Eurovision 2018 favourites

You know Eurovision season is hotting up when there are nine selection shows on a single Saturday night! And while most were just heats, we did have two finals. This weekend, Italy and Denmark selected their acts for Lisbon 2018.

This brings the total number of confirmed entries to nine. And, as always, it’s time to vote for your favourite.

You can listen to both new entries and watch our video reaction below. Then vote in our poll. Choose wisely, you can only vote ONE time. Voting ends at 23:59 CET on Thursday 15 January — just ahead of the Belarusian selection on Friday and Montenegro’s on Saturday.

We will then relaunch the poll to include both winners along with any other songs which might drop in the interim.

Denmark: Rasmussen “Higher Ground”

Despite DMGP boasting names such as 1990s darling Sannie (aka Whigfield) and regular fan favourite Ditte Marie, Denmark opted to go with Rasmussen on Saturday. And convincingly so. The bearded red-head won the superfinal with 50% of the vote. “Higher Ground” is a soaring Scandi-ballad while the fantasy-style staging has been compared to the vikings and Game Of Thrones. However, while clearly popular on home soil, the number has proven to be rather divisive with international Eurovision followers. Will Rasmussen be able to win them over in May?

Italy: Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro “Non mi avete fatto niente”

Saturday also saw Italy’s week long Sanremo festival draw to a close. Here victory went to last year’s runner-up Ermal Meta along with Fabrizio Moro. “Non mi avete fatto niente” was popular with viewers at home scooping more than half the televotes. But the entry has already caused controversy. Earlier in the contest, a debate arose as to whether the song could be considered “new”. Organisers deemed that no rules were broken and no action was taken. But will the allegations hamper the duo later as Eurovision season progresses?

WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE EUROVISION 2018 ACT SO FAR? VOTE NOW!

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Who is you favourite Eurovision 2018 act so far? Could one of these nine be the ultimate winner? Let us know in the comments below. And while you’re at it, share your rankings! 

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Joãoo Miguel
Joãoo Miguel
3 years ago

1. Albania 9.5/10
2. Italy 9.5/10
3. France 8.0/10
4. Spain 7.8/10
5. Switzerland 6.0/10
6. Czech Republic 5.5/10
7. Denmark 5.0/10
8. Malta 4.0/10
9. Spain 4.0/10
10 United Kingdom 0.5/10

marioooo
marioooo
3 years ago

1-Spain
2-France
3-Denmark
4-Malta
5-Czech Republic
6-UK
7-Switerland
8-Italy
9-Albania

Shanfa Chai
Shanfa Chai
3 years ago

1. France
2. Switzerland
3. Denmark
4. Czech Republic
5. Italy
6. Malta
7. United Kingdom
8. Spain
9. Albania

Nickfan
Nickfan
3 years ago

1. France
2. Spain
3. Albania
4. Denmark
5. Italy
6. Switzerland
7. Czech Republic
8. UK
9. Malta

Malahierba
Malahierba
3 years ago

Albania by far the best one till now.

AngieP
AngieP
3 years ago

1 France
2.Italy
3.Czech Republic
4.Albania
5.Malta
6.Spain
7.Switzerland
8.UK
9.Denmark

France still number 1 for me!

irish esc
irish esc
3 years ago

top 9 are:
1. italy.
2. albania.
3. france.
4. czech republic.
5. denmark.
6. switzerland.
7. spain.
8. malta.
9. uk.
love my top 7 and 8 + 9 are ok for me : )

Sophie228
Sophie228
3 years ago

Italy is my absolute fav! It’s deep and emotional, gets straight to your heart. Ermal and Fabrizio make connection with their sincere performance. (Btw, I’m not Italian)

XYZ
XYZ
3 years ago

Czech Republic – fun entry, great music, playfull lyrics, unexpected 8.5/10
Switzerland – actually a good song 7/10
Italy – uninteresting, but good lyrics 7/10
France – great music, terrible lyrics 7/10
Malta – Jesus, help us 2/10
Albania – annoying as hell 2/10
UK – bland, bland, bland, boring, very British 2/10
Denmark – wannabe something, but falls flat 1/10
Spain – such a terrible song 0/10

Griassi
Griassi
3 years ago
Reply to  XYZ

Terrible lyrics for France ???
Wtf

Sad
Sad
3 years ago

This year will be FULL of political songs, disguised as ”humanist” songs. France and Italy are only the beginning.

