Eurovision Times Awards 2017

Eurovision 2017 – Every year, the summer is the calm after the storm so it’s the perfect time to do more games and contests! This year we resume the “Eurovision Times Awards” to give prizes (the Fridas) for the best in every category! And you get to vote!

2017 will be the fifth year for Eurovision Times to organize a new contest (you can check 2013’s results here, the 2014’s ones here, the 2015’s ones here and the 2016’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“.

Here are the categories for the 2016 “Eurovision Times Awards”:

  • Technical Awards:
    • Best Female Vocals
    • Best Male Vocals
    • Best Lyrics
    • Best Composition
  • Artistic Awards:
    • Best Performance
    • Best Props & Gimmicks
    • Best Female Style
    • Best Male Style
    • Best Backings
  • Delegation Awards:
    • Best Backdrop
    • Best Promotion Video
    • Best Spokeperson
    • Best National Final
    • Best Internal Choice
  • Results Awards:
    • Most Overrated Entry
    • Most Underrated Entry
    • Best Top 5 Entry
    • Best Entry

FridaA specific page for each category will be open with a recap video of all the nominees and the poll for you to vote (everyone gets to vote, not just regular voters)! Each page will specifically remind you what the category is about so that there are no confusion. The page will feature a poll opened for exactly one week. Every IP gets only one vote, please do not cheat, do take in consideration to watch them all once again before voting and do not vote necessarily for your favorite song! Of course, it’s pointless to vote only for your own country unless you’re really certain it should win. May the best win!

Tell us tonight and through the week-end whom do you want to see nominated in each categories, even though these are only “recommendations” as only the staff of Eurovision Times gets to nominate in the first round (else they wouln’t be able to be called “Eurovision Times Awards”)! However, every year, we’ve nominated at least whichever came 1st in recommendations, if not more! You can nominate by replying in the comment section of this article!

PS1: there are no “group” vocals category simply because there is often either a male or female singer for the whole group, in case of a duet, because we can’t be sure that there would be enough duets every year to have enough nominees, we decided that either the male, the female or both could be nominated separately if they deserve to be. Same goes for groups with multiple singers, they all get to be nominated individually, so you can nominate all of the group members or single out the best one.

PS2: In 2013, we had “Best Male Looks” and “Best Female Looks” and that got people confused, who often voted for “hottest” person. This felt a tad too shallow for us and we decided to focus mostly on Style (hair, makeup and clothes and how they match with the person’s looks, the overall backdrop and light show and the song itself of course) since 2014. Recommend (and later on vote) accordingly.

PS3: There are no “Worst…” categories as these awards are here to salute great efforts that contribute to the contest, its credibility as well as its overall quality. Yes, there is a “Most Overrated” award, but in the end, the 5 nominees in that category also can take pride in having done well with either Televote and juries and won’t be too sad that we think there were better than them. Besides this category, every other one is about quality!

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224 comments on “Eurovision Times Awards 2017

  1. Western Europe+Rest of the Baltics+Poland:

  2. ESC wasn’t on TV at all in Bosnia and Herzegovina this year! Don’t expect B&H in Lisbon..

  3. Off-Topic: 2 849 000 Swedes watched the Eurovision final this year. It’s the lowest number since 2010 (when Sweden failed to qualify).

    • Robin did not win the televote …

    • I am certain that more would have watched if we would have sent Nano and I am ok with the backlash they get from this tbh. Hope they rethink the app and changes it completely or just scraps it.

      • I would gladly have voted for Wictoria’s song – and probably “Hold On” too. “I Can’t Go On” didn’t appeal to me at all :(

        • Wictoria’s song was just great!

        • And of course they cant write that thats the problem, so instead they complain against the production value of this years ESC.. Its a fair point, but I mean they lost like a half million veiwers on every show and even if ESC 2012 was a bit hard to watch, it still attracted veiwers, because of Loreen.

          • I think it was a fine production actually. Not overly excited about the hosts (too many interruptions between the songs among other things), but there was a good flow.

            Much better TV production than both Baku and Vienna (which was probably the show I enjoyed the least).

            • All in all, I have to agree; the worst part was the camera work, I would say.

