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!

Complete Results

Country Votes %
1. Ukraine 68 4.87%
2. Romania 59 4.23%
3. San Marino 56 4.01%
3. Sweden 56 4.01%
5. Poland 52 3.73%
6. Italy 51 3.66%
7. United Kingdom 48 3.44%
8. The Netherlands 47 3.37%
8. Turkey 47 3.37%
10. Norway 44 3.15%
11. Estonia 43 3.08%
12. Greece 42 3.01%
12. Portugal 42 3.01%
14. Iceland 38 2.72%
15. Azerbaijan 37 2.65%
15. Denmark 37 2.65%
15. Israel 37 2.65%
18. Bosnia & Herz. 36 2.58%
18. France 36 2.58%
20. Finland 35 2.51%
20. Moldova 35 2.51%
20. Serbia 35 2.51%
23. Germany 30 2.15%
23. Spain 30 2.15%
25. Malta 29 2.08%
26. Cyprus 27 1.94%
27. Montenegro 26 1.86%
28. Albania 25 1.79%
28. Slovenia 25 1.79%
30. Ireland 23 1.65%
31. Slovakia 21 1.51%
32. Bulgaria 20 1.43%
33. Switzerland 18 1.29%
34. Belgium 17 1.22%
34. Georgia 17 1.22%
36. Armenia 16 1.15%
36. Austria 16 1.15%
38. F.Y.R. Macedonia 15 1.08%
38. Hungary 15 1.08%
40. Russia 13 0.93%
41. Croatia 12 0.86%
42. Belarus 7 0.50%
42. Latvia 7 0.50%
44. Lithuania 5 0.36%

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Photo: Reuters

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Leon
Leon
9 years ago

Claire I’m sorry but it’s not all that fun, because when these countries reveal their entries everyone starts whining and complaining.

David Thielen
David Thielen
9 years ago

Ok, who voted for the UK?????

Charles
Charles
9 years ago

Ukraine has conquered a popularity of its own at Eurovision. Regardless of musical choices in terms of quality, they have always profited tremendously from the televoting power to keep such popularity well on high: either with a trashy-joke number like the one in 2007 or with a brillant and classy song and performance like the one given by Zlata this year: everything else for me at least was bad or average, forgettable and just too boring. Nevertheless, everybody feels the opposite in this matter so therefore, for as long as Ukraine doesn’t play the same dirty game as Russia or… Read more »

Marion
Marion
9 years ago

France is 18/44 (with Bosnia & Herzegovina) so thank you !!!! 😀 <3<3<3<3<3<3

Claire Bear
Claire Bear
9 years ago

But that’s part of the fun, Leon. I always support the UK even though our acts are frequently trainwrecks. I guess I’ve come to love supporting the underdog.

Leon
Leon
9 years ago

4/10 countries in the top 10 almost always get the worst scores. I guess Eurovision fans love crappy songs.