Ariana
Ariana
3 years ago
Reply to  Sad

France is disguised indeed and, besides, overhyped, Italy is quite straightforward and sounds much more sincere. Politics in songs should be allowed either to everybody or nobody.

escfan
escfan
3 years ago
Reply to  Ariana

France overhyped and disguised and Italy much more sincere !! lol with their false copied song, you are clearly deaf or pathetic italian or both

Gippa
Gippa
3 years ago
Reply to  escfan

It’s copied in a small part but from a song the written themselves. Is it really copying though?

Gippa
Gippa
3 years ago
Reply to  Gippa

*they

And Sanremo regulations permit it.

Ariana
Ariana
3 years ago
Reply to  escfan

I am NOT Italian 🙂 and the rules allow to “copy the song written by yourself” with less than 1/3 content. So no problem here 🙂

Gloria
3 years ago

I pray to God that Ermal and Fabrizio don’t get kicked out of ESC. I love the song, yes, but I love them more, amazing human beings. They are giving the song its meaning. Forza ragazzi!

Luxgirl
Luxgirl
3 years ago
Reply to  Gloria

I’m understand with you Italy it’s the best song ever for me.
It’s my fav song
I’m not from Italy ?? ??
This song is so emotional and I love the two singers and I’m happy but Italy bring all years so good songs and I hope this song win the Eurovision 2018 finallyyyyyy??
FORZA RAGAZZI????

Héctor
Héctor
3 years ago

Almost all of the songs selected so far are good.

1. Spain (8.5)
2. Albania (8.25)
3. Switzerland (7.25)
4. France (7)
5. Denmark (6.75)
6. Italy (6.75)
7. United Kingdom (6)
8. Czech Republic (4.5)
9. Malta (4)

blondboybc
blondboybc
3 years ago

Top 9 so far:
1) France (très bon!)
2) Albania (seriously underrated, love it!)
3) Denmark (dramatic, anthemic, Viking!)
4) Switzerland (decent indie pop/rock song)
5) Italy (well-performed, but not fan of song)
6) Czechia (decent, catchy r/b pop song, but live??) 7) Spain (as with Italy, but somewhat derivative)
8) UK (not bad, needs more impact)
9) Malta (underwhelming)

Darth Thulhu
Darth Thulhu
3 years ago

1. Czech Republic (I love R&B, Eurovision rarely does it well, he does it well)
2. France (very, very, very French, in the best possible way)
3. Switzerland (I also love rock, and again, Eurovision rarely does it this well)
4. Albania (solid work)
5. Spain (if they’re still this syrupy-sweet in three months, I’ll be impressed)
6. Denmark (meh)
7. Italy (double meh)
8. UK (triple meh)
9. Malta (yuck)

R
R
3 years ago

My favourite: Albania

Others I wouldn’t mind winning: Spain, Italy, France, Switzerland

Meh: UK, Denmark, Czech Republic

No: Malta

jim
jim
3 years ago

i’m not impressed by any of the songs so far, italy and denmark had the opportunity to send cool songs but wasted it

Mai
Mai
3 years ago

Seriously, the spanish subject is getting really annoying. Even if it will be a good idea to block the possibility of voting your country in this kind of polls, this is just a poll THAT’S ALL. Stop creating hate about spanish fans, some of them don’t deserve it and of course de singers don’t deserve any kind of hate.

Humanist
Humanist
3 years ago

1. Italy
2. France
3. Albania

Switzerland, UK, Czech Republic, or the other way round.

