Eurovision 2016 Favourites Michal Szpak

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 22 March, we’ve been asking y’all to vote for your favourite act in Eurovision 2016. And thousands of you have answered our call, with a whooping 46,501 votes already cast. The poll remains open until 13 May, but we’re going to take a sneaky peek at how the figures are currently stacking up.

Michal Szpak “Color of Your Life”

Michal Szpak’s road to Eurovision has been filled with drama. His victory over Margaret in the Polish final sent eurofans into meltdown and sparked petition-makers into action. Emotions have mellowed since then, with “Color Of Your Life” proving to be one of the favourites on the preview party circuit. The Pole occupies pole position in our poll with 4,161 votes or 8.95% of all votes cast so far. However, he is only third in our semi-final two poll.

Barei “Say Yay!”

When she’s not been teaching us how to dance, Barei has been busy performing “Say Yay!” at virtually every stop along the pre-party calendar. It’s clearly helping her with fans, and she’s polled 3,800 votes or 8.17% of all votes cast so far. She’s currently sitting in second place on our automatic qualifiers poll.

Nicky Byrne “Sunlight”

Ireland haven’t made the Eurovision grand final since 2013, but Nicky Byrne is hoping to break the curse in Stockholm. The former Westlife star has undertaken an intensive promotional campaign, performing “Sunlight” at events in Ukraine and the United Kingdom. The publicity seems to be paying dividends as he occupies third spot in our poll, clocking up 2,986 votes or 6.42% of all votes cast so far. He currently tops our semi-final two poll.

Nina Kraljic “Lighthouse”

Typically, Croatia are considered to be one of the weaker Balkan nations. But not this year. Nina Kraljic won The Voice and now she’s one of your favourites to win Eurovision 2016. “Lighthouse” went down a treat in both Amsterdam and London, and y’all clearly love it. It’s amassed 2,957 votes so far or 6.36% of all votes cast. Could the famous glass microphone be joining the Porin (not porn!) Award on her mantle? Nina is currently first in our semi-final one poll.

Amir “J’ai cherché”

France’s Amir rounds out our top five. The “J’ai cherché” singer has benefited hugely from his European promotional tour, narrowing on the oddstable to the point that he is almost neck-and-neck with Russia. He’s also leading the OGAE fan poll. Amir has amassed 2,408 votes or 5.18% of all votes cast so far. He’s currently winning our automatic qualifiers poll.

Malta, Russia, Australia, Bulgaria and Armenia complete our top ten. At the other end of the poll, Montenegro’s Highway sit in last place. “The Real Thing” has only received a measly 75 votes thus far.

Of course, all this is subject to change. The poll remains open until 13 May. So if you haven’t done so already, vote now!

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WHO SHOULD WIN EUROVISION 2016? POLL UPDATE #1

Results as of 22.30 CET 27 April.

Who should win Eurovision 2016?

