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Forty-two acts will compete at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv, but there can only be one winner. To help you make an informed decision about where to cast your vote, the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music un-professionals — has previewed and reviewed each of this year’s acts. It’s hard work being honest, but somebody has to do it.

Our jury consists of 38 jurors who hail from Australia, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Kosovo, Malta, Morocco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States. We are truly international, y’all!

Each juror assesses each song independently, and then awards each song a score from 0 to 10. The highest and lowest scores are then dropped to determine the Wiwi Jury average.

Reviews were made in March 2017 and are based on available versions of the songs at that time. As always, Wiwi Jury reviews will not be changed to reflect new information from pre-party performances or the Eurovision rehearsals.

Eurovision 2017 reviews and rankings

  1. Italy: Francesco Gabbani – “Occidentali’s Karma” (8.96)
  2. Belgium: Blanche – “City Lights” (8.67)
  3. France: Alma – “Requiem” (7.92)
  4. Azerbaijan: Dihaj – “Skeletons” (7.83)
  5. FYR Macedonia: Jana Burceska – “Dance Alone” (7.79)
  6. Sweden: Robin Bengtsson – “I Can’t Go On” (7.58)
  7. Finland: Norma John – “Blackbird” (7.33)
  8. Bulgaria: Kristian Kostov – “Beautiful Mess” (7.25)
  9. Israel: Imri – “I Feel Alive” (7.17)
  10. Hungary: Joci Pápai – “Origo” (7.13)
  11. Estonia: Koit Toome and Laura – “Verona” (7)
  12. Serbia: Tijana Bogicevic – “In Too Deep” (6.93)
  13. Belarus: Naviband – “Story of My Life” (6.9)
  14. Armenia: Artsvik – “Fly with Me” (6.83)
  15. Switzerland: Timebelle – “Apollo” (6.81)
  16. Latvia: Triana Park – “Line” (6.72)
  17. Moldova: SunStroke Project – “Hey Mamma” (6.67)
  18. Austria: Nathan Trent – “Running on Air” (6.64)
  19. Iceland: Svala – “Paper” (6.63)
  20. Australia: Isaiah – “Don’t Come Easy” (6.61) *
  21. Denmark: Anja – “Where I Am” (6.61)
  22. United Kingdom: Lucie Jones – “Never Give Up on You” (6.58)
  23. Portugal: Salvador Sobral – “Amar Pelos Dois” (6.56)
  24. Cyprus: Hovig – “Gravity” (6.5)
  25. Norway: JOWST – “Grab the Moment” (6.26)
  26. Greece: Demy – “This Is Love” (6.11)
  27. Montenegro: Slavko Kalezic – “Space” (6.03)
  28. Albania: Lindita – “World” (5.92)
  29. Netherlands: OG3NE – “Lights and Shadows” (5.83)
  30. Poland: Kasia Mos – “Flashlight” (5.74)
  31. Romania: Ilinca and Alex Florea – “Yodel It!” (5.69)
  32. Ireland: Brendan Murray – “Dying to Try” (5.25)
  33. Ukraine: O.Torvald – “Time” (5.22)
  34. Russia: Yulia Samoylova – “Flame Is Burning” (5.14) **
  35. Czech Republic: Martina Bárta – “My Turn” (5.06)
  36. Spain: Manel Navarro – “Do It for Your Lover” (5.01) *
  37. San Marino: Valentina Monetta and Jimmie Wilson – “Spirit of the Night” (5.01)
  38. Germany: Levina – “Perfect Life” (4.99)
  39. Croatia: Jacques Houdek – “My Friend” (4.39)
  40. Georgia: Tamara Gachechiladze – “Keep the Faith” (4.31)
  41. Malta: Claudia Faniello – “Breathlessly” (4.25)
  42. Slovenia: Omar Naber – “On My Way” (3.44)
  43. Lithuania: Fusedmarc – “Rain of Revolution” (3.31)

* Ties are broken by preferential vote
** Withdrawn from competition

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Hertha
Guest

I do agree with all of the ideas you have presented in your post. They’re really convincing and will certainly work. Still, the posts are very short for novices. Could you please extend them a bit from next time? Thanks for the post.

