This week saw the number of Eurovision entries almost double. But despite the increased competition, Ireland’s Nicky Byrne is still clinging onto the top spot. Of the 5,863 votes cast since Monday 15 February“Sunlight” gobbled up 1,922. That’s 32.78% of all votes cast. But are voters starting to tire of Ireland? The ex-Westlife singer is down from 4,249 votes in our previous poll — a drop of over 2,000 votes.

Ireland: Nicky Byrne “Sunlight”

Spain’s Barei is staying strong at two. With 1,532 votes or 26.13% of all votes cast, support for the “Say Yay!” singer remains in line with our last poll when she picked up 1,655 votes.

Barei “Say Yay!”

Austria’s Zoë is the highest new entry at three. The “Loin d’ici” chanteuse attracted 554 votes or 9.45% of all votes cast.

Zoë “Loin d’ici”

There may still be uncertainty surrounding Italy’s song choice, but that hasn’t stopped y’all from backing Francesca Michielin and “Nessun grado di separazione”. The Sanremo runner-up earned 431 votes or 7.35% of all votes cast, just enough to guarantee her fourth place.

Francesca Michielin “Nessun grado di separazione”

Switzerland’s Rykka lands at five. “The Last Of Our Kind” received 330 votes or 5.63% of all votes cast.

Rykka “The Last Of Our Kind”

Elsewhere, the resurgence of Albania’s Eneda Tarifa continues. After narrowly passing out Belgium’s Laura Tesoro last week, the “Përrallë” singer leapfrogs Malta’s Ira Losco to occupy sixth spot — just ten votes separate the pair. Denmark’s Lighthouse X debut at eight, while Georgia’s Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz are saved from last place by a margin of just three points.

As always, the slate will be wiped clean when we relaunch the poll on Monday 22 February. Our current 11 will be joined by songs from Bosnia & Herzegovina, Iceland, Ukraine and Cyprus.

What do you think of the current standings? Does Ireland deserve to be at number one for a fifth week? Who’s your Eurovision 2016 favourite? Let us know below.

YOUR EUROVISION FAVOURITES ON 19 FEBRUARY (11 ACTS)

  1. Ireland: Nicky Byrne “Sunlight” 32.78% (1,922 votes)
  2. Spain: Barei “Say Yay!” 26.13% (1,532 votes)
  3. Austria: Zoë “Loin d’ici” 9.45% (554 votes)
  4. Italy: Francesca Michielin “Nessun grado di separazione” 7.35% (431 votes)
  5. Switzerland: Rykka “The Last Of Our Kind” 5.63% (330 votes)
  6. Albania: Eneda Tarifa “Përrallë” (Fairytale) 4.01% (235 votes)
  7. Malta: Ira Losco “Chameleon” 3.84% (225 votes)
  8. Denmark: Lighthouse X “Soldiers Of Love” 3.65% (214 votes)
  9. Belgium: Laura Tesoro “What’s The Pressure” 2.85% (167 votes)
  10. Georgia: Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz “Midnight Gold” 2.18% (128 votes)
  11. Belarus: Ivan “Help You Fly” 2.13% (125 votes)

Total Votes: 5,863

PREVIOUS FAVOURITES

Your favourites on 12 February (6 Acts)

  1. Ireland: Nicky Byrne “Sunlight” 61.31% (4,249 votes)
  2. Spain: Barei “Say Yay!” 23.88% (1,655 votes)
  3. Malta: Ira Losco “Chameleon” 5.5% (381 votes)
  4. Albania: Eneda Tarifa “Përrallë” (Fairytale) 3.3% (229 votes)
  5. Belgium: Laura Tesoro “What’s The Pressure” 3.28% (227 votes)
  6. Belarus: Ivan “Help You Fly” 2.73% (189 votes)

Total Votes: 6,930

YOUR FAVOURITES ON 1 FEBRUARY (5 ACTS)

