Before and during Eurovision 2017, we all had the privilege of getting to know 42 acts from around the continent. Over the course of several months, these artists did their best to grab headlines and shine at promotional events at home and abroad, with many snaking through the five big pre-party events in Riga, London, Amsterdam, Tel Aviv and Madrid. Now that the race is over and the winner has been decided, some will become household names. Others will disappear into the pop music ether.

Of course, you don’t have to win Eurovision to make a lasting impression. In honour of all those singers who left a mark (for better or worse), the team at wiwibloggs is pleased to stage our fifth edition of the Vision Music Awards (VMAs). It’s time for us to add few more seconds to the acts’ 15 minutes. At the close of summer, it’s a final chance to say hooray, you slay!

In recent weeks we have shortlisted candidates for 13 awards — from best dressed to best live vocals — based on their performances, comments on our YouTube channel and our interactions with them in Kyiv. But it’s up to you to decide the winner for 10 of the 13 categories. Read on to see the finalists for each of our awards, and then cast your vote. The jury will decide the winner for three of the categories based on our chats with them ahead of Kyiv and during the contest itself.

VMAs 2017: The nominees

You can vote for as many contestants in each poll as you would like, but you can only vote ONE time. Be sure to click the name next to each contestant you want to support. We will be hiding the results until it is time to announce the winner to prevent potential manipulation of the results. The polls close on September 14. It’s up to you, Europe. Start voting now!

Most Likely to Succeed Commercially

Everyone knows that ABBA and Celine Dion used their Eurovision victories as a springboard to global success. But even acts who didn’t win have managed to make a commercial impact. Britain’s Gina G only finished eighth at Eurovision in 1996. But her song “Ooh Aah… Just a Little Bit” went on to conquer the charts worldwide. This award honours the contestant who is most likely to make it big — or at least cash some checks — when Eurovision 2017 is long forgotten.

Previous winners:

2013: Norway’s Margaret Berger

2014: The Netherlands’ Common Linnets

2015: Belgium’s Loïc Nottet

2016: Australia’s Dami Im

Most Wronged

Sometimes the results just don’t make sense. These contestants were either wronged by the jury, the televoters or both. We all remember the travesty that was Kate Ryan failing to make the Grand Final in 2006. For all you Eurovision experts, we needn’t explain anything else.

Previous winners:

2013: Romania’s Cezar Ouatu

2014: Israel’s Mei Finegold

2015: Italy’s Il Volo

2016: Iceland’s Greta Salome

Most Improved

The road to Eurovision is long and bumpy, and it doesn’t always start out with a strong song—or the ability to sing said song. For instance, when Yohanna first won the Icelandic national selection back in 2009, we thought she was gonna flop. Then she put on that blue dress, hired some back-up singers, and wowed us all the way to second place. The following contestants each demonstrated major improvement from their pre-Eurovision reveal to the actual contest. When casting your vote consider how far they’ve come—and where they finished.

Previous winners:

2013: San Marino’s Valentina Monetta

2014: Ukraine’s Mariya Yaremchuk

2015: Georgia’s Nina Sublatti

2016: Belgium’s Laura Tesoro

Best Dressed

This award recognises the contestant who most turned Eurovision into a runway. For instance, Sabina Babayeva wowed us at Eurovision 2012 with her technologically advanced stage dress, but also with the stunning creations she wore at press conferences, promotional events, and when hobnobbing with stars at EuroClub. From on-stage glamour to off-stage elegance, the following performers know that fashion has a place in every setting.

Previous winners:

2013: Romania’s Cezar Ouatu

2014: Ukraine’s Mariya Yaremchuk

2015: Russia’s Polina Gagarina

2016: Poland’s Michal Szpak

Best Live Vocals

In 2012 the city of Baku almost had to bring a lawsuit against Rona Nishliu: This dreadlocked diva risked public safety with her pitch-perfect high notes that could have shattered the Crystal Hall Arena! In the years that have followed, other vocalists have given her a run for her money. This year featured a number of talented singers, but only one can win the title.

Previous winners:

2013: Ukraine’s Zlata Ognevich

2014: Spain’s Ruth Lorenzo

2015: Latvia’s Aminata Savadogo

2016: Poland’s Michal Szpak

Most Memorable Staging

This award honours the contestants who took the biggest risks on stage, creating memorable—if sometimes divisive—performances. Before casting your vote, consider the creativity and originality of each performance.

