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ET Awards 2018: Best National Final!


Eurovision 2018 – 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 broadcasters’ choices!

2018 will be the sixth 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, the 2016’s ones here and the 2017’s ones here). As with the past few years, our blog hosts now three contests: TEKO which takes place before the contest and the “Eurovision Times Awards” after the contest, with “Premath/Aftermath” which compares our rankings before and 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 receive an imaginary trophee, entitled the Fridas in homage to Frida Boccara, the French Eurovision winner in 1969 with “Un jour, un enfant“.

The thirteenth award is in the “Delegation” category and it’s “Best National Final”. Former winners are: Unser Song für Malmö (Germany, 2013), Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (Finland, 2014), Melodifestivalen (Sweden, 2015), Eesti Laul (Estonia, 2016) and San Remo (Italy, 2017). Here are the results of the recommendations made by the regular users of Eurovision Times in this category:

  • 11 France
  • 9 Italy
  • 8 Hungary
  • 8 Ukraine
  • 6 Portugal
  • 4 Estonia
  • 4 Latvia
  • 3 Serbia
  • 3 Sweden
  • 2 Denmark
  • 1 Israel
  • 1 Lithuania
  • 1 Norway
  • 1 San Marino

However, it’s down to the staff of Eurovision Times to choose the official nominees, including unpopular or controversial ones! But it’s up to you to vote in our poll below which entry had the best national final this year! The nominees in alphabetical order are:

  • France‘s Destination Eurovision
  • Hungary‘s A Dal
  • Italy‘s San Remo
  • Portugal‘s Festival da Cação
  • Ukraine‘s Vidbir

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 if you really watched seriously national finals 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!

 

28 comments on “ET Awards 2018: Best National Final!

  1. A Frida for NF without any Nordic nor any Baltic countries!

  2. I really liked both Hungary and Italy.Ukraine was ok too.My vote,though,goes to a very strong A Dal edition.

    • I was surprised to discover A Dal never won a Frida!

      • Really?Then i hope their efforts will be rewarded.After years of poor results and a break they managed to launch a successful tv platform for new Hungarian music embracing all genres and attracting big names.But i don’tthink they will.We’ll see.

  3. It’s very close between France and Ukraine for me, but I think I’m gonna go for Ukraine as I liked almost all the songs in Vidbir.

  4. It really wasn’t the best of springs in San Remo, but still there’s no competion from this lot. How could there be as San Remo beats easily ESC final too when it comes to music, style and beautiful people.

    • If I could give you some form of like or upvote for this, I would – as is I’ll just send you baci e abracci xx.

      • 😘 I’m starting to get pretty sure that we will enjoy San Remo -19 here together!

        • Me too and a big plus about San Remo is there is generally enough time to discuss the songs during the endless intermezzi between any two of them ;-)

          • I love the slowness of it all and the never ending repetition of the entries. Time to talk, prepare snacks, chill vines call to your mum, snug with your flame among other things – Italians know how to enjoy music and life.
            I really hate how ESC has turned out to be. Don’t know how regular viewers can really make any sense of it at all. It’s like getting driven over by truck for for hours again and again. Quite a torture.

      • My top 3 from San Remo:

        1. Lo Stato Sociale for bringing Italian summer straight into coldest Helsinki winter with effectively crafted and arranged pop gem. Really loved those totally out of place hipster dudes, they really made most out of it.
        2. Ornella Vanoni for her and her song’s italian pop classiness. What a grower!
        3. Renzo Rubino for beautiful 60’s style composition and great orchestration

        From Nueve Reposte Ultimo made big waves here, and I really love his new album.

        All above had quite underwhelming lives to put it mildly. My week was saved as they released studio versions straight away.

        Ermal and Meta were my #4 in San Remo and easy #2 in ESC, coins perfectly how I feel about San Remo.

  5. I nominated Hungary, Estonia and Ukraine since they had my favourite songs, along with Serbia. Even though I didn’t appreciate the outcome or the way they came up with it, I’ll be glad to help Hungary get their first NF Frida :)

    • Yes,the outcome was bad and the way the jury panel treated “Meggyfa” was worse.I read that after the heat he said something like he cared more about people liking the song rather than the juries and then the vendetta followed him through to the final.

      • Ιt wasn’t simply how they treated the favourite but that instead they sent to the final a niche act with minimal number of points, essentially handing it to them on a platter due to their passionate fan base. A great way to subvert your own product.

  6. Songs-wise, those 5 together with Beovizija had the biggest scores on my list.

    Vidbir : 6.89
    Destination Eurovision : 6.89
    Beovizija : 6.70
    A Dal : 6.43
    San Remo : 6.35
    FdC : 6.35

    There is a tie between UKR and FRA but since Ukrainians provided better production and stage values for their shows, I will go with Vidbir.

    PS. Eesti Laul was nowhere near my top 10 (songs-wise) this year ! (Still a great show)
    PS 2 : Melodifestivalen was ranked 19th out of 28 NF procedures this sason in my books. That’s very low if we only consider quality of their songs there… At least Eesti Laul offered some diversity.

  7. Nothing will ever beat San remo for me – yes it’s endless with dreadful interval acts but it’s the Godfather of musicals and always full of great music including giving a huge stage for young artists.

  8. Those are the NFs that contributed songs to my playlist. ‘Passarme er sale’ is the one I listen to most frequently. :)

  9. I personally miss Eesti Laul. It was very diverse as I remember it.

  10. Italy and Ukraine are close, but France was my favourite NF of the season. Great breadth of songs and refreshing hosting/show.

  11. FdC.
    At least 9 songs there (including O Jardim) could easily make it to my overall esc 2018 top 5.

  12. Voted for Hungary.

  13. FDC was a bore. No. Sorry

    A Dal and San Remo were saved by an amazing final result, but in the overall it was… average… Both had terrible second places.

    Props to Ukraine for getting good entries in the mix, but vote is a clear winner for France. All the right songs made the final, the results were great and a big chunk of songs would be great entries on their own right, and I still listen to multiple songs from there to this date,

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