On Sunday night Australian Eurofans celebrated the second-ever Australian Eurovision Preview Party, hosted by the Eurovision Song Contest Fans of Australia Network — aka ESCFAN. Over 100 attendees dressed up, indulged in Eurovision-themed cocktails and viewed this year’s entries on the big screen. Then they voted for who they want to win Eurovision 2016.
Among this sample of Australians, France’s Amir wins in a landslide — 134 points ahead of their second favourite Spain! There was a clear preference for upbeat, fast and mid-tempo entries as Russia’s Sergey Lazarev, Belgium’s Laura Tesoro and Iceland’s Greta Salome follow them in the top five.
The viewing included Romania’s Ovidiu Anton and his song “Moment of Silence” — despite it being withdrawn by the EBU. It received a large, supportive cheer from the audience…but in the voting it received just 18 points, making it 39th if counted.
AUSTRALIAN PREVIEW PARTY: VOTING RESULTS
Australia’s diaspora communities — including Greek, Maltese and UK fans — is immense. Interestingly this is not reflected by the results. ESCFAN Interim President Sharleen Wright suggests Aussie fans vote “from their hearts rather than their national allegiances.”
The hearts of the Australian fans also seem to hold a special place for San Marino’s “I Didn’t Know”. Serhat placed 14th on their scoreboard at 108 points.
Last year the Australian Eurovision Preview Party voting results accurately predicted a Swedish win. Do you think they’re on the money again this year? Let us know in the comments below!
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