            • Oh God Vienna was a disaster indeed, however Baku looked good at least in it’s sterile-ness haha!
              Yeah the hosts were really the worst part about this eurovision season imo

      • No, and the same thing goes with 2008, which was the weakest year for us (if we ignore 2010 when we were not in the final). So it’s a point that seems to make sense. But I can’t really see that much of a difference with Nano. Are really 300 000 – 400 000 people in Sweden boycotting Eurovision just because the people’s no. 1 didn’t win?

        • Well the veiwerships that went down, were mostly from countries that had a non-qualifier or just a boring song in the final aka Germany and Spain. So yes I think so, why else would so many not watch it? I mean I wasn’t overly excited in seeing us in the final tbh. I think the passion kinda went out, when Robin won and even online from various sources people didn’t seem to care that much or hype about the act or him. Passion is pretty important and MF needs to see that sending a song that got third in the televoting does not work in the end.

          I mean an international jury, people who aren’t even from Sweden sends our song to the ESC. That sounds like something that could put people off tbh.

  4. Off-topic: Iasonas Mandilas, one of Demy’s dancers and backing vocalists got one of the tickets to participate in the live shows of “So you think you can dance”. In the video he says he was greek champion at 100m hurdles before giving up track and field to study singing, dancing and musical theatre in London for 3 years. He has also worked as a dancer in Robbie Williams’ tour.

    • The jury includes pop star and perennial Eurovision rumour Eleni Foureira (she says she has worked with Iasonas in the past), choreographer for the greek ESC entries of 2011 and 2012 Konstantinos Rigos and 1996 olympic gold medalist in gymnastics Ioannis Melissanidis.

  5. Ok. I’ll give it a try.

    Technical Awards:
    Best Female Vocals: Finland; Armenia
    Best Male Vocals: Portugal; Italy
    Best Lyrics: Portugal; Italy
    Best Composition: Portugal; Italy; Finland

    Artistic Awards:
    Best Performance: Portugal
    Best Props & Gimmicks: Portugal (less is more); Armenia; Moldova
    Best Female Style: France; Germany; Armenia
    Best Male Style: Italy; Hungary
    Best Backings: Italy

    Delegation Awards:
    Best Backdrop: Portugal; Belgium
    Best Promotion Video: Italy
    Best Spokeperson: would have to watch it again, as I was too nervous looking at scores to pay attention on anything else
    Best National Final: don’t know
    Best Internal Choice: don’t know

    Results Awards:
    Most Overrated Entry: Belgium; Bulgaria
    Most Underrated Entry: Finland; Italy (it started so overrated that it became underrated)
    Best Top 5 Entry: Portugal
    Best Entry: Portugal

  6. Here are mine..

    Best Female Vocals: Armenia, Finland
    Best Male Vocals: Italy, Moldavia
    Best Lyrics: Belgium, Finland, Italy
    Best composition: Finland, Italy, Belgium

    Best Performance: Portugal, Italy, Belgium
    Best Props & Gimmicks: Azerbaijan ( new and fresh for Eurovision standards )
    Best Female Style: Belgium, Czech Republic
    Best Male Style: Sweden, Portugal
    Best Backings: Azerbaijan, Italy

    Best Backdrop: Belgium, UK, Portugal
    Best Promotion Video: Belgium, Bulgaria, Italy
    Best Spokeperson: Israel
    Best National Final: Portugal
    Best Internal Choice: Belgium, Azerbaijan

    Most Overrated Entry: Bulgaria, Australia, Croatia
    Most Underrated Entry: Finland, Finland, Finland ;)
    Best Top 5 Entry: Belgium
    Best Entry: Finland, Italy, Belgium

  7. Technical Awards:

    Best Female Vocals – Czech Republic/Armenia
    Best Male Vocals – Hungary/Norway
    Best Lyrics – Finland / Hungary/Portugal
    Best Composition – Hungary/ FYRM/Finland

    Artistic Awards:

