Since March 20 our readers have cast a total of 15,968 votes to determine who will win the first semi-final at Eurovision. At the moment we’re gripped in a post-Soviet battle at the top with Armenia and Azerbaijan out in front.

At the moment Armenia’s Aram Mp3, who recently celebrated his 30th birthday, is on top with 5,025 votes, or roughly 31%. He’s led our poll from the beginning, but Azerbaijan’s Dilara has started a fire and is narrowing the gap. Dilara, who we spoke with at Eurovision in Concert, now has 20% of the vote.

Sweden’s Sanna Nielsen, who recently changed the lyrics of her song, is in third with 9% of the vote. Hungary’s Kállay-Saunders, who will lend his voice in the animated film Rio 2, is fourth with 6%.

Latvia’s Aarzemnieki, who recently told us all about honey cake, are in fifth, followed by San Marino’s Valentina Monetta, who recently played with one of our bloggers in an amusement park. Video coming soon!

The Netherlands, Ukraine, Montenegro and Estonia round out the Top 10.

What do you think of our readers’ votes? Can Azerbaijan overtake Eurovision favourite Armenia?

First semi-final poll standings (9 April 2014)

  1. Armenia: Aram Mp3 with “Not Alone” 5,025 votes, 31.47%
  2. Azerbaijan: Dilara with “Start a Fire” 3,198 votes, 20.03%
  3. Sweden: Sanna Nielsen with “Undo” 1,416 votes, 8.87%
  4. Hungary: András Kállay-Saunders with “Running” 902  votes, 5.65%
  5. Latvia: Aarzemnieki with “Cake to Bake” 796 votes, 4.98%
  6. San Marino: Valentina Monetta with “Maybe” 676 votes, 4.23%
  7. Netherlands: The Common Linnets with “Calm After the Storm” 574 votes,  3.59%
  8. Ukraine: Maria Yaremchuk with “Tick-Tock” 551 votes, 3.45%
  9. Montenegro: Sergej Cetkovic with “Moj svijet” (My World) 531 votes, 3.33%
  10. Estonia: Tanja with “Amazing” 495 votes, 3.1%
  11. Belgium: Axel Hirsoux with “Mother” 423 votes, 2.65%
  12. Portugal: Suzy with “Quero Ser Tua” 327 votes, 2.05%
  13. Albania: Hersiana Matmuja with “One Night’s Anger” 313 votes, 1.96%
  14. Moldova: Cristina Scarlat with “Wild Soul” 298 votes, 1.87%
  15. Russia: The Tolmachevy Twins with “Shine” 275 votes, 1.72%
  16. Iceland: Pollapönk with “No prejudice” 168 votes, 1.05%

Willy Lee Adams contributed this report from London. You can keep up-to-date on the latest Eurovision news and gossip by following the team on Twitter @wiwibloggs and by liking our Facebook page.

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Dan
Dan
7 years ago

Ahahaha oh hey @Carl of somewhere …long time no see. I missed you with your stupid comments .I see you was here all the time huh .Who care about your opinion baby .Get a live.Peace out.

carl of U.S.A
carl of U.S.A
7 years ago

@MR.DANYAN,GO AND RESPECT YOURSELF.YOU MUST EAT THISTLE FOR 7 YEARS TO DEBATE WITH ME.YES YOU CAN NOT BE AZERI BECAUSE AZERIS DON’T ACCEPT FAKE AND LIER PEOPLE AS YOU.ONLY ARMENIANS CAN ACCEPT YOU FOR YOUR BIG LIES
and you can not know about USA with your little dirty brain.So don’t talk about USA.
My Dirty Fake Armenian Friend,Go,Eat a lot of Thistle for 7 years and Come here.Or Don’t come because nobody push you in his\her ass.

