Who will win Eurovision 2016?

Forty-three acts will compete at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm, but there can only be one winner. To help you make an informed decision about where to cast your vote, the Wiwi Jury—our in-house panel of music un-professionals—has previewed and reviewed each of this year’s acts. It’s hard work being honest, but somebody has to do it.

Our jury consists of 40 jurors who hail from Australia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Morocco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, the US and the UK. We are truly international, y’all!

Each juror assesses each song independently, and then awards each song a score from 0 to 10. The highest and lowest scores are then dropped to determine the Wiwi Jury average.

Eurovision 2016 reviews and rankings

You can read the completed reviews by clicking on the country name. The artist name will take you to an interview or further coverage, while the song title will take you to the lyrics.

  1. Russia: Sergey Lazarev with “You Are the Only One” (8.7)
  2. France: Amir with “J’ai cherché” (8.59)
  3. Bulgaria: Poli Genova with “If Love Was a Crime” (8.51)
  4. Iceland: Greta Salóme with “Hear Them Calling” (8.37)
  5. Croatia: Nina Kraljic with “Lighthouse” (8.12)
  6. Australia: Dami Im with “Sound of Silence” (7.92)
  7. Ukraine: Jamala with “1944” (7.88)
  8. Spain: Barei with “Say Yay!” (7.83)
  9. Malta: Ira Losco with “Walk on Water” (7.8)
  10. Cyprus: Minus One with “Alter Ego” (7.51)
  11. Italy: Francesca Michielin with “No Degree of Separation” (7.47)
  12. Azerbaijan: Samra with “Miracle” (7.46)
  13. Latvia: Justs with “Heartbeat” (7.42)
  14. Estonia: Jüri Pootsmann with “Play” (7.29) *
  15. Armenia: Iveta Mukuchyan with “LoveWave” (7.29) *
  16. Norway: Agnete with “Icebreaker” (7.09)
  17. Hungary: Freddie with “Pioneer” (7.05)
  18. Germany: Jamie-Lee Kriewitz with “Ghost” (6.96)
  19. Czech Republic: Gabriela Guncikova with “I Stand” (6.91)
  20. Austria: Zoë with “Loin d’ici” (6.76)
  21. Lithuania: Donny Montell with “I’ve Been Waiting For This Night” (6.7)
  22. Serbia: ZAA Sanja Vucic with “Goodbye (Shelter)” (6.59)
  23. Netherlands: Douwe Bob with “Slow Down” (6.57)
  24. Sweden: Frans with “If I Were Sorry” (6.29)
  25. Bosnia & Herzegovina: Dalal & Deen with “Ljubav je” (6.11)
  26. Israel: Hovi Star with “Made of Stars” (6.09)
  27. Ireland: Nicky Byrne with “Sunlight” (6.01)
  28. United Kingdom: Joe & Jake with “You’re Not Alone” (5.88)
  29. FYR Macedonia: Kaliopi with “Dona” (5.75)
  30. Switzerland: Rykka with “The Last of Our Kind” (5.68)
  31. Denmark: Lighthouse X with “Soldiers of Love” (5.61)
  32. Finland: Sandhja with “Sing It Away” (5.51)
  33. Belgium: Laura with “What’s the Pressure” (5.09)
  34. Moldova: Lidia Isac with “Falling Stars” (5.01)
  35. Poland: Michal Szpak with “Colour of Your Life” (4.86)
  36. Slovenia: ManuElla with “Blue and Red” (4.53)
  37. Romania: Ovidiu Anton with “Moment of Silence” (4.41)
  38. Greece: Argo with “Utopian Land” (4.34)
  39. Belarus: Ivan with “Help You Fly” (4.32)
  40. Albania: Eneda Tarifa with “Fairytale” (3.58)
  41. Georgia: Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz with “Midnight Gold” (3.33)
  42. San Marino: Serhat with “I Didn’t Know” (3.14)
  43. Montenegro: Highway with “Real Thing” (2.2)

* Ties are broken by preferential vote.

