Thirty-seven acts will compete at the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, but there can only be one winner. To help you make an informed decision about where to cast your vote, the Wiwi Jury—our in-house panel of music un-professionals—will preview and review each of this year’s acts. It’s hard work, but we’ve got our painkillers and our notepads, and are ready to pick our Eurovision favourites.

Our jury consists of 19 jurors who hail from Albania, Austria, Australia, Britain, Croatia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, and the United States. We are truly international, y’all! Each juror assesses each song independently, and then awards each song a score from 0 to 10. The highest and lowest scores are then dropped to determine the Wiwi Jury Verdict.

We’ll be unrolling these one by one over the coming weeks. You can read the completed reviews by clicking on the song title. If we have not yet reviewed a song, you can preview it by clicking on the song title in the second section below.

Eurovision 2014 reviews and rankings

  1. Hungary: András Kállay-Saunders with “Running” (8.56)
  2. Sweden: Sanna Nielsen with “Undo” (8.35)
  3. Ireland: Can-linn feat Kasey Smith with “Heartbeat” (8.06) ** (9 vs. 7 vs. 3 )
  4. Romania: Paula Seling & Ovi with “Miracle”(8.06)
  5. Armenia: Aram Mp3 with “Not Alone” (8.05)
  6. United Kingdom: Molly Smitten-Downes with “Children of the Universe” (8.03)
  7. Spain: Ruth Lorenzo with “Dancing in the Rain” (7.86)
  8. Norway: Carl Espen with “Silent Storm” (7.72)
  9. Israel: Mei Finegold with “Same Heart” (7.66)
  10. Ukraine: Maria Yaremchuk with “Tick-Tock” (7.59)
  11. Italy: Emma Marrone with “La Mia Citta” (7.51)
  12. France: Twin Twin with “Moustache” (7.48)
  13. Austria: Conchita Wurst with “Rise like a Phoenix” (7.31)
  14. San Marino: Valentina Monetta with “Maybe” (6.86)
  15. Azerbaijan: Dilara with “Start a Fire” (6.76)
  16. Greece: Freaky Fortune feat. Riskykidd with “Rise Up” (6.62)
  17.  FYR Macedonia: Tijana Dapcevic with “To the Sky” (6.5)
  18. Estonia: Tanja with “Amazing” (6.45)
  19. Denmark: Basim with “Cliché Love Song” (6.36)
  20. Moldova: Cristina Scarlat with “Wild Soul” (6.35)
  21. Montenegro: Sergej Cetkovic with “Moj svijet” (My World) (6.25)
  22. Slovenia: Tinkara Kovach with “Spet/Round and Round” (6.21)
  23. Finland: Softengine with “Something Better” (6.19)
  24. Germany: Elaiza with “Is it Right” (5.56)
  25. Albania: Hersiana Matmuja with “One Night’s Anger” (5.46)
  26. Poland: Cleo & Donatan with “We Are Slavs” (5.45)
  27. Belgium: Axel Hirsoux with “Mother” (5.15)
  28. Switzerland: Sebalter with “Hunter of Stars” (5.12)
  29. Portugal: Suzy with “Quero Ser Tua” (4.8)
  30. Netherlands: The Common Linnets with “Calm After the Storm” (4.44)
  31. Russia: The Tolmachevy Twins with “Shine” (4.43)
  32. Malta: Firelight with “Coming Home” (4.02)
  33. Belarus: Teo with “Cheesecake” (3.6)
  34. Latvia: Aarzemnieki with ‘Cake To Bake‘ (3.03)
  35. Lithuania: Vilija Mataciunaite with “Attention” (2.91)
  36. Iceland: Pollapönk with “No prejudice” (2.85)
  37. Georgia: The Shin with “Three Minutes to Earth” (1.79)

** Ties are broken by preferential vote. For instance, although the averages are the same for Ireland and Romania, nine jurors rated Ireland higher, seven rated Romania higher, and three scored them evenly. Ireland wins the tiebreak.

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LEAPerce
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Natasha…although he represented Greece, Riskykidd IS English, born and riased in London. How can you say his English is bad when he’s from England? Also think Sanna did an amazing job with her English. I think Lithuanian songs always use horrific English and need to stick to their own lanugage, using the last 2 years songs, 2013 with mentions of named shoes causing him pain *?!?!* and this year saying “chatting to my girls at bar, we all pretty” OH THE GRAMMAR.

Vlatko Horvat
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1: The Netherlands
2: Austria
3: Slovenia
4: Spain
5: Montenegro
6: Malta
7: Ukraine
8: Russia
9: Switzerland
10: Hungary

Argishti
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Top my 36
1 PORTUGAL
2 IRELAND
3 POLAND
4 IZRAEL
5 ESTONIA
6 SPAIN
7 SLOVENIA
8 UKRAINE
9 ARMENIA
10 ITALY
11 AUSTRIA
12 AZERBAIJAN
13 MONTENEGRO
14 SWEDEN

15 FYR MACEDONIA
16 NORWAY
17 HUNGARY
18 DENMARK
19 SAN MARINO
20 UK
21 LITVINIA
22 GREECE
23 GERMANY
24 BELARUS
25 MALTA
26 ISLAND
27 THE NIDERLAND
28 RUSSA
29 MOLDOVA
30 ALBENIA
31 FRANCE
32 GEORGIA
33 FINLAND
34 LATVIA
35 SWIZERLAND
36 BELGIUM

Brndn
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You guys must feel pretty dumb now for giving the Dutch entry such an undeservedly low score!!

