Before and during Eurovision 2015, we all had the privilege of getting to know 40 acts 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.

Of course, you don’t have to win Eurovision to make an impression. In honour of all those singers who left a mark (for better or worse), the team at wiwibloggs is pleased to stage our third edition of the Vision Music Awards (VMAs). It’s time for us to add few more seconds to the acts’ 15 minutes.

In recent weeks we have shortlisted candidates for 13 awards — from best dressed to best live vocals — based on their performances and our interactions with them in Vienna. 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. The jury will decide the winner for three of the categories based on our chats with them in Vienna.

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 to prevent potential manipulation of the results. The polls close on August 1. It’s up to you, Europe. Start voting now!

Vision Music Awards 2015: The Nominees

We strongly advise you to watch the above video to make the most of the suspense and drama of this process before proceeding to the polls. 

Most Likely to Succeed Commercially

Everyone knows that ABBA and Celine Dion used their Eurovision victories as a springboard to global success. But even acts who didn’t win have managed to make a commercial impact. 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 — or at least cash some checks — when Eurovision 2015 is long forgotten.

Previous winners:

2013: Norway’s Margaret Berger

2014: The Netherlands’ Common Linnets

Most Wronged

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. For all you Eurovision experts, we needn’t explain anything else.

Previous winners:

2013: Romania’s Cezar Ouatu

2014: Israel’s Mei Finegold

2015: Italy’s Il Volo

Most Improved

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. For instance, 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 from their pre-Eurovision reveal to the actual contest. When casting your vote consider how far they’ve come—and where they finished.

Previous winners:

2013: San Marino’s Valentina Monetta

2014: Ukraine’s Mariya Yaremchuk

Best Dressed

This award recognises the contestant who most turned Eurovision into a runway. For instance, 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.

Previous winners:

2013: Romania’s Cezar Ouatu

2014: Ukraine’s Mariya Yaremchuk

Best Live Vocals

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! In the years that have followed, other vocalists have given her a run for her money. This year featured a number of talented singers, but only one can win the title.

Previous winners:

2013: Ukraine’s Zlata Ognevich

2014: Spain’s Ruth Lorenzo

2015: Latvia’s Aminata Savadogo

Most Memorable Staging

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.

Previous winners:

2013: Romania’s Cezar Ouatu

2014: Poland’s Donatan & Cleo

2015: Belgium’s Loïc Nottet

Biggest Surprise

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 men and women who teach us never to count anyone out in Eurovision-land. Who surprised you the most in 2015?

Previous winners:

2013: Malta’s Gianluca Bezzina

2014: The Netherlands’ Common Linnets

2015: Belgium’s Loïc Nottet

Worst Live Vocals

From Ivi Adamou to Can-Linn, Eurovision features some amazing digitally re-mastered artists. 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.

Previous winners:

2013: Germany’s Cascada

2014: Ireland’s Can-Linn

2015: Finland’s PKN

Cruise Ship Award

In 2008 a group took to the stage literally dressed as Pirates of the 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 is not shade. It’s just just a career suggestion.

Previous winners:

2013: Slovenia’s Hannah Mancini

2014: Belgium’s Axel Hirsoux

2015: UK’s Electro Velvet

Biggest Disappointment

In 2011 we were gossiping in the Press Centre about which French city would host Eurovision 2012. The betting agencies had put Amaury Vassili 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?

Previous winners:

2013: Germany’s Cascada

2014: The UK’s Molly Smitten-Downes

Miss/Mr Congeniality (Wiwi Jury to decide)

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. This award honours the contestants who, like Daria, embody the spirit of her song “Celebrate” — regardless of their result.

Nominees:

Armenia’s Tamar Kaprelian

Czech Republic’s Marta & Vaclav

Malta’s Amber

Slovenia’s Maraaya

Spain’s Edurne

Previous winners:

2013: Israel’s Moran Mazor

2014: Portugal’s Suzy Guerra

Least Bothered by the Results (Wiwi Jury to decide)

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 out all the pressure and just show up and do their thing. We salute those acts who don’t let the drama get them down and know they have worth regardless of the outcome.

Nominees:

Austria’s The Makemakes

Denmark’s Anti Social Media

FYR Macedonia’s Daniel Kajmakoski

Germany’s Ann Sophie

Romania’s Voltaj

Previous winners:

2013: Anouk

2014: Twin Twin

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 awards 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.

