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.
- Russia: Sergey Lazarev with “You Are the Only One” (8.7)
- France: Amir with “J’ai cherché” (8.59)
- Bulgaria: Poli Genova with “If Love Was a Crime” (8.51)
- Iceland: Greta Salóme with “Hear Them Calling” (8.37)
- Croatia: Nina Kraljic with “Lighthouse” (8.12)
- Australia: Dami Im with “Sound of Silence” (7.92)
- Ukraine: Jamala with “1944” (7.88)
- Spain: Barei with “Say Yay!” (7.83)
- Malta: Ira Losco with “Walk on Water” (7.8)
- Cyprus: Minus One with “Alter Ego” (7.51)
- Italy: Francesca Michielin with “No Degree of Separation” (7.47)
- Azerbaijan: Samra with “Miracle” (7.46)
- Latvia: Justs with “Heartbeat” (7.42)
- Estonia: Jüri Pootsmann with “Play” (7.29) *
- Armenia: Iveta Mukuchyan with “LoveWave” (7.29) *
- Norway: Agnete with “Icebreaker” (7.09)
- Hungary: Freddie with “Pioneer” (7.05)
- Germany: Jamie-Lee Kriewitz with “Ghost” (6.96)
- Czech Republic: Gabriela Guncikova with “I Stand” (6.91)
- Austria: Zoë with “Loin d’ici” (6.76)
- Lithuania: Donny Montell with “I’ve Been Waiting For This Night” (6.7)
- Serbia: ZAA Sanja Vucic with “Goodbye (Shelter)” (6.59)
- Netherlands: Douwe Bob with “Slow Down” (6.57)
- Sweden: Frans with “If I Were Sorry” (6.29)
- Bosnia & Herzegovina: Dalal & Deen with “Ljubav je” (6.11)
- Israel: Hovi Star with “Made of Stars” (6.09)
- Ireland: Nicky Byrne with “Sunlight” (6.01)
- United Kingdom: Joe & Jake with “You’re Not Alone” (5.88)
- FYR Macedonia: Kaliopi with “Dona” (5.75)
- Switzerland: Rykka with “The Last of Our Kind” (5.68)
- Denmark: Lighthouse X with “Soldiers of Love” (5.61)
- Finland: Sandhja with “Sing It Away” (5.51)
- Belgium: Laura with “What’s the Pressure” (5.09)
- Moldova: Lidia Isac with “Falling Stars” (5.01)
- Poland: Michal Szpak with “Colour of Your Life” (4.86)
- Slovenia: ManuElla with “Blue and Red” (4.53)
Romania: Ovidiu Anton with “Moment of Silence” (4.41)
- Greece: Argo with “Utopian Land” (4.34)
- Belarus: Ivan with “Help You Fly” (4.32)
- Albania: Eneda Tarifa with “Fairytale” (3.58)
- Georgia: Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz with “Midnight Gold” (3.33)
- San Marino: Serhat with “I Didn’t Know” (3.14)
- Montenegro: Highway with “Real Thing” (2.2)
* Ties are broken by preferential vote.
Tonight TOP 3 (time for a good song )
1 The Netherlands
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 »
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.
Did nobody realise that Malta’s entry sounds like a bad copy of Beyonce’s song Running??? They should be disqualified!!!
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 ?
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……
The Wiwibloggs jury hasn’t gotten it right since 2012, a streak that will most likely remain intact.
Well, I find that weird, but I appreicate the honest answer.
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…
Thanks for Greece and Estonia!!Vote for them if you can 😉
Cyprus, Spain and Iceland in the top 10?!
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… Read more »
SerBae won. Thanks juries.
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.
Thanks Robyn for your response. Hope that changes will improve your system of voting in future)
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.
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 »
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 »
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
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!!
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.
03p: Czech Republic
Can’t stand: Australia, Estonia, Ireland, UK, San Marino, The Netherlands
“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. 🙂
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!
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.
I see Robyn that you keep yourself busy by deleting my comments. And why’s that?
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..!
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)
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.
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.
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..
”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. 🙂
@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”
On first 5 place is countries that wiwibloggs lobbying so hard on this bloggs with so many article, videos.
Croatia,Australia,Ukraine, Spain,Malta,Cyprus, Azerbaijan too much overrated .
Poland, Bosnia,Serbia,Romania, Belgium so underrated in same voting by wiwiblogs juries.
Croatia number 1 😀
Malta so high is a joke
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…
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!
Totally don’t agree with Ukraine out ranking Spain, but who am I to say!
Go Australia!! 🙂
Let me rephrase that: Automatic FINALISTS (i.e., GER, FRA, U.K., SPA, ITA and SWE, in that order, the last 6 to be reviewed).
@Robyn: I didn’t start my own reviews until the EBU announced the performance order for the semis, so that I can listen to the songs and watch the videos in the order of their performances. As for the automatic qualifiers, I review them after I review the semis, and in the reverse order of their outcome in last year’s contest; in which case, I review Jamie-Lee from Germany first (following Laura from Belgium), and Frans from Sweden last. I review the song AND the music video (if no video, then the national contest performance will be the substitute). I will… Read more »
Jamie-Lee from Germany is my personal winner.
There is definitely a difference in common tastes… in German speaking forums and blogs, most rekon Ira´s qualities in staging and singing, but complain, that once the song is over, it´s left in oblivion, thus it´s too produced, too forced, too much handicraft, but doesn´t touch. Same for me, either with Cameleon and now the water-stuff. After 3 minutes, after another song, no idea about her voice, the melody,…nothing, no recall, only, she did a good job, nothing to complain, very solid, but,…… Thus a lot of people, like me feel it overrated. I´d change Malta´s position with Serbia. Specially… Read more »
Ukraine and Spain over Malta!That is it.I can’t get it. The wiwibloggs jury is so strange.
Jüri Pootsmann relatively high is also questionable.
– Icebreaker over entries like Serbia and Hungary;
– Poland rated 4.86 and placed 20th out of 23;
I guess that Estonia is higher than Armenia because even both have the same score (also with three 10’s), Estonia has three 9,5’s when Armenia hasn’t got a 9,5 (only six 9’s).
What´s de meaning of “Ties are broken by preferential vote”?