Who run the world? Girls! Despite the fact that Eurovision 2016 has been described as one big sausage fest, this year’s contest has a massive 22 solo female acts — up from 17 last year. Progressive Sweden must be LOVING the gender balance.

This decade we’ve seen three (and a half) solo ladies go on to snatch the Eurovision trophy. Lena from Germany, Loreen from Sweden, Emmelie from Denmark, and Conchita from Austria. Do any of our ladies from 2016 have what it takes to join the illustrious alumni of female Eurovision winners? And who stands the best chance?

You can let us know by voting in our poll, “Who is the best solo female act at Eurovision 2016?” You can cast your votes below, but be aware that you can only vote ONE TIME, so please tick the box next to each of your favourites before you press submit.

Albania: Eneda Tarifa with “Fairytale”

Armenia: Iveta Mukuchyan with “LoveWave”

Australia: Dami Im with “Sound of Silence”

Austria: ZOË with “Loin d’ici”

Azerbaijan: Samra with “Miracle”

Belgium: Laura Tesoro with “What’s The Pressure”

Bulgaria: Poli Genova with “If Love Was a Crime”

Croatia: Nina Kraljic with “Lighthouse”

Czech Republic: Gabriela Gunciková with “I Stand”

Finland: Sandhja with “Sing It Away”

FYR Macedonia: Kaliopi with “Dona”

Germany: Jamie-Lee with “Ghost”

Iceland: Greta Salóme with “Hear Them Calling”

Italy: Francesca Michielin with “No Degree of Separation”

Malta: Ira Losco with “Walk on Water”

Moldova: Lidia Isac with “Falling Stars”

Norway: Agnete with “Icebreaker”

Serbia: ZAA Sanja Vucic with “Goodbye (Shelter)”

Slovenia: ManuElla with “Blue and Red”

Spain: Barei with “Say Yay!”

Switzerland: Rykka with “The Last of Our Kind”

Ukraine: Jamala with “1944”

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Julianne
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Iveta, Dami Im, Jamala and Agnete for me.

Miki
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1. Nina (Croatia),
2. Jamala (Ukraine),
3. Kaliopi (Macedonia),
in this order.

Hayk
Guest

Iveta amazing, winner esc 2016

Erel
Guest

Azerbaijans the best this year, they deserve to win, please vote for talent Azerbaijan #1

Daniel Jamson
Guest

Definitely Iveta, she is amazing from each side.

Amir
Guest

1. Iveta (Armenia)
2. Ira (malta)
3. Poli (Bulgaria)
4. Dami (Australia)
5. Nina(Croatia)
6. Francesca (Italy)
7. Barei (Spain)
8. Samra (Azerbaijan)
9. Greta (Iceland)
10. Sandhja (Finland)

Kendal
Guest

After watching Iveta’s live performance in Moscow and piano cover of Love Wave, I can only say
1)Iveta
2)Iveta
3)Iveta
4)Iveta
5)Iveta

Hannah G
Guest

For me The Best vocalists are
1.Iveta Mukuchyan
2.Ira Losco
3.Jamala

Thomas Carley
Guest

My top 10 picks are:

1. Iveta (Armenia)
2. Nina (Croatia) But this is growing on me, so might be number one. Will wait to hear the live performance, along with Iveta. And she sounds a little like Ellie, but I hear more Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries. But Nina has a unique beauty too that is all her…
3. Poli (Bulgaria)
4. Dami (Australia)
5. Samra (Azerbaijan)
6. Francesca (Italy)
7. Barei (Spain)
8. Sandhja (Finland)
9. Greta (Iceland)
10. Ira (Malta)

Cece
Guest

@Thomas
The most stupid and senseless comment on this article ..

Cece
Guest

EDIT:

1. Sanja (I don’t like her song, but Sanja is the most powerful, charismatic and communicative female singer!
2. Dami/Ira (I forgot about her ;o)
3. Agnete
4. Poli
5. Samra/ Zoe
6. Iveta/ Jamala
7. Barei
8. Lidia
9. Sandhja/Rykka
10. Kaliopi/ Nina

lana
Guest

armenia iveta mukuchyan

Thomas
Guest

Where is Poland ? Polish peoples are angry right now, they can’t vote for their own country LOL hahahahahah

jaicherchelookingforyou
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jaicherchelookingforyou

Iveta Nina Sanja

Matthew Vella
Guest

Malta and Armenia are great

Nicky91
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@Robyn Gallagher

well thank you for explaining to me 🙂

and all i want to say is i’ve got respect for every artist competing in this year’s song contest, every singer this year has a different genre

and Ira also got my respect, by saying in London in a interview, that eurovision is about sharing different cultures and becoming friends

Iveta also has grown on me, i first thought she was a diva, but she’s also a very warm and kind person

and Robyn, i enjoy reading your comments on here, you have a good honest opinion as well

Cipela
Guest

Gabriela Gun?íková

Robyn Gallagher
Editor

Nicky91: “why is my comment awaiting moderation”

Comments that have more than one link are automatically held for moderation. It’s to stop spambots, but sometimes it means that interesting posts from real people are flagged as well. Your comment has now been published. 🙂

whitewalker90
Guest

Kralji? not Krajlic o.O

mike scarlat
Guest

kaliopi by far

Marcos
Guest

We’ve always sent some of the most powerful voices from Spain (Pastora, Ruth) but we’ve made a change this year, we gonna try something different. Barei is still one of the most reliable live performers on stage this year.

