Who should win Eurovision 2017? Italy leads Bulgaria (Update #1)

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On April 3 we asked our readers to name their favourites to win Eurovision 2017. In just eight days our readers have cast a staggering 26,017 votes. Their thirst for Eurovision is real — and it’s now clear which acts quench it the most.

Italy’s Francesco Gabbani has jumped into an early lead among our readers with 2,473 votes — or around 9.5% of all those cast. Buoyed by the bookies who have him down as the favourite to win, and spurred on by the nearly 90 million views he’s clocked up on his music video, he’s riding a wave of hype and expectation.

But he’s also been living up to all the talk on the preview party circuit, consistently wowing audiences with his energy, playful spirit and endlessly infectious track “Occidentali’s Karma”. That he’s done so with humour and good cheer only adds to his likability. Torino 2018?

Of course, the bookies’ favourite doesn’t always win. Just ask the many who have fallen before — including France’s Amaury Vassili and Azerbaijan’s Safura. If anyone is poised to spoil Italy’s victory celebration it may just be Bulgaria’s Kristian Kostov, who currently sits second in our poll with 1,830 votes — or around 7% of all those cast.

The 17-year-old star has the voice of a seasoned professional and the fresh face of a teenager. His insouciance and youth have served him well at the preview parties, as he seems completely unnerved by it all. Vocally he has been on point. In our recent interview in Amsterdam he said that he’s actually been battling illness. If he sounds this good ill, we can’t imagine how strong he’ll be once he recovers fully.

France’s Alma, another crowd-pleaser in London, Tel Aviv and Amsterdam, has climbed to third in our poll (even if the bookies have her down around 10th or 11th). She’s earned 1,765 votes, or nearly 7%.

Belgium’s Blanche, who was criticised for wooden performances in London and Tel Aviv, is in fourth with our readers, while Portugal’s Salvador Sobral, who has skipped the promo circuit, rounds out the Top 5.

Sweden, Poland, Macedonia, Azerbaijan and the United Kingdom complete our readers’ Top 10. On the other end of the spectrum, Malta, San Marino, Germany, Lithuania and Slovenia occupy spots 38 to 43. Slovenia’s Omar Naber is currently the only act with less than 100 votes.

Who should win Eurovision 2017? (00:01 on April 12)

  1. Italy: Francesco Gabbani, “Occidentali’s Karma” 9.51% (2,473 votes)
  2. Bulgaria: Kristian Kostov, “Beautiful Mess” 7.03% (1,830 votes)
  3. France: Alma, “Requiem” 6.78% (1,765 votes)
  4. Belgium: Blanche, City Lights 5.68% (1,479 votes)
  5. Portugal: Salvador Sobral, “Amar pelos dois” 3.94% (1,026 votes)
  6. Sweden: Robin Bengtsson, “I Can’t Go On” 3.69% (960 votes)
  7. Poland: Kasia Mos, “Flashlight” 3.67% (955 votes)
  8. FYR Macedonia: Jana Burceska, “Dance Alone” 3.59% (933 votes)
  9. Azerbaijan: Dihaj, “Skeletons” 3.27% (851 votes)
  10. United Kingdom: Lucie Jones, “Never Give Up On You” 2.9% (755 votes)
  11. Armenia: Artsvik, “Fly With Me” 2.83% (736 votes)
  12. Romania: Ilinca feat. Alex Florea, “Yodel It!” 2.74% (714 votes)
  13. Switzerland: Timebelle, “Apollo” 2.69% (701 votes)
  14. Denmark: Anja, “Where I Am” 2.6% (676 votes)
  15. Ireland: Brendan Murray, “Dying to Try” 2.56% (666 votes)
  16. Spain: Manel Navarro, “Do It For Your Lover” 2.32% (604 votes)
  17. Israel: Imri, “I Feel Alive” 2.19% (569 votes)
  18. Estonia: Koit Toome & Laura, “Verona” 2.08% (541 votes)
  19. Netherlands: O’G3NE, “Lights and Shadows” 2.04% (530 votes)
  20. Belarus: NAVIBAND, “Historyja majho zyccia” 1.91% (497 votes)
  21. Serbia: Tijana Bogicevic, “In Too Deep” 1.86% (485 votes)
  22. Greece: Demy, “This is Love” 1.77% (461 votes)
  23. Iceland: Svala, “Paper” 1.73% (451 votes)
  24. Finland: Norma John, “Blackbird” 1.73% (450 votes)
  25. Latvia: Triana Park, “Line” 1.72% (448 votes)
  26. Hungary: Joci Papai, “Origo” 1.68% (438 votes)
  27. Albania: Lindita, “World” 1.58% (411 votes)
  28. Norway: JOWST, “Grab the Moment” 1.58% (411 votes)
  29. Australia: Isaiah, “Don’t Come Easy” 1.56% (405 votes)
  30. Austria: Nathan Trent, “Running on Air” 1.39% (361 votes)
  31. Cyprus: Hovig, “Gravity” 1.21% (316 votes)
  32. Moldova: SunStroke Project, “Hey Mamma!” 1.16% (301 votes)
  33. Montenegro: Slavko Kalezic, “Space” 0.85% (222 votes)
  34. Russia: Julia Samoylova, “Flame is Burning” 0.78% (202 votes)
  35. Croatia: Jacques Houdek, “My Friend” 0.74% (192 votes)
  36. Georgia: Tamara Gachechiladze, “Keep the Faith” 0.73% (190 votes)
  37. Czech Republic: Martina Barta, “My Turn” 0.69% (180 votes)
  38. Ukraine: O.Torvald, “Time” 0.67% (175 votes)
  39. Malta: Claudia Faniello, “Breathlessly” 0.61% (159 votes)
  40. San Marino: Valentina Monetta & Jimmie Wilson, “Spirit of the Night” 0.61% (158 votes)
  41. Germany: Levina, “Perfect Life” 0.52% (136 votes)
  42. Lithuania: Fusedmarc, “Rain of Revolution 0.47% (123 votes)
  43. Slovenia: Omar Naber, “On My Way” 0.31% (81 votes)

Total Votes: 26,017

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