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Thomas Wiersma
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Thomas Wiersma

Tonight TOP 3 (time for a good song )

1 The Netherlands
2 Latvia
3 Australia

CookyMonzta
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CookyMonzta

Time for me to chime in. I spent the entire month of April, and the first 6 days of May, listening to and viewing all the entries (before and after Romania’s banishment); and after 3 evaluations (the first took 2 days, the second took 5 days, the last took 14 days), I finally came to my own conclusion; as always, based on 10 criteria (5 for the song and 5 for the music video). Here are my top 13: 9.69 France 9.63 Ukraine+ (#1 in the 2nd round) 9.59 Italy 9.58 Spain 9.49 Iceland (#1 in the 1st round) 9.48… Read more »

Katie
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Katie

Holy crap.. That is SO TRUE Amy.. Malta’s entry sounds just like beyonce’s song. Just heard both of them and the beat is the same. The style is the same. The tune is the same. I also read on fb that this song wasn’t even the original song that the maltese choose during their local competition and that the organisers decided to change the winning song with another. Really not fair for the others who entered the local competition. It smells fishy if you ask me. Agree 100% that malta should be disqualified.

Amy
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Amy

Did nobody realise that Malta’s entry sounds like a bad copy of Beyonce’s song Running??? They should be disqualified!!!

katees
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katees

Wiwi think so far he can not come to terms with the fact that Margaret did not win elimination .. how did the song , which will be in the top 5 at 100 % was rated so low ?

Lovely
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Lovely

Austria overrated she can not sing.Moldova ,Finland better then Poland? Thats a joke Michal is the best live singer this year.!!!Ukraine too overrated she is howling and song is political. Gretas voice is inkredible but song just tragicall too overrated.So is Ireland,Donny Montell an UK. Best songs> Cyprus,Poland,Freddie,Poli.Best voice Michal Freddie ,Serbia ,Ira.Russia catchy,cheese song,Sergeys voice not bad.Australia ,Estonia,Netherlands,San Marino boring……

Robyn Gallagher
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Robyn Gallagher

sonic0201: It would be weird if the Wiwi Jury scores were all the same. We’re all different people from different countries, of different ages, genders, sexualities and backgrounds. Of course we don’t all like the same music. 🙂

chessguy99
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The Wiwibloggs jury hasn’t gotten it right since 2012, a streak that will most likely remain intact.

sonic0201
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sonic0201

Robyn
Well, I find that weird, but I appreicate the honest answer.

Robyn Gallagher
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Robyn Gallagher

sonic0201: “Do you really think Serhat’s song is better in any aspect than ‘Goodbye (Shelter)’ and ‘Pioneer’?”

I can’t speak for the others, but for me “I Didn’t Know” (7.5) was easily better than “Goodbye (Shelter)” (5.5) and Pioneer (4).

I know both songs have their fans, but I’m not particularly fussed by “Goodbye” and “Pioneer” is genuinely one of my least favourite songs this year. Conversely, I enjoy the craziness and attitude of “I Didn’t Know”. My jury reviews explain all this further.

I also ranked all the songs and ensured that the scores for each song were relative to the ranking.

sonic0201
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sonic0201

Question to David, Robyn, Jason, William, and Edd:
Do you really think Serhat’s song is better in any aspect than ‘Goodbye (Shelter)’ and ‘Pioneer’?
Beacuse all of you gave higher points to Serhat than to that other two quality songs. That is some serious inconsistency, and this is just one example. I can’t decide if it’s trolling, or just really bad taste in music…

esc 2016
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esc 2016

@GEF

Thanks for Greece and Estonia!!Vote for them if you can 😉

AG
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AG

Cyprus, Spain and Iceland in the top 10?!

GEF
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GEF

Now we have a final result and even though I personally disagree quiet often :-), this list might indicate the final outcome in May. I think you are not so far away from it (unfortunately)

My final personal ranking would be:

01. Czech Republic
02. France
03. Estonia
04. Spain
05. Cyprus
06. Armenia
07. Ukraine
08. Germany
09. Hungary
10. The Netherlands
11. Montenegro
12. Australia
13. Belgium
14. Israel
15. Italy
16. Greece
17. Georgia
18. Iceland
19. Finland
20. Croatia
21. United Kingdom
22. Belarus
23. Serbia
24. Latvia
25. Azerbaijan
26. Poland
27. Norway
28. Sweden
29. Malta
30. Bulgaria
31. Switzerland
32. Slovenia
33. F.Y.R. Macedonia
34. Ireland
35. Bosnia
36. Romania
37. Moldova
38. Lithuania
39. San Marino
40. Denmark
41.Russia
42. Austria
43. Albania

Crazy D
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Crazy D

SerBae won. Thanks juries.