Dan
Dan
7 years ago

@Carl of U.S.A B*tch please XD hahah you just can not debate with me. And I know about USA so do not teach me how they speak lmao. I do not care what you think about me .I do not have to prove you who I am ; ) .My nationality won’t be changed based on you stupid imagination. I am not fanatic nationalist ,like you so I do not care ; ) .But well I would rather be Armenian than Azer haha . And you proved that you do not even know history. And in you free time go… Read more »

carl of U.S.A
carl of U.S.A
7 years ago

@Dan,what are you talking about?in USA nobody talks with grammar,everybody talks as they want.Do you know words”gonna””wanna””gotta” etc.that’s why shut your mouth.First think then speak.and don’t talk about Caucasian Albania because i know its history better than you.
-I am interested that You are fake person.You are the biggest Armenian Lier.You aren’t european because Any European don’t push Armenians in his\her ass.
Fake European Friend!BYE BYE……if you have a little time,respect yourself.

Dan
Dan
7 years ago

@Carl of U S A I have never talked anyone stupider than you XD you are a brainwashed Azer : o You even failed explaining who Caucasian Albaians are LOL. I really can not imagine how can a hole nation be so brainwashed OMG : o I like your lies about living in U.S.A XD So I guess all your stories about USA ,about your so called culture/ history, are a big lie XD First get your as* to US, learn English then write. Because you make quite impressive Grammar mistakes ,while claiming that you were born there Rofl XD… Read more »

Dan
Dan
7 years ago

@Carl

Reality
Reality
7 years ago

@Carl of U.S.A.
@Dan
@peacebird
Please take your politics out of here. We do not appreciate any kind of talk other than music and Eurovision. It will be better if you guys exchange emails and talk to each other privately. This is just so stupid. Nobody likes your politically incorrect, arrogant, and ignorant comments. Out please.

carl of U.S.A
carl of U.S.A
7 years ago

MY GOD WHAT A JEALOUS YOU ARE!YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT @Dan.of course i must hate armenians they killed Azerbaijanis in Khojaly and a million Azerbaijanis lost their cities,homes etc. Of course,i know about Caucasian Albania and it belongs to Azerbaijan.There were nations that speak 26 languages(for example Azeris,Lezgis,Talishs etc).Azerbaijani Culture is the best and Kebab belongs to TURKISH NATIONS(OTTOMAN TURKS,AZERI TURKS,UZBEK TURKS) AND KEBAB HAS NO CONTACT WITH ARMENIANS AND ARABS.YOU CAN NOT KNOW MORE ABOUT CAUCASES THAN AZERIS AND GEORGIANS. BECAUSE AzerbAIJAN AND GEorgia is real states in Caucases but Armenia is made by… Read more »

Dan
Dan
7 years ago

@Carlf of U.S.A LOol Now I understand ,why you hate Armenians .They probably kicked your as* in USA XD .Ok I do not care about that it is already obvious . BUT remember you represent your country . For a new nation you had to be humble ,But Look at you , you are pathetic. Now because of you I am 100% sure that not only is you history a made up story but also your culture ..etc . You claim that old nations Like Iranians ,Turks and Armenians have no culture and that even Kebab belongs to you hahaha… Read more »

carl of U.S.A
carl of U.S.A
7 years ago

@Dan,do you know there are a lot of armenians in the USA and they talks about their culture that stolen from Azerbaijan,Georgia and Turkey.Armenian Lobby works well here.There are a lot of armenians in Los Angelas that selling narcotics.Armenians are THIS(TO STEAL,TO DO BAD THINGS,TO SEPARATE,TO BRIBE).YOU DON’T KNOW THEIR INSIDE FACE…

carl of U.S.A
carl of U.S.A
7 years ago

@Dan,hey,Mr.Krogil you protect Armenia which is Dictator Russia’s Dictator Vassal.that is why if you shut your mouth it will be good for all of us.I was born in USA but I can leave US and go to Azerbaijan but BOTH US AND AZERBAIJAN ARE GOOD FOR ME.I don’t appreciate countries for their richness.i think Azerbaijan is also rich for their culture.Have you ever eaten Kebab(azeri national meal)?i think it is the best meal of the World. And yeah,you know much about EAST because your armenian friend talked about East to you and censured Azerbaijan because armenians hate azeris.bye and go… Read more »

