On March 22 we asked our readers to start voting for their favourites to win Eurovision 2015 semi final 1. As of 23:59 on 5 April, we had collected an astouding 57,357 votes. We hope Belgium’s Löic Nottet and Russia’s Polina Gagarina like each other, because at the moment they are right on top of each other.

That’s right people. Following a stellar live performance of “Rhythm Inside” on Belgian radio, Loïc has climbed into a narrow lead with 9,210 votes — or 16% of all those cast. That puts him just 15 votes ahead of Polina, who recently gave a stellar live performance of her own. It looks like going live — and doing well — is a key ingredient to slaying in this poll.

Estonia’s Elina & Stig, who recently released a super glossy music video, are a close third with 15.4% of all votes. And behind them in fourth is Albania’s Elhaida Dani — the stunning singer behind “I’m Alive”, and the proud owner of a cat named Kiki.

Based on our poll results the other qualifiers for the grand final will be Georgia, Armenia, Greece, Romania, Serbia and the Netherlands.

Our poll suggests that Belarus, FYR Macedonia, Denmark, Hungary, Finland and Moldova will fail to qualify.

Current standings: Semi Final 1 (as of 5 April)

  1. Belgium: Loïc Nottet with “Rhythm Inside” 16.06% (9,210 votes)
  2. Russia: Polina Gagarina with “A Million Voices” 16.03% (9,195 votes)
  3. Estonia: Elina & Stig with “Goodbye to Yesterday” 15.4% (8,833 votes)
  4. Albania: Elhaida Dani with “I’m Alive” 15.03% (8,621 votes)
  5. Georgia: Nina Sublatti with “Warrior” 12.4% (7,114 votes)
  6. Armenia: Genealogy with “Face the Shadow” 7.96% (4,565 votes)
  7. Greece: Maria-Elena Kyriakou with “One Last Breath” 2.72% (1,559 votes)
  8. Romania: Voltaj with “De La Capat” 2.6% (1,494 votes)
  9. Serbia: Bojana Stamenov with “Ceo svet je moj” 2.5% (1,433 votes)
  10. The Netherlands: Trijntje Oosterhuis with “Walk Along” 2.36% (1,356 votes)
  11. Belarus: Uzari and Maimuna With “Time” 2.28% (1,306 votes)
  12. FYR Macedonia: Daniel Kajmakoski with “Lisja esenski” 1.27% (730 votes)
  13. Denmark: Anti Social Media with “The Way You Are” 1.01% (582 votes)
  14. Hungary: Boggie with “Wars for Nothing” 0.87% (501 votes)
  15. Finland: Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät with “Aina mun pitää” 0.77% (441 votes)
  16. Moldova: Eduard Romanyuta with “I Want Your Love” 0.73% (417 votes)

Total Votes: 57,357

Don’t forget: this poll is open until the eve of the semi-final in May, so anything can still happen.

What do you think of the results? Do our readers have it right?

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Enio
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Enio

Here are my top for the whole competition: 1. Estonia( i am in love with this song, made a lot of personal versions, even dedicated to a person i care) The others aren’t that good. 2. Slovenia ( beautiful retro and unique voice, i like to listen to it) 3. Italy ( low on italian standart but for eurovision we cannot expect much) 4. Albania ( annoying lyrics and storyline, amazing voice. Elhaida change the song another time, its just not the right one for you) 5. Azerbaixan ( its ok, but not something that remains on your mind) 6.… Read more »

CookyMonzta
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CookyMonzta

I’m obviously very late for the party here, because I spent the last 6 days evaluating the songs and videos. I will evaluate them twice more before the contest.

Here is what my first evaluation of Round 1 looks like:

9.46 Hungary
9.36 Estonia
9.36 Romania
9.32 Macedonia
9.31 Greece
9.31 Georgia
9.28 Armenia
9.28 Belgium
9.24 Russia
9.24 Belarus

Racal
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Racal

@Eugene ESC UK: Hum… “You need to chill out, drop the aggressiveness (and the “!!”) and calm down with the cyber insults (although I admit that “troll” and “stalker” are funny easy-to-use words). (…) So relax!” End of the story. 🙂

