ET Awards 2015: Best Props & Gimmicks!

Eurovision Times Awards 2015Eurovision 2015 – This year we resume the “Eurovision Times Awards” to give prizes (the Fridas) for the best in every category! And you get to vote! Today, we resume the polls with the two categories focused on performances!

2015 will be the second year for Eurovision Times to organize a new contest (you can check 2013’s results here and the 2014’s ones here). As with the past couple of years, our blog hosts now two contests: TEKO which takes place before the contest and the “Eurovision Times Awards” after the contest. The principle of the ET Awards is simple, in each categories, the staff of this website will nominate a few entries per categories and open polls for the public to vote in them so we can reveal afterwards all the winners. The winners recieve an imaginary trophee, entitled the Fridas in hommage to Frida Boccara, the French Eurovision winner in 1969 with “Un jour, un enfant“.

The sixth award is in the “Artistic” category and it’s “Best Props & Gimmicks”. Here are the results of the recommendations made by the regular users of Eurovision Times in this category:

  • 19 Sweden
  • 4 Estonia
  • 2 Latvia
  • 2 Lithuania
  • 2 Russia
  • 2 Slovenia
  • 1 Armenia
  • 1 Belgium
  • 1 Czech Republic
  • 1 Georgia
  • 1 Moldova
  • 1 Romania
  • 1 Spain
  • 1 Switzerland

However, it’s down to the staff of Eurovision Times to choose the official nominees. But it’s up to you to vote in our poll below which entry had the best props and gimmicks this year! You need to click on the country’s name to be redirected to the video of the song. The nominees in alphabetical order are:

  • Estonia‘s lightning effects as doors opening and closing















Rules: the polls will be open for a week. At the end of the week, an article will announce the winner of the category but not the detailed results. The full results will however be given to you once all polls are closed so that you don’t get influenced (we never know) in your following votes. Every IP gets only one vote, please do not cheat, do take in consideration to watch very careful to theperformances before voting and do not vote necessarly for your favorite song but vote regarding to the category. Of course, it’s pointless to vote only for your own country unless you’re really certain it should win. May the best win!

46 comments on “ET Awards 2015: Best Props & Gimmicks!

  1. For fairness, I won’t say for which I have voted!

    • I really wonder if Sweden will be nominated in most overrated entry category. It would be interesting to see the results there…

    • Morgan I honestly hope you do not have the winner in the overrated category. I will protest heavily. If the winner is there so should be Italy then to keep the balances.

  2. I have a clear winner here. :)

    Morgan, this article is anonymous (no title) …

    • I had little time tonight to do the two articles, I tried to rush through them and made many mistakes I had to correct, plus the official esc site is AWFUL at uploading pictures from the show and it’s a pain to look/find one that fits the category…

  3. The obvious winner here is Sweden.I think i have also nominated Russia because the whole light effects plus the LED screens and dress created a very effective overall impression.Slovenia shouldn’t be included imo.It was a very awkward use of a gimmick.It dragged the whole performance down.

  4. An article without a headline. Interesting :-)

  5. Sweden !!! They even won because of it…Ugh!

  6. Is there any point in voting in this one? :P

  7. Plus, the Romanian one was truly desperate…

  8. I suppose the one who recommended Spain had the guy in the back in mind as a gimmick.

    • true, but there is “best backings” too, and that’s why Israel wasn’t nominated: all the good dancing was made by te guys, not Nadvad!

      • So, “backings” doesn’t have to do exclusively with vocals but dancers as well, right?

        • anyone on stage with the main artists credited as the esc artists… so Israel it says Nadvad Guedj, so anyone on stage but him. Technically, Sweden could be nominated even though they never once showed (boo!) their backing singers! But ET only nominates artists actually shown as part of performances, singers or dancers alike!

  9. I really don’t know what to vote here. I have never really supported the use of props and gimmicks unless there is good artistic reason for it.

    I ended up voting for Slovenia because of the criticism that you can read into it if you want to (even if it is not intended): A person pretending to play a violin that isn’t there could be a seen as a hint at the use of pre-recorded instruments – or maybe as a ‘verfremdung effect’: bringing something weird and unnatural into the performance so that the audience will keep a critical distance.

    Oh well, it is beginning to sound far out – even for me.

  10. Lets vote the way jurors voted.

  11. Lol, I thought Elina’s tear would be the nomination for Estonia. ;)

    My vote goes to the stick figure M.P.

  12. This is easy, like it or not, the visual effects won the jury vote and I have to agree that they were very effective. Sweden got my vote.

  13. And we should also mention the prolonged kiss between Monika&Vaidas in the final.They almost forgot they had to carry on singing.

  14. Easy vote for Sweden here, it was tailored to win. It was the wrapping paper holding the package together imo. I mean it highlighted the message of the song perfectly and made the song and performance that much stronger.

  15. On one hand I voted for Sweden because they had the best prop, truly artistic and in the spirit of the song.
    On the other hand I feel the need to point out again what a truly great and well written song “Heroes” is – which is why it deservingly won the jury vote.

    Lithuania’s takes my moral vote for the message.
    Estonia’s was great as well and very tasteful and classy.
    Romania’s became borderline tacky with all they did all esc week and grew tired and repeled by it.
    Slovenia’s..I liked the livint violin, she had an artistic vibe.
    Both Switzerland’s and France’s drummers were very effective as well but those count as backings mostly I guess.

  16. I voted for Sweden simply because it was the gimmick that carried them to the win. Without the stick figure it would’ve been another plain old Swedish pop song (which it is but the gimmick covers it up hence it worked).

  17. Since Sweden’s stick figures got nominated here, last year’s decision about splitting gimmick’s and backgrounds would mean that it won’t be nominated for best backdrop, correct?

    Anyway, I voted for Lithuania, as their gimmick was the one that I feel was the most memorable as a gimmick for me.

  18. Voted Sweden. I don’t know why so many people are mad about the part those visuals had to play in Sweden’s win. Every country is at liberty to devise staging that’s just as innovative if they’re willing to go that extra mile. Sweden obviously are, and why shouldn’t they be rewarded for that in a contest that needs the ‘vision’ put into ‘Eurovision’?

    I don’t think Conchita would have won last year if there’d been no epic lighting scheme, no jaw-dropping backdrop and no beard. That’s all visual.

  19. I voted for Estonia. The shadow effect worked wonders for that song.

  20. Sweden! 50% of the success story of Sweden were natural and artificial gimmics!

  21. Lithuania… no, i’m kidding ! :) Sweden of course !

  22. Voted Estonia. That shadow play was flawless and completely surprising. Knew Sweden was going to go with the stick figure. Impressive at it is but predictable. Slovenia lost some charm, Romania came across as midly disturbing (the whole vibe sounding more of a funeral than anyhting else), and I didn;t catch Lithuania’s until I had a third or fourth look. (What a gimickless year, no?)

    Armenia’s globe floor was really exciting, though.

  23. […] can click here to look at the full recommendations and nominations from last week’s article! There were 39 recommendations for 14 countries in the first round and 163 votes were cashed in an […]

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