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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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  1. It was a good year, looking at these 6 ;)

  2. Voted for Slovenia, which ended up in my all-time favorites list. Most of these entries were great, although I do not like Portugal.

  3. Portugal will remain my #1 song of the year but I will factor result a bit here…I like all 6 entries!!

    1. Italy
    2. The Netherlands
    3. Portugal
    4. Switzerland
    5. Slovenia
    6. Iceland

  4. 1. Sebi
    2. Telemoveis
    3. Arcade
    4. Soldi
    5. Hatrid mun sigra
    6. Chico solo, dirty dancing whatever :P

  5. Seeing Iceland here is quite surreal …

    • That and Portugal… I’m happy people like the song but the category is best entry, not best song and the performance was a mess.

      • Portuguese vocals and lyrics were perfect though. :) I voted for PRT in best composition btw.
        I don’t dislike the Icelandic song but the entry was lacking in every aspect: composition, lyrics, vocals, visuals.

        • I think ICE managed to get “good attention” because it did fit with the song whereas Portugal just made people go WTF and so distracted from the song.

          • On the other hand, I fully stand behind ET’s approach, making the Fridas about ET taste, which is different from majority opinion on most other fan sites. It would be absurd for RUS, SWE or AUS to be nominated in this category instead of ISL and PRT if we consider where taste lies here on ET.

            • I do agree with that… I just find it an odd category to nominate the song in; I can see e.g. song and lyrics if people like that but not the overall package due to the performance, which surely few people would argue was an asset.

            • ET decided to go with the top 6 in nominations which probably was a wise decision to arrive at. :)

            • Yes generally I think that’s the best choice – like I said I just find it off people would nominate it as overall best when the performance was counterproductive; it’d be like nominating Switzerland for lyrics ;-).

  6. Italy again, my number one this year!

  7. GOOOOOO Spain! :)

    • France would rather meet them I’m sure! but then two harsh penalties “saving” the US for now…

      • Probably.
        Two penalties. That’s lame considering the very high opinion the US team have of themselves. LOL

        • Off topic, but do people on ESCK really think that the schedule next year will take into consideration the DFB-Bokal?
          What is far more important is that Monday May 4th is Remembrance Day and I doubt the broadcaster wants to have rehearsals that day. A day later May 5th is a national holiday, which is also not ideal for rehearsals. Which means that rehearsals have to start in the weekend of 2 and 3 May.

          • They always consider big football matches when it comes to ESC dates here in Germany.

          • It’s not just the German but quite a few cup finals across Europe the WE before the CL final I think.

        • More importantly, they’re the biggest market share for the FIFA!

      • Sorry everyone else is disqualified so Nigeria gets the trophy with Neymar as honorary captain!

  8. Off-topic (shocker, I know) – has anybody watched any of that new show Years on years by any chance? It has Emma Thompson as a populist demagogue and sexy attutude-y Russel Tovey; on the other hand I’m not sure how much I’m up for anotrher reflection of today’s trumpian, brexity, salviniesque reality.
    Oh and fuck Salvini but congrats to Milano and Cortina (and the Arena di Verona) for getting the 2026 Winter Olympics!

    • That’s another absurd choice and odd couple reflecting the commercialization and gigantism of the contemporary sports industry. Milan isn’t known as a hub for winter sports and while Cortina is, the town isn’t even in Lombardy … I miss the old times in which we had the Lillehammer games.

      • Agree but at least its not in a dictatorship for once – and the alternative was Stockholm in combination with Ake, which is 500 km away? I’m guessing it’s the same split between “ice sports” in the main city and the skiing events in the resort in Beijing. Come to think of it, Vancouver wasn’t that different, just the difference to Whistler was shorter (though by no means nearby).
        #LudwigsburgStMoritz2034 (2030 reserved for Qatar).