Eugene ESC UK
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Eugene ESC UK

You could have just made your point, but no, you chose to be provocative by calling me “arrogant”. Then you call me “aggressive”, (which is a very cheap comment of course,) these are words used only by an Internet Troll, by your own chosen definition. You are something else; I’m not sure what your problem is? This says a lot about you Racal!! Definition of “provocative” :- “Causing anger or another strong reaction, especially deliberately”. Another definition of an Internet Troll :- “A person whose sole purpose in life is to seek out people to argue with on the internet… Read more »

Racal
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Racal

@Eugene ESC UK: Wow… Why are you so aggressive? You have your opinion, I totally respect it, but that doesn’t mean I can’t give you mine. That’s called “discussing” and that’s what the comment section is for. If you don’t want others to answer your comments, why are you posting? Troll = “One who posts a deliberately provocative message to a newsgroup or message board with the intention of causing maximum disruption and argument”. Can’t really recognize myself in that. As for “stalking” you, I think I only replied to 2 of your posts, so same. You need to chill… Read more »

Eugene ESC UK
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Eugene ESC UK

Racal :- You obviously like the Belgium song then and you obviously did not see the video review then? And yes of course people are influenced by what they read, that is why some of the polls are wrong!! Sort it out!! Good journalism is unbiased and impartial. Make a list of which countries have had the most articles, that will give you an idea who are the favoured countries, it’s pretty obvious. You will probably disagree with that too. It seems that is your purpose for being on this site. It’s just an opinion, get over it!! You tend… Read more »

Racal
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Racal

@Eugene ESC UK: Oh, I totally agree that these polls are wrong most of the time, I said it several times. But you on the other hand, assume two things: 1) That Wiwibloggs creates a hype around Belgium, whereas I only recall a couple of standard articles (eg: when Belgium revealed their song and when Loïc released a live version – normal articles that they wrote on every country; and a “death match” with the Netherlands – which they did for the Baltic countries and for Sweden/Azerbaijan). Can’t really see where the “hype” is… 2) Even if that hype did… Read more »

Sal
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Sal

Albania, Armenia, Romania, Netherlands, Serbia, Estonia, Belgium. Don’t really like any of the other songs AT ALL. The worse of the two semi-finals.

Eugene ESC UK
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Eugene ESC UK

My current Top 4 :-

1) Estonia (or Russia)
2) Russia (or Estonia)
3) Belgium
4) Albania

marinek
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marinek

I AGREE WITH THE TOP TEN SONGS BUT NOT WITH THE RANKING.
TOP 3 GREECE ESTONIA RUSSIA

Mixa
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Mixa

15:Finland l
14:Hungry
13:Moldova
12:Denmark
11:Romania

10:Belarus
09:FYR Macedonia
08:Georgia
07:The Netherlands
06:Albania
05:Armenia
04:Belgium
03Russia
02:Greece
01:Estonia

Eugene ESC UK
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Eugene ESC UK

PP :- It is…………what it is………………..you can’t say what if? I’m getting bored now.

PP
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PP

If we have Russia by draw in second semifinal, they wili be in big problem to go to final . They have lucky to draw in first semifinal with another 5 soviet countries, plus Serbia and Greece .

PP
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PP

Eugene ESC UK

Yes we had draw, but why all countries from ex soviet union didn t in one spot like ex yugoslavia plus albania, and than we would have 5 in one semifinal, 4 in other Ukraine didn t compet this year. We all know that Russia wili get points from 8 countries , and Armenia from 7 coutries only Azerbaijna from ex soviet univo wili give them 0 point. Same for Azerbaijan points from 7 coutries from ex soviet union and only 0 point from Armenia.

Alex
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Alex

The Netherlands
Albania
Belgium
Greece

Eugene ESC UK
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Eugene ESC UK

PP :- I’ll say it again, it was NOT luck, the allocation draw is based on VOTING PATTERNS in the past 11 years, (ie neighbourly voting) it is by intention by the EBU. Not sure which part of that you do not understand!! It is a complicated calculation not random.

