Fridas 2022: Results Awards


Frida

Eurovision 2022 – Every year, the summer is the calm after the storm so it’s the perfect time to do more games and contests! This year we resume the “Eurovision Times Awards” to give prizes (the Fridas) for the best in every category! And you get to vote!

2022 will be the nineth year for Eurovision Times to organize the Eurovision Times Awards, after last year’s contest was cancelled, preventing us from hosting this new yearly tradition. 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“.

Let’s conclude with the four awards in the Results Awards category.


  • Most Improved Entry

This was a new category in 2021, in order to change some “bad categories” we had in the past, and still maintain our usual number of 18 awards. So, we have plenty of entries who are performed before the contest (in national final, tours, Eurovision and promo festivals) and for the last few ones, we often get an idea of the performer’s singing or style. So, which entry had us skeptical at first but turned out the best on stage? The first winner was Portugal (2021).

Here are the results of the 2022 recommendations made by the regular users of Eurovision Times in this category:

  • 9 San Marino
  • 8 Ireland
  • 5 Moldova, 5 Spain
  • 3 Iceland
  • 2 Armenia, 2 Azerbaijan, 2 Czech Republic, 2 Germany
  • 1 Belgium, 1 Latvia, 1 North Macedonia, 1 Poland, 1 Portugal, 1 Romania, 1 Ukraine

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! The nominees in countries’ alphabetical order are:

  • 🇮🇸 Iceland
  • 🇮🇪 Ireland
  • 🇲🇩 Moldova
  • 🇸🇲 San Marino
  • 🇪🇸 Spain

  • Best Non-Qualified Semi-Finalist

This was a new category in 2021! We used to have a “Most Underrated” category that mixed semi-finalists and finalists. Former winners of that category are: France (2013), Israel (2014), France (2015), Iceland (2016), Finland (2017), Portugal (2018) and Portugal (2019). The new category was won by Denmark (2021).

Here are the results of the 2022 recommendations made by the regular users of Eurovision Times in this category:

  • 8 San Marino
  • 7 Georgia
  • 5 Ireland, 5 Latvia
  • 3 Croatia, 3 Denmark, 3 Slovenia
  • 2 Albania, 2 Cyprus, 2 Israel, 2 North Macedonia

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! The nominees in countries’ alphabetical order are:

  • 🇩🇰 Denmark
  • 🇬🇪 Georgia
  • 🇮🇪 Ireland
  • 🇱🇻 Latvia
  • 🇸🇲 San Marino

  • Most Underrated Entry In Final

This was a new category! We used to have a “Most Underrated” category that mixed semi-finalists and finalists. Former winners of that category are: France (2013), Israel (2014), France (2015), Iceland (2016), Finland (2017), Portugal (2018) and Portugal (2019). The new category was won by Belgium (2021).

Here are the results of the 2022 recommendations made by the regular users of Eurovision Times in this category:

  • 14 France
  • 10 Iceland
  • 5 Czech Republic, 5 Germany
  • 3 Lithuania, 3 Netherlands
  • 1 Portugal, 1 Sweden, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Norway, Estonia, Romania

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! The nominees in countries’ alphabetical order are:

  • 🇫🇷 France
  • 🇩🇪 Germany
  • 🇮🇸 Iceland
  • 🇱🇹 Lithuania
  • 🇳🇱 Netherlands

  • Best Entry

This is the grand prize of the Fridas! It was won in the past by Norway (2013), Netherlands (2014), Belgium (2015), Ukraine (2016), Portugal (2017), Italy (2018), Netherlands (2019) and France (2021).

Here are the results of the 2022 recommendations made by the regular users of Eurovision Times in this category:

  • 9 Serbia
  • 6 Sweden, 6 Spain
  • 5 Lithuania, 5 Ukraine
  • 4 France, 4 Portugal
  • 3 United-Kingdom
  • 2 Netherlands
  • 1 Azerbaijan, 1 Iceland, 1 Italy, 1 Norway

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! The nominees in countries’ alphabetical order are:

  • 🇫🇷 France
  • 🇱🇹 Lithuania
  • 🇵🇹 Portugal
  • 🇷🇸 Serbia
  • 🇪🇸 Spain
  • 🇸🇪 Sweden
  • 🇺🇦 Ukraine

Rules: the polls will be open for a week. At the end of the week, an article will announce all the winners. 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!

