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From London to Moscow

From London to Moscow

After weeks of speculation that Andrew Lloyd Webber would participate in Jade Ewen’s Eurovision performance, Webber has confirmed that he will in fact join her on stage in Moscow.

“Of course I’ll play for her,” Webber told BBC chat show host Jonathan Ross just moments ago.

Wiwi is hopeful the two will do a better job coordinating their outfits in Moscow. Jade looked stunning in a flowing purple baby doll dress, but the frock clashed with Webber ‘s hot pink Oxford button-up. Weber also sported a leather belt featuring an over-sized buckle reading “God Save the Queen.”

“This girl can really, really sing,” Weber said of his new muse. “In my career I’ve found very few singers that can do what [she] can do.”

Europe is catching on to that, too. Jade spent the past month performing her song It’s My Time in more than 20 European cities, including Amsterdam and Stockholm. That brutal promotional tour has helped her emerge as a favorite among bookies and fans alike, consistently placing her among the Top 8 in betting pools and fan polls, including Wiwi Blogg’s ongoing poll.

“People definitely know the song,” Jade said of her experience on the tour. “There are some funny fans that know every word that you’re singing.”

Despite that, Webber has low expectations for their chances. “I don’t think we will [win],” he said.

“But Eurovision is just the beginning. It doesn’t really matter.”

And given Britain’s dismal finishes in recent years, he knows there isn’t much further to fall: “We came last last year. . .I can equal that.”

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Turkey's Hadise

Wiwi’s Eurovision poll opened on May 1 and closed on May 15 at 11:59pm. During that time voters cast a total of 35,802 votes, making this one of the largest Eurovision polls in the world. The results are:

(1) Turkey: 22% (7,809)

(2) Greece: 22% (7,807)

(3) Romania: 16% (5,825)

(4) Albania: 14% (5,133)

(5) Malta: 7% (2,503)

(6) Lithuania: 3% (1,024)

(7) Azerbaijan: 2% (841)

(8) Armenia: 2% (660)

(9) Norway: 2% (650)

(10) France: 1% (517)

Greece's Sakis Rouvas

Greece's Sakis Rouvas

Turkey’s Hadise edged out Greece’s Sakis Rouvas by just two votes, essentially placing the two in a deadlock. Romania fell to third following Greece’s showing in the second semi-final. Albania, who was a pleasant surprise on Thursday, overtook Malta’s Chiara for the first time. Lithuania and Azerbaijan held steady, while Armenia finally passed Norway, who may be suffering in the poll due to months of overexposure. France once again placed in the Top 10, suggested it may do the best of the Big 4 (despite oddsmakers backing Britain).

These predictions should be taken seriously. In addition to its size, Wiwi’s poll has proven incredibly accurate. On May 14, it predicted nine of the nine countries advancing from the second semi-final, matching its success during the first semi-final on May 12. (In both cases, the tenth country was selected by a jury of producers). Click here to review Wiwi’s live blog of the first Eurovision semi-final and click here to review the second semi-final.

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Friday, May 15

Hadise: Still on top

Hadise: Still on top

More than 22,000 votes have now been cast. Countries that did not advance from the semi-finals were removed from the poll and their votes deleted. The adjusted results are as follows:

(1) Turkey (31%)

(2) Romania (17%)

(3) Greece (12%)

(4) Malta (9%)

(5) Albania (5%)

(6) Lithuania (4%)

(7) Azerbaijan (4%)

(8) Norway (2%)

(9) France (2%)

(10) Armenia (2%)

Following a strong showing in the second semi-final, Greece’s Sakis Rouvas has doubled his share of votes to reach 12%, pushing him ahead of Malta’s secretary-cum-pop-star Chiara Siracusa, who stands fourth. Meanwhile, Albania’s pink tutu-wearing Kejsi Tola continues to rise in the polls, surpassing Lithuania’s Sasha Son and Azerbaijan’s Arash & AySel after moving ahead of Norway’s Alexander Rybak on Wednesday.

It’s your decision, Europe! Place your vote below to check out the most up-to-date results.

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Tuesday, May 12

Malta's Chiara Siracusa

Malta's Chiara Siracusa

By midnight, more than 20,000 votes had been cast. Countries that did not advance from the first semi-final were removed from the poll and their votes were deleted. The adjusted results are as follows:

(1) Turkey (33%)

(2) Romania (19%)

(3) Malta (10%)

(4) Greece (6%)

(5) Azerbaijan (4%)

(6) Lithuania (4%)

(7) Albania (3%)

(8) Norway (3%)

(9) France (3%)

(10) Armenia (2%)

The United Kingdom (2%) has dropped out of the Top 10 for the first time since this poll started on May 1. Meanwhile, Albania has surpassed Norway for the first time and France has finally cracked the Top 10.

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Monday, May 11

Elena: Will Tuesday be her night?

