Earlier this evening the third annual Eurovision NI Awards took place in Belfast’s American Bar. The acts from Eurovision 2018 battled it out in eighteen categories from Best Male, Best Female and Best Group to Best Song, Best New Song and Best Song From Selection Shows. It wasn’t all good, we also named and shamed the worst from this year’s participants from Worst Song, Worst Dressed Acts and even crowned the Most Cringeworthy Act.
Also returning for 2018 was the award decided by the readers of our blog: The People’s Choice Award. We received hundreds of votes from devoted fans, but only one act could be crowned the people’s champion in 2018.
Finally we honoured a person who has contributed greatly to Eurovision with the Phoenix: Outstanding Contribution to Eurovision Award. This year’s recipient was Conchita Wurst. She will join Linda Martin and the late Sir Terry Wogan in the Eurovision NI Hall of Fame.
Read on to find out who won!
The big winners on the night were Madame Monsieur and Eleni Foureira who each notched up two wins. Madame Monsieur for Best Group and Best Non-English Language Song. While Eleni was given the awards for Best Female and Best Song. Alexander Rybak also notched up two awards but while he was praised for being the Best Returning Act, he also won the award for Worst Lyrics. The People’s Choice Award was won by Saara Aalto with an overwhelming 49% of the vote.
Check out the full list of winners below:
Winner: Benjamin Ingrosso
Nominees: Alexander Rybak, Michael Schulte, Mikolas Josef, Eugent Bushpepa and Cesar Sampson
Winner: Eleni Foureira
Nominees: Saara Aalto, Aisel, SuRie, Netta Barzilai and Jessica Mauboy
Best Group, Duo or Collaboration
Winner: Madame Monsieur
Nominees: Zibbz, Alfred and Amaia, Eye Cue, DoReDos and AWS
Winner: Eleni Foureira- ‘Fuego’
Nominees: Saara Aalto- ‘Monsters’, Netta Barzilai- ‘Toy’, Benjamin Ingrosso- ‘Dance You Off’, Mikolas Josef- ‘Lie to Me’, Madame Monsieur- ‘Mercy’, Michael Schulte- ‘You Let Me Walk Alone’ and Ieva Zasimauskiate- ‘When We’re Old’.
Best Song Not in the English Language
Winner: Madame Monsieur- ‘Mercy’ (French)
Nominees: Eugent Bushpepa- ‘Mall’ (Albanian), Sevak Khanagyan- ‘Qami’ (Armenian), Lea Sirk- ‘Hvala, Ne!’ (Slovene), Alfred y Amaia- ‘Tu Canción’ (Spanish) and AWS- ‘Viszlat Nyar’ (Hungarian).
Best New Song
Winner: Buck’s Fizz- ‘Amen’
Nominees: 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’ and Rykka- ‘Youth is Wasted’.
Winner: SuRie Survives Stage Invasion
Nominees: 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 and Filomena’s Green Room Shenanigans.
Best Song From Selection Shows
Winner: Ida Maria- ‘Scandilove’ (Norway)
Nominees: 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) and Aitana and Ana Guerra- ‘Lo Malo’ (Spain).
Winner: Ryan O’Shaughnessy- ‘Together’
Nominees: Mikolas Josef- ‘Lie To Me’, Eleni Foureira- ‘Fuego’, Madame Monsieur- “Mercy’, Eugent Bushpepa- ‘Mall’, Eye Cue- ‘Lost and Found’, Benjamin Ingrosso- ‘Dance You Off’ and Vanja Radovanovic- ‘Inje’.
Best Live Vocal
Winner: Eugent Bushpepa
Nominees: Ieva Zasimauskiate, Elina Nechayeva, Madame Monsieur, Saara Aalto, Aisel, Waylon and The Humans.
Winner: Elina Nechayeva- ‘La Forza’ (Estonia)
Nominees: Melovin- ‘Under The Ladder’ (Ukraine), Ieva Zasimauskiate- ‘When We’re Old’ (Lithuania), DoReDos- ‘My Lucky Day’ (Moldova), Ryan O’Shaughnessy- ‘Together’ (Ireland), Rasmussen- ‘Higher Ground’ (Denmark), Eleni Foureira- ‘Fuego’ (Cyprus) and Benjamin Ingrosso- ‘Dance You Off’ (Sweden).
Best Returning Artist
Winner: Alexander Rybak
Nominees: Lea Sirk, SuRie, Jessica Mauboy, Cesar Sampson and Waylon.
Worst Dressed Male
Nominees: Cesar Sampson, Vanja Radovanovic, Benjamin Ingrosso and Melovin.
Worst Dressed Female
Nominees: Netta Barzilai, Sílvia Alberto, Daniela Ruah, Catarina Furtado, Filomena Cautela (the presenters), Zhana Bergendorff (Equinox) and Marija Ivanovska (Eye Cue).
Most Cringeworthy Act
Winner: Alfred and Amaia
Nominees: Ari Olafsson, Alexander Rybak, Yulia Samoilova and Jessika and Jenifer Brening.
Winner: 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.’
Nominees: 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): ‘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.’ and 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.’
Winner: Iriao- ‘For You’ (Georgia)
Nominees: Ari Olafsson- ‘Our Choice’ (Iceland), Vanja Radovanovic- ‘Inje’ (Montenegro), Yulia Samoilova- ‘I Won’t Break’ (Russia), Elina Nechayeva- ‘La Forza’ (Estonia) and Yianna Terzi- ‘Oniero Mou’ (Greece)
People’s Choice Award
Winner: Saara Aalto- ‘Monsters’ (49.68%)
2. Madame Monsieur- ‘Mercy’ (9.03%)
3. SuRie- ‘Storm’ (6.02%)
4. Eleni Foureira- ‘Fuego’ (5.38%)
5. Laura Rizzotto- ‘Funny Girl’ (3.44%)
6. Waylon- ‘Outlaw In ‘Em’ (3.01%)
7. Mikolas Josef- ‘Lie to Me’ (2.37%)
8. Equinox- ‘Bones’ (2.37%)
9. Alfred y Amaia- ‘Tu Cancion’ (2.15%)
10. Benjamin Ingrosso- ‘Dance You Off’ (1.94%)
11. Melovin- ‘Under the Ladder’ (1.72%)
12. Eugent Bushpepa- ‘Mall’ (1.51%)
13. Alekseev- ‘Forever’ (1.29%)
14. Elina Nechayeva- ‘La Forza’ (1.05%)
15. Zibbz- ‘Stones’ (1.05%)
The Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contribution to Eurovision
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