ET Awards 2017: Best Backings!

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 backings and backdrop!

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

  • 9 Italy
  • 6 Moldova
  • 5 Azerbaijan
  • 5 San Marino
  • 5 Sweden
  • 3 Denmark
  • 2 Armenia
  • 2 Croatia
  • 2 Israel
  • 1 Belgium
  • 1 Bulgaria
  • 1 Greece
  • 1 Hungary
  • 1 Ireland,
  • 1 Lithuania
  • 1 Macedonia
  • 1 United-Kingdom

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 backings this year! Backings imply anyone on stage adding an artistic value to the overall package (singing, dancing, playing an instrument…) 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 backings 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!

30 comments on “ET Awards 2017: Best Backings!

  1. Sorry Eurovision.tv features no pictures of SM’s backings!

  2. Italy? Apart from the gorilla (which wasn’t part of the backing imo) the backing singers were a huge part of the reason that Italy 17 was such a mess compared to the SR performance.

    • backings include everyone else on stage but the people recognized as “performing artist”, hence the bride but not the sax for Moldova, so the gorilla counts

      • Point taken about the gorilla. But that doesn’t change my opinion that the backings did more harm then good for Italy. So I am amazed with the number of recommendations.
        As much as I dislike the clinical performance of Sweden, I think they deserve this award. But this year lacked great backing groups like Belgium 15 and 16 or Denmark 14.

  3. Although I fancy a lot one of Sweden’s backing vocalists my vote went to Azerbaijan.

  4. I think that backing vocalists shouldn’t be on stage for Italy.

    • *shouldn’t have been on stage for Italy 17 that is :)

      • Then that huge stage would have looked even emptier. Why should anyone hide their backings? They did a great job, they were colourful and fun and very needed in the “echoing the singer” parts which were very prominent and therefore it would have been weird listening without seeing them (Bulgaria for example was like listening to voices from the great beyond).

        What was terrible was the camera work. A very obvious example is at the beginning when their part of the stage is lit and they are suddenly revealed in their colourful jumpers. It is such an obvious moment for a rapid close-up but instead the viewer catches them almost incidentally with the corner of their eye somewhere on one side of the huge stage….

  5. A lot of great talents were doing some great vocals this year, we think of Denmark and Bulgaria of course, which we wanted to recommend with Lynn, but in the end it was chosen that, in a year with ALMOST EVERY ONE hidden, we wanted to recommend 5 entries with PERFORMING artists (dancers, singers) on STAGE!

    And yeah I WANTED to nominate my Tomer <3 but Imri stole the show

  6. And the backings for FYR Macedonia did literally all the job, so they deserved a nomination :)

  7. My nominees were Italy, Moldova and Azerbaijan and I voted for Italy. I recommended Azerbaijan because I think they were great on their own but instead of accompanying her they sound like something separate, a “chorus”. So just like their staging, as a contribution to the whole it probably did not work as it should have…

    As for the worst, I had Norway (because there weren’t any; it was all canned), Greece (the fiasco with the big note) and Spain (such a fail to bring guys practically indistinguishable from the main singer and not much better at singing either).

  8. I don’t think I nominated anyone in this category. But I would probably go for Moldova; mostly because of the bride backing singers, singing with bouquets as microphones. :)

  9. Azerbaijan closely followed by Moldova.

  10. Imo the swedish act could not function without their backing singers/dancers and they did an amazing job on those treadmills, so my vote goes to Sweden this time around!

  11. No nomination for Armenia? Those two dancers still haunt me to this day…

  12. My vote went to San Marino.
    Visible backing vocalists, doing their dance routine without stealing the show or interracting much with the leading singers (as it should be imo). Great funky atmosphere!

  13. All of my picks made it to the poll, along with strong showings from Azerbaijan and Moldova ˆ-ˆ

    Based on the fact that they really, out of every delegation nominated, deserved their result the least, I’m giving my vote to San Marino. Valentina and Jimmie had a blast on stage and their backings made sure to cover any missteps while also making the song a touch more interesting. Was sad to see them only get one point for their efforts!

  14. […] can click here to look at the full recommendations and nominations from last week’s article! There were 47 recommendations for 17 countries in the first round and 123 votes were cast in an […]

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