  9. Οff topic, Katerine Duska will headline this year’s Full Moon fiesta in Athens on the 17th of July. The event will of course be free of charge :-P

  10. Nobody form my TOP 5 in this lineup, and only 2 songs from my TOP 10 (Italy and Portugal). :-)))

    I did rank Italy slightly better then Portugal, but this time my vote goes to Portugal. I stlll can’t go over the fact they didn’t qualify. :-(

  11. This is really tough for me because my clear top 3 (Slovenia, Netherlands and Italy) has not quite been ranked after contest tbh, I dont have a clear post contest winner.

    I voted for him many times but I think I will give this one to Duncan as well for now.

  12. Germany got new record temperatures for June today, almost 39 degrees. Congratulations to the town of Bad Muskau …

  13. First of the debates tonight!! I’m super excited!!

    • I won’t be able to follow the debates live, but I will read your comments and catch up on things tomorrow, if I can. Warren is soaring, you must be happy.

      • Yes, I’ll be sure to leave my thoughts afterwards. And hell yeah I’m very happy. She was considered dead in the water with no chance only a few months ago, I can only imagine how much further ahead she’ll be by the end of summer.

    • This one won’t make it into the playlists of conservative broadcasters opposing firearm legislation.

      • It won’t make it to radio stations catering to younger audiences either because Madonna is old but it’s really good and i love the contrast of the theme and the lyrics with her happy disco music.

        • It is well-made indeed. It might appeal to young people because of the issue the song addresses, in particular in the USA.
          I would like to know what our NYC correspondent Lina, who falls into the demographics discussed, thinks. :)

          • Well Madonna’s career has kinda died, so I really doubt this song will hear the light of day, especially from my demographic who probably care about her the least. “Give Me All Your Luvin” from 2012 was the last Madonna song to get any attention, and it was minimal too.

            As for my thoughts on the video, the message is important because, as we all know, gun violence is a major issue in this country. The music video is honestly kind of terrifying because, as an American, shooting sprees are a scenario I have to actually worry about every time I would go to high school, go to a club with friends, go to a movie theatre (which some of my friends don’t even do anymore because of the worries), etc. As for the mugging scene, where I’m from on Long Island is very safe, but in New York City I refuse to walk alone if it’s dark out, and if I’m with other people I still don’t feel fully safe. I also never carry expensive bags or wear expensive jewelry if I know I’m gonna be alone at night, even though I live in a relatively ritzy area. So basically I end up dropping a lot of money on Ubers because we’re all scared to be alone, and I live in a state and city that’s deemed relatively safe. I couldn’t imagine how people living in places like Alabama, Mississippi, or Louisiana are feeling. It’s very real for all of us, and even though it’s hard to watch it is important that she’s bringing it up.

            Madonna has always pushed boundaries and has never been afraid of raising awareness to a particular topic, which I love her for. However, I know that despite the attention and work she put into this song, it will go nowhere and get very little attention because people simply do no like her anymore, and don’t want to hear about her. While the message is important and needs to be spread, I just wish it was by a different artist who people not only like more, but would be more inclined to listen to and pay attention to.

            As for the song itself, it wasn’t really my thing. I don’t think any of her current music could hold a candle to her music from 30, 20, or even 15 years ago. That’s part of the reason why people don’t care about Madonna anymore too. Also I feel like I may have mentioned this before, but my friend dated Madonna’s son and both she and him had not so nice things to say about her so it makes me less likely to support her now.

            • Thanks for the detailled reply. :) I stopped being interested in Madonna 20 years ago … and I am not 20sth anymore. LOL She only surfaced again here in LuBu because of ESC 2019. Remembering her Tel Aviv performance I wish she hadn’t. It was painful to watch, and after 1 minute of having witnessed “Like a Prayer” being butchered I and my friends Claudia and Sven decided to go into the garden for a cigarette.
              I am very happy to be living in LuBu/Stuttgart. Nobody is scared of going anywhere at any time of the day here. I sometimes feel like living on the island of the blessed. LOL

            • Yeah that “Like a Prayer” performance was terrible. The final was on the day I moved out from my dorm and my grandparents were helping me since my parents were in Europe at the time for my dad’s job, so I watched the final with them and all three of us could not bear the listen to her. I hope there was something wrong with her earpiece because she sounded horrendous.

