ET Awards 2016: Best Internal Choice!

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 broadcasters’ choices!

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 fourteenth award is in the “Delegation” category and it’s “Best Internal Choice”. Here are the results of the recommendations made by the regular users of Eurovision Times in this category:

  • 10 France
  • 6 Netherlands
  • 4 Bulgaria
  • 3 Armenia
  • 3 Australia
  • 3 Georgia
  • 3 Italy
  • 3 Serbia
  • 1 Czech Republic
  • 1 FYR Macedonia
  • 1 Montenegro
  • 1 Russia

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







  • France‘s best result in 14 years










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 rewatch very carefully the videos 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!

85 comments on “ET Awards 2016: Best Internal Choice!

  1. Of course Australia and Armenia made strong choices, but I tried to nominate entries that also achieved an unexpectedly well result!

  2. Netherlands and Georgia for me. Voted for the Dutch song.

    P.S. – I managed to vote in all the categories so far. (happy emoji)

  3. Without any hesitation: Georgia.

  4. Netherlands and TROS for inviting another BIG name from the Dutch music industry !

  5. Bulgaria!Poli gave them their best result ever after 9 years of missing the final.The result seemed fair with both sets of votes.It wasn’t fanwanked by juries like some others and the staging was simple yet so effective.They didn’t spend a lot of money on props and fireworks etc yet they brought the arena down.I hope they can capitalize on this success and the popularity the contest now enjoys in the country and follow the same path next year.

    • I voted for Bulgaria too. But I believe that just like Lithuania they were immensely helped by the swedish production team who really know how to stage this kind of songs.

      • I believe they had their own plan for the stage performance.The dance routine,the backings coming at the front during the song’s finale,the backdrop which was the same as the official video and of course Poli who has such a fan,warm personality that the televoters can connect with.

  6. The Netherlands have made an impressing resurrection. I mean, it’s not many years since they offered us stuff like De Toppers and Sieneke. And now, the last years, we’ve seen many great singers going to Eurovision simply doing their own thing. And doing it good too, I may add. Though they still had to stick to old Eurovision formulas in one way or another, like this year, re-using the ticking clock intro from 1997 (is that a thing in Dutch pop music? :P ).

  7. In other news, this is the duet Sergey Lazarev and Polina Gagarina performed in russian television:

    I hope we see either or both of them again at ESC. And I hope we get to hear songs in languages like russian again soon!

    • Saturday night fever in Moscow! A proper disco schlager inferno. Love it.

      What a great pair of pants Sergey is wearing, that cute little thing. Shame Europe didn’t get to know Seryozha like this, the way he really is Polina had turned into a bit of s tough cookie. Well, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

      They should turn to local forces now. Yeah, and switch to Russian. It’s amazingly beautiful and and most horny language. Trust me I know what, I’m talking about 😃

      • I wish I had the willpower to start learning a new language because I find russian really beautiful.

        They should send them to the ESC as a duet. Talk about star power!

        • Same here. And I totally agree. What a duo!

          • And another piece of info you might find interesting: In his inteview that I posted here a few days ago, Dimitris Kontopoulos said that pop star Demy is the one Greece should go for if they want to improve their chances next year. It is not the first time he suggests this and a lot of people point to the fact that he writes songs for her, including this huge summer 2014 hit:

            Of course this comment is just an excuse so we can all ogle the bad-boy rapper in the video :P

  8. Guys, I was considering of changing the format this year and maybe wait til all polls close for another week until we take a big night for all 18 awards. Or do you guys rather have the first results tomorrow and so on for the week so as to keep the roll going?

  9. Georgia for me. It was a risky choice that initially no one (including me) thought would end up in a decent result, but they really made it work.

  10. Australia should be nominated instead of Georgia imo (which sees a bit of favouritism in these awards imo but anyway..).

    The other 4 nominees all have good reasons to be there. But my vote has to go to Amir and France. After year’s of bad results the french broadcaster did not only choose the most charming performer of the year along with a fresh, contemporary song but they actively promoted the entry in the best way possible showing a commendable overall effort – which fortunately paid of. Now of course France deserved better imo – A top 5 and a top 3 for sure – but 6th place, best result since 2002 and in a year as competitive as this one is a great achievement in itself. I hope France keeps the momentum going !

    • Yeah, we clearly said that this was ET Awards, so it reflects recommendations and the site, its regulars. Georgia is insanely popular among our regulars (Anders, Marc P, Oxi…) and the team here, while Australia isnt as much. We also know there is a huge Australian bias coming from the EBU, the Nordic broadcasters, starting with SVT (two 12 in a row from its juries)… so whatever they would have chosen, it would have done well. It’s more remarkable coming from the other 5. And I’d like to remind you I’ve been bashed AS WELL for nominating Australia in other awards. Cut me some slack and try to see I REALLY am trying to give nominations fairly accordingly around. And I have Australia in my top 10 and always have this year.