Previous winners:

2013: Romania’s Cezar Ouatu

2014: Poland’s Donatan & Cleo

2015: Belgium’s Loïc Nottet

2016: Russia’s Sergey Lazarev

Biggest Surprise

In 2011 we almost shat ourselves as we watched the nations announce their points — we would never have thought scruffy jazz singer Raphael Gualazzi would have wowed the jury and televoters to a second place finish. This award is dedicated to the men and women who teach us never to count anyone out. Who surprised you the most in 2017?

Previous winners:

2013: Malta’s Gianluca Bezzina

2014: The Netherlands’ Common Linnets

2015: Belgium’s Loïc Nottet

2016: Poland’s Michal Szpak

Worst Live Vocals

From Ivi Adamou to Can-Linn, Eurovision features some amazing digitally re-mastered artists. This award singles out the contestant who could most use a bit of Auto Tune. Consult their live performances before voting and try not to focus on the backing.

Previous winners:

2013: Germany’s Cascada

2014: Ireland’s Can-Linn

2015: Finland’s PKN

2016: Azerbaijan’s Samra

Cruise Ship Award

This award honours the contestant who could have a successful run entertaining passengers stuck on large boats for weeks at a time. It requires personality, patience and an ability to cope with difficult holiday-makers. This is not shade. It’s just another suggested revenue stream.

Previous winners:

2013: Slovenia’s Hannah Mancini

2014: Belgium’s Axel Hirsoux

2015: UK’s Electro Velvet

2016: San Marino’s Serhat

Biggest Disappointment

In 2011 we were gossiping in the Press Centre about which French city would host Eurovision 2012. The betting agencies had put Amaury Vassili at incredibly low odds to win the whole thing…and then he finished 15th. This award honours the contestant whom we all thought would shine (at some point, anyway) but struggled to live up to the hype.

Previous winners:

2013: Germany’s Cascada

2014: The UK’s Molly Smitten-Downes

2015: Spain’s Edurne

2016: Spain’s Barei

Miss/Mr Congeniality (Wiwi Jury to decide)

The Eurovision Song Contest was founded to bring Europe together following the carnage of World War II. This award honours the contestant whose press conferences and off-stage appearances did the most to honour the Eurovision tradition of peace and camraderie. Daria Kinzer flopped out in ESC 2011, but she stayed throughout the week and partied her claw-nail toes off until the wee hours of the morning with her hardcore fans. This award honours the contestants who, like Daria, embody the spirit of her song “Celebrate” — regardless of their result.

Previous winners:

2013: Israel’s Moran Mazor

2014: Portugal’s Suzy Guerra

2015: Tamar Kaprelian

2016: Sergey Lazarev

Least Bothered by the Results (Wiwi Jury to decide)

Eurovision is serious business, with over 100 million people tuning in to watch Europe’s largest televised entertainment event. And yet every year some contestants tune out all the pressure and just show up and do their thing. We salute those acts who don’t let the drama get them down and know they have worth regardless of the outcome.

Previous winners:

2013: The Netherlands’ Anouk

2014: France’s Twin Twin

2015: Austria’s The Makemakes

2016: Georgia’s Nika Kocharov and the Young Georgian Lolitaz

The Dana International Award for LGBT Equality (Wiwi Jury to decide)

This award honors Dana International, the Israeli transgender singer who won Eurovision in 1998. Conservatives at home asked Israel to withdraw from the contest, but she stood her ground and sang for all oppressed people en route to victory. The Wiwi Jury awards this prize to the contestant who did the most for the many LGBT fans who follow Eurovision. Activism is risky business, but the winner knows that doing what’s right is more important than bowing to the haters.

Previous winners:

2013: Finland’s Krista Siegfrids

2014: Austria’s Conchita Wurst

2015: Serbia’s Bojana Stamenov

2016: Hovi Star

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krrr
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krrr

MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED COMMERCIALLY – Moldova.
MOST WRONGED – Finland.
MOST IMPROVED – Czech Republic.
BEST DRESSED – Sweden.
BEST LIVE VOCALS – Poland.
MOST MEMORABLE STAGING – UK.
BIGGEST SURPRISE – Norway.
WORST LIVE VOCALS – Australia.
CRUISE SHIP AWARD – San Marino.
BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT – Italy.