              I’m thankful I live in the Northeast because I’d say we’re one of the safest regions of the U.S., but I really do wish I was back in Europe sometimes. It’s always a shock when I go there and not have to fear situations that Europeans would never in a million years have to worry about. Long Island is better than NYC with safety on the streets, but then I don’t think it matters where you are in the country, you always have to worry about school shootings, nightclub shootings, etc.

            • I should mention that I think almost every high school in the U.S. has had shooting threats at least a few times. There was one at my school before I was there, and then one again just this year after I had graduated. We’re just lucky they were taken care of before anything could happen. Not every school is so lucky.

            • The USA are in a sad state of affairs indeed. In a way, I do not recognize the country anymore when I think back to the times I decided to take US-American literature as a major subject at university and later did my PhD in USA literature. In a way a was a prophet because both my Master and PhD theses dealt with questions of identity while everyone else was telling me that identity was a topic of th past. Everyone was enthusiastically researching matters of subjectivity back then but I had a feeling that (collective) identities would necessarily raise their ugly heads again in the context of globalization and digitalization. I wish I had been wrong. :(

            • Yeah it’s sad, and I think most Americans are very pessimistic and unsure regarding our future. 2020 seems to be our only chance, and if Trump wins again, I truly fear for the future; perhaps the U.S. will have a Soviet/Yugoslav-style breakup of our own? I don’t know. I recently started watching the British series Years and Years, and their vision of the future does not seem far off considering where we’re heading now.

            • Living in BaWü seeing the turmoil in so many other places is rather surreal and decidedly disturbing. Everything seems fine and fluffy here but I am perfectly aware that we are probably on bail only. :( Some time ago I watched a documentary on a Californian campaign group advocating the state to become independent. We are living in scary times. :(

            • Truly, there have been independence movements in a couple of states but none of them have ever really been taken seriously. If things keep going how they’re going though, who knows where we’ll be heading though.

            • Let’s hope that right wing populism/white supremacist ideologies are beyond their peak. I have the feeling that this is the case in Germany at least. The climate crisis might save us from those dangerous ideologies.

    • So many new Madonna videos all at once. ‘I rise’ remains my favourite song from the album so far. This video is intriguing.

      • I haven’t concluded yet which is my favorite song. Have you watched the video for “I Rise” for Time magazine?
        https://time.com/5608577/madonna-i-rise-video/

        • I knew the music not the video, thanks for the link. I am going through the songs calmly and this one is my favourite so far. The video serves it well.

          • The missing actually talented s!ster.

            • Oops that was supposed to be in response to the Lilly among clouds video, not Madonna.

            • No, they aren’t. :)
              I don’t want too see (or hear) them ever again…

            • I don’t think theer’s much danger of that lol.

            • Thanks for giving comfort. :)

              Btw, my dad climbed a 30 steps ladder leading up to the attic in one of the houses he built (he is an architect) today. He only had one hand in order to steady himself because he was carrying stuff in the other. I was scared to death and had my phone ready in case I had to call the ambulance …
              I sometimes wonder … are we still real men? The way German men were made in the past? LOL

            • LOL I think it’s an age thing – proving that they can still do things. Often they can but it’s terrifying to watch!

            • It is. I would have climbed up there but I am useless at assessing the damage done to the roof by hail. I am a literary historian after all. However, I could cobble together an ode celebrating my dad’s climbing at least …

            • If your dad’s like mine he would have been irritated by you asking as he was right in the middle of it and could very well do it himself, thank you ;-). Does he still drive?

            • Of course he still drives, and pretty emotionally too … 180 on the Autobahn. He is only 78 years old after all … :) … and is a hopeless case. Whenever he accelerates, my mother intervenes: “What if you get a heart attack or stroke now?” LOL It makes great entertainment. :) and that’s the moment I put the music I have stored on my USB stick to full volume in order to cut everyone short …
              Regarding ‘thank yous’ … I know all to well what you are talking about …

    • Gaga has singing and acting talent which is why she can diversify into fields outside pop music which is always looking for “the new face”. Madonna doesn’t and she is not as young as she was to wow people with the quality of her shows. So all she is left with are these in-your-face campaigns on current issues.