  1. Poland: Michal Szpak “Color of Your Life” 8.95% (4,161 votes)
  2. Spain: Barei “Say Yay!” 8.17% (3,800 votes)
  3. Ireland: Nicky Byrne “Sunlight” 6.42% (2,986 votes)
  4. Croatia: Nina Kraljic “Lighthouse” 6.36% (2,957 votes)
  5. France: Amir “J’ai cherché” 5.18% (2,408 votes)
  6. Malta: Ira Losco “Walk On Water” 5.05% (2,347 votes)
  7. Russia: Sergey Lazarev “You Are The Only One” 4.92% (2,290 votes)
  8. Australia: Dami Im “Sound of Silence” 4.03% (1,874 votes)
  9. Bulgaria: Poli Genova “If Love Was A Crime” 3.99% (1,857 votes)
  10. Armenia: Iveta Mukuchyan “LoveWave” 3.97% (1,848 votes)
  11. Bosnia & Herzegovina: Dalal & Deen feat. Ana Rucner and Jala “Ljubav Je” 2.72% (1,264 votes)
  12. Ukraine: Jamala “1944” 2.66% (1,237 votes)
  13. Iceland: Greta Salóme “Hear Them Calling” 2.35% (1,095 votes)
  14. Latvia: Justs “Heartbeat” 2.35% (1,094 votes)
  15. Hungary: Freddie “Pioneer” 2.22% (1,032 votes)
  16. Serbia: Sanja Vucic ZAA “Goodbye (Shelter)” 2.2% (1,022 votes)
  17. Israel: Hovi Star “Made of Stars” 2.12% (986 votes)
  18. Italy: Francesca Michielin “No Degree Of Separation” 2.06% (959 votes)
  19. Cyprus: Minus One “Alter Ego” 1.83% (851 votes)
  20. Estonia: Jüri Pootsmann “Play” 1.7% (790 votes)
  21. Sweden: Frans “If I Were Sorry” 1.69% (785 votes)
  22. Azerbaijan: Samra “Miracle” 1.57% (731 votes)
  23. Germany: Jamie-Lee Kriewitz “Ghost” 1.52% (707 votes)
  24. Czech Republic: Gabriela Guncíková “I Stand” 1.51% (704 votes)
  25. Austria: Zoë “Loin d’ici” 1.49% (693 votes)
  26. Norway: Agnete “Icebreaker” 1.46% (677 votes)
  27. Netherlands: Douwe Bob “Slow Down” 1.31% (607 votes)
  28. Belarus: Ivan “Help You Fly” 1.28% (596 votes)
  29. Lithuania: Donny Montell “I’ve Been Waiting For This Night” 1.24% (575 votes)
  30. United Kingdom: Joe and Jake “You’re Not Alone” 1.17% (542 votes)
  31. Belgium: Laura Tesoro “What’s The Pressure” 0.83% (388 votes)
  32. Greece: Argo “Utopian Land” 0.75% (348 votes)
    Romania: Ovidiu Anton “Moment Of Silence” 0.68% (318 votes)
  33. Switzerland: Rykka “The Last Of Our Kind” 0.68% (317 votes)
  34. FYR Macedonia: Kaliopi “Dona” 0.57% (265 votes)
  35. Denmark: Lighthouse X “Soldiers Of Love” 0.57% (263 votes)
  36. Albania: Eneda Tarifa “Fairytale” 0.51% (239 votes)
  37. Finland: Sandhja “Sing It Away” 0.49% (230 votes)
  38. Slovenia: ManuElla “Blue and Red” 0.38% (175 votes)
  39. Moldova: Lidia Isac “Falling Stars” 0.36% (168 votes)
  40. San Marino: Serhat “I Didn’t Know” 0.28% (130 votes)
  41. Georgia: Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz “Midnight Gold” 0.24% (110 votes)
  42. Montenegro: Highway “The Real Thing” 0.16% (75 votes)

Total Votes: 46,501

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Anulak
Anulak
5 years ago

Napisz? to po swojemu ,bo je?li kto? b?dzie chcia? mo?e sobie to co napisz? wrzuci? do t?umacza i po sprawie # #Justice4Margaret co? tak czu?am w ko?ciach ,?e negatywnie mo?e pisa? o Szpaku tylko w tej sytuacji fan Margaret ja nie wiem czy ona pojedzie za rok za dwa ,ale nie bójcie si? ju? ja jej zrobi? reklam? w waszym stylu ! I write this in my own way , because if someone wants can afford what you write put to the interpreter after the # # Justice4Margaret something I felt in my bones that negatively can write about Szpak… Read more »

Shenn
Shenn
5 years ago

The real top starts with France, those above are rigged. Maybe all of them (except Ireland) could be reintegrated in the top 15, but that’s it.

