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Chat Awards 2018: The winners!

Chat Awards 2018: The winners!

The voting is over and we can now present the winners of the #esc Chat Awards for 2018!

Like usual, we closed the door on the previous year by asking our regular chatters to vote for their favourites in a selection of categories. And this is how they chose to remember the 2018 season:

Best official preview video for an ESC 2018 song
Despite tough competition from Netta’s colourful extravaganza and Cesár Sampson cavorting in the snow, the winner in this category was Ireland. “Together” by Ryan O’Shaughnessy came with a memorable preview video featuring same-sex dancers on the streets of Dublin, a performance that was subsequently recreated on the Lisbon stage. Indeed, one of the dancers, Alan McGrath, was nominated in the hottest person category – but more about that later!

Best national final of the 2018 season
National finals are important to this site, as they provide the calendar around which we gather in the #esc chat, enjoy the shows together and give the votes that ultimately feed into our annual SongHunt. When it came to the best national final of the season, our chatters were in little doubt – they gave the award to France, which reactivated its public selection for the first time in many years in the shape of Destination Eurovision. Three songs from that selection also made it into the final of SongHunt 2019, so the French victory in this category wasn’t a huge surprise.

Best song at ESC 2018
Always a tough category to judge – we all have our top ten list (or even a top 43), but how to pick just one favourite song from the most recent Eurovision Song Contest? Unsurprisingly, then, the votes were all over the place. The top two from our ChatVote, Albania and Hungary, remain popular with our chatters and both put up a strong fight, but the winner in this category ended up being Portugal. “O jardim” by Cláudia Pascoal and songwriter Isaura may have finished at the bottom of the final scoreboard back in May, but #esc decided that the host country’s entry deserved some love right at the end of the year!

Best artist (solo or group) at ESC 2018
This is where our ChatVote winner showed its worth. Eugent Bushpepa from Albania destroyed all competition in this category and was duly crowned #esc’s favourite artist at ESC 2018. Only Eleni Foureira from Cyprus put up any kind of a fight, but in the end it was more “po, po, zjarr” than “yeah, yeah, fire”.

Best visual concept at ESC 2018
Was there ever any doubt? DoReDos from Moldova made a splash in the press centre with the very first rehearsal of their six-person hide-and-seek game – and their Carry On Up The Dniester antics won them the 2018 Chat Award for best visual concept by some distance. Here’s how it was done:

Hottest person at ESC 2018 or in a national final
Reviewing the year in hotness is never an unpleasant task, and our voters were keen to get stuck in, with no fewer than eight nominations in this category. It was a tight contest in the end, with Sergiu Mita from Moldova coming close (so to speak), but the #esc hottie of the year is Aron Veress, the drummer from Hungarian band AWS. Viszlát nyár? Viszlát phwoar, more like.

#esc cult of the year
Don’t tell anyone, but this final category is probably our favourite. The “#esc cult of the year” rewards the thing that we enjoyed or laughed at the most in the chat. There were some incredibly strong nominees this year, including classic trashpop from Albania, the legendary Sammarinese robots, the beautiful(ly weird) Romanian audition by Gabriela Garlonta, Alekseev’s bizarre stage show (and oversized mouth) for Belarus, the immortal words of Eleni Foureira, and the pharmacy advert that soundtracked six wonderful weeks of the Romanian selection process. However, the win went to another standout from Romania: guest judge Ilinca, who not only spent her time in the Turda salt mine getting progressively colder, but who also found an ingenious way to transcend the language barrier live on air:

Congratulations to all of our wonderful winners, and thanks to our #esc chatters for their votes. It was a memorable ESC year – now let’s see what 2019 brings!

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Chat Awards 2017: The winners!

Chat Awards 2017: The winners!

Presenting the winners of the #esc and escgo! Chat Awards for 2017!

As a pre-Christmas treat, this year we held our annual Chat Awards ceremony in the 90 minutes immediately preceding the final of Festivali i Këngës, the Albanian preselection for ESC 2018.

