The race to win Eurovision’s Next Top Model involves plenty of long sessions at the gym, and more than a few cans of hairspray. But in order to succeed as an international superstar after the Eurovision glory fades our winner needs to have a personality to go along with her pert backside and feathered gowns. Over the past week Wiwi has endured endless press conferences. That can be pretty boring. The upside is that we finally got to hear from our ladies and discover the charisma behind all the beautiful voices. As we reveal the current standings in the finals of our contest, let us hear from our Top 5 contestants. Wiwi is pulling quotes from the first semi-final and second semi-final press conferences.
Thus far Wiwi’s readers have cast a total of 4,183 votes in the final. They cast 4,934 votes in the semi-finals. As of 7pm Baku time on May 26, one woman stood out above all the rest. She’s the beauty from Bucharest and she’s working hard to make you smile. During the first semi-final at Eurovision her earpiece ran out of juice on stage, but she still managed to bring it home. “It was a very awkward moment not to hear my voice, and it was incredible that I managed to sing until the end of the song,” she said. “I’m very happy that we can make the show again on the 26th.” She has 35% of all votes. She is Miss Elena Ionescu from Romania!
In second place is a woman with eyes as deep as the ocean. She’s a hometown girl and she’s ready to light your fire. We haven’t actually attended any of her press conferences, but you can hear her speak with Team Wiwi in this video clip. When the music dies she’ll still be alive in our hearts. She has 15% of all votes. She is Miss Sabina Babayeva of Azerbaijan!
In third place is a woman whose country has been ravaged by the euro zone crisis. During the first semi-final press conference she made it clear that she wants her song “Aphrodisiac” to turn Greeks on—and give them something to celebrate. “The only thing I want to do at Eurovision is music. We are here because we are talking through the music and the only thing that I want to do is to enjoy it and just to put a smile on my people’s faces,” she said. “I represent Greece at the Eurovision Song Contest and I want to do well. I hope that tonight I made Greece proud.” They are certainly going to be proud now. She’s in third place with 13% of the vote. She is Miss Eleftheria Eleftheriou!
The contestant currently in fourth place was asked at her press conference if she wanted to be a movie star. “It’s a dream if I’m one day in Hollywood. But I don’t think so.” Don’t count yourself out just yet. She’s got the hottest choreography at ESC 2012 and a body that just won’t quit. She has 12.5% of all votes. She is Miss Ivi Adamou!
In fifth place is an Indonesian-born beauty who is taking Eurovision outside of Europe. She is currently the world’s most-played French-language artist, and her luscious body screams “East Meets Breast.” When Wiwi asked her about her official music video—which features two men kissing through a gas mask—she said it’s all about tolerance. Let’s give it up for the woman who has 4.5% of all the votes—and 100% of Wiwi’s heart. It’s Miss Anggun Cipta of France!
Wiwi would love to go through all the other ladies, but let’s face it: having a good personality is not going to help them win this contest. You have until June 2 to vote for your favorite contestant. Review their modeling portfolios here, and be sure to watch their music videos here. Who has the charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent to be Eurovision’s Next Top Model 2012? It’s up to you, Europe!
|1. Romania: Elena Ionescu||1,451||34.69%|
|2. Azerbaijan: Sabina Babayeva||625||14.94%|
|3. Greece: Eleftheria Eleftheriou||546||13.05%|
|4. Cyprus: Ivi Adamou||521||12.46%|
|5. France: Anggun||190||4.54%|
|6. Sweden: Loreen||117||2.80%|
|7. Russia: Buranovskiye Babushki||105||2.51%|
|8. Italy: Nina Zilli||98||2.34%|
|9. Albania: Rona Nishliu||90||2.15%|
|10. Spain: Pastora Soler||78||1.86%|
|11. Croatia: Nina Badric||76||1.82%|
|12. Ukraine: Gaitana||67||1.60%|
|13. Slovenia: Eva Boto||65||1.55%|
|14. FYR Macedonia: Kaliopi||54||1.29%|
|15. Denmark: Soluna Samay||51||1.22%|
|16. Latvia: Anmary||49||1.17%|