Gazilion
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Gazilion

I already voted, so I will only comment/suggest on one category I cannot vote: “Least Bothered By The Result”. OK, English is not my native language, but I think (from the description) it should be “Least Bothered *With* The Result”, because the “By” implies the knowledge of the results (so it’s a post-fact thing), while the description seems to describe artists unbothered with whatever outcome could occur, also before it occurred (so, a pre-fact thing). That said, and judging under this understanding, I would award the title (if I could) to Salvador Sobral: — When everybody was touring Europe promoting… Read more »

escphbelgium
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escphbelgium

Most likely to succeed commercially: Belgium. Let’s be real! Form both a marketing and artistic standpoint, Blanche is the only one who could have done so well in major markets like Japan, Korea, UK, Canada, and US, as well as the only one who can have a singing career that could level the likes of 2NE1, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Lana Del Rey, Lorde, etc. Most Wronged: Latvia If they would have qualified, Triana Park and Blanche would be the only ones who would make it in the long run. Sadly, It wouldn’t happen but from from both artistic and… Read more »

beccaboo1212
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Demy’s not even close to being a bad singer.

Bella
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Bella

That’s not really what she showed us at Eurovision, she sounded like a screaming dying cat.

beccaboo1212
Guest

How about if you listen to “Poses Hiliades Kalokeria” and find out if it’s designed for a more “talented” version of her. 🙂

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjCeQj4Jf3Y

Bella
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Bella

I really wonder why the Award for LGBT Equality is named after Dana International… That woman is one of the most hateful, racist, salty Eurovision personalities.

It’s like naming the Nobel Peace Prize after Putin or Erdogan.

caracol
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caracol
Hada
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Hada

Most Likely To Succeed Commercially: Francesco Gabbani, because he’s already succeeding commercially. But starting with Salvador and going all the way down, many acts in and out of the poll are cashing checks or likely to do so. Most Wronged: Finland and Latvia. Most Improved: Sunstroke Project. They proved they go way beyond a meme. Best Dressed: Nobody, but let’s say Moldova. Best Live Vocals: Salvador hands down, both in technique and interpretation. But let’s be honest, Croatia also brought it, even if the song itself was a joke. Most Memorable Staging: Same two as above. Salvador because Luisa made… Read more »

Colin
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Colin

Agree about least bothered. Francesco, Kasia, Valentina, ect. didn’t seem to be deeply affected. Obviously Jacques, Alma and especially Alex Florea won’t be receiving this particullar award.

beccaboo1212
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Demy’s not even close to being a bad singer. She did perfectly fine with her high notes in the grand final! 🙂

Aria
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Aria

She didn’t even try singing it then and made her back-up singers do it!! That’s a fine strategy….so I agree with you.

Alex
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Alex

Sexiest Male ?
Hovig
Nathan
Robin
IMRI
The Presenters

Music Is the Key
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Music Is the Key

I am straight, so sexiest female….shared between Denmark and Poland! A pity their songs were not that sexy 🙂

Jorge Salazar
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Jorge Salazar

IMRI

Alex
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Alex

Sexiest Female
Alma OG3NE Demy Tijana
Kasia Mos Anja
Blanche
IIlinca (Romania)
Lucie

The Anders
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The Anders

Some supplemental awards.

Best composition: Portugal
Best orchestration: possibly Armenia
Best lyrics: Hungary

Music Is the Key
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Music Is the Key

Yes, lovely arrangement / production of the Armenian song! Many nice details, surprised etc…sophisticated and good!

And of course, portugal won very much deserved!

The Anders
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The Anders

They did. “Amar pelos dois” is apparently my 11th favourite of all time 🙂

The Anders
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The Anders

(*CURRENTLY my 11th favourite – not apparently)

suus
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suus

@TJ – ”ESC is not a gay thing??? Seriously? LOL. You just wrote the word “clueless” on your forehead.”

Why this debate? 200 mil. viewers are not all gays for sure, but the fans that are interested to stay in the bubble the whole year, and want to be in fan-clubs, are gays. This is it. LGBT wants to be fans the whole year, but the viewers that vote in the day of the competition, are mostly NOT gays. This is why we have surprises/shocks fan-favorites stay in semi-final, because gay-fans are not the 200 mil. viewers.

