When Suzy Guerra narrowly missed a spot in the grand final of Eurovision 2014, our hearts sank. It wasn’t just because we loved her song “Quero ser tua” and her upbeat performance. It was because in the months leading up to Eurovision Suzy won us over with her charm and grace, and her warmth and humour. She’s a fantastic performer, but she’s also a lovely person—a combination you don’t always get in showbiz. With that in mind, the team from wiwibloggs is pleased to announce that Suzy has won the 2014 Daria Kinzer Prize for Miss Congeniality!
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. She truly embodied the spirit of her song “Celebrate”. Suzy continues the tradition of performance with personality, stardom with a soul.
Suzy Guerra: Miss Congeniality 2014
Suzy has always stayed close to her fans in good times and bad. We first met her at Eurovision in Concert in Amsterdam, about a month before Eurovision. The room was full of Eurovision stars, but we gravitated directly to Miss Guerra. She treated us to a few bars from “Nesta Noite Branca” (This White Night), which remains the best-selling Christmas song of all-time in Portugal. She also kept her head high as she discussed the drama that occured during the Portuguese national final. Perseverance, integrity, poise—Suzy demonstrated all of this and more.
Suzy has done it all. How many pop stars do you know who have worked in real estate, banking, and pharmaceuticals, and lived in Canada, Dubai, Portugal and the United States? She’s a woman of many talents and many tongues, which she demonstrated to us at the London Eurovision Party later in April. She is a star, but she is not a diva. Her parents taught her right…
In April, Suzy was shockingly eliminated from our search for Eurovision’s Next Top Model, as she narrowly missed a spot among the Top 16 in the semi-finals. We knew this was wrong. So we declared a she-mergency, staged a last-minute vote, and Suzy emerged as our readers’ clear favourite to re-enter the race. We obtained some sizzling photos that captured Suzy’s true beauty, and she ultimately finished in the Top 5 with more than 24,000 votes. Suzy is loved.
On-the-ground at Eurovision, Suzy stayed upbeat and positive. She emerged as a fan favourite at the Eurofan Cafe, and the audiences begged her to reprise her song “Quero ser tua” again and again. She always obliged, at one point doing four performances in a row.
Most touching, however, was the special luncheon given to her by OGAE Portugal the day after her semi-final. She walked into the room. All of the guests stood up and clapped for her. And Suzy shed some tears. Eurovision—and her Eurovision fans—mean a lot to her. Her enthusiasm is real. We cannot think of a better woman to carry the title of Miss Congeniality 2014!
Her journey is not over yet. Suzy’s next album is expected to drop by the end of the year! Stay tuned to wiwibloggs for the latest developments.
Valentina Monetta Awards 2014
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. Nine of the awards were decided by the public. But three of the awards, including this one, were decided by members of Team Wiwi who were on the ground in Copenhagen. You can review the winners of each category by clicking here.