Here’s the video just for you :-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JMk1JUl3vg

PP
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PP

Eugene ESC UK Yes it luck, because of 9 ex soviet countries we have 6 in first semifinal with Russia, and in II semi final only 3 coutries from ex Soviet Union. We have same situation in 2009 , 2013 in semifinal with 6 countries from ex Soviet Union in one semifinal. For voting in past, in 2014 we had that country could be at 7 place with only 89 in final like Russia, Norway on 8 place with 88,Denmark on 9 place with 74 and Spain on 10 place with 72 we had 37 countries at that contest. In… Read more »

EUROFAN MEXICO
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I AM SO HAPPY WITH THIS RESULT, BUT IN OTHER ORDER, I THIK THEY ARE THE 10 SONGS THAT MOST DESERVE THE FINAL, SORRY FOR HUNGARY I LIKE THE SONG BUT EUROPE DONT LOVE TO MUCH

Eugene ESC UK
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Eugene ESC UK

PP :- It was not luck, the allocation draw is based on voting patterns in the past 11 years, (ie neighbourly voting) it is by intention by the EBU. A video of the draw is available on-line.

Russia only got 89 points in the final, it was enough to get 7th. Only TWELVE of the 89 points came from Western Europe and from only 2 countries with 10 points from Greece and 2 from Portugal. The rest mainly from Eastern Europe (14 points) and Ex-Soviet countries (63 points)!!

PP
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PP

Eugene ESC UK We knew how Russia got votes in 2014. In some countries first or second on televote in final and only 24 to 26 in final and get 0 point in final. In Estonia 2 on televote , 21 with juries, 10 on combined list only 1 points. In Montenegro first with televote, only 24 with juries, combined votes 12 place 0 points. Russia in second semifinal wili maybe stay in semifinal for the first time. But they have lucky in draw to be in semifinal with another 5 countries for former Soviet Union, and countries where people… Read more »

Eugene ESC UK
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Eugene ESC UK

PP :- You may be right, 3 – 5 is the easier option of course. We’ll have to wait and see.

PP
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PP

Finland only have chance to go to final thank to juries .
My prediction that Finland wili be finish like Sweden 2010, Norway 2011 , strong contender on betting odds to win Eurovisiion who don t go to final from semifinal.

PP
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PP

Eugene ESC UK

I think that Russia dont have any chance to win I semi final. 100 % from 3 to 5 place in semifinal, thanks to votes from 5 ex soviet countries in semifinal and Greece and Serbia.

Eugene ESC UK
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Eugene ESC UK

Racal :- You may think it’s arrogant but something like 13 or more polls were wrong so far this year!!! I call it being real. It’s a decent song but I can only see Russia or Estonia winning this Semi. I call it being confident, so get over yourself!! Sometimes you should try commenting on the article for a change!!

George from Spain
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George from Spain

I don’t see Belgium qualifying. My favorite is Georgia but, objetively, I think Slovenia is the winner.

Bronson
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Bronson

I don’t know who will qualify but I expect Finland to be a surprise qualifier and take someone’s spot who should actually be there.

Leon
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Leon

I honestly find the Belgian guy to be extremely annoying as does his song. Honestly, I can see why a lot of people like this, but I just can’t stand it. Here are my qualifiers: 1. Russia (will most likely finish first thanks to ex-soviets and jury) 2. Estonia 3. Greece (the juries will definitely vote for this) 4. Armenia (this will get significant amount of votes from ex-soviets plus the jurors who will appreciate the complexity of the song and the opera) 5. Albania 6. Belgium 7. Georgia 8. Serbia 9. Belarus – This song will get a lot… Read more »

Britney
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Britney

I don’t know about Belgium. Chorus is okay, but the rest of the song? And will it be good live? Really not sure about his vocals.
Clear qualifiers are Russia, Estonia, Albania and that’s all. Anything could happen and I think both semi-finals will be full of surprises.

Clear semi-final 2 qualifiers are Norway, Sweden, Azerbaijan and Slovenia and the rest will be big surprises (like Montenegro and Portugal qualifies and Latvia doesn’t).

eviken
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eviken

@mitchelvaneik, i guess you are from the Netherlands. Do you not want to support your neighbours? And our song is not overrated, greetings from Belgium. I only hope Europe will appreciate a non typical eurovision song. Because that was the meaning of my country. We don’t have to win the semi, but i want to be in final this year, loic deserves it.

Mar
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Mar

I’d say the top 10 so far is quite acurate (not necessarily in that order) but I would exchange Serbia for Belarus.

Noah
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Noah

As in the NF season, these results will be nullified. 🙂 I do suspect that maybe Belgium will miss the Final this year.

The Wiwi poll curse will strike again. 🙂

PP
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PP

Spanish version of serbian entry
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKK7Zw7AL_E

Racal
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Racal

@Eugene ESC UK: “It’s obvious why Belgium is leading, it is because this site has been overhyping and overrating it”. Of course, and it has nothing to do with the fact that perhaps people like this song? What an arrogant comment.