  1. Ireland: Nicky Byrne “Sunlight” 53.25% (3,083 votes)
  2. Malta: Ira Losco “Chameleon” 24.08% (1,394 votes)
  3. Belgium: Laura Tesoro “What’s The Pressure” 8.1% (469 votes)
  4. Albania: Eneda Tarifa “Përrallë” (Fairytale) 7.89% (457 votes)
  5. Belarus: Ivan “Help You Fly” 6.68% (387 votes)

Total Votes: 5,790

YOUR FAVOURITES ON 22 JANUARY (3 ACTS)

  1. Ireland: Nicky Byrne “Sunlight” 42.99% (668 votes)
  2. Belgium: Laura Tesoro “What’s The Pressure” 31.02% (482 votes)
  3. Albania: Eneda Tarifa “Përrallë” (Fairytale) 25.99% (404 votes)

Total Votes: 1,554

YOUR FAVOURITES ON 17 JANUARY (2 ACTS)

  1. Ireland: Nicky Byrne “Sunlight” 58.08% (762 votes)
  2. Albania: Eneda Tarifa “Përrallë” (Fairytale) 41.92% (550 votes)

Total Votes: 1,312

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zeze
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zeze

He sounded much better on Ukrainian final so I think he will do just fine on the Eurovision. No one should judge him after Ray D’arcy Show, just check out his latest performance.

jackie
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jackie

Ireland sunlight Ireland sunlight Ireland sunlight Ireland sunlight Ireland sunlight Ireland sunlight Ireland sunlight…………………… Where’s the sunlight ?? … It shines in Ireland.

abedull
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abedull

1. Spain
2. Italy
3. Switzerland
4. Ireland
5. Malta
6. Georgia
7. Austria
8. Albania
9. Belgium
10. Belarus
11. Denmark
12. B & H

Pastora Soler haha!
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Pastora Soler haha!

1º DENMARK
2º ITALY
3º GEORGIA

4º SPAIN
5º … puf i don’t care, horrible songs or horrible live performances.

Hugh
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Hugh

Must be a lot of idiots then, and I’m one of them. Sayayayay!

MGR
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MGR

Spain is always winner for idiots. ALWAYS!!!!

Pavel
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Pavel

In terms of actual songs
1. Italy (9.0 out of 10)
2. Spain (7.5 out of 10)
3. Austria (6.5 out of 10)
Other songs are unbearably poor

Héctor
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Héctor

Ireland is very overrated, not a bad song but not that good. Also Spain is a bit inflated. There’s no much competition for Barei rigth now, but as long as other entries are revealed she will lose some position for sure (and I’m Spanish). My top 5: 1. Spain 2. Belarus 3. Switzerland 4. Denmark 5. Malta @MGR After seeing that you say “Sunlight” sounds like “Glorious” and “La Voix”, I had to stopped reading… Maybe you should check your ears and, by your other comments, your mind too. I hope that you are only a cynical troll, if not… Read more »

DR
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DR

I know that this is not a true result. I’ve watched practically all top 11’s on YouTube. I think all of them had Ireland in the bottom half, never in the top five. Those videos can’t be trolled.

MarioMario
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Ireland is my last place.

Huh
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Huh

Spanish fans this year are awful. They keep on spamming comments on the Ukrainian semis on Youtube about Barei and her song when Say Yay is just a mediocre and uninspiring song. The more they make noises about Barei and her song, the more other countries will eventually get annoyed and sick of them.

esc_britain
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esc_britain

How on Earth did Ireland receive more votes than Spain?! I’m sure somebody is just finding a way to vote loads of times for Ireland.
The song is ok and is kind of catchy.. but it’s quite boring and a usual pop song which lacks something. If this gets through to the final of Eurovision then I feel that this is only because Nicky is quite popular due to his role in Westlife.
He deserves a better song.

MJuan
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MJuan

MGR don’t need to do any campaign against us. Popular for who? Maybe albanians lately (12×2). We always get thrashed every single may. We are one of the most unpopular of the 50+ countries *Those from the corner*

We don’t even have a possible Portugal support this year, so you can hold your guns down. We appreciate the voting support here, but honestly, we just expect to bring some fun to the contest, that’s all.