Ana
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Paula and Ovi, you were the best!
Paula, I bet Conchita could not have hit the incredibly notes you reached. For me, you are the best! she just won because mostly because of the publicity she got and of course… because Eurovision is not about judging music quality anymore, but politics and geopolits, sadly for all of us…

Avo Faria
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best of eurovosion 2014: San Marino, Armenia, Sweden, Spain
weak songs of eurovosion 2014: Netherlands, France, Britain, Hungary

I HATE conchita wurst

Tundra
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Finland is the winner this year, fresh young music. No nonsense, just a great catchy rock song with a great story to tell, too! All the others are far too pushy or complicated, or from hit factories and soulless. Georgia and …the cake song, was it Latvia? Should be in the final, they are good. But Finland’s Softengine is really something better !!!

tweentyonedrum
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POLAND!

Out-of-Madrid
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there is only one contestant: Conchita Wurst! so far above all the others. at least here in the gay community in Spain, there is absolutely furor over her…divine, elegant, amazing song, so theatrical, totally unforgettable image.. ¡go AUSTRIA!

Natasha
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My top 5: 1. Montenegro- love the balkan beat and that it stuck to its national language! Samo napred Crno Goro! 2. Armenia- was able to understand his english unlike MANY eurovision entries but sounded too similar to every edm song out there 3. Sweden- her voice was good and had a nice average ballad except it was hard to understand her english in some parts 4. Netherlands- very nice voices and beat although sounded like they copied some american indie band 5. Greece- love the beat! English was poor at parts but was one of the few upbeat songs… Read more »
Alexander
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My favorites… Montenegro, Hungary and Macedonia <3 <3 <3

pipi
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1. UK
2. Austria
3. San Marino
4. Denmark
5. Italy

Sharon
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Armenia was so out of tune! He don’t deserve to win the contest he is way overated! The Netherlands is the Best!

ZORRO21
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1. Greece 2. Britain 3. Sweden

Luis
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it is certainly not correct, choose the winner in 2014 convenient for the contest in 2015. In my opinion, a long time, the winner must choose only voting viewers, they main listeners will then win favorite song throughout Europe. then the policy of friendship and neighboring countries will go by the wayside and all will be honest. disgrace is that the participants of the first semifinal contest do not vote, and vote necessary for participants in the second semifinal. and there may be no one like me? do not properly account for songs ….. 2014 ….. Sweden Sanna – the… Read more »
Angela
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The Netherlands! I love the Dutch entry. Real quality.
I can listen it all day.

Sweden was also nice, beautiful voice and great light effects!

ENygma
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Switzerland must pass the semi, he is brilliant!!!
You put Russia, Iceland and Netherlands even lower and they passed, so that gives me hope 🙂

redarrow
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malta number one best there is 12 points to MALTA ..

sillu
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ESTONIA WILL BE A WINNER!! Best song ive ever heard

sillu
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ESTONIA WILL BE A WINNER!! Best song i’ve ever heard!

Emma
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Go Finland! I think that Finland has great song and the boys are really cute <3!! Helsinki 2015!

Finland is gonna be dark horse this year. Remember who said this first.

Anne
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The Netherlands!!! Folks back to the basics…..let’s vote for music!

Christiaan
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My top 5:

1. Sweden
2. Hungary
3. Portugal
4. United Kingdom
5. Spain

Davdubai
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1 Armenia

2 ————
3 France
4 Greece
5 Israel

Dorinda
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Hungary! 🙂
Kállay Saunders András <3

Deven O'Kearney
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Hi Cathal

Ireland has the best voting strength in the semi final? Really….. I never knew. That made my day. 🙂 Thanks

What 5 countries does Ireland have to beat? 😀

Cathal
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DeeDee, that’s because this is like Eric saade in 2014, loads of people said he wouldn’t qualify based on rehersals, and then he won the semi and came 3rd in the final, realistically ireland only have to beat 5 songs, and Ireland have the best voting strength in the semi and have a hot singer which will bring in more votes, you do the math…

karinA
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Miracle from rumania in top 5!!!