513 thoughts on “Fridas 2022: Results Awards

      • Then darker days are ahead. I fear for Obergefell next. At least this ruling ensures a mobilized democratic electorate. Not that this will be of any help for women in 30 something states now if they seek an abortion….

        • Obergefell surely is next, as Alito and Thomas have already raised the question of revisiting it a few months ago. At this point, I am just over it. The American experiment has failed, it’s time for Balkanization. We say “this is so horrible I can’t believe this is happening” but the grim reality is this is what many people in this country want, so many people are celebrating today, have been celebrating all week, and will celebrate SCOTUS’s future right wing decisions as well.

          I’m pretty much past the “vote!” messaging though. The 2018 and 2020 elections saw exactly that, people voted in record numbers, but now the situation is even worse than it was under unified GOP government, and the environment is pointing towards 2022 and 2024 red waves. Voting doesn’t solve anything when the candidates you’re voting for don’t care enough to provide the solutions we want, and the institutions set in place are biased against us in the first place.

          • We knew for a long time that SCOTUS appointments have long lasting consequences beyond any election. I say keep voting even if you don’t believe in it. As I said now I don’t see ree waves at least not in 2022. The gruesome spectacle we will see in red states now even proposing the death penalty for women looking for abortions will ensure that. The Republican Party will come to regret it in the long-term electorally.

            • Biden is the most unpopular president in modern American history (yes, he is polling worse than Trump did), the hard pill to swallow is that this will not change things. We knew this was coming for months, and Biden has only gotten less popular and the Republicans more popular in the meantime. A red wave is coming, people here are so unhappy about the state of the country and the president is who gets blamed for that.

              The people that this decision will energize the most are the people who could already be relied on the most as Democratic voters in the midterms. If you were passionate about the legality of abortion, you were already voting for the Democrats. This will not change swing voters who are furious about the state of the economy, this will not change poor people who feel cast aside by politicians as they are unable to afford their groceries, and this will not change the voting restrictions set in place in conservative states in the aftermath of the 2020 election designed to limit the abilities of Democratic-leaning voters from participating in elections. It’s the sad truth and it’s better to acknowledge that than be in for a shock come November.

            • We will see. I do believe this is a game changer for moderates as well and Biden is not on the ballot in November even if he is president. We need to find some light in this bleak image. Progressives need to ceaze the momentum this decision will create.

            • And as I said : This is the turning point that Biden could use to pack the court. However unpopular that might prove he has nothing to lose at this point if the situation for him is as bad as you describe it (which I doubt).

            • We’ll see, I don’t have as much faith as you do.

              The issue with Biden is he doesn’t understand how bad the situation he’s in is. He has said the same Trump lines of “the polls that show how unpopular I am are wrong” and he is intent on running for reelection in 2024 because he believes he’s the only Democrat who can beat Trump for some reason. Being that he’s been in politics since the 70s, he has faith in our institutions because he’s worked within them for decades without a problem, and has never shown that much passion for changing them. If he took a hardline stance I’d give him props for being ballsy, but I don’t see it happening.

            • Politics are about momentum and this is an issue that will keep the momentum going for months if not years with gruesome after gruesome legislation coming to red states. To be clear I am not aiming at republicans here, no. Red states will remain orwellian circuses for the time being. I am aiming at moderates in purple states. This is the only point I agree with Michos as well.

            • Only time will tell but I’m afraid I disagree. From what I can see, abortion rights in the US is an issue that only the left and the right feel that strongly about. For the ones in the middle who don’t belong to either base, they may have their own opinions on abortion, but it isn’t a push/pull factor that will sway them when there’s so much else going on. Maybe I’ll be proven wrong, but I still see a red wave come November in light of the economy and Biden’s approval rating.

            • There is a lot going on but what needs to stand out is that this is not an isolated decision but one with a certain ideology prefix that will influence other decisions and the lives of millions of americans as well. It needs to be noted that the dangers of the current scotus do not lie just in bodily autonomy but in rights of rich v poor in general. The majority of 6 make decisions that will influence the rights of the poor as the rich won’t be influenced by them anyway. Even today’s decision is not about rich people who can go at any blue state easily and have a procedure. It’s about poor and mostly rural women who seek an abortion. A campaign framed that way will reasonate with those worried about many things.

