Before and during Eurovision 2019, we all had the privilege of getting to know 41 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, Moscow 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 sixth edition of the Vision Music Awards (VMAs). We took a break in 2018, but this year we are back with renewed fuego and it’s time for us to add few more seconds to the acts’ 15 minutes. At the dawn of summer, it’s a final chance to say hooray, you slay before we fully disappear into our tunnel that leads to Eurovision 2020 in The Netherlands.

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 Tel Aviv. 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 Tel Aviv and during the contest itself.

VMAs 2019: 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 July 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 2019 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

2017: Belgium’s Blanche

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

2017: Finland’s Norma John

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

2017: The UK’s Lucie Jones

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

2017: Poland’s Kasia Mos

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

2017: The Netherland’s OG3NE

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

2017: Azerbaijan’s Dihaj

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 2019?

Previous winners:

2013: Malta’s Gianluca Bezzina

2014: The Netherlands’ Common Linnets

2015: Belgium’s Loïc Nottet

2016: Poland’s Michal Szpak

2017: Moldova’s SunStroke Project

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. Note: We have not shortlisted candidates for this. The decision is yours and yours alone!

Previous winners:

2013: Germany’s Cascada

2014: Ireland’s Can-Linn

2015: Finland’s PKN

2016: Azerbaijan’s Samra

2017: Greece’s Demy

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

2017: Croatia’s Jacques Houdek

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

2017: Italy’s Francesco Gabbani

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: Armenia’s Tamar Kaprelian

2016: Russia’s Sergey Lazarev

2017: Austria’s Nathan Trent

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

2017: Portugal’s Salvador Sobral

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: Israel’s Hovi Star

2017: Montenegro’s Slavko Kalezic

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Chess
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Chess

I wonder if VMA did not take a break in 2018, who will win Miss/Mr Congeniality LOL

Rob
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Rob

When will the results be shown? I’m uber curious! 😀

Veta
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Veta

BTW, KEiiNO should def win The Dana International Award, considering the message of their song and not only. If not them, at least Bilal.
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bzkig8eHNdx/?igshid=v5zisq7oo33h

Veta
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Veta

Strange, I was reading somewhere in the comments on this site that in order to insert a picture in your comment you should just leave a link to the picture, but I’ve just did this and it doesn’t work.

Ziv
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Ziv

I don’t know who is the least bothered by the result, but I am sure Sweden is the most bothered.

destroy1234
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destroy1234

Looking back, this year’s Eurovision is kinda boring, except serhat’s train wreck lol

Mag
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Mag

And the Worst Live Vocals goes to — say na na na

Ariso Light
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Ariso Light

Why aren’t Kate Miller-Heidke and Katerine Duska nominated for the best live vocal award? I’m disappointed.

Loin dici
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Kate might be great, but for Katerine, few other contestant had their game better than her.

Stevan
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Stevan

Why is Spain in the “memorable staging” category lmao

Margaret
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Margaret

I want Duncan to win Mr Congeniality category, he was so friendly to everyone <3

Reece Chambers
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Reece Chambers

How Kate Miller-Heidke is not nominated for best vocals is absolutely beyond me, when to me it’s clear she was ahead of the rest.

chris
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why wasnt Kate Miller-Heidke included in the live vocals category

Raoul
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Raoul

The dana international award: hatari i guess? Or conan?

Biggest disappointment: greece, but also cyprus and belgium.

Least bothered: arguably slovenia, but tamara’s coolness was inspiring.

Miss congeniality: australia. But also israel.

Most improved: georgia,.

Most wronged: spain above all. Also norway, portugal, malta.

Tamaraaaaaaa
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Tamaraaaaaaa

Least bothered is for Tamara Todevska and for her only

Justice
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Justice

Mahmood already succeeded commercially so….
The most wronged is of course the televoting winner.
Tamara had the best live vocals.
Australia had the best staging. Come on, who else comes even close?
Greece’s staging was the most memorable because it was so bad and distracting.
Walking out on Paenda. Those vocals were so bad, Austria clearly bet on the wrong horse this year.
The least bothered clearly was Slovenia and I applaud them for that. Although i suppose they were bothered by the stupid questions. I applaud them even more for that.

Adam
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Adam

Mahmood should win the commercial success award. He’s already a huge star in his own country and I think he’s really got potential.

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

the best dressed options i-

Jake Mason
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Jake Mason

Jonida Maliqi, Conan Osiris and Mahmood deserve to be there

Veta
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Veta

I don’t get what the Cruise Ship Award is about. That explanation doesn’t help me at all.

Azaad
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Azaad

It’s for a charming but kind of old fashioned and cheesy act.

Stevan
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Stevan

Who can entertain the general audience for weeks at a time and still be interesting

Michael
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Michael

My winners: Most Likely to Succeed Commercially-Italy, with how well Soldi is doing on Spotify and it not being an English song, I think he has a lot of potentially Most Wronged-Portugal, it’s one thing for the song to not qualify as it’s a very unique and unusual song, but it’s another for the juries to put it below both Finland and Montenegro. Did not deserve it Most Improved-Belarus, before the contest, I thought it was basic, repetitive, but catchy, radio filler. However, listening to Zena’s performance and watching her confidence, I forgot about that during the semis (but why… Read more »

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

You know, all the nominees for the “Best Live Vocals” category were absolutely amazing, but Kate Miller-Heidke was the one that really blew me away with her delivery. Like I got the chance to be in the arena that night and the entire audience was just stunned by her performance. And not only did she showcase her terrific singing, but at the same time she was dancing on a freaking pole! I think that was AT LEAST worth a nomination.