Random.sage2.5
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Random.sage2.5

I’m judging by possible performance, not songs alone.

Random.sage2.5
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Random.sage2.5

None of these songs are winners but Spain and Italy could contend.

MAYBE Malta and Austria but Zoë’s possible performance could be a hit or miss. 12 points from France?

MirkoJoshua
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MirkoJoshua

The perks of being italian: it doesn’t matter what you bring to eurovision, people would appreciate it anyway unless you send Emma Marrone

eurana
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eurana

None of them sounds as a winner song.

Pheonix
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Pheonix

A shame this poll is being compromised so much by frustrated Westlife housewives, who are fooling nobody.

MGR
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MGR

Why should we commiserate over Spain? Because this is big and popular country? And this has to be more important fact than clearly better entries from Malta and Austria?

MGR
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MGR

There is NO HOOK. This is not catchy, this is just weak and that’s all.

Dannie
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Dannie

LOL MGR spanish act won’t look anything near this on Stockholm.

She’s just promoting the song. Think about why a country so far from Spain like Ukraine got interested in inviting Barei. Yeah exactly! It’s because the song it’s flaccid and lax. Sheesh.

That’s what a catchy song + powerful message does for you. It crosses borders.

Now please stop typing.

MGR
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MGR

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkTfMEdJdCk
Here is new performance of Barei – Say Yay and it is even worse. “Say Yay” is just flaccid and lax song. Spain and Ireland MUST change their songs! It is impossible to made good staging to “Sunlight” and “Say Yay”. Come on! At this moment these countries have no chance against more polished entries from Malta, Austria and Hungary (Freddie is clear winner there).

Pedro
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Pedro

I don’t understand why Nicky is so high omg! The live perfomance and the vocals are so awful. He sings really bad. It is embarrasing that “Say yay!” and Italy’s song actually have lower votes than they deserve, while Ireland is still leading the poll because… I don’t know!!! I think the most important thing is how you get through to the public while you are singing on stage… and Barei, for instance, has the best impression

MGR
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MGR

I think this voting is manipulated by Irish and Spanish people and fans of these countries, but not of these entries, because it is hard to be fan of raw, muddy, flaccid and blunt entries. “Sunlight” is clearly “Glorious” mixed with “La Voix”.

Skandar
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Skandar

I listened to Sunlight a trillion times but still I haven’t found the hype. It’s that bland.

Ed
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Ed

We are in february MGR. No definitive staging has been revealed. What are you talking about?

Songs and their meanings it’s all we got for now.

Österrike
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Österrike

The first 24 hours of the voting showed a two horse race between Spain and Austria.

But the longer it takes, the more tilted it gets when the bought votes come in.

MGR
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MGR

Eurovision Song Contest always was about tight, careful and polished entries. How people may think that Ireland, Spain, Switzerland or Albania are polished? They are extremely raw and muddy.

Bastian
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Bastian

MGR, the odds are just a joke. The hyped ‘Cool me down’ has not been chosen yet, we even have not heard a live version yet. It just shows that one can not take this serious at all.

PP
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PP

1. Spain
2. Belgium
3. Denmark
4. Belarus
5. Georgia
6. Switzerland
7. Austria
8. Albania
9. Italy
10.Malta
11.Ireland

Constantin RO
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Constantin RO

Italy’s song is fantastic, probably a radio hit anywhere near the italian borders, but it’s too deep of a message for 3 Eurovision minutes. This has been a common error over the years, especially for latin countries like Italy or Spain, which they tend to send very meaningful songs. If you also sing it in italian, how do you spread the message properly? It becomes impossible. For many europeans it will be like listening to birdsongs. Yes, very beautiful, but that’s it. I understand they fell in love with songs like this, just to straight away select this “poisoned candy”… Read more »

MGR
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MGR

For me Denmark had bad format of selections. Too many song overall and very bad second round. 42% is less than half, but this rebellion was sufficient to beat two favorites. I’m sure Lighthouse was only 3rd in 1st round.

osterreich
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osterreich

I think that Sergey is the runaway winner this year, it depends on the song though.

