Once you’ve caught the Eurovision bug, it’s hard to escape it. That’s certainly the case for four acts in 2022, who are returning to the Eurovision stage for another go.

These four acts hail from Bulgaria, Moldova, Italy and Ukraine. So we want to know, which song is your favourite from these returning artists?

Below, you’ll find a series of polls. Firstly, there are four poll battles for each artist, where you can vote for your favourite of their Eurovision entries. In these polls you can only vote for ONE song.

Then finally, there’s a 2022 specific poll, where each act goes against one another for your vote over this year’s entries. In this poll, you can vote for as many acts as you like.

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Poll battles: Eurovision 2022 returning artists

Bulgaria – Stoyan Yankoulov (Intelligent Music Project)

Bulgaria have selected the supergroup Intelligent Music Project for Eurovision 2022 with “Intention”. Among their line-up is drummer Stoyan Yankoulov, who has graced the Eurovision stage on two previous occasions.

In 2007 and 2013, Stoyan put his drumming skills on full show as part of the duo Elitsa & Stoyan. Performing alongside vocalist Elitsa Todorova, the pair delivered the folk songs “Water” and “Samo Shampioni”.

With “Water” in 2007, Elitsa & Stoyan gave Bulgaria their first ever qualification and top five finish at the contest. Things didn’t go as well with “Samo Shampioni” in 2013, as the pair failed to qualify for the grand final.

Moldova – Zdob și Zdub

Moldova’s Zdob și Zdub also make their third appearance at Eurovision this year. They’ll be singing “Trenuleţul” in collaboration with Fraţii Advahov.

The group first graced the stage in 2005 as Moldova’s very first act at the contest. It was a successful debut and Zdob și Zdub finished sixth with their song “Boonika bate doba”.

Six years later, the folk punk band returned for another taste. At Eurovision 2011 they performed “So Lucky”. Wearing giant gnome hats, Zdob și Zdub again reached the left-hand side of the scoreboard, finishing in 12th place.

Italy – Mahmood

It’s only been three years since Mahmood first stepped onto the Eurovision stage, but the Italian star is already back for round two.

In 2019, Mahmood took home the silver medal thanks to his contemporary R&B hit “Soldi”.

This time around, he’ll be hoping to go one further and clinch that gold. He won’t be alone in 2022 either, as he’s joined by duet partner BLANCO for “Brividi”.

Ukraine – Ihor Didenchuk (Kalush Orchestra)

The dust has barely settled on Ihor Didenchuk’s appearance at Eurovision 2021 but he’s already returning to represent Ukraine in 2022.

Ihor is the flautist in electro-folk band Go_A, who took Ukraine to the top five in 2021 with the spellbinding entry “Shum”.

But Ihor is a man of many talents … and groups. The instrumentalist is also a member of Kalush Orchestra, who are Ukraine’s chosen act for Eurovision 2022 with the song “Stefania”.

Poll: Who is your favourite returning act at Eurovision 2022?

In this poll you can vote for as many of the four acts as you wish. But you can still only vote once!

Which of each acts’ songs did you vote for? And who is your number one returning act for Eurovision 2022? Share all your thoughts in the comments below.

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There is a light guiding my way
There is a light guiding my way
3 months ago

I’m thinking that Nika Kocharov also deserves a separate poll on whether we prefer “Lock Me In” or “Midnight Gold”…

There is a light guiding my way
There is a light guiding my way
4 months ago

Not even a question for me, Zdob si Zdub supremacy! The ultimate kings of Moldova! They are also my overall winners. Their music is simply another level! “Trenuletul” was my jam since it came out back in November and I legit didn’t expect them to take part in the selection, imagine how excited I was when they did??! OMG they definitely must finally get their justice for being robbed of the top 3 back in 2005! And it’s even better than Boonika Bate Toba! And on the top of everything, has the most actual message ever in the current geopolitical… Read more »

There is a light guiding my way
There is a light guiding my way
4 months ago

Forgot to mention that with all this horrible war situation, the song has got a whole new layer of meaning, since the recently reopened Chisinau-Bucharest train route the song is dedicated to, has taken over a huge part of the refugees’ flow to help them get to European Union. Two months ago one could say it’s weird to dedicate a whole song to a railway line, after all, it’s just a train? Now I bet we wouldn’t like to imagine how harder the humanitarian situation could’ve been hadn’t the reopening happened in December, and there been no trains going from… Read more »

Nils
Nils
4 months ago

A few months ago, I was asking for a Zdub si Zdub return. Now I think, Moldova made a mistake. The song is too traditionally folkloristic to appeal to many people outside the Balkans. I expect Zdob si Zdub’s first NQ.