I personally believe a great voice doesn’t win Eurovision anymore. We should look very back in time to find one astonishing voice as the Eurovision winner. Emilie, Mäns, Conchita, Loreen weren’t.

Best voices for me are Ira Losco and Jamala.

Cece
Guest

1. Sanja (I don’t like her song, but Sanja is the most powerful, charismatic and communicative female singer!
2. Dami
3. Agnete
4. Poli
5. Samra/ Zoe
6. Iveta/ Jamala
7. Barei
8. Lidia
9. Sandhja/Rykka
10. Kaliopi/ Nina

ARUSIK
Guest

ARMENIA

Tomi
Guest

Iveta 100/100
Sanja 100/100
Kaliopi 100/100
Gabriela 100/100
Ira 100/100

Chance
Guest

Voted Sanja, Jamala and Poli, but there are so many amazing female voices this year.

Ron
Guest

Sanja, Iveta, Jamala, Dami

Naz
Guest

Ivetaa Mukuchyan Armeniaa <3

Xeph
Guest

Sanja hands down, her voice is freaking incredible.

gusgrancnaria2016
Guest

Vocals tend to be rather irrelevant at the ESC…The main thing is that the tune has to be memorable by whatever the reasons their are: The ESC tend to have good singers but rather bad tunes…If you sing a ballad like so many this year…you got to have a great voice to stand out like Kaliopi or that girl from Croatia BUT people tend to dislike depressive tunes to catchy well sung songs like Amir or Barei…my top 2 lol

Fibi
Guest

What!? Nina, really? It has only a nice tone of voice. Like a tree that sings a lullaby!
The best are Kaliopi, Sanja and Jamala! And then Ira… Dami Im.

Lianne
Guest

Iveta & Jamala. The dynamics of those voices. Jeeeesus

redarrow
Guest

ira losco .Malta

Nicky91
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@Harut

thank you 🙂

Amor A.
Guest

Kaliopi is definitely the best singer in the competition. I also love Jamala, Eneda, Ira, Nina, Gabriella, Dami and Zaa.

Harut
Guest

Different voices. .but for me Iva and Ira…Malta and Armenia are great

Laburnum
Guest

They all are actually quite good

bb
Guest

JerryFa67

I agree with you. Too many lobbying for Croatia only on wiwibloggs by polls, positive articles, videos…

John
Guest

Eneda is the best vocalist, even if her song isn’t that great, her vocals were clearly outstanding when she performed at FiK.

Jonas
Guest

Iveta

Colin
Guest

6 of them are in my top 10, so I voted all:
Nina, Gabriela, Zoe, Agnete, Greta and Jamie Lee.

Paul D.
Guest

In random order:

Eneda
Iveta
Nina
Gabriela
Kaliopi
Sanja
Jamala

Pollaski
Guest

For pure vocal ability, I’m going with Croatia’s Nina.

For the overall package of song and performance… SAY YAY YAY YAY MOTHAFU- *cough*

Go Barei! Its a good year for Spain to win Eurovision and get humiliated in soccer.

Angel
Guest

BAREI TALKS ABOUT A HOMOPHOBIC INCIDENT WITH HOVI STAR AT THE MOSCOW AIRPORT: https://t.co/FAnNIDlo37
This is horrible… Can a country like this host a ESC in 2017? I don’t think so. #ImWithSergeyNotWithRussia.

Janus
Guest

Iveta,Demi,Kaliopi

Nicky91
Guest

@Rock Me

well said, i’m gonna think the same as well 🙂

Rock Me
Guest

@JerryFa67
No polls or awards can determine the final outcome.Just remember 2011, Hungary 1st in OGAE, France & UK ranked high etc.None of these did well.Azerbaijan won and was not among OGAE favorites.Not saying that’s the case this year but we have to be open – minded.

Nicky91
Guest

why is my comment awaiting moderation, i didn’t write something wrong, just some videos to explain why i like my favourite 🙂

Rock Me
Guest

Nina
Kaliopi
Jamala

Nicky91
Guest

@Tyfanny Jade

well said girl, but this is the same reason why i think highly about Ira, she also sings different genres, like dance, soul and ballads

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTl4gMnokRs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MXwQ6Md41A

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-o9sgAHsTN4

some examples from her music to help you understand what i like about her 🙂

anyway good to see you supporting Dami, keep up the good work girl 🙂

Angelo
Guest

Top five best female vocalists this year:

1. Kaliopi
2. Iveta Mukuchyan
3. Eneda Tarifa – don’t like her song, but she has good techniques
4. Nina Kraljic
5. Jamala or Sanja Vucic

Top 5 worst female vocalists this year:

1. Rykka
2. Samra
3. Barei
4. Laura Tesoro
5. Agnete, Jamie-Lee or Lidia Isac – can’t choose

🙂