Kermit
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Kermit

I am a REAL hardcore fan all year, and not gay 🙂 I know many straight male fans. Female fans too. Gay or not…doesn’t matter. What unites us is the love for the music of ESC, and the concept…not sexuality

The Anders
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The Anders

I’m in the bubble, and I’m straight.

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

I’m in the bubble and have two children.
I really struggle with the being gay “prerequisite” of being a Eurovision fan!

Irish Esc Fan
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Irish Esc Fan

I think Naviband should win Mr/Ms Congeniality because they’re always so positive and nothing can literally upset them lol and I think least bothered by the results should be Levina

Music Is the Key
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Music Is the Key

I would like to add my OWN ADWARDS – based on things I find important in ESC 🙂 OK? Here goes 🙂 Most rocky song: Ukraine (sadly, very few rock songs this year 🙁 More next year please!) Best lyrics: Italy Most “honest” song: Portugal Most original sounding song: A split…..Latia, Belarus, Portugal, Belgium Nicest surprise of a song that (deservedly) did worse than expected: Estonia Nicest surprise of a song that (desvervedly) did better than expected: Norway Most “daring” moment: Salvador’s victory speech – and he was 100 % right (even if maybe the timing was debateable) Nicest “narrow”… Read more »

Alex
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Alex

Nicest narrow results I am sorry @ musicisthekey but really mirela deserved to go to Eurovision for Spain not Manel but for Ukraine I would have loved if O Torvald, Tayanna or MELOVIN went to Kyiv but I do respect your opinion

Music Is the Key
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Music Is the Key

Ok, I respect yours too of course 🙂

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Remember not to take it too seriously, everyone!

Möhrant
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Möhrant

Picking best live vocals is such a hard ask cause most of the acts absolutely nailed it this year. Most wronged is also tough because there were heaps of acts that didn’t do as well as we’d have liked.

Luke
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Luke

Hope Kasia Mos will win Miss Congeniality. All interviews with her are so witty and amusing and she is such a charming person <3 BTW she provided us with stellar vocals, so I'm also voting for her in 'best live vocals' category. I'm only wondering why Tamara isn't included in this category. Maybe her song wasn't particularly good, but undoubtedly her vocals were just flawless. Biggest disappointment? Tijana. She had quite a good song but her staging was a terrible mess and her vocal skills were below expectations. If she was included in 'worst live vocals' instead of Isaiah, I… Read more »

Jesús Alcalá
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Jesús Alcalá

I hope that Nathan Trent win MR CONGENIALITY! Because he has a magical spirit. He was very charming in Eurovision and he still is, perhaps, his song it wasn’t my cup of tea but he sold it very good. So Wiwibloggs jury think about it!

Music Is the Key
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Music Is the Key

I think Austria had their best song since their comeback. Very nice, genuine and sympathic song. The perfromance should be with musicians on stage though….would make the live act even better

goprake
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goprake

•Most likely to succeed commercially: I’m between Sunstroke Project and Blanche, but I’d rather say Sunstroke Project. •Most wronged: Finland by far, the biggest crime. (Why isn’t Lithuania in the list? They deserved to qualify, Fusedmarc is such an amazing band). •Most improved: Moldova, of course, they had an amazing staging that rocketed them to the third place. I also loved how they interacted with the backing vocals. •Best dressed: again, Moldova, they had an awesome staging — including their dressing. •Best live vocals: I’ll have to say Denmark, Anja had an amazing staging. (Again, why isn’t Lithuania in the… Read more »

Music Is the Key
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Music Is the Key

Lithunaia had a great song! I agree. Should have been in the final. One of those “too good for their own good” songs….. It was musically great and innovative, but not commerical

beccaboo1212
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And I’m still waiting for Fusedmarc to film a NEW music video for “Rain of Revolution”! 😮

Chris (frostyw)
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Chris (frostyw)

If I could save one act that was left out of the nominations entirely … Belarus was one of the most memorable stages for me. Magic. They took you on an airship cruise of Minsk, complete with fireworks and amazing vocals. I keep coming back to the video of their national final performance.

Chris (frosty)
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Chris (frosty)

Correction… their GRAND final performance!

