ET Awards 2016: Best Composition!

fridas 2016Eurovision 2016 – 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 the actual songs!

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“.

The fourth award is in the “Technical” category and it’s “Best Composition”. Here are the results of the recommendations made by the regular users of Eurovision Times in this category:

  • 13 Ukraine
  • 7 Latvia
  • 4 Italy
  • 3 France
  • 2 Armenia
  • 2 Estonia
  • 2 Georgia
  • 2 Netherlands
  • 1 Austria
  • 1 Bulgaria
  • 1 Cyprus
  • 1 Czech Republic
  • 1 Greece

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 song had the best composition this year! You need to click on the country’s name to be redirected to the official video of the song. The nominees in alphabetical order are:

  • Georgia‘s “Midnight Gold” by Kote Kalandadze




  • Italy‘s “No Degree Of Separation” by Fabio Gargiulo, Federica Abbate, Cheope



  • Latvia‘s “Heartbeat” by Aminata Savadogo




  • Netherlands‘ “Slow Down” by Douwe Bob Posthuma, Jan-Peter Hoekstra, Jeroen Overman, Matthijs van Duijvenbode






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 listen very careful to the vocal performances 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!

15 comments on “ET Awards 2016: Best Composition!

  1. Ukraine miles above everyone else!I also love Italy.The Netherlands is a pretty average song elevated by Douwe Bob’s charisma and the nice stage performance.

  2. With composition I think melody, chords and form (that is, excluding elements like orchestration, vocal performance, lyrics etc.). Sticking to the mentioned elements, I think the Dutch song is the strongest one of the pack, so it will get my vote.

  3. Hmmm I would love to see France nominated here tbh but it’s ok – my vote would go to Ukraine anyway. Aminata’s compositions are always interesting and edgy and would come a (far) 2nd. The Netherlands probably 3rd out of 5.

  4. The best song in term of both lyr

  5. I’ll go with Ukraine here, although it’s quite close with Latvia for me.

  6. Armenia and Greece provided some of the only ethnic sounds this year, so it’s quite upsetting to see them snubbed here. The average for composition was higher than the one for lyrics, so that’s a plus.

    1) “1944” (Ukraine)
    2) “No Degree of Separation” (Italy)
    3) “Midnight Gold” (Georgia)
    4) “Heartbeat” (Latvia)
    5) “Slow Down” (the Netherlands)

    Ukraine stands heads and shoulders above the rest. It’s throughly modern yet builds to the perfect climax and highlights Jamala’s vocals beautifully. Italy comes second yet again, but was never in the running this time; timeless is the right word to describe it. Never did I think Thomas G:Son could have a positive effect on a Eurovision entry, but then he made “Midnight Gold” shine and I was forced to admit my defeat. It still sounds like an authentic rock track and doesn’t shy away from having too much energy. Aminata did a great job with “Heartbeat,” but it broke down a little for me, especially on stage. The composition sounded 95% done, but needed some kind of a push to make it truly amazing. Finally, the simple country song from the Netherlands deserves recognition, but not ahead of some others. I must say that I enjoyed it, though (especially in the Douwe Bar in Stockholm when 150 rowdy Dutch people are singing along to it in an overcrowded room ;) ).

  7. I like them all.

  8. I voted for Ukraine fot its constantly evolving soundscapes of darkness and light and the completely unexpected and exemplary blending of modernity and tradition – this is what the ESC should be all about. Other than that, I think that Holland and Georgia had among the most unoriginal and formulaic compositions this year. I’d replace them with France for its refreshing sunny playfulness.

  9. Ukraine gets my nod

  10. This one is difficult to decide. I eneded up voting for Ukraine, because of its uniqueness.

    Good luck.

  11. Voted for Latvia in terms of composition. Aminata knows what she is doing. Coming a close second is Ukraine (again)

  12. Ukraine by a mile, and I seem to be one of the few who prefer the studio version of “1944” to the live.

    Latvia is a very good song, but it owes a lot of that to the cool production, while it’s composition is fairly standard. The Netherlands and Italy are both fine, well-composed songs but nothing outstanding and Georgia I can admit is a pretty generic piece of 90’s throwback indie, and I mainly love it for the live.

  13. Voted for Ukraine, but Italy was a really close second.

  14. Ukraine was breathtaking for sure but they won’t need my vote :P
    Forza Italia!!!

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