  14. New song by lily among clouds. I love it. :)

  15. Luca on Greek tv. rofl:

    • Looks like German Fernsehgarten … and is full playback. ROFL indeed. :) :(

    • I don’t get why people like Moutsinas’ show so much. Just the usual hysteria and gay antics without much real wit or subtlety. At least with “Shopping star” on the other channel I get to laugh a lot :-P

      • Shopping star??? Do tell… I wonder if it’s the format known here as Shopping queen??

        • It’s about regular women who go on a shopping/styling competition. Every week they have a theme and a limited budget and the end result gets marks by a fashion personality. The winner gets €1.000 (and they all get to keep the clothes they bought).

          What cracks me up is the guy who does the voice-over commentary. He is so funny and witty without ever being insulting or offensive to these women :)

  16. I dont always agree with Victor (WeirdNorwegian) but first of all wow and second cute video ! :

  17. Spain returns to JESC after 13 years ! :

  18. Well the first debates are over here in the U.S., and to sum it up I’d categorize them like this:

    Winners: Castro and Warren
    Middle: Booker, de Blasio, Gabbard, Klobuchar, and Inslee
    Losers: Delaney, O’Rourke, and Ryan

    Castro was the big surprise. Personally, he still isn’t going to be my pick, but he was very impressive and really made a name for himself. Warren definitely held back, especially at the end, but every time she did speak she killed it. O’Rourke was probably the biggest loser, every time he spoke he made a fool out of himself and the others did not hesitate to jump on him. Ryan really made an idiotic comment to Gabbard when he said the Taliban were responsible for 9/11, and I loved hearing Gabbard have to correct him on that. I expect tomorrow night will be even more exciting with names like Biden, Sanders, and Harris.

      • It was no surprise. She’s polling at ~15% and her closest competitor was polling at ~4%. She was definitely going to dominate. Towards the end she got quiet and let the others fight each other, but she set the pace for the whole debate and it seemed everyone was debating on her terms the whole time. Tonight’s debate should be way more interesting with four of the frontrunners. I know some people on here are rooting for Buttigieg but I’ve been seeing some predictions he’ll end up like Beto did last night :(

        • German media think that Ms Warren might be a tad too intellectual to convince voters, in particular in the South and the Midwest.

          • The South perhaps, but I think the Midwest is way more likely than one may expect. Rust Belt voters only want someone who can get them jobs and economic growth, and the Democrats know that. Warren’s done several town halls in the Midwest and they all seem to have gone very well. In the last Iowa poll she placed second and only 7% behind Biden (after being almost 20% behind a couple months ago). She won’t necessarily need all of the South to win (there’s enough candidates in the primaries to make each state count less if they split more evenly, and the South always goes red in the general anyways), but I do think she has a grasp on the Midwest much more than someone like Biden would.

            • Good news. :)
              Please keep us up to date with your insider knowledge. You are probably much more reliable than the German media regarding this topic.

            • Haha definitely. I’ll be your American politics expert throughout this long grueling process we call U.S. presidential elections.

      • My personal favorite part was a fight between Tim Ryan and Tulsi Gabbard over removing troops from Afghanistan where Ryan stated we needed to keep them to prevent the Taliban from committing another 9/11 atrocity, to where Gabbard (a former soldier) needed to tell him that Al-Qaeda committed 9/11, not the Taliban. Truly embarrassing on Ryan’s part.

  19. I’m redoing esc 2019 tonight! Also, worried for Spain-France in Euro u20! the Germany-Romania match was great I was told, couldn’t see it as I was lying naked in bed lol

    • I hate using the word “robbed” but Miki and “La Venda” were “robbed” imo. The robot was a mistake but everything else looked great and deserved better. Jury last place??? Pfffft

    • The usual talent and quality on display, sigh. I guess it‘s an attempt at one of these novelty-type summer hits.

  20. Well this debate was absolutely amazing. The Harris-Biden standoff made everyone go completely silent in my house because we were all paying so close attention.