Dan
Dan
7 years ago

@Carl of U.S.A ..Then it’s time for you to leave rich U.S.A and go back to you Dictator Azerbaijan ; ) I am sure ,to be able to live in U.S.A you talked sh*t about your country hahahaha .xD Otherwise they would not let you to live there. So it’s funny how you desperately protect your country . There are lot’s of people who come to my country and talk sh*t about their country to stay here ,included Azeris , Arabs etc. And then they start talking like you ,like “we are the best” we are this we are that… Read more »

carl of U.S.A
carl of U.S.A
7 years ago

Hey Mr.Krogil i live in the USA BUT I I HAVE BEEN TO AZERBAIJAN.THEY ALL ARE VERY GOOD PEOPLE.THEY ARE NOT COLD LIKE EUROPEANS.US PEOPLE ARE ALSO LIKE THEM.NOW YOU GOT.WHICH NATION DO YOU BELONGS TO?IT IS INTERESTING FOR ME AND I DON’T WANT TO SEE A MONSTER(YOU).I HAVE UKRAINIAN PEN-FRIEND AND SHE WRITES ME ABOUT SOVIET PEOPLE anD says that the best people ARE azeri,georgian and ukrainian.AND NOW YOU MUST SHUT YOUR MOUTH.IF YOU ARE ARMENIAN IT MEANS THAT IT IS NATURAL TO THINK BAD ABOUT AZERIS.IF YOU ARE EUROPEAN IT MEANS THAT ARMENIAN LOBBY WORKS WELL IN EUROPE.hahaha:)LIER

Dan
Dan
7 years ago

@Carl of U.S.A Firstly writing with capital letters won’t make you sound right xD And I did not get , do you live in U.S.A or Azerbaijan? Weird name huh . Between after your last comment it is clear which one of us is full of lies. xD (You ) I once was in Azerbaijan already And I Do not feel like I want to go there second time : / .So many noisy and negative people .I felt Soviet Union +Dictator regime there .Meh … And yea If you want to see me , know more about my life… Read more »

carl of U.S.A
carl of U.S.A
7 years ago

WOW>HEY,MR.KROGIL WHY DON’T YOU TELL YOUR NATIONALITY TO ME?BECAUSE YOU ARE THE BIGGEST ARMENIAN LIER.MY DEAR,I CAN’T UNDERSTOOD THAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT ARMENIAN AND IRANIAN CULTURE THAT DOESN’T EXIST.GO AND CLEAR YOUR BRAIN FROM LIES AND COME HERE…..I ALSO DON’T LIKE TO WRITE TO KRO AND LIER PEOPLE AS YOU BUT I WANT YOU TO COME TO THE TRUTH AND I THINK IT WILL BE NOT HAPPENED BECAUSE ARMENIANS AND THEIR FRIENDS WILL NEVER COME TO THE TRUTH.I CAN SAY 1 WORD:your life is full of lies and i am afraid that this lies take you to hell.please clear… Read more »

Dan
Dan
7 years ago

@Carl of U.S.A Why do you write with capital letters ? Does it mean you shout or what ? I can not listen you anyways XD chill !! I hardly talk with brainwashed people .You are one of them soooo ……XD I do not want to use bad word ; ) Anyways I know why you ask about my nationality .I do not have to tell you how many bloods I have or where I live but I am not Armenian so chill . As I mentioned before I have many Turkish ,Armenian and Iranian friends .Who tell much about… Read more »

Reality
Reality
7 years ago

@Carl of U.S.A.
@Dan
@peacebird
Please take your politics out of here. We do not appreciate any kind of talk other than music and Eurovision. It will be better if you guys exchange emails and talk to each other privately. This is just sooo stupid. Nobody likes your politically incorrect, arrogant, and ignorant comments. Out please.

carl of U.S.A
carl of U.S.A
7 years ago

@Peacebird,everybody has already understood that you are lier.HAHAHA:),YOU ARE MAKING ME LAUGH.ARMENIANS ARE PEACEFULL PEOPLE-IT IS THE BIGGEST LIE I HAVE EVER SEEN.IF ARMENIANS ARE PEACEFULL,WHY OTHER NATIONS DON’T LIVE IN ARMENIA?WHY?WHY DID ARMENIANS CATCALL AZERBAIJANI SPORTSMEN AT JUDO 2009 YEREVAN.WHY?DON’T BE LIER?THANK YOU FOR MAKING ME LAUGH.