Nominees:

Lithuania’s Monika & Vaidas

Russia’s Polina Gagarina

Serbia’s Bojana Stamenov

Previous winners:

2013: Finland’s Krista Siegfrids

2014: Austria’s Conchita Wurst

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Huh
Huh
5 years ago

I think Leonor is also the most least bothered as she wanted to have some fun in the Eurovision stage as well as having the best time of her life there.

iamawarrior
iamawarrior
5 years ago

Least Bothered: Ann Sophie

JS
JS
5 years ago

Leonor is a great singer! please, delete her from the Cruise Ship Award… please search a little bit before making this polls.

Alison
Alison
5 years ago

Mario do you really have to reference being gay or the gay community in every comment thread?! Obviously you can write what you want but it’s so tedious. I voted for: Most likely to succeed commercially: Loic Nottet (sadly doubt any of them will succeed in the UK though, from recent years I think the only participant who has had their new music played on UK radio is Conchita. Loreen’s Euphoria was v popular but nothing since) Most wronged: the makemakes and Ann Sophie (neither deserved nil points) Most Improved: Bojana Best dressed: Nina Sublatti Best live vocals: Aminata Most… Read more »

oooops
oooops
5 years ago

I did vote for
Most likely to succeed commercially: Loïc and Måns
Most wronged: The MakeMakes, Melanie and Edurne
Most improved: Bojana
Best dressed: Polina Gagarina, Loïc Nottet and Edurne
Best Live Vocals: Aminata, Polina, Lisa and Bojana
Most memorable staging: Måns, Loïc and Edurne
Biggest surprise: Bojana and Knez
Worst Live Vocals: PKN and Electro Velvet
Biggest Dissapointment: Edurne and Maria ólafs (didn’t vote for cruise ship award)

Kjetil H
Kjetil H
5 years ago

Most Likely to Succeed: Måns Zelmerlöw [are we talking singles? His song is just annoyingly catchy!] Most Wronged: Lisa Angell [Il Volo came third so they’re not that wronged! Lisa should’ve had more points] Most Improved: Bojana Stamenov [did not see this one going anywhere at first, but after seeing a live version I knew she was going to put on a show] Best Dressed: Nina Sublatti [fit very well with the song etc. perhaps Aminata should’ve been nominated as well] Best Live Vocals: Aminata Savadogo [to be honest I’ve never been a fan of this one but I have… Read more »

Ksenia
Ksenia
5 years ago

Polina Gagarina is the best!

Marco Hsiao
5 years ago

Polina Gagarina is my favorite singing star in 2015 Eurovision.

Garcia
Garcia
5 years ago

Oooh it is the Wiwi Oscars (or Grammys) lol, but i don’t understand how edurne is nominated so many times i predicted her failure months before the show!!!

Macy
Macy
5 years ago

I need to say Polina totally deserves the dana international award especially as she took a lot of risks doing what she did.

Natasha
Natasha
5 years ago

Marta and Vaclav should be nominated for most wronged

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
5 years ago

@Margaret – Because Lisa Angell had to get a place on the poll instead.

Margaret
Margaret
5 years ago

As the Biggest Disappointment i choose Maria Ólafs. I thought her voice could be good as in the studio version, but i was wrong. No wonder why Iceland failed to qualify.

Margaret
Margaret
5 years ago

Why there’s no Marta and Vaclav in the Most Wronged?

ESCgame
ESCgame
5 years ago

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Briekimchi
Briekimchi
5 years ago

Most Likely to Succeed Commercially – Elhaida Dani
Most Wronged – Elnur Huseynov
Most Improved – Marta and Vaclav
Best Dressed – Nina Sublatti
Best Live Vocals – Maria Elena Kyriakou
Most Memorable Staging – Nina Sublatti
Biggest Surprise – Melanie Rene
Worst Live Vocals – Amber
Cruise Ship Award – Lisa Angell
Biggest Disappointment – Daniel Kajmakoski
Miss/Mr Congeniality – Tamar Kaprelian
Least Bothered by the Results – The Makemakes

Chris
5 years ago

ignore last comment – i didn’t read

Chris
5 years ago

Wiwi peeps – can’t vote from Miss/Mr Congeniality downwards

Bronson
Bronson
5 years ago

Most Likely to Succeed Commercially: I voted for Guy Sebastian and Il Volo because they’ve already been commercially successful, along with Mans Zelmerlow who if he catapults on his ESC victory as much as he possibly can, has a chance to break into the market because he is commercially viable. Most Wronged: Ann Sophie because she didn’t deserve nul points, and Lisa Angell because that was a masterpiece of a performance and song and she was the lowest placing song with points. Both deserved better. Most Improved: Nadav Guedj simply because I didn’t think he could do it for Israel… Read more »

John
John
5 years ago

Tbh, Russia’s staging probably cost it the win. It was boring and didn’t need drums etc. Polina and her backings would’ve suited the song better.