      • Can you chill ? I just expressed my opinion.

        P.S. I see no australian favouritism. It just happens that Australia takes it seriously and delivers. I would be surprised if Sweden especially did not recognise that. Plus you dont gather 320 jury points out of nordic favouritism really..

      • Oh and who complained about Australia’s nominations ?
        If you talk about the usual crowd complaining about Dami’s nomination in best female vocals it was hardly surprising – she won the jury vote and that’s already good enough reason to bash her and the song endlessly regardless.

    • Well, this category is pretty open since there can be quite a lot of reasons why one would think a song is the best internal choice – unlike for instance categories like “best backdrop”, “best video” or “best vocals” which are much more specific.

  11. Oh and of course props to The Netherlands. They are living their best esc times in decades – even if Douwe deserved a better result imo. They should also keep the momentum going and hopefully that will soon translate to a victory.

  12. I’m going to vote for Bulgaria, but this is simply just because I find Poli to be so likeable.

  13. Georgia! For me it’s their best song!
    There were quite a few really good internal choices this year.

  14. Off topic: I remember last year we had a sort of pre contest top with all of the ET regulars and stuff, it was fun to see the difference in the actual contest and ours ^^ As a Eurovision nerd it would be fun to have an ET-ESC-after-contest top of some sort with the regulars and some of the silent viewers who would join! Its Just an idea, but it would be interesting to see what result we would have had if we were the juries instead ;) :D Let me know what you think :)

  15. The OGAE second chance contest kicked off with 23 participating countries: http://esctoday.com/136448/ogae-second-chance-2016-participants-announced

    My top-5

    But i fear Poland may win.

    • I’d vote for “Laika” of course (it would be in my top-3 this year had it qualified) and then the wonderful “Cieli immensi” by Patty Pravo. She doesn’t have a voice any more, but what an amazingly chilling song this is.

      Margaret’s “Cool me down” has gotten some heavy airplay post-ESC by greek radio and TV music stations, much more than any of the actual contestants. I wonder if the same happened in other countries. Of course it only goes on to prove that what people refer to as “radio-friendly” and “potential hit material” is usually derivative stuff that is very rarely interesting in a live setting.

  16. The Netherlands got my vote here!
    If Armenia doesn’t withdraw next year the most possible and already rumoured singer for the internal choice is Erik karapetyan

    Nice guy but during all his career he failed to impress me with any song of his own and I could never understand the secret of his success tbh. His campaign has already started and he was the only juror this year as far as I know (and so far) who didn’t put Azerbaijan dead in the bottom of his list. This is much weaker choice IMO than we had in 2014 and 2016!

  17. Some sites report that only Kyiv and Lviv meet all the EBU requirements and are the frontrunners to host esc 2017

    • Lvov is more beautiful city but nationalistic guardians there are very strong according to medias. I think Kiev would be better choice!

      • Armenian and Russian media?I think it’s going to be Kyiv because it’s more practical to host it there.

        • Armenian medias are very neutral on Ukrainian issues ;) Just like the international media do ! Maybe you haven’t followed racistic reactions after Gaitana’s choice for Eurovision (where they were coming from), you don’t know about the party Svoboda, in which regions they traditionally do well and rule current days etc etc …. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wnUdc2fD9pg

          • As opposed to what?It’s like that in every ex soviet state minus the Baltics.I don’t understand why Ukraine is singled out in particular.It’s the same thing with the Russia Today Kremlin’s mouthpiece.The neonazis of Kyiv.Yeah right.

            • Didn’t you just shout Russian media regarding national guards in Lviv? Ukraine is not being singled out on anything. It has been just totally forgotten here that Ukraine is not western liberal democracy.

            • Forgotten by whom?I haven’t read anyone praising Ukraine as a western liberal democracy.

            • Russian human rights have been the biggest political issue here. No one’s shouting about rest of the ex Soviets and their human rights.
              Now as I posted article from Guardian you are ranting and raving that Ukraine is singled out.
              Whole ESC community should understand that two men walking hand on hand in Kiev might not be the wisest thing to do. Not that big difference to Sotchi.

            • I’m ranting and raving?You make it all very personal and insulting while i was trying to have a friendly debate.
              My issue with Russia is that all the discrimination is institutionalized and has become a law unlike Ukraine or Georgia for that matter.The Russian state says it’s ok to discriminate against gays.If minorities feel unsafe and threatened and their own country not only won’t protect them but they’re blamed for what’s happeneing to them then what could be worse?It’s not wise to hold hands during nightime in Athens,Belgrade and other cities too.
              Also keep in mind that governments come and go in Ukraine and there’s a very active opposition unlike Russia.