Colin
Guest

Highest rated entry that didn’t qualify is Macedonia and lowest rated entry that did qualify is Croatia.

Sage
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Sorry but,.. any panel that allocates the ‘cheese’ & the ‘car-crash’ of Albania & Montenegro (respectively) higher praise than, say, Georgia’s entry is evidently a totally eff’d-up one!! … Now I’m not saying that ‘Keep the Faith’ is/would’ve been a winner, BUT i do believe it’s nevertheless unfairly underrated, as it deserved to at very least make it thru to the final – (especially over comparatively weaker/worse that did make it through – like say, Poland or Cyprus for ex.) And no I’m not a sore Georgian – just saying they were robbed IMO! … Plus, Finland a 7.3 ???… Read more »
CookyMonzta
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Has anybody tried this yet, before the contest begins?

http://esc.gerbear.com/sorter2017.htm

Zebb
Guest

To sort out favourites after rehearsals:
http://esc.gerbear.com/sorter2017.htm

AurelianTamisan
Guest

A lot of overrated countries, starting with Italy. Good song, but no winning material in my opinion. No comments for Belgium, FYROM, Bulgaria, Israel, Sweden. They are all pretty banal entries. Pleasantly surprised to see Finland so high (possible winner in my opinion). Most underrated are Romania (maybe split reviews) and Croatia. Anyway, it’s not a prediction, I don’t think that the results in the show will come close to the Wiwibloggs’ Review.

Pablo
Guest

Hello Wiwibloggs!

First of all, want to thank William, Robin, and all the crew for the hard job on judging the entries, pretty much the most fun pieces from this site 🙂

Secondly, I recollected (and cleaned up, #typoking speaking) the comments/reviews of my own, you may look at them here!

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1D2_VEUGnqf4irboACNcyPlkoVct2TZGP1F0wyQ0UV9I/edit?usp=sharing

Hope you have a blast in Kiev!

Pablo
Guest

*Robyn.

Autocorrect 😐

Timo1962FI
Guest

Funny how a song can grow on me and on the other hand , how a song I loved to start with can get outworn and sound dull within some days or weeks. My current top ten (compared with the place they had to start with):
1. Azerbaijan (15)
2. Belgium (12)
3. Bulgaria (3)
4. Albania (10)
5. Italy (1)
6. UK (2)
7. Finland (4)
8. Sweden (8)
9. Portugal (15)
10. Estonia (5)
Bubbling under: Armenia, Greece, France
And the situation is living up all the time. It’s going to be hard to decide who’s getting my humble vote, it will be just one televote from me this time.

Zebb
Guest

Scores of this year remind 2012 for wiwi, excluding fact of having significantly lesser number of juries back then.
2016: 3 songs ranked above 8.5, 2 ranked 8.0+ followed by 5 ranked above 7.5;
2015: 1 song ranked 8.5 and 8 songs ranked 8.0+ followed by 3 ranked above 7.5;
2014: 1 8.5+ ranked song, 5 songs ranked 8.0+ followed by 5 ranked above 7.5;
2013: 3 8.0+ ranked and 1 above 7.5;
2012: 1 9.0+ ranked and 2 above 7.5.

And Gabbani is still closest to Euphoria by rank here (8.96 against her 9.25).

Geo
Guest

Glad Sweden was knocked out the top 3, and also Finland from top 5. It seems Estonia will miss top 10, as Belgium will definitely get a verdict higher than 7…

I predict the final Wiwi jury to be:

1. Italy
2. France
3. Belgium
4. Azerbaijan
5. FYROM
6. Sweden
7. Finland
8. Bulgaria
9. Israel
10. Hungary

#This is my design! 🙂

Americanvision
Guest

So after 40 songs and 3 left, the U.K. is the baseline.

