The Nordic countries have dominated Eurovision in recent years, securing five of the past ten victories. Last year, however, only two of them reached the grand final, with Denmark, Finland and Iceland all crashing out in the semis. Thankfully for fans of Nordic pop, the region’s two qualifiers did well — with Norway coming eighth and Sweden, of course, winning it all and bringing the contest back to Stockholm.
But in 2016 the past is forgotten and Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden have to fight for victory all over again. So we want to know: Which of these five countries has the best song in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016? Vote for your favourites in our poll. You can vote for as many of your favourites as you would like, but you can only vote ONE time. Be sure to click the box next to each act you want to support before pressing submit.
Finland: Sandhja with “Sing It Away”
Sandhja won Finland’s Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) 2016 back in February. The Finnish public wanted to send Saara Aalto, and they placed Sandhja third. But love from the jury was enough to push her to the win.
Iceland: Greta Salóme with “Hear Them Calling”
Greta Salóme returns to Eurovision after singing “Never Forget” with Jónsi in Baku back in 2012. In a very exciting final of Söngvakeppnin 2016, Greta managed to edge past Alda Dís Arnardóttir, despite finishing second in the first round of voting.
Denmark: Lighthouse X with “Soldiers of Love”
Boyband Lighthouse X left two divas — Simone and Anja Nissen — in their dust as they stormed to the victory in Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2016. Band member Johannes Nymark is making his second appearance on the Eurovision stage after performing beside Emma Marrone back in 2014.
Norway: Agnete with “Icebreaker”
Agnete secured a landslide victory at Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix 2016. She won top marks from each region and earned more than 78,000 televotes more than silver medalist Freddy Kalas. Norway is the only Nordic country who has finished in top ten over the past three years.
Sweden: Frans with “If I Were Sorry”
Frans will represent the host country Sweden after winning Melodifestivalen 2016 last weekend. The 17-year-old is the youngest winner of Melodifestivalen since Carola, who won the contest when she was just 16 years old back in 1983.
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