A wise hip-hop artist once said that “Haters gonna hate”. He must have been a Eurovision fan. Aliona Moona wears an iridescent dress that looks somewhat triangular to her first rehearsal. Haters compare her to a lava lamp. Zlata Ognevich has a 7″8′ man carry her onto the stage. Haters say, “Oh hell no: she is exploiting someone living with gigantism!” But none of that prepared us for Cezar Ouatu. The “It’s My Life” singer took to the stage in a dramatic Dracula-inspired outfit with Swarovski crystals, while dancers covered in dirt moved around a red tarp that resembled a human placenta. It was daring. It was out there. And it has clearly earned him the respect of our readers. After counting 4,259 votes, we are pleased to announce that Cezar Ouatu has won the Verka Serduchka Award for Most Daring Performance at Eurovision.
1. Cezar Ouatu: 2,323 votes, 54.54%
2. Aliona Moon: 793 votes, 18.62%
3. Zlata Ognevich: 408 votes, 9.58%
4. Who See: 378 votes, 8.88%
5. Farid Mammadov: 357 votes, 8.38%
The Verka Serduchka Award honours Ukraine’s 2007 contestants who ran around the stage in tin foil in what remains one of the most bizarre—and thrilling—Eurovision performances of all time. They wore “69” on their backs with pride, and provoked and pushed boundaries like no other. Their song “Dancing Lasha Tumbai” angered Russians who heard “Russia goodbye” in the chorus and took it as an attack on their country’s influence in formerly Soviet Ukraine. Serduchka claimed lasha tumbai was a Mongolian phrase for whipped cream (it was actually gibberish). The drag queen’s over-the-top dance performance won her fans in Europe and earned her second place. Russian officials didn’t get the joke, and banned Serduchka from performing in the country for one year. Oops.
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 Cezar deserve to win most daring? Who would you have ranked second?