Eurovision Times Awards 2016

fridas 2016Eurovision 2016 – Every year, the summer is the calm after the storm so it’s the perfect time to do more games and contests! This year we resume the “Eurovision Times Awards” to give prizes (the Fridas) for the best in every category! And you get to vote!

2016 will be the fourth year for Eurovision Times to organize a new contest (you can check 2013’s results here, the 2014’s ones here, and the 2015’s ones here). As with the past few 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“.

Here are the categories for the 2016 “Eurovision Times Awards”:

  • Technical Awards:
    • Best Female Vocals
    • Best Male Vocals
    • Best Lyrics
    • Best Composition
  • Artistic Awards:
    • Best Performance
    • Best Props & Gimmicks
    • Best Female Style
    • Best Male Style
    • Best Backings
  • Delegation Awards:
    • Best Backdrop
    • Best Promotion Video
    • Best Spokeperson
    • Best National Final
    • Best Internal Choice
  • Results Awards:
    • Most Overrated Entry
    • Most Underrated Entry
    • Best Top 5 Entry
    • Best Entry

FridaA specific page for each category will be open with a recap video of all the nominees and the poll for you to vote (everyone gets to vote, not just regular voters)! Each page will specifically remind you what the category is about so that there are no confusion. The page will feature a poll opened for exactly one week. Every IP gets only one vote, please do not cheat, do take in consideration to watch them all once again before voting and do not vote necessarily for your favorite song! Of course, it’s pointless to vote only for your own country unless you’re really certain it should win. May the best win!

Tell us tonight and through the week-end whom do you want to see nominated in each categories, even though these are only “recommendations” as only the staff of Eurovision Times gets to nominate in the first round (else they wouln’t be able to be called “Eurovision Times Awards”)! However, every year, we’ve nominated at least whichever came 1st in recommendations, if not more! You can nominate by replying in the comment section of this article!

PS1: there are no “group” vocals category simply because there is often either a male or female singer for the whole group, in case of a duet, because we can’t be sure that there would be enough duets every year to have enough nominees, we decided that either the male, the female or both could be nominated separately if they deserve to be. Same goes for groups with multiple singers, they all get to be nominated individually, so you can nominate all of the group members or single out the best one.

PS2: In 2013, we had “Best Male Looks” and “Best Female Looks” and that got people confused, who often voted for “hottest” person. This felt a tad too shallow for us and we decided to focus mostly on Style (hair, makeup and clothes and how they match with the person’s looks, the overall backdrop and light show and the song itself of course) since 2014. Recommend (and later on vote) accordingly.

PS3: There are no “Worst…” categories as these awards are here to salute great efforts that contribute to the contest, its credibility as well as its overall quality. Yes, there is a “Most Overrated” award, but in the end, the 5 nominees in that category also can take pride in having done well with either Televote and juries and won’t be too sad that we think there were better than them. Besides this category, every other one is about quality!

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  1. Technical Awards:
    Best Female Vocals: Australia, Ukraine, Czech Republic
    Best Male Vocals: Latvia, Russia, Israel
    Best Lyrics: Latvia, Sweden, Estonia
    Best Composition: Austria, Cyprus, France

    Artistic Awards:
    Best Performance: Latvia, Armenia, Cyprus
    Best Props & Gimmicks: Belarus, Armenia, Russia
    Best Female Style: Armenia, Bulgaria, Serbia
    Best Male Style: Russia, Netherlands, Cyprus
    Best Backings: Belgium, Israel, Serbia

    Delegation Awards:
    Best Backdrop: Netherlands, Austria, Belarus
    Best Promotion Video: Spain, France, Armenia
    Best Spokeperson: France
    Best National Final: Norway, Sweden, Austria
    Best Internal Choice: France

    Results Awards:
    Most Overrated Entry: Poland
    Most Underrated Entry: Cyprus
    Best Top 5 Entry: Bulgaria
    Best Entry: France