Colin
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Colin

Most likely to succeed commercially – I’d say SunStroke Project, although Blanche’s age works in her advance. Anyway, everyone on this list would deserve it. Most wronged – Although Lucie and Nathan are also in my personal top 4, they at least did get near the middle of the scoreboard, so I have to go with Norma John. They had to qualify 🙁 Most improved – Blanche. Lucie is perhaps the best one, but not much improving was needed. Blanche’s performance from the finals was much better than the one in the semi. Best dressed – Kasia 🙂 Best live… Read more »

escphbelgium
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escphbelgium

Some suggestions for Least Bothered. Blanche: in interviews, she said that she wants to win but was happy when she finished fourth place. Jana Burceska: she didn’t even qualified but she seems happy since she got engaged (she’s already married, actually) and she’s expecting to have a child Francesco Gibbani: he seems happy with the results despite being a fan favorite to win. He also seems to enjoy his time during Eurovision. Slavko: he stayed and cheered on for the others and seems like he wasn’t bothered by his rank. DiHaj: she said in an interview on the red carpet… Read more »

Phary
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Phary

Blanche is probably the most likely to succeed commercially, her song is the most successful one and she will only gain confidence from now on. I think Norma John are the most wronged, although it can probably be explained by the fact that their song isn’t really “immediate”. Lucie Jones is definitely the most improved on the whole process (from the selection of the song to the Grand Final). I don’t really get why Blanche is nominated, she improved during the rehearsals but her song was already very good on its own. O’G3NE slayed the vocals ! Kasia was good… Read more »

Chris (frosty)
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Chris (frosty)

I agree with Mr. Congeniality. Having watched all the ESC 2017 coverage, I can’t come to any other conclusion than Nathan Trent being House Wiwi’s overwhelming choice.

Kermit
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Kermit

Best clothes? LOL! I never pay attention to it. ESC is 100 % about music

Étoile
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Étoile

Blanche’s song will have a good commercial success I think, so I voted for Belgium. Most wronged, Finland. Most improved, Moldova, they finished 3rd in the final, it was one of the most happy songs and a very good comeback for SunStroke Project. Best dressed, France, Alma was very pretty, so elegant. Best Live Vocals, I voted for O’G3NE, Most Memorable Staging, Portugal, it’s simple and he’s close to his audience and I liked that, Biggest surprise for me was Norway, I really liked this song but thought it won’t be well ranked, I’m happy it was appreciated by some.… Read more »

Jo
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Jo

Those best dressed were all bad dressed, except Kasia maybe.

Napaw
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Napaw

Sunstroke and Robin were wearing tuxes and suits, what is bad about that?

Also Alma wore a classy short dress and looked absolutely stunning.

Jo
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Jo

Barbie’s Ken suit, and Sunstroke was ok but not the “best dressed”, I wouldn’t wear that for a wedding.
Alma’s dress wasn’t bad…bad, but matches with the background.

Just my opinion though, I’m not a fashionist, just notice that.

Music Is the Key
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Music Is the Key

An own adward for LGTB eauqlity….seriously? Come on! Get a grip! Stop this annoying gay focus!!!! Such a stupid and irrelevant adward!!

Jo
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Jo

I’m not gay and it doesn’t bother me.

UK1979 is my next love
Guest
UK1979 is my next love

It is rather unecessary to put it that way

Robyn Gallagher
Editor

If you want Eurovision coverage that ignores the LGBT community, there are plenty of other blogs who offer that, who I am sure would welcome your readership. But if you’re looking for that here, you’re not going to find it.

Wiwibloggs is proud to cover LGBT topics related to Eurovision.

Kermit
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Kermit

But why so PROUD about it?

I agree with the others, it’s so irrelevant!

Don’t get me wrong, gays / lesbians are OK, I have no problems with them.

But this focus is very disinclusive and can appear arrogant – maybe not the intention. But ESC is not a “gay thing”. lots of fans are straight, oth male and female.

The ESC / gay link some fansites have is a problem. A pity some people don’t understand it

TJ
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TJ

ESC is not a gay thing??? Seriously? LOL.
You just wrote the word “clueless” on your forehead.

Gav
Guest

LGBT rights should not even be questioned in 2017 but many countries still face oppression. For that reason I would say this is an important recognition and considering a vast number of the audience are in the LGBT community I think awardening it is a brilliant idea.

