My Top Tens
I’m a longtime ESC fan from Australia, since early 80s when the nation’s multicultural TV station started showing it. First recollection was Bobbysox winning for Norway.
It wasn’t until early 2000s that I became a really big fan. First bought the CD, then bought the DVD, and now internet makes it so easy to follow. Buying the CD before the contest was pivotal as it provided great familiarity with all the songs before watching the show. It made ESC 10 times more exciting.
Riga 2003 was the year that ESC really transformed, with such a big name like TATU competing and a really high quality contest of songs and an outstanding show. Today it remains my favourite year. Other favourites are Athens 2006, Moscow 2009 and Malmo 2013. Stockholm 2016 will always have fond memories because it was my first live attendance ever, and I would also go to Kyiv 2017 and Lisbon 2018.
Let’s not forget that ESC and following national finals introduces you to a world of great new artists. Sweden and Estonia, especially, have provided great sources. Germany, Greece and Latvia are others, while favourite artists as a consequence are Lenna Kuurmaa, Molly Sanden, Timoteij, Lena Meyer-Landrut, Grete Paia and Birgit Õigemeel.
I’m no fan of Australia involved in Eurovision. While the “one off” in 2015 for the 60th Anniversary was fine as a reward for all the years of broadcasting on SBS, fact is we are no where near Europe, are not a full member of the EBU (both are requirements), it’s on at a bizarre time (5am) that makes voting and broad engagement problematic, and we add nothing to Eurovision other than another generic, bland English language song. Our inclusion also draws too much obsessive jingoistic focus to Australia’s entry and away from the contest in general, and has actually seen a huge drop in TV ratings since. Eurovision was already great without us there so we don’t need to be there to keep it great. In summary, I’m an Australian fan of Eurovision, not a fan of Australia in Eurovision.
My favourite country is Estonia because they provided the greatest band ever in the world for ESC 2005…..
Mr Eurovision Award Categories
You’ll see these awards in a post after each Eurovision. Here is honour roll of current award title holders, which reflects the best ever in the category so far.
The Cool Vibes Award for Best Song (2005 Switzerland)
The Goodbye To Yesterday Award for Best Presentation (2015 Estonia)
The Tornero Award for Best Artistry (2006 Romania)
The Open Your Heart Award for Best Pure Song (2003 Iceland)
The Lenna Kuurmaa Award for Best Voice (2005 Switzerland)
The Polina Gagarina Award for Best Vocals (2015 Russia)
The Igranka Award for Biggest Surprise (2013 Montenegro)
The Lost And Found Award for Biggest Disappointment (2018 North Macedonia)
The Piret Järvis Award for Hottest Girl (2005 Switzerland)
The Victor Crone Award for Hunkiest Guy (2019 Estonia)
The Nina Sublatti Award for Best Outfit (2015 Georgia)
The Marija from Eye Cue Award for Worst Outfit (2018 North Macedonia)
The Natalia Gordienko Award for Best Personality (2021 Moldova)
The Tick-Tock Award for Biggest Semi Final Injustice (2021 Croatia)
The Stacked Shipping Containers Award for Best Postcard (2014 Estonia)
The Public Vote Smackdown Award for Best Moment (2021 grand final where United Kingdom, Germany, Spain and Netherlands all got zero points)
Previous Title Holders
The Dami Im Award for Best Vocals (2016 Australia)
The La Mia Citta Award for Biggest Disappointment (2014 Italy)
The Francesca Michielin Award for Worst Outfit (2016 Italy)
The Michal Szpak Award for Hunkiest Guy (2016 Poland)
The Mr Lordi Award for Hunkiest Guy (2006 Finland)
The Zena Award for Best Personality (2019 Belarus)
The Sennek Award for Best Personality (2018 Belgium)
The Petr Elfimov Award for Best Personality (2009 Belarus)