This year at Eurovision we had the privilege of getting to know 37 artists from around the continent. Over the course of several months, these artists did their best to grab the headlines and shine. Now that the race is over and the winner has been decided, some will become household names. Others will disappear into the pop music ether…

In honour of all those singers who made an impression on us this year, the team at wiwibloggs.com is pleased to launch our second annual Valentina Monetta Awards (VMAs). Valentina, a three-time veteran, embodies the spirit of the contest. She didn’t make the Grand Final two years in a row, but that didn’t dull her love of music or Eurovision. She came back in 2014, stood inside a giant seashell and finally sang her way into the final. These awards honour her indefatigable spirit and passion for ESC.

valentina monettaIn recent weeks we have shortlisted candidates for 13 awards based on our knowledge of the contestants and our interactions with them in Copenhagen. But it’s up to you to decide the winner for 10 of the 13 categories. Read on to see the finalists for each of our awards, and then cast your vote in our polls. We will begin announcing the winners on June 11. Each poll closes on a different day, so please consult the date in italics. You can vote for as many contestants in each poll as you would like, but you can only vote ONE time. Be sure to click the name next to each contestant you want to support. We will be hiding the results until it is time to announce the winner. It’s up to you, Europe. Start voting now!

You can review last year’s winners by clicking here.

THE GOOD:

1) The Gina G Award for Most Likely to Succeed Commercially

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Britain’s Gina G only finished eighth at Eurovision in 1996. But her song “Ooh Aah… Just a Little Bit” went on to conquer the charts worldwide. This award honours the contestant who is most likely to make it big when Eurovision 2014 is long forgotten.

This poll is now closed. See the winner now!

2) The Kate Ryan Award for Most Wronged at ESC 2014

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Sometimes the results just don’t make sense. These contestants were either wronged by the jury, the televoters or both. We all remember the travesty that was Kate Ryan failing to make the Grand Final in 2006. This poll is for Eurovision experts. We needn’t explain anything else.

This poll is now closed. See the winner now!

3) The Yohanna Award for Most Improved Performer

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The road to Eurovision is long and bumpy, and it doesn’t always start out with a strong song—or the ability to sing said song. When Yohanna first won the Icelandic national selection back in 2009, we thought she was gonna flop. Then she put on that blue dress, hired some back-up singers, and wowed us all the way to second place. The following contestants each demonstrated major improvement over the course of the six months. When casting your vote consider how far they’ve come—and where they finished.

This poll is now closed. See the winner now!

4) The Sabina Babayeva Award for Best Dressed

Sabina Babayeva Eurovision.tv

This award recognises the contestant who most turned Eurovision into a runway. Sabina Babayeva wowed us at Eurovision 2012 with her technologically advanced stage dress, but also with the stunning creations she wore at press conferences, promotional events, and when hobnobbing with stars at EuroClub. From on-stage glamour to off-stage elegance, the following performers know that fashion has a place in every setting.

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5) The Rona Nishliu Award for Best Live Vocals

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In 2012 the city of Baku almost had to bring a lawsuit against Rona Nishliu: This dreadlocked diva risked public safety with her pitch-perfect high notes that could have shattered the Crystal Hall Arena! This year featured a number of talented vocalists, but only one can win the title.

This poll is now closed. See the results now!

The Verka Serduchka Award for Most Memorable Staging

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This award honours the contestants who took the biggest risks on stage, creating memorable—if sometimes divisive—performances. Before casting your vote, consider the creativity and originality of each performance.

This poll is now closed. See the results now!

7) The Raphael Gualazzi Award for Biggest Surprise

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In 2011 we almost shat ourselves as we watched the nations announce their points — we would never have thought scruffy jazz singer Raphael Gualazzi would have wowed the jury and televoters to a second place finish. This award is dedicated to the man or woman who taught us never to count anyone out in Eurovision-land. Who surprised you the most?

This poll is now closed. See the results now!

THE BAD:

8) The Ivi Adamou Award for Worst Live Vocals

Ivi Adamou

Ivi Adamou is one of Eurovision’s best digitally re-mastered artists of all time. This award singles out the contestant who could most use a bit of Auto Tune. Consult their live performances before voting and try not to focus on the backing.

This poll is now closed. See the results now!

9) The Pirates of the Sea Award for Most Likely to Become a Cruise Ship Singer

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In 2008 a group took to the stage literally dressed as pirates at sea. The following five artists didn’t dress the part, but there’s a good chance they will be more appreciated at sea than on stage. This award honours the contestant who could have a successful run entertaining passengers stuck on large boats for weeks at a time.

This poll is now closed. See the results now!