Dan RO
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* ‘aonga’ really means ‘songs’ :))

Dan RO
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OK, now that the wiwi jury has its say, I went over all the aonga again and here is my top 10: 1. SPAIN (no brainer – anyone who stumbled upon my comments would have known that by now). It probably won’t win, but ‘Dancing in the Rain’ should give Spain its best placing in a very long time! 2. The Netherlands – the most underrated song this year. Obviously it won’t get this placing in the final; from what I’ve seen, it’s still debatable whether they will get there at all, but I surely hope so!!! 3. Sweden –… Read more »
Robert
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Go Armenia! Go Aram Mp3

Deven O'Kearney
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Aram MP3 is my favourite this year, I have told some of my friends in school to vote for him if he gets to the final. However, the vocals and stage show REALLY let this guy down. He is really going to have to work hard and fix where he went wrong or he is in some serious trouble in the semi final. He may struggle to get out of the semi final.

Allen
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Top 15

1 France
2 Georgia
3 Latvia
4 Lithuania
5 Ukraine
6 Iceland
7 Belarus
8 San Marino
9 Slovenia
10 Belgium

11 Malta
12 Russia
13 Albania
14 Moldova
15 Estonia

Robert Germone
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I think Ukraine will get place in top-3

SpirK
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Wow, you’ve left the big 3 favorites for last! I don’t think that was by chance! Armenia, Sweden and the UK are dominating the polls. Really looking forward to seeing United Kingdom’s rating. It’s my second favorite this year. For number 1, just think that I am wishing ”third time lucky” for one of the contestants!

mariya yaremchuk
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eurovision song contest 2015 ukraine kiev

Deven O'Kearney
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Oh sorry, I have Finland down twice, Belarus will barely make it. (As will Finland, based on rehearsals).

Deven O'Kearney
Guest

I THINK THIS IS HOW IT WILL BE (In random order):

Switzerland
Norway
Finland
Israel (Possible semi winner)
Austria (Possible semi winner)
Ireland (Possible semi winner)
Romania (Possible semi winner)
Finland (Barely making it)
Greece
Malta (Just Barely making it)

Tell me who you think should qualify. 😀

INFE
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POLAND is the black horse on this stage. You will see that POLAND will be in TOP 5

For me can win. Song from Poland is diferent. Song is Original, is rytmic, has perfect wbackgraund. CLEO has very good vocal

I hop that POLAND will be very high

DeeDee
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To be fair to David, I’ve seen a few bloggers in Copenhagen saying Ireland will be on the cusp of qualifying and they may not make it. Look at their Semi Final… Israel, Norway, Greece & Romania = Almost Certain Qualifiers. Poland, Austria, Finland, Ireland, Slovenia, Malta, Switzerland = All predict to qualify on different blogs. Don’t forget Lithuania, Belarus and Georgia – I’d be shocked if a former Soviet State didn’t slip into the final. Very few countries in SF2 are safe. Lithuania has a VERY friendly draw, they will receive a big televote from Ireland, Poland and the… Read more »
DeeDee
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The only one near the top I can’t see doing well is Ireland. The vocals are not good enough. The reports from rehearsals imply Kasey has been off all week and the staging is messy.

Karl
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UK! UK! UK! Molly! Molly! Molly!
I have a feeling the British NEED to win this year

Although I won’t be surprised if either Armenia, Azerbaijan or Ireland would win this year. And if they do I think they’ll deserve it *cough*butnotasmuchastheuk*cough*

mateusz
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My top 37

1 Armenia

2 Denmark
3 France
4 Greece
5 Israel

6 Sweden
7 Azerbaijan
8 Germany
9 Ukraine
10 Ireland

11 Slovenia
12 Poland
13 Estonia
14 United Kingdom
15 Italy
16 Norway
17 Switzerland
18 Montenegro
19 San Marino
20 Portugal
21 Netherlands
22 Hungary
23 Spain
24 Malta
25 Finland
26 Austria

27 Romania
28 Macedonia
29 Albania
30 Latvia
31 Belarus
32 Moldova
33 Iceland
34 Lithuania
35 Georgia
36 Belgium
37 Russia

adriana_gabriela
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Looks like the most controversial songs are the last to be reviewed 🙂

Caz
Guest

I think Spain are gunna win, Ireland 2nd then UK 3rd, Hungary and Ukraine songs are good but definitely not eurovision winner type songs! #TeamMolly

Deven O'Kearney
Guest
Honestly, I think Ireland could actually have it’s best shot at winning since the 90’s. I really do. The song is amazing. It has very powerful lyrics and vocals and has a very strong message behind it. The singer Kasey Smith is an absolute fire cracker and most important, it has something for everyone. That element is VITAL for both the televoters and the juries alike. It is a fusion of traditional Irish and pop music that bizarrely works and works very well. The staging in Copenhagen will be amazing and I know the vocals will be flawless. To make… Read more »
marklebron
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You left all the controversial songs for the end. Perhaps Albania will be next.

Skugga
Guest

SPAAAIN WINNER

Deven O'Kearney
Guest

It is so hard to predict where each country is going to place this year to be honest with you. However, I fully expect at least one of these countries to win this year (IN NO ORDER):

Ireland
Romania
United Kingdom
Armenia
Sweden
Hungary
Azerbaijan (just to be prepared)

Tell me what you think. 😀 😀