carl of U.S.A
carl of U.S.A
7 years ago

@Dan,what the hell are you are talking about.you wanne us to hate turks.but Never.look at turkish tv programs tv series they are talking about Azeris,There are azerbaijani actors in Turkish tv series.and our language is from Altai-turkish Language group.we didn’t stole georgian language as Armenians.Don’t be jelaous.YOU ENVY AZERBAIJAN.
AND YOU ARE RIGHT DURING SOVIET UNION ARMENIANS AND AZERBAIJANIS LIVED TOGETHER AND ARMENIANS STOLE AZERI INSTRUMENT AND CALLED IT-DUDUK.GO AND LEARN HISTORY.YOU HAVE VERY VERY LITTLE BRAIN.–and answer me Mr.Krogil what nation are you from?

Dan
Dan
7 years ago

@Carl of U.S.A you say that you and Turks are one nation.How come Turks never mention it and they even laugh when Azeris say that? xD they do not like you to be honest : /. Now after your comments it is clear that you all are lier Lol xD Because I have seen a Azeri dude claiming that you are the first civilization xD Lmao. Get a life and learn something. Even Turks know that Duduk is a Armenian instrument .So you do not worry about it .I have seen in wiki that Armenians called duduk differently (hard name… Read more »

carl of U.S.A
carl of U.S.A
7 years ago

@Dan.you really really have to do your brain clear.it is full of lies.yeah i didn’t mentioned turkey because we are One Nation Two State.Duduk is turkish word and means whistle.see now:who stole?I have to say it again:Armenia and armenia’s other friends envy Azerbaijan.yes,you are right Armenia and Iran has rich Lobby of Narcotics.that is why they are rich.these lobbies are full of lies.My god,i am sad that Armenians and Iranians don’t read my comments.i want it and they will take their answers decently as you.Mr.Krogil-:)

Dan
Dan
7 years ago

@Carl of U.S.A or dear Mrs.Brainswashed , you made my day xD No you are really a kid xD. I will not talk about Europe’s culture,because everything is already clear.So shut your mouth ; ) But hahaha You are lucky that Armenians and Iranians do not read your comments now ,otherwise you had to bring more convincing facts to prove them xD And ha why did not you mention Turks ? oh because you stole more from them ?? xDI am neither Turkish, Iranian nor Armenian but reading your comment is irritating for me too. And if you scroll down… Read more »

carl of U.S.A
carl of U.S.A
7 years ago

@Dan,very very poor opinion.The instrument in dilara’s clip is called BALABAN AND BELONGS TO AZERBAIJAN.IS IS MADE OF MULBERRY AND WHITE-MULBERRY TREE.I CAN NOT CHANGE YOUR OPINION BECAUSE ARMENIAN LOBBY IN EUROPE PROPAGATE TO ALL EUROPE AS ARMEN?AN ?NSTRUMENT.BECAUSE ARMENIAN LOBBY IS RICH,HAS A LOT OF MONEY.

carl of U.S.A
carl of U.S.A
7 years ago

HAHA MR.KROGIL,YOU ARE A KID NOT ME.OUR CULTURE DOESN’T REMINDS IRAN AND ARMENIAN CULTURE.ARMENIA AND IRAN’S CULTURE REMINDS AZERI CULTURE BECAUSE ARMENIANS AND IRANIANS STOLE OUR CULTURE.THERE ARE 30 MILLIONS AZERBAIJANIS IN IRAN.AND THINK NOW .I CAN NOT DO ANYTHING IF YOUR EUROPE,ARMENIA AND IRAN HAS POOR CULTURE.IRAN BENEFITS OUR CULTURE AND HISTORY.DO YOU KNOW SAFAVIDS?SAFAVIDS ARE AZERBAIJANI. NOT PERSIAN.Dilara is singing about starting a fire.it is true because Azerbaijan is ancient land of fire.Azerbaijan is land of hopes.and Dilara’s song is about hope.she says that one spark can give us a hope.