            • I agree with you but whether Americans can think critically like that is to be seen.

            • That’s…another issue. If they did think critically we wouldnt be here right now. I am against orwellian tactics but if they need to be told how to think, so be it. Campaign and tell them what to think (I mean progressives and democrats in general).

  1. We are talking about one of the darkest moments in the history of the post-War II in western world which is officially turning overall more conservative and right wing day by day. This needs to be stopped asap..
    Words cannot describe how I feel.

    PS: I can see US women seeking abortion “refuge” in places like Canada f.i. or even more, Cuba!!!
    What a humiliation for the nation that claims to be the light-house of western values that would be.

    • NY is working to establish ourselves as an abortion safe haven for women fleeing the South, Midwest, and Mountain West. It’s insane that’s something that even needs to be arranged.

    • Please. This is just a huge gift for the democrats who are saved from certain ruin in the midterm elections as they now have an issue to rally the troops and raise money.

      Is surgical abortion even an issue anymore? I thought pregnancy terminations nowadays are mainly performed through prescription pills that you can get anywhere through the internet. Not an issue in the real world but very useful to keep the eternal american civil wars going.

      By the way, there is no place in Europe where abortion was legalized by court decision. In all the countries it was voted by parliament (or in the case of Ireland, by referendum). And personally I am against courts reading in the constitution or the laws things that are not expressly written there.

      • The last thing I care is who will electorally benefit from this. Being the Democrats or whoever.

        • You may not care, but the only people who keep these poisonous ideological battles going eternally are those that care a lot about who gets to keep or lose the majority.

          Unfortunately american democracy is a terrible example for the world. It only works by fostering division, never consensus.

          • “Unfortunately american democracy is a terrible example for the world”

            Glad we agree on that ;)

          • Unfortunately american democracy is a terrible example for the world. It only works by fostering division, never consensus.

            Well we agree on that part at least

            • The solution would be to legislate a moderate solution like it happened in european countries. Legal abortions on demand but nothing beyond the first trimester except for health emergencies. However both parties are too far out on the issue right now to agree on any compromise.

      • Do you even understand that even pill-induced abortions are illegal now and in some states they could lead to major legal penalties with imprisonment being the least worrying ? One more time when you.just.don’t.get.it.

        I am sure you will celebrate when marriage equality and legality of same sex sexual activity are gone next and left to be decided by texas republicans.

        • I am not obsessed with what happens over there, nor do I think that the whole world should deal with their dysfunctions as if they represent some sort of planetary disaster. There are other, better functioning democracies in the world. I do not agree with their system on guns, on a health care on money in politics, on anything. I especially don’t like the fact that there is eternal political gridlock embedded in their system that regurgitates the same divisive issues for 50 years without a final decision, because that suits both parties in order to rally their followers.

          My preferred solution would be to have Congress legislate a federal law once and for all and get the courts and the million-dollar legal industry out of the issue.

  2. And btw, we are talking about the same country that allows its’ citizens to bear guns almost indiscriminately and every second day points fingers to other countries about their human rights record. Get lost I say.

  3. The award for stupid today does not go to Susan Collins, no, it goes to this guy :

    Sen. Joe Manchin: “I trusted Justice Gorsuch and Justice Kavanaugh when they testified under oath that they also believed Roe v. Wade was settled legal precedent and I am alarmed they chose to reject the stability the ruling has provided for two generations of Americans.I support legislation that would codify the rights Roe v. Wade previously protected. I am hopeful Democrats and Republicans will come together to put forward a piece of legislation that would do just that.”

    He is not only stupid but he doesn’t get it. THIS scotus would strike down any such law if it was ever voted in.

      • The republicans are preparing it for women who want to have a abortion (for now, next there will be other categories of people).

        I adore how Alito tried to criticize the dissent for bringing forward the issue of Griswold, Lawrence and Obergefell and Thomas just straight up put them in the forefront to be overturned next. Who do they think the fool ?

          • I fear so. Alito’s assurances result in nothing. And to think this same scotus voted to enshrine LGBTQ protections into anti discrimination laws and title IX protections. I am expecting the first challenge to be triggered by a GOP state through the stopping of applying the Obergefell decision. That will probably be the plan of action.

  4. A terrible day for the US that will have repercussions for other parts of the world too.
    Many people said it. The hellish Trump presidency will haunt us for decades to come.
    And one one of the supreme justices says they should be looking into contraceptive pills and same sex relationships. Spooky.

