Ruth Lorenzo was the only singer from the Big Five to achieve a Top 10 placing in Copenhagen. Her song “Dancing in the Rain” showed off her powerhouse vocals and boy did she hit those high notes. At various moments we thought her voice would literally bring the house down. Apparently our readers agreed. After counting 2,698 votes, we can now reveal that they have awarded Ruth the Rona Nishliu Award for Best Live Vocals.
2014 Rona Nishliu Award for Best Live Vocals
1. Ruth Lorenzo: 1,288 votes, 47.74%
2. The Common Linnets: 524 votes, 19.42%
3. Sergej Cetkovic: 323 votes, 11.97%
4. Hersi Matmuja: 315 votes, 11.68%
5. Carl Espen: 248 votes, 9.19%
The Rona Nishliu Award honours Albania’s 2012 contestant who finished fifth at Eurovision. 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!
Ruth follows in the footsteps of our 2013 winner, Zlata Ognevich of the Ukraine.
This award is just one of a dozen awards we have launched as part of the 2014 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 Ruth deserve to win best vocals? Who would you have ranked second?