Dan
Dan
7 years ago

@Carl of U.S.A . my dear, I assume you are a kid ,because you seem so naive and sensitive . Take it easy now . The fact that Azerbaijan corrupted ESC several times ,is undeniable and has proves.So unfortunately you can not prove me and other people wrong. ; ) And do not talk to me about your “culture” and “history”, you chose wrong person.I am aware of history more than you . Once again maybe I will hurt your feelings but your “history & culture” reminds me of Turkeys,Armenia and Iran.These are countries that you see in every single… Read more »

carl of U.S.A
carl of U.S.A
7 years ago

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSuRaYaaUR8-LOOK AND SEE AZERBAIJANI GREAT SONG.THIS SONG IS THE BEST SONG.

carl of U.S.A
carl of U.S.A
7 years ago

@Dan,Azerbaijan didn’t buy eurovision in 2011.and you didn’t hurt my feelings.Aram Mp3 doesn’t deserve to win.Dilara’s voice and song is unique.Aram’s song consists2 words:you are not alone.very easy song.and Azerbaijan brings every year with good songs.WHAT CAN WE DO IF YOUR EUROPE HAS NOT GOOD SONGS AND TALENTS.IT IS NOT OUR FAULT.I HAVE TO TELL IT:EVERYBODY HERE ENV?ES Azerbaijan FOR ?TS CULTURE.YOU SAW OUR RICH CULTURE IN 2012 EUROVISION.SOME COUNTRIES STEAL OUR CULTURE.DON’T BE JELAOUS..

Reality
Reality
7 years ago

@This is my opinion
Don’t be fooled with these OGAE voting. Armenia gave 12 pts to Sweeden. Huh….They will never do that in the real voting because they know Sweden isn their #1 competition. You will see

Paul
Paul
7 years ago

Lets face it the eurovision will never be the same again not since the 70s, 80s and early 90s when it was all about the songs and politics very rarely mattered. If only we could reverse the clock. My favs are Denmark, Spain, Malta and Ireland

Dan
Dan
7 years ago

@Carl of U.S.A just like Azerbaijan did in 2011? ; ) Guys I am just jealous of your and Armenia’s richness ; ) how do you do that? How do you manage to beat all even Rich European countries ? …Diaspora is a powerful thing… And why do not we buy this Contest ? hmmm I do not know.ESC is only place where many powerful countries feel themselves as a small puppy .While ‘East Europe ‘ takes best places .Well yea I am being honest.I think it’s time to buy ESC XD Anyway going back to the topic, I want… Read more »

carl of U.S.A
carl of U.S.A
7 years ago

@Dan,i agree with you about 1 thing that Armenia has a rich diaspora even Lobby.and they have already bought eurovision 2014.Aram’s song is normal but not deserve to win that’s why if aram won,it would be known to everybody that ARMENIA HAS ALREADY BOUGHT EUROVISION 2014.

carl of U.S.A
carl of U.S.A
7 years ago

@Nora,you know that very well.There was the argument between Conchita and Aram MP3.And I don’t want to talk about politics but everybody here doesn’t talk about Dilara’s song,Say that we buy votes.It is lie.our diaspora is not as rich as Armenian Lobby.Why don’t you write the same comment to others who writes bad things about Azerbaijan and doesn’t talk about Dilara’s amazing voice.WHY?why?

Max
Max
7 years ago

Azerbaijan and Ukraine

Dan
Dan
7 years ago

@WiWiblog you do this intentionally ,do not you ? ; ) I think even after ESC you will keep talking about Aram and Dilara to get many views ,comments etc. Do not fight guys that’s what blogs wants.Anyways both of you will be in top 10 as always. Armenia: Rich huge diaspora -> lot’s of votes , they have strong song, so + votes of those people who like it . So it has chance to win or to be in top 5. Azerbaijan: Rich president ,unfortunately poor people .So instead of giving money to people , he will buy… Read more »

Reality
Reality
7 years ago

This year I wouldn’t put Armenia and Azerbaijan on the same page because they are incomparable! Azerbaijan’s song— too boring, too slow. After all the great songs from previous years, why such a sad, dark, slow, war song? The singers voice is great, but the song will never be a winner. Never. Nothing special at all. There are thousands of songs just like that. Armenian song—- boring start, somewhat boring lyrics, repetitive, but then BAM, BAM, BAM…its like he wants to say…. Enough sleeping everyone! Wake the hell up…the voice is unbelievable, and I have enough experience to say that.… Read more »

Kristine
Kristine
7 years ago

Mko the only way u can show that u r Armenian is talking Armenian. It is not possible that u r Armenian, u r just trying to “start a fire” here. It is soooooo abvious.
I can ask u a very specific question, and u answer to my question,

Menak qo nman cndac u xexatyurvac [email protected] karox e iren tuyl tal etpes atelutyamb lcvac xosqer grel estex u bolorin arhestakan xarnel irar. Inchi es uzum hasac linel?? Kases??

