There are plenty of contestants from Eurovision 2014 who have a right to be irked by the results. France’s Twin Twin delivered an original performance and earned just two points in the final. Donatan & Cleo won the televote in several countries, only to be ranked last by the professional juries in those same markets. And Suzy, who brought some much-needed samba to the first semi-final following a series of ballads, missed out on the grand final by just one point. But in the end our readers decided that Israel’s Mei Finegold got the shortest end of the shortest stick, and have awarded her the 2014 Kate Ryan Award for Most Wronged.
Mei, a fan favourite, performed “Same Heart” with complete conviction. She sang a song driven by anger, and yet she never came off as angry. Instead empowerment and gurrrrl power ruled the day as Mei presented a woman taking charge of her life and transforming heartache into independence. She could have stood in place, but she chose to work every inch of both runways, assisted by two backing dancers. The transition at 1:10 to the Beyonce-esque dance moves is among the best things we have ever seen. And yet she still managed to come 14th out of 15 contestants in the second semi-final. Our jaws dropped, and are still bruised.
Kate Ryan Award for Most Wronged at ESC
1. Mei Finegold — Israel: 1,393 votes, 47.59%
2. Twin Twin — France: 392 votes, 13.39%
3. Donatan & Cleo — Poland: 384 votes, 13.12%
4. Suzy — Portugal: 307 votes, 10.49%
5. Tanja — Estonia: 298 votes, 10.18%
6. Tijana — FYR Macedonia: 153 votes, 5.23%
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 that make up the 2014 Valentina Monetta Awards (VMAs). 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.
Last year’s winner was the Romanian opera star Cezar Ouatu, who came seventh with the public, but 24th with the jury.