The Netherlands and Norway have similar track records at Eurovision in recent years. The Dutch are still hunting for their first victory in over forty years, while Norway took the contest nine years ago.
At Eurovision 2018, the two face each other in the same semi-final, and both are in the overall top 15 with the bookies.
Of course, for the purposes of this poll, we’re only interested in one commonality — they’re both sending returning artists to Lisbon.
Norway is fielding the 2009 record-breaking winner Alexander Rybak, while former Common Linnets member Waylon is togging out for the Netherlands once more.
Both men bear heavy burdens of expectation, given that they both did so well previously. While they are predicted to qualify, we should, remember that returning acts often enjoy mixed fortunes upon their Eurovision comeback.
Nonetheless, we asked you to pick a favourite, and y’all duly obliged. After counting 2,860 votes, we can confirm that Eurovision 2014 runner-up Waylon is your comeback king.
Interview: Waylon at Eurovision in Concert 2018
Many of our readers bemoaned the tough choice, with many liking either both or neither. It’s understandable, the pair bring two completely different songs to the Eurovision stage.
“That’s How You Write A Song” is a child-friendly, pop song with a message of believing in yourself. “Outlaw In ‘Em”, on the other hand, is an American-style country rock number which tells us that everyone has a little bad in them.
But in the end, the majority pegged their allegiances to the country crooner. Waylon received 1,720 votes, or 60.4% of all votes cast. Meanwhile, Alexander Rybak received “only” 1,140 votes, which makes up 39.6% of all votes.
Poll results: who is your favourite returning artist at Eurovision 2018?
Note, for the purposes of this poll we only included artists who had previously competed as part of the main act. Therefore, artists who previously participated as backing singers — such as SuRie, Lea Sirk and César Sampson — weren’t included.
Do you agree with the poll results? Will Waylon beat Alexander when it comes to the real thing? Let us know in the comments below.