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.

At the start of April, we asked you to vote for your favourite of these four acts’ Eurovision 2022 entries. But we also asked you to reveal whether you prefer the songs they previously brought to the contest.

Now it’s time to reveal all…

Poll battle results: Eurovision 2022 returning artists

Bulgaria – Stoyan Yankoulov (Intelligent Music Project)

This is drummer Stoyan Yankoulov’s third time on the Eurovision stage. After appearing at the 2007 and 2013 contests alongside Elitsa, he’s now a member of Intelligent Music Project.

Unfortunately, there seems to be decreasing amounts of love for Stoyan’s Eurovision entries. It was his first song in 2007, “Water”, that came out on top of the poll battle with 952 votes (61.75%). Meanwhile, 2022 entry “Intention” was at the bottom of the pile, only earning 201 votes (13.05%).

  1. “Water” (2007) – 951 votes, 61.75%
  2. “Samo Shampioni” (2013) – 388 votes, 25.19%
  3. “Intention” (2022) – 201 votes, 13.05%

Total votes: 1,540

Moldova – Zdob și Zdub

Moldova’s Zdob și Zdub are also hoping it’s third time lucky in the quest for Eurovision victory. The group return to the contest for 2022 with the help of the Advahov Brothers.

This poll battle was a close one. But again, it seems their original entry is still the favourite – 2005’s “Boonika bate doba” squeezed ahead with 612 votes (37.55%). Current entry “Trenuleţul” followed closely behind as your number two pick, earning 568 votes (34.85%).

  1. “Boonika bate doba” (2005) – 612 votes, 37.55%
  2. “Trenuletul” (2022) – 568 votes, 34.85%
  3. “So Lucky” (2011) – 450 votes, 27.61%

Total votes: 1,630

Italy – Mahmood

Mahmood was in striking distance of winning Eurovision in 2019, but ultimately went home with the silver medal. Now back as the host nation’s entry alongside Blanco, he’s got another shot at winning over Europe.

However, according to y’all, he might not stand as strong of a chance at winning in 2022. In our poll battle, there was a relatively comfortable winner – 2019 song “Soldi” picked up 1,528 votes (62.83%). That leaves Mahmood’s 2022 entry “Brividi” in second place with 904 votes (37.17%).

  1. “Soldi” (2019) – 1,528 votes, 62.83%
  2. “Brividi” (2022) – 904 votes, 37.17%

Total votes: 2,432

Ukraine – Ihor Didenchuk (Kalush Orchestra)

Hot off the heels of his fifth-place finish at Eurovision 2021 with Go_A, instrumentalist Ihor Didenchuk is back again for Ukraine in 2022 as a member of Kalush Orchestra.

This poll battle was the most clear cut of them all. Making it a quartet of wins for the OG songs, 2021 entry “Shum” earned a strong 80.02% of the votes (1,890 specifically). Meanwhile, the 2022 song “Stefania” picked up 19.98% (472 votes).

  1. “Shum” (2021) – 1,890 votes, 80.02%
  2. “Stefania” (2022) – 472 votes, 19.98%

Total votes: 2,362

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

Whilst comparing their previous entries is all well and good, it’s the 2022 songs that will have to do battle on the stage in Turin.

In this poll, there was a clear winner – Italy’s Mahmood & Blanco. The duo earned over 50% of the vote for their ballad “Brividi”. It’s been a fan favourite ever since winning Festival di Sanremo and continues to have a lot of support behind it going into the Eurovision.

  1. Italy: Mahmood & Blanco – “Brividi” – 1,895 votes, 55.82%
  2. Ukraine: Kalush Orchestra (Ihor Didenchuk) – “Stefania” – 844 votes, 24.86%
  3. Bulgaria: Intelligent Music Project (Stoyan Yankoulov) – “Intention” – 341 votes, 10.04%
  4. Moldova: Zdob si Zdub & Advahov Brothers – “Trenuletul” – 315 votes, 9.28%

Total votes: 3,395

Do you agree with each of the poll results? Do you think Mahmood & Blanco can bring Italy a second win in a row? Sound off in the comments below.

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Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
3 months ago

Returning Act the drummer of the Bulgarian band? And still he got 341 votes?

Im so fab
Im so fab
3 months ago

Hottest guy of Eurovision 2022 and 2019. We should organise Eurovision’s Next Top Male Model here in Wiwibloggs. Why did they stop doing it?

Orpheus
Orpheus
3 months ago
Reply to  Im so fab

Because being shallow isn’t cute.

Jess
Jess
3 months ago

It was hardly the fairest poll most people only know Mahmood and he’s not all that

pretty_polly
pretty_polly
3 months ago

Love the studio version of Brividi but Mahmood’s falsetto is painful to listen to live. He should just stick to his “normal” voice.

Essie
Essie
3 months ago

I loved Brividi on first sight and still do. Soldi is amazing in a very different way. Mahmood is not the average returning act, he doesn’t repeat or rehash anything.

Alfie12
Alfie12
3 months ago

While ESC is fun, this year is overshadowed by RuZZia’s war on Ukraine. If RuZZia ever returns, it’s too early.

Milla
Milla
3 months ago

Obvious that people vote for Mahmood and not the song. I have a really hard time believing that Italy will win this year. And everytime I look at the odds I’m surprised that Ukraine leads as much as they do. 42% chance in winning?? Okey..

Liam Lindsay
Liam Lindsay
3 months ago
Reply to  Milla

I concur. Brividi isn’t that good of a song and Blanco makes it somewhat salvageable with his vocal delivery. I do not see Italy being anywhere close to winning this year.

Stefania on the other hand, has a good composition and I praise the artistic merits of the entry, but rap is just not my thing first and foremost and secondly the odds have been overinflated for Ukraine to win. But they won’t. The juries are there for a reason, and history in this contest shows that jurors do not gravitate to this sort of song/entry.

Jess
Jess
3 months ago
Reply to  Milla

Most of this fandom are in their 20s they aren’t going to vote for someone old

Elsa
Elsa
3 months ago
Reply to  Jess

Old? Mahmood is 29

Ria van de Velde
Ria van de Velde
3 months ago

I prefer “Brividi

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
3 months ago

That wasn’t close. 🙂