Turn-up the wind-machines. Fetch the glitter. Sound the trumpets and blast some “Te Deum”. Let the wiwivision 2016 grand final commence! Almost two weeks ago we started with 42 entries. The country list was the same as at Eurovision 2016, but the acts and songs were chosen by the wiwibloggs team. These were then whittled down to 26 over the course of two semi-finals. However, there can only be one winner and the time has come for us to choose ours!
The victor 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 all 26 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.
1. 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”.
2. Ukraine: Ëlka “Greju scast’e”
Selected by William.
wiwivision history: Ukraine are debuting at wiwivision 2016.
3. Lithuania: GJan “One More Drink”
Selected by Jason.
wiwivision history: GJan also sang for Lithuania in 2015. Despite topping the combined vote in the second semi-final, she missed out on a top ten spot in the final. “Nobody Around” placed 11th.
4. Spain: Fuel Fandango “Salvaje”
Selected by Luis.
wiwivision history: Spain finished 21st in the 2015 final. Xoel Lópes sang “A Serea E O Marineiro”.
5. Latvia: Masha “Mr Presley”
Selected by Liam.
wiwivision history: Latvia finished 26th out of 27 countries in the wiwivision 2015 final. They were represented by Rassell & Edvards Grieze with “Fire Inside”.
6. Croatia: Maja Suput “Ne lomi mi srce”
Selected by Mario.
wiwivision history: Croatia are debuting at wiwivision 2016.
7. Belgium: Lea Rue “Sleep, For The Weak” (Lost Frequencies Remix)
Selected by Angus.
wiwivision history: Along with Switzerland, Belgium topped the grand final jury vote in 2015. However, Selah Sue and “Alone” slipped to fourth after the televote.
8. 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”.
9. United Kingdom: Florrie “Real Love”
Selected by Chris.
wiwivision history: Olly Murs secured fifth place for the UK in the inaugural wiwivision. He performed his Travie McCoy collaboration “Wrapped Up”.
10. 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”.
11. Ireland: Shane Filan and Nadine Coyle “I Could Be”
Selected by Padraig.
wiwivision history: Ireland won the inaugural wiwivision with Markus Feehily and “Love Is A Drug”. He only managed to finish ninth with the juries, but a massive televote pushed him to victory.
12. Germany: Max Giesinger “80 Millionen”
Selected by Zach.
wiwivision history: German DJ Robin Schulz was assisted by the British singer Jasmine Thompson at wiwivision 2015. Their collaboration “Sun Goes Down” placed 19th in the grand final.
13. 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.
14. Italy: Baby K feat. Giusy Ferreri “Roma-Bangkok”
Selected by Cristian.
wiwivision history: Italy finished last in the wiwivision 2015 final. They were represented by The Kolors with “Everytime”.
15. Poland: Sylwia Grzeszczak “Tamta dziewczyna”
Selected by Marek.
wiwivision history: Michal Szpak sang “Real Hero” for Poland at wiwivision 2015. He came 13th in the grand final and later went on to represent Poland at Eurovision 2016.
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. Norway: Ina Wroldsen and Broiler “Lay It On Me”
Selected by Jacob.
wiwivision history: Norwegian DJ Kygo joined forces with American singer Parson James to represent Norway at wiwivision 2015. “Stole The Show” finished 14th in the grand final.
18. Australia: Delta Goodrem “Wings”
Selected by Josh.
wiwivision history: Dami Im sang “Gladiator” for Australia at wiwivision 2015, finishing second in the grand final. She went on to represent the country at Eurovision 2016 with “Sound Of Silence”.
19. 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.
20. 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.
21. 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”.
22. Denmark: MØ “Final Song”
Selected by Deban.
wiwivision history: Medina represented Denmark in 2015 with “Giv Slip”. She came 22nd in the grand final.
23: Albania: Era Istrefi “Bonbon”
Selected by Ramadan.
wiwivision history: Albania are through to their first wiwivision final. Enca placed 14th in last year’s first semi-final with “Play My Game”.
24. Bosnia & Herzegovina: Anabela “Nocna patrola”
Selected by Edd.
wiwivision history: Bosnia & Herzegovina are debuting at wiwivision 2016.
25. 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”.
26. 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.
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Croatia, Armenia and Bosnia & Herzegovina are not available.
wiwivision grand final 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 on Saturday 2 July and the results will be announced a week later on 9 July.
Voting is now closed! Results show scheduled for Saturday 9 July!
Of course, y’all can do more than just vote. We have a comment box for a reason – what do you think of the finalists? Would you have chosen differently? Who are your favourites? Let us know!
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 AND RESULTS
- WIWIVISION 2016: THE SECOND SEMI-FINAL AND RESULTS