            • Sorry, I read your first comment as quite aggressive.
              Russia is instutionalised human rights hell, but the difference to other ex Soviets is still actually not that big especially if you take wider perspective in human rights.
              Also there is still long way to go in West too when it comes to gay rights, everywhere.
              Still you should be allowed to comment here human rights in Ukraine and finding not then too good. We both know that you really shouldn’t compare it to West in any case. Problems in West doesn’t make things better or right in Ukraine.
              The opposition is not doing good in Ukraine at all. I have been quite sceptic about Ukraine for some time. Article is longish, but there is really good insights of Ukraine and ex Soviets.

            • I can’t find olive branch in my emojies… Peace!

            • I don’t like neo nazis in Russia and I don’t like them in Kiev or anywhere. For me it’s never “Neo nazis in Kiev, yeah right” kind of thing. Black is black everywhere. There is no excuses for that. Anywhere.

            • The propaganda line is that neonazis govern Ukraine so the Donbass region has every right to break away.That was what i was referring to.I wasn’t questioning the existence of neonazis in Kyiv in general nor in Greece,Germany or the UK for that matter.

            • Actually it’s not the same as Greece at all. Ukraine has a very recent and rich history of violence flaring up around lgbt events, something which should obviously be pointed out:



              The only real difference between Ukraine and Russia is that the current ukrainian authorities are much more likely to take their distance from things frowned upon by the West, and that’s all I am afraid. It has nothing to do with their own democratic instincts, but rather their chosen geopolitical orientation.

            • Other than interpreting their intensions,do you know if there’s a gay propaganda law in place in Ukraine as in Russia?If you don’t see a vast difference between a conservative or even a homophobic civil society and an institutionalized and targeted discrimination against lgbt people then we vastly disagree.
              As for Greece,i didn’t say that the situation is the same as in the ex soviet states.I was just pointing out the fact it’s not safe here either for a gay couple to walk holding hands in many Athens neighborhoods during nightime.Only a couple of days ago i was reading comments on how unsafe it is to walk like that in certain areas of the Greek capital.

            • No they don’t, because as I said at this moment they are not going to actively go out and pass something that the West frowns upon and has turned into its Holy Grail of human rights (funny how it wasn’t so when the UK had a gay propaganda law until 2003 but that is another discussion). It does not mean that their pro-western leadership is inherently less corrupt and authoritarian than their adversaries. And despite the absence of the gay propaganda law, not even western lgbt organisations can pretend there is much difference on this matter between Ukraine and Russia, as you can see in this map:


              My point is, I am not going to applaud any country for marginally becomeing “better people” by choosing the “right” geopolitical orientation. Because to me that is just more propaganda, akin to “the neonazis ruling Ukraine” propaganda of the other side.

            • Was there a gay propaganda law a few years ago and they abolished it in order to join western institutions?My point was and people just pretend to not understand it is that when discrimination becomes institutionalized,when the government says it’s ok to marginalize gays or report them then nothing good can come out of it.
              As for this popular bashing-the-west trend,you believe that in 2003 and before abolishing this law in the UK things for gays were the same as in present-day Russia?

            • I agree that laws fining people for peacefully assembling and disseminating their views should be rescinded, but they should not be a pretext to single out Russia from countries with similar records in the region.The whole conversation started when you wrote that the problem of organised political violence in Ukraine was only a fabrication of russian and armenian media when it clearly isn’t. And we all know that organised violence like that does not just happen without the authorities winking an eye at the perpetrators’ direction.

            • But i do believe there’s a propaganda machine behind all this and you being a Greek should at least acknowledge it.In various Greek sites whenever Ukraine is mentioned there are multiple comments below talking about the Nazi Kyiv government which suppresses the pro Russia Eastern regions.
              My first comment was clear.I didn’t say there isn’t an extreme right wing sector in Ukraine-like in some many countries around Europe-but that this is being exaggerated and pronounced in order to serve other purposes.The purpose is clear and it’s to discredit the Ukrainian pro-western parties,to label them as nazi parties making them look illegitimate.

  18. Important to remember that homosexuality has been highly controversial in the west too. As late as the early 80’s it was officially regarded as a disease in Denmark….

    • I know and this is the whole point. Liberal western metropolitan areas are actually still anomalies in West too. Just look at the discussions of equal marriage rights in for example in UK and Finland. They were very close calls.
      Where there is proper human rights there can hardly be gay rights.

    • Alas, people in Western Europe have very short memory and tend to be very self-righteous …

    • That’s another reason for the west to take a leadership role here when it comes to human rights in the east. Learning from their past mistakes they have not only the right but the responsibility to help tackle anti-LGBT discrimination in the east.

      Russia has shown no willingness to change – they are going the exact opposite direction.

      Ukraine does have big problems with homophobia and that’s true and documented. But now they are under the influence of the west and that is something that should be taken advantage of to promote human rights in general.

      An ESC in Ukraine is positive for LGBT rights – it puts pressure on the Kiev government which wants to show itself as a friend of the west to mobilize to that direction.

      An ESC in Russia would hardly have the same effect given that Russia will do the opposite of anything western countries do and will just try to cover up for it.

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