Along with host country Austria and guest country Australia, the Big Five — France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom — received an automatic qualification to the grand final of Eurovision 2015. We have a lot to thank the Big Five for: their coins help keep the contest going, and their big populations boost viewing numbers and hype. Unfortunately in 2015 only two automatic qualifiers managed to secure Top 10 finishes: Italy’s Il Volo (who came third) and Australia’s Guy Sebastian (who came fifth). But among this lot our readers had a different favourite. After counting 4,786 votes, we can now reveal that Spain’s Edurne was our readers’ favourite automatic qualifier.
The “Amanecer” singer finished with 1,422 votes, or more than 30% of all those cast. The Spanish beauty may have come 21st at Eurovision — Spain is still searching for answers why — but our readers could care less. They loved her voice. They loved that Giuseppi di Bella swung her around his neck. And they loved this killer dress reveal, which we filmed during the grand final.
Italy’s Il Volo finished with 1,398 votes, just 44 behind Edurne.
After our top two there was a huge drop in votes. Australia’s Guy Sebastian, who finishes third in our poll, could only muster 603 votes, followed by Germany’s Ann Sophie who earned 575.
The United Kingdom, France and Austria (who also finished last at Eurovision) round out our bottom three.
You can see our full results below. Who was your favourite automatic qualifier?
Poll results: Favourite automatic qualifier
Spain — Edurne 30.13% (1,442 votes)
Italy — Il Volo 29.21% (1,398 votes)
Australia — Guy Sebastian 12.6% (603 votes)
Germany — Ann Sophie 12.01% (575 votes)
United Kingdom — Electro Velvet 7.23% (346 votes)
France — Lisa Angell 5.52% (264 votes)
Austria — The Makemakes 3.3% (158 votes)
Total Votes: 4,786
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Photo: Elena Voltova (EBU)