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 comments on “ET Awards 2017: full results and analysis

  1. I have two more ideas for other quizzes. I think that one of those ideas will be very interesting. Tell me when you’re ready and if you want to pass two more exams! :-)

  2. This guy wants to be the socialist Porto’s mayor; do you recognize anything?


  3. This book will hit the stores next Friday:

  4. Salvador Sobral closed the show yesterday in Meo Arena, Lisbon.

    • Always controversial, in the middle of “Amar pelos dois”, he turned to the audience and said:
      – I have the impression I can do anything, you’ll applaud anyway… I’ll fart and see what happens…

      Shall we laugh? :-)
      Definitely not the typical ESC winner… Anyway: the concert raised more than one million euros to help the victims of recent forest fires in the centre of Portugal. That’s good news :-)

      • He is a rather complicated young man but he always has a point …

      • But at least he is very authentic when it comes to his passionate dislike of our superficial and inhumane celebrity culture. :)

        • … and he’s a hell of a performer!

        • He is not alone on that btw. Judging from what he was saying in the press conference, he seems to have many of the same values as me.

          However he must have known in advance what the culture around ESC is like.

          • Perhaps ESC culture will change for the better after Jamala and Salvador. Hope dies last …

            • It’s too early to say. But he has proved that you can win with a really good song, and for the sake of the song itself, and that is great. With “1944” it is more complicated.

            • I was not talking about the songs here but about the approach. Jamala isn’t all glitter and gloss and trite phrases stuff either. Both aren’t products (like Kristian f. e.) but artists imo, irrespective of what you think of their work.

            • True. But at the end of the day, it’s the songs that count for me, not the singers. Of course a good vocal performance is essential, but I think there’s too much focus on the performers. Actually, the songwriters should have just as much attention (at least), for it’s their work we are to judge.

            • That’s exactly what both UKR 16 and PRT 17 were about imo. Bringing the songs back into focus. I particularly liked Salvador mentioning his sister before giving the winner’s reprise.

      • He later apologised on Facebook saying that he doesn’t always think before talking.

  5. A bilingual version of Beautiful Mess(The oridinal mixed with Greek rap)was presented last night during the MAD video awards:

  6. Quick quiz!

    One country has used ________ on their past 9 live ESC performances nonstop, only two times they did not. Which is it?

  7. The EBU Reference Group has decided to impose a hefty fine on Ukraine’s broadcaster for “lack of co-operation” and failing to ensure the participation of the russian contestant in Kiev. The exact amount was not reported but sources claim it is the highest ever imposed, perhaps as high as €200.000.

    The ukrainian broadcaster has appealed the fine, complaining that they shouldn’t be punished for a government desicion they had to comply with. According to Deutche Welle, the Reference Group has decided not to punish the russian broadcaster for its alleged infractions (not showing up at a group meeting and not broadcasting the contest).

  8. Since we’re in a quiz mood: who has performed in Eurovision more than once, where the full title of one song is a part of another song’s title?

  9. Any news about ETSC?

  10. 2 more simple questions:

    1) What song includes 2 seasons in its title?

    2) Who confessed “murder” in ESC? :-)

    Note: these are not yet the 2 big exams yet to be taken this summer! It’s just a warm-up.

    • I must admit I am terrible at such types of quizzes so I’m guessing I won’t pass any kind of ESC exam in the near future :-( A Eurofriend of mine the other day told me…a (n ESC) philosopher once said…Eurovision is about “children, birds, merry-go-rounds, dolls and puppets”…?! could be the basis for a quiz maybe jeje!! anyway thanks for all your ideas here :-)!

      • viscapaul, that could be the basis of a whole thesis :-)

        • Indeed you are right, and I somebody, somewhere in the world has probably written their thesis on such a topic! by the way you can call me Paul if you like, “ViscaPaul” is from Visca Barça (it’s my football team forever of course!) or maybe Visca Catalunya!
          Visca = Long live! something like that, on the basis of above theory about merry-go-rounds etc I remember this one from childhood:

          • I like that a lot, Paul (I’m Paul too, by the way…)! As for the Barça part I was not certain if it was that or if it was Visca from Vizcaya…

            • ok, and happy Saint’s Day to you for yesterday :-) Vizcaia is another question here in Spain! for the moment , as a journalist, I have to deal with all the questions re Catalonia, referendums etc! anyway I appreciate your contributions here, like a breath of fresh air! :-)

            • As a journalist dealing with those matters you surely hava a lot in your plate :-)

            • indeed, it is a very difficult question, especially reporting on it, there are many pressures etc, but in the end you have to try and follow the essence of being a journalist which is to tell the truth :-)

    • No. 2 must be “A Monster Like Me” – Norway 2015.

      • I got my 50th birthday celebrations coming up soon, including all my Danish side of my family coming so I have to start trying my Danish again! it will be a big event and we are hoping to celebrate
        whttps://youtu.be/yz49C3e95IYith Danish songs too :-)

        • I’ll be welcoming you to the 50s club then so :)
          I was feeling a little lonely so it will be nice to have extra company ;)
          I think there is a couple more knocking on the Golden door so the club will grow :)

      • Undskyld min kære danske ven her!

    • #2 Isabelle Aubret – La Source?

  11. Good selection, except for numbers 5, 4 and 2.

  12. I really like this new song hy Helena Paparizou:

  13. New format for next year’s Swiss final made in Sweden:

  14. Repost of the quiz, with one answer given

    One country has used PYRO/FIREWORKS on their last 9 live ESC performances nonstop. Which is it?

  15. As for “Hallo Hallo”, I most like it in a parody version from DMGP 1991. Go to 18.55:

  16. This is for Franco.The Spanish version of Austria 17.I like it

  17. Most watched in June.Many surprises there

  18. Another quiz. These Spanish Eurovision entries have one thing in common:

    1961, 1965
    1977, 1979
    1990, 1992, 1993, 1998
    2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007
    2010, 2012, 2013, 2015

  19. Demy’s new single, a much better song than the one she competed with in Kiev. Sounds less calculated and more adjusted to Demy’s (teen princess) pop repertoire,
    Music is composed by Giorgos Sampanis (you should check him out, he’s good)

  20. Giorgos Sampanis would make a very good esc choice for Greece imo (mainly as a composer)
    Something like this :

  21. Ukraine got a 200,000 E fine?!!!

  22. Will there be WTSC this summer? Any news?

  23. Interesting and enjoyable finally getting around to catching up on these results and analysis. Thank you Morgan :)
    No news on ETSC as of yet.

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