AndersP
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AndersP

I wouldn’t underestimate Denmark. I hated the song when I heard the studio version, but their MGP performance was pretty much flawless. It’s a definite ear-worm; apart from Say Yay, it’s the only one of these songs I can remember at all.

MGR
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MGR

http://www.oddschecker.com/tv/eurovision/winner
Crazy odds. Poland is new favorite of Eurovision 2016.

Andres
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Andres

I’m spanish and I also think our voting count is a bit too inflated. Not as much as Ireland, though. That doesn’t mean I don’t believe Say Yay! is one of the best. It has to be, but I’m not nervous nor anxious to claim a partial victory. That’s because I believe in our song this year for once and all his potential for improvement. I like Rykka this year. I think it’s the best song for now. Not afraid to say this because it’s a love ballad, nothing to do with ours, so we won’t get shadowed by them… Read more »

steve
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steve

I personally think that Ireland has the best song so far, but we are still waiting for the winner to be chosen (UK? lol)

Mulldown
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Mulldown

Great singer, but man, song is so common, letter is so previsible, chorus is so cheesy…I would use it for an american 80’s TV series soundtrack like baywatch, not for trying to do something on eurovision.

It’s okay, they wanna win wiwibloggs poll. Let them get the wooden spoon.

olive
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olive

haha really? sooo rigged. After his live performance, I even doubt that Ireland can get a place in the final. I think Spain is the front-runner here, followed by Italy, Austria and, like it or not, Denmark.

Murray
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Murray

How is Ireland still in the lead Spain and Italy have way better songs and singers sorry but I just don’t like Ireland’s song

Andriy Samets
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Ireland is worthy to be number 1

Laburnum
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Laburnum

While he may have a huge fanbase, people’s tops on Youtube rank Spain, Austria, Switzerland and Malta the best. I don’t think Ireland is actually as popular as the poll makes it out to be.

Hello hi
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Hello hi

He is really only a back up singer and a bad one ..

Hello hi
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Hello hi

Embarrassing !!! Stop hijacking the poll sad sad people
So disappointed that Nicky and that calculated, tacky,shallow, badly written song is representing my country ..
The same situation happened with these polls in 2014 and 2013 for Ireland and those songs had the same horrible qualities as sunlight and were disasters at eurovision..
Ireland will be lucky to qualify !!

Alison
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Alison

It’s not rigged – he has a fan base beyond Eurovision who will be sharing the poll link and voting for him regardless of the other songs. There’s nothing fundamentally wrong with that just skews the results. TBH when I’m looking at the results of the poll I’m ignoring Ireland.

ESC84
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ESC84

Until Hungary

Mario = Legend
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Mario = Legend

‘But for how much longer?’
= For as long as people keeping hijacking the poll. 😉

John
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John

Still not managed to get rid of the rigged votes? There’s no way Ireland can be so far ahead.

Albania is still my favourite with Switzerland in 2nd. I see Albania doing extremely well with it’s current version but I’d have to see what the new version is like.

MGR
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MGR

Ireland is clearly similar to Sweden in 2009 but more boring. I like here only Austria, Malta and Italy is unexpectedly good.
1-3 Austria, Malta, Italy
4-6 Belgium, Belarus, Denmark
7-9 Spain, Ireland, Albania
10-11 Switzerland & Georgia

Colin
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Colin

I’m guessing Ireland will be winning the poll till the end, cause the fans are determined to keep it on top. Same situation like Georgia last year and Armenia the year before. It doesn’t reflect the actual results, though. As I read around, Spain seams to be the fourthrunner. Not that Spain is my favorite entry, but I see a lot of first places on lists. Ireland enjoys about the same support as Austria, Switzerland and Italy, while usually last places on lists go to Georgia or Belarus.