Këngës 54. The Wiwi Jury described the ballad as “dark, dramatic, energetic”, stating that it “sounds like it belongs on the soundtrack of an action film”. That’s all well and good, but can it actually succeed at Eurovision? Of course, we need to keep in mind that the song is due to undergo a revamp, including a trim and a translation to English. But that’s presuming that “Përrallë” even makes the journey to Stockholm. Remember last year when Elhaida Dani’s “Diell” was left aside in favour of “I’m Alive”.

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Colin
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Colin

The problem with Albania’s song is that considering their track record, chances are this is getting translated and then we get almost entirely different song and singer’s English pronunciation might affect the whole thing too.

Belgium and Ireland have decent happy songs. Unless this is a very weak year, chances are neither is going in my Top 10, but both are fine.

Because of that, I restrain from voting thus far. Still waiting for the song that captures me. Please Malta, choose Jessika so I can vote 🙂

David
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David

Belgiumis copying fleur east sax

Albb Jane
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Albania for now,tho i don’t get why is so underrated. Is such a strong,dark ballad and with the revamp it will be more awesome.
Ps: I don’t find anything cool at Ireland song. Belgium is ok but i preferred Tom instead.

fikri
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fikri

can i just vote based who looks the best in the banner because aneda looks really FIERCE.

Vladimir
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Vladimir

So far:

1. Albania
2. Ireland
3. Belgium

Greetings from Serbia

Bronson
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Bronson

The ironic thing about it all is that Albania which is currently in last place, seems to be liked the most by those commenting.

Albania is still my favourite, Ireland is ok but Belgium is far behind.

Foxreyna
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Foxreyna

I hate them all, but Laura has the best voice.

Jocelyn
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1: Albania
2: Belgium
3: Ireland

Rzd
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Rzd

1. Albania
2. Ireland
3. Belgium
Albania is the best – strong, classy, different. Go Albania! 🙂

Ola
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Ola

1. Ireland 6/10
2. Albania 5/10
3. Belgium 3/10

Conclusion: Can very well be three non-qualifiers. But Ireland is at least decent.

WTF
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WTF

The only decent song chosen so far comes in last, says a lot about the typical eurofan’s taste, really…

Matt
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Matt

I honestly don’t like any of them. It’s very likely none of these will even qualify for the Grand Final. If I really had to vote, then I guess I’d go for Ireland.

Eugene
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Eugene

Albania
Belgium
Ireland

EF0912
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EF0912

How is Ireland winning again – Ive loved the past 3 Irish entries but this is the worst since 2012. I feel people are voting for the name rather than the song.

MCdinero
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MCdinero

Am I The only one who thinks that the Belgian bass sounds like “Another one bites the dust” by Queen

MGR
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MGR

I do not want to be rude, but I think that it is good to organize your faith and perception. Do you think, how important is your sympathy for some songs? You have to be realistic. You must carefully analyze reality.

Österrike
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Österrike

1. Belgium
2. Albania
3. Ireland

Belgium and Ireland are almost non-qualifiers for me, however that doesnt prevent from voting Belgium

Tobias
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I slowly start to really like Albania. Even though I liked Belgium from the beginning, unlike the Albanian entry, there’s a reason for that: In FiK I had another favourite in the final and when she didn’t win, I was so disappointed that I just couldn’t care about the actual winning song, but as time went by and I got used to the fact that my favourite didn’t win, I started to feel extremely addicted to this HUGE James Bond-like dramatic ballad.

Fenistil
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Fenistil

I’m pleasantly surprised by songs presented so far. I really like all three of them.
1. Albania
2. Ireland
3. Belgium

MGR
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MGR

At the Eurovision Song Contest always most important is entrance in stage. The whole plan of performance needs to fit well into stage.

cathal
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cathal

The Irish entry would be much more appreciated if it represented a Scandi country…

Ben Rafter
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Ben Rafter

So far:
1. Belgium
2. Ireland
3. Albania

EurovisionRomania
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EurovisionRomania

1. Ireland
2. Belgium
3. Albania

Albania is represented by a forgetable ballad. In my opinion no real chances to make it through the Grand Final.
Belgium is only a little bit better than Albania but Laura won’t be part of the final show though.
The winner at the moment is Ireland… by far. A good, modern and catchy song that can reach even a place in the first 10 in case of a good staging. Nicky has much experience, a good voice and is a good entertainer. Good job Ireland!