    • agreed…but I wonder (and also hope) how much decisions made in the USA have so much impact on the rest of the world today….? At least on your daily life as a European..? Don’t know…jury is out on the question!!

      • It’s not only Europe. Although,there are Eastern European countries that will look at this with an interest. Poland f.i under the current government has some very strict laws regarding abortion. But there are also other parts of the world that may feel emboldened by what is happening in the US.

  5. Horrible, yet expected decision by the US Supreme Court.
    We knew this was going to happen after the decision already leaked some weeks ago, but I am very confidant that Republicans’ anti-choice positions (as well as their positions on guns) will cost them dearly in November elections (as it should!).

    I have no doubt in my mind that this decision, however horrible it may be, will actually help things move forward and will sensitivize more and more people untill Democrats have a confident majority in both houses, and completely new federal legislation on both abortion and guns is passed.

    • We see once gain that the rights and liberties too many people take for granted aren’t a given, and that is one of the reasons why the EU needs to become politically and militarily independent from other global players.
      Let’s hope that you are right regarding the mid-term elections at least.

      • Indeed, of course I would agree due to my political views, but indeed due to social media etc, the world suddenly became divided between what is fact v fiction, eg despite the current January 6th hearings in US congress, am sure 50% still believe in USA the “2020 result was stolen”…I can’t speak for the USA……

      • It is true that many people are taking hard fought rights and liberties for granted, but if you are counting the USA in those global players that we are supposed to be politically and militarilay independent from, I couldn’t disagree more.

        The EU is a value based Union, it is not just a random political grouping (such as ASEAN, for example), so it is only natural that we should be close to countries with which we share those same values – UK, Australia, Canada, and foremost the USA.

        I personally have much more confidence in American democratic capacities, then I do in European.
        Especially after Trump’s presidency, things have become more clear for most Americans and they have learned how fragile democracy can be.
        What I like about the US, is that they always have an open discussion, and are always learning from their own mistakes.

        This decision was brought by Trump appointed extremists in the Supreme Court, and it has nothing to do with how most Americans feel about abortion rights. Overwhelming majority of Americans across the party lines support existing abortion rights.
        It is actually one of only few things that most people agree on, regardless if they are Democrats or Republicans.

        This indeed is a sad day, but as I said before, in the long run it will backfire to radical right wingers, and new federal legislation will be passed.

        • I’m sorry but a lot of this just isn’t correct. You say an overwhelming majority of Americans across party lines support abortion rights, and it’s one of the things Democrats and Republicans agree about. This is just not true. It’s true that a majority of Americans do at least some support abortion rights, but recent polling has shown that as many as 43% of the country support abortions being illegal in all or most cases – that is like 150 million people. When you look at only Republicans, 60% think it should be illegal in all or most cases. Please trust me, I am an American, abortion has been one of the most controversial political issues in the US for decades and it is not at all how you described it. While it seems most of us here agree this was a horrible thing that happened, you are all Western Europeans. You’re approaching things from a Western European perspective, when this is not Western Europe we’re talking about, and Americans are not Western European. They’re more conservative, more religious, and are more okay with the idea of abolishing civil rights. This SCOTUS decision is being celebrated by many people here in the US, and it’s a very good day for many people.

          It is also wrong that this decision was brought by Trump appointed “extremists.” It is easy to blame Trump and everyone connected to him, but the most awful, far-right, psychotic members of SCOTUS are Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas – nominated by Bush Jr. in the early 2000s and Bush Sr. in the early 1990s, respectively. Two of the three of Trump’s nominees (Kavanaugh and Barrett) are actually considered by court watchers to be part of the court’s centrist bloc. While of course, a 6-3 Republican majority court’s “centrist bloc” is more right-leaning than the word centrist implies, the point is that Alito and Thomas are the real scary figures here and taking the blame off of them to put it on Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and Barrett because of bad orange man is just missing the point.

