Eurovision NI Awards 2018: Full List of Nominees!

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As we prepare to embark on another year of selection shows, pop bangers, emotional ballads, televoting and internal selections, we pay tribute to the year of Eurovision gone by. The Eurovision NI Awards are back in 2018 for our third annual awards show!

They will take place in Belfast’s the American Bar on 6th October 2018 from 8pm. Awards will be handed out in the same 19 categories as last year. These will be decided by a panel of experts including the categories; Best Male, Best Female, Best Duo, Group or Collaboration, Best Live Vocal, Best Staging, Best Returning Artist, Best Moment, Best Video, Best Song Not In the English Language, Best New Song, Best Song From Selection Shows and Best Song.

As well as honouring the good, we also reflect on the bad with the categories Worst Song, Worst Lyrics, Worst Dressed Male, Worst Dressed Female and Most Cringeworthy Act. Also returning for 2018 is the award decided by the readers of our blog: The People’s Choice Award. Finally we will honour a person who has contributed greatly to Eurovision with the Phoenix: Outstanding Contribution to Eurovision Award which this year will go to Conchita Wurst. She will join Linda Martin and the late Sir Terry Wogan in the Eurovision NI Hall of Fame.

Read on for the full list of nominees!

Best Male

Alexander Rybak

Benjamin Ingrosso

Michael Schulte

Mikolas Josef

Eugent Bushpepa

Cesar Sampson

Best Female

Saara Aalto

Eleni Foureira



Netta Barzilai

Jessica Mauboy

Best Group, Duo or Collaboration


Alfred and Amaia

Madame Monsieur

Eye Cue



Best Song

Saara Aalto- ‘Monsters’

Netta Barzilai- ‘Toy’

Eleni Foureira- ‘Fuego’

Benjamin Ingrosso- ‘Dance You Off’

Mikolas Josef- ‘Lie to Me’

Madame Monsieur- ‘Mercy’

Michael Schulte- ‘You Let Me Walk Alone’

Ieva Zasimauskiate- ‘When We’re Old’

Best Song Not in the English Language

Eugent Bushpepa- ‘Mall’ (Albanian)

Sevak Khanagyan- ‘Qami’ (Armenian)

Lea Sirk- ‘Hvala, Ne!’ (Slovene)

Madame Monsieur- ‘Mercy’ (French)

Alfred y Amaia- ‘Tu Canción’ (Spanish)

AWS- ‘Viszlat Nyar’ (Hungarian)

Best New Song 

Buck’s Fizz- ‘Amen’

Emmelie de Forest- ‘Sanctuary’

Greta Salome- ‘Wildfire’

Laura Tesoro- ‘Beast’

Timebelle- ‘Come Around’

Robin Bengtsson- ‘Liar’

Nathan Trent- ‘Good Vibes’

Ruth Lorenzo- ‘Good Girls Don’t Lie’

Sunstroke Project- ‘Sun Gets Down’

Aminata- ‘Prime Time’

Blanche- ‘Wrong Turn’

Rykka- ‘Youth is Wasted’

Best Moment 

SuRie Survives Stage Invasion

Mikolas Josef Complete Back Flip after Trip to hospital

Ireland’s Same Sex Dancers

Presenters Tribute to Eurovision

Flag Parade w/ Beatbombers

Opening Performance at the Final Fado by Ana Moura (‘Fado Loucura’) and Mariza (‘Barco Negro’)

Lea Sirk’s ‘oops the music stopped’

Lithuania’s Ieva kisses her husband on stage

Elina Nechayeva’s dress

Salvador Sobral Hands Netta the Trophy Having Slagged her Song

San Marino’s Robot Holds Up Sign

Filomena’s Green Room Shenanigans

Best Song From Selection Shows

Ida Maria- ‘Scandilove’ (Norway)

Edgars Kreilis- ‘Younger Days’ (Latvia)

Kamil Show- ‘Puerto Rico’ (Armenia)

Emmy Liyanna- ‘OK ou KO’ (France)

Liam Tamne- ‘Astronaut’ (UK)

Markus Riva- ‘This Time’ (Latvia)

Margaret- ‘In My Cabana’ (Sweden)

Samir and Viktor- ‘Shuffla’ (Sweden)

Sigrid Bernson- ‘Patrick Swayze’ (Sweden)

RAYA- ‘Crazy’ (UK)

Sannie- ‘Boys on Girls’ (Denmark)

Aitana and Ana Guerra- ‘Lo Malo’ (Spain)

Best Video

Mikolas Josef- ‘Lie To Me’

Ryan O’Shaughnessy- ‘Together’

Eleni Foureira- ‘Fuego’

Madame Monsieur- “Mercy’

Eugent Bushpepa- ‘Mall’

Eye Cue- ‘Lost and Found’

Benjamin Ingrosso- ‘Dance You Off’

Vanja Radovanovic- ‘Inje’