I’m guessing Belgium is going to be over an 8, FYR Macedonia is between 6.5-7, and Lithuania…. eek.

And now that Serbia is out of the Wiwi Top 10, Finland is more than obvious it will be out of the semis based on my theory.

azaad
Guest

At the risk of sounding like a nag, where is the French video? Completely appreciate your workload, only asking because you’ve put up videos of the jury reviews you published on the website later. 🙂

Keep up the fantastic work!

Morena
Guest

Finally, Belarus is out of top 10… Undeserved and unjustified rank, that’s simply too high for such a common song. Others are outrageously low (Romania, Ireland, Georgia…. Even for Portugal, Bulgaria and Poland I had expected higher verdicts). But things will be totally different in Eurovision, thank God!

Nicola
Guest

There is no link to Australia. 🙁

Diego
Guest

Oh my god, whos votting here? Who are the experts votting here? Shame wiwi dont são please this is a wiwi votting.

Colin
Guest

Just for fun, let’s try to predict the score for remaining 7 songs.

Italy – 8.2
Belgium – 8.0
Estonia – 7.3
Macedonia – 7.1
Switzerland – 6.9
Ukraine – 5.5
Lithuania – 2.9

These are not my ratings, these are predictions of Wiwibloggs score. Am I close? 🙂

Brk
Guest

Am I the only one who sees that Anastas always gives too low points. I can’t remember a song that he ranked above 6. He shouldn’t be in this jury

Justin K.
Guest

Oooh, can I actually suggest something in line with this comment? I’d love to see a table with each juror’s score, kinda like the table we see after voting results are released. It’d be interesting to see how each juror voted, and it would help readers find the Wiwibloggers most similar to them. 😉

TDJ
Guest

Anastas just gave Macedonia 10/10…

Americanvision
Guest

Interesting fact:
There’s always at least one song that finishes in the top 10 on Wiwi reviews but fails to make the final. Depending how Belgium, Italy, Estonia, and maybe FYR Macedonia scores, I can see either Finland, Israel, or Serbia being out.

Also, Portugal is rank too low! ????

Leo Herlington
Guest

Portugal 17th? Norway 19th? Netherlands 23rd? And they will be even lower after all the reviews are done. This is really sad for me, particularly because Wiwibloggs is my favorite medium covering Eurovision. I really hope this doesn’t reflect on the live shows results.

Leo Herlington
Guest

… However, I’m happy for Belarus, Finland and Hungary.

Savalan
Guest

#TeamDiHaj Proud of you

Felix
Guest

DiHaj, BE PROUD! As much as I LOVE Sweden this year, it excites me that such a diverse musical panel has ranked Azerbaijan so highly. I would not be mad at seeing Eurovision 2018 in the Baku Crystal Hall!

Dare
Guest

Finland, Belarus and Austria in top 10? Give me a break… Also, Portugal, Poland and Romania are too low rabked. We all know things will look entirely different in Eurovision. Belarus, Finland and Austria won’t even qualify, we shall see….

esconly
Guest

Agree….

Timo1962FI
Guest

…that you were wrong 😀 And we shall see too, that POR and FIN are in top 12 in the grand final. You see, your taste is not the same as all the 100 million voters.

Marc
Guest

Finland, Bularus and Austria are amazing and deserve Top 10.
I wouldn’t be so confident on their no-qualification 😉

Bgc
Guest

Finland fully deserve a Top Ten place and Romania are far too highly ranked! 😉

Jasmine
Guest
Romania has the secured votes from the usual countries voters: Israel, Belgium, Ireland, Norway (from the 2nd semifinal). In the final, to those votes count the ones from: Moldova, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Cyprus (to name just a few). So you see, Finland will end up lower than Romania. Coz it will only attract votes from their Nordic neighbors only (IF they will vote for it, coz I have a big question mark about that). You’re excited coz the snoozefest Finland is in top 10 in the wiwi jury and Romania is on 23?… Don’t worry, it’s just a poll,… Read more »
Straya Mate
Guest

I find it highly amusing that the two songs that have Australian’s in them (Denmark and Australia) both got the same points lol

Justin Angelo Alvarez
Guest

Is it possible that future jury can come from Asia, the Philippines to be exact.
Thank you.

esc now
Guest

William at UMK review gave to NormaJohn a 5 and now a 7.5…
Blackbird at UMK review was third and now out of 31 acts is…second
Hmmm

deli
Guest

UMK slays simply then

Timo1962FI
Guest

That was 3 months ago, UMK. A song can grow on someone or then it lose its charm, either ways.

