The EBJ Eurovision Excellence Awards 2011: PART 2

Here’s Volume II of the EBJEEA’s (say that three times fast!). You know the drill by now, but I just want to clear up one teensy thing before we begin: I could have had 10 or 15 nominees for each category, but as to not overwhelm you all I narrowed them down to no more than 5. So whilst I acknowledge how well Denmark used the stage, for example, in my opinion, there were other countries who used it better. Rest assured that I commend every country for its efforts in every field this year!

And here’s some more proof of that:

THE PERFORMANCES

AWARD NOMINEES WINNER
 

Best prop

 

Armenia, Sweden, Ukraine

 

Ukraine: This country definitely has talent, as UGT winner Kseniya Simonova proved with her unusual artistry. The best use of sand since the Moose’s Magic variety came out!

 

Most unnecessary/irrelevant prop

 

Moldova, Portugal, Turkey

 

Moldova: The girl on the unicycle was strange enough, but what was with the monocle?

 

Best use of the stage

 

Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Serbia

 

Cyprus: They took the leaning even further than Sakis Rouvas, and used the catwalk stage to their advantage.

 

Best use of the LCD’s

 

Albania, Finland, France, Serbia

 

Finland: An almost-to-scale Earth wasn’t as fancy as some of the others, but it sure made an impact.

 

Biggest surprise

 

Cyprus, Germany, Italy, Switzerland

 

Germany: I had no idea how this one would work live…but in the end it was amazing!Lena’s smoky performance turned the arena into a quirky basement club (in a good way!)

 

Biggest letdown

 

Estonia, France, Poland

 

France: His debut performance of Sognu in France took my breath away, but on the night the vocals just missed the mark.

 

The entry that had it all

 

Georgia, Germany, Sweden, Russia

 

Sweden: Yes, I have given Sweden a large amount of awards, but I’m doing for a reason. Slick choreography? Check. Smashing glass? Check. Money note? Check And so it goes.

 

The Bums-OFF-Seats Award for raising the roof

 

Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Sweden

 

Sweden: Not even the home country taking to the stage lifted the noise level to this extent.

 

 

THE RESULTS

AWARD NOMINEES WINNER
 

The country that amazingly failed to qualify from the semis

 

Armenia, Norway, Turkey

 

Turkey: A great live band, with a great rock anthem, from Turkey…fromTURKEY! How did they get left behind?

 

Most deserved placing in the final

 

Germany, Sweden

 

Sweden: Bronze was the most suitable substance for Popular to go home with.

 

Least deserved placing in the final 

 

Austria, Hungary, Switzerland

 

Switzerland: Granted, there isn’t any song I would have wanted to come last. But I truly think this charming, sunny effort deserved better.

 

Once again, I’d love to hear your thoughts on today’s post…is there something you particularly agreed with, or not? Do you have a category that you think I should introduce in 2012, or for JESC in December? Anything!

More later this week…including my mum’s verdict on the 2011 album! It’ll be more interesting than it sounds, I promise!

 

PS – Speaking of JESC…just when you thought Eurovision was done for 2011, its younger sibling kicks into gear with its first song chosen! And it seems the trend of artists coming back for another go is rubbing off on mini-ESC. Katya Ryabova, who represented Russia in 2009 coming joint 2nd, won this year’s preselection last night with a song that I’m a little bit in love with, Kak Romeo I Dzhulyetta (a.k.a. Like Romeo and Juliet). If you haven’t heard it yet, give it a spin and see what you think (www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ck-vW7Z4hg)

About Jaz

I'm Jaz, I'm 26, and I'm 110% Eurovision-OBSESSED. The contest is one big party, and I like to keep it going 365 days a year - that's why I write about anything and everything ESC on my blog. Come join the fun, and I promise you'll never have a nul-point experience! www.eurovisionbyjaz.com/

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