Ahead of Eurovision 2015, we all had our favourites — and high hopes for them. We dreamed of their success and feared their potential failure, knowing full well that at Eurovision cruelty, shock exits, and disappointing results are par for the course. There are countless songs that fans love, but which they know (or at least worry) won’t go down well with Europe.
Thankfully many surprised us and ended up exceeding expectations. This year Cyprus’ John Karayiannis — who many panned as boring and dead on arrival — took his country back to the final. Serbia’s Bojana Stamenov — who faced criticism after switching her song to English — belted it out and rose to become the bookies’ fourth favourite after the semi finals. And Israel’s Nadav Guedj danced his way into Europe’s heart and helped Israel break its four-year drought, going all the way to the Top 10. But in the end one act surprised our readers the most. After counting 3,696 votes, we are pleased to reveal that Belgium’s Loïc Nottet has won the Vision Music Award 2015 for Biggest Surprise.
From the very first moment wiwibloggs heard Loïc’s song, we had Top 5 feels. Here’s how we reacted on March 10, just moments after the song’s release.
Belgium ultimately finished fourth with the Wiwi Jury. But, following a shaky first rehearsal, a lot of fans (many Belgian) had their doubts. Loïc pulled it together during his second rehearsal, ultimately slaying all the way to fourth in the grand final (and a Vision Music Award for Most Memorable Staging). Expectations met! Expectations exceeded!
Eurovision 2015: Biggest Surprise
1. Loic Nottet 1,638 votes (44.32%)
2. Nadav Guedj 577 votes (15.61%)
3. Bojana Stamenov 557 votes (15.07%)
4. John Karayiannis 508 votes (13.74%)
5. Knez 416 votes (11.26%)
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.