ET Awards 2019: Best Internal Choice!

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 two categories focused on broadcasters’ choices!

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 fourteenth award is in the “Delegation” category and it’s “Best Internal Choice”. Former winners are: Anouk (Netherlands, 2013), The Common Linnets (Netherlands, 2014), Loïc Nottet (Belgium, 2015), Amir Haddad (France, 2016), Blanche (Belgium, 2017) and Eleni Foureira (Cyprus, 2018). Here are the results of the recommendations made by the regular users of Eurovision Times in this category:

  • 21 Netherlands
  • 13 Switzerland
  • 11 Azerbaijan
  • 8 Greece
  • 5 North Macedonia
  • 2 Belgium
  • 2 Poland
  • 1 Ireland
  • 1 Malta
  • 1 Russia

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 was the best internally chosen 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!

25 comments on “ET Awards 2019: Best Internal Choice!

  1. Definitely Switzerland. Luca was amazing and completely turned Switzerland’s fortunes around. I’d love to see where they go next year now. Apart from Greece, I think the other internal selections were good, but not Switzerland-level. Greece should not have even been nominated imo, I did not like Katerine’s voice at all and her song was generic and disappointing.

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        • The plot thickens. :) At this point I am leaning towards a Harris-Buttigieg ticket.

          • It’s a definite possibility. Although I’m not sure whether Americans would be okay with a woc/LGBT full ticket. I think Beto O’Rourke would be a possible running mate pick for Harris. My top choice is still Warren, and I think Buttigieg could end up her running mate. But then again, who knows if they’ll pick one of their competitors in the end – neither Clinton nor Trump did.

  2. The Netherlands. :)

  3. It’s Netherlands vs. Switzerland but Duncan wins this easily.

  4. Song-wise Duncan by a mile but my vote went to Tamara because of two reasons:

    a. look where North Macedonia came from
    b. it was important for MAK to get a good result. They went all in by sending their most popular singer

  5. 1. Netherlands
    2. Switzerland
    3. Azerbaijan
    4. North Macedonia
    5. Greece

  6. My nominees were Netherlands, Switzerland and Azerbaijan. I am voting for Luca who was doubted the most and look at the result he brought!


  7. Although I do want to congratulate ERT for trying with a modern and more universal artist this time, I have to vote for NLD for the obvious reasons. Duncan not only sang great but he also composed his very personal entry.

    #monkey_who? :P

    • 1. NLD
      2. GRC
      3. CHE
      4. NMK
      5. AZE

      • And I only put Tamara below the “Monkey” :P boy because I’m all for new faces (Tamara has tried already). Chingiz managed to come across as pretty lifeless and sterile live. Without much artistic depth, I’m afraid, which is a pity as he is a great musician !

  8. I always like when countries send their biggest stars and that’s a point for Switzerland BUT the risk taken with Duncan and the song + video they presented built all the hype until the grand final.
    Chingiz was a great choice wasted, Tamara was fine but not for me and Katerine a breath of fresh air from previous Greek entries, hopefully they will keep moving forward.

  9. As for Katerine Duska I agree she shouldn’t have been nominated at all. Someone who released a record six years ago and tried to get another break at the age of 30 through ERT connections. It was clear from the beginning that there was no artistic depth to her as a composer, just like it was clear she would turn a lot of people off as a singer. Going for a different genre is no excuse for being derivative and trying to sound like a lot of other artists out there as proven by Greece’s worst showing in the final ever.

    • It’s always fun to watch that based on our personal taste we tend to attribute things to different factors. Last year,you liked the Greek entry so you attributed Yianna’s flop to the supposed lack of care from ERT. Nothing about the very average-and i’m being lenient here-vocals or her total lack of charisma and the ludicrous stage concept. It was not a lack of funds. She chose her friend Challi Jennings, an American to stage this very Greek song, they tried a very kitsch hand gimmick that didn’t work etc and she was a 38 year old whose career never took off in Greece. On the other hand, Duska gets all your derision and rage this year.

      • But it is true that ERT did not care and was crowing that they did not spend a dime last year and would only send someone only if the record company picked up the tab. This year by their own admission they had a budget upwards of €300.000 as we all saw on that stage and what do they have to show for it? A qualification from the least consequential semi in ESC history and Greece’s worst showing in the final ever. Personally I don’t think “Better love” would have qualified from that semi last year either, despite all the money they spent on her.

        I agree with everything you write about last year’s terrible staging and her mediocre vocals. A lot of those things (definitely the staging) could have been fixed with professionalism and money on the part of the broadcaster. They had no reason to trust inexperienced people this year or last, but let’s not forget that last year they washed their hands off the whole thing and passed everything over to Panic Records (who only cared about Foureira and even brought Jennings along as part of Foureira’s team!) This year the failure is all theirs. They were the ones who chose the singer before even listening to any song she had to propose for the contest, and were hyping both singer and song to the high heavens. They were the ones who said they are in it to win it and promoted endless flattering articles of our representative in the pro-government press.

        • I stick to my comment. Chali Jennings is Yianna’s friend. You don’t need money to direct an act. They went totally unprepared. Of course, the lack of LED screens is bad for acts with no budget. What was Albania’s budget this year and they presented a credible act? As for the worst showing, Duska comfortably Q for the final (being 3rd with the jury). It’s better than not Q at all i guess. And i say that even though, i prefer the studio version of GRE 18 more than GRE 19. As an artist Duska is miles better tnan Yianna, though.

          • Well it remains true that Yanna wrote a song that is miles better than what we had this year. And of course the two semis can not be compared in terms of competition. Other than that, Terzi’s career is of course non-existent and Duska has little to show apart from her pretentions of being some sort of credible artist. Which a lot of people fell for.

            • I think I liked both songs equally but now that I redid esc 2019 turns out Greece 18 is higher in my 18 list than Greece 19 is in its own year! I guess I like 2019 more but also the “failure” of Greece 2018 are cute in their own way, when 2019 felt very odd and off

  10. Went for the Netherlands. Not quite sure what Duska is doing in this poll. She didn’t deliver anything remarkable live.

  11. It’s tempting to vote for NL as the eventual winner but they have been on a role with a solid selection for a while nowso my vote goes to Switzerland – dramatic change in fortune for them, wise choice!

  12. Easy choice here, Netherlands!

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