PP
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PP

My TOP 16

1.Estonia
2.Romania
3.Serbia
4.Greece
5.Belarus
6.Georgia
7.Belgium
8.Albania
9.The Netherlands
10.Denmark

11.Moldova
12.F.Y.R Macedonia
13.Russia
14.Hungary
15.Armenia
16.Finland

But I think TOP 16 will be

1.Estonia
2.Greece
3.Russia
4.Romania
5.Georgia
6.Armenia
7.Belarus
8.Belgium
9.Albania
10.Serbia

11.Moldova
12.Denmark
13.The Netherlands
14.Finland
15.F.Y.R Macedonia
16.Hungary

Chris
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Chris

Belgium first and the three worst songs at the bottom, yeah! Georgia is not the hot favourite any more? What a shock 😛

Daniel
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Daniel

Oh, Hungary will qualify I think because it is like Hungary 2013 ( a sweet and calm song ) mixed with Hungary 2014 ( the very depressive message ).

Daniel
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Daniel

So weird. On the overall winner of the contest poll if you take away Georgia, who is leading the poll, Albania comes second followed by Estonia. ( I didn’t read any of the comments before I wrote this so if anyone has already pointed it out, I apologise in advance)

Anyway Belgium and Russia both have good songs, but Albania, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, and FYR Macedonia are better (unpopular opinion I know).

bastian
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bastian

lol @ Lena. They are so NOT going to win. Anyone can see that, i mean hear that…the song is not something that could win esc, give it up girl. Focus on something better like Russia <3 Peace. The songs i predict to get a final ticket: Russia: that voice *_* and a very commercial song Belgium: personally i hate it, but it stands out and he will get the 'girls vote' Estonia: best duo, very good quality song Albania: great draw, great song and a strong voice Georgia: another i hate, but it's very different and she looks good.… Read more »

Eugene ESC UK
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Eugene ESC UK

This is probably the harder Semi to predict and probably has the weaker songs of the 2 Semi’s? It’s obvious why Belgium is leading, it is because this site has been overhyping and overrating it and we know what has happened to leaders in polls so far this year. Having said that, the Top 4 for me is pretty realistic, but perhaps not in the current order? Don’t be surprised if Russia wins this Semi from Estonia in 2nd, but Estonia finish above Russia in the Final. The novelty/gimmick Finland will be interesting. One of the reasons why there are… Read more »

Lena
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Lena

Armenia is going to win. It’s has a social message. And I am sure it will win. I think the song is really cool but one thing is lacking. I love Geneology. And they deserve to it

Alison
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Alison

In this semi as long as Estonia, Belgium and The Netherlands get through I’ll be happy 🙂 I can’t vote in this semi so if someone else could do the honours I’d be grateful 😉 And to whoever it was below who wrote that Belgium is always overrated that was only last year and it was clear it was significantly overrated, other than that though…

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

The bottom four is fine but Serbia and the Netherlands need to join them. Genealogy are lucky that they are Armenian because their song is poor.

Marco
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Marco

I can’t understand why Belgium has so many votes, I hate it… And why Hungary doesn’t qualify? It’s a nice song, not a winner but it’s good.

Easpag
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Easpag

I’d switch Belarus, Macedonia and Hungary in for Russia, Serbia and Romania. But overall, pretty accurate.

Mitchelvaneijk
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The Netherlands is as ussual underrated and Belgium as ussual overrated.
“Walk Along” is again the only song that is well produced in thus semi…

manne
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Ryssland, Albanien, Georgien och Grekland förtjänar inte att gå till final. Jag hoppas det blir så. Danmark och Nederländerna hoppas jag gå till final, det är dom bästa låtarna i semi 1.

bavarson
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bavarson

Russian entry is the only one good, sharp and catchy entry this year. The rest is dull and they all are idiots and losers!

Mitchelvaneijk
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Belgium is soooooo overrated….

davved
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davved

I hope Russie gets booed at again.

Mario
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Mario

My top ranking on the 1st semifinal

1) Georgia
2) Holland
3) Estonia
4) Hungary
5) Denmark
6) Albania
7) Armenia
8) Russia
9) Serbia
10) Belarus
11) Greece
12) Romania
13) Fyrom
14) Belgium
15) Moldova
16) Finland