We launched our semi-final prediction polls on March 18. Since then Wiwi’s readers have cast a total of 14,345 votes to to determine who will win the first and second semi-finals at ESC 2012. In our third update, we see that the results are holding remarkably steady. Greece’s Eleftheria Eleftheriou, Cyprus’ Ivi Adamou, and Romania’s Mandinga continue to lead in the first semi-final. And Sweden’s Loreen and Serbia’s Zeljko Jokismovic remain locked in a two-horse race to win the second semi-final. Let’s review the results.


In the first semi-final, there have been a total of 7,274 votes cast thus far. Greece’s Eleftheria Eleftheriou remains on top with her song “Aphrodisiac.” The Cypriot-born singer currently has 15% of all votes. Cyprus’ Ivi Adamou (“La La Love”) sits in second with 12.5% of the vote. Eleftheria also leads Ivi in our Eurovision Death Match poll with 59% of the vote to Ivi’s 41%. But Ivi has outperformed Eleftheria with the Wiwi Jury—our in-house panel of music un-professionals.

Romania’s Mandinga (“Zaleilah”), who have done well working the p.r. circuit, trailed Cyprus by 100 votes last week. This week they have cut that difference down to 55 votes and remains in third position with 12% of the vote.

At the other end of the spectrum, I’m pleased to say that only two acts have earned fewer than 100 votes. Last week there were four countries who had that distinction, but Moldova and Austria have finally cleared the hurdle. In fact, Moldova’s Pasha Parfeny, who recently spoke with Wiwi in Amsterdam, is the only contestant to move up the standings in the first semi-final this week. He pushed Belgium’s Iris (“Would You?”) from 16th to 17th position. These results are accurate as of 11pm GMT on May 9.

Contestant Votes %
1. Greece: Eleftheria Eleftheriou with “Aphrodisiac” 1,101 15.14%
2. Cyprus: Ivi Adamou with “La La Love” 916 12.59%
3. Romania: Mandinga with “Zaleilah” 861 11.84%
4. Montenegro: Rambo Amadeus with “Euro Neuro” 737 10.13%
5. Ireland: Jedward with “Waterline” 676 9.29%
6. Albania: Rona Nisliu with “Suus” (Personal) 641 8.81%
7. Iceland: Gréta Salóme & Jónsi with “Mundu eftir mér” (Remember me) 422 5.80%
8. Russia: Buranovskiye Babushki with “Party for Everybody” 360 4.95%
9. Denmark: Soluna Samay with “Should’ve Known Better” 340 4.67%
10. Switzerland: Sinplus with “Unbreakable” 225 3.09%
11. Hungary: Compact Disco with “Sound of Our Hearts” 176 2.42%
12. Finland: Pernilla Karlsson with “När jag blundar” (When I close my eyes) 161 2.21%
13. Latvia: Anmary with “Beautiful Song” 151 2.08%
14. Israel: Izabo with “Time” 125 1.72%
15. Austria: Trackshittaz with “Woki mit deim Popo” 101 1.39%
15. Moldova: Pasha Parfeny with “Lautar” 101 1.39%
17. Belgium: Iris with “Would You?” 99 1.36%
18. San Marino: Valentina Monetta with “Facebook Uh, Oh, Oh” 81 1.11%


Wiwi’s readers have cast a total of 7,071 votes in the poll for the second semi-final. Sweden’s Loreen (“Euphoria”) and Serbia’s Zeljko Joksimovic (“Love Is Not a Thing”) remain the only two contestants with a realistic chance of winning this poll. Loreen claims a whopping 1,897 votes, or around 27% of the total. Zeljko currently claims 1,520 votes, or around 22%. Last week Loreen led by 305 votes. But she has extended her lead to 377 votes this week. (Among all contestants who have faced the Wiwi Jury, Loreen remains the leader by a huge margin. We have not yet reviewed Serbia.)

Bosnia’s Maya Sar (“Korake ti znam”), who sits in third position with 6% of all votes, and Turkey’s Can Bonomo (“Love Me Back”), who sits in fourth, are the only other contestants with more than 400 votes. Norway’s Tooji (“Stay”) rounds out the Top 5, just as they did in mid-April.

Georgia’s Anri Jokhadze (“I’m a Jocker”) sits at the bottom of the table—by a lot. He has only managed to secure 25 votes. The next-to-last contestant, Lithuania’s Donny Montell (“Love Is Blind”) has 136. The results below are accurate as of 11pm GMT on May 9.

Contestant Votes %
1. Sweden: Loreen with “Euphoria” 1,897 26.99%
2. Serbia: Zeljko Joksimovic with “Nije ljubav stvar” (Love is not an object) 1,520 21.63%
3. Bosnia: Maya Sar with “Korake ti znam” (I Know Your Steps) 438 6.23%
4. Turkey: Can Bonomo with “Love me Back” 428 6.09%
5. Norway: Tooji with “Stay” 354 5.04%
6. Netherlands: Joan Franka with “You and Me” 342 4.87%
7. Croatia: Nina Badric with “Nebo” 280 3.98%
8. Slovenia: Eva Boto with “Verjamem” (I believe) 279 3.97%
9. Bulgaria: Sofi Marinova with “Love Unlimited” 196 2.79%
10. FYR Macedonia: Kaliopi with “Crno i belo” 189 2.69%
11. Portugal: Filipa Sousa with “Vida minha” (Life of Mine) 187 2.66%
12. Ukraine: Gaitana with “Be My Guest” 176 2.50%
13. Malta: Kurt Calleja with “This is the Night” 161 2.29%
14. Belarus: Litesound with “We Are the Heroes” 142 2.02%
15. Slovakia: Max Jason Mai with “Don’t Close Your Eyes” 140 1.99%
16. Estonia: Ott Lepland with “Kuula” 138 1.96%
17. Lithuania: Donny Montell with “Love is Blind” 136 1.94%
18. Georgia: Anri Jokhadze with “I’m a Jocker” 25 0.36%


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11 years ago


11 years ago

From the first semi, Greece and Cyprus are overrated and Denmark and Switzerland are so underrated!! At least I’m happy that Romania is on third position!
From the second semi, Belarus and Lithuania are underrated and Bosnia?!? WTF. So f-ing overrated! But it has no chance in the real competition on the 24th!

11 years ago

Montenegro in 4th place!? Whoever voted for them needs to have their ears tested! “Euro Neuro” will absolutely get slaughtered by the juries since they’ll probably won’t have a clue on Rambo’s rap humour.

11 years ago

Greece is the BIG winner in eurovision 2012 GREECE I LOVE YOU.?? ???? ????????? ??!!!!!

11 years ago

because ireland and the Uk cant vote for jedward this poll is not going to work for them. I dont think they will do as well as they did last year

11 years ago

Go Mandinga !

11 years ago

Sweden all the way BABY !!!