Best Props & Gimmicks 2016: and the Frida goes to…

FridaEurovision Times Awards 2016 – Every year, the summer is the calm after the storm so it’s the perfect time to resume the “Eurovision Times Awards” to give prizes to the best in every category! After a week in this category, it’s time to announce the winner and hand out the Frida. So who will win? 


Artistic Awards

Best Props & Gimmicks

TheET Awards five entries nominated were:

And the Frida goes to…


You Are The Only One” was performed by Sergey Lazarev. Representing Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016, it was written by John Ballard & Ralph Charlie and composed by Dimitris Kontopoulos & Philip Kirkorov. It finished 3rd with 491 points. Nominated five times overall in ET Awards 2016, “Best Props & Gimmicks” is its first so far! Congratulations!

You can click here to look at the full recommendations and nominations from last week’s article! There were 38 recommendations for 14 countries in the first round and 160 votes were cashed in an open poll, in exactly one week, among the 5 nominees. The complete detailed results will be announced once all polls are closed so in another week!

Now let’s watch the winning entry once more, for the screen prop:

30 comments on “Best Props & Gimmicks 2016: and the Frida goes to…

  1. I get why it won, it’s the case of an entry that’s empty enough that the prop does everything. But it’s not the kind of props I like, I prefer the ones that enhance the entry instead of overshadow it. So Austria or Georgia had something more for me.

  2. Yeah, the Super Mario platform climbing was… fun, but I’d personally prefer gimmicks that have something to do with the song’s theme.

  3. I think that it was too gimmicky to deserve this award. I prefer intelligent gimmicks that enhance a song to gimmicks for gimmicks sake. Well, I still think that Sergey should have won best male vocals instead …

  4. It had almost nothing to do with the song, but it is undoubtedly why it won the televote, so congratz Russia!

  5. An obvious result. I reckon the screen was only really successful in the music video though.

  6. Nah…
    Georgia had the most effectiive gimmick this year !!!

  7. Meanwhile,Mans celebrates his 30th birthday….

  8. Ah, I guess it’s no surprise and although I did nominate Russia for this award I was hoping for Georgia to win it as I think it was by far the best one in this category, it’s probably the best gimmick I ever saw in ESC. :o Also it was probably the only award where Georgia had some chances to win..

  9. I totally forgot that he also had backing dancers, including a female lead. They should’ve just cut those and stuck to the projections.

  10. Probably didn’t vote here. I have always had a strained relationship with stage props. It can go terribly wrong…

      • Haha, I love “This is Spinal Tap”. “Up to eleven” and so on. Even if “The Blues Brothers is even more my alley when it comes to comedy. :D

        It’s a bit sad then that Denmark was like the leading gimmick country back in the 80’s, especially the songs concerning Søren Bundgaard: the swimming pool in 1984, the kid in 1985, the plastic guitar in 1988 and the conductor leaving his place in 1989.

        • … and the “rejehop” in 1983, as well as Mabel’s bass drum. Plus a couple of striking examples from the NF’s…

          • my Danish cousin would be involved here so will shut up

          • My favourite, at 2:25. Just straight out of nowhere.

            • It does make some sense though: “en hund”.

            • But what does that even mean; “vundet en hund”? Is it to be taken in a literal way, that they’re winning dogs at the casino or is it some danish idiom?

              Plus I guess it’s no idea trying to understand why the dog is dressed as a piccolo and waves his butt towards us. at the end. :p

              I also have to admit that “Casino” is a guilty pleasure for me; in fact my favourite from DMGP 1991 together with “Afrodite af i dag”, even if the rhyming is really silly.

            • “En hund” is a slang for a 100 kr. banknote. So “vundet en hund” means that you have won 100 kroner.

              Then there is “en tudse” (a toad) which is a 1000 kr. banknote.

              As for the piccolo look, I don’t know. Maybe it is a casino thing (I never attend casinos), or maybe it is just for the purpose of looking silly.

              Don’t remember “Afrodite af i dag”, I will have to listen to it again.

            • Bad song btw. “Vi ta’r på kasino, og det ska’ være lig’ nu”…

  11. This result was expected. However, I think it’s a serious case of gimmicks diarrhea, if I may say so. There is really no point, except the one about showing everyone how much money that had to spend. Not for me, thanks. Congrats.

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