This is my opinion
This is my opinion
7 years ago

OGAE Votes after 5 OGAE’s

1. Sweden – 55
2. Israel – 27
3. Austria – 25
4. United Kingdom – 22
5. Hungary – 18
6. Armenia – 17
7. Greece – 17
8. Norway – 15
9. Belgium – 13
10. Ukraine – 12
11. Russia – 12
12. Ireland – 11
13. Italy – 11`
14. Denmark – 9
15. Montenegro – 8
16. Switzerland – 4
17. Germany – 3
18. Spain – 3
19. France – 3
20. Estonia – 2
21. FYR Macedonia – 1
22. Slovenia – 1

Morroccanman
Morroccanman
7 years ago

Armenians are so nasty wherever they are! Corruption, falsification, theft, robbery, prostitution and pimping are in their genes!

Roy
Roy
7 years ago

Tanja Amazing!

Francel
Francel
7 years ago

l think Armenia, Azerbaijan, Sweden, Montenegro, Hungary, Belgium and Russia will pass to the final.

bav
bav
7 years ago

You should remember that Azerbaijan had similar song and singer in 2012 and it took 4th place.

Reality
Reality
7 years ago

This year I would not put Armenia and Azerbaijan on the same page because they are incomparable! Azerbaijan song— too boring, too slow. After all the great songs from previous years, why such a sad, dark, slow, war song? The singers voice is great, but the song will never be a winner. Never. Nothing special at all. There are thousands of songs just like that. Armenian song—- boring start, somewhat boring lyrics, repetitive, but then BAM, BAM, BAM…its like he wants to say…. Enough sleeping everyone! Wake the hell up…the voice is unbelievable, and I have enough experience to say… Read more »

Nora
Nora
7 years ago

Please remain calm and not respond to provocations!!!
Some people have a special agenda to spread lies and deliberately provoke feuds… just enjoy the music and express your opinion. PEACE!!!

Nora
Nora
7 years ago

@Carl of U.S.A
And Aram MP3 did not insult Conchita!! Stop your provocative comments!

No Peak Ingles
No Peak Ingles
7 years ago

This is getting a little pathetic. Luckily polls like these show that the Armenian en Azeri entries are only hyped by Armenians and Azeris and they’re not likely to win. Which they don’t deserve regarding the quality of their songs…

Nora
Nora
7 years ago

@Carl of U.S.A
this is not a political forum!!! This is a song contest. Leave the politics out of it.
Just express your option for the songs not for other nations!

Zoya
Zoya
7 years ago

Aram Mp3 will go for final … Azerbaijan will also.. though her song is stolen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OX-biPkZtRY

Leaf
Leaf
7 years ago

OK enough with Armenia, Azerbaijan and Turkey ….. It’s the EUROVISION SONG CONTEST …. Last time I checked none of these are actually on the map of Europe, so why everyone has to tolerate their LAME political posts on a poll about the best song in a semi final on this years Eurovision song contest ……. TOTALLY IRRELEVANT COMMENT !!!!

p.s
I only heard their songs once I totally don’t get the fuzz ….
Armenia – very overproduced and overrated
Azerbaijan – pretty lady, boring song, rich country, diaspora votes ….

Krs
Krs
7 years ago

~Surprise surprise. azerbaijan announced a promo tour which includes Malta(not even in 1st semifinal) . guess who will be getting 12pts from malta……rumours say that maltese are going to boycott televoting this year

Selena
Selena
7 years ago

Azerbaijan the best! I VERY LIKE AZERBAIJAN AND DILARA BEAUTI GIRL, AMAZING VOICE AND SONG