They entered Eurovision 2017 with Epic Sax Guy — the always-thrusting and totally endearing saxophone player who became an Internet sensation following Eurovision 2010.
And now it seems that multiplying his epicness on their LED was a wise move, as our readers have named Moldova’s SunStroke Project as the act that best used their own image on the LED wall at Eurovision 2017.
Our poll, which attracted more than 4,500 votes, saw the Moldovan three-piece see off the competition with ease, earning 25% of all votes, or one in every four.
Their stage show, which had us moving from the very first rehearsal, turned the stage into a proper party, with the LED presenting an infinite series of Epic Sax Guys (and Epic Violin Guys) dancing as their real-life counterparts did the same.
The dazzling effect gave the catchy song an appropriately cheery backdrop, helping the group achieve Moldova’s best-ever finish at the contest.
But they understand that overexposure can limit the impact of any effect, so they only deployed it selectively during their eye-popping stage show.
Australia’s Isaiah Firebrace came second in our poll with 16% of all votes.
He created a technicolour dreamscape utilising his own image — Isaiah looking to camera, Isaiah in free fall — in gorgeous shades of blue and pink.
Israel’s Imri Ziv, who sang that his beloved was “breaking him to pieces”, finished third. He mirrored his lyrical disintegration by breaking apart on the LED wall. Drama!
Best LED selfie: Full results
- Moldova’s Sunstroke Project (Epic Sax Guy) 1,119 votes, 24.82%
- Australia’s Isaiah Firebrace, 703 votes, 15.59%
- Israel’s Imri Ziv 628 votes, 13.93%
- Croatia’s Jacques Houdek 621 votes, 13.78%
- FYR Macedonia’s Jana Burceska 491 votes, 10.89%
- Estonia’s Koit Toome & Laura 418 votes, 9.27%
- Malta’s Claudia Faniello 267 votes, 5.92%
- Montenegro’s Slavko Kalezic 261 votes, 5.79%
As we note in our video above, three other artists utilised their own image — Cyprus’ Hovig (levitating body), Greece’s Demy (body in waterfall) and Norway’s JOWST (on-screen face effects).
We did not include these artists in the poll. Cyprus’ image could have been seen as a generic body, and indeed their was no visible face. Greece’s floating hologram made only a brief appearance and seemed to approximate rather than mirror Demy. And Norway’s effect was on the TV screen rather than the LED wall.
Which is your favourite? Do you hope to see more artists using their own image? Or do you think it’s all rather vain? Let us know in the comments box below.