They say that history is written by the winners. And for Eurovision that is mostly the case. The victor gets the trophy and reprises their entry, while the whole shebang arrives in the winning country approximately twelve months later.
But that doesn’t mean that we forget about everyone else. Often, some would even suggest that the best songs always come second. We couldn’t possibly confirm or deny such a theory.
However, we were more than happy to put it to the test when we asked y’all to vote for your favourite second-place act of the 2010s. Now, after counting 12,565 valid votes, the results are in.
Your favourite Eurovision runner-up of the 2010s is Australia’s Dami Im with “Sound Of Silence”.
Australia’s Dami Im is your favourite Eurovision runner-up of the 2010s
In only its second year competing, Australia sashayed straight into the top two at Eurovision 2016. Dami Im’s “Sound of Silence” won the jury vote and was seemingly on the way to a landslide victory, but eventually finished second, a tiny margin behind Ukraine’s “1944”.
The Aussies picked up 2,883 votes or 22.94% of all votes cast.
Cyprus’ Eleni Foureira with “Fuego” comes second once again.
In the days leading up to Eurovision 2018, fans became more and more convinced that Cyprus would win it. But in the end, as Eurovision 2019 host Assi Azar would say, they didn’t. Despite that, the song still became a staple choice for fan favourite all-time tops and achieved widespread success across Europe. We even saw it performed by Måns Zelmerlöw on the Tel Aviv stage.
This time “Fuego” took home 2,323 votes or 18.49% of all votes cast.
The top three is completed by Bulgaria’s Kristian Kostov with “Beautiful Mess”.
The top of the 2017 scoreboard was a beautiful mess of different genres. The winner from Portugal won the jury vote and the public, with Bulgaria’s Kristian Kostov finishing second in both. Kostov not only got the highest score ever for a non-winner, he also got the second-highest score of all time. Furthermore, just one year after Poli Genova secured Bulgaria’s top score in the contest, Kristian smashed it and then some.
“Beautiful Mess” picked up 2,095 valid votes. That’s 16.67% of all votes cast.
Poll results: Who is the best runner-up of the past decade?
- 2016 (Australia): “Sound of Silence” 22.94% (2,883 votes)
- 2018 (Cyprus): “Fuego” 18.49% (2,323 votes)
- 2017 (Bulgaria): “Beautiful Mess” 16.67% (2,095 votes)
- 2019 (Italy): “Soldi” 14.93% (1,876 votes)
- 2015 (Russia): “A Million Voices” 7.56% (950 votes)
- 2014 (The Netherlands): “Calm After the Storm” 7.54% (948 votes)
- 2010 (Turkey): “We Could Be the Same” 5.34% (671 votes)
- 2012 (Russia): “Party for Everybody” 2.68% (337 votes)
- 2011 (Italy): “Madness of Love” 1.93% (242 votes)
- 2013 (Azerbaijan): “Hold Me” 1.91% (240 votes)
Total Votes: 12,565
Please note that due to discrepancies with voting numbers coming from a select few users, the results have been audited and revised by the Wiwi poll committee.
Is “Sound Of Silence” your favourite runner-up? Or do you prefer “Fuego”? Which entry did you vote for? Let us know in the comments below.