The first rehearsals of Eurovision 2016 kick off on May 2. But long before the stage was even built many of this year’s contestants were on the road smashing live performances at official Eurovision pre-parties in Riga, Moscow, Amsterdam, Tel Aviv and London. After spilling all of the tea at these events, we put the question out to you guys — who was your favourite act at the Riga Eurovision Pre-Party, Eurovision in Concert, Israel Calling and the London Eurovision Party. Now it’s time to reveal the results! (Owing to technical difficulties, were were unable to launch a poll for Moscow in a timely manner. Booo on technical difficulties).

RIGA EUROVISION PRE-PARTY RIGA

The first event on the Eurovision promotional tour calendar was the Riga Eurovision Pre-Party in Latvia. Nine acts took to the stage, affording us a first glimpse of their ability to slay or be slayed. A total of 3,368 votes were cast in this poll, and of the nine acts, Barei from Spain came out on top. Y’all really were shouting “Say yay!”

RESULTS:

  1. Spain – Barei with “Say Yay!” (844 votes, 25%)
  2. Malta – Ira Losco with “Walk on Water” (669 votes, 20%)
  3. Serbia – Sanja Vucic ZAA with “Goodbye (Shelter)” (481 votes, 14%)
  4. Latvia – Justs with “Heartbeat” (381 votes, 11%)
  5. Bulgaria – Poli Genova with “If Love Was A Crime” (329 votes, 10%)
  6. Israel – Hovi Star with “Made of Stars” (242 votes, 7%)
  7. Estonia – Jüri Pootsmann with “Play” (226 votes, 7%)
  8. Switzerland – Rykka with “The Last Of Our Kind” (121 votes, 4%)
  9. Belarus – Ivan with “Help You Fly” (75 votes, 2%)

RIGA PLAYLIST:

EUROVISION IN CONCERT in AMSTERDAM

The second promotional show on the tour, and by far the biggest, was Eurovision In Concert. A total of 25 participating countries (plus Romania) participated. You guys cast a massive 18,400 votes across the 26 songs. Nina Krajlic from Croatia came out on top with her song “Lighthouse”. She was a mere 12 votes ahead of runner-up Michal Szpak from Poland.

RESULTS:

  1. Croatia – Nina Kraljic with “Lighthouse” (4,230 votes, 23%)
  2. Poland – Michal Szpak with “Colour Of Your Life” (4,218 votes, 23%)
  3. Malta – Ira Losco with “Walk On Water” (1,403 votes, 8%)
  4. Spain – Barei with “Say Yay!” (1,290 votes, 7%)
  5. France – Amir with “J’ai Cherché” (703 votes, 4%)
  6. Ukraine – Jamala with “1944” (684 votes, 4%)
  7. Serbia – Sanja Vucic ZAA with “Goodbye (Shelter)” (599 votes, 3%)
  8. Iceland – Greta Salóme with “Hear Them Calling” (541 votes, 3%)
  9. Bulgaria – Poli Genova with “If Love Was A Crime” (489 votes, 3%)
  10. Estonia – Jüri Pootsmann with “Play” (400 votes, 2%)
  11. FYR Macedonia – Kaliopi with “Dona” (397 votes, 2%)
  12. Austria – Zoë with “Loin d’ici” (395 votes, 2%)
  13. Italy – Francesca Michielin with “No Degree Of Separation” (382 votes, 2%)
  14. Latvia – Justs with “Heartbeat” (379 votes, 2%)
  15. Netherlands – Douwe Bob with “Slow Down” (358 votes, 2%)
  16. United Kingdom – Joe and Jake with “You’re Not Alone” (307 votes, 2%)
  17. Israel – Hovi Star with “Made of Stars” (272 votes, 1%)
  18. Albania – Eneda Tarifa with “Fairytale” (271 votes, 1%)
  19. Bosnia and Herzegovina – Deen & Dalal ft. Ana Rucner & Jala with “Ljubav Je” (205 votes, 1%)
  20. Cyprus – Minus One with “Alter Ego” (197 votes, 1%)
  21. Romania – Ovidiu Anton with “Moment of Silence” (177 votes, 1%)
  22. Switzerland – Rykka with “The Last Of Our Kind” (17o votes, 1%)
  23. Moldova – Lidia Isac with “Falling Stars” (121 votes, 1%)
  24. Slovenia – ManuElla with “Blue and Red” (96 votes, 1%)
  25. Belarus – Ivan with “Help You Fly” (68 votes, <1%)
  26. Montenegro – Highway with “The Real Thing” (47 votes, <1%)

AMSTERDAM PLAYLIST:

ISRAEL CALLING IN TEL AVIV

April saw the launch of the Eurovision pre-party “Israel Calling”, held in Tel Aviv. A total of 18 acts (and Romania) previewed their performances in front of a rowdy Israeli crowd. We received a total 4,544 votes and Michal Szpak from Poland led with the way with his song “Colour Of Your Life”. He earned a whopping 30% of the total vote.