    Best Performance – Portugal /Hungary/Norway
    Best Props & Gimmicks – Armenia
    Best Female Style – France/Azerbaijan
    Best Male Style – Sweden/Romania
    Best Backings – Sweeden
    Delegation Awards: Armenia (Davit Tserunyan who also was the author of our lyrics did great job translating Artsvik’s Armenian into Armenian and then Armenian to English also Gohar Gasparyan wasn’t around), Israel
    Best Backdrop – Armenia, Hungary and Greece
    Best Promotion Video – Hungary
    Best Spokeperson – Israel (I would mention here Armenia as well as Iveta was fabioulous as always but this is really subjective)
    Best National Final – ??
    Best Internal Choice – France
    Results Awards:
    Most Overrated Entry – Croatia / Moldova
    Most Underrated Entry – Finland
    Best Top 5 Entry – Portugal/Belgium
    Best Entry – Hungary

  8. Let’s not forget Best Picture!😂

  9. Technical Awards:
    Best Female Vocals: The Netherlands,UK,Finland,Iceland
    Best Male Vocals: Portugal,Hungary,Croatia
    Best Lyrics: Belgium.Portugal,Italy,France,Finland
    Best Composition: Belgium.Portugal,Finland

    Artistic Awards:
    Best Performance: Portugal,Hungary
    Best Props&Gimmicks: Sweden,Israel
    Best Female Style: Greece,Azerbaijan
    Best Male Style: Italy,Hungary,Sweden,Israel
    Best Backings: Sweden,Bulgaria,Croatia

    Delegations Awards:
    Best Backdrop: Belarus,UK,France
    Best Promotion Video:Belgium,Italy,Armenia
    Best Spokesperson: Israel
    Best National Final: San Remo,A Dal
    Best Internal Selection:Belgium,Bulgaria

    Most Overrated Entry: Australia,,Bulgaria
    Most Underrated entry: Finland
    Best Top 5 Entry:Belgium,Portugal
    Best Entry: Belgium.Portugal,Italy

  10. News from the home front II: My dad liked France most of all. Then Belgium, Moldova, Poland and the UK. He detested Bulgaria and Sweden. And he found Portugal so and so.

    I was 100% certain he would go for the beautiful french girl :-P

  11. And for greek-speaking readers this is an article published today in a major Sunday paper about the retro-swing-jazz revival sweeping the greek music scene. After Portugal’s victory, could a greek Eurovision entry in that style be that far away?


    • Thanks, Michos.
      I just hope that Portugal’s victory makes many countries, Greece among them, change their entire approach on ESC.
      Btw, I always thought that Greece could win with sth like this back in the 60’s:

    • Last year they asked Mariza Rizou if she wanted to go to Stockholm but she said no.

  12. Here are my nominations for the Fridas:

    Technical Awards:
    Best Female Vocals: UK, Czech Republic, Poland, Georgia, Netherlands
    Best Male Vocals: Portugal, Bulgaria, Croatia, Australia
    Best Lyrics: Finland, Portugal, Italy
    Best Composition: Finland, Portugal, Bulgaria, Belgium, Azerbaijan, Armenia

    Artistic Awards:
    Best Performance: Portugal, Finland, Bulgaria, UK, Armenia, Moldova
    Best Props & Gimmicks: Bulgaria, Moldova, Norway, Armenia, Sweden
    Best Female Style: France, Armenia, Latvia, Belgium, Romania
    Best Male Style: Bulgaria, Italy, Moldova, Sweden

    Delegation Awards:
    Best Backdrop: Bulgaria, Moldova, Belgium, Italy, UK
    Best Promotion Video: Armenia, Belgium, Azerbaijan, Italy, Finland
    Best Internal Choice: Bulgaria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Czech Republic, Australia

    Results Awards:
    Most Overrated Entry: Romania, Australia, Croatia
    Most Underrated Entry: Finland, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, Iceland
    Best Top 5 Entry: Portugal
    Best Entry: Portugal

  13. Here they are
    Lyrics: ITA, POR, FIN
    Composition: HUN, ITA, AZR, POR, ARM, BEL
    Performance: POR, HUN
    Props and Gimmicks: AZR
    Female style: FRA, FIN
    Male style: AUS, NOR, BUL
    Backdrop: ITA, BUL, HUN
    Promo: ARM, AZR, ITA, FIN
    Best NF: ISL, POR, ITA
    Internal choice: BUL, AZR, BEL
    Overrated: ROM, MDA, CRO, AUS, NED
    Underrated: FIN, ARM, AZR, ISL
    Best top5: BEL, POR, BUL
    Best entry: POR

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