Now that Malta’s Ira Losco has finally unveiled “Walk On Water”, the set list for the first semi-final is complete. The Maltese Eurovision veteran has been gaining momentum all week, with her odds steadily shortening. However, she’s still a long way behind the bookies’ favourite, Russia’s Sergey Lazarev. He’s bringing a healthy dose of slick pop and, if his official video is anything to go by, a very expensive stage-show.
Another victory for the motherland is far from guaranteed. The Balkans are a force once more, with both Bosnia & Herzegovina and Croatia returning to the contest. The former’s Dalal & Deen feat. Ana Rucner and Jala stick largely with tradition, whilst the latter’s Nina Kraljic offers up a ballad that could easily have come from the Nordics. The Czech Republic’s Gabriela Guncíková will be vying to take the country to its first final, while Austria, the Netherlands and Iceland will all be hoping to bounce back after poor results last year. Contestants from Azerbaijan, Cyprus and beyond will do their best to outshine all of them.
Precisely who will qualify is anyone’s guess. But who do you want to see make it? You can listen to each of this year’s first semi-final contestants below (or by visiting our Contestants Page). Then vote for your favourites in our poll. You can vote for as many contestants as you like, but you can only vote ONE time, so make it count.
This poll closes on 9 May at midnight, just ahead of the first semi-final on 10 May. It’s up to you, Europe. Start voting now!
Eurovision 2016: SEMI-FINAL 1 CONTESTANTS
- Armenia: Iveta Mukuchyan with “LoveWave”
- Austria: Zoë with “Loin d’ici”
- Azerbaijan: Samra “Miracle”
- Bosnia & Herzegovina: Dalal & Deen feat. Ana Rucner and Jala with “Ljubav Je”
- Croatia: Nina Kraljic with “Lighthouse”
- Cyprus: Minus One with “Alter Ego”
- Czech Republic: Gabriela Guncíková with “I Stand”
- Estonia: Jüri Pootsmann with “Play”
- Finland: Sandhja with “Sing It Away”
- Greece: Argo with “Utopian Land”
- Hungary: Freddie with “Pioneer”
- Iceland: Greta Salóme with “Hear Them Calling”
- Malta: Ira Losco with “Walk On Water”
- Moldova: Lidia Isac with “Falling Stars”
- Montenegro: Highway with “The Real Thing”
- Netherlands: Douwe Bob with “Slow Down”
- Russia: Sergey Lazarev with “You Are The Only One”
- San Marino: Serhat with “I Didn’t Know”