Eurovision 2018 is almost upon us. Rehearsals begin in mere days, at which point we’ll finally get to see each country’s staging plans.

As always there’ll be majestic masterpieces and boiling hot messes. But for now, we’re judging each act solely on their official audio and promotional performances.

Since 15 March, we’ve been asking y’all to vote for your favourite automatic qualifier (i.e. the Big Five plus hosts Portugal). And thousands of you have answered our call, with an impressive 13,408 votes already cast. The poll remains open until Eurovision week, but we’re going to take a sneak peek at how the figures are currently stacking up.

In the lead up to Kyiv, Italy were the unassailable favourites. But of course, as we all know, Francesco Gabbani and his ape slipped up on arrival and finished sixth. Undoubtedly, Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro will hope to avoid making the same mistakes in Lisbon. The Sanremo winners have skipped the pre-party circuit completely, but that hasn’t dented their appeal. “Non mi avete fatto niente” currently leads our poll, clocking up 3,224 votes or 24.05% of all votes cast so far.

Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro “Non mi avete fatto niente”

They secured Destination Eurovision victory thanks to the public vote. And it looks like France’s Madame Monsieur continue to have your support. The “Mercy” singers will endeavour to maintain the Gallic nation’s recent run of good form. And they currently sit strong at second in our poll, amassing 3,016 votes or 22.49% of all votes cast so far.

Madame Monsieur “Mercy”

They’ve adopted a nautical theme for next month’s contest, and Portugal continue to ride the wave of success first generated by Salvador Sobral. Cláudia Pascoal looks set to nab another respectable result for this year’s hosts and currently occupies third spot in our poll. The pink-haired songstress has gathered 2,743 votes or 20.46% of all votes cast to date.

Cláudia Pascoal “O jardim”

Based on the current rankings, Spain and Germany round out the top five.

At the other end of the poll, the UK’s SuRie sits in last place. “Storm” is the only entry to receive less than 1,000 votes.

Of course, all this is subject to change. The poll remains open until Eurovision week. So if you haven’t done so already, vote now!

Vote in our automatic qualifiers poll

Who is your favourite automatic qualifier at Eurovision 2018? Poll update

Results as of 21.20 CEST on 25 April

  1. ITALY 24.05% (3,224 VOTES)
  2. FRANCE 22.49% (3,016 VOTES)
  3. PORTUGAL 20.46% (2,743 VOTES)
  4. SPAIN 17.42% (2,336 VOTES)
  5. GERMANY 9.96% (1,335 VOTES)
  6. UNITED KINGDOM 5.62% (754 VOTES)

Total Votes: 13,408


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8 Comments on "POLL UPDATE: Italy’s Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro are your favourite automatic qualifiers before Eurovision 2018 rehearsals begin"

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Liam Lindsay

The UK will come across much more strongly come the final as she can kill it live, very underrated entry. But the BBC needs to improve big time on all fronts in the contest.


Please write an article about SuRie – I think she has been negleced – don’t you think? Or isn’t there anything to write about?


So Spain is the best duo and Italy 3rd but Italy is the best automatic qualifier and Spain 4th? Makes sense.


Italy will do very well with the pyrotechnics of that stage in Lisbon

Luke A

No my country UK is my 3rd overall this year and my 2nd favourite of the Big 5, France is my winner though hope it’s Paris 2019


Portugal will win again… The song will be growing everywhere till the final, and will surprise the Europe.


Yes they are! My winners <3


Italy is the best.
I hope they will win. 🙂