10) The Amaury Vassili Award for Biggest Disappointment

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In 2011 we were gossiping in the Press Centre about which French city would host Eurovision 2012. The betting agencies had put Amaury at incredibly low odds to win the whole thing…and then he finished 15th. This award honours the contestant whom we all thought would shine but instead flopped like no other. I mean, at least whoever wins this can say he/she won something, right?

This poll is now closed. See the results now!

THE SOCIAL:

11) The Daria Kinzer Award for Miss/Mr Congeniality (Wiwi Jury to decide)

Croatia, Daria Kinzer ELIMINATED

The Eurovision Song Contest was founded to bring Europe together following the carnage of World War II. This award honours the contestant whose press conferences and off-stage appearances did the most to honour the Eurovision tradition of peace and camraderie. Daria Kinzer flopped out in ESC 2011, but she stayed throughout the week and partied her claw-nail toes off until the wee hours of the morning with her hardcore fans. Daria, we honour you with this one! You truly embodied the spirit of your song “Celebrate”.

The finalists:

– Conchita Wurst

– Suzy

– Aarzemnieki

– Pollaponk

– TWIN TWIN

– Mei Finegold

The winner: Suzy Guerra from Portugal!

12) The Hera Bjork Award for Least Bothered by the Results (Wiwi Jury to decide)

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Eurovision is serious business, with over 100 million people tuning in to watch Europe’s largest televised entertainment event. And yet every year some contestants tune all the pressure out and just show up and do their thing. Hera, we salute you for your relaxed and jovial spirit.

– Common Linnets

– TWIN TWIN

– Basim

– Valentina Monetta

13) The Dana International Award for LGBT Equality

This award honors Dana International, the Israeli transgender singer who won Eurovision in 1998. Conservatives at home asked Israel to withdraw from the contest, but she stood her ground and sang for all oppressed people en route to victory. The Wiwi Jury will award this prize to the contestant who did the most for the many LGBT fans who follow Eurovision. Activism is risky business, but the winner knows that doing what’s right is more important than bowing to the haters.

Valentina photos: Eurovision.tv (EBU)

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Lino
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Suzy was boring trying too hard

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spain
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spain

Valentina DIVA

We love you!

Lolly
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Lolly

Results???? Almost all have finished

Liam Thorne
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I feel as though the Tolmachevy Twins should be in the “Best Live Vocals” category. They were good live, no matter how many boos came through the arena

Stephanie
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I chose Sebalter as Most Improved. My reasoning behind this is that he showed so much growth in the three months between winning the Swiss final and being at Eurovision, right from the first rehearsal in Copenhagen he just seemed to get better and better with his vocals and it peaked just at the right time – all the improvement showed in his semifinal performance. Coupled with the fact that it was a very genuine presentation (just he and his bandmates having fun on stage), he deserved to qualify and make it to the left side of the scoreboard in… Read more »

Eamonn2006
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Eamonn2006

The Eurovision wasn’t set up to bring Europe back together. It was to test broadcasting technology and to see if they could screen a live event over such a large at one time.

Jak
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Jak

Amaury Vassili Awards winner is Molly Smitten-Downes clearly; she’ll be the next young international superstar soon. BBC Introducing with her, and her voice is simply amazing like I have never heard before. I hope she’ll get that international success soon! It’s such a shame that she couldn’t make it to the top five.

Huh
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Huh

The Tolmachevy Twins should be included in the Hera Bjork Award nominees

anjitillymarper
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anjitillymarper

Conchita wins just about everything, she can’t fail! <3 xxxx Love her to bits!

Gerr
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Gerr

Emma worst vocals??? Yeah, that for sure wasn’t her best performance, but if you expected that she sang as in studio version try you people to sing and move all around the stage like she did. And, she has a natural raspy voice, I thought this was obvious after all these months of pre-ESC. A category for Emma should be “the most animated performance” 😀

Reglect
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Reglect

Well, my votes went to:

1. Conchita Wurst.
2. Mei Finegold ( still can’t believe it like omg)
3. Common Lineets
4. Softengine
5. Ruth Lorenzo
6. Mariya Yaremchuk
7. Valentina Monetta
8. Can-linn ft. Kasey Smith (doesn’t change the fact that the song is awesome)
9. Firelight
10. Molly Smitten-Downes ( they are on the right track, but come on people molly was great on stage, although i prefer
her performance of the presentation. it doesn’t have the same effect as first)

Reglect
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Reglect

Well the Common Linnets already split up, so to make it far isn’t possible anymore xD

ESCaddict
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ESCaddict

The biggest surprise award could be split into three awards:
Biggest Surprise by Delivering a Stunning Performance – Conchita
Biggest Surprise in Qualifying for the Final – Valentina
Biggest Surprise in Final Ranking – Common Linnets

R
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R

One word. Ruth Lorenzo SLAYED in live vocals. She blew me away, and I wasn’t a fan.