RESULTS:

  1. Poland – Michal Szpak with “Colour Of Your Life” (1,354 votes, 30%)
  2. Russia – Sergey Lazarev with “You Are The Only One” (595 votes, 13%)
  3. France – Amir with “J’ai Cherché” (483 votes, 11%)
  4. Serbia – Sanja Vucic ZAA with “Goodbye (Shelter)” (299 votes, 7%)
  5. Bulgaria – Poli Genova with “If Love Was A Crime” (266 votes, 6%)
  6. Hungary – Freddie with “Pioneer” (214 votes, 5%)
  7. Israel – Hovi Star with “Made Of Stars” (168 votes, 4%)
  8. Estonia – Jüri Pootsmann with “Play” (148 votes, 3%)
  9. Austria – Zoë with “Loin d’ici” (141 votes, 3%)
  10. United Kingdom – Joe and Jake with “You’re Not Alone” (138 votes, 3%)
  11. Lithuania – Donny Montell with “I’ve Been Waiting For This Night” (136 votes, 3%)
  12. Azerbaijan – Samra with “Miracle” (129 votes, 3%)
  13. Albania – Eneda Tarifa with “Fairytale” (102 votes, 2%)
  14. Moldova – Lidia Isac with “Falling Stars” (91 votes, 2%)
  15. Romania – Ovidiu Anton with “Moment of Silence” (82 votes, 2%)
  16. Finland – Sandhja with “Sing It Away” (65 votes, 1%)
  17. Switzerland – Rykka with “The Last Of Our Kind” (63 votes, 1%)
  18. Slovenia – ManuElla with “Blue and Red” (42 votes, 1%)
  19. Belarus – Ivan with “Help You Fly” (28 votes, 1%)

Tel Aviv Playlist:

LONDON EUROVISION PARTY

The last stop on the Eurovision promotional tour this year was the London Eurovision Party. We received 11,307 votes across the 17 participating acts (and Romania). Once again Barei from Spain came out on top with 13% of the vote.

RESULTS:

  1. Spain – Barei with “Say Yay!” (1,415 votes, 13%)
  2. France – Amir with “J’ai Cherché” (1,280 votes, 11%)
  3. Bulgaria – Poli Genova with “If Love Was A Crime” (1,185 votes, 10%)
  4. Poland – Michal Szpak with “Colour Of Your Life” (1,150 votes, 10%)
  5. Malta – Ira Losco with “Walk On Water” (1,093 votes, 10%)
  6. Ireland – Nicky Byrne with “Sunlight” (1,082 votes, 10%)
  7. Austria – Zoë with “Loin d’ici” (1,059 votes, 9%)
  8. Italy – Francesca Michielin with “No Degree Of Separation” (1,030 votes, 9%)
  9. Iceland – Greta Salóme with “Hear Them Calling” (1,028 votes, 9%)
  10. Croatia – Nina Kraljic with “Lighthouse” (264 votes, 2%)
  11. United Kingdom – Joe and Jake with “You’re Not Alone” (146 votes, 1%)
  12. Latvia – Justs with “Heartbeat” (144 votes, 1%)
  13. Sweden – Frans with “If I Were Sorry” (104 votes, 1%)
  14. Cyprus – Minus One with “Alter Ego” (94 votes, 1%)
  15. FYR Macedonia – Kaliopi with “Dona” (82 votes, 1%)
  16. Albania – Eneda Tarifa with “Fairytale” (74 votes, 1%)
  17. Romania – Ovidiu Anton with “Moment of Silence” (54 votes, <1%)
  18. Montenegro – Highway with “The Real Thing” (23 votes, <1%)

London Playlist

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Goranni
Goranni
4 years ago

Serbia will be big favorite in the Final ! Sanja iz amazing person and vocal !! Song is very beautiful and powerfull ! 🙂

LEO ESC AUT
LEO ESC AUT
4 years ago

WHY ITALY WILL SHINE BRIGHT -:)) Based on my 40 years of ESC experience I’m rooting for Italy’s Francesca Michielin at odds of 25/1 with her song – ‘Nessun grado di separazione’ – for this year’s ESC 2016 in Stockholm. As I’ve previously said in some of my other posts Francesca might even upset the very hot two favorites Russia and France offered at odds of 15/8 or 2/1. Who will win the Songcontest this year? Who will be a Top 10? Well, It will be again the question, between simplicity and technology. My preference goes this year to simplicity… Read more »

Gili
Gili
4 years ago

Hovi star is much more than just a singer, he is an ikon, fashionist, i believe that his live performance will be one of the best, he takes care for every small thing and knows what he wants to see…prepare your self for made of stars, he will slay it, i give my word…

Gili
Gili
4 years ago

Hovi star is mu

Michael
4 years ago

Michal Szpak!The best voice and just perfect song for eurovision. XxX

Michael
4 years ago

Michal Szpak ! the best voice and just perfect song. No1 for eurovision ×××

Monique
Monique
4 years ago

When someone says that the lyrics of “Colour of your life” are weak, my request is: Show me the depth of other songs’ lyrics. I can’t find it. Some of them sound as if they were written by partying teenagers. Please, give me a break! We can’t find top class poetry or any other deep content in any of the Eurovision songs. Besides, there are people who claim that Michal’s song is back in the 80’s. Are you sure it’s a DISadvantage? Most of the best ballads were created in the 80-90’s and we still love them and remember them.… Read more »

Jowita
4 years ago

Michal Poland should be at least in the Top 5. He has the best vokal from all participants. This is the new rising star of great stature!

