There are plenty of contestants from Eurovision 2013 who have a right to be irked by the results. In the first semi-final Who See came fourth with the public, but only 14th with the jury. In the second semi-final Valentina Monetta, a fan favourite, seemed like a shoe-in to take San Marino to its first-ever final. But despite all the hype she came 11th.
It was tough for us to see reason through our tears. So on June 1 the team from WiwiBloggs.com asked you guys to vote for the act you felt was most wronged at Eurovision 2013. The results are in. After casting a total of 2,150 votes, you guys believe that Romania’s Cezar Ouatu is the contestant who was most wronged at Eurovision.
1. Cezar Ouatu: 900 votes, 41.86%
2. Valentina Monetta: 885 votes, 41.16%
3. Who See: 220 votes, 10.23%
4. Moje 3: 103 votes, 4.79%
5. Alyona Lanskaya: 42 votes, 1.95%
Cezar won the televote in the second semi-final. Yet the jury ranked him 13th. It was a similar story in the grand final, where Cezar came 7th with the public but 24th with the jury. Everyone knew his song “It’s My Life” would be divisive. But people generally underestimated the extent to which the public would love it—and the extent to which juries would look the other way. Oh, well. It’s better to cause a stir than it is to be forgotten, and Cezar is definitely memorable.
This is one of the closest polls we have ever closed, with just 15 votes separating Cezar from second-place finisher Valentina Monetta. Her 11th place finish in the second semi-final is the highest-ever by a contestant from San Marino. Perhaps we’ll see her finally pull San Marino through to the final in 2014?
The Kate Ryan Award honours its Belgian namesake who, in 2006, failed to advance to the finals of Eurovision despite being one of the bookies’ favourites. Think Stella Mwangi, but with a proper singing voice. Kate’s song “Je t’adore” remains a staple of the Eurovision dancefloor.
This 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.
Do you think that Cezar was, in fact, the most wronged contestant? Let us know in the comments box below!