Alex Lefteris
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Alex Lefteris

Go Belgium ! 🙂 🙂

mocosuburbian
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mocosuburbian

Despite all of the scorn for Belgium yesterday, the poll seems evenly distributed among the three… hmmm

MGR
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MGR

Albania wasted Besa Krasniqi – “Liroje Zemrën” and this is still the biggest crime relevant with ESC 2016. They recognized, that everyone is good, but only Besa is bad. For me it is obvious demagogy and I hope that other countries will be more reasonable.

aari
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aari

1. Albania
2. Belgium
3. Ireland

khm
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khm

I hope that Belgium won’t qualify with this cheap “Sax” crap. They would’ve spare some time if they’ve invited Fleur East to perform “Sax” and not sending this weak imitation.

liam
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liam

1 – Albania
2 – Belgium
3 – Ireland

EF0912
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EF0912

1: Albania
2: Belgium
3: Ireland

Aleksi
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Aleksi

1. Ireland
2. Albania
3. Belgium

MarioMario
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MarioMario

1. Albania
2. Ireland
3. Belgium

Hugh
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Hugh

So far for me, it’s:
Belgium 7.0
Ireland 6.0
Albania 4.5

Rita
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Rita

Albania seems slightly underrated thus far. It is definitely the best followed by Ireland and then Belgium. All three bring a good mix though.

cheesecake
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cheesecake

1. Albania
2. Ireland / Belgium

Illyric
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Illyric

1.Albania-its like another “Skyfall”-dramatic vibe, strong voice.
2.Belgium- something different but nothing special
3.Ireland- Junior Eurovision-even worse
I’m sorry but this is how I see it

jr esc nl
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jr esc nl

i like belgium best<3

Carl
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Carl

1. Albania
2. Ireland
3. Belgium

MGR
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MGR

At this moment Belgium and Albania are hopeless. Albania is very raw, while Belgium is more polished, but blunt and unproductive.

GermanEsc
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GermanEsc

Belgium’s entry is awesome! In contrast to Ireland, it doesn’t try to be some kind of a literally deep pop song (what ireland’s entry for sure isn’t), just a feel good and party track. Surely it will rock the arena in Stockholm!
Love it, hope Belgium will make it’s way through the final.
Greetings from Germany.

D
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D

1) Albania – I really love this song, it’s super dramatic and mysterious, and it’ll probably end up in my Top 20 by May.
2) Belgium – It’s an okay song. Nothing special about. There’s nothing I hate but nothing I really like either.
3) Ireland – I can’t stand this song. It sounds so cheap and is one of the most generic things I’ve ever heard at ESC in the past few years. It’s just another case of “Well we’ll send what did well last year”. It’s a bargain brand Måns, I hope it doesn’t qualify.

camill
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camill

#1 Albania
#2 Ireland
#3 Belgium

Iberian
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Iberian

Yet again, not a doubt: Nicky is the best by far (couldn’t listen the other songs to the end as I got extremely bored of them, both Belgium and Albania)

NickC
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NickC

1. Belgium
2. Albania
3. Ireland– distant third.

zenjak
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zenjak

1. Albania
2. Ireland
3. Belgium

They are all quite weak so far this year 🙁

PP
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PP

1.Belgium
2.Albania
3.Ireland
But I think,, all 3 have small chance to final.

SpirK
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SpirK

1. Albania 7+/10
2. Belgium 6+/10
3. Ireland 6.0/10
All decent songs but for now Albania is for me the best, it’s more mature and special. And I think it will improve later on from the revamp.

danpito-ve
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danpito-ve

#1 Albania
#2 Belgium
#3 Ireland

Paul D
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Paul D

1 – ALBANIA
2 – BELGIUM
3 – IRELAND

Hippo
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Hippo

1.Albania
2.Ireland
3.Belgium

Albania my favourite by a long margin so far. Really don’t like Belgium or Ireland. Qualifying from the Semi final has to be the target for all of these though. Anything more would be a great success.