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”.
WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE EUROVISION 2016 ACT SO FAR? VOTE NOW!
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