ET Awards 2017: full results and analysis

Eurovision 2017 – This year we resumed the “Eurovision Times Awards” to give prizes (the Fridas) for the best in every category! And you got to vote! ET regular members made recommendations and open polls were open for a full week and winners were announced. Discover the full results now!

2017 was 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“.

In the past few weeks, the blog has played the game, recommendations, nominations, votes and winners. Now that all polls are closed and winners were announced, it does not harm to reveal the full results. We will also offer an analysis which you will be able to freely comment and disagree with.

ET Awards

Technical Awards

  • Best Lyrics
    • 58 Italy (44,6%)
    • 28 Portugal (21,5%)
    • 27 Belgium (20,8%)
    • 12 Hungary (9,2%)
    • 5 Belarus (3,6%)
  • Best Composition
    • 53 Portugal (39,3%)
    • 36 Belgium (26,7%)
    • 18 Azerbaijan (13,3%)
    • 17 Italy (12,6%)
    • 11 Finland (8,2%)
  • Best Female vocals
    • 66 Netherlands (42,9%)
    • 33 Finland (21,4%)
    • 30 Poland (19,5%)
    • 13 Armenia (8,4%)
    • 12 Czech Republic (7,8%)
  • Best Male vocals
    • 55 Bulgaria (34%)
    • 51 Portugal (31,5%)
    • 32 Croatia (19,8%)
    • 14 Hungary (8,6%)
    • 10 Moldova (6,2%)

Thoughts: the last four years, the ultimate Frida winner (with most wins and the big “Best Entry”) wins “Best Composition”, and so it’s happened again for Portugal 2017 (after Netherlands 2014, Belgium 2015 and Ukraine 2016). So for next year, we’ll have to look closely at this award! It also indicates the way ET readers (regulars and silent readers) think: they will vote for the Best Entry the song they think is the best song based on its melody. A pretty good sign. As for vocals, ET is quite divided on the subjet: while the regulars often nominate very personal vocals, with strong artistic identity, the silent readers prefer grand and powerful vocals: Loïc Nottet, Jamala or Salvador Sobral all won the nomination round and lost the Frida in favor of Il Volo, Dami and Kristian. No surprises in seeing Kristian winning this (in the first Bulgaria v. Portugal of the Frida season) and O’G3ENE smashing all competition in its category. Lyrics are simpler to analyze: they’re what made Italy so triumphant in the preseason (it won both TEKO and OGAE votes) and seeing it win this Frida makes sense, in a year where, besides Belgium, we only nominated national language (which did very well this year in the contest too, mostly in televote). Italy won this Frida for the second time in a row, just like the Netherlands did (2013-2014). Also, it means Italy and Netherlands won a Frida in four out of five editions (only three country did that, France being the third one): Italy only failed to get one in 2014 and Netherlands in 2015.

Artistic Awards

  • Best Perfomance
    • 46 Portugal (29,9%)
    • 43 Bulgaria (27,9%)
    • 26 Moldova (16,9%)
    • 20 Azerbaijan (13,0%)
    • 19 Hungary (12,3%)
  • Best Props
    • 38 Azerbaijan (29,2%)
    • 33 Sweden (25,4%)
    • 32 Italy (24,6%)
    • 14 Romania (10,8%)
    • 13 Norway (10%)
  • Best Female looks
    • 59 France (47,2%)
    • 24 Azerbaijan (19,2%)
    • 19 Belarus (15,2%)
    • 18 Belgium (14,4%)
    • 5 Latvia (4%)
  • Best Male looks
    • 45 Bulgaria (29,4%)
    • 31 Sweden (20,3%)
    • 30 Italy (19,6%)
    • 24 Israel (15,7%)
    • 23 Hungary (15%)
  • Best Backings
    • 45 Moldova (36,6%)
    • 29 Sweden (23,6%)
    • 24 Azerbaijan (19,5%)
    • 18 Italy (14,6%)
    • 7 San Marino (5,7%)

