Just over a week ago, we launched wiwivision 2016 – our alternative song contest. The aim was to banish those post-Eurovision blues, and it seems to have worked. Y’all voted in your thousands and went crazy in the comment box. The wiwibloggs team may have picked the entries, but you were all determined to make your opinions known! After counting a whopping 5,390 votes, we can now confirm that the results of the first semi-final are in! Have your favourites made it through to the grand final? Remember, the poll only accounted for half the vote with the remainder coming from the Wiwi Jury.
wiwivision 2016: Semi-final one results
Watch the video below to discover the 13 qualifiers. In the interest of both fairness and entertainment, they are listed in random order. The actual ranking and points breakdown will be revealed after the grand final.
We highly advise that you watch the results video before you scroll any further. Spoilers lie ahead!
Semi-final 1 qualifiers
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”.
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.
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.
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.
Armenia: Sofi Mkheyan “Hamadzayn Em”
Selected by Denise.
wiwivision history: Armenia are through to their first wiwivision final. Last year, they finished last in semi-final one with Christine Pepelyan and “Anavart Trichq”.
Bosnia & Herzegovina: Anabela “Nocna patrola”
Selected by Edd.
wiwivision history: Bosnia & Herzegovina are debuting at wiwivision 2016.
Austria: Flowrag “Helden”
Selected by Andy.
wiwivision history: Austro-Icelandic singer Thorsteinn Einarsson represented the Eurovision 2014 winners in 2015. He came 17th with “Leya”.
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”.
Croatia: Maja Suput “Ne lomi mi srce”
Selected by Mario.
wiwivision history: Croatia are debuting at wiwivision 2016.
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”.
Spain: Fuel Fandango “Salvaje”
Selected by Luis.
wiwivision history: Spain finished 21st in the 2015 final. Xoel Lópes sang “A Serea E O Marineiro”.
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”.
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.
Semi-final 1 non-qualifiers
In order of appearance:
- Hungary: The Biebers “Sun Is Shining” — Selected by Judit.
- Estonia: Merlyn Uusküla “Raju reede” — Selected by Kristín.
- Iceland: Milkywhale “Birds of Paradise” — Selected by Steinunn.
- Moldova: Carla’s Dreams “Sub Pielea Mea” — Selected by Bogdan.
- San Marino: IROL “Il Mio Futuro” — Selected by Robyn.
- Montenegro: Ana Milenkovic “Budalo” — Selected by Maria.
- Azerbaijan: Dihaj “Geceler Kecir” — Selected by Gökhan.
- Greece: Demy “Tha Meineis Feugontas” — Selected by George.
Semi-final two results will be announced on Thursday. And voting for the grand final will open on Saturday.
In case you’ve missed all the wiwivision fun so far — who are you?! — here are some all important links to get you up to speed.
- INTRODUCING WIWIVISION 2016: OUR ALTERNATIVE SONG CONTEST
- WIWIVISION 2016: THE FIRST SEMI-FINAL
- WIWIVISION 2016: THE SECOND SEMI-FINAL