Occidentalli's Karma

In this year’s sea of 42 acts, a handful stand out for the way they work their tongue. And by tongue we mean their native language. Italy’s Francesco Gabbani, France’s Alma, Portugal’s Salvador Sobral, Hungary’s Joci Papai, Belarus’ Naviband and Spain’s Manel Navarro have all chosen to sing all or at least a majority of their song in a language other than English. To them we say bonjour, ciao and hola! 

Earlier in the spring we launched a poll asking you to have a listen — Google Translate optional — and to let us know your favourites. After counting 7,445 votes, we can now reveal that Italy’s “Occidentalli’s Karma” is your favourite non-English song of Eurovision 2017.

Francesco Gabbani: “Occidentalli’s Karma” dress rehearsal

Francesco amassed 2,164 votes — or around 29% of the overall vote. We’ve evolved from the ape — and our readers are feeling that connection.

The Italian singer and his gorilla secured 500 more votes than runner-up Alma from France.

A total of 1,629 of you wanted to smile in the middle of a “Requiem” with the French starlet. That’s around 22% of the total vote.

Alma “Requiem” dress rehearsal

Rounding out the top three is the Portuguese sensation Salvador Sobral, who received 1,490 votes, or around 20% of the overall vote.

The oddsmakers are currently going crazy for Portugal — he’s narrowing on Italy for the win. And our readers will surely be happy because of that.

Salvador Sobral: “Amar pelos dois” dress rehearsal

Hungary’s Joci Pápai came fourth in the poll. His ethno number “Origo” convinced 1,011 of you. That translates to around 14% of the total vote for the Romani singer.

Joci Pápai: “Origo” dress rehearsal

In fifth place there’s Belarus’ Naviband. Their happy-clappy “Historija mayho zyccia” received 873 votes — around 12%.

Naviband: “Story of my life” dress rehearsal

Last but not least, Spain’s Manel Navarro finished in sixth place, with 278 votes or around 4%.

Manel Navarro: “Do it for your lover” rehearsal

Here are the full results:

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Do you agree with our poll? Which of these six acts will place the highest on Saturday? Can any of them win? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below!

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pizdziec
pizdziec
3 years ago

I don’t see Europe completely falling under charm of Salvador. I don’t see waterfall of 12’s for him. He will get couple for sure. Italy too. But this year it’s gonna be surprise – some stuff almost no-one predicts to win. It’s gonna decide until the last set of results.

Manu
Manu
3 years ago

Watch my last top of the Grand Final!

Click here https://youtu.be/UoOxO1vDlCg

Thank you from Spain

Anne
Anne
3 years ago

PORTUGAL favourite to win in every bets and odds all over the world. It overcame Italy… Portugal will win..

pizdziec
pizdziec
3 years ago
Reply to  Anne

Sorry, it wont.

Patrick G
Patrick G
3 years ago
Reply to  pizdziec

The odds are usually wrong, 4/7 of the last 7 winners weren’t the favorite

Tom
Tom
3 years ago

1. Belarus Naviband
2. France
3. Portugal

Anne
Anne
3 years ago

this ranking is ridiculous… because is a past ranking that started weeks ago… last week till now, Portugal beat everyone by far.

Donal O Keeffe
Donal O Keeffe
3 years ago

I’ve Italy from the first moment I heard it. Fun, clever and extremely catchy. I’ve also loved France from day one. It’s got an eastern pop influence which I like and it could garner votes from everywhere. Portugal I also loved from the beginning. It’s old school style and feel good factor will bound people to nostalgia in the face of all the political madness going on. A throw back to less complicated days. I would love these songs to be in the top 3. Possible wishful thinking but let’s hope. I will put my neck on the line and… Read more »

Amir
Amir
3 years ago

Please Everyone vote for Italy. They deserve to win. Not fair Someone comes in And spoils the limelight. Portugal entry is boring

Ross
Ross
3 years ago

Portugal is so dull. The song goes nowhere.

Italy has to win this.

Anne
Anne
3 years ago
Reply to  Ross

Italy song is a fast food song… everyone is tired of that song. Portugal will win.

Anne
Anne
3 years ago
Reply to  Ross

Portugal will win this year.

Gustavo Castro
Gustavo Castro
3 years ago

Italy is BORING al the People.
Te problem is they present the song a lote time a go….and we are boring to listen te [email protected]
PORTUGAL give us a diferent point of view!
Portugal 12..12…12..12..points from Spain!
We are brothers!
LISBOA 2018!!

