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Every year at Eurovision we are privileged to get acquainted with 40 artists from around the continent. Over the course of two weeks, these artists do their best to grab the spotlight and shine. Yet inevitably some emerge as bigger stars than others. Some leave Eurovision and become household names. Others disappear into the ether.


And while there can only be one winner of Eurovision each year, that doesn’t mean other artists haven’t left an impression. In honour of the characters—both good and bad—who we have met in the past year, the team at wiwibloggs.com are proud to launch the Valentina Monetta Awards (VMAs). Our favourite Sammarinese redhead didn’t make the final, but she did win over thousands of Eurovision fans with her guts and commitment over consecutive years. These annual awards pay tribute to Valentina and her spirit.

In recent weeks we have shortlisted candidates for 12 awards based on our knowledge of the contestants and our interactions with them in Malmö. But it’s up to you to decide the winner for 10 of the 12 categories. Read on to see the finalists for each of our awards, and then cast your vote in our polls! We will begin announcing the winners on June 11. Each poll closes on a different day, so please consult the date in italics. You can vote for as many contestants in each poll as you would like, but you can only vote ONE time. Be sure to click the name next to each contestant you want to support.

THE GOOD:

1) The Gina G Award for Most Likely to Succeed Commercially

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Britain’s Gina G only finished eighth at Eurovision in 1996. But her song “Ooh Aah… Just a Little Bit” went on to conquer the charts worldwide. This award honours the contestant who is most likely to make it big when Eurovision 2013 is long forgotten.

Poll closes June 10

2) The Kate Ryan Award for Most Wronged at ESC 2013

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Sometimes the results just don’t make sense. These contestants were either wronged by the jury, the televoters or both. We all remember the travesty that was Kate Ryan failing to make the Grand Final in 2006. In the case of Alyona Lanskaya, being wronged stretches back all the way to Eurovision 2012. This poll is for Eurovision experts. We needn’t explain anything else.

Poll closes June 12

3) The Yohanna Award for Most Improved Performer

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The road to Eurovision is long and bumpy, and it doesn’t always start out with a strong song—or the ability to sing said song. When Yohanna first won her Icelandic national selection, we thought she was gonna flop. Then she put on that blue dress, hired some back-up singers, and wowed us all the way to second place. The following contestants have all demonstrated improvements over the course of the past year (and, in the case of Valentina Monetta, over the past two). When casting your vote consider how far they’ve come—and where they finished.

Poll closes June 17

4) The Sabina Babayeva Award for Best Dressed

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This award recognises the contestant who most turned Eurovision into a runway. Sabina Babayeva wowed us at Eurovision 2012 with her technologically advanced stage dress, but also with the stunning creations she wore at press conferences, promotional events, and when hobnobbing with stars at EuroClub. From on-stage glamour to off-stage elegance, the following performers know that fashion has a place in every setting.

Poll closes June 19

5) The Rona Nishliu Award for Best Live Vocals

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Last year the city of Baku almost had to bring a lawsuit against Rona Nishliu: This dreadlocked diva risked public safety with her pitch-perfect high notes that could have shattered the Crystal Hall Arena! This year featured a number of talented vocalists, but only one can win the title.

Poll closes June 21

6) The Verka Seduchka Award for Most Memorable Staging

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This award honours the contestants who took the biggest risks on stage, creating memorable—if sometimes divisive—performances. Before casting your vote, consider the creativity and originality of each performance.

Poll closes June 23

7) The Raphael Gualazzi Award for Biggest Surprise

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Two years ago Wiwi and I almost shat ourselves as we watched the nations announce their points — we would never have thought scruffy jazz singer Raphael Gualazzi would have wowed the jury and televoters to a second place finish. This award is dedicated to the man or woman who taught us never to count anyone out in Eurovision-land. Who surprised you the most?

Poll closes June 25

THE BAD:

8) The Ivi Adamou Award for Worst Live Vocals

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Ivi Adamou is one of Eurovision’s best digitally re-mastered artists of all time. This award singles out the contestant who could most use a bit of Auto Tune. Consult their live performances before voting and try not to focus on the backing.