    I don’t think I can even classify this debate with winners/losers. There was only one winner: Harris, and only one loser: Biden. Everyone else was replaceable. People here are saying this was what will cement Harris as a frontrunner, while if Biden didn’t go into this as a frontrunner no one would be talking about him because he debated as if he barely qualified.

    • To those reading who aren’t aware: Harris called Biden out for his support of segregation in the 1970s (Harris identified herself as a victim of it), and he refused to apologize or admit his wrongdoing. If he had his way, segregation would still exist today. Every time he tries to defend himself it’s the “well I have a black friend” (Obama) argument, which is embarrassing. If his campaign wasn’t over already, it has to be now.

      On a lighter note, Marianne Williamson drank way too much wine before she got on that stage. She was like a character out of a Russ Meyer film and for some reason has some vendetta against New Zealand. She was hilarious.

      • From what I could catch on reactions, I am feeling night 1 was better than night 2, and that Kamala was the big winner, while Biden and Sanders were non-existent/safe, and Marianne was a big wtf, but not terrible? She is really weird.

        And that Pete was the Beto of this night. No bueno.

        • Night 2 was definitely more entertaining to watch for me, but it was also a lot more hostile and aggressive than Night 1. Harris easily won and annihilated Biden. My dad thinks Biden’s campaign may be over after what she did to him. Sanders seriously faded into the background and is proving why all his supporters are leaving him for Warren. He was so good as an out-of-the-blue challenger to the mainstream in 2016, but now that he’s a frontrunner he doesn’t know how to handle himself.

          I don’t even know who to compare Williamson to. I’ve never seen a performance like that. The amount of memes she’s inspired is amazing. A lot of the people my age who aren’t typically invested in politics seemed to like her though? It was way too much “love” and “feelings” and not enough policy for me though. Buttigieg did not do well imo, but he did not do as bad as I thought he would. Every time he spoke he talked about his feelings and personal wishes, but with absolutely no substance. There was no policy, it was just what he wants in an ideal world, and no help at how we get there. He’s just not ready for this, he’s way too young and inexperienced. For some reason the media here seems to think he was #2 to Harris in performance though.

    • So my prediction at this moment would be Warren/Castro or Harris/white guy from Midwest or Mountain West. Harris/Castro could be great but unfortunately they’ll need one boring (straight) white guy on the ticket. What’s ur bet this minute?

      • Well I do agree Warren and Harris have emerged as the two big winners from the first debates, we’ll see if they can hold this lead. Making up a ticket prediction is always hard for me because there are so many to choose from and I don’t know if they’ll want to pick one of their primary competitors or not. Even though Harris has said she would be interested in choosing a woman, she won’t, and I think it will be some sort of generic white guy. As for who, I don’t know. A lot of people are saying Buttigieg could be a VP for Warren; personally, I don’t know if I agree, and Castro also seems like a good pick. But it’s still very hard for me to decide since they really can pick anyone they want and last election neither of the candidates ended up picking one of their primary competitors.

        • Oh I forgot. Booker is probably the most rumored VP for Warren.

          • Agree I think would be Booker or Castro. I would love a Latinx VP and he has exec, experience. Hope the debate will have boosted his prospects.

        • I’m never sure how I feel about Booker – I like a lot of what he says but he always seems a bit gimmicky rather than substantial. In that way he’s the opposite of Buttigieg who doesn’t say anything terribly substantial though people think he does. I’m actually starting to dislike B because he’s trying to come across as “I may be gay but not threatening, I’m just like you sth sth military sth sth Jesus”, an attitude I dislike.
          Veepstakes for Harris – Tom Wolf? 2-term PA governor so executive experience, borinmg white guy and he can just campaign across the industrial Midwest every day, which is all that matters this time around. Frankly, fuck Florida.

          • Booker is very phony to me. He’s just the black man version of Kirsten Gillibrand. Pretending to be a progressive because it’s trendy, and attempting to hide his corporate and big pharma ties. He was a rising star because of everyone saw him as the cool Mayor of Newark who was a second coming of Obama – now he’s a corporate Senator and I want something new, not Obama 2.0. The “I can speak Spanish too, Beto” was embarrassing, and most of the Latinos I know did not enjoy the attempts (AOC called it “humorous”).

