ET Awards 2016: Best Performance!

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 categories focused on performances!

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

  • 12 Ukraine
  • 8 Latvia
  • 5 Georgia
  • 4 Armenia
  • 4 Bulgaria
  • 3 Austria
  • 3 Belgium
  • 3 Netherlands
  • 2 France
  • 2 Lithuania
  • 1  Australia
  • 1 Cyprus
  • 1 Montenegro
  • 1 Russia
  • 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 performance this year! We mean by “performance”, the live performances in Eurovision that rely mostly on the singers, and less on the overall approach to it which the category “props and gimmicks” covers. You need to click on the country’s name to be redirected to the video of the song. The nominees in alphabetical order are:

  • Armenia‘s Iveta Mukuchyan at the Grand Final




  • Bulgaria‘s Poli Genova at the Grand Final




  • Georgia‘s Young Georgian Lolitaz at the Grand Final



  • Latvia‘s Justs Sirmais at the Grand Final




  • Ukraine‘s Jamala at the Grand Final and Reprise




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!

27 comments on “ET Awards 2016: Best Performance!

  1. Guys, it was extremely hard to keep only 5 nominees. So bare in mind we couple this award with one about “prop and gimmicks” to feature more nominees depending more on gimmick-heavy performances.

  2. Damn that was difficult!I wanted to support Bulgaria too but ended up voting for Ukraine because at the end of the day it was my favorite performance.All the nominees delivered tbh.

  3. Ukraine. Hands down. Among the best ESC performances ever. Latvia, Georgia and Bulgaria were great too. On the other hand, I dislike the Armenian performance with a passion. It was contrived and oversexualized imho. And I hated Iveta’s dress. Swimming suits should never find their way onto stage … I’d rather have seen France’s simplicity nominated, but then it would have clashed with Latvia. Therefore Armenia makes perfect sense if we consider variety.

  4. This is a tough one. Both Georgia and Latvia were great, and were the two to give me goosebumps on first viewing.

    I ended up voting for Georgia, as it was great performance helped them become the shock qualifier of the year.

  5. I voted for Ukraine. This is the one area where Ukraine was clearly the best of the year.

  6. My vote went to Latvia. It was a tough decision as Ukraine was great too, but I enjoyed Latvia a bit more and that’s mostly because of his performance.

  7. Ukraine

  8. So hard to pick here, but in the end I will have to go with the amazing performance Jamala gave us. Loved Poli and Iveta was great as well. I Would have switched Latvias ott performance with Belgiums doh as it almost soley made that average song reach a top 10 placing :P

  9. Disappointed not to see Belgium nominated here, a performance I enjoyed and can remember much better than a few of the songs listed here.

  10. I voted for the PERFORMANCE which sold the song better than any other and made a lot of people to like the entry regardless they disliked the song earlier….

  11. Very difficult, but Ukraine gets my vote here.

  12. Jamala gave us a masterclass in voice control, from the quiet, sombre, rich tones of the first verse, to the heart-breaking interlude, to the intense but beautifully restrained climax, back to the quiet ending. A perfectly astonishing performance.

  13. Georgia nominated here ? ok…

    Ukraine gets my vote of ourse.

  14. Ukraine without a second thought.

  15. Tough one. I don’t know what to go for here, so I will skip this voting.

  16. Latvia’s performance was the worst part of the package and what doomed him. As for Georgia nobody seemed to have a worst time in this year’s edition. Abominable.

    Bets performances this year were from Austria, Bulgaria, Lithuania and Russia. Since I am not seeing most of them here and some of them have even been downgraded to “gimmicks”, I am skipping this.

  17. I mean Justs for best performance? I can’t even get my mind around that. He looked like he was having a three minute colic attack.

    • You mean Ukraine was not among the top-5 performances of the night while Lithuania with the backflip,the awful hairstyle and his constant uhhsss mimicking Michael Jackson was great?Lol!

      • I wrote what I thought about Ukraine’s performance. It was way too charged and emotionally extracting. Even though it was and remains my favourite entry this year and I voted for her in the final (because I can’t overlook neither that song nor her voice), it doesn’t make me overlook that fact. I preferred her in the national final when she was more upright and the styling suited her way better. There was nothing there of the victim posse we saw at the ESC. In this year’s edition would gladly give her Best Compostition, Best Voice and Best Graphics. That’s not a bad haul in anyone’s book.

        Donny on the other hand was 100 times better than I expected him based on what we’ve seen before the contest. Of course he was also immensely helped by the swedes who really know how to stage this MF-style songs, but the charisma was all his own. If he was american instead of lithuanian everyone would be talking about him. And because best performance to me means charisma, I have him in the top-5 in that category.

        • He was like that in the Lithuanian selection too plus we’ve seen him being like that back in 2012 too.There were no surprises here.He’s a good performer by esc standards and he did all he could do with his very generic mf reject but all this talk about his potential for world star status is extremely exaggerated,imo.

          • Not really. He does needs the big stage he didn’t have back home to shine. And alone on that stage he filled it quite impressively. Unlike Justs for example who looked so grave and so tormented.

      • And I loved how his hair looked all tousled after the backflip. It gave me dirty thoughts :P

  18. I am voting for Iveta here!
    Ukraine won’t need my vote :)

  19. I’m very curious to know what kind of person in the Bulgarian delegation who thought that copying Cliff Richard’s leg moves in 1973 was a good idea. But it looks like it didn’t bother the voters at least.

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