Adam
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Adam

I’m surprised you didn’t put Carl Espen in the category, “The Yohanna Award for Most Improved Performer”. I remember all the comments about him not being that great a singer in the past, yet he came in 8th place. Quite an accomplishment I would say.

Tha
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Tha

For me the most memorable staging was Tanja.
My biggest surprises we’re the winner (Conchita), and some songs of my top 5/10 (before and after the live show): Netherlands, Finland and Switzerland.
Biggest disappointment: MOLLY! my winner!
Worst live vocals: Emma (should be in this pool, srsly), the backing vocals from Ireland, and Lithuania/Poland.
Suzy needs to be the Miss Congeniality!

Just being honest
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Just being honest

I would give Biggest Disappointment award to Molly. She had it ALL in her BBC Red Button performance(preview clip). UK’s performance this year reminded me of Blue in 2011 when they came 11th. Everyone was hooked on “I Can” before the contest, but during the grand-final they sang an awful REMIXED version on stage. BBC needs to realize that first impressions are important in this new age of ESC and they shouldn’t fix what ain’t broke. SMH

Marcelo N
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@ Thiefo – I also think Vilija did quite nicely on stage (and she should be among a couple of other acts in a “most wronged by Wiwibloggs” category 😉 ). Oh, and Paula Seling did NOT sing well live in the final. I mean, what is it with people that won’t let them hear that? I think she is a great singer, but her live delivery on that night was really disappointing. She hit the note, so what? She was shaky in parts, and even as she sang the run-up to the high note it sounded as it she… Read more »

Tony
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Tony

Worst vocals should have included Emma Marrone!! She just didn’t sing well in the Final

Nastya
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Nastya

TWIN TWIN ?? ??????!!!! ? ??? ?????!

Diane
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Diane

No one can beat Ruth Lorenzo in terms of Best Live Vocal. And I think Tanja should be nominated in this category too, she did that hardcore dance and sing at the same time and her vocal did not sound dodgy at all. The Tolmachevy Sisters are the most improved artist this year for me. Before the live show, I thought the song was dull and they can’t even pronounced the lyrics very well. But at the grand final, they were full of energy, the vocal was great (and they even did some harmonization), and I can understand every line… Read more »

Easpag
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Easpag

@Margaret the thing is though, Softengine didn’t improve. Topi’s vocals were as dodgy as ever, especially that screaming at the end. The public and jury’s, for whatever reason loved them. They overachieved, but they didn’t improve.

Zolan
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Zolan

Vilija’s actual vocal skill was good in the semi — It’s the song itself that’s hard on the ear.

Liam Thorne
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Liam Thorne

Ruth Lorenzo for “Best Live Vocals”

Jericho
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Jericho

1. Paula does have good vocals but Miracle did not showcase them (even with that high note). The other songs on this list did.

2. Vilija is not just disliked by this site. She is disliked by viewers. There is a reason she did not make the final! (In fact, there are many…)

Margaret Burger
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Margaret Burger

Softengine should be in Most Improved. A lot of people were expecting them to flop and keep saying the singing is terrible.

SpirK
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SpirK

I think in the section ”Least bothered by the results” Axel or Molly should’ve been nominated than the Common Linnets. The came 2nd, how could they possibly not be happy?

Erin
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Erin

Conchita on French satire show LES GUIGNOLS DE L’INFO (Canal+)

http://player.canalplus.fr/embed/?param=cplus&vid=1077450

(tune to 03:15 and and about 2 minutes later as well)

Euiseiseki
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Euiseiseki

This site just hates Vilija.. unfair. .. :/

Paula, we love you!
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Paula, we love you!

Under the “Best Live Vocals” where is Paula Seling?!? There is a mistake …

DR
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DR

How come molly is neither in the penultimate nor the last category. She was wonderful behind the stage, and she was the least bothered about the results than any other. Why does molly always get overlooked.

Easpag
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Easpag

Why aren’t Pollaponk nominated for Most Improved Vocals? Their improvement was drastic.

Also, if Mei doesn’t win the award for most Wronged, I’ll lose all faith in people.

Thiefo
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Thiefo

Voted! I also would’ve included a few people in some of these categories, like Conchita in the most memorable staging and Emma in biggest disappointment.

Also I actually think Vilija’s live vocals were pretty good, she impressed me, but that’s just me.

Jericho
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Jericho

Haha. Maybe Aram gets the LGBT award?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I think we all know Conchita will win the Dana International Award for LGBT Equality!!!