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ET Awards 2019: Best Entry!


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 top entries!

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 last award is in the “Result” category and it’s “Best Entry”. Former winners are: “I Feed You My Love” by Margaret Berger of Norway (2013), “Calm After The Storm” by the Common Linnets of the Netherlands (2014), “Rhythm Inside” by Loïc Nottet of Belgium (2015), “1944” by Jamala of Ukraine (2016), “Amar pelos dois” by Salvador Sobral of Portugal (2017) and “Non mi avete fatto niente” by Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro of Italy (2018). Here are the results of the recommendations made by the regular users of Eurovision Times in this category:

  • 12 Italy
  • 12 Netherlands
  • 7 Iceland
  • 7 Slovenia
  • 5 Portugal
  • 4 Switzerland
  • 3 Azerbaijan
  • 2 Australia
  • 1 Albania
  • 1 Czech Republic
  • 1 Greece
  • 1 Malta
  • 1 Norway

However, it’s down to the staff of Eurovision Times to choose the official nominees and it was difficult since there were so many different arguments for so many entries. After 7 in 2013, 8 in 2014, 6 in 2015 and a record of 8 nominees in 2016 we sink to only 5 and we decided to keep it that way for 2017 and 2018. It moves back to 6 for 2019:

ICELAND

ITALY

THE NETHERLANDS

PORTUGAL

SLOVENIA

SWITZERLAND

These songs were the Top 6 in our Premath contest, 3 of them were in TEKO Semi Finals, 5 of them were the 5 nominees in “Best Composition” and they’re the most nominated entries of the Fridas 2019! So for the last time, please vote:

Rules: the polls will be open for ten days. At the end of the voting period, an article will announce the winners of each category (but not the detailed results) in one big ceremony night. The full results will be given afterwards. Every IP gets only one vote, please do not cheat, do take in consideration to listen very careful to the vocal performances 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!

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235 comments on “ET Awards 2019: Best Entry!

  1. North Macedonia!

  2. As for Fridas when do people want thr big reveal night? Saturday night? Sunday night?

    • Saturday night would be better for me.

    • If it is going to be late, I’d prefer Saturday too.

    • August 27? Like everyone else I will be extremely busy before then and therefore not sure I will be able to check the blog or in fact any website.
      Whatever’s most covenient for you, Morgan (Sept 19?).

  3. Kosovo is rejected in EBU again, today…
    We will officially stay and compete in The Netherlands..

    • Bad news for Albania, Macedonia and Serbia.

    • I wish that all European countries would leave their nationalist pasts behind and start working together at solving the very serious challenges lying ahead like the US and the UK going bonkers, the rise of China, the climate crisis, Africa having no future etc.

      • Those issues do not bring good ratings with them; today’s world is too much about show and too little about go, if I may say so.

        • At least the surge of the German Green Party is telling a different story. :)
          Portugal is another beacon of hope. :)

      • You know, I agree with you – obviously – on all these points but sometimes I wonder whether our = the West’s concern about the rise of China is another type of “superiority complex” on our part? Obviously democracy is preferable esp. as China seems to head in the direction of more control over citizens’ lives but at the same time an argument could be made that the West is in decline because of its decadence sp. when you look at ruling elites in e.g. US, UK, Italy. Playing devil’s advocate but the point could be made.

        • I have been very critical of the West’s culturally, socially and politically colonizing approach towards other regions of the world all my life. It simply doesn’t work. But what really scares me about China is the anti-individuality approach to their idea of society, surveilling and controlling every person and making their scores public. I simply want us to be strong enough to stand up against powers who have different ideas about culture, society and politics, I don’t want us to fight or bomb them. Change in China and elsewhere needs to evolve from the societies concerned. We shouldn’t try to dictate those changes because such an approach would be counter productive … no matter how much I feel for women and gays in Saudi Arabia and Iran or human rights activists in China and Mauritania.

          • Yes the increasing surveillance of the population is sth I find deeply troubling about China as well – ditto the anti-individualism though of course that’s at least partly rooted in culture/confucianism. I also find some of their “support” of especially African countries at times quite racist with the workforce being imported to settle in the other countries. I doubt immigrants to China, no matter how closely they supported the party line, could eber be accepted as truly Chinese or as leaders. Maybe it’s the geographic distance but at least on the surface I think the vast majority of people (in Europe) see Russia as far more of a threat, though China is probably the bigger threat to the West in the long run.

          • Buttigieg has talked about how China and Russia are planning for the distant future and liberal democracies have become complacent, namely his own country, the USA.

    • Good :) The EBU has no business admitting states that are not UN members.

  4. Off topic: one day left to vote for the ET Aftermath 2019! If you want to participate so send me your top 10 of all the songs in this years ESC AND your top 10 that featured ONLY in the grand final to: Schultze94@gmail.com
    PS: Some of the voters have missed the only grand final top detail, so if you have please send me this top as well or I will have to disregard your votes and I would hate if that were to happen
    PSS: You can find more info about the contest here: https://eurovisiontimes.wordpress.com/2019/06/17/et-aftermath-2019/

  5. A recap video of yesterday’s MAD Video Awards with Paparizou,Foureira,Tamta, Ivi Adamou, Sakis and Luca Hanni:

  6. My favorite ETSC artist has a new song.. It is in Turkish&French🌺

  7. Captain Rackete deserves to get the Nobel Peace Prize. Such a courageous young woman. :)

  8. Today the pride took part in Belgrade..
    And the firat prude ever in Skopje, Macedonia..
    Suprisingly the first pride in Skopje attended more ppl than in Belgrade.
    Tamara Todevska performed “Proud” there, here is article in Macedonian, but you can see pics of her and video:
    https://www.ubavinaizdravje.mk/zhivoten-stil/luge-i-nastani/video-tamara-todevska-vo-fustan-so-boite-na-vinozhitoto-ja-ispea-proud-na-prvata-parada-na-gordosta-vo-skopje/

  9. All 6 are in my top 7! :D I would’ve loved to see Czech Republic as well as it’s such a fun and quality entry. :) My vote goes to Netherlands.