  2. Also guys, guys. A friend is doing a poll on US songs a la ESC. Give it a check out !

  3. I don’t think I have nominations to all of them, but let me give it a try. Part one:

    Technical Awards:
    Best Female Vocals: Serbia, Macedonia
    Best Male Vocals: Latvia! (powerful and intense)
    Best Lyrics:
    Georgia (because of its very visual and sense-emohasizing language), perhaps the Netherlands. For most of the songs I think it was so-so with the lyrical qualities (as usually).
    Best Composition: Bulgaria (melodically well balanced between the different parts), Italy (successful use of melancholy), The Netherlands (fine chord changes, smooth melody lines), Latvia, Ukraine

  4. Artistic Awards:

    Best Performance: Ukraine (intensity), Latvia (power, and a bit of rock’n roll), The Netherlands (warm and down to earth, good communication with the audience)
    Best Props & Gimmicks: I prefer if there weren’t any…
    Best Female Style: N/A
    Best Male Style: N/A
    Best Backings: don’t know

  5. Delegation Awards:

    Best Backdrop: I’m not too good at noticing such things, so I will have to re-watch the conest some more times to be able to come up with an answer here.
    Best Promotion Video: Can’t really recall watching one of the videos and thinking “wow”. I’m usually not so interested in videos unless there are interesting artistic aspects of them…
    Best Spokesperson: N/A
    Best National Final: N/A
    Best Internal Choice: Georgia – for daring to select a real rock band playing real rock music with edge and dissonance – and for not caring about what’s in at the moment.

  6. Results Awards:

    Most Overrated Entry: Poland – what on earth was that doing in the televoter’s top 3?
    Most Underrated EntryGeorgia (but it was to be expected), Germany (not a personal favourite, but I don’t think it deserved to come last), San Marino (I think the actual song deserved some more nice words – it wasn’t bad at all, though executed in an awkward way), Montenegro
    Best Top 5 Entry: Ukraine
    Best Entry: Ukraine, Georgia, Serbia, Latvia

  7. Best Female Vocals: Ukraine
    Best Male Vocals: Russia
    Best Lyrics: Estonia
    Best Composition: Ukraine
    Artistic Awards: Bulgaria
    Best Performance: Georgia
    Best Props & Gimmicks: Italy
    Best Female Style: Australia
    Best Male Style: Netherlands
    Best Backings: Bulgaria

    Best Backdrop: Italy
    Best Promotion Video: Lithuania
    Best Spokeperson: Verka (Ukraine)
    Best National Final: Ukraine
    Best Internal Choice: France

    Most Overrated Entry: Australia
    Most Underrated Entry: United Kingdom
    Best Top 5 Entry: Ukraine
    Best Entry: Ukraine

  8. Off-topic. Worst storms in Ba-Wü ever:

    The funny thing is that we only had normal rain in Stuttgart. Now the thunderstorms have reached Berlin … just like me.

  9. Sad news: BHRT,the Bosnian national broadcaster will suspend its broadcasts on June 30 due to large debts.

    • wow that’s even more sad than the whole romanian drama…According to the esctoday article Bosnia & Herzegovina may be the only european country without a public broadcaster if the financial problems (which are not limited to EBU debts apparently) will not be solved (sad face)

      I think that if a solution is not found very soon it is highly unlikely that we will see B&H next year..

      • B&H faces so many internal problems that esc is the least of them but it’s sad that they’re probably out again.

        • And I am sure their first even NQ (even if well deserved) does not exactly help either to even consider esc right now..

      • Interesting.

        Just wonder why BH was allowed to be in in delicate situation (close to default) while Romania was kicked out so painfully …
        This made me think about checking the balance sheet and income statement of AMPTV… Weird but they have big investment programs, they never moan about ESC costs.. Weird as the economy of Armenia declines since 2008… Hopefully our first lady is ESCfan so till 2017 they will find some money for ESC.

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