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)

  1. Ireland: Molly Sterling with “Playing with Numbers” 14.74% (1,483 votes)
  2. Sweden: Måns Zelmerlöw with “Heroes” 11.87% (1,194 votes)
  3. Slovenia: Maraaya with “Here For You” 10.01% (1,007 votes)
  4. Azerbaijan: Elnur Huseynov with “Hour of the Wolf” 8.18% (823 votes)
  5. Malta: Amber with “Warrior” 7.54% (759 votes)
  6. Norway: Mørland & Debrah Scarlett with “A Monster Like Me” 7.14% (719 votes)
  7. Israel: Nadav Guedj with “Golden Boy” 5.79% (583 votes)
  8. Portugal: Leonor Andrade with “Há Um Mar Que Nos Separa” 5.78% (582 votes)
  9. Iceland: María Ólafsdóttir with “Unbroken” 5.75% (579 votes)
  10. Latvia: Aminata with “Love Injected” 4.9% (493 votes)
  11. Poland: Monika Kuszynska with “In the Name of Love” 3.86% (388 votes)
  12. Switzelrand: Mélanie René with “Time to Shine” 3.46% (348 votes)
  13. Lithuania: Monika & Vaidas with “This Time” 3.33% (335 votes)
  14. Czech Republic: Marta & Vaclav with “Hope Never Dies” 2.74% (276 votes)
  15. Montenegro: Knez with “Adio” 2.1% (211 votes)
  16. Cyprus: Giannis Karagiannis with “One Thing I Should Have Done” 1.56% (157 votes)
  17. 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!

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Nicky1991
Nicky1991
6 years ago

Malta has a really superb technical song, and i love the orchestra changes.

#TeamAmber

patrick
patrick
6 years ago

Ireland is the best by far the poll tells it all and that it ill e the darkhorse of the competition.

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
6 years ago

With that, after my first evaluation, my overall top 10 looks like this:

9.53 Italy
9.47 Sweden (my #1 qualifier from Round 2)
9.46 Hungary (my #1 qualifier from Round 1)
9.44 Norway
9.40 Montenegro
9.38 Lithuania
9.38 Ireland
9.36 Estonia
9.36 Romania
9.35 Australia

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
6 years ago

@Andrea: At the moment, Il Volo is number 1 on my card (9.53), and they are likely to stay in my top 3 after my final evaluation. A genius move it was for them to re-enact scenes from 3 movies, for which they got very high marks from me…

…Unfortunately for Måns, his music video was pulled before I could watch it for the first time (and if anyone knows if it can still be found on the Web, please direct me to the site), and his lyric video doesn’t rate as highly.

Andrea Lippo
Andrea Lippo
6 years ago

My personal top 10 for SF2:
1 Portugal (9.90)
2 Azerbaijan (9.85)
3 Poland (9.70)
4 Slovenia (9.65)
5 Iceland (9.60)
6 Ireland (9.50)
7 Latvia (9.40)
8 Malta (9.35)
9 Norway (9.25)
10 Sweden (9.15)

Vote for Italy!!! Rome2016

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
6 years ago

I’m late for the party on this one, because I spent the last 6 days evaluating the songs and videos (which I will do twice more before the contest); and after one evaluation, here is what my 2nd-round looks like:

9.47 Sweden (his score is crippled by the fact that he had to dump his music video)

9.44 Norway
9.40 Montenegro
9.38 Lithuania
9.38 Ireland
9.25 Latvia
9.19 Cyprus
9.14 Iceland
9.10 Israel
9.08 Azerbaijan

This is my opinion (TIMO)
This is my opinion (TIMO)
6 years ago

OH PLEASEEEEEE. Ireland was favourite for final last year and they didn’t even qualify for final…Sweden sonf is hero wanna be nothing special not real love song its pure trash that would only gain sympathy of eurovision viewers I mean its only cheeri9ng audience while hero wanna be, and don’t even rely on how its doing on charts etc. Charlotte Perelli hero was more descent at least it said something about love which was favourite especially with OGAE’s and only placed at position 18th. I bet that Sweden will not win and I wouldn’t be surprised if its stayed in… Read more »

Ulya
Ulya
6 years ago

Elnur the best. I wish Azerbaijan Elnur Huseynov to win this year

G. Skarsgard
G. Skarsgard
6 years ago

I have just discovered a new version of the song of Portugal. Is definitely strong and different from all the others, and much better than what we know of the video of Eurovision.tv! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsehr5lJJ_s

I wonder why this version does not appear in any official video? Our Portuguese friends bet for pass unnoticed, even when they could easily be in the TOP3.

