Not everyone can be a Mariah or a Whitney. At Eurovision 2019 Finland’s Sebastian Rejman told us all to “Look Away” and Europe took the metaphor more literally than intended. Cyprus’ Tamta had our love on Replay, though more so with the studio version. Montenegro’s D mol went for the high notes — and at times misfired so bad we thought they might blow out a speaker. But in the end our readers thought that one act struggled vocally more than all the rest. After counting your votes, we can now reveal that San Marino’s Serhat has won the 2019 Vision Music Award for Worst Live Vocals.
For this award, we let you choose Eurovision 2019’s worst live vocalist from a list of all 41 participants, and it was Serhat who stood out from the crowd and took home the title with almost 20% of your votes.
Though the honorary San-Marinese crooner may not have had the vocal range of Duncan Laurence or Jonida Maliqi, he still won the hearts of the public, earning a Top 20 finish in the Grand Final with a total of 77 points. Even though Serhat wasn’t pitch perfect, he had fun on stage and his joy was clearly absorbed by the continent. That’s what really matters, right?
Serhat joins an illustrious group of singers who could use a little Auto Tune. Greece’s Demy in 2017, Azerbaijan’s Samra in 2016, Finland’s PKN in 2015, Ireland’s Can-Linn in 2014 and Germany’s Cascada in 2013.
Worst Live Vocals: Full Results
1. San Marino – Serhat: 1,104 votes (17.95%)
2. Belgium – Eliot: 595 votes (9.67%)
3. Montenegro – D mol: 442 votes (7.19%)
4. Cyprus – Tamta: 369 votes (6%)
5. Finland – Darude feat. Sebastian Rejman: 365 votes (5.93%)
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.