            I also am disliking Buttigieg more and more. I understand why he pushes the military and the Christianity stuff, but that is the kind of thing that pushes politicians away from me. I think it’s great that we have an LGBT person running for President and one of the big names in the race, but those two things take away from it. Tulsi Gabbard was a solider too, but her whole platform is anti-war and highlighting her military experience as support for anti-war efforts, which I can appreciate. If Buttigieg did something like that as well I would not mind the military thing, but he does not; the religion thing is an immediate DQ for me. This is all on top of how he is woefully unexperienced and out of his league here, with no actual policy.

            Tom Wolf is definitely a possibility for Harris. A white male from the Rust Belt (and also popular) would definitely be the best choice for her. Sherrod Brown could also be a possibility (popular Ohio Senator and previously a rumored candidate for President in 2020).

    • I’ve been reading and listening to what happened last night; Harris was very good and she may come across more palatable than Warren. Biden and Sanders are not going anywhere.

      • As of now, it’s looking more and more like a duel between left-wing Warren and center-left Harris. Unlike in 2016, I’m okay with either options. Biden took a big hit and I don’t know how well he can recover, while Sanders disappeared. Both looked weak and unable to compete with the younger and fresher faces next to them.

        • Buttigieg did better than expected after what happened in South Bend. He cleverly courted the religious voters who do not like Trump and he shamed the Evangelists.

          • *Evangelicals

          • Yes Buttigieg did much better than expected, but still I was not impressed. As I said further up, I found little substance in what he said and no actual policy. He just sounds good when he speaks, but provides nothing.

            • I disagree. Harris was the same. These debates are more posture and demeanour. Her being a prosecutor gave her the edge. Warren used her experience as a teacher to make her sound presidential. She is the only one who has so far put concrete proposals on the table.

            • But still I cannot remember one thing of substance that Buttigieg contributed. All he talked about was how he was unable to handle the policy brutality issues in his hometown and that Republicans were acting un-Christian. I truly don’t know what else there was to him. I don’t need specific policy proposals yet like Warren is doing, but I want to know the general idea of what you’ll be doing in office. I got none of that from Buttigieg, but I managed to get a decent idea from those who I thought did better.

            • *police brutality

  21. With some of those awards being pulled out for next year, I nominate a new category if needed/wanted! A fun one, I think!

    Most Improved.
    Who rose more between song reveal/initial expectations and the final ESC live?
    If we used it this year, I’d nominate:
    -France
    -North Macedonia
    -Czech Republic
    -Australia
    -Serbia

    • I think you can only use “most improved” only in cases where there was a known live and in that case my obvious nominations would be Italy, Norway and Australia as being the obvious HUGE improvements compared to their finals.

      In the case of internal selections all you can say is who “exceeded expectations” that are arbitrary most of the time anyway. I would say that Switzerland is the most obvious case of a favourite a lot of people thought might have failed but didn’t, while on the other hand Greece and to a lesser extent Cyprus certainly did not meet the expectations certain segments of fandom had for them.

      My nomination for a new category next year would be “best meme/best social media campaign” :)

      • My train of thought is more or less around “Bilal has an iffy live and a basic song” to “Wow he turned it around and great staging”, as well as “Ech, I don’t like Lake Malawi so much” turned to “Best live of semifinal 1 indeed”. Just our own expectations being challenged in a good way on the day it matters the most, the contest :)

        Oh, I enjoy the memes and fun as well :D

        • Ι did not think France turned it around all that much and the placing proves it. Based on actual “official” expectations (ie betting odds having him in the top10, even top5, over the last week) he certainly failed to fulfill them. As I said the other two obvious cases are Greece and Cyprus who were also in the betting top10 for much of the pre-contest season.

    • San Marino would also be another very obvious candidate for “Internal that exceeded expectations” along with North Mac, Czech Rep and Azerbaijan.

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