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ET Awards 2019: Best Props & Gimmicks!


Eurovision 2019 – 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 categories focused on performances!

2019 will be the seventh 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, the 2017’s ones here and the 2018’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 recieve an imaginary trophee, entitled the Fridas in hommage to Frida Boccara, the French Eurovision winner in 1969 with “Un jour, un enfant“.

The sixth award is in the “Artistic” category and it’s “Best Props & Gimmicks”. Former winners are: glass box (Azerbaijan, 2013), hamster wheel (Ukraine, 2014), stick figure (Sweden, 2015), screen (Russia, 2016), scribbled room (Azerbaijan, 2017) and magic wall (Moldova, 2018). Here are the results of the recommendations made by the regular users of Eurovision Times in this category:

  • 21 Australia
  • 10 Czech Republic
  • 8 Iceland
  • 6 Azerbaijan
  • 3 Denmark
  • 3 Russia
  • 2 France
  • 2 Malta
  • 2 Romania
  • 1 Greece
  • 1 Ireland
  • 1 Italy
  • 1 North Macedonia
  • 1 Sweden

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 props 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:

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 props before voting and do not vote necessarily 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!

83 comments on “ET Awards 2019: Best Props & Gimmicks!

  1. I believe all 5 were smart moves from delegations and enlightened well their respective entries, most of them wouldn’t have done as well without!

  2. I did not vote for the most insane or spectacular one but for the one I enjoyed most. :)

  3. Happy to vote for the friend of a friend whose frames highlighted the song’s light-hearted fun. Australia’s gimmick was catchy but just added to the song’s hysteria for me; AZE I actually found counter-productive and cold, feeling like a barrier to the singer and of course I can’t stand anything about DK 2019.

  4. I dont think there is competition here. Australia took a tacky nf act and created an impressive visual feast on par with the meaning of the song.

  5. This is really hard. Initial thought is I loved Czechia’s staging the most visually (2 years in a row of creative staging) but the low televote score kind of hampers its’ “Best Gimmick” case. I think Iceland and Australia close out the Top 3 best stagings, but I think Iceland’s best part was the camerawork and type of song itself, whereas Australia took a bad song and made it memorable. Voting for Australia here!

    1. Australia
    2. Iceland
    3. Czech Republic
    4. Azerbaijan
    5. Denmark

  6. Australia’s staging went from zero to hero. And it showed how the same idea can look either great &artsy or hilarious and hopeless.
    Azerbaijan’s staging wasn’t really impressive as a whole but Chingiz’s bridge solo with his singing and VR gimmick was really effective.

  7. Iceland definitely. I think all of these gimmicks added to their performances except Australia’s. Australia had a mediocre song which probably earned its placement through its gimmick, but I found it to be way too over-the-top to be enjoyable. The whole Glinda the Good Witch thing just kinda seemed like a stereotypical representation of Eurovision to me.

  8. Australia’s sticks. If those things were capable of changing the opinion of the people about THE SONG I would say we’ve found the prop of the year. The last minute of the performance was the hilarious highlight of the year :) Then Madonna, but it was more sad than funny…

  9. I recommended Australia, Azerbaijan and Russia. My vote will go to Chingiz!

  10. Greetings from Berlin! My vote went to Australia.

    • Enjoy our vibrant capital! Heading there myself end of the month but first London for me tomorrow – yeah!

      • I am back to London tomorrow night. Waiting for very late bus 🤔🤣to pick me up from Alexanderplatz.

        • When Germans say “very late” they usually seem to mean 5 minutes lol… I am always amused by the sight of everyone frantically digging out their mobiles when there’s an announcement a train is 5 minutes late.

  11. Hadn’t even stop to think here… Australia by a landslide… the final product in comparison with the laughing stock it had been in the NF was completely intriguing …

  12. Czech Republic.

  13. Thailand is being crushed by the USA…

    • And Germany crushed Estonia. :(
      Call me a snowflake but I think that results like this are a sign of bad manners. Why not stop after 5 goals instead of humiliating the tiny one?

    • And yet our women’s team still is paid embarrassingly low salaries and receive very little public recognition compared to men’s teams who perform much worse internationally

      • That’s how the entire free market complex of professional sport works though. Not many people follow women’s team sports and salaries correspond to that reality. Here despite people being football-mad, I didn’t even know there was a women’s world cup going on until I read these comments. None of the major news sites even covers it.

        • In the U.S., men’s soccer is a much smaller deal than women’s soccer (and our men’s team rarely even qualifies to the World Cup) and our women’s team is still paid less. I understand the whole “people pay less attention to women’s sports argument”, soccer in the U.S. defies that argument.

          • Ι know that, on the other hand the main reason people don’t care much about soccer in the US is that they see it as a sport for women and children (unlike the rest of the world). Sad but true…

            • Yes, that is 100% true. As children, the stronger male athletes are recommended for the “more masculine” sports of football, baseball, basketball, and ice hockey (in the Northeast and Midwest) while soccer is left to girls, young children, and boys who primarily are descended from countries where soccer is popular (thankfully, being from Long Island where nearly half of the population is from Southern Europe, soccer managed to stay relatively popular). In parts of the country like the South and Midwest though, soccer is sadly nothing of importance.