  10. I met Yanis (France ETSC 5) at Paris Pride today. No Fridas still in town

  11. I have just read that Mr Johnson is planning to install a 100 day War Cabinet if he becomes PM. The UK, at least the Conservative and Brexit side of it, is really becoming a scary place. Watching from Germany, it is as if they are on very dangerous drugs that distort reality. Apparently, chief Brexit negotiator Olly Robins plans to throw in the towel. In case Mr. Johnson or Mr. Hunt show up in Brussles with a random bunch of people who do not know what they are talking about but have set their minds on renegotiating the deal in 100 days, one can only hope that those in charge in Brussles will politely show them the door. :(
    This is absurd and surreal … and very, very dangerous.

    • I wish the UK would see the mistakes that were made here in the US and learn from it. The far-right will ruin your country, and that is the end of it. The UK is already going down a dangerous path and Trump’s buddy Johnson seems like he will make matters only worse for both the British people and all of the world (I could only imagine what will happen if the Brexit Party wins the next election). I would rather not have Hunt either, but when compared to Johnson I guess I’d have to pick him.

      • The UK will make the same mistakes, unfortunately. The Conservative Party is at a crossroads and it will choose the wrong way no matter what.

      • There are only a few Tories left that don’t make me retch, Justine Greening f. e. . :)
        Shelagh Fogarty’s perfect analogy of the Brexit ‘argument’: “I can say that I want to look like Cindy Crawford but that’s not a plan.”

        • Agreed that Greening is one of the only Tories that I can tolerate, and she seems like a nice enough woman. Much like how in the US, Lisa Murkowski and perhaps Nikki Haley are two of the only Republicans that I can handle. This era of Trump (or the far-right in general) has taken right-wing politicians from “people I disagree with” to “people who disgust me on a daily basis,” and it shouldn’t be like this, it’s a shame.

  12. No Fridas yet. I hope I can catch the big reveal. :)

  13. I think it’s extreme in the USA because politicians have to start raising money and fulfilling promises to donors for re-election the moment of their election due to the unlimited campaign spending so evefyrgings about instantly scoring points. It’s analogue to companies ditching long-term strategy for short-term results because shareholders and financial press will butcher them if the next quarterly results are not great, which also makes long-term planning or actually developing a strategy impossible.

    • that was supposed to be a replay to @Shevek above.

    • Thast’s true. Democracy can be its own worst enemy. :( One needs common sense and the ability to explain things in clear and accessible ways. Liberal democracies scored big with the new EU-MERCOSUR agreement that has forced Bolsonaro to remain in the Paris Agreement (Macron threw his weight around and forced the not so tough Brazilian President not to leave said agreement). Anyway, I am expecting the worst in the coming years, though. I hope I am wrong.

      • In case of US elections you could argue that it’s – another – case of the democratic process being hijacked by business interests and out of control market forces. Of course that doesn’t always mean the highest bidder gets what they want, e.g. Hiallyr Clinton raised and spent far more money than Dump in 2016 (at least if you discount the “donations” the orange one got from Russia; not sure how to quantify that.
        I’m not yet sure on the EU-Mercosur agreement since I don’t really know the details; one likely problem is that esp. Bolsonaro (and likely also Kirchner after ARG elections) is going to use it as an excuse to cut down more forest areas for either agricultural use.

        • We’ll see what happens.

          • Indeed it is, alas, all we can do – that is sth that has not changed for most people since the beginning of recorded time…

            • I know, but his not leaving the Paris Agreement is a good thing.

            • I agree on that… we’ll have to see what the actual results are though; IMO he’s likely to use it as an excuse to chop down more rain forests. Majority of his nation of mini-Neymars won’t care. It’s sort of interesting what kind of light his -overwhelming – election has shone on Brazil (in POR you probably had a much clearer picture than here).

            • I do not know. I am glad he did this one thing but I think he’s just a bully who will act cowardly while in power, so he may be afraid to do certain things.

            • You’ve just given the perfect definition of bully – in the end they’re always cowards.

  14. Taming Mr. Bolsonaro. :)

    Political talk shows are a big problem imo because the hosts force politicians to come up with short answers to complex problems. Therefore we end up with empty slogans that tell us nothing and make politicians seem incompetent. The other day, Green Party co-chair Annalena Baerbock got into a fight over this with Markus Lanz, who is our most silly talk show host.

    • That was supposed to be a reply to Shevek too …

    • Indeed. The recent debates in America showed that. It’s all about first impressions, posture and demeanour. We need more. Life is not a show.

      • I really hope that the surge of the Green Party will change the tone in German politics. Asked why they weren’t jubilant about the polls, the chairs said that there was no reason to be jubilant in case you ended up in power because the problems that needed to be addressed were huge and nobody could be sure to be capable of solving them. In stark contrast to the alpha males that are so popular atm, the Greens come across as rather pondering, perhaps even a bit scared of the tasks possibly lying ahead. That’s very refreshing.

  15. Off topic the Aftermath reveal will be delayed half an hour just FYI! An article will soon be posted for more info!

  16. […] and the sixth this evening! You can click to look at the full recommendations and nominations from last week’s article here! There were 57 recommendations for 13 countries in the first round and 133 votes were cast in an […]

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