Michael
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Michael

It doesn’t make sense we she isn’t here, But Anna Odobescu is. Anna’s vocals were solid, but not in the same league as Kate’s.

KYLLITO
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KYLLITO

Thanks for bringing this back. I can’t wait for your video revealing the results.

Kris
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Kris

Slovenia should really win the least bothered award …. Just saying

ESCFan2009
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ESCFan2009

Great idea! 😀 Kate Miller-Heidke needs to win the “Best Staging”, otherwise she is robbed for the 2nd time (1st one was getting 9th with this masterpiece instead of at least 3rd ^^).

IVANOV
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IVANOV

Most Likely to Succeed Commercially : Russia’s Sergey Lazarev
Most Wronged : Russia’s Sergey Lazarev
Best Dressed : Russia’s Sergey Lazarev
Best Live Vocals : Russia’s Sergey Lazarev
Most Memorable Staging : Russia’s Sergey Lazarev

Natalie
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Natalie

I feel like I’m the only person who thinks this, but Tamta’s live vocals were not it. I was super disappointed.

Jo.
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Jo.

Not many vocal flops this year, but she was definitely one of them.

Veta
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Veta

Tamta or Serhat should def win the Worst Vocals Award.

Thunder and lightning it's getting exciting
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Thunder and lightning it's getting exciting

And Eliot

Hello
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Hello

And D-mol…

Azaad
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Azaad

D-mol sung a bad song as well as they could. Tamta and Eliot sounded pitchy and strained at parts and Serhat…well, he seems nice.

Escescesc
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Escescesc

For me the biggest disappointment of this year (as each years) it’s the result for France : 2011 Amaury deserved to win but…Azerbaidjan WTF ! 2015 Lisa angel deserved the top10 but… 25th 2016 Amir deserved the top 5 but…..6th 2017 Alma deserved the top 10 but….12th 2018 Madame Monsieur the top 5 but….13th 2019 Bilal deserved largely the top 10 but….16th What happens with France ! ? Somebody has an idea ? Just for that France should win very very soon they deserve it, each years they make a big effort in Esc and let a big impact but… Read more »

escfin
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escfin

oookay.

Escescesc
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Escescesc

Okay or not the facts are here, wiwi readers you can downvote me (even if I don’t understand why) but it won’t change the facts.

Escescesc
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Escescesc

And I confirm France since 2011 and Bilal this year deserved better.

Michael
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Michael

Bilal deserved the top 10, with that vocal performance? I think not.

Escescesc
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Escescesc

Wtf ! Yes of course with that vocal performance, and mostly with that vocal performance , wash your ears my dear before being unpleasant.

Yana
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Yana

Great idea! When will be the results ?

Gorilla716
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Gorilla716

I wonder why Wiwibloggs skipped the VMAs last year.

esc26
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esc26

My guesses for the 2018 VMAs if they had taken place:

Commercial success: Cyprus
Most wronged: Greece, Switzerland or Ukraine
Most improved: Moldova
Best dressed: Estonia
Best live vocals: Estonia (again) or Albania
Most memorable staging: Israel, Cyprus or Moldova
Biggest surprise: Austria
Worst live vocals: Russia…
Cruise ship award: Don’t know XD maybe the UK or San Marino
Biggest disappointment: Belgium, Greece or Finland
LGBT award: Ireland

I don’t really know about the congeniality and “least bothered by the results” awards.

Feel free to remind me if I forgot someone important 🙂

Azaad
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Azaad

I think Israel might have won commercial success just based on the views- although Cyprus also makes sense. Maybe Finland could have challenged Ireland for LGBT- seeing as Saara herself as LGBT and Monsters itself is an anthem for LGBT pride?

Margaret
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Margaret

Our Gromee and Lukas Meijer or SuRie would win the Mr Congeniality category, they were super nice

Margaret
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Margaret

And the least bothered by results could be Netta, because she was the favorite to win and did it. Same thing this year with Duncan

Sam
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Sam

I miss Greece on the most wronged list as well as Russia and Australia on the best live vocals list

Azaad
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Azaad

Yasss to this.

Geo
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Geo

Serhat had the worst vocals of the year, same as in 2016… There’s no doubt about it, that man cannot sing, he only whispers in the microphone…. Shame fot that qualification, it happened because he benefit from votes from the Turks from most of the European countries, otherwise ….

Freddie J.
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Freddie J.

In 2017 Sobral won : ‘Least bothered by the result”?????

Ugnius
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Ugnius

Why Greece isn’t among most wronged ?

owoooooo
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owoooooo

because the vocals weren’t great. u gotta work for your prize

Margaret
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Margaret

I wonder why last year VMA didn’t happen?

William Lee Adams
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I was settling into a new job and didn’t have time to organise, unfortunately.

BadWoolfGirl
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BadWoolfGirl

I had never heard of these awards, though it might have been that I only started reading wiwibloggs in late 2017, early 2018.

Margaret
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Margaret

That explains everything

P!nk Forever
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P!nk Forever

Bilal has the LGBT equality award in the bag!

Gab
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Gab

Hatari may have be a strong contender too.

Grftn
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Grftn

Yes! Bilal has been awarded the « LGBT person of the year » at the Out Awards in France 🙂 he has a huge impact here!

escfinland
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escfinland

Yaay these are back!! Thank you Wiwibloggs 🙂
Two questions: do some of these questions have all songs as options on purpose? And is the “ranking of the 2010s’ entries of each country” series going to continue at some point? 🙂