Thoughts: Again, this is the fourth time out five editions that the ultimate winner (with most wins and the big “Best Entry”) wins “Best Performance”, and so it’s happened again for Portugal 2017 (after Norway 2013, Belgium 2015 and Ukraine 2016). The exception being Conchita beating the Common Linnets in 2014. This is also, therefore, the third time out of five that the Eurovision winner gets “Best Performance” (2014, 2016 and 2017) while in 2013 Norway and Denmark drew and the only difference came by more nominations for Norway. In the end, the ET regulars admit that you win Eurovision thanks to a great performance and they often think a great performance makes a great entry. Now let’s address the big issue and story of the Fridays 2017: Bulgaria and Portugal battling every award they were nominated in. I understand the suspicion surrounding Bulgaria’s wins, but Bulgaria did get second in both juries and televote and it did have plenty of ET supporters. Did it have an unfair pool of voters is the main question that I had to ask myself if I were to disqualify it. I usually turn to the way votes are given: the few times we had an insane way of voting (Slovenia 2014 and Australia 2016), it was 70+ votes overnight for no reasons. Bulgaria received points regularly through the week, just as Portugal did. In most awards, they were neck and neck together and in the end Portugal ended up edging Bulgaria for “Best Performance” (and the “Best Top 5” and “Best Entry”) when Bulgaria won “Best Male Vocals” (as said above, the big vocals often beat the personal ones). If Bulgaria had an unfair extra push for votes, it would have won its easiest award (“Best Internal Choice”) which it lost to Belgium (maybe because Portugal not being nominated there, most of Portugal’s fans liked Belgium more). In the end, there were pro-Portugal and pro-Bulgaria, and the Fridas atmosphere turned ugly at some point between the two. In my opinion, unfairly, as I have one first and another one third for 2017 and I believe the big majority of  regulars like both and voted based on the actual awards most of the times: hence a good allocation of winners between the two. I understand the doubts, and the figures and numbers are all published so that everyone can make its her or his opinion. For the first time ever, the “Best Props” award was NOT won by the entry with most nomination! Every year, an entry has an obvious prop that makes the whole entry and often pushes the entry higher than deserved with televote and/or juries (Azerbaijan 2013, Ukraine 2014, Sweden 2015, Russia 2016). This year, Sweden seemed like the obvious winner as the treadmills gave a huge boost with Melodifestivalen juries and helped give the entry a Top 5 result (with both juries and televote having it in their Top 10, with juries even having it third). But the voting was extremely spread out and there’s an obvious anti-Sweden sentiment (considering how unfairly high the entry got) which also prevented Sweden other obvious wins in “Best Male Style” or “Best Backings”. Sweden got second in both: Azerbaijan being the first country to win “Best Prop” for a second time. And if we put the 2015 winner aside, all winners were ex-soviet countries in “Props”. Moldova won a great Frida for its brides, helping the country that got 3rd overall to get a Frida. With Belgium getting “Best Internal Choice”, the entire Top 4 of Eurovision 2017 won a Frida! Last, France won an easy battle for “Best Female Style”, helping the country join Italy and Netherlands as the three countries with at least one Frida in four out of five editions, and shockingly enough France has now 6 Fridas, making it fourth most awarded country (behind Netherlands 12, Ukraine and Belgium 9, and above Italy and Norway 5), even though it’s only 7th most nominated country!

Delegation Awards

  • Best Backdrop
    • 39 Bulgaria (26%)
    • 37 United-Kingdom (24,7%)
    • 36 France (24%)
    • 22 Portugal (14,7%)
    • 16 Belarus (10,7%)
  • Best Promotion video
    • 30 FYR Macedonia (28%)
    • 26 Italy (24,3%)
    • 24 Belgium (22,4%)
    • 20 Armenia (18,7%)
    • 7 Azerbaijan (6,5%)
  • Best Spokeperson
    • 58 Israel (49,2%)
    • 17 United-Kingdom (14,4%)
    • 16 Netherlands (13,6%)
    • 14 Australia (11,9%)
    • 13 France (11%)
  • Best National final
    • 34 Italy (41,5%)
    • 20 Hungary (24,4%)
    • 17 Portugal (13,5%)
    • 7 Iceland (8,5%)
    • 4 Latvia (4,9%)
  • Best Internal choice
    • 40 Belgium (36%)
    • 34 Bulgaria (30,6%)
    • 26 Azerbaijan (23,4%)
    • 7 Armenia (6,3%)
    • 4 FYR Macedonia (3,6%)

Thoughts: we get to less political things here, as most awards here were less competitive. Only “Best Backdrop” got a real competition between France and Bulgaria, though Bulgaria lead through the entire time, France never had more than a 5-votes gap. The UK was further apart, though a secure third, and on the last two days it got a rush of votes that landed it a very close second. What would have happened if the Frida was more than a week? In “Best Promo Video”, the votes split but Macedonia lead through the week as well, and that meant a huge precontest favorite landed a Frida regardless of how weak the performance Kiev was. It was both the first ever nomination for Macedonia and therefore a first win as well! A different country won this award each time. On the other hand, “Best Spokesperson” is the complete opposite as not a lot of countries have memorable spokespersons and most of the time the most memorable ones are people fans already know: former singers or spokespersons who have done it before, and that’s why Ofer got a nomination and a win (this was his third nomination). Lee Lin Chin and Élodie Gossuin also got nominations for third and second time respectively, but did their worst ever result in 4th and 5th. Netherlands and the UK have also had plenty of former nominations in this award (in 2015 the UK won it and Netherlands got second). San Remo is the fifth different NF to win it, but it’s the first year we can objectively consider SR as a NF as the winner got the first pick to the contest. A Dal got a fourth nomination and is yet to win though this is its second second place. On the other hand, Iceland’s NF moved one place up… with the same amount of votes: 7!

