In the space of just four days, the number of entries for Eurovision 2016 has almost doubled. From only six on Friday afternoon, we now know 11 of the songs which are likely to compete in the contest next May. We say likely, because Malta’s “Chameleon” currently seems to be residing in some kind of limbo, while Albania is due to undergo a major revamp. Also, Italy hasn’t officially confirmed its song, but more on that below.
Since 13 January, y’all have cast more than 15,500 votes in our weekly favourite act polls. Once again, it’s time to wipe the slate clean and ask you to choose your favourite Eurovision 2016 act so far. You can listen to the new additions and watch our video reactions below. Then vote in our poll. You can vote for as many contestants as you like, but you can only vote ONE time. Be sure to check the box next to every act you want to support before submitting your votes. Voting ends on Thursday 18 February — just ahead of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s song reveal on 19 February.
We will then relaunch the poll to include all the entries that drop that weekend — the aforementioned Bosnia and Herzegovina along with Iceland on Saturday, Ukraine on Sunday and Cyprus on Monday.
Eurovision 2016: Our top 11
Zoë “Loin d’ici”
On Friday, Austria chose Zoë as its Eurovision 2016 representative. The “Loin d’ici” singer didn’t have it easy. After the first round, she was only ranked joint fourth by a jury which included Conchita Wurst and the English speaking “Satellite” songwriter Julie Frost. However, she received enough televotes to face the jury’s favourite Elly V in the super-final. Both performed a second time, with the final result being decided completely by the Austrian public. Despite the overwhelming popular support, her choice to sing entirely in French has proven rather controversial. Will she regret the decision in May?
Lighthouse X “Soldiers of Love”
Boyband Lighthouse X were crowned winners of Denmark’s Dansk Melodi Grand Prix on Saturday. Their song “Soldiers Of Love” comfortably won the super-final, defeating fan favourites Simone and Anja Nissen. The Danes clearly love them, with 42% of televoters voting for the group in the final show-down. However, they weren’t met quite so warmly by hardcore Eurovision fans. But this could change over the coming weeks as memories of “Never Alone” and “Heart Shaped Hole” fade away.
Rykka “The Last Of Our Kind”
Canadian-born Rykka emerged victorious from Switzerland’s six song selection on Saturday. Her entry “The Last Of Our Kind” was considered by many to be the country’s only chance of a decent result in this year’s contest. The Swiss clearly agreed, with a 50/50 split of jury and televoters opting for her ahead of runner-up Bella C. Switzerland last won Eurovision with the Canadian singer Celine Dion in 1988, could history be about to repeat itself?
Francesca Michielin “Nessun grado di separazione”
We know that Francesca Michielin will sing for Italy. The Sanremo runner-up received the country’s ticket to Stockholm after winners Stadio passed on the opportunity. Her actual song for Eurovision has yet to be confirmed. But we like to live in the moment, so we’re including her Sanremo entry “Nessun grado di separazione” in this week’s poll. Sources close to the Italian delegation have told wiwibloggs that they are 99.9% certain that this is the song that we’ll hear in May. And given the uncertainty surrounding Malta’s “Chameleon”, that’s good enough for us. If we have to backtrack later, so be it.
Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz “Midnight Gold”
We’ve known that Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz will sing for Georgia since December, but we only discovered their song on Monday evening. The indie outfit presented five songs on 3 February, from which “Midnight Gold” was chosen by a mixture of votes from the Georgian public and an international jury. So far, the band have failed to generate the same levels of interest as their predecessor Nina Sublatti. Will this change now that we have a song?
WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE EUROVISION 2016 ACT SO FAR? VOTE NOW!
Poll closed. See the results.
Your favourites on 12 February (6 Acts)
- Ireland: Nicky Byrne “Sunlight” 61.31% (4,249 votes)
- Spain: Barei “Say Yay!” 23.88% (1,655 votes)
- Malta: Ira Losco “Chameleon” 5.5% (381 votes)
- Albania: Eneda Tarifa “Përrallë” (Fairytale) 3.3% (229 votes)
- Belgium: Laura Tesoro “What’s The Pressure” 3.28% (227 votes)
- Belarus: Ivan “Help You Fly” 2.73% (189 votes)
Total Votes: 6,930
YOUR FAVOURITES ON 1 FEBRUARY (5 ACTS)
- Ireland: Nicky Byrne “Sunlight” 53.25% (3,083 votes)
- Malta: Ira Losco “Chameleon” 24.08% (1,394 votes)
- Belgium: Laura Tesoro “What’s The Pressure” 8.1% (469 votes)
- Albania: Eneda Tarifa “Përrallë” (Fairytale) 7.89% (457 votes)
- Belarus: Ivan “Help You Fly” 6.68% (387 votes)
Total Votes: 5,790
YOUR FAVOURITES ON 22 JANUARY (3 ACTS)
- Ireland: Nicky Byrne “Sunlight” 42.99% (668 votes)
- Belgium: Laura Tesoro “What’s The Pressure” 31.02% (482 votes)
- Albania: Eneda Tarifa “Përrallë” (Fairytale) 25.99% (404 votes)
Total Votes: 1,554
YOUR FAVOURITES ON 17 JANUARY (2 ACTS)
- Ireland: Nicky Byrne “Sunlight” 58.08% (762 votes)
- Albania: Eneda Tarifa “Përrallë” (Fairytale) 41.92% (550 votes)
Total Votes: 1,312