Tonight the United Kingdom will crown the winner of Eurovision: You Decide — the BBC’s search for its Eurovision 2017 act. The winner will be the 14th act chosen and the fourth to reveal his or her song. Finland will follow-up on Saturday with its own national final, where the fifth Eurovision song of 2017 will be confirmed (and where the front-runner needs to be careful of self-immolation).
Before you guys dive into this weekend’s selection shows, it’s time to review your favourites prior to the next wave of entries.
Eurovision 2017: Our Top 3
By January 20 three countries — Albania, Belarus and Georgia — had revealed both their Eurovision singer and act. So we just had to ask you which is your favourite singer-song combo so far. In less than a week we received a total of 3,694 votes and Georgia’s Tako Gachechiladze has come out on top.
The “Keep the Faith” singer, who overcame 24 fellow competitors at Georgia’s national final, is singing a power ballad all about self-belief. At the national final she wowed with her on-point vocals and killer stage presence, but also courted controversy with her provocative LED background, which featured a newspaper headline that read “Russia invades Georgia”.
But all the talk only seems to have helped her with our readers as she amassed an impressive 1,527 votes — or 41% of all those cast.
Finishing in second with our readers is Belarus’ Naviband.
During the past two editions of Eurovision the country has failed to make it out of the final, but Navi’s upbeat, infectious number “Historyja majho zyccia” has fans feeling hopeful. The song has drawn largely positive reviews for its purity and feel-good factor, suggesting the duo may, in fact, end Belarus’ non-qualification streak.
The pair earned 1,294 votes, or around 35% of all those cast.
Bringing up the rear — for now, anyway — is Albania’s Lindita Halimi.
In our last poll, our readers said that the “Botë” singer is the act they are most excited about and it’s easy to see why. She’s gorgeous, she’s personable and most of all she can sing.
Although her song is currently last in this poll, she’s in the process of creating a revamp that will see her switch to English. She also tells us that the song will be more “Eurovision-friendly”, making it very possible she’ll move up the rankings in future editions of this poll.
The fact that Tako is sending a Bond-esque song may encourage Lindita to tweak the song even more. No one wants to show up to the party and bump into another girl wearing the same dress, right?
Eurovision Top 3: Poll results
- Georgia: Tako Gachechiladze “Keep the Faith” 41.34% (1,527 votes)
- Belarus: NAVI “Historyja majho zyccia” 35.03% (1,294 votes)
- Albania: Lindita “Botë” (World) 23.63% (873 votes)
Total Votes: 3,694
Who is YOUR favourite? Do you agree with the results of our poll? Or do you agree with our three jurors in the video at top, all of whom put Belarus in spot #1? You can let us know in the comments box below!