West
West
3 years ago

My top 9:
1. Denmark
2. Czech Republic
3. France
4. Albania
5. Italy
6. UK
7. Switzerland
8. Malta
9. Spain

hippolyte
hippolyte
3 years ago

9 – Spain – what the hell is that song? So annoying… ridiculous and silly.
8 – Malta – NOT going in final this year.
7 – Albania – somehow annoying
6 – Switzerland – nothing special about it.
5 – Denmark – lacking something
4 – UK – used to like it but eventually becomes annoying
3 – C R – average song
2 – Italy – poweful but nor memorable
1 – France – poweful and nice

allexo
allexo
3 years ago

if you want to reply to my comment feel free so.

Mr. Abbott
Mr. Abbott
3 years ago

Ermal Meta retwitted this poll. Nothing more to say about the results.

Akmens
Akmens
3 years ago

1. France
2. Malta
3. Denmark
4. Switzerland
5. Italy
6. Czech Republic
7. Albania
8. UK
9. Spain

something like this so far

allexo
allexo
3 years ago

i don’t like Italy’s song at all my number 9 at the moment, UK, Switzerland, Malta and Czech Republic are good but quite average but Spain, France,Albania and Denmark are the elites so far. Here is my top 9 (9-1) 9.Italy 8.Switzerland 7.United Kingdom 6.Malta 5.Czech Republic 4.Spain 3.Albania 2.Denmark 1.France I also don’t like the euro fans behaviour this year because i know that you’re mad that Asanda didn’t win but that does not mean that in every video where Surie has a high placing you have to massively dislike it, Another thing i don’t like is how Spanish… Read more »

Luxgirl
Luxgirl
3 years ago
Reply to  allexo

Noo that’s your taste but noooooo Italy is the best song ever for me not last in the top five but nottttt in the last place nooooooooo

Ilaria
3 years ago

La canzone Italiana non è un plagio, non è una copia, tutto è stato chiarito.
Se poi volete eliminare una bella canzone per far vincere un’altra nazione questo è un altro discorso.Provo a tradurre in inglese.
The Italian song is not a plagiarism, it is not a copy, everything has been clarified. If you want to eliminate a good song to win another nation, this is another matter. I try to translate it into English.

Kris
Kris
3 years ago

Rasmussen’s win is not all that convincing when you take into account he came second in televote.

How come no one complains about Italians rigging the poll?

Colin
Colin
3 years ago
Reply to  Kris

So did Salvador Sobral.

Kris
Kris
3 years ago
Reply to  Colin

Yeah so?

Weißbrot
Weißbrot
3 years ago
Reply to  Kris

You’re being ridiculous. It doesn’t matter which song is 1st in the poll…Eurofans ALWAYS say it’s ”rigged”, could you get more stupid? First Albania (which kinda made sense), then Spain now Italy? get a life.

Kris
Kris
3 years ago
Reply to  Weißbrot

Yes while I could get more stupid just like you!
But also, I never once cried foul over Spainish fans voting for Spain. While many did hence my question on the prejudice people here have over Spain!

Jo
Jo
3 years ago
Reply to  Kris

Well, somebody has to win these polls.

Louise
Louise
3 years ago
Reply to  Kris

He actually won the televote as well. Although televote was more close than the jury vote. DR published the results yesterday: https://www.dr.dk/event/melodigrandprix/nu-afsloerer-dr-fordelingen-saadan-stemte-seere-og-jury-til-grand-prix-finalen
Personally I preferred Starlight – but I am fine with the Viking going for our country. He seems like a cool guy.

Kris
Kris
3 years ago
Reply to  Louise

Thanks for that Louise. I like when televote winner wins. People were saying jury made higher ground win.

Louise
Louise
3 years ago
Reply to  Kris

Yes, I’ve seen the comments from people trying to diminish his win by saying the jury rigged it for him. So I just wanted to clear up that matter. He won fair and square and as a Dane I am not surprised he won at all.

Michèle
Michèle
3 years ago

I was a huge fan of Occidentali’s Karma last year and find this year’s song a bit ordinary by comparison, however I wish it well. Does anyone else get the similarity between the music in the verses of this year’s entry and that in the verses of Francesco Gabbani’s summer hit Tra le Granite E le Granate. Even though the tempo is different I think they are very similar…

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???? ?????
3 years ago

My top 3:

1. ITALY
2. ALBANIA
3. FRANCE

Jo
Jo
3 years ago

I voted for Albania, but I’m really surprised that we’re first.

