ET Awards 2017: Best Female Style!

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 style!

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 eighth award is in the “Artistic” category and it’s “Best Female Style”. Here are the results of the recommendations made by the regular users of Eurovision Times in this category:

  • 17 France
  • 5 Azerbaijan
  • 5 Belgium
  • 5 Latvia
  • 4 Germany,
  • 4 Greece
  • 3 Belarus
  • 3 Denmark
  • 3 Estonia
  • 3 Macedonia
  • 3 Iceland
  • 3 Poland
  • 3 Romania
  • 2 Armenia
  • 2 Czech Republic
  • 2 Finland
  • 2 Lithuania
  • 2 United-Kingdom
  • 1 Malta

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 female style this year! You need to click on the country’s name to be redirected to the video of the song. The nominees in alphabetical order are:

  • AzerbaijanDiHaj at the Grand Final
  • BelarusKsenia Zhuk at the Grand Final
  • Belgium‘s Blanche at the Grand Final
  • France‘s Alma at the Grand Final
  • Latvia‘s Agnese Rakovska at the First Semi Final

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 style 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!


113 comments on “ET Awards 2017: Best Female Style!

  1. All B&W after all… besides the obvious top 4, the 5th one was hard to pick as a lot of styles felt unaccomplished and we went for the “different” genre

  2. Probably why this was the most spread out recommended category!

  3. France.

  4. Latvia BY MILES! A style featuring the song and performer 100%

  5. Alma looks stunning but her outfit has nothing to do with the song. In addition, it doesn’t blend well with the background.
    Belgium is too much night princess for my taste. The Azerbaijani concept is too smug too be likeable. My runner up out of 5 would have been Belarus !

  6. I like all but Latvia. Sorry Donnie.

  7. My recommendations were Estonia (by far the best outfit), France and Greece. Therefore I vote for France.

    As for the worst, I had Serbia’s unflattering nightgown, Poland’s bandage dress and Malta’s very literal rendition of the title of her song (breathlessly)

  8. Latvia was bad,imo and Belgium was out of place considering the song.France was just okish but it didn’t really work with the song and the background(!).Belarus was nice enough for the song they were singing.The only one i like of these 5 is Azerbaijan thus it gets my vote.

  9. Latvia – for the punk aesthetics :-)

  10. Wouldn’t mind seeing Belarus in the male category too, but I forgot to nominate them…

  11. Dihaj all the way!

  12. All 5 are nice, but it’s either Belarus or Azerbaijan for me.

  13. Some categories have a runaway winner (24+pts) and some are very close (down to 1pt in one category, and another one has three songs in less than 4 votes)! Keep voting!

  14. Amir singing the French version of One Republic’s “No Vacancy” alongside Ryan Tedder.

  15. Do you miss them ? I do :

    • Of course I do, one of my fave esc countries :(

    • 2008,1997,2003 <3
      On the other hand,2007 mehhh…

      • 2005, 2006 and 2012 are pretty awful imo

        • Agree on 2005 and 2006.2012 was a bit messy and out of Can’s style.It didn’t really work for me.

        • I like 2012, while 2005 is a good example of authentic Turkic style music.

        • I sort of like all 3. 2005 was very authentic but underwhelmingly performed, 2006 was fierce and among the best in the worst edition ever and 2012 is still popular in my playlist. I prefer most of Can’s other songs though. *fanboying*

          • 2006 was awesome. The song itself was of course trash, but the performance was one of the best ever on an eurovision stage.

    • 2005: I’ve always found it annoying. Especially the high-pitched shouting from the lead singer.

      2006: I quite like this one. Hypnotic chorus.

      2012: Never been fond of it. Especially not the singing with its overdone vibrato. Quite monotonous chorus as well. The singer annoys me.

      2008: Now we’re talking. Intense and catchy rock song.

      2004: Very infective. I love ska :-)

      1997: Good song, but I prefer the instrumental parts and the verse to the chorus which I think is too repetitive. I like the 1996 song better.

      2007: Quite catchy “MTV” song, a bit like Justin Timberlake perhaps. I especially like the beat and the guitar figure. It sounds more homogeneous in the studio version. His live vocals weren’t good.

      2009: I have learned to appreciate this one through the years. Yes, it’s lightweight, but a very well-made piece of lightweight. Didn’t like it at all back in 2009.