There is a light guiding my way
There is a light guiding my way
4 months ago
Reply to  Nils

Folklore is never a mistake. It’s literally the only music genre in that isn’t ever able to get out of style or expire, because it was already tested by centuries. It’s timeless. Even more classical than classical music itself. Folklore is a pride and a soul of every nation or ethnic group in the world. Folklore can never be wrong. Now I’m not saying you are when you say of Eurovision appeal, although I wish you were cause, as any fan, I want to believe good things about Eurovision and its audience, but if you are right, it, unfortunately, says… Read more »

Sabrina
Sabrina
4 months ago

Mahmood is one of my favorite artists doing music these days, period. But I voted also for Ihor, because his magical flute is a force to be reckoned. That said, though I love “Brividi” and “Stefania”, “Soldi” and “Shum” are between my favorite Eurovision’s songs ever, so I can see why the new ones are losing the polls. And this is a good example on how 2022’s lineup isn’t bad at all (in fact, I say it’s a very good one), it’s just that mine and most fans personal favorites this time seem to be a few steps behind the… Read more »

Miss Uncongeniality
Miss Uncongeniality
4 months ago

None of them is this year with a better option than their previous attempt

Timi
Timi
4 months ago

The drummer from Reddi is also returning.

Park Shin Hye
Park Shin Hye
4 months ago
Reply to  Timi

Really ? Which was her first participation ? Denmark is my 10th i love it.

DonutLover
DonutLover
4 months ago
Reply to  Park Shin Hye

I think she was part of Denmark 2012 but maybe i am wrong

Sir Stevia
Sir Stevia
4 months ago
Reply to  DonutLover

You’re correct.

Im so fab
Im so fab
4 months ago

I voted for Bulgaria as a late April fools joke.

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
4 months ago
Reply to  Im so fab

I gave you a like. Wiwibloggs readers can’t take jokes.

Jonas
Jonas
4 months ago

I hope Ihor is actually there, not like at Vidbir.

Dani
Dani
4 months ago

Out of all of them, Italy is my favourite but I kinda fell out of love with it. I really enjoyed it during the first couple weeks but it doesn’t do much for me anymore for some reason? But I definitely understand why it’s so loved.

West
West
4 months ago
Reply to  Dani

Honestly – same. I still enjoy the song, especialy how their voices harmonize, but I enjoy it a lot less now.

Leo M
Leo M
4 months ago

Mahmood is my favourite returning artist but Soldi is much better than Brividi

esc_fl
esc_fl
4 months ago

I’d say Mahmood is the best out of those four by far, but I can’t seem to appreciate Brividi as much as I’d like to. I would have liked it if it was just Mahmood singing it without Blanco, even if he was having trouble reaching the high notes in Sanremo. Blanco’s parts are ok, but his behavior throws me off too much. The lyrics are beautiful, though, both of them did a great job.

esc_fl
esc_fl
4 months ago
Reply to  esc_fl

Also, Brividi seems like a song that should be sung raw; I thought the autotune in the studio version conflicted with that.

Andrea
Andrea
4 months ago
Reply to  esc_fl

THANK YOU! Finally someone that agrees with me that autotune just ruins it

Sos
Sos
4 months ago
Reply to  esc_fl

They didn’t use autotune lol

There is a light guiding my way
There is a light guiding my way
4 months ago
Reply to  esc_fl

I’m out of the bubble lately, what have Blanco done?

Chupacabra
Chupacabra
4 months ago

Mahmood’s Soldi is for me like Shum one of the best entries ever. 2022 is quite mediocre. Among returning artists, Mahmood with Blanco best. But I don’t get brividi with Brividi. In my Top 5 though.

John
John
4 months ago

How is Mahmood vs. others poll not at 97%?

Helen Keller
Helen Keller
4 months ago

Stoyan Yankoulov, without a doubt!

Lambert
Lambert
4 months ago

Clearly Mahmood with Soldi. Together with Euphoria, the top entry in recent Eurovision history.

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
4 months ago
Reply to  Lambert

Arcade > Soldi

Sos
Sos
4 months ago
Reply to  GojoSatoru

They are both good songs, but they are also very different.
It’s subjective

Robert
Robert
4 months ago

Brividi obviously my fave from these.. But winning Eurovision is to me between Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden, the UK and for sentimental value Ukraine..

Una
Una
4 months ago

Zdob si Zdub!! I prefer “Trenuletul” by Zdob si Zdub and Fratii Advahov. It makes me very happy!!

Dawid
Dawid
4 months ago

I wonder who will win xd

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
4 months ago

I would prefer Mahmood and he DOES have an amazing singing voice, showing his capabilities as a singer as well as a rapper, BUT I really just want him to return with a similar song to Soldi. Soldi had its own unique magic and rap is rarely done as well at Eurovision. Am I so bad for wanting this?