On the eve of the first Eurovision Semi-Final, Romania’s Elena Gheorghe is surging in Wiwi’s ongoing Eurovision prediction poll. More than 11,000 votes have now been cast, and Elena has leapfrogged eight places to reach second position with 12% of all votes. She narrowly edged out Malta’s Chiara (11%) who staged her own dramatic comeback last week (see below). Their ongoing resurgence continues to reduce the lead of longtime front-runner Hadise, the Belgian-born beauty and occasional lip-syncher representing Turkey, who stands at 38%—her lowest portion of votes since this poll started two weeks ago. Other countries reaching the Top Ten were: Azerbaijan (6%), Greece (5%), Norway, Portugal, United Kingdom and Armenia (3%), and Lithuania (2%).

Click here to view predictions for the First Semi-Final on May 12! If you’re more interested in discussing potential losers, click here to vote on who will finish last! Or click here to vote for Eurovision’s Sexiest Woman!

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Chiara: On the moveSaturday, May 9, 2009

Eight-thousand votes have now been cast in Wiwi Bloggs’ Eurovision poll, and Turkey’s Hadise maintains a comfortable lead with 43% of all votes. However, for the first time in nine days,  Hadise has seen her lead shrink (down from Monday’s high of 49%). Meanwhile, Malta’s Chiara Siracusa is mounting a comeback. After shining during her two rehearsals this week, Chiara reclaimed voter support and jumped from eighth place five days ago to second place today, claiming 12% of the vote (up from 3% on Monday). Azerbaijan’s Aysel and Arush also had stellar performances and earned 9% of the vote, helping them push Greece’s Sakis Rouvas (6%) down to fourth place—his lowest placement thus far in Wiwi’s poll. Other countries in the Top 10 were: United Kingdom and Armenia (4%), Norway, Portugal and Sweden (3%) and Romania (2%).

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Monday, May 4

Can anyone hold Hadise back?

Entering the second week of voting here on Wiwi Bloggs’ Eurovision Predictions, Turkey’s Hadise continues to dominate. Of the 4,500 votes cast so far, Turkey claimed an impressive 49%. Interestingly, the majority of Wiwi’s readers reside in Western Europe, suggesting that Hadise has continent-wide support in her bid to make voters hearts go m Tek Tek. And her momentum appears to be building: last week Hadise topped the charts in Belgium for the first time.

So it appears this has become a race for second place. Azerbaijan leapfrogged five places to share second position with Greece. Both claimed 6% of the vote. Other countries reaching the Top 10 were: United Kingdom, Sweden and Portugal (5%), Norway (4%), Malta and Estonia (3%), and Romania (2%). (Does everyone want to be Hadise? Click here to see her imitators.)

Disagree with the results? Then click below to vote now for your favorite.

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Friday, May 1

Overnight Wiwi’s readers cast 2,000 more votes. As of Friday morning, Turkey’s Hadise maintained a comfortable lead with 26% of all votes. Greece (11%) surpassed the United Kingdom to move into second position, while Portugal (9%) came out of nowhere to move into third place. Other countries in the Top 10 were Sweden (8%), Norway and Azerbaijan (7%), Estonia, Malta and the United Kingdom (5%) and Iceland (3%). You can see the most up-to-date results below by clicking “view results.”

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Thursday, April 30

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After casting more than 400 votes over the past four days, readers of Wiwi Bloggs’ Eurovision 2009 have chosen Turkey’s Hadise (Düm Tek Tek) as the likely winner. As of 11pm on Thursday, April 30, Turkey had garnered 26% of votes, followed by the United Kingdom’s Jade Ewen with 19% of votes. Other nations making the Top 10 were Albania (10%), Norway (9%), Greece, Malta and Spain (4%), Armenia and Azerbaijan (3%) and Sweden (2%).

Wiwi will publish an update every day until May 16.

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I’m seriously worried that crusty old Andrew Lloyd Weber will join the U.K. representative Jade Ewen on stage in Moscow.

“I love working with Andrew,” Ewen told Eurovision TV. “He’s very passionate about music and that’s what we have in common.”

“Hopefully he’ll join me in Moscow, he hasn’t confirmed anything yet but I’d love him to be there because I think it’d help.”

Help?? He’s only going to scare children in the audience. He already inserted himself into Jade’s official Eurovision video. This might explain why she looks somewhat constipated while hitting the high notes. You would too if some wrinkly old man was banging on the piano behind you. It’s Jade’s time, Andrew, not yours!

Seriously, I don’t know why the UK thinks Andrew Lloyd Webber’s name can bolster the UK’s placement. Eastern Europeans would respond better to the bloody Cheeky Girls.

With or without Andrew, Jade looks set to bring home Britain’s best finish in years. She’s been performing at preview events throughout Europe, including a recent one in Amsterdam. Word has it she’s been stealing the show. Listen below as Dutch fans sing along:

Along with Malta’s Chiara, Jade is fielding one of the few memorable slow songs.

What do you think? Does Jade have a chance?

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