Following a slower than normal start, the Eurovision 2018 season is finally in full flow. In the space of just eight days, the number of entries has increased six-fold!
Two of the bunch have landed within the last 24 hours — Malta’s Christabelle with “Taboo” and Switzerland’s Zibbz with “Stones”. Can either act knock Spain’s Alfred & Amaia off the top spot? Or could one of the other three chosen acts bounce back?
It’s time to choose your favourites!
You can listen to both new tracks and watch our video reactions below. Then vote in our poll. Choose wisely, you can only vote ONE time. Voting ends at 23:59 CET on Tuesday 6 January — just ahead of the UK selection on Wednesday.
We will then relaunch the poll to include the You Decide winner, as well as any other songs which might drop in the interim.
Eurovision 2018: Top six
Malta: Christabelle “Taboo”
It was fourth time lucky for Christabelle Borg when she swept to victory in Malta’s MESC on Saturday night. Dealing with the theme of mental health, “Taboo” struck a chord with both the international juries and the viewers at home, receiving top marks from both constituencies. However, fans with long memories are already comparing the track unfavourably to her past hits like “Rush” and “Kingdom”. Of course, Eurovision viewers watching at home for the first time won’t be familiar with either, but will the song’s message resonate with them in May?
Switzerland: Zibbz “Stones”
Earlier tonight, brother-sister duo Zibbz won the Swiss selection in a similarly emphatic fashion. Corinne “Co” and Stee Gfeller beat out five other acts with “Stones”. They bring a more alternative sound to Europe compared to Switzerland’s most recent entries. Are they just what the Alpine nation needs to make its first final since 2014? Or are they destined to go the same way as Timebelle and Rykka?