        • It does depend on the countries… in the US female sport can be as big and as important thanks to little leagues, high school sport in general or huge stars (yes Serena did win more Opens than Federer).

          In France female football has been huge thanks to Lyon and their European domination. And since this one is at home…

          • I think tennis and soccer (apart from Olympic sports) are the only female sports that get mainstream attention here. Sure, the WNBA exists but people do not take it seriously and it is seen as a joke by sports fans (primarily because of sexism). I can’t think of any professional organization for softball or women’s ice hockey, and women are generally shunned from playing football. If you are a female athlete looking to go into any sport other than tennis or soccer, you really have no hope making a living playing after the collegiate level.

            It’s really a shame.

  14. Thank goodness I got my nomination in on time….. Iceland!
    They slayed with that stage show in all fairness, it was so OTT it actually was good I have to admit (perhaps my Madame JoJo’s days allows me to appreciate it more)
    I’d have loved seeing it live :D
    Still not won over by them though.

  15. Australia in this field (I mainly recommended France)
    They took the thing people actually disliked the most of her performance and turned it in the talk of the town. Them full stop

  16. I voted for Australia and their rendition of the impalement scene from ”The Bridge over the Drina”.

  17. In August we will know where 2020 will be held.
    https://nos.nl/artikel/2288750-kandidaat-gaststeden-songfestival-aan-de-slag-met-bidbook.html

    Today the 9 cities got the criteria and I expect Leeuwarden, Den Bosch, Breda and The Hague to withdraw their bid when reality finally strikes. The serious candidates have till July 10th to finalise their bids.

  18. Today’s my last day for orals (til 8pm) then it’s the summer holidays (except administrative paper work of course)

  19. I don’t know who here pays attention to American politics but Bernie Sanders has been slipping in the polls, while Elizabeth Warren has overtaken him to be in second place. Joe Biden is still being a pedophile and going down in polling everyday despite still being the leader.

    • Warren and Buttigieg seem to be doing very well. I’ve just heard Buttigieg speech on foreign policy and he knows what he is doing. I also read that the race will be between Warren, Buttigieg and Harris. Do you agree?

      • Personally, I do not really like Buttigieg. He seems like a nice guy but he is way too inexperienced to be President. Also, he talks about his military experience and Christian faith way too much for me to be comfortable with. I don’t think being Mayor of New York City is enough experience to directly transition to President, let alone mayor of the fourth-largest city in Indiana. He should use this newfound name recognition to run for Governor of Indiana or a U.S. Senate seat from Indiana (first openly gay male U.S. Senator would be a good title).

        I definitely agree that Warren and Harris are frontrunners. As of now, most people are viewing Biden and Sanders as the two most-probable nominees, but their support is based purely on name recognition. Warren has some relative name recognition, while Harris was unknown by most Americans until a few months ago. The debates begin in about two weeks and the real frontrunners will begin to emerge. I can definitely see Warren and Harris taking the lead; Buttigieg might go up as well, but I think many Americans agree with me that he is inexperienced. Also, I think he will struggle in states where being LGBT is not accepted. He is definitely paving the way for the future though.

        A recent poll saw that Biden, Sanders, Harris, Warren, Buttigieg, and Booker would all beat Trump in one-on-one elections nationally though, which is great to see. But then the Electoral College always comes in and makes things difficult.

        • I talk so much when it comes to politics I’m so sorry

          • Don’t be. I do the same. LOL It’s good to see someone as young as you interested in politics. I am a bit of a conservative, so I am closer to Buttigieg than you are. I also think he is very intelligent and perspicacious. His being inexperienced may work wonders for him, becasue people are tired of experienced politicians. His being gay will not help him though, which is sad. If he wins the nomination, we will hear this often: “I don’t mind his being gay, but others will”. :(

            • Yes, for those more on the conservative side Buttigieg would be a good contender. Personally, I am a progressive (the secret word for democratic s*cialist in the U.S., since apparently the s-word is forbidden) so I would prefer someone who supports more progressive ideas like free public university tuition and single-payer healthcare. His inexperience is just something I cannot get over; I think after electing Trump (someone with absolutely no experience), many Americans want an experienced person to take him on. I’ve always thought that the President should have experience as either a federal legislator or state chief executive; mayors and cabinet officials do not face the same challenges that they do.

              Regarding Buttigieg’s sexuality, it is true. Even though our Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal nationwide in 2015, there are still parts of this country that refuse to comply with the ruling (instead of giving out marriage certificates for same-sex couples, some counties have stopped giving out marriage certificates at all in protest). Societal attitudes on LGBT people differ greatly state-by-state – in places like California, New York, or the states of New England things can be comparable to Sweden or Norway, but then in states like Alabama and Mississippi it’d be like living in Russia. As a New Yorker, I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed open homophobia in my high school, and the LGBT kids were treated the same as everyone else (even though my hometown is still very Republican-leaning). But then you hear stories coming from the South and Midwest that are truly scary. Buttigieg’s candidacy is opening people’s eyes to the possibility of an LGBT President though, and I think he is definitely opening doors.