Music Is the Key
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Music Is the Key

So many replies! I have many gay friends myself, so for me it’s of course not a problem with gays / lesbians! 🙂 What I find more “disturbing” however, is when some people try “make it a “gay event”, or try to take “copyright”. of course there are many gay male fans. But also many striaght ones. And of course also many FEMALE fans, sthey should not be forgotten either! I think Wiwiblggs is a very nice site, but somehow their “gay focus” is too big. And to be honest, i find prizes like this quite silly. I think we… Read more »

beccaboo1212
Guest

I’m not homosexual either. I’m not even close to being a lesbian.

AngieP
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AngieP

Eurovision VMAs! Yeeeeeeessssss!!! Most likely to succeed commercialy: Belgium! This song is the most contemporary track in Eurovision this year. It applies to all markets, it has sth universal. Most wronged: Finland hands down. That didn’t make sense at all! 2nd pick: Estonia (I really can’t leave this out) Most improved: Moldova! (no one believed they would be 3rd) Best dressed: Alma! This girl, from the Eurovision stage to the promo tour, she worked it! She’s so elegant and chic! Best live vocals: OG3NE! (These girls just killed it!) 2nd pick: Kristian (Such a voice for such an age, so… Read more »

The Anders
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The Anders

Most likely to succeed commercially: Belgium as the song manages to sound contemporary whilst at the same time it also has artistic depth. Most wronged: None of these. I desperately wanted Czech Republic in the final, but most of the voters didn’t agree. Most improved: N/A Best dressed: N/A Best live vocals: Portugal by miles. Vocals are not just about singing techniques, but also artistic expression. I would like to have had Czechia nominated here too. Most memorable staging: Azerbaijan. It was aesthetically fascinating and open for interpretation. Good visual composition too, f.e. with a triangle between the horse man,… Read more »

Aria
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Aria

Actually vocals by definition are only about singing technique!! What you describe is a performance not vocals

Martina Barta with My Turn should have been in the final according to me too.

The Anders
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The Anders

Well ‘good vocals’ means a good vocal performance to me. Good technical skills is all very fine, but if it isn’t interesting to listen to, then they don’t count for much. On the other hand I have a lot of favourite singers who aren’t that good technically.

The Anders
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The Anders

(*Good technical skills are all very fine…)

beccaboo1212
Guest

Relax. Demy’s high notes slightly improved in the grand final. In fact, she’s not even close to being a bad singer. 🙂

YoungsterJoey
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YoungsterJoey

I’m old enough to remember this was the Valentina Monetta Awards.

Zebb
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Zebb

Some of these are pretty obvious. Most vocalists were on top albeit some were letting down their previous effort – Anja, Francesco, Robin to remind. Surprise for me is definitely package from Moldova – I closed my top prior to rehearsals with it, placing it 30 as enjoyable but unnecessary radio-friendly popsicle. Watching them nailing it effortlessly made me appreciate their crew and work they were doing all their career years. And it’s followed by Croatian friend and British mirrors. One juxtaposed himself, another got killer stage but fireworks (for dramatic song, really?!) and mimics were too much. She’s great… Read more »

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

Blanche is the only one who can have an international career lbr. Kristian’s song was out of every country’s iTunes and Spotify top 200 (including Bulgaria) 10 days after the contest. I voted Estonia for most wronged (#MafiaDiVerona is alive and well), United Kingdom for most improved (went from nearly-last to 6th in my list with the revamp and performance), France for best look, Croatia for best vocals (but it’s a tie with Lucie Jones, another flawless vocalist), Moldova both for most memorable staging and biggest surprise, Australia for worst vocals, San Marino for the cruise ship, and my country… Read more »

Nursen
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Nursen

there was not much time to vote. I could participate in some categories. I guess four or five of them were already closed. that is a pity. I would have liked to vote for all categories!

ts
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ts

Most likely to succeed commercially: JOWST- think that his songs are very radio-friendly. In addition to this, he is working with Rebecca Black (you either love or hate her music) which shows that he is starting with international names. Kristian would be 2nd. I would’ve put Blanche 1st, but she needs to improve her stage presence. Most Wronged: Voted for Norma John, but I thought it was a crime that Nathan got 0 with the televoting and also Jana Burceska’s and Timebelle’s (who I am surprised aren’t featured as they were fan favourites) NQ was also worth mentioning. Most improved:… Read more »

esc freak
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esc freak

I think the fact that Lindita was not even included in the Best Live Vocals category is a crime. Other than that, good options.