Poll closes June 11

9) The Pirates of the Sea Award for Most Likely to Become a Cruise Ship Singer

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In 2008 a group took to the stage literally dressed as pirates at sea. The following five artists didn’t dress the part, but there’s a good chance they will be more appreciated at sea than on stage. This award honours the contestant who could have a successful run entertaining passengers stuck on large boats for weeks at a time.

Poll closes June 20

10) The Amaury Vassili Award for Biggest Disappointment

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Two years ago we were gossiping in the Press Centre about which French city would host Eurovision 2012. The betting agencies had put Amaury at incredibly low odds to win the whole thing…and then he finished 15th. This award honours the contestant whom we all thought would shine but instead flopped like no other. I mean, at least whoever wins this can say he/she won something, right?

Poll closes June 18

THE SOCIAL:

11) The Daria Kinzer Award for Miss/Mr Congeniality (Wiwi Jury to decide)

Croatia, Daria Kinzer ELIMINATED

The Eurovision Song Contest was founded to bring Europe together following the carnage of World War II. This award honours the contestant whose press conferences and off-stage appearances did the most to honour the Eurovision tradition of peace and camraderie. Daria Kinzer flopped out in ESC 2011, but she stayed throughout the week and partied her claw-nail toes off until the wee hours of the morning with her hardcore fans. Daria, we honour you with this one! You truly embodied the spirit of your song “Celebrate”.

– Robin Stjernberg
– Hannah Mancini
– Moran Mazor
– Gianluca
– Marco Mengoni

12) The Hera Bjork Award for Least Bothered by the Results (Wiwi Jury to decide)

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Eurovision is serious business, with 170 million people tuning in this year to watch Europe’s largest televised entertainment event. And yet every year some contestants tune all the pressure out and just show up and do their thing. Hera, we salute you for your relaxed and jovial spirit.

– Anouk
– Marco Mengoni
– Amandine Bourgeois
– ByeAlex
– Klapa s Mora

The Winners

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Nick
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Nick

I have an idea for another award – The Lena Award for Most Noticeable Accent. XD
Lena gets it in 2010, and, for example, in 2012, Pasha Parfeny and Sinplus could win it. (Seriously, that strim/drim pronunciation..)

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maggy
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maggy

Die rumänische Künstler sind viel zu anspruchsvoll für Eurovision.

maggy
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maggy

A striking spectacle, full of refinement, an art demonstration.
It was the only show of the Eurovision Song contest, that I watched , before and after, knowing well that something better could not exist!
For the whole team who prepared this show, dancers, music, an EXCEPTIONAL VOICE , ALL ADMIRATION!
Only close It’s my life has daily, thousands and thousands of viewers! This is the reward and proof of it`s incontestabile value! Of all my soul , CONGRATULATIONS TO ALLLL!!!!!l!

Jake
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Jake

“The Pirates of the Sea Award for Most Likely to Become a Cruise Ship Singer” – Poll closes June 20.

Today is June 22. Poll is not closed.
?????!!!!!!

Jorgen Rasmussen
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Jorgen Rasmussen

Wow, this looks like more vote rigging: Eythor Ingi was first until the last day Zlata suddenly crash up and finish ahead by 6 votes! And if you were comparing the “vocal only” versions of the song made by mlgcarra then I expect you to find Birgit is better than Zlata, and so does Eythor! (these 2 vids are made individually and can be seen in the channel)

dalil
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dalil

Cezar is fabulous, fantastic! Cezar The Great! Ave Cezar!!!Congratulations!

melany
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melany

Congratulations Cezar!
Not it must be finished? Poll closes June 19

Now: The Sabina Babayeva Award for Best Dressed:
Who See 1.1% (94 votes)
Margaret Berger 3.19% (272 votes)
Cezar Ouatu 53.45% (4,558 votes)
Marco Mengoni 2.37% (202 votes)
Aliona Moon 39.89% (3,402 votes)
Total Votes: 8,528