PhysalisFranchetti
4 years ago

@Rock Me
The ability to be, as you said, original depends on your environment. What I particularly like about the lyrics is the concept of turning the tables. I still maintain this is a Trojan horse, not a dark horse.
I find the jury vote to be an enigma because there is very little information coming out of the EBU. That’s another neat trick – shouting about being open, yet secretly becoming more opaque – but I think that there are aspects of the televote mechanics this year that give me some hope.

Rock Me
Rock Me
4 years ago

I don’t like Poland this year because it’s forgettable. Some people even compare him to Conchita but I don’t see him as original as that.Imo Michal can be a dark horse, can be top 10 but he can’t win.

PhysalisFranchetti
4 years ago

@Skander
The song’s lyrics are not weak, but rather the lyrical equivalent of a Trojan horse; quite a neat trick.
With regards to Eurovision not being like “The Voice” – I maintain that Eurovision (as far as the public is concerned) is a popularity contest, not a song contest. My only question is whether that jury marking scheme has changed enough with regards to the marks given to the vocals for us not to end up in a similar situation to last year………..

Diskat
Diskat
4 years ago

@Skandar

The lyrics of “Color of your Life” weak? I think you haven’t taken a minute to listen to them and make out its deep meaning xD And the song is not boring to me, it’s nostalgic, which also has to do with the meaning…remember Micha?’s mom unfortunately passed away last year and you might get into what he sings better(and how he feels it) 🙂 From Spain, I’m with Poland this year <3

Layla
Layla
4 years ago

@Skandar
I agree, but here we evaluate only perform live. This song is weak, but it doesn’t exclude the fact that Michael has a great voice. I’m from Poland,
I like this song, but I don’t think that it deserves to win, because there are many better songs, but I’m an objective person and although I don’t like the song of Croatia ( for me, this song is also boring ), but I can admit that Nina has one of the best voices live.
I can admit that Nina has one of the best voices live

Nicky91
Nicky91
4 years ago

@aeorus

for me personally i would like to see Malta as the winner, but i would also be happy with Bulgaria or Croatia as the winner

but that’s my personal opinion of course, 3 countries with very current songs 🙂

Skandar
Skandar
4 years ago

@Layla No hatred but a lot of polish fans deny the fact that it is a song competition, not the European Idol or Voice.
The song and lyrics are weak, Michal’s performance is not able to create a good song from that cheesy crap. Michal deserves a better song IMO.

Layla
Layla
4 years ago

I don’t understand this hatred in relation to Poland. The song is not assessed only perform live and everyone knows that Poland, Spain and Croatia have the best voices. So why so much hatred?

aeorus
aeorus
4 years ago

And Balkan goes very well this year; Serbia, Bulgaria and Croatia will be definitely in top 10.

aeorus
aeorus
4 years ago

Croatia, France, Russia, Spain or even Bulgaria will win.

Nicky91
Nicky91
4 years ago

@BB

yeah Malta as well in every pre party where they were performing also in the top 5, Spain also quite popular on here i see 🙂

Croatia also popular at wiwibloggs 🙂

Rock Me
Rock Me
4 years ago

I absolutely loved Jamalab& Sanja but Nina delivered the most.Her vocals are the best & most powerful imo.Hope to see & hear the same on stage in Stockholm.
The rest was fine.

logic
logic
4 years ago

Someone making joks with Poland haha.

BB
BB
4 years ago

Serbia is every party in top 10 in votes on this bllogs.

Nicky91
Nicky91
4 years ago

@esc2016

well said, and I think Ira will hopefully have a good staging 🙂

esc2016
esc2016
4 years ago

@Nicky91

Michal may be but the song is very boring…

Barei wiil slay in may and Nina will suprise everyone

Nicky91
Nicky91
4 years ago

Michal Szpak, a world class singer, with a ballad that reminds of a Queen Whitney Houston song, really love it

Nina Kraljic, Croatia’s superstar, definitely gonna qualify top spot with the juries and public vote, and i can see her making a career after eurovision just like Celine Dion

Barei, fun Party song, and with european championship football upcoming, this is gonna score top 3 in the final, and she’s hotter than Shakira which is really good for the male voters 🙂

Ariso Light
Ariso Light
4 years ago

Iceland didn’t do well but I’m sure on the Eurovision stage it will be much better! 😀