It is by far the best song of the second semifinal and maybe will surprise everyone and everything in Vienna.

My favorite country, Norway, will win with Mørland & Debrah Scarlett 😉

Mixa
Mixa
6 years ago

Norway and Sweden are the best !!!

Love from Serbia.:)

Jeff
Jeff
6 years ago

Lithuania instead of Azerbaijan. I think the Azeri song is to weak
This year as last they do not have good songs

raquel
raquel
6 years ago

Portugal, always the black sleep from europe in eurovision -.-
GO PORTUGAL ! GO LEONOR !

davved
davved
6 years ago

Måns song is the best.

mee
mee
6 years ago

#David. Who will be in final we seen in May. Many times results at Eurovision are surprising 😉

Chris
Chris
6 years ago

Except “the Irish issue” (I love this song though), I think that this ranking is quite realistic. Albeit, I would replace Portugal and Israel (no, no, no) with Poland and Cyprus (a very underrated song).

Leo
Leo
6 years ago

I think Norway, Azerbaijan, Sweden and Slovenia are certain of a place in the final. The others who I think will reach the final are Lithuania, Ireland, Latvia, Poland, Iceland and Malta

Esceire
Esceire
6 years ago

If people are saying Ireland won’t qualify based on there running order then they have clearly not looked back at the history of eurovision semi finals, as I’ve said previously ballads have a 100% qualification record from singing at slot number 2 namely Nadine from Austria in 2011 ( came 7th in the semi final, and it was Austria’s first ever qualification) and Estonia 2013 ( didn’t even need to high a jury score to get through despite only getting 13th in tele voting, when you consider the quality of other ballads in that semi like Russia,Ukraine,Netherlands,Moldova to somehow qualify… Read more »

David
6 years ago

Sorry mee. Ingen av dina favoriter kommer att vinna. Tror att dom flesta inte ens kommer till final.

brunowskii
brunowskii
6 years ago

Ireland????? WTF?

Easpag
Easpag
6 years ago

@bav the difference between Eric and Helena/Loreen is that Eric can’t sing. He would have been a bad choice.

bavarson
bavarson
6 years ago

Eric Saade – good dancing entry like Loreen or Helena Paparizou
Mans Zelmerlow – many weak tricks, no one had similar entry in the past, because this is triumph of form over content, he wants to be too original

Mixa
Mixa
6 years ago

William Lee Adams what are you think about Norway entry?

Leaf
Leaf
6 years ago

Don’t know why but it is the second day I wake up with Portugal’s entry in my head…… I started loving too much…. In my top 5 overall and maybe first in this semi.

mee
mee
6 years ago

My Top 10
1.Norway (I hope Norway will win) Oslo2016
2.Poland
3.Slovenia
4.Azerbaijan
5.Latvia
6.Switzerland
7.Malta
8.Czech Republic
9.Israel
10.Ireland

Bledar #HOPENEVERDIES
Bledar #HOPENEVERDIES
6 years ago

Ireland won’t win the scone semi final, let alone top 5 in the semi final. Bad running order ruins her chances. Czech Republic is still my winner

Mark Dowd
Mark Dowd
6 years ago

@Jasmine…..”Ireland top”?? If Molly gets in the top three I will dress as Dustin the Turkey and buy you a pint in the Shelbourne or tea and cake in Bewleys on Grafton Street. I do hope you qualify as the song is OK, but as for winning….

bavarson
bavarson
6 years ago

Stage in Vienna can ruin weak swedish entry. Eric Saade was much more certain option. His entry was much more similar to the best entries of last years. Mans Zelmerlow wants to be better and more original than all of them, but this is impossible.

nigar
nigar
6 years ago

Azerbaijan Inshallah well be number one

Racal
Racal
6 years ago

My personal top 10 for SF2 is almost the same (in a different order), except I have Switzerland qualifying instead of Israel’s dreadful song:
1 Sweden
2 Malta
3 Switzerland
4 Slovenia
5 Iceland
6 Ireland
7 Latvia
8 Portugal
9 Norway
10 Azerbaijan
(Not qualifying: 11 Poland, 12 San Marino, 13 Czech Republic, 14 Lithuania, 15 Cyprus, 16 Israel, 17 Montenegro).