Iamme
Iamme
3 years ago
Reply to  Gustavo Castro

Never mind, you spanish with your australian song&mood will get not many votes. I am sure the belgian song’s could work very well also in french/flemish tongue!

Jana
Jana
3 years ago

Of course I would want my Country to win #Lisbon2018 but if it is #Rome2018 whatever
Good luck to everyone!

Rich
Rich
3 years ago

Gabbani’s new Album “Magellan” is out now, just before the final.

Pedro
Pedro
3 years ago

PORTUGAL! Go Salvador 😀

AngieP
AngieP
3 years ago

Definitely!! No doubt about it!
Italy winner!

Ban them all
Ban them all
3 years ago

Gimmicks should be banned, no gorillas or treadmills, comedy acts like Romania and Croatia should be banned too. EBU must create a list with genres allowed, no fast-food pop, or dated songs, only quality music like Amar Pelos Dois. Also we need a proper dress code, transparent shirts like Imri or Slavko had should be banned, also miniskirts. Eurovision is not a place to show your skin, the new Eurovision dress code must bring back decency, fully clothed men like Salvador Sobral, and virtuous women like Luisa Sobral. Remember that is a family show and a high standard must be… Read more »

HubertZnajomski
3 years ago
Reply to  Ban them all

You want to ruin fun of Eurovision. Get a life.

s@ga
3 years ago
Reply to  Ban them all

I really hope you are not serious. ROFL

Ban them all
Ban them all
3 years ago

Yes, it was a joke.

Gippa
Gippa
3 years ago
Reply to  Ban them all

Yeah, women in Burka and men with tunics.
That what will make Eurovision great again.

Mattias Sollerman
Mattias Sollerman
3 years ago
Reply to  Ban them all

Also, everyone should share 1st place so that no feelings get hurt.
Juries should award emojis instead of points.

Ban them all
Ban them all
3 years ago

And in the green room, only water and tea should be served, not vicious drinks like champagne.

Mattias Sollerman
Mattias Sollerman
3 years ago
Reply to  Ban them all

I’m thinking the green room might have to go, as the artists don’t need to be present anyway. All songs should be performed by the same 3-4 artists, hand picked for their high level of sophistication, + live orchestra to safeguard the integrity of the music.

Ban them all
Ban them all
3 years ago

And because music is an universal language, each country must send songs with words that nobody understands. Pyros and smoke machines should be banned, this is not a circus.

Mattias Sollerman
Mattias Sollerman
3 years ago
Reply to  Ban them all

Indeed, it’s called Eurovision SONG Contest after all.
On a related note, why isn’t anyone honoring the Greek Gods at the Olympic Games anymore? I mean, it’s right there in the name. Now it’s all about easy to digest ‘sports’ and who can run the fastest etc.
We live in very dark times indeed. People are so out of touch.

Ban them all
Ban them all
3 years ago

I’m worried about the noise from the audience. They must be instructed to applaud without touching the hands.

Mattias Sollerman
Mattias Sollerman
3 years ago
Reply to  Ban them all

And the flags. The flags have to go.
Music has no borders.

Ban them all
Ban them all
3 years ago

Hosts must be hidden, it’s only about what they say, their presence might distract the jury, 100% professional jury, the masses are stupid and don’t know what to vote.

Mattias Sollerman
Mattias Sollerman
3 years ago
Reply to  Ban them all

The human element appears to be the crux of the issue. Needs to be eliminated.
Emotions just get in the way of true beauty.

Ban them all
Ban them all
3 years ago
Reply to  Ban them all

I reply to myself because there’s no reply button anymore for your post.
When everything will be fixed, and ESC will be how it should be, I have one last wish. To keep the water on stage. I secretly hope that those girls from Poland 2014 will come back one day.

Mattias Sollerman
Mattias Sollerman
3 years ago
Reply to  Ban them all

Amen to that.

Gippa
Gippa
3 years ago

I’m for the emoji thing though.

Ban them all
Ban them all
3 years ago
Reply to  Gippa

But only happy faces.
”very good”, ”excellent”, ”exquisite”, ”magnificent”

R
R
3 years ago
Reply to  Ban them all

Talk to Oprah to help you give bans like she gives cars!

Iamme
Iamme
3 years ago
Reply to  Ban them all

Let’s not allow people with healthy problems then!

