When it comes to the bookies’ odds at Eurovision, the higher you climb, the harder you fall. Who among us doesn’t remember the bookies’ one-time favourites—think Stella Mwangi, Kate Ryan, DJ Bobo, Safura—who came crashing down when the results were read out at ESC?

This year’s contest added more corpses to the bookies’ graveyard. Armenia’s Aram Mp3, the favourite to win for months, burned bright early but ultimately finished in fourth. Denmark’s Basim climbed almost continuously, rising as high as fourth, only to finish a disappointing ninth. But in the end our readers felt that the United Kingdom’s Molly was the biggest letdown after all of the hype. After counting a total of 2,574 votes, we can now reveal that y’all have awarded Molly Smitten-Downes The 2014 Amaury Vassili Award for Biggest Disappointment.

From the very moment Miss Molly revealed her song, Eurovision fan sites and the British media billed her as Britain’s saviour. Minutes after hearing her song we asked whether she could “win Eurovision for the UK”. Twitter fans wet themselves with excitement. Later on, we couldn’t get enough of her boho-chic music video. At Eurovision itself, the press room erupted after each of her rehearsals, giving the impression that she was poised for victory. (Most of us forgot to consider that the press room was filled with Brits). On the eve of the contest, the bookies had Molly listed as their fifth favourite to win.

As you all know, she ultimately finished 17th. In the arena we thought she looked and sounded amazing. But in review critics have said that her vocals were off, that her staging wasn’t big enough to fill the stage, and that she looked like she had skinned Simba from The Lion King. Ouch. Regardless of the reason, the result was the same. Molly couldn’t live up to the hype.

United Kingdom, Molly, Thomas Hanses

The biggest disappointments of Eurovision 2014

1. Molly Smitten-Downes: 1,332 votes, 48.02%

2. Can-linn ft. Kasey Smith: 419 votes, 15.1%

3. Dilara Kazimova: 379 votes, 13.66%

4. Aram MP3: 297 votes, 10.71%

5. TWIN TWIN: 245 votes, 8.83%

6. Basim: 102 votes, 3.68%

Molly may take comfort in the fact she follows in the footsteps of our 2013 winner Cascada. The electro-dance group tanked at Eurovision, but remain global superstars nonetheless.

Amaury VassilliThe Amaury Vassilli Award honours France’s 2011 contestant who went from hero to zero when the Eurovision results came in. The opera star was a favourite of bookies and fans alike in the run up to the grand final, and rumour had it that the French delegation had already booked venues to host ESC 2012. Given all the hype, Team Wiwi harassed Amaury to give us this interview on April 7. And we stalked him in the press centre until we got this photo. We were so convinced he would do well we took to wearing red, white and blue leis to mark France’s imminent victory. Oops. Amaury finished 15th.

This award is just one of a dozen awards we have launched as part of the second annual 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.

Photos: Eurovision.tv (EBU)

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ESCaddict
ESCaddict
6 years ago

I think Molly was ranked correctly. It is a good song but there were easily 16 better songs.

Just being honest
Just being honest
6 years ago

Sorry my grammar. I type really fast :-X

Just being honest
Just being honest
6 years ago

Her staging was a disaster with a capital D. Just watch the preview performance clip from BBC Red Button and compare it to her Eurovision live. Such a massive downgrade. When will the BBC learn to actually take risks? The focus is on the song. Not the singer! Put more effort and stop being making the stage looked so empty and reserved.

Lalala
Lalala
6 years ago

There should be also Israel Greece and italy

Jak
Jak
6 years ago

Molly has got a very amazing kind of the human voice and my only one favourite to win couldn’t make it to the top ten since 2010. It’s such a shame for the UK entry – since early 2000s they had very low qualitied entries but Molly was one of the best artists that Eurovision ever seen; I believe that she’ll be the next international star from the Eurovision Song Contest. I believe that BBC is able to do it – for example the Netherlands and Austria, after lots of years without top twenty and even grand final! I hope… Read more »

Lolly
Lolly
6 years ago

Molly wasnt a dissapointment but her place. She was great in live (ok not amazing), and she deserved top 10 for sure

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
6 years ago

And consider this: The Monday morning before the contest started, bookies picked Molly to finish 3rd. She finished only 2 spots ahead of Bonnie Tyler’s final outcome the year before.

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
6 years ago

Being assigned as the last to sing was the kiss of death for Molly. Last time an entry won from the pimp spot was Riva’s “Rock Me” for Yugoslavia in 1989. In the 25 competitions that followed (including this year’s), 13 pimp-spot performers finished in the top 10, but only 2 of them finished in the top 3, the last one in 2001.

vikutoru
vikutoru
6 years ago

I don’t think of her as a dissapointment, ultimately what’s important is the music, and Children of the Universe is still on repeat in my ipod.

