Things go wrong at Eurovision all the time. Great songs can have bad staging, and talented singers can fail to hit the notes when it counts. But sometimes everything can go perfectly fine…only for things to fall apart on the scoreboard. The results make no sense. The act is just totally wronged…
This year Czech Republic’s Lake Malawi gave a charismatic performance only to get completely ignored by the televote. Norway’s KEiiNO excited fans and viewers, but were cut down by the juries. Poland’s Tulia suffered much the same fate despite bringing their traditional fires of love, and Hungary’s Joci Papai soared through his song with a beautiful dedication to his father, but still couldn’t secure a place in the Grand Final. But there was one result that clearly upset our readers more than any other. After receiving a total of 1,009 votes, we can now reveal that the Vision Music Award 2019 for Most Wronged goes to Portugal’s Conan Osiris.
Following his landslide win at Festival da Cancao, where his innovative performance earned him first position with both the televote and jury, Conan Osiris was a contender to win the entire contest. Rehearsals in Tel Aviv threw a spanner into the works, with sound and technical difficulties affecting his time on the stage. However as the Semi Final drew closer, the issues seemed to be fixed and Conan was ready to present “Telemoveis” to Europe in a brand new emerald costume.
The semi came and we collectively held our breath. Technology was on his side and he seemed to slay. And yet he failed to make the final, placing only 15th (with televoters ranking him 12th and the juries placing him 17th). This marked Portugal’s first absence from the Grand Final since their non-participation in 2016. Maybe the viewers and jurors just weren’t ready for Conan’s avant-grade style? Who knows, but for sure we will always answer Conan’s call.
Conan Osiris joins an illustrious list of Eurovision stars who also fell foul: Finland’s Norma John (2017), Iceland’s Greta Salóme (2016), Italy’s Il Volo (2015), Israel’s Mei Finegold (2014) and Romania’s Cezar Ouatu (2013).
Most Wronged 2019: Full Results
1. Portugal – Conan Osiris: 1009 votes (32.78%)
2. Norway – KEiiNO: 1005 votes (32.65%)
3. Poland – Tulia: 442 votes (14.36%)
4. Hungary – Joci Papai: 367 votes (11.92%)
5. Lithuania – Jurijus Veklenko: 255 votes (8.28%)
Vision Music Awards 2019: The Nominees
This award is just one of a dozen awards we have launched as part of the Vision Music Awards 2019 (VMAs).
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.
You can watch the nominations video and read more about the awards here.