The votes for the fourth annual esctoday.com awards have been cast over the last three and a half weeks and now it is time to reveal the results. We continue with the Best duo/group performance award.
The 2009 esctoday.com Award for Best duo/group performance goes to…
- …Urban Symphony of Estonia
Urban Symphony represented Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest this year and and finished third in the second semi final and sixth in the final with the song Rändajad.
This is the very first esctoday.com award for Estonia and therefore also the first victory in this category. Previously, this award has gone to Lordi (Finland) in 2006, D'Nash (Spain) in 2007 and Euroband (Iceland) in 2008.
Urban Symphony centers around 21-year-oldlead singer and violinist Sandra Nurmsalu. She became famous in 2007 as a contestant in the talent search Kaks takti etti. The same show has also seen many other Estonian Eurovision Song Contest representatives like Ines (2000), Gerli Padar (2007), Tanel Padar (2001) and Silvi Vrait (1994), to name just a few.
The other members of Urban Symphony are viola playerMann Helstein, who has performed with various orchestras all over Europe, cellist Johanna Mängel, who is also working as a journalist and cellist Mari Möldre, who is the youngestgroup member at the age of17 and has performedin many countries including Australia. Urban Symphony met during the show Kaks takti etti, when a bands round was held.
Urban Symphonytook part in the Estonian national final for the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest with their entry Rändajad, although Sandra Nurmsalu was originally announced to take part as a soloist. They could win the selection and will represent Estonia in Moscow. Rändajad is the first entry performed in standard Estonian since 1998, although the 2004 entry was performed in the Võro dialect. Their song reached the charts in various countries around Europe.
The complete results
Urban Symphony were the clear winners of this category ahead of AySel & Arash from Azerbaijan. Portugal's Flor-de-Lis follow in third place.
- Urban Symphony (Estonia) – 30.3%
- AySel & Arash (Azerbaijan) – 21.7%
- Flor-de-Lis (Portugal) – 18.5%
- Regina (Bosnia & Herzegovina) – 15.2%
- Inga & Anush (Armenia) – 14.2%
The winning performance
esctoday.com interview with Urban Symphony in May 2009 prior to the Eurovision Song Contest
Tomorrow, we will present the winners in the categories Best act not to qualify from the semi finals, Most traditional Europop song, Most creative effort and Best backing performers.