Eurovision 2016 is almost upon us. Rehearsals begin in less than a week, at which point we’ll finally get to see each country’s staging plans. As always there’ll be majestic masterpieces and boiling hot messes. But for now, we’re judging each act solely on their official audio and promotional performances. Since 17 March, we’ve been asking y’all to vote for your favourite act in semi-final one. And thousands of you have answered our call, with a massive 37,119 votes already cast. The poll remains open until 9 May, but we’re going to take a sneaky peek at how the figures are stacking up since our last update.
Typically, Croatia are considered to be one of the weaker Balkan nations. But not this year. Nina Kraljic won The Voice and now you’re pegging her for victory in the first semi-final. “Lighthouse” went down a treat in both Amsterdam and London, and y’all clearly love it. It’s amassed 4,604 votes so far or 12.4% of all votes cast. Could the famous glass microphone be joining the Porin (not porn!) Award on her mantle?
Nina Kraljic “Lighthouse”
Ira Losco might sing “Walk On Water”, but she’s been clocking up the air miles in her bid for Eurovision glory. She’s visited Riga, Moscow, Amsterdam, Yerevan and London, while also playing host to a slew of stars in Malta. The legwork is paying off, as she currently occupies second place with 4,212 votes or 11.35% of all votes cast.
Ira Losco “Walk On Water”
Russia has been hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons, but Sergey Lazarev appears to be rising above it all. He remains a favourite with the bookies, and they aren’t the only ones getting excited. “You Are The Only One” has collected 3,966 votes or 10.68% of all votes cast.
Sergey Lazarev “You Are The Only One”
Armenia’s Iveta Mukuchyan has been busy delivering sartorial realness from Yerevan to New York. But beneath the beauty there’s a stunning voice, as she demonstrated in Moscow. “LoveWave” sits in fourth spot, receiving 3,516 votes or 9.47% of all votes cast.
Iveta Mukuchyan “LoveWave”
Bosnia & Herzegovina round out the top five. Dalal & Deen feat. Ana Rucner and Jala have overcome behind-the-scenes drama to bring their fusion of traditional and Balkan sounds to the Eurovision audience. The foursome are sweeping up support from all over Europe, with 3,037 votes going the way of “Ljubav Je”.
Dalal & Deen feat. Ana Rucner and Jala “Ljubav Je”
Based on the current rankings, Iceland, Hungary, Austria, Cyprus and Azerbaijan will take the remaining five spots in the final. At the other end of the poll, Montenegro’s Highway sit in last place. “The Real Thing” has received just 188 votes or 0.5% of all votes cast.
Of course, all this is subject to change. The poll remains open until 9 May. So if you haven’t done so already, vote now!
Who should win the first semi-final of Eurovision 2016? Poll update #2
Results as of 00:00 CET on 26 April.
Who should win the first semi-final of Eurovision 2016?
- Croatia: Nina Kraljic “Lighthouse” 12.4% (4,604 votes)
- Malta: Ira Losco “Walk On Water” 11.35% (4,212 votes)
- Russia: Sergey Lazarev “You Are The Only One” 10.68% (3,966 votes)
- Armenia: Iveta Mukuchyan “LoveWave” 9.47% (3,516 votes)
- Bosnia & Herzegovina: Dalal & Deen feat. Ana Rucner and Jala “Ljubav Je” 8.18% (3,037 votes)
- Iceland: Greta Salóme “Hear Them Calling” 6.98% (2,591 votes)
- Hungary: Freddie “Pioneer” 5.97% (2,215 votes)
- Austria: Zoë “Loin d’ici” 5.52% (2,050 votes)
- Cyprus: Minus One “Alter Ego” 5.04% (1,869 votes)
- Azerbaijan: Samra “Miracle” 4.79% (1,777 votes)
- Czech Republic: Gabriela Guncíková “I Stand” 4.69% (1,740 votes)
- Estonia: Jüri Pootsmann “Play” 4.59% (1,703 votes)
- Netherlands: Douwe Bob “Slow Down” 3.82% (1,417 votes)
- Greece: Argo “Utopian Land” 2.09% (774 votes)
- Finland: Sandhja “Sing It Away” 1.93% (717 votes)
- Moldova: Lidia Isac “Falling Stars” 1.21% (450 votes)
- San Marino: Serhat “I Didn’t Know” 0.79% (293 votes)
- Montenegro: Highway “The Real Thing” 0.5% (188 votes)
Total Votes: 37,119