Racal
Racal
3 years ago

Stop everything guys: for the first time in months, Italy is not leading the betting odds anymore. Portugal just overthrew Francesco!!

Gippa
Gippa
3 years ago
Reply to  Racal

So now can stop everyone hating Italy?
Yes please, all the hate ruined my Esc mood.

Denis
Denis
3 years ago
Reply to  Racal

Polls do tend to change. I expect it to change several times until tommorow. Italy has been much less exposed than Italy, of course the polls will notice it. Based on how rehersals are going tonight, and jury voting later I expect Italy will be slipping back up again a few times.

Cesar
Cesar
3 years ago
Reply to  Racal

Bulgaria is going to win… people will find Italy and Portugal “safe”, jury splits votes between them and then Eastern Europe votes for Bulgaria and he wins.. just look at Jamala… it was a battle between Australia and Russia… and then..

Kai
Kai
3 years ago

Portugal
They gonna make it!! Lisbon 2018

PaudiPT
PaudiPT
3 years ago

The pope arrives in Portugal and, at the same time, Portugal goes straight to the 1st place on the betting table. That surely is a nice coincidence 🙂

Jana
Jana
3 years ago
Reply to  PaudiPT

XD And what a coincidence! XD
#Lisboa2018!

Make it happen
Make it happen
3 years ago
Reply to  PaudiPT

Then I hope the pope doesn’t leave the country until sunday. 😛

R
R
3 years ago
Reply to  PaudiPT

And the pope’s name is: Francesco! 😮

s@ga
3 years ago

Go Salvador but also goooo Blanche 😉

Yellowman
3 years ago

Duh!!! He’s the best!!! Go for gold Italy!!!

Gustavo Castro
Gustavo Castro
3 years ago

Portugal is FIRST in oodsheker NOW!
HO PORTUGAL
12 POINTS from Spain

Maria
Maria
3 years ago

A couple of days ago, I though Portugal would win as the song had gained so much momentum and Francesco didn’t deliver (vocally speaking) during the first semi-final, but after watching the second dress rehearsal, where he was way more polished and his voice was much stronger, I feel he could take it. Perhaps he won’t win by a landslide as we initially predicted, since the running order doesn’t particularly help him, but it could happen. And I think Bulgaria might get a second place.

VF
VF
3 years ago

It’s definitely between Portugal, Italy, and Bulgaria. I’m not as sure about Italy as I was, though. That staging… And coming before Portugal…

VF
VF
3 years ago
Reply to  VF

I really hope for Lisbon 2018 or, at least, Rome or some other city in Italy. The idea of Eurovision in Bulgaria… meh.

Jo
Jo
3 years ago
Reply to  VF

The staging looks better during the rehearsal today.

Jeff23
Jeff23
3 years ago

The winner is…..Belgium 😉
Follows Portugal,Italy and Belarus
Go Blanche

Education Sentimentale
Education Sentimentale
3 years ago
Reply to  Jeff23

You’re saying Blanche doesn’t sing English? I always thought she sounded a bit strange, but …

VF
VF
3 years ago

Portugal is the first in the odds now.

Maria
Maria
3 years ago
Reply to  VF

They have been changing constantly. They will overcome each other constantly until tomorrow, I guess.

#MarioVision
#MarioVision
3 years ago
Reply to  VF

Wow.. Omg! :O

Denis
Denis
3 years ago
Reply to  VF

That’s only because Italy hasn’t gone through semi-final, therefore lack of exposure. I think the odds will change again once we have had final rehersal, jury voting and clip of performances released and reviewed.

Hi
Hi
3 years ago

Its not gonna winn tomorow. And the winnwr is…….
BULGARIA

Norvege
Norvege
3 years ago
Reply to  Hi

lol

Michaela
Michaela
3 years ago
Reply to  Hi

You said few days ago, that the winner is Portugal. xD

Gil
Gil
3 years ago
Reply to  Michaela

He/she is a schizophrenic Gabbani-hater xD

Education Sentimentale
Education Sentimentale
3 years ago
Reply to  Hi

Luckily, O.K. will still be the great song it is, even if it doesn’t win. And it’s about non-English songs here, anyway: your beloved Bulgaria didn’t even have the guts to sing in their own language. So what’s your point?

AngieP
AngieP
3 years ago
Reply to  Hi

If Bulgaria could win this should be last year! It was amazing!

I believe Poli was better than Kristian, but Kristian is also a great performer and he can do as well as in 2016!