Fourteen countries decided to forego a national final this year, opting instead to choose their songs internally. Debates can rage far and wide over which process of selection is the best.
But one thing’s for sure — the pool of internally selected songs at Eurovision 2018 contains a number of contenders for the top ten, and possibly for victory.
At the end of March we asked you to name your favourite out of these 14 acts, and y’all certainly wanted your opinion to be heard, casting a total of 13,034 votes.
But in the end one lady came out on top, and that is Israel’s Netta. Her song “Toy” earned 1,867 votes, which equates to 14.32% of the total. She’s also a favourite with the bookies, the OGAE fan poll and currently leads our semi-final 1 poll, so things are looking good for our favourite chicken impersonator.
Coming in second place is Belgium’s Sennek. She earned 1,642 votes, or 12.6% overall, for her song “A Matter of Time”. Despite a rough first live performance at Israel Calling, Sennek holds strong in the bookmakers top ten. They clearly think she could be in the running to give Belgium yet another strong finish in Lisbon.
Third place goes to Greece’s Yianna Terzi and her entry “Oniro Mou”. You threw 1,625 votes (12.47%) her way. Greece has slowly risen up the odds over the past few weeks due to a lot of home support. The is despite Yianna not actually performing the song with live vocals yet, so Greece’s first rehearsal in the Altice Arena will be keenly anticipated. Can she deliver a stellar performance?
They may be second in the odds, but Bulgaria’s EQUINOX could only manage fourth in this poll. “Bones” earned 1,311 votes (10.06%). And rounding out the top five is Eye Cue from FYR Macedonia. Their song “Lost And Found” gained 1,252 votes (9.61%).
A special mention also to Cyprus’ Eleni Foureira, who was the only other act to earn over 1,000 votes. “Fuego” received 1,177 votes (9.03%).
Each of these acts have only a few days left to finish their preparations for Eurovision 2018 in Lisbon. There they’ll also have to battle against the 29 artists and songs chosen through a national final. But these 14 will all be hoping they’ll be the one to become the first internally selected winner of Eurovision since 2014.
Do you agree with the results? Which of these 14 acts are you routing for? And do you think any of them will go on to win Eurovision 2018? Let us know all your thoughts below.