Best Live Vocal

Ieva Zasimauskiate

Elina Nechayeva

Eugent Bushpepa

Madame Monsieur

Saara Aalto



The Humans

Best Staging

Melovin- ‘Under The Ladder’ (Ukraine)

Ieva Zasimauskiate- ‘When We’re Old’ (Lithuania)

Elina Nechayeva- ‘La Forza’ (Estonia)

DoReDos- ‘My Lucky Day’ (Moldova)

Ryan O’Shaughnessy- ‘Together’ (Ireland)

Rasmussen- ‘Higher Ground’ (Denmark)

Eleni Foureira- ‘Fuego’ (Cyprus)

Benjamin Ingrosso- ‘Dance You Off’ (Sweden)

Best Returning Artist

Alexander Rybak

Lea Sirk


Jessica Mauboy

Cesar Sampson


Worst Dressed Male

Cesar Sampson

Vanja Radovanovic

Benjamin Ingrosso



Worst Dressed Female


Netta Barzilai

Sílvia Alberto, Daniela Ruah, Catarina Furtado, Filomena Cautela (the presenters)

Zhana Bergendorff (Equinox)

Marija Ivanovska (Eye Cue)

Most Cringeworthy Act

Ari Olafsson

Alfred and Amaia

Alexander Rybak

Yulia Samoilova

Jessika and Jenifer Brening

Worst Lyrics

Sandra Bjurman for ‘X My Heart’ (Azerbaijan): ‘Every night you fill the sky/With new revelations/Miss your moon, I’m your loon/Let’s rock the nation.’

Alex Papaconstantinou, Geraldo Sandell, Viktor Svensson, Anderz Wrethov and Didrick for ‘Fuego’ (Cyprus): ‘I was looking for some high high highs yeah/’Til I got a dose of you/You got me pelican fly fly flyin’’

Mikolas Josef for ‘Lie to Me’ (Czech Republic): ‘She rocking high heels Prada her face like Madonna/By the way she moved got me making a puddle/Baby I already knew you would be nothing but a trouble/Damn it everybody knows she never loved for real/Honey bunny up all night wannabe couplegoals queen.’

Sevak Khanagyan, Anna Danielyan and Viktorya Maloyan for ‘Qami’ (Armenia): ‘Wind, wind/Where did you take my warm memories?’

MAG, Louis Schoorl, K Nita and Benjamin Ingrosso for ‘Dance You Off’ (Sweden): ‘Treating you good, we were gold/I dug you like you were treasure’

Mathias Strasser, Zoë Straub, Christof Straub, Stefan Moessle and Jenifer Brening for ‘Who We Are’ (San Marino): ‘Ah, listen up, listen up, it’s me Jenny B/What you get is what you see/And that’s for Jess over here/She’s a special VIP/So you better listen carefully/If they despise you on Twitter/Don’t get sad, don’t be bitter/Don’t give up and be a quitter/Show ‘em you’re better (Yeah).’

Mathias Strasser, Zoë Straub, Christof Straub, Stefan Moessle and Jenifer Brening for ‘Who We Are’ (San Marino): ‘We are who we are/And who we are is who we wanna be/We don’t have to listen/‘Cause all that counts is you and me.’

Alexander Rybak for ‘That’s How You Write a Song’ (Norway): ‘If you got a minute/Get down your idea!/It might do wonders/Maybe disappear/Who knows?/Just get it down/And nothing can go wrong/Go find your rhythm/That’s how you write a song.’

Alexander Rybak for ‘That’s How You Write a Song’ (Norway): ‘Step one: Believe in it/And sing it all day long/Step two: Just roll with it/That’s how you write a song.’

Alexander Rybak for ‘That’s How You Write a Song’ (Norway): ‘I sing, Scoo-bee-doo-bee-doo-bee bap bap/Boogie boogie woogie/Sing it all day long (All day long)/See, that’s how you write a song.’

Þórunn Erna Clausen for ‘Our Choice’ (Iceland): ‘We all have a choice we can make/There’s always a choice we can make/To help and to heal in different ways/Too many are dying in vain/Together we could ease the pain/If somehow we could ease the pain.’

Doron Medalie and Stav Begerfor ‘Toy’ (Israel): ‘Hey, I think you forgot how to play/My teddy bear’s running away/The Barbie got something to say, hey/Hey! My Simon says ‘leave me alone’/I’m taking my Pikachu home/You’re stupid just like your smartphone.’

Worst Song

Iriao- ‘For You’ (Georgia)

Ari Olafsson- ‘Our Choice’ (Iceland)

Vanja Radovanovic- ‘Inje’ (Montenegro)

Yulia Samoilova- ‘I Won’t Break’ (Russia)

Elina Nechayeva- ‘La Forza’ (Estonia)

Yianna Terzi- ‘Oniero Mou’ (Greece)

People’s Choice Award

All 43 Eurovision 2018 acts are eligible.

The Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contribution to Eurovision

Conchita Wurst

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