Last night, the great and the good of Hollywood gathered in Los Angeles for the 2017 Academy Awards. And everything was going fine until it was time for the final — and most prestigious — award of the night to be handed out.
Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty excitedly announced La La Land as the winner of the Best Picture Oscar. The film’s cast and crew took to the stage in celebration, but their joy was short-lived. The Oscar was actually supposed to go to Moonlight. Awkward!
When it comes to Eurovision, we’ve witnessed plenty of similarly awkward moments from the results sections of shows, with plenty of hosts suddenly having to improvise their way out of a sticky situation. Here are nine of the best.
2017: Manel Navarro’s Objetivo Eurovisión win sends Spain into Eurodrama meltdown
On 12 January, Eurofans across the world watched as Catalan singer Manel Navarro — the jury winner — narrowly defeated Aranjuez-born starlet Mirela — the televote winner — in the final of Spain’s Objetivo Eurovisión 2017. At the end of the show — as the host called on the three-person jury to break the deadlock between the two stars — the tension was palpable.
And while the result of any nail-biter usually brings relief for the eventual winner, this was not any nail-biter. Instead of applause and endless congratulations, Manel found himself in the awkward position of having to reprise his entry “Do It For Your Lover” before a clearly disgruntled audience, many of whom had booed the jurors for awarding Manel top marks just moments earlier. It was clear to Eurofans everywhere — in the studio and watching online — that the Eurodrama had gone nuclear.
The fact that the jury — rather than the public vote — broke the tie was a cause of concern to many. As you’ll recall, in 2014 the tie between Ruth Lorenzo and Brequette was broken by the public.
But that wasn’t the only point of contention. Fans were also up in arms over an alleged friendship between Manel and judge Xavi Martinez, the evidence of which has been cited on Twitter. Eurodrama and then some! (Luis)
2007: UK — Terry Wogan announces wrong winner
“And the winner is…. Cyndi/Scooch!” The final of Making Your Mind Up was between Scooch’s innuendo-laden pop song “Flying the Flag”, and Cyndi’s emotional ballad “I’ll Leave My Heart”. Presenters Terry Wogan and Fearne Cotton announced the winner simultaneously, but each said a different name, and Terry’s microphone was louder. Fearne had it right, and was left to straighten out the awkward moment.
2010: The Netherlands — dramatic tie-break
Nationaal Songfestival 2010 involved five artists each performing their version of the song “Ik ben verliefd (Sha-la-lie)” by Pierre Kartner. Two of the jury members voted for Sieneke’s version, while the two other voted for Loekz. This left the public vote to act as a tie-breaker, but the public favoured a third artist, Vinzzent. In the end, Kartner was left to break the tie. He initially wanted to toss a coin, but this was not allowed, so he finally chose Sieneke.
2016: Poland — The “Cool Me Down” meltdown at Krajowe Eliminacje
Going into Poland’s first national final since 2011, the fan favourite was Margaret and her scorching hot track “Cool Me Down”. The buzz and expectations of “Cool Me Down” was so intense that Poland became the bookies’ favourite to win in Stockholm. But it wasn’t to be. At the grand final, the first place went to X Factor alum Michal Szpak with his ballad “Color of Your Life”. And while there wasn’t any major drama in the studio, Poland’s odds plunged and the fandom went into meltdown. Margaret and Edyta Gorniak’s post-result faces speak louder than a million Eurofans.
— Padraig Muldoon ? (@JustPadraig) June 13, 2016
Many tears, petitions and social media rants ensued. But ultimately, the result remained unchanged and Michal went to Stockholm.
2011: Sweden — Marie Serneholt announces wrong qualifier
Melodifestivalen normally runs like clockwork, but in 2011 things didn’t quite go as planned. Host Marie Serneholt was given the wrong name and announced semi-final one act Le Kid as still being in the competition instead of having been eliminated. But things turned out alright for Le Kid member Anton Hård af Segerstad, who as a co-writer of “Heroes” later helped Sweden win Eurovision.
2013: Lena gives 10 points to Norway
Standing in the Hamburg rain, Lena delivered Germany’s scores, confidently giving Norway 10 points. But host Petra Mede knew something was wrong, and soon so did Lena: those 10 points were meant to go to Denmark. Lena was flustered, but carried on like a trouper.
2015: Germany — Andreas Kümmert quits
It had all been going so smoothly. The Voice winner Andreas Kümmert and his song “Heart of Stone” had won Unser Song für Österreich with a landslide 78.7% of the public vote. Except, as Andreas shockingly announced, he didn’t want to go to Eurovision. Host Barbara Schöneberger had to think quickly, and runner-up Ann Sophie was declared the winner.
2016: Latvia — Samanta Tina withdraws live on Supernova
Samanta Tina had entered two songs in Supernova. Her first – and arguably strongest – “We Live For Love” had missed out on qualifying for the final but her second song, the quirky “The Love is Forever”, made it to the semi-final. But after her performance at the semi, Samanta announced live on the show that she would be withdrawing from the competition. She felt that she did not have the best song and thought that Justs should win with his song “Heartbeat” – which he went on to do.
2015: Italy – The wrong finalist is announced for Junior Eurovision
- Watch Ti lascio una canzone at RAI. The results drama starts at 2:20 (140 minutes).
Things can even go wrong with Junior Eurovision. At Italy’s Ti lascio una canzone JESC national final, the two super finalists were announced — Chiara & Martina Scarpari, and Emanuele Bertelli. But there’d been a mistake. The sisters were actually up against Giovanni Sutera Sardo, leading to the sad moment when Emanuele learned he hadn’t made it after all. This wasn’t the last of the drama. The final between the Scarpari sisters and Giovanni had to be held again after technical issues meant the original vote was invalid.