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ET Awards 2017: Best Props & Gimmicks!


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 categories focused on performances!

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 sixth award is in the “Artistic” category and it’s “Best Props & Gimmicks”. Here are the results of the recommendations made by the regular users of Eurovision Times in this category:

  • 14 Sweden
  • 11 Azerbaijan
  • 6 Moldova
  • 6 Norway
  • 4 Romania
  • 3 Armenia
  • 3 Austria
  • 3 Italy
  • 2 Belarus
  • 2 United Kingdom
  • 1 Bulgaria
  • 1 Croatia
  • 1 Hungary
  • 1 Ireland
  • 1 Israel
  • 1 Latvia
  • 1 Portugal
  • 1 Ukraine

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 had the best props and gimmicks this year! This category is another “performance” related award. It’s here to celebrate performances that were good and did not rely so much on the singer but more on everything around him or her to enhance the overall package. You need to click on the country’s name to be redirected to the video of the song. The nominees in alphabetical order are:

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 watch very careful to the performances before voting and do not vote necessarily 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!

41 comments on “ET Awards 2017: Best Props & Gimmicks!

  1. while Moldova may have been the biggest gimmick with the saxophone, we decided to exclude it because Moldova got a nod overall in “best performance” so we could feature Romania, which is a weaker song and performance, but got top 10 thanks only to the yodel whereas Moldova had much more to offer! The other 4 are obvious nominees… not sure why Bulgaria or Portugal got a recommendation to be honnest!

  2. I think the one that worked better and played a role in the song’s final ranking is Sweden’s treadmills.

    • Imo Sweden and Romania wouldnt have done that well without their gimmicks. Moldova wouldnt have done AS well but still well imo. Azerbaijan and Italy would have done the same, but are very memorable.

  3. I dont think Azerbaijans horse gimmick paid off that much in the end. The one that truly got its top 10 placement, with an act full of gimmicks was Romania imo, so they get my vote! Sweden a close second!

  4. Eurovision.tv’s survival guide for P.E.D:

  5. ITA.

  6. I will of course vote for Azerbaijan here. While not particularly fond of the song, the visual setup clearly spoke to my curiosity :-)

    • There was clearly an idea behind the Azerbaijani staging which is what matters. A shame she had to explain it in detains during one of the press conferences. Better let the viewers make their own sense out of it.

      I can’t see the idea with the Norwegian masks – other than doing something that the viewers can remember, but that is too thin for me.

      The yodel was the whole concept of the Romanian song, so I am not sure if I would include it here. But they had two canons on stage – whatever that was supposed to mean…

      Then there is the Italian ape which of course related to the lyrics, but it annoys me quite a lot.

      The Swedish treadmills: I think they sort of sum up what I feel about the song quite well.

  7. Aw, no Moldova. I loved what they did. Great backdrop, fun backing singers, change of cossy, flowers in the mics, epic sax man in even better form, easy step dance and they did a great job pulling it all together imo. They got a great result. So pleased for them. :)
    Am surprised Croatia didn’t place higher (that was soooo, gimmicky, though not for me)
    I have made my choice.and it’s one that rose in my estimation.
    Best of luck to all the nominees.

  8. I didn’t enjoy Azerbaijan. The whole concept felt superficial and “overloaded” maybe too litteral as well.
    Sweden and Norway offered a gimmick more suitable for the songs they had to deal with (although inspiration from other performances was too obvious – entrance from backstage ala Justin Timberlake for SWE and Daft Punk approach for NOR). I think I’m gonna vote for Norway. “Dark and less self indulgent” was my tiebreaker here

    • Romania is hateful although well performed and I’m afraid Italy’s gorilla got lost in the dark background in Kiev

      • I think Italy’s biggest issue was not the gorilla but the so called “eurovision” version of the song. Much of its’ charm got lost in the way from Sanremo to Kiev :)

  9. My recommendations were Azerbaijan, Italy and Romania. I voted for Italy as I thought it worked best and actually had something to do with the meaning of the song (plus the ape dance is insanely catchy). I felt the azeris deserved the recommendation because they did try a different approach but with so-so results.

    As for the worst, I had Greece, Switzerland and Ireland. Perhaps Brendan’s balloon was the worst of the lot but I thought the inflatable children’s pool and failed hologram were well beneath Fokas’ standards and therefore deserves to be called “the worst” based on pre-contest expectations.

  10. Hmm, first disappointing round, for me. Only Sweden and Azerbaijan made it from my list, which is a pity, as my vote was easily going to Belarus’s ship!

    I’ll actually hand a vote to Romania, since Ilinca didn’t get a nod for female vocals. Also, I agree with Morgan, it totally made the song.

  11. Azerbaijan was very good here, but Sweden’s reflection on ‘the anxiety issues affecting the daily life of conveyor belts’ brought them more points. Romania’s try was just silly, emppty and not even remotely fun. Voted for Azerbaijan.

  12. I’m not sure I’ll be voting in this category.

    Btw, do we know who exactly is the guy underneath the horse head? From a couple of camera shots on the stage he looked sexy :)

  13. Frans just released his new single:

  14. Italy is easy winner here as the gimmick / prop became strong and easy to recognise symbol of the song. Talk about high end branding.

  15. […] can click here to look at the full recommendations and nominations from last week’s article! There were 62 recommendations for 18 countries in the first round and 130 votes were cast in an […]

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