Romania’s Cezar Ouatu

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?

Kate Ryan Free Belgium
Kate Ryan Free Belgium

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!

William contributed this report from London. Follow the team from wiwibloggs on Twitter @wiwibloggs and keep up with the latest Eurovision news by liking our Facebook page.

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Ady B
Ady B
7 years ago

I think that Cezar was the right winner of this poll. Valentina Moneta was 10th with the jury and 12th with the public, that is why she came 11th in the 2nd semifinal. So she was definitely not wronged! The public might have voted for her if they liked her more, but was not the case. Sorry! On the other hand there is a huge discrepancy between the public and the jury, regarding Cezar. The public ranked him 1st (in the second semifinal) and 7th (in the final), while the jury killed him with the 13th place in the semifinal… Read more »

GianlucaTomoe
GianlucaTomoe
7 years ago

Some comments here really make me laugh XD

A. Adeline
A. Adeline
7 years ago

@From Malta… Hellooo? Who is delusional here? His act had the most votes from the people from all over Europe in the second semifinal. He was the best and the the jury was very wrong and earless.

From Malta
From Malta
7 years ago

Reading some of the comments here I realize that most of his followers seem to be as delusional as he is. And answering to the question of this entry: in my opinion, this circus in which the man in the dress tried very hard to get the votes from the most “extreme” ESC’s viewers did not deserve to be in the final!

Maggy
Maggy
7 years ago

What more can you say about this magician?! A unique voice, an excellent performance! We are slaves to this great talent, we are in this wonderful music devastated! It’s astounding! C O N G R A T U L A T I O N !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Carmen Daniela
Carmen Daniela
7 years ago

CEZAR has earned us! The judges kept a rigid mindset just because it was not about a western country! They made effort to pull back CEZAR but now CEZAR has three million views for his semifinal!
The organizers have already lost profit which would have had if CEZAR would have been on their compilation. So they got what they deserved!

Isis Veritas
Isis Veritas
7 years ago

A great voice and a soul strong!
Europe begins to open its doors to Caesar!
Its new name will be “”the Conqueror of souls””!
That is precisely why CEZAR is unique! His language… is the universal language of souls!!!!

chris
7 years ago

I definitely would place Valentina and Who Say way above Cezar in the most wronged category. I would also add Moran Mazor.

Cezar made the final, so he is a winner already. And he chose to be in the train crash of a song he was in.

GianlucaTomoe
GianlucaTomoe
7 years ago

Obviously, fortunately at ESC the juries had some dignity and killed Cezar’s chances 🙂 His song was very bad, trashy and kitsch

Liliana
Liliana
7 years ago

Cezar was the best, a unique Voice! He deserved to win ESC2013!

eurovision-berlin
7 years ago

It would have been better if Cezar had won the Eurovision Song Contest 2013. For many people Emmelie is only a copy of Loreen & Co.
The juries apparently serve only the interests of the music industry and this industry has become too cowardly and discouraged to even respond experiments.
If Cezar had won the contest the ESC would have become topic of conversation.

I adhere to the requirement to publish all data.

JasminaP.
JasminaP.
7 years ago

Music & talent above the corruption !!! CEZAR is a real winner.

JasminaP.
JasminaP.
7 years ago

CEZAR is a real winner.

Valea
Valea
7 years ago

Cezar le meilleur

Anthony
Anthony
7 years ago

I’m not surprised that Cezar flopped on the jury voting section this year. The juries simply found it far too cheesy for their liking.

Although this award should’ve gone to Valentina Monetta, since she was controversially denied a place in the Grand Final.

LOLA
LOLA
7 years ago

Congrats to Cezar,our winner!:)))

nicolas pretorius
nicolas pretorius
7 years ago

Bien sûr, César était le meilleur et le jury a été laissé à la salle de bain en ce moment …. vous ne pouvez pas être le premier dans les demi-finales et les finales ne serez pas plus s’il vous plaît …. César a été saboté .. .. il est le véritable vainqueur de ESC 2013 ….. dommage ….

Anca Ion
7 years ago

Congratulations to Cesar with “The CRYSTAL VOICE”,he deserve to win.With the song”IT’S My LIFE”he poured out the liquid of music of his voice to quench the thirst of our spirit. What this artist feel can change your life ,he sees in life is wonderful and topped with unconditional <3 love!!!

Cristiana
Cristiana
7 years ago

Cezar was the best ! Cezar is fantastic ! That song showed very little of what he can .

straycat
straycat
7 years ago

Sadly, I think Valentina lost it for herself when she flubbed the opening of her song. I lovedher song; I loved her, but the jury (and the more musical of the voters) will have spent the whole time expecting her to go out of tune again.

Nirgal
Nirgal
7 years ago

Where’s Ryan Dolan? He should have won this hands down. Well, he or Valentina.

Jake
Jake
7 years ago

No surprise!
Song “It’s My Life” and Cezar was the fantastic.
I do not understand what happened with the jury.
But it does not matter.
It is important that l discovered Cezar.

@THAT_B0Y
7 years ago

Who See deserved making it to the final, in my opinion. Their song is well produced, catchy and they really made an effort to make a visual impact. It was so predictable they were going to get eliminated. Juries just insanely love ballads and pop, and tend (not all the time though) to not give a chance/underrate other music genres. I’d give Who See the “Kate Ryan” award…