Jowita
5 years ago

W Finale widz? Michala Szpakai Serygea……………..i tyle

Monique
Monique
5 years ago

@ Justice4Margaret
I wish you had seen the computer&studio product called Margaret not being able to sing live. THAT was cringeworthy. And it’s not Michal’s fault that Margaret lost, she can say “Thank you very much” only to herself. Michal’s lisp? If it really exists, I prefer his lisp and his poor English hidden behind his stunning vocals.
@ Ann
Dzieki, ja zawsze pisze od serducha i tak to potem wychodzi. Pozdrawiam 🙂

#Justice4Margaret
#Justice4Margaret
5 years ago

Anyway this poll is totally rigged and unrealistic. Croatia and France are fan favorites, but Spain, Poland and Ireland? It’s clear that massive amounts of people from those countries voted for themsleves.

Anyway, what’s up with Bulgaria climbing on the betting odds? They’re my favorites so I’m obviously happy about it but why this sudden leap?

#Justice4Margaret
#Justice4Margaret
5 years ago

Too bad Poland can’t vote for themselves! I honestly don’t see Europe appreciating Szpak’s cringeworthy lisp and accent enough to waste their money on him. I wish he’d have sung in Polish… or I wish Poland had sent someone else.

Nicky91
Nicky91
5 years ago

Malta on a good position so far, not too much overrated and not underrated here 🙂

@Jan

yeah there is a dark horse, a really strong act this year 🙂

Marco
Marco
5 years ago

This poll has no value whatsoever. 😀

I don’t give credibility to this, as there’s no voting restriction of any kind. This is only good to discover the most active fanbases LOL

You guys from other countries not placed high, need to go to the “hype gym” and get “stronger”. 😉

200 million potential voters in front of 3-4K votes…mmmh yeah.

Ann
Ann
5 years ago

@Monique
To co napisalas jest swietne. Pozdrawiam!

Brit_Bit
Brit_Bit
5 years ago

I am so in love with Polish entry this year. Michal song is so emotional and great! Best Luck from Brasil

Leaf
Leaf
5 years ago

I couldn’t make up my mind about the order of the top 10, so I got on GERBEAR to help me around and here it is, tho I would be ok with any song out of my top 10 winning.
1.Ukraine
2.Latvia
3.Croatia
4.Italy
5.Iceland
6.France
7.Azerbaijan
8.Austria
9.Bulgaria
10.Malta

Darren
5 years ago

@Monique
Sure why not? I’d love to go back!! Best of luck to Michal, his song is quite good, best polish entry of modern times I think.

power b.
power b.
5 years ago

didn’t expect to see Margarets song here https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify_uk_/playlist/6LY8RIt0Wg6IkpJBtxP2xu
That’s dope.

Chloe
Chloe
5 years ago

Top 5:

1. Bulgaria
2. Ukraine
3. Iceland
4. Spain
5. France

Chupacabra
Chupacabra
5 years ago

Serbia, Montenegro, Cyprus, Italy, France, Austria, Germany, Bulgaria, Estonia and Poland in my top 10, Czechia, Spain and Croatia almost in…. will depend, how they will deliver.

Monique
Monique
5 years ago

Sorry guys for being too emotional (typical of many Poles :)).
@ David: Thank you 🙂 Maybe one day you will visit Poland. You will like it here. 🙂
@ Darren: Next trip to Poland next May? Just kidding or maybe… 😉

Best of luck to your countries too. 🙂

David Who
David Who
5 years ago

@Monique: Well written, and I apologise once again. I was indeed wrong. Best of luck to Michal in the contest. 🙂

Darren
5 years ago

Aw thank you @Monique 🙂

Monique
Monique
5 years ago

@ Darren Thank you for your support. 🙂 Hugs :* It was sooooo nice of you. I knew there’s someone “out there” who knows what I mean. I love my country for all the things you wrote about in such a beautiful way. I love my seaside from Szczecin to Hel, I adore my mountains with the beauty of the Tatras and Zakopane, our lake district Mazury is breathtaking and I’d just love to see our amazing Warsaw or Krakow as a host of Eurovision. That would be something to remember. I recommend everyone that you visit Poland and enjoy… Read more »

Monique
Monique
5 years ago

@ Anulak
I truly hope that it is NOT a political contest. I’m gonna vote for anyone from any country who will impress me the most during the LIVE contest in Stockholm. And I wouldn’t even care what country he/she is from. Let the best song and the artist performing it win. It’s fair that I can’t vote for my country. 🙂

