Not everyone can be a Mariah or a Whitney. At Eurovision 2015 the UK’s Electro Velvet sang “Still in Love With You”, and Europe laughed at them but not with them. Iceland’s Maria Olafs sang “Unbroken”, and we knew she wasn’t talking about her cracky voice. Albania’s Elhaida Dani went for the high notes — and at times misfired so bad we thought she might blow out a speaker. But in the end our readers thought that one act was a bigger vocal disaster than all the rest. After counting 3,179 votes, we can now reveal that Finland’s Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät (PKN) have won the 2015 Vision Music Award for Worst Live Vocals.
During semi final 1, PKN — whose members have Down syndrome and autism — showed the world that people with special needs can rock out. Sadly this specific group just didn’t have the vocals or the song to win over the jury. The panel of musical professionals ranked them and their song “Aina mun Pitää” dead last, awarding them just one point. That put them 41 points behind next-to-last Macedonia. (Had the semi been determined strictly by the televote, PKN would have advanced. The public gave them 51 points, which was good enough for tenth place).
Worst Live Vocals 2015: Results
- Pertti Kurian Nimipaivat: 718 votes (22.59%)
- Elhaida Dani: 714 votes (22.46%)
- Maria Olafs: 687 votes (21.61%)
- Electro Velvet: 612 votes (19.25%)
- Michele and Anita: 448 votes (14.09%)
Total votes: 3,179 votes
Vision Music Awards 2015: The Nominees
This award is just one of a dozen awards we have launched as part of the Vision Music Awards 2015 (VMAs). Our 13 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. You can watch the nominations video below. You can also read more about the awards here.