Result Awards

  • Most Overrated entry
    • 52 Australia (43,7%)
    • 21 Sweden (17,6%)
    • 19 Romania (16%)
    • 19 Croatia (16%)
    • 8 Moldova (6,7%)
  • Most Underrated entry
    • 67 Finland (57,8%)
    • 18 Azerbaijan (15,5%)
    • 13 Armenia (11,2%)
    • 10 Iceland (8,6%)
    • 8 Czech Republic (6,9%)
  • Best Entry in the top 5
    • 54 Portugal (37,2%)
    • 45 Bulgaria (31%)
    • 33 Belgium (22,8%)
    • 8 Moldova (5,5%)
    • 5 Sweden (3,4%)
  • Best Entry
    • 59 Portugal (39%)
    • 44 Bulgaria (29,1%)
    • 26 Italy (17,2%)
    • 14 Belgium (9,3%)
    • 8 Azerbaijan (5,3%)

Thoughts: so four runaway winners again. Australia was nominated every single edition it took part in in “Most Overrated” and it finally won it! The gap between the jury’s 4th place and the televote’s 24th place was too huge to overcome. Sweden got second probably because the treadmills seemed a thin excuse for 5th though I personally find it harsh as both juries and televote had it Top 10 when Romania, Croatia or Australia were a one-side thing (either televote or jury). Romania’s yodel and Croatia’s erm, that, shared third place. No one deserved a real 5th nomination (though Portugal and Bulgaria both got recommendations, as often with songs that do well, but they shared the same result in televote, juries and overall result). Finland got a landslide in “Most Underrated”: this award is often won by a landslide by the one entry everyone agrees it deserved better. However, let’s not forget it got 12th with juries’ 12th place and televote’s only 10th place. It should have qualified, but it wouldn’t have done very well in the final anyway and it would never have done as well as fans expected it to. Portugal’s two expected wins in the biggies weren’t as big as Loïc’s or Jamala’s, because Kristian, Blanche and Francesco all had very big fans that prevented Portugal to pass the 60 votes.

Raw stats and comparison to the last two years:

  • 42 entries this year (42 entries in 2016, 40 entries in 2015, 37 entries in 2014, 39 in 2013),
  • 26 of them got at least 1 nomination for 18 awards (27 in 2016, 29 in 2015, 30 in 2014 and 29 in 2013),
  • a tied-record 12 countries got an award (12 in 2016, 8 in 2015, 9 in 2014 and 10 in 2013),
  • 3 of them getting more than one Frida (2 in 2016, 5 in 2015, 4 in 2014 and 5 in 2013):
  • 4 Portugal, 3 Bulgaria, 2 Italy, 1 Netherlands, 1 Azerbaijan, 1 France, 1 Moldova, 1 FYR Macedonia, 1 Israel, 1 Belgium, 1 Finland, 1 Australia
  • Belgium, France, Italy, Netherlands all received Fridas in 2016 and 2017. Belgium, France and Italy in 2015, 2016, 2017. France, Italy and Netherlands won four out of five editions. However, Ukraine having not participated  in 2015, it also won a Frida in every but one edition it took part in.

What do you think of these results? Did you enjoy these three weeks of Frida? If you have any recommendations on making ET Awards better, for 2018, they’ll be highly appreciated and taken into careful consideration. Hope it was fun and you’re not too mad about some of these results!

Don’t forget, ETSC 7 – July 2017, will open soon! So stay tune on our blog!

335 thoughts on “ET Awards 2017: full results and analysis

  1. I don’t even dare to imagine that there won’t be a ETSC this summer :/

  2. Happy and sad news for the hosts of Eurovision 2006: Sakis Rouvas married model Katia Zigouli on her birthday in a lavish private-chapel wedding on the estate of the Vardinoyanis family, with their four children acting as groomsmen and bridesmaids. A group of serenaders from Sakis’ native Corfu escorted the couple to the wedding reception.

    On the other hand, greek-american Maria Menunos had to take leave from her duties at the E! News celebrity channel to convalesce after succesfully removing a brain tumour. The tragic irony is that her mother is also fighting brain cancer…

    • I don’t think there will be anyone but what annoys me is the complete silence. Even if takes place myself I might a stain. I taking already part in two other contests…and FdlC is late.

  3. Τhe official video for BQL’s “Heart of Gold” has been released.It’s the biggest radio hit of the year till now in Slovenia.Talking about a useless jury there:

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