      2010: It’s a good rock song, but it’s a mix of rock genres that I have a rather strained relationship with: nu metal and emo. I have always associated them with somewhat pretentious and stereotype sentiments, and I dislike bands like Linkin Park with a passion.

      2003: Not for me either. I think the chorus is very strained with some very shouty notes. The middle piece after the second verse somewhat saves it for me – especially the “Nothing in the world that can stop me no, sir” part.

      My favourite Turkish entry will always be “Petrol” (1980) which didn’t do well. After that: 2008, 1996, 1975, 2004. Perhaps 1989.

  16. Top 50 Eurovision Songs Most Successful in Televoting (1998-2017)

    • Il Volo the no1 televoting winner of all time!

      The extent of robbery that took place in 2015 still makes my blood boil…

    • #1 makes my frustration over jury pet Sweden even bigger

      • I would say that Sweden have been overrated by the jury only in 2015 and 2017 imo, maybe a little bit in 2013 as well! But other then those years I think we have gotten reasonable placings with them :P

        Tbh it didn’t really felt like a win in 2015, but it braught us what was imo one of the best Eurovision shows in a long time in 2016, so it’s kinda like a silver lining situation imo

        • I would personally add 2008 too!
          2012 and 2014 were great hits and I can understand their appeal to both sets, but Sweden winning overall in 2015 feels like Robin winning MF this year

          • Yep pretty much, however 2008? There were a lot of other countries who got through thanks to the jury as well, so I dont really think that counts as being overrated by them :P

        • I was OK with Sweden winning in 2015. It’s a well crafted pop song with many fine elements, but it is also a bit clinical (balancing between 7-8/12 in my rankings). I clearly prefer it to “Grande Amore” which I found quite annoying, but there were better songs in 2015: Belgium, Estonia, Latvia, Austria.

          • Actually I am OK with every song winning. I of course hope for one of my favourites, and I might dislike the eventual winner for several reasons (usually musical), but it is just a TV song contest :-)

          • agreed, I find Sweden well crafted, performed and sung, and totally detest Il Volo and their song and their performance. Everything I hate. However, Belgium, Latvia and Estonia were a top 3 in a league of their own, glad they all got at least top 10!

          • I also think it was well crafted, but like you say their were a lot of other songs who were better when it comes to quality, like for example Belgium and Latvia.
            I would have been ok with a fourth/third placing tops for Sweden in the jury vote, but a clear winner was a bit if not very fishy, when it comes to that year.

            Btw this was my top 10 back in 2015:

            1. Latvia
            2. Belgium
            3. Russia
            4. Georgia (I was so alone in the ET community loving this :’) )
            5. Estonia
            6. Norway
            7. France
            8. Australia
            9. Sweden
            10. Israel

            15. Italy

            • I don’t find it fishy. Not all jurors had it high, and many of them had other songs before it. But it turns out to be the song that most of them agreed was good. As a musician I can understand it.

            • Sweden is usually overrated; 2008, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Moreover, MF is hugely overrated by the bubble, ET included; I smile while reading some comments praising the MF entries with a set of criteria that does not seem to apply when it comes to other NFs. :)

            • So in conclusion every entry we have had a good placing in? o.O I dont think so, Sweden has earned more or less every placing they have got and as I said the only ones that are clearly overrated to some point are 2015 and 2017, other then that all placings have been deserved in that specific year.

              So dont go and turn the table here by saying that Sweden is overrated as fast as it touches that top 10 placement, cause by that standard we can just go on and say that every country that gets a good placing is overrated in the end.

              Who have praised the swedih entries in MF btw? The only thing I remember from this specific season was a lot of negativity surrounding the acts.

            • Sweden has been consistently overrated in ESC in the last few years; the songs have not all been bad, but they did not deserve the amount of points they got.

              I did not say everyone praised MF, I alluded to the fact that several people are much less strict when it comes to MF. I’ve grown used to it.

            • I dont agree with that at all. I think it has more or less to do with your taste in music, rather then the more objective veiw of seeing if something is overrated or not.

              Clearly Sweden has sent some plastic pop entries like this year for example, but it has been really good pop and the acts have always stood out from the rest in that specific year.
              It’s not that hard to see why Sweden receives the placment it gets in the end.

            • It has to do with my taste, yours and everyone else’s as well. Objectivity depends on what you are looking for, I guess; MF has been too much about looks and stage presentation and too little about melody, emotions and live singing, imo. I want different stuff. To each his own.

