Sound the trumpets. Blast some “Te Deum”. Let wiwivision 2016 commence! After yesterday’s launch party, it’s time to kick-off the first semi-final in our alternative song contest. The country list is the same as Eurovision 2016, but this time the songs and acts have been chosen by the wiwibloggs team. The 21 entries below all want a spot in the grand final. However, we can only let 13 progress.
Who goes and who stays will be determined by a 50/50 split between readers and the Wiwi Jury. For more details on the voting rules and song selection criteria, click HERE.
You can listen to the first 21 semi-finalists below. This isn’t a TV show, so we’ve decided to move away from the producer-led running order favoured by the EBU. The draw is completely random. Obviously, y’all can ignore it and pick and choose who you want to hear first. It’s up to you!
Once you’re ready, vote in our poll. You can vote for as many entries as you like, but you can only vote ONE time. Be sure to check the box next to every entry you want to support before submitting your votes. Voting ends early on Monday 13 June and the 13 qualifiers will be revealed on Tuesday 14 June.
Of course, y’all can do more than just vote. We have a comment box for a reason – what do you think of our choices? Would you have chosen differently? Who would you have picked instead? And how do our choices rate compared to the “real” Eurovision entries? Let us know!
1. Bosnia & Herzegovina: Anabela “Nocna patrola”
Selected by Edd.
wiwivision history: Bosnia & Herzegovina are debuting at wiwivision 2016.
2. Finland: Evelina “Sireenit”
Selected by Sami.
wiwivision history: In 2015, the country was represented by Miriam Bryant with “Dragon”. The Swedish singer of Finnish descent placed seventh in the grand final.
3. Malta: Lauren Aquilina “Kicks”
Selected by Patrick.
wiwivision history: Malta finished 24th in the 2015 grand final. The island nation was represented by Red Electrick featuring MPO with “Young Again”.
4. Austria: Flowrag “Helden”
Selected by Andy.
wiwivision history: Austro-Icelandic singer Thorsteinn Einarsson represented the Eurovision 2014 winners. He came 17th with “Leya”.
5. Spain: Fuel Fandango “Salvaje”
Selected by Luis.
wiwivision history: Spain finished 21st in the 2015 final. Xoel Lópes sang “A Serea E O Marineiro”.
6. Hungary: The Biebers “Sun Is Shining”
Selected by Judit.
wiwivision history: Freddie took Hungary to the top ten in 2015, finishing eight in the grand final with “Mary Joe”. He went on to represent the country at Eurovision 2016.
7. Sweden: Zara Larsson & MNEK “Never Forget You”
Selected by Josue.
wiwivision history: Zara Larsson first represented Sweden in 2015 with “Weak Heart”, coming ninth in the grand final. She has since gone on to become a global superstar.
8. Estonia: Merlyn Uusküla “Raju reede”
Selected by Kristín.
wiwivision history: Estonia just missed out on the top ten in 2015, placing 12th in the grand final. They were represented by NOEP with “Move”.
9. Iceland: Milkywhale “Birds of Paradise”
Selected by Steinunn.
wiwivision history: Iceland have never qualified for the grand final. In 2015, AmabAdama finished 15th in semi-final two with “GAIA”.
10. Moldova: Carla’s Dreams “Sub Pielea Mea”
Selected by Bogdan.
wiwivision history: Moldova came 26th in last year’s grand final. Nicoleta Nuca sang “Nu sunt”.
11. Croatia: Maja Suput “Ne lomi mi srce”
Selected by Mario.
wiwivision history: Croatia are debuting at wiwivision 2016.
12. The Netherlands: Eva Simons feat. Sidney Samson “Bludfire”
Selected by Mike.
wiwivision history: Kensington and “Riddles” earned 10th place for the Netherlands in the 2015 grand final.
13. San Marino: IROL “Il Mio Futuro”
Selected by Robyn.
wiwivision history: The microstate has yet to reach a wiwivision grand final. In 2015 they were represented by Italian hardrockers Helia with “No Future”, finishing 14th in the second semi-final.
14. Montenegro: Ana Milenkovic “Budalo”
Selected by Maria.
wiwivision history: Montenegro failed to qualify from semi-final two in 2015, placing last with Anita Popovic and “Dotakni Me Vjetrom”.
15. Cyprus: Giorgos Papadopoulos “Na Na Na”
Selected by Billy.
wiwivision history: In 2015, the island nation was represented by the British singer of Greek-Cypriot descent Tulisa. She placed 15th in the grand final with “Living Without You”.
16. Czech Republic: Jakub Ondra “On the Menu”
Selected by Mikhail.
wiwivision history: The Czech Republic just missed out on qualification in 2015. Lukas Landa finished 11th in the second semi-final with “This Is This”.
17. Russia: Leningrad “Eksponat”
Selected by Dayana.
wiwivision history: Qualification eluded Russia by the narrowest of margins in 2015. Nargiz Zakirova placed 11th in semi-final one with “Ya Ne Tvoya”. She was just nine points off making the grand final.
18. Armenia: Sofi Mkheyan “Hamadzayn Em”
Selected by Denise.
wiwivision history: Armenia have yet to reach a wiwivision grand final. Last year, they finished last in semi-final one with Christine Pepelyan and “Anavart Trichq”.
19. Azerbaijan: Dihaj “Geceler Kecir”
Selected by Gökhan.
wiwivision history: Azerbaijan has never made the wiwivision grand final. In 2015, Gunay Ibrahimli came 16th in semi-final two with “Huzur”.
20. France: Olivier Dion “De Mes Propres Ailes”
Selected by Zakaria.
wiwivision history: France finished 23rd in the 2015 final. They were represented by Shy’m with “La Malice”.
21. Greece: Demy “Tha Meineis Feugontas”
Selected by George.
wiwivision history: This is Demy’s second time singing for Greece at wiwivision. In 2015 she came 20th in the grand final with “Rodino Oneiro”.
wiwivision 2016 semi-final one YouTube playlist
wiwivision 2016 semi-final one Spotify playlist
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wiwivision 2016 semi-final one poll
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