Best National Final 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?


Delegation Awards

Best National Final

TheET Awards five entries nominated were:

  • Estonia‘s Eesti Laul
  • Hungary‘s A Dal
  • Iceland‘s Songvakeppnin
  • Norway‘s Melodi Grand Prix
  • Ukraine‘s National Final


And the Frida goes to…


You can check out more abut Eesti Laul on the contest’s Wikipedia page. The Estonian national final was created in 2009 to replace the old “Euro Laul”, which was meant to select a song for the contest. In refocusing on the domestic musical stage, it helped create one of the most praised national finals of recent years. Nominated in every Frida so far, this is its first! It gave the contest two 6th places (2009 and 2012) and a 7th place (2015). It also helped Estonia qualify in 2011 and 2013. This year it was won by “Play” performed by Jüri Pootsmann. Written and composed by Stig Rästa, Vallo Kikas & Fred Krieger, it finished last in the first semifinal with 24 points. Nominated three times overall in ET Awards 2016, “Best National Final” 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 33 recommendations for 10 countries in the first round and 104 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 it came from the best national final:


6 comments on “Best National Final 2016: and the Frida goes to…

  1. I think the last two Eesti Laul’s have started to lose a bit of the splendor this NF had before. Though we still had some great songs, and especially Jüri’s and Mick’s.

  2. Hmm.I disagree!Production-wise the final was so good but the level of the songs was really average by esc-standards and their choice was obviously wrong since they finished in the last place of both semis combined.
    Ukraine had a great selection of songs and the production level was great.The only problem was the duration of the shows,the long breaks and the jury panel.
    I’d even put Hungary in front of Estonia.

  3. I agree ! Eesti Laul had the best average of songs in my books and the best production.
    Surprised not to see Ukraine winning this. They had 4 really great songs but some true horrors as well (Anastasia Pryhodko, Peaks of Kings) plus some weak entries too (Vlad Kurasov, Victoria Petryk, NuAngels)

  4. I agree if we talk production but not if we talk song quality, which was highest in the Ukrainian NF. Congrats!

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