For some artists the appeal of Eurovision just never fades. Each year we get a number of acts who have previously competed at the competition and who want another go at climbing to the top of the leaderboard.
In 2020, three acts had hoped to to return to the contest: Natalia Gordienko was due to come back as a solo artist for Molodva; Italian singer Senhit would have represented San Marino for the second time; and Sanja Vučić had brought in the help of her fellow Hurricane members for Serbia.
We asked you to vote for your favourite out of their proposed Eurovision 2020 entries. After counting 1,232 votes, we have a winner…
“Hasta La Vista” by Hurricane is your favourite Eurovision 2020 entry by a returning artist
Coming out on top was “Hasta La Vista” by Serbian trio Hurricane, which includes Eurovision alum Sanja Vučić.
Vučić first appeared at Eurovision in 2016, where she finished in eighteenth place in the grand final with the song “Goodbye (Shelter)”. The Serbian singer has since had a series of successful hits along with Ivana Nikolić and Ksenija Knežević, who collectively make up the girl-group Hurricane.
The trio earned 806 votes in this poll, which is 65.42% of the total vote. It’s fair to say that in this particular category Hurricane were the clear standout favourites.
Taking the silver medal was Senhit. The Italian star originally represented San Marino in 2011 with the song “Stand By”. Her Eurovision 2020 entry “Freaky!” would have been a big shift in musical style – moving from slow ballad to upbeat disco track.
Senhit and “Freaky!” picked up 270 votes. This is equal to 21.92% of the vote.
Finally, in third place is Moldova’s Natalia Gordienko. The star first made an appearance at Eurovision in 2006. Alongside Arsenium, she performed the song “Loca”. Moving in the opposite musical direction to Senhit, Gordienko’s entry for this year was the power ballad “Prison”.
In this poll, Gordienko earned 156 votes for her Eurovision 2020 song. That is equivalent to 12.66% of the overall number of votes cast.
Full result: Best Eurovision 2020 entry by a returning artist
- Serbia: Sanja Vučić (Hurricane) – “Hasta La Vista”, 65.42% (806 votes)
- San Marino: Senhit – “Freaky!”, 21.92% (270 votes)
- Moldova: Natalia Gordienko – “Prison”, 12.66% (156 votes)
Total votes: 1,232
Past vs Present
However, we also asked you to vote in separate polls to determine whether you preferred each artist’s current Eurovision 2020 entry, or their previous effort.
While some of the results of these particular polls were clear cut, there was one that went down to wire.
Of the 1,005 people that voted, there was a clear two-thirds/one-third split in the result for Natalia Gordienko’s songs. Despite finishing in third place in the main poll, the majority of fans believe that “Prison” is a step up from the Moldovan singer’s previous Eurovision 2006 entry “Loca”.
Full result: Favourite Eurovision entry by Natalia Gordienko
- “Prison” (2020), 66.87% (672 votes)
- “Loca” (2006), 33.13% (333 votes)
Total votes: 1,005
The poll between Senhit’s two Eurovision entries again had a clear winner. Just over 70% of the 1,067 voters thought that the star’s newest entry “Freaky!” was the better of the two songs.
Full result: Favourite Eurovision entry by Senhit
- “Freaky!” (2020), 70.85% (756 votes)
- “Stand By” (2011), 29.15% (311 votes)
Total votes: 1,067
Despite offering relatively different genres between her two Eurovision entries, it appears that y’all like Sanja Vučić’s “Goodbye (Shelter)” and “Hasta La Vista” just as much as each other. The final result of the 1,244 voters was pretty much 50:50. The Serbian star’s Eurovision 2020 entry alongside Hurricane narrowly came out on top by 0.64% of the vote.
Full result: Favourite Eurovision entry by Sanja Vučić
- “Hasta La Vista” (2020), 50.64% (630 votes)
- “Goodbye (Shelter)” (2016), 49.36% (614 votes)
Total votes: 1,244
What do you think of these results? Are you a fan of artists returning to Eurovision for a second attempt? Sound off in the comments below!