Every year there are contestants at Eurovision that do so much right only to have the public or jury do so much wrong. There were plenty of flashpoints this year. Austria’s The Makemakes were vocally on point and set a piano on a fire — but finished with zero points. And so did Germany’s Ann Sophie. Even if you didn’t want them to win, nil points seems a little harsh. Then there was Edurne — Spain’s tigress who poured her heart and soul and Jose Fuentes gowns into her campaign. She ended up 21st. But in the end our readers thought that one act was more wronged than any other. After counting 3,568 votes, we can now reveal that Italy’s Il Volo have won the Vision Music Award 2015 for Most Wronged.
Eurovision 2015 marked the first time that the winner didn’t win the televote. That’s because third-place finishers Italy cruised to victory with the public, only to finish third as a result of the jury’s lacklustre reception. That result has sparked all manner of debate about whether the jury is relevant and how much power it should wield. European voters loved “Grande Amore” — but love couldn’t conquer all.
Eurovision 2015: Most Wronged
1. Il Volo 832 votes, 23.32%
2. Edurne 830 votes, 23.26%
3. Ann Sophie 782 votes, 21.92%
4. The Makemakes 390 votes, 10.93%
5. Lisa Angell 386 votes, 10.82%
6. Melanie Rene 348 votes, 9.75%
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.