ET Awards 2016: Best Backings!

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 backings and backdrop!

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

  • 7 Belgium
  • 6 Ukraine
  • 6 Hungary
  • 5 Serbia
  • 3 Bulgaria
  • 3 San Marino
  • 2 Russia
  • 1 Albania
  • 1 Azerbaijan
  • 1 Iceland
  • 1 Israel
  • 1 Lithuania

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 backings this year! Backings imply anyone on stage adding an artistic value to the overall package (singing, dancing, playing an instrument…) You need to click on the country’s name to be redirected to the video of the song. The nominees in alphabetical order are:

  • Azerbaijan‘s singers and dancers Jessica Marberger, Dea Norberg, Zain Odelstål and Patrik Riber



  • Belgium‘s singers and dancers Melany Bhola, Laurens Hagens, Kevin Van der Meer, Rebecca Louis and Tanja Daese



  • Hungary‘s backing vocalists Tamás Mészáros, Barnabás Wodala and Gábor Molnár



  • Serbia‘s backings vocalists Lena Kuzmanović, Jelena Đurić, Iva Pletikosić and Dunja Vujadinović



  • San Marino‘s singers and dancers Caroline Hauwel, Ellia Palazzi, EmilIe Weber, Jessica Fagniot and Ophelie Crispin




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 the backings 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!

32 comments on “ET Awards 2016: Best Backings!

  1. 6 people wanted Ukraine in the category ‘best backings’? Were there any?

    • Yes, sadly in ET Awards, as seen by the many negative reactions we’re getting, people want to see their favorites nominated no matter what.

      To be fair, SVT is insanely guilty for pushing ALMOST EVERY SINGLE ACT to hide their backings, in order to move their own agenda towards playback, at least for backings for now, and later for it all like they hope to get in MF. France, Ukraine, so many entries that feature a lot of backing vocals that simply were nowhere to be seen on stage… It’s an insult, and I took the personal bias to ONLY nominate singers or dancers that were PART of the show. Completely.

      • I agree it was sad to see so many choirs in the background and everyone trying the swedish concept :P It made songs like Belgium, Azerbaijan and even a little bit of Bulgaria to stand out, which I think had a posetive effect on them in the end. So hopefully delegations will try to bring them back more next year!

      • Agreed and signed. The way SVT treated the backing singers was a disgrace.

      • I nominated Ukraine’s backings because the song relies heavily on them and they pulled it off without the slightest glitch. Whether they are seen or unseen is completely irrelevant to me (and in Ukraine’s case they are not completely invisible – you can catch a glimpse of them at the 2:20 mark of the official video). And unlike some people I am not the one to nominate their favourite song in every category – I do not approve in the slightest Jamala being nominated either for Best Performance or Best Style. As for Hungary’s backings I don’t know what they are doing here – they almost ruined the whole song with their horrible singing, at least in the semi-final.

        I voted for San Marino’s backings of course which had by far the most positive contribution to their entry both in terms of singing and in terms of show.

  2. Definitely Belgium. Reminded me of Denmark 14, which was an equal joy to watch, because of the backings.

  3. By the way, where is the poll?

  4. It has to be Azerbaijan’s because someone was singing their socks off in the SF and it wasn’t Samra…

  5. I will vote for Hungary here. I am not particularly fond of the song, but I think the backings were very cool – especially the whistling….

  6. As for Belgium, I think the dancing was a bit too overdone for my taste…

    • Same here. Everything looked as if someone had put a gun to their heads and said: Be jolly or you are dead people.


  8. Easily Belgium here, they were simply flawless! I can see why you nominated them here instead of best performance Morgan! The backings really helped Samra as well and boosted that song as well to the placing it got.

  9. The 3 members of FOOL MOON for Hungary.The backing vocals play an important role in “Pioneer” both vocally and stage-wise.The same can be said for Belgium that also delivered and will win the award,imo.In all honesty,Laura really needed them.Ukraine had great backings too.

  10. Belgium will win this one (and I don’t mind) but I’ll vote Hungary. I loved those backing singers.

  11. I must say there were many really good backings this year (I’m including the hidden ones too) who improved the live performances so I think it wasn’t easy to choose 5.

    It’s hard to say which backings were the best at singing alone so I’ll vote for the ones that contributed the most overall to the show and that’s Belgium’s backings imo.

    From the ones that are not nominated I liked a lot Ukraine’s and Lithuania’s backings who really pulled it off when they were supposed to.

  12. Azerbaijanian backings did great work saving Samra’s live performance! But Belgium’s backings were too lovely not to vote for!

  13. I voted for Belgium. The backing singers and dancers were instrumental in that performance.

  14. If San Marino gets nominated for something here and by Morgan of all people, it really must be truly drop dead gorgeous and in the league of it’s own.
    This is fantastic. Serhat’s Silver Angels get my vote. They were bloody perfect.
    Serhat’s should have been nominated for best styling as well.

  15. Belgium!

  16. Hungary on this occasion.

  17. Azerbaijan really ?

    Anyway, Hungary, Serbia and Belgium all excelled in that field but I think Laura’s engaging and well integrated to the whole act backing vocalists/dancers deserve my vote here.

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