Despite Portugal’s withdrawal from Eurovision 2016, this year’s contest matches 2008 and 2011 for the largest number of participating countries ever. Living up to the its slogan “Come Together”, the contest welcomes four countries back to its loving, euro-pop arms: Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia and Ukraine. Together they mark the largest number of returnees since 2011. But the question is: Which country is making the best comeback?
BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA: DEEN & DALAL WITH “LJUBAV JE”
After three years of BHRT announcing comebacks and then swiftly declaring a crisis and withdrawing, Bosnia & Herzegovina has finally found the money to take part in the contest once again. And they’re making the most of it, filling the stage with two singers, a cellist and a rapper.
BULGARIA: POLI GENOVA WITH “IF LOVE WAS A CRIME”
Bulgaria withdrew from the contest in 2014 due to budgetary issues, but after slaying at Junior Eurovision 2014 and hosting the contest a year later, Bulgaria have decided to #joinus once again. And they’re calling on fan favourite and Eurovision 2011 starlet Poli Genova, who is bringing a contemporary hip-pop track.
Croatia: Nina Kraljic with “Lighthouse”
After a (very) long string of poor results, Croatia withdrew in 2014, but reported that they would return in 2016 using The Voice as their selection method. And what did they do? Exactly that. The bookies are LOVING Nina and have consistently had her among their Top 5 favourites. Can she live up to the hype?
UKRAINE: JAMALA WITH “1944”
The country’s geopolitical struggles, teamed with financial issues, left a Ukraine-shaped hole at Eurovision 2015. But moving on swiftly, Ukraine is already back in the game. The only non-Balkan country to return in 2016, Ukraine has already seen their starlet Jamala climb the odds table and court international press. This is how you stage a comeback.
But which returning country is your favourite in 2016? You can vote for as many acts 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.