Forty-one countries are gearing up for Eurovision 2019 rehearsals, which begin on Saturday. And while most must contend with the semi-finals, a lucky six go direct to the grand final. These automatic qualifiers are last year’s winner and this year’s host Israel plus the Big Five — France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom.
Since 13 March, we’ve been asking y’all to pick your favourites. And the votes are in.
After counting a total of 21,306 votes, we can reveal that Israel’s Kobi Marimi is your favourite automatic qualifier before rehearsals. The “Home” crooner picked up 8,379 votes or 39.33% of all votes cast.
While the entry is not high on the bookies’ radar, Kobi has endeared himself with fans. In Amsterdam, he overcame in-ear issues with minimum fuss. Then, in Madrid, he proved his love for the contest when our Deban made him perform an impromptu medley of all Israel’s recent entries.
Kobi Marimi “Home” (Israel 2019) interview
In second place is the automatic qualifier which is actually ranking highest with both oddsmakers and OGAE Polls — Italy’s Mahmood. The “Soldi” hitmaker attracted 5,468 votes or 25.66% of all votes cast.
Despite struggling with the Sanremo televoters, “Soldi” has become the biggest commercial hit of Eurovision 2019 thus far. It cracked Spotify’s Global Top 50 charts, went gold in Switzerland and double platinum in Italy.
Mahmood “Soldi” (Italy 2019) Interview
France’s Bilal Hassani rounds out the top three. A tally of 3,648 votes ensures that the “Roi” chanteur takes home a crown of bronze.
In recent weeks, the bewigged YouTuber has released his debut album and shared billings with international stars like George Ezra and Bebe Rexha.
Bilal Hassani “Roi” (France 2019) Interview
Results: Who is your favourite automatic qualifier at Eurovision 2019?
- Israel: Kobi Marimi “Home” 39.33% (8,379 Votes)
- Italy: Mahmood “Soldi” 25.66% (5,468 Votes)
- France: Bilal Hassani “Roi” 17.29% (3,684 Votes)
- Spain: Miki “La Venda” 9.88% (2,106 Votes)
- United Kingdom: Michael Rice “Bigger Than Us” 4.76% (1,015 Votes)
- Germany: S!Sters “Sister” 3.07% (654 Votes)
Total Votes: 21,306
Do you agree with the results? Is Israel your favourite? Or are Germany and the UK underrated? Let us know in the comments.
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Note: This poll is just for fun. It is not designed to predict the final result in May.