Katrin
Katrin
5 years ago

Poland,Germany and Italy dark horses in my opinion

Darren
5 years ago

Sorry but I completely agree with @Monique, Poland is such a beautiful country I have been there before it is rich in culture, history and charm. The perception that Poland is a poor, backward place in Eastern Europe is completely wrong.
If Poland were to ever host Eurovision, they would be able to stage quite a huge show and I imagine places like Warsaw or Kraków would be great host cities. Please abandon the stereotypes, it’s not only Sweden or another Scandinavian country that can host a successful ESC.

Anulak
Anulak
5 years ago

@ Monique I have a question
it is contest of song or political ? well 1. Poland: Michal Szpak “Color of Your Life” 8.95% (4,161 votes)
Spain: Barei “Say Yay!” 8.17% (3,800 votes) for all these they are unhappy this result why do not you voted ? Polish song is very good and the voice artist unearthly what not to write he has talent big talent remember this is not a political contest only contest of song danke thx

power b.
power b.
5 years ago

Bulgaria just entered top 4 at odds, wow!

Monique
Monique
5 years ago

@ David Who As you wrote – yes, you are wrong, totally wrong. Why do you – “Western” people – think that Poland may have financial difficulties organising Eurovision? You have such stereotypes in your heads that I don’t know whether I should cry or laugh. You know nothing about Poland. That is why many Europeans who came to us to Euro matches in 2012 had to pick up their jaws off the floor because they didn’t see a poor country with poor people as they had imagined Poland. We are not the “third world” of Europe, we don’t live… Read more »

trz_maier
trz_maier
5 years ago

Poland is a big country alright. now you see how Michal won the selection in Poland… his fans are crazy

manete
manete
5 years ago

I would like to hear Amir and Jurij and Sergey trying with that: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKOftZxmWkQ or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZ-pHJJL6tE THey also have powerfull strong good voices. I would be amazing with so simple and clear songs .

Pollaski
Pollaski
5 years ago

@Selene

The hilarious irony to anyone who follows American politics is that the Gang Of Eight and Donald Trump are pretty much opposing points of view on the immigration measure.

John Christian’s simply insane.

Leo M
Leo M
5 years ago

I really like Poland’s entry but it’s no winner. Spain is a great upbeat dance song that is growing on me but once again, I think it will be left behind. Ireland will do well to qualify.

My top 5 is:

1. France
2. Russia
3. Hungary
4. Iceland
5. Cyprus

Pollaski
Pollaski
5 years ago

@John Christian

Your obsession with Trump on a song contest message board (that doesn’t even cover the country Trump is relevant to) is slightly alarming. Please seek help.

EurovisionFan
EurovisionFan
5 years ago

Malta should be in the Top 5! <3

georgekirkas
georgekirkas
5 years ago

@Tom

I totally agree with you and don’t pay attention to Anton! Don’t sink to his level!

Meow
Meow
5 years ago

I don’t know why, but I have a feeling that Ukrine is going to be the winner this year, and also that Denmark going to surprise us all and reach top 10.

David Who
David Who
5 years ago

I apologise to everyone if I have brought up a divisive subject. Actually I didn’t think it would be divisive on a blog that (in my view) is clearly aimed at LGBT fans of Eurovision. Perhaps someone at Wiwibloggs could clarify that? @Kuba L: Thanks for alleviating my concerns, that’s appreciated; and indeed Euro 2012 was 80% state-funded (I just checked). About the poll result and after all the music reviews, I would respectfully suggest that Ireland should have been lower in the list. Apart from that, I can see why also the other songs are where they are. Realistically… Read more »

Goodnightmoon
Goodnightmoon
5 years ago

POLAND

LMFAO

Anton
Anton
5 years ago

Tom
Only in your dreams. Eurocision is not a gay pride yet and I hope will never be.

tom
tom
5 years ago

Its amazing how we end up 17 here, but in the poll of our semi we didnt qualify .. :/

Criticca
Criticca
5 years ago

I’m praying for Poland, Italy, Ukraine or any other country to pull a surprise win like Conchita did in 2014!

