F.Y.R. Macedonia’s Esma sounded like she was having a hernia, and Bulgaria’s Elitsa sounded like she was mating with a synthesizer. But in the end our readers decided that it was Cascada—the German electro-dance act—that had the worst vocals of Eurovision 2013.

A total of 1,044 people voted in our inaugural poll to determine the winner of the Ivi Adamou Award for Worst Live Vocals at Eurovision 2013. Cascada—fronted by German-Brit Natalie Horler—earned 31% of all votes.

1. Germany’s Cascada: 324 votes, 31.03%
2. F.Y.R. Macedonia’s Esma: 289 votes, 27.68%
3. Bulgaria’s Elitsa Todurova and Stoyan Yankulov: 193 votes, 18.49%
4. Britain’s Bonnie Tyler: 169 votes, 16.19%
5. Albania’s Adrian Lulgjuraj and Bledan Sejko: 69 votes, 6.61%

This award may throw a little shade, but we need to temper it by saying that we love Cascada. She was a fireball of love and energy when we spoke with her in Malmö. There’s nothing wrong with having bad vocals. We still loved “Glorious”, even if Eurovision voters did not. The digitally re-mastered version is on point.

The Ivi Adamou Award honours Cypriot bombshell Ivi Adamou. She went down as one of Eurovision’s best digitally re-mastered artists of all time. Her floor stomper “La La Love” was a favourite of the Wiwi Jury, and greatly benefitted from Auto Tune. (It’s nothing personal! We love her!).

The award is just one of a dozen awards we have launched as part of the inaugural Valentina Monetta Awards. Our 12 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.

There’s still time to vote in the other categories. Click here and let your voice be heard!

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Paul
Paul
7 years ago

I think that Farid had the worse vocals on the night.

Anthony
Anthony
7 years ago

I think this award should’ve gone to Esma.

Natalie’s jury performance was apparently great overall but on the night of the Grand Final, it’s probably the worst time to mess it up.

As for Esma, both the jury performance and on the night of the Second Semi-Final was painful to watch. If it wasn’t for Lozano’s vocals, then FYR Macedonia might have hit rock bottom on the jury section.

Vlad
Vlad
7 years ago

I like the song a lot, but I wish she hadn’t shouted “Come on”.

takecare
takecare
7 years ago

i dont get how she s “worst live vocals”! not true at all! and i like the live version alot better than studio one

Alex
Alex
7 years ago

Not fair… Although I love Esma, I’m seriously surprised she didn’t win this one.