            • And I agree, it has been to plastic it’s fantastic and this season was the worst yet and the app is defientely not helping MF atm, when it comes to diversity in the genres and approach.

              I have been saying that for quite sometime now, but it’s hard to convince people, when SVT is hiding the numbers from us. Sure it was kinda plastic before the app, but now more then 80 % of the entries are radio pop songs and almost all of them are succeding thanks to the shallow way the app is working.

            • I started watching national finals in 2005 and back then, MF was clearly my favourite one. Alas, things have gone downhill ever since 2010, at least when it comes to my personal taste. One thing hasn’t changed though. With the exception of The Ark and Loreen they have never chosen an entry I supported. Frans and Anna B were OK but unfortunately, Anna B was awful at ESC.

          • In the NF season, the Norwegian, Swedish and German NF’s usually have my first priority, but that is down to technical circumstances.

            I often have problems with web streaming, experiencing a lot of freezing and buffering, which can be very frustrating – especially when it happens during the performance of a song. But I have both SVT1, NRK1 and Das Erste on my TV, so I can watch their finals without facing these problems.

            Moreover it makes it easier to comment, because I can watch the show on TV while commenting on my computer. With web streams I have to change between two windows all the time which means that I can’t see what is going on in the show while writing a comment.

            Apart from that, I’m not particularly a fan of Melodifestivalen, neither musically nor show-wise. I’ve been much more keen on f.e. the Latvian Supernova, at least musically – show-wise they are using the talent show format, unfortunately like many others.

    • It’s true that Russia and Nordics feature A LOT in this top 50 but televoting provided GREAT scores for many countries from Malta and Netherlands to Portugal. And for those insisting through all these years on how countries without neighbour and diaspora assistance can’t win it, maybe a closer look at #1, #3 and #6 of ALL TIME should change their minds!

    • Hmmm, when I did it, I counted in a different way. I divided the entry’s total score with the amount of possible voting countries and thus got the average score. In that way of counting, “Fairytale” won with 9,42, followed by “Grande amore” with 9,38. Which would be the most accurate and fair way of doing it?

      • Both ways should have led to the same winner, no?

        • No, as I said; with my way of counting it; “Fairytale” would have been the most successful televoting entry of all time, while with the one presented in the video above, it’s “Grande amore”.

        • Must have bee something wrong. I had saved my old counting, but while checking them again, I see that it must have done something wrong somewhere because now the “Fairytale” result is 9,21… You were right, sorry.

    • And as with the infected “Who should have won in 2015” debate, I must admit that both Sweden, Russia and Italy are all on the same level more or less to me. Sweden is the most all-round, nothing really that out-standing, with a fine enough well-crafted pop song. Russia has a really strong pop ballad melody and a powerful singer, but at the same time a singer who doesn’t seem to feel what she’s singing about and with really cheesy lyrics. Italy has three very charistmatic and great singing guys, and a song with a great opening and build-up, but with a very dissapointing and balloony chorus.

      So it all goes around, comes around.

      • Well even if I do find Heroes well crafted too, I still personally prefer Grande Amore to it and it has nothing to do with it being the greatest televoting winner ever. What doesn’t feel right imo is the fact that a televoting bronze won the 2015 trophy overall with one of the most (if not THE most) MASSIVE juries supports EVER (every single jury of them had Heroes in their top 7!!!, while PRT f.e missed points from 3 juries this year). I feel the exact same for juries fanwanking over Dami Im last year, it has nothing to do with your country. It’s more like a concern of mine regarding some “fishy” EBU’s patterns

        • I’m not saying this would be especially about my country. I just find it very unbelievable that all juries would go together and vote massively for Sweden, just to prevent an Italian victory. It’s true that Sweden won a huge victory jury wise, and I don’t agree with that (just as I don’t agree with Alexander Rybak’s huge victory in 2009 either, but that’s another story). Yet still, Portugal got an even higher score from the juries this year than Måns did in 2015. I don’t find either Måns, nor Dami’s huge juy support that fishy, to be honest. Both of them are these kind of well-produced, well-delivered “pop hits” that many of the jurors (belonging to that scene themselves) would root for.

          • that’s how ive always felt! also i talked to someone today, a friend of a friend i met, who loves eurovision but “witohut following nf yet”, and she said she LOVED australia last year and should have won!

