On January 22 we knew twelve of the artists confirmed for Eurovision 2017, but only three of them had revealed their songs: Albania, Belarus and Georgia. The music is starting to play so we just have to ask: Of the three artists with songs, who is your favourite Eurovision 2017 act so far?
Albania — Lindita Halimi, “Botë”
Lindita was your favourite act in our last poll, beating out nine other acts (none of whom had yet shared their songs). Will she be able to top the polls again this time with “Botë”?
We already know the song will be revamped into English for Kyiv. In our interview with her, Lindita even teased a part of the English version of the song and promised that it will be more modern and Eurovision-friendly.
Belarus — NAVI, “Historyja majho zyccia”
Belarusian folk-band NAVI were selected on January 20 at Eurofest 2017. Whilst they didn’t win the SMS voting, they triumphed with the juries. The live audience in the studio also seemed well on their side too! It seems likely they’ll sing in Belarusian at Eurovision, making it the first time the country’s song will be in their native tongue. We definitely approve.
Georgia — Tako Gachechiladze, “Keep the Faith”
Tako triumphed over 24 other artists at Georgia’s national final. This marks her second selection for Eurovision. She was previously part of Stefane & 3G, the Georgian act that was famously disqualified in 2009 for its politically charged song “We Don’t Wanna Put In”. Fingers crossed and political controversies aside, she should make it to Kyiv this time around.
“Keep the Faith” skirted some controversial lines at the national final. During her performance, the background LED seemed to reference the Russia-Georgia war of 2008. Will we be seeing that in Kyiv too?
Those are your three confirmed acts with songs for now. Now it’s time for y’all to have your say in our poll. You can vote for as many of the three acts as you like. Remember, though, that you can only vote ONCE — so make that vote count!
VOTE: Who is your favourite Eurovision 2017 act so far?
We’ll be closing the poll shortly before the UK’s You Decide selection on Friday night, when the fourth act and song is set to be selected. Make sure to let us know who you voted for in the comments section below!