          It’s nice that you have so much faith in American democracy, but I can’t help but wonder if it’s a “the grass is greener on the other side” type of situation. As an American on the ground here in the US, you seem to really underestimate how many Americans fall into the far-right, and how much power that bloc has in politics. Americans have far from realized how fragile democracy is, we are closer than ever before to losing it, and a number of people, including myself, have entirely lost faith in the concept of American democracy entirely. Nearly every Republican who opposed Trump during his presidency has lost their primary election for the upcoming midterms this November, and the unofficial leader of Anti-Trump Republicans Liz Cheney is looking to be out next, despite liberals beginning to (disgustingly, in my opinion) admire her. There has been no “Trump is gone, let’s reassess where we are,” ever since he left office it has just been continued failure on behalf of the Democrats and a continued regression back towards the Trumpian right-wing – that is what is coming for us in 2022 and in 2024, unless something major changes, and no, I don’t think this court decision is that change.

          “What I like about the US, is that they always have an open discussion, and are always learning from their own mistakes.” – I’m sorry but this is just not true at all. Michos already said it, but American politics is notorious for getting nothing done because of gridlock and how the two parties refuse to work together. There is no sort of open discussion, studies have shown that most Americans have more hatred for the other party than collegiality for their own party. It is the opposite of open discussion and learning from mistakes, we’re closer to violent sectarian conflict than we are to that.

          https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/why-its-possible-for-some-americans-to-support-abortion-yet-oppose-roe/
          https://www.pewresearch.org/religion/fact-sheet/public-opinion-on-abortion/
          https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/18/politics/roberts-kavanaugh-barrett-supreme-court/index.html
          https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/how-hatred-negative-partisanship-came-to-dominate-american-politics/

        • As of today, Trump has a better chance of winning in 2024 than he did in 2016 (which he won) and 2020 (which he came dangerously close to winning). He was trailing nearly every nationwide poll those two elections, but now he is beating Biden in head to head polling very often. Biden’s the most unpopular president in modern American history according to polls, even Trump was more popular.

          • Many people simply feel a sense of unease, alienation, disorientation and diffuse danger … Those have always been the times in which many people followed charlatans, haters, criminals and piep pipers. You already saw that in the Middle Ages or in the early 20th century, and if we want to be controversial, we can also argue that such a scenario engendered the birth and rise of Christianity in the Roman Empire …

      • Let’s be honest, at the end of the day, what do we care here in Europe about deaths via firearms in US?
        we only hear about such stuff via a specific case in Spain/UK

        • I think people anywhere should care about people being murdered, regardless of the country they are from.

      • Democrats only need two Senators to have a majority (I am not counting Manchin and Sinema as Democrats).
        As you know, 6 or 7 Republican senators will be retiring in November. It is true that many of these states are very red, but I still believe that Democrats now have much better chances then they had only month or two ago (with mass shootings that took place, and especially now with this decision).

        One can never know fow sure, of course, but I do hope I’m right :-)))

        • Democrats need more than 2 senators because there are a number of senators who hide behind Sinema and Manchin. They are informal spokespeople for conservative Democrat senators because they are the ones who don’t care about upsetting the base. There are a number of others who agree with them on these issues but do not speak up due to partisan backlash, while Manchin and Sinema do continue to speak up because they know they are representing a coalition and not just themselves.

          https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-democratic-senators-hiding-behind-joe-manchin

  6. The North Americans are going down a vert dangerous path. Putin must enjoying all this. The union won’t last for long.

    • No problem. I would have been late for tonight’s show anyway. I only got back home from work at 10:45 pm …

      • I guess in the end, everyone is a winner….Chanel did well in Eurovision, for me the best thing about BenidormFest are the other songs from it…..”mama” is now an evergreen song here,,,,,,,,,,,,:_)
        and millions of views online?

    • Cool, Sunday’s usually the most boring day of the week so this will give it some spark.

    • RIP
      My main concern is that we don’t get used and react with apathy to such incidents.
      No words.
      Is it related to the Pride parade?

      • They’re not sure yet but it looks like it – they’re considering hate crime or terrorism (which can be the same thing). I’d say far-right or Islamist. They’ll say “extremist” if it’s the latter, far-right if it’s far-right. Between this, the US court decision, Ukraine and the very obvious climate change we are living in dark times.

  7. I have been mumbling three particular songs since this morning:
    Netherlands 1976, Monaco 1977 and Mary Hopkin’s “Those Were The Days”…
    I wonder why? :P

    • I don’t like the song but it’s a bold political statement there,atm. Toggie said above that they left Russia. I suppose,things would have been dangerous for them had they stayed in that country.

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