Paul
Guest

Austria above Iceland?! Behave!

Hubertznajomski
Guest

You left the best songs at the end 😉

azaad
Guest

Well we’re still waiting on Lithuania, so clearly not.

Gippa
Guest

hahahahahaahaah D E A D

escDisneyCalling
Guest

Lithuania is actually my winner.

CookyMonzta
Guest

Indeed. Methinks they might be predisposed to punishing Ukraine for all that has happened over the last month. I happen to think that’s what the writers at OikoTimes did when they put O.Torvald last on their scorecard. They definitely don’t have a winner, but they are not THE worst. They are my #34, after my 2nd evaluation.

azaad
Guest

I wouldn’t think so. The blog separates music from politics, or else they wouldn’t have given Russia their top points last year.

HubertZnajomski
Guest

I mean the best songs overall. They were still to be reviewed.

tobi
Guest

Finland and Serbia! Like like like!

NickC
Guest

I wonder how Germans (who paid a fortune to a stolen song) feel about you ranking their very own Ralf Siegel above Levina’s perfect life?

okay
Guest

As a german I’d prefer everything over Siegel, I like him for countries like San Marino but thats it.
And sorry its not a stolen song thats nonsense and at the end of the day it is just a fan ranking here, so i guess its ok when no one likes our song, same procedure as every year since 2013! 🙂

Jerome
Guest

Damn. This year is rather drab looking at the scores so far. Is any song worth an average over 8?

Daniel
Guest

I think that since there’s mory jurors this year, it’s tougher to get a higher score.

(J)ESC Fanatic
Guest

You forgot Armenia.

Esgalnor
Guest

Srsly Sweden first? I mean… it’s such a trashy cheesy pop song, annoying as hell. Wow. And Montenegro so high? You’re kidding, right?

azaad
Guest

The Wiwibloggs team have raved about Italy, Belgium and many other songs yet to be officially reviewed by their jury. I don’t think Sweden will top their scoreboard.

Daniel
Guest

thank you for the high score wiwi! love you from israel <3

Justin K.
Guest
With 38 jurors, it makes me think that a score of 7.00 and above is actually really good, with anything higher than an 8.00 (or 8.50? Is that even possible with this many jurors?) a solid Eurofan favorite. Reading the comments and watching the jury videos, and with so many different tastes, it’s hard to find an entry that satisfies everyone, so I’ve started to compromise a 5.75 – 6.99 rating as reasonably good, but not the strongest entry. Anything lower than that then we know it’s weak amongst you folks, but the averages end up so tight! As of… Read more »
MaximefromFrance
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Liame Roy
Guest

I think “Lights and shadows” is bring something new and special in eurovision now days.

Alex
Guest

I actually believe that you guys just rated every modern-ish song (Israel, Denmark and Iceland) highly whereas songs like “Lights and shadows” and “Flashlight” are underrated because their ballads that don’t necessarily connect with an audience of today’s younger people

(J)ESC Fanatic
Guest

Robyn, I couldn’t have said it any better.

kris
Guest

My reaction to Lithuania’s song: Neh neh neh neh neeeeeh neh!!

Po
Guest

Waiting for the same thing. It should be rated very bad. And then after success in semifinal they will be all saying how good it was and how they improved…

Erel
Guest

get behind the Uk, winner is right here, London 2018

goprake
Guest

Can’t wait to see how will Wiwijury underrate Lithuania 😛