Italy overrated
Italy overrated
3 years ago

Well I think Italy is overrated in this poll. First, we still dont know if the song is confirmed for Eurovision and second, if this song goes to Lisbon, i see Italy have a France 2015 fate. The 2 songs talked about violence (war/terrorism) and were wonderful but flopped because of the topic

Michèle
Michèle
3 years ago

Don’t know what to make of Italy this year – am a huge fan of Francesco and Occidentali’s Karma and this sounds quite ordinary by comparison, though I wish it well. Does anyone else find a similarity between the music in the verses of this year’s Italian song and that of Francesco’s summer hit Tra le Granite E le Granata? I can really here it…

allexo
allexo
3 years ago

it is wake up

Ola
Ola
3 years ago

Italy and France sharing my first place! Miles ahead of the others! <3

Bis
Bis
3 years ago

Top 9 from Norway: 1. CZECH REPUBLIC 2. France 3. Denmark 4. UK 5. Switzerland 6. Malta 7. Albania 8. Italy 9. Spain

YoungsterJoey
YoungsterJoey
3 years ago

Team Italy.

Denmark’s song sounds so cheesy, it would’ve fit better for Eurovision 6-10 years ago.

eurovision6
eurovision6
3 years ago
Reply to  YoungsterJoey

Agreed

Sabrina
Sabrina
3 years ago

The very good: 1) France (still the best package) The good, but I can’t measure how good yet: 2) Albania (the best performer, but we still need to listen to the final version) 2) Italy (the best lyrics, but we still need to listen to the final version) 4) Spain (I still like them, but I still have doubts about the song) The interesting: 5) Denmark (in my opinion,the kind of the song that fits Eurovision’s peculiar mindset) 6) Czechia (I still like it, but I don’t know how much) The average: 7) Switzerland 8) United Kingdom The bad: 9)… Read more »

Lourdes
Lourdes
3 years ago
Reply to  Sabrina

I like and agree a lot (with very minor differences) with your objective ranking and comments, Sabrina!

friedenau
friedenau
3 years ago

My Top 5:

1. Spain
2. France
3. UK
4. Italy
5. Albania

Peace and Love.

Daniel_2017
Daniel_2017
3 years ago

I voted for my top 3: 1. France (love, love, love that song); 2. Switzerland; 3. UK (nothing special in the studio version, but live it really comes, well, alive)

Vava_2505
Vava_2505
3 years ago

I really like the italian Song because it have e powerful,emotional message and the melodi is great
I love the two singers voices
1.Italy (10/10)
2.France(8/10)
3.Albania(7/10)
4.Switzerland(6/10)
5.Danmark (5/10)
6.Czech Republic (4,5/10)
7.Spain(4/10)
8.Malta(3/10)
9.Uk(2/10)
Sry UK i don’t like this song

Andromache
Andromache
3 years ago

Hey, people, you need to calm down. I’m not from Spain, I’m from Ukraine, I’ve listened all the songs and I praise Tu cancion as #1 only bcs I like the song, not bcs I’m “Spanish euro-fan”. “Poll is rigged”. It’s ridiculous!
I’ve never heard such a stupid thing. Why they should do this? It’s not The f*cking real contest.
If you don’t get a song, maybe there’s problem in you? Ha? 😉

friedenau
friedenau
3 years ago
Reply to  Andromache

Spain haters are way more annoying than spanish eurofans, who are totally entitled to support their entry. Funny thing is, I totally see Spain doing very well this year; the song might be cheesy, but in a cheesy way that people like (Rusia 2013 and 2015 come to my mind). They just need to fix the clothes and get rid of the pianos.

Kris
Kris
3 years ago
Reply to  friedenau

Russia 2015 was not cheesy! It could have won had it come from any other neutral country.

Joe
Joe
3 years ago
Reply to  Kris

Let’s face it: it was great, but it was very very cheesy.

Darth Thulhu
Darth Thulhu
3 years ago
Reply to  Joe

Yeah, I love Lady Gagarina, and that song was in my top five, but A Million Voices was pure, cornball, hokey-wholesome Cheese.

