We’ve had a deluge of new Eurovision entries over the past week, with ten dropping since Monday. That brings the total number of songs to 33. As in previous weeks, there are a number of caveats to bear in mind. Malta’s “Chameleon” appears to be in its death throes while Albania’s “Përrallë” is due to undergo a major revamp. There’s also some uncertainty surrounding Israel’s song choice. However, Italy has finally confirmed “Nessun grado di separazione” for Stockholm, but a decision has yet to be made on what language it’ll be sung in. Nonetheless, we’re including them all.
Since 13 January, y’all have cast more than 44,200 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 ten 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 early on Wednesday 9 March — just ahead of Croatia’s song reveal.
We will then relaunch the poll one last time to include all the entries that drop between then and 12 March.
Eurovision 2016: Our top 33 so far
Video coming soon!
France: Amir “J’ai Cherché”
This wasn’t what France intended. They were supposed to keep teasing us until mid-March, at which point a grand reveal would take place. Things went awry when the French media leaked the plans. So, they pulled an Ireland and announced both the singer and song with minimum warning. Step forward Amir with his bilingual track “J’ai cherché”.
Armenia: Iveta Mukuchyan “LoveWave”
When Armenia selected Iveta Mukuchyan in October, most expected her to bring either a dance-floor banger or mid-tempo ballad to Stockholm. However, she’s decided to go for something completely different. “LoveWave” debuted on Wednesday and almost a week later many are still struggling to find the words to describe the experimental number. It certainly grabs your attention, but will it appeal to a mass audience?
Israel: Hovi Star “Made of Stars”
On Thursday, Hovi Star won Israel’s Next Star with “Made Of Stars”. But it wasn’t long until everyone was seeing stars, with the entry failing to impress most fans. There’s already talk of revamps and song changes. Can Israel get things back on track before it’s too late?
The Netherlands: Douwe Bob “Slow Down”
Following last year’s misfire, the Netherlands returns to the country sound which brought it so much acclaim in Copenhagen. Douwe Bob was the first confirmed artist of the season, but we had to wait until Friday to hear his entry. “Slow Down” sticks to the Douwe’s usual formula, does that equate to Dutch success?
Montenegro: Highway “The Real Thing”
Montenegro has done well with Balkan ballads sung in Montenegrin. In 2014 they reached the grand final for the first time, while last year they scored their best ever result. Nonetheless, the country has decided to change tack. They selected Highway back in the autumn, but “The Real Thing” only premiered late last week. The alternative rock song is sung entirely in English.
Reaction video coming soon!
Russia: Sergey Lazarev “You Are The Only One”
Russia announced Sergey Lazarev for Eurovision in November. Ever since, fans have been wetting themselves in anticipation of his entry. The wait came to an end over the weekend when “You Are The Only One” was finally released. The official music video has already amassed close to 1.7 million YouTube views. Is Russia on course for a second victory?
Estonia: Jüri Pootsmann “Play”
After a one week break, Estonia’s Eesti Laul came to a close on Saturday. Unlike 2015, there was no runaway pre-show favourite. But in the end it was all about Jüri Pootsmann and “Play”. He topped both the televote and jury vote, before securing 44% of the vote in the super final.
Poland: Michal Szpak “Color of Your Life”
The plot for Poland’s Krajowe Eliminacje 2016 was written weeks in advance. It would be a battle of the divas, with Eurovision veteran Edyta Gorniak taking on Margaret. The newcomer would win and take Poland to the top of the leaderboard next May. However, the Polish people never read the script and sent Michal Szpak instead. “Color of Your Life”… colour us shocked!
Romania: Ovidiu Anton “Moment Of Silence”
There was further national final upset in Romania on Sunday. The lineup included Eurovision 2005 star Mihai Traistariu, Deepcentral’s Doru Todorut and the Inna and Alexandra Stan backed Vanotek. But it was the relative unknown Ovidiu Anton who emerged victorious with his theatrical rock number “Moment Of Silence”.
Reaction video coming soon!
FYR Macedonia: Kaliopi “Dona”
FYR Macedonia has lost its way at Eurovision recently. They last qualified in 2012 when Kaliopi brought them their second best placing of all time. The Balkan nation are hoping to replicate that success by sending her back to the contest with “Dona”. The track premiered to a sea of positive reactions earlier this evening.
Reaction video coming soon!
WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE EUROVISION 2016 ACT SO FAR? VOTE NOW![polldaddy poll=9337062]
Your favourites on 2 March (23 acts)
- Bosnia & Herzegovina: Dalal & Deen feat. Ana Rucner and Jala “Ljubav Je” 26.76% (3,996 votes)
- Ireland: Nicky Byrne “Sunlight” 9.03% (1,348 votes)
- Iceland: Greta Salóme “Hear Them Calling” 7.43% (1,109 votes)
- Spain: Barei “Say Yay!” 7.23% (1,080 votes)
- Latvia: Justs “Heartbeat” 6.12% (914 votes)
Total Votes: 14,930
Your favourites on 25 February (15 acts)
- Ireland: Nicky Byrne “Sunlight” 27.04% (2,136 votes)
- Spain: Barei “Say Yay!” 16.61% (1,312 votes)
- Ukraine: Jamala “1944” 14.25% (1,126 votes)
- Iceland: Greta Salóme “Hear Them Calling” 8.51% (672 votes)
- Cyprus: Minus One “Alter Ego” 7.28% (575 votes)
YOUR FAVOURITES ON 19 FEBRUARY (11 ACTS)
- Ireland: Nicky Byrne “Sunlight” 32.78% (1,922 votes)
- Spain: Barei “Say Yay!” 26.13% (1,532 votes)
- Austria: Zoë “Loin d’ici” 9.45% (554 votes)
- Italy: Francesca Michielin “Nessun grado di separazione” 7.35% (431 votes)
- Switzerland: Rykka “The Last Of Our Kind” 5.63% (330 votes)
Total Votes: 5,863
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)
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