Tom
Tom
5 years ago

@georgekirkas good, you’ll only give yourself an aneurysm. Opinions are like butt holes, we all have one and most on the Internet are full of sh*t, you can’t cure stupid or ignorant. They know full well that Eurovision has a massive LGBTQ following and that’s the community that has kept the contest alive. They know full well that a majority of fans are LGBTQ. No amount of rational talk will make them any more tolerant. Also there seems to be a lot of self loathing and people who are just repressing their own sexuality. Feel sorry for them, don’t engage… Read more »

georgekirkas
georgekirkas
5 years ago

@oooops

I agree with you.

oooops
oooops
5 years ago

Jan, my potential dark horses are:
The Netherlands
Belgium
Slovenia
UK
Finland
B&H
Lithuania
Denmark

karminowe.usta
karminowe.usta
5 years ago

Thank you very much:) Poland is first – it`s nice notice. I`m Polish so I didn`t vote for Szpak because in Eurovision we can`t vote for our representations:)

Kuba L.
Kuba L.
5 years ago

@David Who
Poland was one of the organizers of Euro 2012 if you do not remember so about money I would not worry. Lack of tolerance is a stereotype. This is not a problem that at this point you need to worry. I’m from Poland and I really support Micha? but I don’t think that we have chance to win eurovision, just look at the past Polish competition. And I think that most of Europe people prefer Margaret song

Denis
Denis
5 years ago

Again I say this is highly unrealistic. Poland might have a great voice but it’s about the song and entertainment. And the song is not good at all. It will struggle to qualify, there are much better songs that deserve to qualify. Ireland has a good chance of qualifying and could qualify but won’t be anywhere near top 5. Spanairds always hype up their own entry, and Nina fans are hyping her too. Sweden has a bigger chance to win than any of these entries, to be frank. It’s the year of the dark horse and that’s the biggest horse… Read more »

MirkoJoshua
MirkoJoshua
5 years ago

Poland lol…

I support Madrid2017, Rejkyavík2017, Yerevan2017 and Paris2017 :33

Darren
5 years ago

I would love Ireland to actually qualify for the final, but to get 3rd place in the overall standings? I don’t think so! Pretty sure France and Russia (unfortunately) have that sewn up. If there is going to be a shock winner/Dark horse this year, it’s going to be Latvia, Bulgaria, Malta or Sweden. I just want Ireland to qualify, they can place where ever after that. My Top 10: (needed to use the Mr Gerbear app to find my 8,9 and 10 spots) 1. France 2. Bulgaria 3. Iceland 4. Italy 5. Sweden 6. Latvia 7. Malta 8. Ireland… Read more »

Eurovision16
Eurovision16
5 years ago

Poland ? Ireland ? :O
Joke ?

AurelianTamisan
AurelianTamisan
5 years ago

Well, usually Wiwibloggs poll has nothing to do with what happens in Eurovision. It is nothing to consider, it’s just the opinion of their readers (many of them being subjective and voting with their own country just based on that fact). However, this year I would really go for Michal, he is my prediction to win the contest. However, let’s be honest, Ireland is a most probably non-qualifier, Spain is way too overrated, they will feel another dissapointment after last year’s hopes, I don’t see Bulgaria reaching a top 10 placing and I’m pretty sure that Hungary and Cyprus will… Read more »

georgekirkas
georgekirkas
5 years ago

@Tom

I agree with you about Norway and thank you for the advice! I will just ignore them!

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
5 years ago

In case you’re interested, here is how OikoTimes.com’s OikoPanel sees the top 10:

92 France
79 Russia
76 Ukraine
75 Australia
68 Bulgaria
67 Serbia
66 Spain
64 Malta
62 Norway
60 Cyprus and Croatia

Montenegro (12), Greece (14) and Georgia (15) bring up the rear on their scorecard.