LOLA
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LOLA

Congrats,Cezar!You won the both poll’s!Your fans are always here for you!Regards from Africa!:))))

Isis Veritas
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Isis Veritas

Hello! Is anyone there! It is June 20, and Caesar won section! What kind of contests? We hope that you trust and that people will not play with feelings and with our votes! We resent and new admirers of Caesar, especially Caesar! Please stop .. voting machine, because we’re not going to sleep, so he will not stop! It will not happen as Farid! Please do not insult our intelligence! We are trained to win, with Caesar Together we make the difference! You will be convinced! We hope you understand! See you at the festival! AVE CAESAR!

dalil
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dalil

4) The Sabina Babayeva Award for Best Dressed
Poll closes June 19
Cezar Ouatu 53.43% (4,553 votes)
Aliona Moon 39.91% (3,401 votes)
Jun 20, 2013 @ 00:46:00

The votes are increasing a lot after 12GMT though, it must be finished -Poll closes June 19

dalil
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dalil

See what time is it???

4) The Sabina Babayeva Award for Best Dressed

Cezar Ouatu 53.43% (4,551 votes)

Marco Mengoni 2.37% (202 votes)

Aliona Moon 39.92% (3,400 votes)

dalil
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dalil

Today is 19 th of June and the poll 4) The Sabina Babayeva Award for Best Dressed isn1t closed????????????????WOWWWW!!!

Lili Grigore
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Lili Grigore

Cezar must win this contest!
He is always dressed so well!

LOLA
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LOLA

Cezar is always dressed so well!So,he must win this contest!

dalil
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dalil

Cezar is the best….BY FAR!

dalil
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dalil

Cezar is colossal! Cezar is a great artist! The future will confirm! So was his father! In addition, is a stylish boy, like behavior, attitude, very, very well educated!

Nirgal
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Nirgal

Funny how most of Cezar fans got angry about Farid winning the Male Top Model poll and said this was rigged, and… well, just look at how this polls are turning out.

Mary
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Mary

Cezar is the best! His voice is unique!!!

oliv
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oliv

@Viviana
By the way, you can not vote more than once.
Therefore, you do not understand what you mean. Sorry

melany
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melany

Best Live Vocals
Without Caesar Voice?
Only he is fantastic! Fabulous!

Viviana
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Viviana

Two persons cheated in the second poll…

Just look how many votes are in that poll:

Total Votes: 2,150

You should repeat that one and put a restriction of IP

P.D. I voted for Moje 3, and when I looked the result after I voted, Valentina and Cezar incremented on 20 votes… And some days before, when the result seemed ok, Valentina was winning with 350 votes…

You REALLY should repeat that poll with IP restriction. It will be fairer.

Graham r
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Graham r

Why is Gianluca even considered a surprised? I am surprised he didn’t come higher than 8th

Cataline
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Cataline

Best live vocals, CEZAR is the best by far!!!!!!

Pablo Nava
Member

Amandine allegedly said something along the lines of this this about her running order: “It’s great that I’m first, so I can focus on the party later.”

Anthony
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Anthony

I think this section could do with a “The Peter Nalitch and Friends Award for Most Unexpected Semi-Final Qualifier” for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
At this point, I’d nominate Armenia.

Dex
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Dex

The Best youngest powerfull and unique vocal is Nevena from Moje 3.

David Thielen
Member

Rona Nishliu and perfect vocals? I’d describe her singing as cats fighting. Her screeching was painful. Run out of the arena, blood pouring from the ears awful.

Chris
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Chris

Brilliant awards. I may have also had Hannah with bad vocals.

Maarten
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Maarten

We are missing Anouk in Best Live Vocals.

JackUA
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JackUA

Sorry for offtopic)?there is the originally planned perfomance of Ukraine:?http://tinyurl.com/kttyfgz?I think it’s interesting effects but a little too much

Jamaraqueer
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Jamaraqueer

biggest disappointment: cascada?best dressed: aliona moon?most memorable staging: who see!!!

Giorgio
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Giorgio

Best vocals prize without Cezar the Voice?!