Tonight was supposed to be the night. Semi-final one of Eurovision 2020 would take place and we’d learn the first ten qualifiers for Saturday’s grand final. Alas, that’s not the case.
Of course, Eurovision 2020 is no more. Therefore, we’ll never be able to definitively distinguish the tops from the flops. However, the spirit of the 2020 contest remains very much alive. And you all still have your favourites.
Precisely who would have qualified is anyone’s guess. But who did you want to see make it?
Eurovision 2020 semi-final one favourites
We asked you to vote for your semi-final one favourites. And after counting a total of 17,143 votes for 17 acts, the results are in.
Ukraine’s Go_A have emerged on top. The “Solovey” group secured 2,497 votes or 14.57% of all votes cast.
“Solovey” is a song that not many will get, but those who get it know it is an extremely cleverly written song. Combining classical folk elements of Ukrainian poetry with modern-day music is no easy feat, but Go_A pull it off. This does not only show that they are extremely artistic, but also that they are extremely talented.
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This evening we’re opening the doors to the Church of Solovey! Ukraine’s @go_a_band will be part of The Wiwi Jam At Home on Wednesday May 13! ? Go_A were due to represent Ukraine at Eurovision 2020 with “Solovey”. • For the #wiwijam, Go_A will sing an acoustic version of their entry. • Singer Kataryna Pavlenko, multi-instrumentalist Taras Shevchenko, sopilka player Ihor Didenchuk and guitarist Ivan Hryhoryak comprise Go_A. They combine EDM, traditional Ukrainian music and Drum & Bass. Experimenting is not something that scares them. Those who love some classic Slavic folktronica will be in for a treat with their song “Solovey”. • Follow @wiwijam for updates. Graphics by @cinansdl • #WiwiJam #WiwiJamAtHome #WiwiJam2020 #Eurovision #Eurovision2020 #ESC2020 #EurovisionSongContest #OpenUp #EurovisionSongContest2020
In second place, we have the one-time bookies’ favourites and Wiwibloggs Scoreboard winners The Roop with “On Fire”. The Lithuanian group amassed an impressive 2,131 votes. That’s 12.43% of all votes cast.
I’m a sucker for indie entries in Eurovision, and this screams “Lithuania’s Hot Chip” to me. When the video of The Dance™ appeared all over my timeline I dismissed it slightly before hearing that bassline just before it begins — a full listen was required. This is no joke entry, it’s just not your standard Eurovision performance. And run-of-the-mill doesn’t get you a trophy, y’all! The Roop have given us high-art edition It’s alternative — and I shall grieve the fact we won’t see it on the Eurovision stage forevermore.
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The heat is getting higher… Lithuania’s ?? @theroopband are going to burn it up at The Wiwi Jam At Home on Wednesday May 13! ? The band were due to sing for Lithuania at Eurovision 2020. • For the #wiwijam, The Roop will perform a unique quarantine version of “On Fire”. • The Roop is made up of Vaidotas Valiukevi?ius, Robertas Baranauskas, and Mantas Banišauskas. They formed in 2014. Since then they have released two albums. They previously attempted to enter Eurovision in 2018. Two years later they won the national selection with a record-breaking televote score. • Follow @wiwijam for updates. Graphics by @cinansdl • #WiwiJam #WiwiJamAtHome #WiwiJam2020 #Eurovision #Eurovision2020 #ESC2020 #EurovisionSongContest #OpenUp #EurovisionSongContest2020
Snatching the bronze medal is Russia’s Little Big. The “Uno” hitmakers amassed 1,493 votes or 8.71% of all votes cast.
Unexpectedly, this has turned out to be one of my favourite songs from 2020. It’s trashy and it’s fun, but there’s a place for that. Little Big bring style and attitude, along with a really well thought out performance. The song might seem like dumb fun, but every part of it feels like it has been well considered. And as much as I’m not ready for a revival of flared trousers, “Uno” makes me want to at least consider a bootleg cut.
Rounding out the top five is Malta’s Destiny and Norway’s Ulrikke. The remaining five qualifiers — according to our readers — would have been Azerbaijan’s Efendi, Romania’s Roxen, Sweden’s The Mamas, Israel’s Eden Alene and Australia’s Montaigne.
Check out the full results below.
Poll Results: Who is your favourite act from semi-final one of Eurovision 2020?
- Ukraine: Go_A “Solovey” 14.57% (2,497 votes)
- Lithuania: The Roop “On Fire” 12.43% (2,131 votes)
- Russia: Little Big “Uno” 8.71% (1,493 votes)
- Malta: Destiny “All of My Love” 8.11% (1,390 votes)
- Norway: Ulrikke “Attention” 7.58% (1,299 votes)
- Azerbaijan: Efendi “Cleopatra” 7.2% (1,234 votes)
- Romania: Roxen “Alcohol You” 6.95% (1,192 votes)
- Sweden: The Mamas “Move” 6.59% (1,130 votes)
- Israel: Eden Alene “Feker libi” 6.36% (1,091 votes)
- Australia: Montaigne “Don’t Break Me” 5.39% (924 votes)
- Ireland: Lesley Roy “Story of My Life” 3.74% (641 votes)
- Belgium: Hooverphonic “Release Me” 3.03% (520 votes)
- Cyprus: Sandro “Running” 2.61% (448 votes)
- Croatia: Damir Kedžo “Divlji vjetre” 2.01% (345 votes)
- North Macedonia: Vasil “You” 1.74% (298 votes)
- Belarus: VAL “Da vidna” 1.49% (255 votes)
- Slovenia: Ana Soklič “Voda” 1.49% (255 votes)
Total Votes: 17,143
Do you agree with the results? Is Ukraine your favourite? Which songs are underrated? Let us know in the comments.
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Note: This poll is just for fun. It was not designed to predict the final result.