Eurovision may be a battle of songs, but usually the winner has one hell of a voice. And so do the acts that finish further down the scoreboard. This year North Macedonia’s Tamara Toedevska used her voice as a vehicle for some major emotion. Albania’s Jonnida Maliqi served an ethnic sound backed by power. And Australia’s Kate Miller-Heidke worked every inch of her register…while swaying on a massive poll. But in the end our readers felt that one act out did them all. After counting 3,416 votes, we can now reveal that The Netherlands’ Duncan Laurence has won the Vision Music Award 2019 for Best Live Vocals.
With precision, vulnerability and a whole lot of heart, Duncan proved that the voice is the most powerful instrument of all. He appeared on stage with just a small piano and a floating light, bypassing theatrics for something pure and simple. “Arcade” was most definitely a winning game.
Ahead of Eurovision, we couldn’t stop singing the praises of his voice — and how it fit the sentiments and themes of “Arcade”. As wiwiblogger Lucy wrote:
“Haunting, beautiful, heart-breaking….There’s nobody with a voice similar to his this year, and it suits the pain of the song perfectly, both in the soft verses and with its many anthemic moments. With a mentor like Ilse DeLange on his side too, he has a team who knows how to succeed at Eurovision. I’d be very surprised if we weren’t headed to Amsterdam/Rotterdam next year.” (Cue comments on Maastricht in 3, 2, 1….)
BEST LIVE VOCALS 2019
- The Netherlands’ Duncan Laurence 1,044 votes, 30.56%
- North Macedonia’s Tamara Todevska 1,038 votes, 30.39%
- Albania’s Jonida Maliqi 690 votes, 20.2%
- Serbia’s Nevena Bozovic 545 votes, 15.95%
- Moldova’s Anna Odobescu 99 votes, 2.9%
Our 13 categories—from best dressed to most wronged at ESC—identify the contestants who left the biggest impression on Eurovision fans, regardless of whether they won the contest or not.This award is just one of a dozen awards we have launched as part of the Vision Music Awards 2019 (VMAs).
You can watch the nominations video below. You can also read more about the awards here.
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Photo: Andres Putting (EBU/Eurovision.tv)