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.

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Kinda surprised no one brought this up but there was 1 singer worse than Serhat at ESC 2019…. Madonna.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

We erased it from our memories.

An American ESC Fan
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An American ESC Fan

– Yeah, Serhat isn’t a good singer. The song is entertaining though.
– Poor Eliot. He sounded flat but didn’t deserve all these votes.
– D-mol sounded good though. I say y’all were probably voting on the song and not the vocals. I mean, obviously they’re not the greatest of all time but they were fine.
– Tamta sounded awful live. Surprised the latter two beat her.
– Didn’t see much of them live, but they sounded okay to me.

An American ESC Fan
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An American ESC Fan

To add to the last part, they did sound flat but it could be worse.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Well some of you know what’s coming…
In my opinion, this award should be removed. No to celebrating the worst of something, and no to celebrating hate.
But by all means, do discuss.

Aris Odi
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Aris Odi

I agree, and it only creates more hate in the comments.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

Sure, let’s just say good things regardless of how bad something is. What a wonderful and healthy mindset on how to define “discussing.” Or better yet: Let’s not say anything anymore to be extra sure nobody is offended.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Nah, actually I enjoy reading your comments. 🙂 Discussion isn’t the problem, but singling out “the worst” is perhaps unnecessary demoralisation, in my current opinion.
Interestingly I wasn’t always of this opinion, but I am trying to be more empathetic lately.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

Aww thanks, how sweet of you. 🙂 I don’t take any of this seriously – the polls, that is – so naturally, I don’t see them as a problem. I even think Serhat himself would agree to this award. But come on, at the very latest when Croatia (and even worse: France) had been declared the fan favorite in this year’s pre-polls, we had to conclude that they don’t count for anything. The Romanian scandal, now that was demoralizing indeed.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Yeah I still feel sad about the Romania NF. 🙁
Serhat is indeed very lovely, and hopefully he does not take this at all seriously.
I can’t really speak to the success of Eurovision polls – sometimes they work out and sometimes they don’t. It may only really be of real concern to the fans and to those who place bets.

Alex
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Alex

So basically let’s just get rid of everything that’s negative, because it might offend someone. Oh the horror! Toughen up, there’s a million worse things out there that need our attention, and this is by no means one of them.

Kosey
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Kosey

The biggest danger to the human race is mind control.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

That depends on what humans are being controlled to do, or not to do.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Not everything negative, just the sarcastic awards of such.

Guilbert
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Guilbert

Serhat’s SF performance was cringy. I pity the back-ups. The GF was a redemption. At least we know now it has something to do with the earplugs. Belgium should have won this “rotten tomato” award. I pity the boy. It is like pitting a cub against the lions in the arena.

Bart
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Bart

At last, some justice!

Lars
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Lars

His low and whispery voice does not sound that worse. I’d say Victor Crone deserves it as it was evident in Eesti Laul and Eurovision semi.

Aris Odi
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Aris Odi

Seriously? This is such a crime. The only reason his vocals were off in the semi was clearly due to an issue with his in-ears. I can’t believe Serhat won over Eliot…

WannaEatMySpaghetti
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WannaEatMySpaghetti

Serhat is a nice man but he absolutely can’t sing and it’s time for his pseudo-fans to understand it! Totally deserved award even if it’s disrespectful to make people vote about it.

Preuss
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Preuss

It’s not like Serhat won the hearts of Europe despite coming 10th in the public vote as he only got points from 11 countries. I don’t think this was the worst vocals of the contest though as his song was never really about singing. Surprised to see poor Eliot 2nd – I don’t think the vocals was that bad to be on this list, but the staging was poor. In a year where a majority of the acts had good vocals, I will bring in a very unpopular opinion and say that Luca Hänni had one of the worst vocals… Read more »

CookyMonzta
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CookyMonzta

Serhat was quite crusty and off-key in the semis; but fortunately he made it through and cleaned most of it up in the final. I probably would have given him a mulligan for his better finals performance and given this award to D-mol.

Jonas
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Jonas

Fortunately?

CookyMonzta
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CookyMonzta

Yup. He was 8th in his semi, and probably wouldn’t have got anywhere close to the 65 televote points he got in the final (10th in televotes) if he were as sloppy in that final as he was in the semi.

Christopher Grevener
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Christopher Grevener

I thought Montenegro and Cyprus were fine on TV

Jonas
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Jonas

I never saw the appeal of Serhat or his awful, awful song. This “award” is all he deserves.

Richard
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Richard

Serhat was ropey in the semi final, but much better in the final and deserved all the points he got. But he also deserves this award to be fair. Everyone was much better in the final, which shows how well this system works

cmh787
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cmh787

I see madonna was not an option

Jonas
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Jonas

Poor Madonna. I still preferred her live vocals to the other interval acts miming.

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Well, his song wasn’t exactly diminished by his singing so no, I don’t think you can say he had the worst vocals. Belgium had a decent song that was let down mostly by the singer (along with the staging) so would’ve been a better choice.
However, considering that he apologised for his vocals after both of his performances, how on Earth is Victor Crone not one of the five choices here?!

Joe
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Joe

Y’all are jerks.

Lolo
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Lolo

Eliot deserved to win it

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

What was bad about Montenegro’s vocals? It was literally the only good thing about the entry. Cyprus deserves this award. Paper-thin voice.

Rasmus
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Rasmus

oh then you have to listen to Montenegro again. i had it as my last place in the semi:)

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

It was like an act for people who think that Eurovision has been stuck in time since 2008. “It’s bad, stupid and embarrasing, so let’s vote for it!” And while it wasn’t the worst thing ever and his singing (talking?) was even funny, it was just a bit sad to see this poor vocal performance place higher than many quality entries that had actually put some effort into the vocals and stage shows.

Patrick
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Patrick

D-Moll being third is a joke!!! You might not like the song but these guys can sing!

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

To be fair, one of the singers (one of the boys) was *really* off during the performance. Weird as he was fine during the NF though.

Yodenman
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Yodenman

Belgium finishing second confirms what I thought. An excellent studio song totally ruined by lacklustre singing and staging. What an opportunity wasted. Belgium what were you thinking when you planned this performance.

Kosey
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Kosey

Totally agree. Belgium was my favourite pre-contest. They should have stuck with the dark, moody vibe from the video. The cracks in Eliot’s performance would also have seemed more honest and authentic that way. What the drums and that jacket were about, I have no idea.

yodenman
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yodenman

Very well put. The studio cut was probably my favourite song. I sill listen to it now.

Una
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Una

I feel almost the same about Romania. My favourite before the contest. Missed opportunity for qualification because of the staging.

I really can’t believe what some broadcasters choose to do. I mean, they go with whatever artistic director has in mind instead of assessing whether that staging is appropriate for the contest. They can’t or will not read the public’s perception. And then they wonder why their act didn’t qualify.

Kosey
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Kosey

The most terrible thing about this is where it placed with the juries, which tells us everything that is wrong with Eurovision at the moment.

Tim Drake
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Tim Drake

It was bad yes but at least it was entertaining, very guilty pleasure song.

Jo.
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Jo.

It was bad indeed.