On March 23 we asked our readers to start voting for their favourites to win Eurovision 2015 semi final 2. As of 20:00 GMT on 7 April, we had collected a total of 10,063 votes. At the moment Ireland’s Molly Sterling has defied the bookies (and various commenters on our site) to climb to the very top with her song “Playing with Numbers”. She’s earned 1,483 votes, or nearly 15% of all those cast. Not everyone is surprised. Wiwi Jury member Marek gave her a perfect 10 in our review and praised her song, which is a story of a girl coming to terms with her regrets. “I now know the true meaning,” he writes. “Each of us has to find it.”
Sweden’s Måns Zelmerlöw may be busy re-casting his video projection screen, but he can rest assured that he is getting a lot of love on wiwibloggs. Our readers have him in a close second with 1,194 votes, or around 12%. The “Heroes” singer recently broke records at the #Melfest Web Awards, and we have no doubt that his domestic popularity will carry over to Eurovision itself.
And just in case you missed him telling us about his dog…
Slovenia’s Maraaya is the only other act to earn more than 1,000 votes. They’re currently sitting in third place with their song “Here for You”. We’ve been consistently impressed with their campaign — have you seen their shadowy music video? — and have a really good feeling they will slay in Vienna. They also touched us when they told us about how much they love their children. It’s heart-warming.
And who will join Molly, Måns and Maraaya in the grand final? Based on our poll results the other qualifiers will be Azerbaijan, Malta, Norway, Israel, Portugal, Iceland and Latvia.
Our poll suggests that Poland, Switzerland, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Montenegro, Cyprus and San Marino will fail to qualify.
CURRENT STANDINGS: SEMI FINAL 1 (AS OF 7 APRIL)
- Ireland: Molly Sterling with “Playing with Numbers” 14.74% (1,483 votes)
- Sweden: Måns Zelmerlöw with “Heroes” 11.87% (1,194 votes)
- Slovenia: Maraaya with “Here For You” 10.01% (1,007 votes)
- Azerbaijan: Elnur Huseynov with “Hour of the Wolf” 8.18% (823 votes)
- Malta: Amber with “Warrior” 7.54% (759 votes)
- Norway: Mørland & Debrah Scarlett with “A Monster Like Me” 7.14% (719 votes)
- Israel: Nadav Guedj with “Golden Boy” 5.79% (583 votes)
- Portugal: Leonor Andrade with “Há Um Mar Que Nos Separa” 5.78% (582 votes)
- Iceland: María Ólafsdóttir with “Unbroken” 5.75% (579 votes)
- Latvia: Aminata with “Love Injected” 4.9% (493 votes)
- Poland: Monika Kuszynska with “In the Name of Love” 3.86% (388 votes)
- Switzelrand: Mélanie René with “Time to Shine” 3.46% (348 votes)
- Lithuania: Monika & Vaidas with “This Time” 3.33% (335 votes)
- Czech Republic: Marta & Vaclav with “Hope Never Dies” 2.74% (276 votes)
- Montenegro: Knez with “Adio” 2.1% (211 votes)
- Cyprus: Giannis Karagiannis with “One Thing I Should Have Done” 1.56% (157 votes)
- San Marino: Michele Perniola and Anita with “Chain of Lights” 1.25% (126 votes)
Total Votes: 10,063
Don’t forget: the poll will run until the eve of the second semi-final, which takes place on May 21. You can still vote here.
What do you think of the results? Is it possible that Molly Sterling will actually win this semi-final, or do we have some major Anglo-Irish bias going on here? Could Poland, Switzerland and Lithuania sneak into the final? Let us know in the comments box below!