Otna
Otna
6 years ago

Molly’s got my vote for sure, but I think come may, Maraaya are gonna win this Semi (and a good chance at winning the whole thing too imo).

Nicky1991
Nicky1991
6 years ago

I Like Malta, Ireland and Iceland but i also love the czech song.

but i think Norway is way overrated

PP
PP
6 years ago

My TOP 17
1.Norway
2.Slovenia
3.Iceland
4.Sweden
5.Poland
6.Israel
7.Azerbaijan
8.Malta
9.Switzerland
10.Portugal
11.San Marino
12.Montenegro
13.Lithuania
14.Cyprus
15.Czech Republic
16.Latvia
17.Ireland

PP
PP
6 years ago

I think TOP 17 will be

1.Sweden
2.Azerbaijan
3.Slovenia
4.Norway
5.Malta
6.Iceland
7.Lithuania
8.Poland
9.Israel
10.Cyprus
11.Latvia
12.Ireland
13.Montenegro
14.Czech Republic
15.Switzerland
16.Portugal
17.San Marino

Huh
Huh
6 years ago

Supposed to be 3 Ms, my bad…

Huh
Huh
6 years ago

The 2 M’s…

Czech Republic must be in this semi’s top 10, but obvs that’s up to the whole Europe to vote.

BK
BK
6 years ago

1) Azerbaijan
2) Norway
3) Malta
4) Slovenia
5) Sweden
6) Iceland
7) Latvia
8) Poland
9) Switzerland
10) Czech
11) Montenegro
12) Ireland
13) San Marino
14) Cyprus
15) Israel
16) Lithuania
17) Portugal

Arianator
Arianator
6 years ago

ELNUR AZERBAIJAN

LPL
LPL
6 years ago

POLAND!!!

Britney
Britney
6 years ago

Everything is okay while Norway, Slovenia and Latvia qualifies. I’m not really sure about Latvia knowing how hard time they have had, but those were all bad songs. This girl deserves it!

the truth
the truth
6 years ago

Remember what happened with Ireland last year…

blondboybc
blondboybc
6 years ago

…Oh, and my personal top 10 from this semi: Malta, Slovenia, Sweden, Iceland, Israel, Portugal, Norway, Azerbaijan, Poland and Ireland. Thanks! Merci! 🙂

blondboybc
blondboybc
6 years ago

Have my doubts about the accuracy of this poll, like other online polls I’ve seen….yes, they can be manipulated or hacked….anyway, it’s almost certain we’ll be seeing Sweden, Slovenia, Norway and Azerbaijan in the final, but it appears wide open for the remaining 6 places to the final (except San Marino!)….expect some surprises as per usual! 😀

amina
amina
6 years ago

1. Israel
2. Czech Rep
3. Slovenia

Sal
Sal
6 years ago

Norway, Azerbaijan, Israel, Malta, Iceland, Latvia, Slovenia, Montenegro, Ireland, Portugal.

SURE
SURE
6 years ago

Definitely won’t qualify:
– Portugal
– Israel
– Switzerland
– San Marino
– Czech Rep
Poland, Ireland, Lithuania are the maybes.

Esceire
Esceire
6 years ago

p.s Why are loads of people backing Switzerland to qualify? for me its in the NQ list with Portugal,San Marino,Israel. Explanation : I simply cannot see it coming top 10 in either jury or tele voting as its to safe of a song, at the time of its selection it seemed like a good selection but since then a lot of countries have not only selected there entry but have sent entries that take more risks. Because of this i think they will be more in the minds of juries rather than Switzerland. and even with a late draw i… Read more »

Mario ~ My Vision Of Gay Love
Mario ~ My Vision Of Gay Love
6 years ago

Here is my personal ranking on the 2nd semifinal (so far curently..)

1) Norway
2) Switzerland
3) Malta
4) Sweden
5) Iceland
6) Israel
7) Cyprus
8) Montenegro
9) Slovenia
10) Czech
11) Poland
12) Azerbaijan
13) Ireland
14) Latvia
15) San Marino
16) Portugal
17) Lithuania

Esceire
Esceire
6 years ago

Please People don’t be nasty towards the Irish entry just because aloud of spam voters are consistently voting for it!

Adams
Adams
6 years ago

I did a copy-paste from your top 10. I would like these 7 songs to qualify:
Ireland
Sweden
Slovenia
Azerbaijan
Malta
Norway
Israel

DEBBIE
6 years ago

My Top 3
1. Estonia
2.Israel
3.slovenia