Dawid
Dawid
4 months ago

My point exactly. Mahmood on his own is really good. Is this song that good? No, sorry

Jo.
Jo.
4 months ago

Listen to his discography, he doesn’t repeat himself

Vale
Vale
4 months ago

Mahmood is not a rapper. His main stylistic genre is r&b.

Andy
Andy
4 months ago

Two of the biggest winning candidates are here.
If Italy wins , i am not sure if they are going to be the host country for 2023 because it must be hard to organise Eurovision two times in a row.
If Ukraine wins , it’s so hard to host Eurovision there because you know.
On the other hand , If Sweden wins we will watch a great organised show from a Eurovisionation country and it’s going to be night with full of Eurovision spirit.

Zed
Zed
4 months ago
Reply to  Andy

They organise Sanremo every single year (even during a pandemic) with 5 live shows. It’s not THAT hard, if they want. And I don’t think it’s fair to choose a winner based on “Who can host better next year?”

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
4 months ago
Reply to  Zed

Sanremo is hardly Eurovision.

Jo.
Jo.
4 months ago
Reply to  Andy

RAI is a strong broadcaster, they can do it again. I don’t think they want it tho.

Sophia
Sophia
4 months ago
Reply to  Andy

I don’t think Italy will win a second year but even if they do, there are many other cities it can go to.
If Ukraine wins, perhaps they can ask the second place runner up if they would like to host?

Vale
Vale
4 months ago
Reply to  Andy

So, according to you, it is hard for Italy organising Eurovision (but actually Italy organises Sanremo every year, which has more or less the same costs of Eurovision). Instead for you, unlike Italy, Sweden is great at organising it. No, the reality is Italy doesn’t want to organise it, for different reasons. Italy doesn’t need to boost its tourism with the contest, unlike other countries. Being one of the big five and top contributors in Eurovision, Italy doesn’t earn money. Unlike small countries which don’t pay a lot, but earn a lot, being part of the management of EBU and… Read more »

There is a light guiding my way
There is a light guiding my way
4 months ago
Reply to  Andy

And if Moldova wins, I hope they’ll host and pray Potin won’t come to bomb Eurovision in 2023….

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago

Zdob si Zdub!

Doris
Doris
4 months ago

Stoyan Yankoulov

Steven
Steven
4 months ago

I can’t understand the hype over “brividi “

Samira
Samira
4 months ago
Reply to  Steven

Ar the very least it’s better than the other returning acts

Addie
Addie
4 months ago

Both Mahmood’s and Ihor’s polls were sooo hard! I love all of their songs! Mahmood is also my favorite returning artist this year. And does anyone feel like Blanco looks a very teeny bit like Omar Rudberg? (I know it’s very random, ha ha)

Colin
Colin
4 months ago

An unrelated question, but has Wiwibloggs removed the possibility of editing your comments within 15 minutes of posting, or I just have a glitch for the last 24 hours? I really like the feature of editing, especially because of accidental grammar mistakes due to fast writing. Thanks in advance.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
4 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Same, I found the same.

Jonas
Jonas
4 months ago
Reply to  Colin

It’s probably because of that person who was using homophobic slurs all the time. That was how he got around the moderation system.

Sabrina
Sabrina
4 months ago
Reply to  Colin

The editing option was also the only way I could dribble the filter in its hungriest days (though I guess some adjustments were made, I get filtered way less frequently now). I understand that a troll can use it on their favor, but it would be a pity if the rest of us paid for it.

ete sech
ete sech
4 months ago
Reply to  Colin

I think there was someone throwing slurs around the site. It’s such a shame, bc I liked that feature too (not only because of grammar mistakes, but also the edit button gave me the chance to correct my wording if I noticed I hadn’t made my ideas as clear as I had initially thought)

There is a light guiding my way
There is a light guiding my way
4 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Oh, that’s very unfourtunate. It probably can change a lot the way we judge comments here before we decide to either upvote, downvote or ignore them, or at least I hope so? I have observed that the key to get upvoted on this site was, most often, to “sound convincing” and to have some thoughtful argumentation of your point at hand. Not sure how to better express it, or if anybody shares this impression. The thing is that you needed to choose the wording very carefully. Which can be hard if you have some troubles using the language or if… Read more »

San_Marino
San_Marino
4 months ago

Brividi is so boring. I know I’ll get hate for this comment but we all have our own opinions.

Colin
Colin
4 months ago

Interesting thing is that all of the returning artists are returning in different combinations than in their previous attempts.

Stoyan: Voda
Zdob si Zdub: Boonika bate doba
Mahmood: both (and he’s also my favorite returning act, song-wise)
Ihor: Shum (but Stefania is also quite good)

meri
meri
4 months ago

Am I the only one thinking this year’s returning artists’ songs are ALL better than their previous entries???

Ria NL
Ria NL
4 months ago

Italy is my big favorite