Nancy G
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Nancy G

Did you hear her opening bars in the semi? Re-watch and prepare to be shocked 🙁

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

Screaming =/= good live vocals. I’m surprised they included Anja Noisen though, her screams weren’t as powerful.

Mark
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Mark

I don’t trust the fans or the WiWi jury to make the right decisions.

Andrea
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Andrea

There are no right decisions in something as subjective as musical taste.

esc freak
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esc freak

Well said, Andrea.

Erasmus
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Erasmus

I wonder how did Romania’s cezar get a prize for Most Wronged and Best Dressed – both song and dress were terrible… But yeah worst vocals: Slavko no doubt, Nathan, Demy, Isaiah and Manel can sing they just had a bad moment, while Slavko can not sing at ALL. For commercial success Blanche deserves the award. For most wronged I would say Estonia, Finland and Latvia. UK was a bit underrated, while France and Austria got a quite fair place(maybe even a bit overrated). Most improved, UK and Georgia for sure. Others were good and didn’t really have much of… Read more »

beccaboo1212
Guest

Guess who else also hates Croatia’s entry? Me! In fact, I pretty much hate opera in general! 😛

ts
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ts

Personally, I think that Norma John should be in the biggest disappointment category as during the rehearsals I genuinely thought that they could top the jury vote, so it came as a big shock to me when I saw that they weren’t even in the jury’s top 10. I don’t think that there was any huge hype behind Martina and Slavko, but can understand why the other artists were put there. I personally thought that Italy had it in the bag this year, so I voted for Francesco in that category.

Mark
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Mark

What we’ve learnt is that the San Remo stage and the Eurovision stage are far too different from each other

ts
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ts

Agree completely.

Nancy G
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Nancy G

TOTALLY AGREE. Francesco at Sanremo was MAGIC. At Eurovision it was just lame 🙁

ts
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ts

I think the orchestra enhanced his performance @ Sanremo, whereas at Eurovision, the stage ate him up a bit.

azaad
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azaad

To be fair I think disappointments have to put on a disappointing performance. Norma John’s elimination was shocking because the performance was lovely.

ts
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ts

Also agree with what your saying, but I did think that Martina’s performance was well staged (excluding the people on the screens) as it was sung nicely and was very pleasant overall.

azaad
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azaad

Isaiah’s vocals weren’t THAT bad….they were mostly good with a few hiccups. Overrated by the juries for sure, but still deserved more than 2 points from the public. Glad you included Greece. Finland deserved the final so much more.

Am I the only one who thought the Macedonian live performance was good? Not amazing, but fine and enjoyable and deserving of the final? Am I the only one?

Erasmus
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Erasmus

agree on both topics:)

Mark
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Mark

Did you not watch the semi final? Isaiah was dreadful and everyone in Australia was embarrassed,

azaad
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azaad

In the semi final I will be the first to front that there were hiccups, but I thought he did much better in the final. To be honest, I much prefer a mostly decent performance with a few bad notes (Isaiah) than an overall mediocre to lacking one (Hovig- he sounded really strained) and especially one that was just bad (Slavko, Manel, Demy).

beccaboo1212
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I keep trying to tell you, Demy usually has a really good singing voice! In fact, Deny sings better than Yoko Ono or Paris Hilton. 😉

Nancy G
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Nancy G

Isaiah’s live performances were not good. It’s sad but true.

Kris
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Kris

I had wondered aloud why there was no article last time on worst live vocals where Samra had blown the competition out of the Park?

4lnh
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4lnh

” our interactions with them in Stockholm” What? You mean Kyiv.
God, you love so much Stockholm and Lisbon, and you hated so much Kyiv. You can’t help saying that in the videos about Lisbon.

Kurtis Carter
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Kurtis Carter

I agree with William, the arena felt very bare and empty and there were busloads of soldiers sitting in the carpark next to the arena whilst I had a coffee (they also stood around the boundary of the arena :O). However, Kyiv and Ukraine, in general, was beautiful! I loved every minute of it, from the flowers to the flags flowing from the buildings.