Joe
Joe
3 years ago
Reply to  friedenau

Preach!

mad-professor
mad-professor
3 years ago
Reply to  Andromache

“Why they should do this?” That’s the question we’ve been asking for years now.

Marcelo
Marcelo
3 years ago

Top 9 from Peru: 1. France (my top since it got chosen) 2. Albania (really amazing song, I really feel the rock vibe) 3. Italy (very touching lyrics, aside from the chorus, I really love the song) 4. Czech Republic (the live performance on Ukraine’s NF put it much higher) 5. Switzerland (still decent and nice song, got beated by Czech Republic) 6. United Kingdom (really have grown on me, but I’m skeptical as I prefer Lucie) 7. Spain (I have lost some love for it, but it’s still nice, tone down the cheese) 8. Denmark (really normal song, but… Read more »

Lourdes
Lourdes
3 years ago
Reply to  Marcelo

Excellent top 3!!

Marcelo
Marcelo
3 years ago
Reply to  Lourdes

Thank you very much, Lourdes. :3

charlie44
charlie44
3 years ago

Spain, by far!
Kisses from France!

Eren
Eren
3 years ago

overrated italian song by esc fans , this has not a quality be a top 10 material , if it was a song of anotheer country , it would probably hardly make the final and finish in 15-20 line.However , since it is Italy , ?t would be in 10-15 line.

Lion76
Lion76
3 years ago
Reply to  Eren

Dear Eran have you some explanation on what you say or do you have the crystal balls?

Sara
Sara
3 years ago

I really like the kids from Spain, they are adorable and great musicians, I watched them in OT, the song is not very strong but it’s very sweet. My votes are for Alfred and Amaia…. (GOOD LUCK from Portugal

Jose Abraham Garcia Martin
Reply to  Sara

Obrigado Sara Im from Madrid And I will go to lisbon to enjoy eurovision with portugal ;))

Pasadena
Pasadena
3 years ago

Spain still on top for me with Italy as close second. Denmark and Switzerland in the bottom.

Nickfan
Nickfan
3 years ago

1. France
2. Spain
3. Albania
4. Denmark
5. Czech Republic
6. Switzerland
7. Italy
8. Malta
9. UK

Miguel
Miguel
3 years ago

My top 9 is:

1. France (voted)
2. Italy (voted)
3. Switzerland
4. United Kingdom
5. Albania
6. Denmark
7. Czech Republic
8. Spain
9. Malta

Joe
Joe
3 years ago

My current picks. Just hoping Polegend doesn’t yell at me this time.
1. Spain
2. Czech Republic
3. Italy
4. France
5. Albania
6. Malta
7. Switzerland
8. Denmark
9. United Kingdom
And, as ever, I’d like to re-emphasize that I think they’re all very good so far. Nothing I would rate below a 7 yet.

Nikos
Nikos
3 years ago

Italy 1st? Loughing out loud, like really.

Salvadorable
Salvadorable
3 years ago
Reply to  Nikos

why? it’s a very good song though… Great voices put together and the song has such a deep message behind it. Of course the tastes differ. But it’s kinda surprising.

Chupacabra
Chupacabra
3 years ago

1) France (voice + instrumentalisation + message)
2)Czechia (witty, funny, professional, selfironic)
3) Italy
4) Spain (it will only work, if they´ll B still in love. must b authentic, fake will fail)

5) UK (party song, charismatic singer, growing)
6) Denmark (cheap for theme-park)
7) Switzerland

8) Malta
9) Albania (sorry, I don´t like his voice, also song bores me)
Austrian here.

Weißbrot
Weißbrot
3 years ago

So now that Italy is 1st instead of Spain I’m 100% sure, that all of you will start crying again… Eurofans are so annoying sometimes… Just because your favorite song isn’t first, doesn’t mean it’s all rigged.

Tniiiiiiin
Tniiiiiiin
3 years ago

You guys are so excited about Italian song but we still doesnt know if this song will be accepted by EBU after the problems related to the song (copy of an other song). Just stay calm and wait italian RAI to confirm its the real song for Italia