ESCaddict
ESCaddict
5 years ago

I don’t think any artist wants to win “Biggest Dissapointment”, that sounds like they put in a bad performance. Would a better name for the award be “Most Dissappointing Score”?

I would have included Russia as a nominee for Best Staging. It was Wow! Russia was my fav in the category.

For most congeniality, it has to go to Marta & Vaclav. I must have watched all of their interviews, not just on WiwiBloggs. They are wonderful people. They were “wronged” too.

Blah
Blah
5 years ago

A bit sad not to see Belarus as a nominee for the Most Improved award. I think Uzari has improved quite a lot since his very first live performances.

Calum Macleod
Calum Macleod
5 years ago

Most Likely to Succeed Commercially – Loic Nottet & Mans Zelmerlow
Most Wronged – Edurne & Ann Sophie
Most Improved – Bojana Stamenov & Nina Sublatti
Best Dressed – Polina Gagarina, Nina Sublatti, Edurne and Loic Nottet
Best Live Vocals – Aminata
Most Memorable Staging – Mans Zelmerlow & Loic Nottet
Biggest Surprise – Loic Nottet
Worst Live Vocals – Pertti Kurian Nimipaivat
Cruise Ship Award – John Karayiannis & Eduard Romanyuta
Biggest Disappointment – Edurne, Ann Sophie, Maria Olafs & Maraaya
Miss/Mr Congeniality – Tamar Kaprelian
Least Bothered by the Results – Anti Social Media

Iberian
Iberian
5 years ago

The worst vocal was Elhaida Dani from Albania.

Egran48
Egran48
5 years ago

Most wronged : Latvia
Most improved : Serbia
Best Dressed : Polina
Best Vocal : Il Voloo
Best Staging : Mans
Biggest surprise : Cyprus
Cruise ship award : lithuania

Easpag
Easpag
5 years ago

Most likely to succeed: Loïc Nottet
Most Wronged: Lisa Angell
Most Improved: Bojana Stamenov
Best Dressed: Polina Gagarina (no Aminata? Really?)
Best Live Vocals: Aminata Savodogo
Most Memorable Staging: Mans Zelmerlow
Biggest Surprise: Knez
Worst Live Vocals: Elhaida Dani
Cruise Ship: Electro Velvet
Most Disappointing: Edurne
Mr.&Ms. Congeniality: Marta&Vaclav
Least Bothered: Ann Sophie
LGBT Equality: Polina Gagarina(she did as much as she could without getting herself in serious trouble. That’s respectable.)

D
D
5 years ago

Edurne and Il Volo are probably gonna win everything just because of the massive amount of fanboys they have on here.

John
John
5 years ago

Tbh, Edurne is missing from worst live vocals list.

I’d put the nominees as: Maria Olafs, Edurne, Elhaida Dani, Electro Velvet and PKN. With Maria and Edurne getting the votes.

Rest of the poll is good but I know the stupid biases the people who read this blog have.

Slightly Biased ESC Fan
Slightly Biased ESC Fan
5 years ago

Most Likely to Succeed: Guy Sebastian (He’s Australia’s most commercially successful male singer of all time and has virtually all the credentials to back it up; he just needed a massive break worldwide to push him and hopefully Eurovision gave him that.) Most Wronged: Il Volo (should have been second at worst with all those televotes) Most Improved: Nadav Guedj (boy was this kid TURNT up or what?! I really enjoyed his song and performance!) Best Dressed: Polina Gagarina (her white dress was simple yet elegant) Best Live Vocals: Guy Sebastian (I’m biased saying this as a huge fan…but he… Read more »

?Ó??
5 years ago

Where is Poland’s Monika Kuszy?ska? She was 4th and 15th on televoting, and last on judges voting… I don’t understand why u forget about her?:(

France1214
5 years ago

The best vocal was Elhaida Dani from Albania

Mario
Mario
5 years ago

The Dana International Award for LGBT Equality

Well just because of the gay kiss on stage i’m gonna choose Vaidas & Monika of Lithuania.. <3
But according to the most GLBT themed song alone i'm gonna select *Beauty Never Lies* of Bojana.. <3

Harry Quinn
Harry Quinn
5 years ago

Emm why isn’t Loïc Nottet a nominee for Best Live Vocals???
And I’m pretty sure last year they were called the “Valentina Monetta’ awards…

Sam
Sam
5 years ago

Marta and Vaclav for Congeniality!!!!
And the MakeMakes for least bothered! “We are the zeroes of our time!!!”

