ET Awards 2017: Best Lyrics!

Eurovision 2017 – 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 the actual songs!

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“.

The third award is in the “Technical” category and it’s “Best Lyrics”. Here are the results of the recommendations made by the regular users of Eurovision Times in this category:

  • 19 Italy
  • 16 Portugal
  • 12 Belgium
  • 8 Finland
  • 5 Hungary
  • 3 France
  • 2 Bulgaria
  • 1 Azerbaijan
  • 1 Belarus
  • 1 Estonia
  • 1 Germany
  • 1 Iceland
  • 1 Latvia
  • 1 Macedonia
  • 1 Netherlands

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 song had the best lyrics this year! You need to click on the country’s name to be redirected to the official lyrics of the song (and translation if needed). The nominees in alphabetical order are:

  • Belarus‘ lyrics by Artem Lukyanenka
  • Belgium‘s lyrics by Pierre Dumoulin & Ellie Delvaux
  • Hungary‘s lyrics by József Pápai
  • Italy‘s lyrics by Francesco Gabbani, Fabio Ilacqua & Luca Chiaravalli
  • Portugal‘s lyrics by Luísa Sobral

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 listen very careful to the vocal performances 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!

24 comments on “ET Awards 2017: Best Lyrics!

  1. More controversy! But lyrics in their own language got the massive majority of nominations here.

  2. It’s Italy for me. Both fun and smart. And who would ever know that “internettologi” would be used in Eurovision lyrics? :p

    Too bad the “Chanel” line had to be cut.

  3. Italy

  4. My nominees were Italy, Estonia and Portugal. I voted for Italy.

    I don’t know what Belarus is doing here, I find the lyrics rather meaningless and trite. Belgium did a good job finding lyrics that sound good with the music but they are basically platitudes that rhyme (all alone/danger zone, take my hand, stars in your eyes etc).

    As for worst lyrics of the season, I nominated Croatia (“there’s a miracle my friend”), Moldova (“I am not that unfounded boy”) and Norway (“I put my nerves in the coffin”).

  5. Italy is brilliant. Most of the time we are just comparing banalities of different shades.

  6. I would have voted for Belgium but alas “Let’s put some light into our lives ” is among the lamest lines this year. My vote went elsewhere …

  7. There is too much God in the Hungarian lyrics to appeal to me but at least I do understand why God is there … LOL

    So it’s between Belarus, Italy and Portugal. I won’t reveal where my vote went.

    • My problem is not that he mentions God, but that God talks to him, lol. There is a lot of bathos and too much talking in the first person in those lyrics.

  8. Wow! National languages galore ! J’aime <3
    I don't mind Belgium and I am happy for Belarus getting a nomination, it was my alternate nominee behind ITA, PRT and HUN.
    France would've made another good choice (original French version)
    My vote for best lyrics this year goes to Italy. The biggest asset of Occidentali's Karma imo.
    Good luck!!!

  9. Gonna vote for Portugal, a simple yet extremely effective lyric that creates a very heartfelt story.

  10. I think it’s a bit difficult for me to vote here, because it is hard to really judge lyrics that are translated to English from a language I don’t understand. Some poetic nuances often get lost because they cannot properly be transferred to another language. To judge the Belarusian, Italian and Portuguese lyrics in a fair way, I will have to understand these languages at least to some extent.

  11. With the Hungarian song they have made a poetic translation, I see.

  12. Probably the strongest “Best Lyrics” category in the history of Fridas :)
    Italy got my vote.
    Similar case with Niclas here: I miss the “oppio dei poveri” line :)

  13. Italy is my winner here. I also agree with Niclas and Oxi.

  14. Belarus? Well Hey Hey hayayayaho back to ya…

    Kinda miffed FYROM didn’t get more love, I feel their lyrics are brilliant. But in these 5, I have to go with Italy. Portugal is a second, while the rest are… kind of far far away. Even Belgium (good, but it does contribute to the largest issue of the song, that it can fall in being a tad repetitive.)

  15. Voted for belgium mainly because at this moment it corresponds to my mood more!

  16. I only nominated four entries and they’re all here, along with Belarus! ˆ-ˆ

    This is a really hard award to vote for, to be honest. I truly enjoy all five entires, and in any other circumstance, it’d probably be Italy, for me. The feat of making a strong satirical point within a rhyming scheme is admirable… but. That ESC cut killed the song, it needed the second verse. And without that, the poignancy of Portugal earns my vote.

  17. […] can click here to look at the full recommendations and nominations from last week’s article! There were 73 recommendations for 15 countries in the first round and 130 votes were cast in an […]

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