              As for my age, I think that Trump has made many other Americans in my age group open their eyes to politics. I was raised in a very politically active Democratic family, but I did not truly immerse myself until the 2016 election. Young people have begun voting more than has been seen in previous elections, so I guess Trump did bring some good for the country lol.

            • The same happens in Portugal. The rural areas are less likely to support LGBT politicians or people in general. I was also raised in a politically active family (left wing father + right wing mother); my parents discussed politics in front of their children during the late seventies and early eighties, which were the first years of the Portuguese democracy. I hope young American voters do their job next year. :)

            • I’ve got my fingers crossed :P

        • Warren is a bit too left wing for the average American voter, imo. I do not know much about Harris. I have to read more stuff about her. I am looking forward to following the debates. :)

          • I agree that Warren’s policies tend to be lefter than most Americans would typically go for, but the people who she is trying to appeal to do not typically care about left wing versus right wing – they just want change that’ll help them and vote based on issue rather than party/affiliation.

            These working-class people are who gave Trump the election; I’ve seen numerous interviews with ex-Trump voters who voted for him because he promised to pay attention to working-class people, but ultimately did not. More relatively upper-class centrists and staunch Republicans do not like Warren, but these working-class voters are an important swing vote and tend to support policies that they believe will help working-class people regardless of whether they’re seen as left-wing or right-wing. It seems Warren’s proposals have been working too.

            Harris is kind of like Hillary Clinton in a lot of ways. She is a very inspiring speaker and seems like she has a good chance of uniting the country and the Democratic Party. My problem with her is that I don’t know many people who wholly agree with her; I like Harris, but I agree with Warren more. She has the ability to unite people as a second or third choice but I don’t think she’s many people’s first choice – and polling shows that. Nevertheless, her identity as a half-black half-Indian woman has gotten her a lot of attention as she represents exactly what the party wants to depict themselves as – a party of diversity. She will do well in the debates and we’ll see if she can boost herself.

            • I’m in the Young Democrats at NYU (my university), and we did a simulation of the Democratic primaries with different methods of voting. Harris did very well in ranked-choice voting because she was around 2nd-4th on everyone’s list, while other candidates were more polarizing. She just wasn’t everyone’s #1.

            • It’s good to see people outgrowing the left vs right paradigm. Thanks for the info on Harris. :)

            • It’s one of the upsides to a two-party system. More people aren’t registered with a party than are a Republican or Democrat because they see themselves as neither wholly right-wing nor wholly left-wing. So most of these people vote based on issue rather than party, supporting both sides in different issues.

      • *Buttigieg’s

    • I don’t want Joe Biden, who is yesterday’s news when it comes to politics. The Democrats need someone fresh imo.

      • What the heck is he doing there? It’s pointless; him and Sanders.

        • They both ran purely based on their own self-interest rather than the betterment of the country. 2016 was the year for both of them: Biden didn’t run and Bernie lost. Biden should hand the baton over to a younger centrist (Klobuchar, Bullock, etc.), while Bernie should hand it over to a younger progressive (Warren, Gabbard, etc.).

      • I agree wholeheartedly, and I think most of the country does as well. Not only is Biden old-news (he’ll be in his 80s while President), he does not represent the current state of the party whatsoever. His past is also troubling (he used to support segregated school busing, wanted to make it harder for middle-class families to declare bankruptcy, didn’t support Anita Hill when she came forward about her sexual assault in the 1990s, and numerous other things). His support comes exclusively from being Obama’s VP, and in the age of Trump people look at Obama with rose-colored glasses (even though I’ll be the first to say Obama wasn’t the best).

        • Mr. Obama was very charismatic and got along very well with Ms Merkel. Still, I have never understood the blind enthusiasm for him here in Germany.

          • Exactly, he was a nice guy who was very charismatic and easy to like, but his politics were shaky at best. He was also far too conservative regarding certain issues than I would have liked. I would have preferred Hillary Clinton in 2008, but I am not a big fan of either.

            • Most people can’t be bothered to look beyond the façade no matter whether they lean towards the left or the right. Politics is an either/or thing these days and there is very litte middle ground based on facts, understanding, debate, respect and compromise. English radio host James O’Brien has called this worrying development ‘the footbalization of politics’. People blindly cheer for whatever side they have chosen. :(

  20. I’m going for Australia here, by far the most impressive in this category. My 2nd choice is Czech Republic who looked very slick with those boxes. :)

  21. Australia, Iceland and Czech Republic stands above the others, but I went with Iceland, cause that was just hardcore my favorite one, closely followed by Australia. Denmarks chair did add much as well, but idk if Azerbaijan made that much of a difference. Imo it was his stellar vocals that stood out, cause damn he can sing :P

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