The timing was ideal: what better way to welcome in the first entry of the new season than by reviewing and voting on our favourites from the past year from the nominees chosen by our chatters?

The winners of the individual live polls were:

  • Best official preview video for an ESC 2017 song: Belgium (“City Lights”)
    [also nominated: France, Belarus]
  • Best outfit(s) worn at ESC 2017: Sweden (Robin Bengtsson)
    [also nominated: Moldova, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Montenegro]
  • Best staging at ESC 2017: Azerbaijan (“Skeletons”)
    [also nominated: Bulgaria, Cyprus]
  • Best solo artist at ESC 2017: Salvador Sobral (Portugal)
    [also nominated: Belgium, France]
  • Best band or other non-solo artist at ESC 2017: Naviband (Belarus)
    [also nominated: Moldova, Estonia, Netherlands]
  • Best song at ESC 2017: Belgium (“City Lights”)
    [also nominated: Italy, Finland, Portugal]
  • Best national final of the 2017 season: Romania
    [also nominated: United Kingdom, Slovenia, Portugal, Sweden, Spain]
  • Hottest person at ESC 2017 or in a national final: IMRI
    [also nominated: Volodymyr Ostapchuk, Jon Henrik Fjällgren]
  • #esc cult of the year: Maltese public singing “Breathlessly”
    [also nominated: YouTuber, Georgian voting V-sign, FiK interval act fail, Etzia]

We also reconfirmed “Petale” by Instinct as our favourite non-winning national final song of the season following its victory in the 2017 edition of SongHunt earlier in the year.

Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to all our chatters for their participation in another fun year of Chat Awards!

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Chat Awards 2017: Your chance to crown your favourites

Chat Awards 2017: Your chance to crown your favourites

The escgo! Chat Awards 2017 are launched!

Over the past four years, this annual event has become a favourite tradition in our #esc chat, giving us a chance to look back on the Eurovision year gone by and welcome the new season.

This year, the Chat Awards ceremony will be held in the immediate run-up to the final of Festivali i Këngës on Saturday 23 December, i.e. in the hour or so before the show begins (exact timing to be announced!).

Nominations for this year’s awards are now open (see below), and we also invite you to join us in the chat on Sunday 17 December for an informal refresher as we watch some of our favourite moments from the 2017 on-season together. You can then submit your nominations to us directly in the chat via private message – or simply send us an e-mail as usual. Either way, nominations close at 23:59 CET on Friday 22 December.

Join in and help us to answer questions such as: Which entry had the most stunning staging at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest? What was the most notable cult moment or performance? Who was the best singer in Kyiv? We will soon find out!

How to nominate
You can submit 2 (two) candidates in each of the following categories by sending an email to vote@escgo.com or sending your nominations by private message to FelixK or MartinF in the chat. You don’t have to nominate in all of the categories, just as many or as few as you want! The categories are:

  • Best national final of the 2017 season
  • Best official preview video for an ESC 2017 song (must be the video as listed on eurovision.tv)
  • Best outfit worn at ESC 2017
  • Best staging at ESC 2017
  • Best solo artist at ESC 2017
  • Best band or other non-solo artist at ESC 2017
  • Best song at ESC 2017
  • #esc cult of the year (you can suggest anything that’s made us laugh in the chatroom, from ridiculous national final performances to amazing YT clips we discovered this year – it doesn’t have to be ESC-related or from 2017)
  • Hottest entrant in a national final or at Eurovision

Once the nomination lines are closed, we will take a look at the results and pick the most popular choices from each category. These will be the final nominees for the polls to be held in the chat before FiK on Saturday 23 December.

If time allows, we will also be taking a quick look back at the 2017 edition of SongHunt and seeing if our chatters still agree with the final results of the public vote back in May – but more about that later!

So send us your nominations by e-mail or in the chat when you’re ready – and we hope to see you in the chat for a fun evening of video-watching on Sunday 17 December and, in particular, for the Chat Awards themselves in the run-up to the Festivali i Këngës final on Saturday 23 December!

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