Colin
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Colin

I am really disappointed to see Romania disqualified, since it has nothing to do with Ovidiu. They were in my Top 10. The song is REALLY UNDERRATED by Wiwibloggs jury, but even as 36’th out of 42, with the score of only 4.41, I am happy still seeing it listed here. I think it will be removed soon, but I am savoring the moment (of silence). Good luck in your future career, Ovidiu, and hopefully seeing you representing Romania (or another country) soon.

Laura
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Laura

Thanks Robyn for your response. Hope that changes will improve your system of voting in future)

Down Under
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Down Under

Thankyou Robyn.

Robyn Gallagher
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Robyn Gallagher

Down Under: That is a good point. The jury for 2016 is (almost) over, but there’s room for improvement for 2016, especially as the jury grows from year to year. We’ll no doubt have a Wiwi discussion and figure out what, if any, changes should be made to the jury system for 2017.

Down Under
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Down Under

Robyn, your response to Laura’s comment sounds very pragmatic and “spot on”, if not a tiny bit cynical. Still, you’ve entirely missed to address her challenge when she writes that – “… you should give your scores based on comparision”. I’m afraid, she’s right! It seems that people here take you more seriously than you’re ready to be.

Robyn Gallagher
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Robyn Gallagher

Laura: “I think the wiwi jury is not objective at all.”

Yep, this is correct. The Wiwi Jury members rate songs based on their subjective opinions. The overall Wiwi Jury results are not intended to be a prediction of how the songs will fare in Stockholm – it’s just our opinions. 🙂

Laura
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Laura

I think the wiwi jury is not objective at all. Just 10 minutes ago I watched your last and first video reviewes (Armenia(7.29) and Bulgaria (8.51)) . In my view, you should give your scores based on comparision. In Armenia’s review you were like amazed, you said that it is like the most original song, her vocals are perfect and maybe she can beat Sergey if not it will defenetly be in top 5 or 3. In “if love was a crime” review you think that it’s a good song, people love it and it may be in top 10.… Read more »

oliverisamazing
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oliverisamazing

You know what, the Wiwi jury is supposed to give an insight on what the moderators of the website think who should win or not. Don’t fret on how your favourite is too low. The results from this definitely do not correlate with the results that come on the night. If you want to spam your winner in the polls, go ahead! As for every year, some entries get left behind in the poll but do really well in the final. Those countries (imo) will be Armenia and Serbia. Hopefully the jury got it right this year because the top… Read more »

Ben Rafter
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Ben Rafter

12 points Latvia
10 points Australia
8 points to Iceland
7 points to Spain
6 points to Russia
5 points to Belgium
4 points to Azerbaijan
3 points to Bulgaria
2 points to France
1 point to Malta

esc 2016
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esc 2016

Shame!Just shame!!!
You gave 8.7/10 to an old-fashioned song!!!
Bad chorus-bad lyrics-bad choice of year(Russia should send that in 2006)
People dont vote this crap!!

Ben_1
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Ben_1

People need to realise that this website isn’t biased, it’s OPINIONATED. If they can’t deal with people that disagree with their opinion, then they should go somewhere else rather than complain on every post about it. There are plenty of intentionally unbiased eurovision news websites (Eurovision.tv, anybody?) that you can go to if you are angry because someone has a different view than yours.

Robyn Gallagher
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Robyn Gallagher

Ok guys, I can again confirm that Russia will not be the last country to have its jury results published. Make of that what you will. We’ve put a lot of effort into scheduling these posts, and all I will say is that it would have been very unfair on the other countries if a certain number of these final posts had been published earlier. For example, if we’d published Iceland very early on, Greta would have spent weeks sitting at the top of this list and we’d have been hit with suggestions of being biased towards her. It was… Read more »

Robyn Gallagher
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Robyn Gallagher

Sergey Lazarov: I’ve just had a look and I can’t find any deleted comments by a user with the name “Sergey Lazarov”. I’m not the only moderator who can delete comments, so it may have been another one of the Wiwi Team.

trz_maier
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trz_maier

12p: Spain
10p: France
08p: Bulgaria
07p: Ukraine
06p: Poland
05p: Belarus
04p: Russia
03p: Czech Republic
02p: Hungary
01p: Sweden

Can’t stand: Australia, Estonia, Ireland, UK, San Marino, The Netherlands

Tea Time
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Tea Time

“We most definitely have not left Russia until the end.”
*There are only 4 songs left to be reviewed*
Not to be rude or anything but I hate lies. 🙂

Agneta
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STILL TO BE REVIEWED
Bulgaria, France, Russia, Sweden. Favoritcism?