EF0912
EF0912
5 years ago

Most Likely to commercially succeed: Loïc Nottet (Belgium)
Most Wronged : Edurne (Spain). Would’ve been Amber (Malta) if she was on the list
Most Improved : Nina Sublatti (Georgia)
Best Dressed : Nina Sublatti (Georgia)
Best Live Vocals : Aminata Savadogo (Latvia)
Most Memorable Staging : Måns Zelmerlöw (Sweden)
Biggest Surprise : Bojana Stamenov (Serbia)
Worst Live Vocals : Elhaida Dani’s SF performance (Albania)
Cruise Ship: Electro Velvet (UK)
Biggest Disappointment : Maria Olaf’s (Iceland)
Congeniality: Tamar Kaprelian (Armenia)
Least Bothered : The MakeMakes (Austria)
LGBT: I can’t decide (all 3)

Stephanie
5 years ago

Most Likely to Succeed: Guy Sebastian
Most Wronged: Melanie Rene (she did NOT deserve last place in her semi!)
Most Improved: Bojana Stamenov
Best Dressed: Morland and Debrah (she rocked it at the opening ceremonies)
Best Live Vocals: Aminata, Guy Sebastian, Polina Gagarina
Biggest Surprise: Bojana Stamenov, John Karayiannis
Worst Live Vocals: PKN and Elhaida Dani (I hate to say that Albania fans, but her performances were terrible)
Cruise Ship Award: John Karayiannis
Biggest Disappointment: Elnur Husneyov, Maria Olafs

ct
ct
5 years ago

?ost likely to succeed: Loic Nottet (Belgium)
Most wronged: Italy
Most improved: Israel
Best dressed: Norway
Best live vocals: Italy
Best staging: Belgium
Biggest surprise: Serbia
Worst vocals: UK
Cruise ship material: UK
Biggest disappointment: Spain
Mr/Ms Congeniality: The Czech Republic
Least bothered by the results: Austria
LGBT award: Serbia

brad
brad
5 years ago

Most wronged : Italy
Most improved : Serbia
Best dressed : Russia
Best Vocals : Latvia
Best Staging : Sweden and Georgia
Biggest surprise : Cyprus
Worst vocals : Albania
Cruise ship : Lithuania
Biggest disappointment : Spain
Congeniality award : Czech Republic
Least bothered results : Romania
L.G.B.T award : Lithuania

Donna
Donna
5 years ago

Most Likely to Succeed Commercially: Polina Gagarina
Most wronged : Il Volo
Most improved : Genealogy & Boggie
Best dressed : Polina Gagarina
Best Vocals : Polina Gagarina
Best Staging : Loic Nottet
Biggest surprise : Nadav Guedj
Worst vocals : Electro Velvet
Cruise ship : Eduard Romanyuta
Biggest disappointment : Edurne
Congeniality award : Marta & Vaclav
Least bothered results : The Makemakes
L.G.B.T award : Polina Gagarina

Calum Macleod
Calum Macleod
5 years ago

I’d have thought that Amber and Uzari would be in the Kate Ryan nominees.

Fliponline
Fliponline
5 years ago

seriously??? How you can include Polina Gagarina in an award category for LGBT Equality – perfectly highlights your misunderstanding of the word “Equality” – when asked the question she cried – she never spoke out either way – and having your photo taken with Conchita does not count as being an ambassador for anything whatsoever. Her mere inclusion shows you have no idea what inclusion is!

Typical of WiwiBlogs these days mind !

YoungsterJoey
YoungsterJoey
5 years ago

Sorry not sorry but these should have remained the
Valentina Monetta Awards

Daniel
Daniel
5 years ago

Most wronged : Italy
Most improved : Serbia
Best dressed : Russia
Best Vocals : Latvia
Best Staging : Sweden and Georgia
Biggest surprise : Cyprus
Worst vocals : Iceland and UK
Cruise ship : Lithuania (very close )
Biggest disappointment : Spain :'(
Congeniality award : Czech Rep
Least bothered results : Romania
L.G.B.T award : Russia

mad-professor
mad-professor
5 years ago

How can Latvia be included in the best live vocals poll? That screeching…

Nikos
Nikos
5 years ago

What happened to the Valentina Monetta Awards! 🙁

Mario
Mario
5 years ago

~ Most Gay act – Most Gay performance too! <3 😉

Mario
Mario
5 years ago

I had some more categories to suggest like..
~ Best Inspiring/meanigful song with message
~ Best Video
~ Best Visionary Graffic Effects On The Big Backround Screen
~ Act with the best impression overall
~ Best choreography-staging

And some negative ones like
~ Worst least favorite/likable act
~ Most overrated entry/song

europal
europal
5 years ago

The cruise ship thing ISN’T shade? I always thought it was. I thought it meant they were boring and bland?