Elgar Vous
Elgar Vous
6 years ago

Power to the people !
UK power to the Molly !
po po po poker face.

<3 She is the best

Chris
6 years ago

The public has spoken, but it does not make it right.

DR
DR
6 years ago

This site has a warpped sense of wronged, and dissapointing.
So many of the most wronged should have been here. Israel’s entry was too simple and complicated. Not enough going on, but the images were over the top. Estonia should have been on the list as the dancing worked on a small stage, but they way they used it with boring blocks of navy and brown, neither had any sense of atmosphere. To be honest it should have been, Israel, Estonia then UK. Wiwibloggs messed this up by putting wrong countries in wrong catergories.

Daniel
Daniel
6 years ago

I did not like her song at all.

However, _last_ _week_, I was in a very large supermarket in Germany (a big Rewe one) and they had her song on speakers. So maybe she came out of this better than a lot of the others on that list.

Carl of Usa
Carl of Usa
6 years ago

Molly deserved her place….

Aless
Aless
6 years ago

Israel was the most underrated entry. :v

Zachary Thomas
6 years ago

Safura wasn’t really a big disappointment though. Yeah she was tipped to win leading up, but she still managed a Top 5 placing, not bad at all really.

Unfortunately, I think the staging killed Molly. It was just dull, nothing really exciting going on. Being in the last spot you’d expect them to end it all with a bang, but they didn’t and people responded by not voting for her. She also sounded a tad shaky. Still deserved better though!

Surprised Israel wasn’t a choice. That and Ireland were probably the biggest fan favorite flops this year.

Rayman
Rayman
6 years ago

Safura? She finished in 5th place in the final, while the others you listed didn’t even make it there. How is that “crashing down”?

Molly’s song was one of my biggest favorites this year, so it’s a shame it didn’t gain more points. I hope the UK won’t let this let them down. Just keep trying!

David
David
6 years ago

One of the strange parts of her performance was the henna drawings on her hands. And she showed them all the time… She should have made a more casual performance like im march. Focusing on her singing abilities.

Thiefo
Thiefo
6 years ago

I second Gavin, the result was a disappointment, but I think Molly herself wasn’t, it was refreshing to see a different approach from the BBC after two truly disappointing results in 2012 and 2013.

Btw, I guess “disappointing” will always be something subjective, because I wouldn’t categorize Aram’s or Basim’s results like that. Yeah I get the disappointment comes because they were expected to finish even higher, so any result below that could be considered “disappointing” but still, finishing 4th is still big.

paco
6 years ago

Molly no puede ser una decepcion,ella es guapa talentosa y con una cancion original Molly es una realidad esplendida y fresca.Veremos el proximo año conciones tipo children of universe,seguro que si bravo BBC

Renske
Renske
6 years ago

If Molly kept it the act simple, then it would be ended up much higher than the 17th place.

Paul
Paul
6 years ago

The backing singers stole far too much focus and Molly was hidden behind the mic stand. The backing singers should have been placed at the side of the stage with fewer shots of them and Molly should have been moving round the stage more interacting with the drummer. Instead the performance felt really dated.

The song should have done better but the presentation killed it.

Bram
Bram
6 years ago

Am I the only one who found her dress too stereotypical of Eurovision? Same goes with her backings and drummer.

beccaboo1212
6 years ago

THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!! Molly’s an amazing singer 🙁

Gavin
Gavin
6 years ago

Can’t say that Molly was a disappointment but the result was.

Molly is a great singer and vocalist and full of talent bundled into a fresh, humble and fun artist with a cool style

disappointment - seriously??
disappointment - seriously??
6 years ago

She was very overated in Eurovision, my 34th, only Belgium, Modlova and Russia were worse.

Nott
Nott
6 years ago

Too bad two of my big favourites (the UK and Israel) got so terribly underrated this year.

Jericho
Jericho
6 years ago

Personally, I never got the hype

Jordan
Jordan
6 years ago

When I first saw Molly’s performance in March, I genuinely believed the UK was going to take the trophy home. Unfortunately, during the Eurovision performance, Molly lacked the fire and passion that we saw in March…

Darren
Darren
6 years ago

Pretty sure it was one of the female backing singers that let her down on the night, as she was actually louder than Molly herself, the evidence is there if you watch the video.
I was sorry for the UK though, as they really put the effort in this year for the first time since Jade Ewen in 2009.
Its onwards and upwards for Molly and the UK though, because I think the BBC have found a winning formula in the selection process this time.

Tiggeh
Tiggeh
6 years ago

She may be seen as a disappointment…but she brought a fresh new approach for the UK and something that can be built upon.