          • That’s what I think too. The thing about the jurors is that most of them are related to the mainstream pop scene, so they have a mainstream pop approach to the songs. With five heavy metal or jazz musicians the jury vote would probably look quite different.

            That’s why I always thought they should be more diverse in terms of genre and approach, and there should be more than five. Ten at least.

          • It’s not as if all 40 juries were directly “adviced” to vote for Sweden. That doesn’t make sense, I agree.
            Still, a televoting bronze winning the trophy overall leaves a bitter taste in my mouth as an esc fan and especially the moment Sweden had won it so recently, 3 years ago.

  17. France wins here, closely followed by Belarus. Alma’s dress was perfect for the song (even for the much weaker version she took to Kiev).

  18. We’ve has had the Vienese dialect version; it’s time for the German version (I hope I got it right this time):

    • *We’ve had…

    • That’s standard German hailing from Hannover. The lyrics are a very lose translation but fine too. I prefer the Viennese version though. :)
      Waiting for a Swabian version: Lieben für zwoi. :)

  19. Only France and Belarus made it from my nominations, and those were honestly the only two I really cared about, so I’m not mad. Latvia’s a good pick, as well as Belgium; both were kinda underrated by fans during the week.

    For looks overall, Alma was absolutely stunning in her red carpet and green room dress *swoons*, but I didn’t care for her on stage look as much. Therefore, I’ll give the vote to Belarus’s pure ethnic maiden look that didn’t reek of outdated stereotypes. Well done!

  20. Voted for France because she is the hottest of the choices. Why lie and say it was because of the dress, makeup, etc? Lol

    Speaking of France, I did something I had not done since 2013. I watched the performances of my top 5 in order. The next 500 French entries combined won’t touch Amandine. I can say with confidence that the next million won’t, but I don’t want to get into hyperbole territory.

    My god I can’t stop smiling. 2013 was PURE MAGIC. Like fine wine, the performances all aged well. Bring them back, bring them all back; Krista, The Angel, Amandine, The Moon (the one from 2013) and The Despina. And as a bonus, bring Sara back too.

  21. Salvador Sobral singing in Spanish live, yesterday evening in Cartaxo (red wine and bullfighting country sixty something kilometers, to the northeast of Lisbon).

  22. France by far here! Latvia and Belarus complete the podium for me.

  23. Sweden isn’t any bigger problem than UK, France and it’s proxy Luxemburg or Ireland used to be. There has always been pet countries in ESC and I’m sure there will always be.

    Sweden is my all time favorite ESC country. They have chosen wisely and they have chosen badly. They have been robbed as many times as they have won, well almost.
    I have been watching MF since 1988. I absolutely love it. It’s great live music tv entertainment. Some editions are bad when it comes to music, some editions are bad when it comes to show. Still even in it’s worst, it beats every other NF as TV entertainment. It actually has beaten ESC many times too, last time this spring.

    I’m glad Måns won. It wasn’t the greatest song, but it was one of the greatest performances ever. Eric Saade shoud have won, as One More Time, Tommy Nilsson and Tommy Körberg, if he didn’t have that terrible flu.Yeah, and Carola -83, but back then it was French mafia of EBU that chose the winners.

    And yeah, Alma is hot. I just hate the kind of French ”pop” she does.

    • That’s more or less my take on it too. Fr-Uk in the 60s, Ire-Lux afterwards, and now we’ve had Dk-Swe winning together in a row, and some newcomers reaching the top at last (along with Fin and Por long due recognition). The contest has its music era, and we were in a nordic one, for better or worse, nowadays we have the web to follow through the NF season and therefore some NF stood out (FiK, MF, EL got a new kind of love with us).

      • Nordic axel is loosing the steam a bit. I’m looking forward Balkan era helmed by Bulgaria as soon as Greece gets their shit together.

        • Probably, with Romania/Bulgaria as likely winners soon, Bulgaria more because they chose internally when Romania has awful NF

          • Romanian NF is one of the reasons why I think no one should complain about MF. I also survived horrors of Latvia, because there was studio version favs of mine.
            Bulgaria has warmed up juries and televoters now a bit like Eric did for Loreen. Now they need to find their Euphoria. It’s doable. They did have winning entry already now. Bloody Portugal just served the surprise and rained on their parade. And that’s what I love about ESC. You never know what happens next.

    • Yep I have been saying that too in the past and dont forget Azerbaijan, which got so much hate for doing good in the contest that they were accused of buying votes in the end..

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