Moran Mazor brought lungs as big as her bosoms. Eythor Ingi proved that men can channel emotion as well as the divas. And Birgit Oigemeel showed us how to stay in tune even when you’re five months pregnant. But in the end our readers were most impressed with the power and tonality of Zlata Ognevich, the pitch-perfect vocalist from Ukraine who wowed audiences all the way to third place at Eurovision 2013. After counting 1,969 votes, we are pleased to announce that Zlata is the winner of the 2013 Rona Nishliu Award for Best Vocals.

Zlata Ognevich: 622 votes, 31.59%
Eythor Ingi: 616 votes, 31.28%
Birgit: 254 votes, 12.9%
Dina Garipvoa: 244 votes, 12.39%
Moran Mazor: 233 votes, 11.83%

Zlata, who also won our annual search for Eurovision’s Next Top Model, has previously told us that holding her breath under water as a child helped her develop the firepower we’ve come to admire. She later advised us to drink warm water with honey every morning to protect our vocal chords and strengthen our diaphram. We wonder if grocery stores in Kyiv have noticed an upsurge in honey sales since we published that interview on YouTube!

The Rona Nishliu Award honours Albania’s 2012 contestant who brought down the house in Baku.  We’re being literal. Her ability to hit the high notes had us worried that the Crystal Hall Arena might collapse! Rona delivered “Suus” with unrivalved emotion and somehow managed to stay in tune while working every inch of her expansive register. Rona, we salute you!

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.

Did Zlata deserve to win best vocals? Who would you have ranked second?

Photo: Eurovision.tv

 

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claudia
claudia
7 years ago

i don’t understand why cezar wasn’t on the list cezar has the most beautiful voice

Toma
7 years ago

Zlata was the best. But I’m surprised that Aliona Moon is not on the list. She should be 2nd.

Melany
Melany
7 years ago

It no longer matters that. It is important that we know all Cezar.
Congratulations, Zlata Ognevich!

Jake
Jake
7 years ago

Yes, Cezar is the best voice. And yes, I think they were afraid to nominalizaze for this poll.
Ok … Congratulations, Zlata Ognevich!

Oliv
Oliv
7 years ago

Congratulations, Zlata Ognevich! But I did vote for Eythor Ingi.
And my favorite is Cezar, who definitely has a memorable voice.
Why does not Cezar was nominated for this poll?
Fear! Strange!

Oliv
Oliv
7 years ago

Congratulations, Zlata Ognevich! But I did vote for Eythor Ingi.
And my favorite is Caesar, who definitely has a memorable voice.
Why does not Caesar was nominated for this poll?
Fear!

il pleut
il pleut
7 years ago

Zlata deserves the best awards….She`s just perfect……LOVE her song, voice and personality………….

SQFan
SQFan
7 years ago

I thought Birgit was a more authentic singer. Zlata’s got a strong voice, but her performance was so disengaging – her national performance was much, much better.

Karl
Karl
7 years ago

I honestly don’t understand this. I hated this song, and thought she was only an OK singer. Moran and Eyger are much better technical singers, in my opinion.

Ady B
Ady B
7 years ago

Well done Zlata! You really rock! Your voice is incredible and your live performance even more incredible! I also loved the live vocals from Anouk and Cezar, but they were not nominated in this poll and I truly think that they should have been.

Marseille
Marseille
7 years ago

🙂
Congratulations for Zlata

Shy
Shy
7 years ago

Go Zlata. Right choice. She really was the best singer. Star of Eurovision. She really should try to enter contest one more time in the future.

Specially for Marseille.