Eurovision may still be 225 days away, but thoughts of next year’s contest are already on the minds of Eurovision fanatics. To help our readers channel their anticipation and excitement during the Eurovision low season, we asked them to vote for the country they are most looking forward to seeing at Eurovision 2014. Two weeks and 1,395 votes later we can now reveal that Ukraine has come out on top.
The nation that gave us EuroStars like Ruslana Warrior Princess, Shady Lady Ani Lorak, drag queen Verka Serduchka, and Mika Newton’s Sand Lady narrowly beat out Romania, which finished just nine votes behind.
Valentina Monetta has become something of a national ambassador for San Marino. The two-time (soon to be three) contestant helped her tiny nation finish joint third in our poll with Eurovision stalwart Sweden.
Poland, which has not participated in Eurovision since Magdalena Tul was knocked out in the semis in 2011, came fifth. That makes them the highest-placing nation that hasn’t actually participated in Eurovision recently. Other non-participants in our poll included Turkey (8th), Portugal (12th), and Bosnia & Herzegovina (18th).
Italy once again proved it is the most well-liked of the Big 5. It came 6th, beating the UK (7th), France (18th), and Germany and Spain (joint 23rd).
Earlier this summer we asked y’all the less-sugar-coated question of which countries you’d like to KICK OUT of Eurovision if you had the chance. Russia, Belarus and Azerbaijan came one, two and three in that poll. Russia and Belarus once again proved somewhat unlikeable, finishing 40th and 42nd in this poll. Azerbaijan, however, did much better. They came 15th.
Croatia, which recently announced that it would withdraw from the contest this year, finished a disappointing 41st here.
Which countries are YOU most looking forward to seeing next year? Let us know in the comments box below!
|3. San Marino||56||4.01%|
|7. United Kingdom||48||3.44%|
|8. The Netherlands||47||3.37%|
|18. Bosnia & Herz.||36||2.58%|
|38. F.Y.R. Macedonia||15||1.08%|