Eurovision 2016 in Stockholm provided loads of shocks and plenty of disappointments. We all had high hopes for Iceland’s Greta Salóme with “Hear Them Calling”, but the only calls were about her shock exit in the semis. Croatia’s Nina Kraljic was a fan favourite with her haunting ballad “Lighthouse”, but her ship capsized and she was thrown a lifeline, only just qualifying to the final. We fell for Norway’s Agnete and “Icebreaker”, but her hopes of qualifying didn’t break the ice. Italy’s Francesca Michelin wanted to plant the seed of success with “No Degree of Separation” but she was promptly uprooted by the public vote. And Germany’s Jamie-Lee wanted to banish the ghosts of Germany’s last place finish in 2015, but again the Germans were haunted by placing bottom-of-the-table.
But there was one disappointment that seems to have stung our readers more than any other. After counting 4,201 votes, we can now reveal that Barei is your biggest disappointment of 2016.
The Spanish songstress was widely tipped to make the top 10 with her upbeat, English-language song “Say Yay!” She won the Spanish national final by a comfortable margin, threw herself into the promotional tour, killed her live performances and gave her song a glossy revamp. It seemed like Barei would finally break Spain’s streak of poor results.
But in Stockholm, it just didn’t live up to expectations due to lacklustre staging. Poor backing vocals, Barbara Dex-worthy costumes, the cringy shuffle dance and that fall — it all added up to a mess. Spain finished in a lowly 22nd position with 77 points.
But, Barei, we still love your boundless energy and infectious enthusiasm — and at least we still have the studio version of “Say Yay!”
VMA BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT 2016: The results
- Barei – 1,120 votes, 26.66%
- Nina Kraljic – 753 votes, 17.92%
- Greta Salome – 743 votes, 17.69%
- Agnete – 637 votes, 15.16%
- Francesca Michelin – 480 votes, 11.43%
- Jamie-Lee Kriewitz – 468 votes, 11.14%
VISION MUSIC AWARDS 2016: THE NOMINEES
This award is just one of a dozen awards we have launched as part of the Vision Music Awards 2016 (VMAs).
Our 13 categories — from best dressed to most most wronged at ESC — identify the contestants who left the biggest impression on Eurovision fans, regardless of whether they won the contest or not. You can watch the nominations video below. You can also read more about the awards here.