ET Awards 2016: Best Lyrics!

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

  • 7 Estonia
  • 7 Italy
  • 5 Serbia
  • 4 Sweden
  • 4 Ukraine
  • 3 Croatia
  • 2 France
  • 2 Georgia
  • 2 Hungary
  • 1 Australia
  • 1 Iceland
  • 1 Israel
  • 1 Iceland
  • 1 Latvia
  • 1 Netherlands

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 lyrics this year! You need to click on the country’s name to be redirected to the official lyrics of the song (and translation if needed). The nominees in alphabetical order are:

  • Estonia‘s “Play” by Stig Rästa, Vallo Kikas, Fred Krieger
  • Italy‘s “No Degree Of Separation” by Francesca Michielin, Federica Abbate, Norma Jean Martine
  • Serbia‘s “Goodbye” by Ivana Peters
  • Sweden‘s “If I Were Sorry” by Frans Jeppsson Wall, Fredrik Andersson, Michael Saxell, Oscar Fogelström

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!

27 comments on “ET Awards 2016: Best Lyrics!

  1. All in all, it was a bad year for lyrics. I need to go to bed now and will vote tomorrow night.

  2. I know it won’t be among the nominees but i feel people have underrated the lyrics of Hungary.They’re simple yet effective and honest and the theme is not about love or world peace etc.I post them for those who haven’t paid much attention to them:

    When you need to run away
    From what other people say
    Your enemy might be your own mind

    A smile, a hug, a little praise
    You haven’t received for days
    For long you feel mistreated

    In a world where the poems sound fake
    And the love is replaced by the fame

    A million hearts of a million people
    Be proud, you were born to be real
    A million lies in a million temples
    It’s only fear, become a pioneer

    You’ve been weird, been a mess
    They don’t know how to value uniqueness
    So they turn their heads away, away

    When there no more products to sell
    Everyone will cast their own spell

    A million hearts of a million people
    Be proud, you were born to be real
    A million lies in a million temples
    It’s only fear, become a pioneer

    No right time, no right place
    To meet your inner grace
    Approval is found within

    A million hearts of a million people
    Be proud, you were born to be real
    No right time, no right place, yeah
    A million lies in a million temples
    It’s only fear, become a pioneer

    You should know, you should know
    Oh, you should know, you should know

  3. I am torn between Estonia and Ukraine..Sweden and Serbia were also very good though.

    I think I’ll vote for Estonia though because of my favourite line in this year’s competition :

    “We ain’t got all night
    to find out what is right
    so let’s go undecided till we know”

    These lines have something very atmospheric that showcase an elegant eroticism.

    • Yeah, which was also true in “Goodbye to Yesterday”. Two years in a row Stig signed mature, elegant and interesting lyrics that werent your typical “love” song

  4. Probably won’t be voting here since my favourite lyrics (Georgia) missed out. I’m more or less indifferent to the words nominated here, and I would still say the Ukrainian lyrics aren’t exactly poetic (though great music and great performance).

      • Trouble is, I don’t speak Italian, so I can only comment on the English translation of it. Reading it, it’s a bit difficult for me to judge, some nuances may get lost in the translation.

        But if we speak the English chorus, I think I react to the rather clichéd lets-get-together tone of it (“there is no degree of separation” and especially “we are shining”).

  5. Should it be Italy or Ukraine?I haven’t decided yet.

  6. Wow I can genuinely say this is going to be a close one: 4 entries got 2 votes and the last one got 3! It’s that close!

  7. I like the nominees but it’s hard to pick one, I’ll have to get back to it after I read again the lyrics.

  8. In a year without any standout lyrics, this is a good top 5. I’d have put France in instead of Estonia, however.

    1) “If I Were Sorry” (Sweden)
    2) “No Degree of Separation” (Italy)
    3) “Goodbye (Shelter)” (Serbia)
    4) “1944” (Ukraine)
    5) “Play” (Estonia)

    Sweden gets my vote by process of elimination. There’s a very natural flow and the metaphors are refreshing, especially in the context of Eurovision. I’m torn on the twist with the final line, but the rest is strong enough. I can’t say the same about Italy, who would’ve nabbed my vote with the full Italian version, but the English lyrics sound out of place (from a purely rhythmic standpoint, I’m aware they’re directly translated out of Italian). Serbia’s dramatic ode to rising above domestic violence was smart, if a little heavy-handed at points, but not nearly as much as Ukraine’s English lyrics. Finally, Estonia’s “Play”-ful offering repeated itself too much for my liking, and the idea of hitting play seemed a little off.

  9. It feels so dull when absent mindedly you vote for the wrong entry! :(

  10. Went for Italy, because Italy.

  11. I voted for Italy who tackles the joy of finding something worth living for and tossing your caution in the wind in the most sober, grown-up and matter-of-fact way a pop song can deliver. This not a girl cooing about puppy love but an adult who always “looked life behind a half-closed door”, always a bit distant and “locked in a box” who realizes that you need to embrace your vulnerabilities in order to overcome them and move forward. The contrast between the person apart described in the verses and the extinction of the very concept of distance described in the chorus and the flowing poetry discovered in long and rather inconvenient italian words (separazione, esitazione, divisione) are added bonuses. All in all, rather brilliant.

    On the matter of Ukraine, I know that for a lot of people the lyrics of “1944” lack subtlety. However there is a lot to be said about a phrase that absolutely hits the nail in the head like “you think you are gods, but everyone dies” as well as integrating those folk song lyrics about the experience of being violently uprooted.

    Last but not least, I would substitute Sweden with Croatia. “If I were sorry”is a litany of the terrible platitudes of love devotion, containing all the usual pop clichés like “wouldn’t stopped until I dropped”, “I’d walk into the fire”, “you are the devil in disguise” and the absolute horror of ” If I were sorry I’d give you all the glory” that is up there with “Thunder and lightning it’s getting exciting” in terms of total lameness. Then in the last line, everything that was recited before explodes in a final ironic twist (“but I’m not sorry”). Is this dose of hipsterish sarcasm and detachment enough to save those lyrics? Not really as far as I am concerned.

  12. Just voted! I went for Estonia, these lyrics were the most interesting for me. Serbia would’ve been my 2nd choice then Sweden and Italy which were ok too. Ukraine’s lyrics were too in your face imo. There were indeed no special lyrics for any song this year and these ones stood out the most.

  13. Italy for me.

  14. Italy and Estonia are the best lyrics on offer, from the ones I could understand. Voted for Italy, because they conveyed more emotion, but I could have easily voted for Estonia as well.

    Good luck.

  15. I voted for Italy. There were really no strong lyrics this year, but I easily narrowed my personal nominations between Italy and Ukraine. Italy’s lyrics give a feeling of warmth and togetherness that we don’t see feel sincere often. But they came off sincere in this song. Ukraine’s lyrics had my favorite line of the year “They think they are gods/but everyone dies,” a direct shot at Stalin and the Soviet leadership.

  16. I don’t think any of these are particularly good. I would have voted for Georgia, had they been nominated.

  17. Italy and when I say Italy they win this category BY MILES!
    Ukraine should not be nominated imo.

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