The international radio listeners have cast their votes, and they confirm Loreen’s spectacular Eurovision win last month in Baku, Azerbaijan with the song Euphoria. With Loreen’s victory in two categories, ‘Best Song’ and ‘Best Female Artist’, Sweden triumphs for a second year in a row after winning two ESC Radio Award trophies last year with Eric Saade and Popular. Before 2011, Sweden couldn’t win any trophy in the listeners’ votings.
The ESC Radio Awards winning song Euphoria, with 17.0 % of the vote, was written by Peter Boström & Thomas G:son. For G:son it’s the second trophy, following D’Nash’s win in 2007 with Spain’s entry I Love You Mi Vida which he co-wrote. The 2nd place in the ‘Best Song’ category, with 8.46% of the vote, goes to La La Love, performed by Ivi Adamou for Cyprus. The listeners’ voting confirms the performance of these two songs in the European charts after the Contest. Estonia’s Kuula came 3rd with 6.74%.
In the ‘Best Female’ Artist category, Loreen won with 17.3%, Italy’s representative Nina Zilli came 2nd (13.3%), and her Baku entry L’Amore È Femmina (Out of Love) finished 4th in the ‘Best Song’ voting. The 3rd place as ‘Best Female Artist’ goes to Ivi Adamou (Cyprus) with 12.5% of the vote.
The voting in the ‘Best Male Artist’ category resulted in a clear win (19.8%) for Ott Lepland who represented Estonia at this year’s ESC with Kuula. The song took the 3rd place in the ‘Best Song’ category. Runner-up as ‘Best Male’ is Roman Lob from Germany with 16.5% of the vote , closely followed by Serbia’s Željko Joksimović with 15.6%.
In the ‘Best Group’ category it was a veritable neck-and-neck race all the way, and only last night during the last hours of voting the decision fell in favour of Iceland’s Gréta Salóme & Jónsi, who performed Never Forget in Baku. The Icelandic duo pipped Romania’s band Mandinga by just a few votes, 23.7 and 23.5%, respectively. The 3rd place goes to Sinplus from Switzerland, with 13.9% of the vote. For Iceland it’s already the third trophy win since the ESC Radio Awards were initiated in 2006: in 2008 Euroband won the ‘Best Group’ trophy and in 2009 the listeners voted Yohanna ‘Best Female Artist’.
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