My comment APRIL 4, 2016 @ 4:02 PM

Obviously they leave Russia until the end. Annoying favoritism!

Colin
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Colin

I stand corrected, Russia is among the last 4 to be reviewed. By my definition, that pretty much IS ”until the very end”. Not that I mind, I just find it interesting.

Sergey Lazarov
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Sergey Lazarov

I see Robyn that you keep yourself busy by deleting my comments. And why’s that?

Edeltraut Paffendorf
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Edeltraut Paffendorf

I can’t say who is the best one as most of these women are trully amazing vocalist, but I can easily say who is the worst. It’s Jamie-Lee Kriewitz! She ‘s not good enough. Unfortunately she comes from my country, Germany, and I am ashamed of her her inability to hit the right notes. Help us God..!

esc 2016
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esc 2016

Its a little bit strange if you think that wiwiblogs this year have Iceland in a very high place and also in 2015 juries,wiwiblogs also have Iceland in a very high place….8th(Iceland 2015: Unbroken -non qulify to the final)

nene
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nene

i’d get mad over the netherlands receiving such a low score but hey the common linnets got something around a 4 and they ended up being the runner up.

Robyn Gallagher
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Robyn Gallagher

Tommy: If you take a closer look at the results, none of the three Scandinavian songs we’ve reviewed so far has been a huge favourite (7.09, 5.61, 5.51). But hey – perhaps we’ve given Sweden 10/10.

Btw, the Wiwi Jury 100% stands by the 4.44/10 we gave the Common Linnets in March 2014. We don’t attempt to predict the future.

Tommy
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Tommy

Don’t worry, The Netherlands in 2014 got 4.3 from Wiwi and 2nd place in Eurovision lol, so you know… And they didn’t even put Edyta Gorniak or Kasia Mos in the Top 50 songs that didn’t win national finals, they just achieve orgasm with the Scandinavian songs, I defenitely lost hope in Wiwi, bye.

Jan
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Jan

Hey are you kidding? Why you do not allow people to leave a reply in Czech WIWI JURY? WHat is reason? WHat is purpose? Too biased..

Colin
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Colin

@Robyn

”I can’t reveal too much about the publishing order (it’s a surprise!) but I can confirm that we most definitely have not left Russia until the end.”

Well, it is among the last 8. 🙂

PS. Thanks for being the one who is always posting and discussing, Robyn. We need more interactive moderators. 🙂

Robyn Gallagher
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Robyn Gallagher

Jurij: We’re not lobbying for any artists. We know our readers are smart and are more than capable of making their own minds up.

If your favourite artist has done something that we haven’t written about, let us know – via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, email, etc – and we’ll write about it. 🙂

Peter
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Peter

@EurovisionFun Cyprus has a small chance at winning but the viewers aren’t going to vote for Cyprus just because they’ve paid the debt off, they’re not just going to casually think “oh let’s vote for Cyprus because they’ve paid the debt off”

Jurij
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Jurij

On first 5 place is countries that wiwibloggs lobbying so hard on this bloggs with so many article, videos.

suada
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suada

Croatia,Australia,Ukraine, Spain,Malta,Cyprus, Azerbaijan too much overrated .
Poland, Bosnia,Serbia,Romania, Belgium so underrated in same voting by wiwiblogs juries.

Thomas
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Thomas

Croatia number 1 😀

Kirsten
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Kirsten

Malta so high is a joke

sdds
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sdds

I can’t believe that Poland is lower than Moldova, ISrael or Bosnia.
Come on! Don’t judge him so bad just because your favoruite doesn’t won national final…

Robyn Gallagher
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Robyn Gallagher

ESCkk: “What´s de meaning of “Ties are broken by preferential vote”?”

First we see which song had the higher score from each juror. If there’s a tie, we then count the song with the most 10s. If that’s also a tie, we move on to 9.5s, etc.

EurovisionFun
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EurovisionFun

Guys this is so obvious. This is Cyprus YEAR!
They have repaid their debt and all the nations will vote for them, to show their appreciation!

M
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M

Totally don’t agree with Ukraine out ranking Spain, but who am I to say!

Go Australia!! 🙂