"The favourites to win the  Contest came from Iceland's Selma with "All Out of Luck", and Cyprus's Marlain with "Tha 'Ne Erotas", after an internet poll by fans. But, while Iceland finished second to Sweden (the country's best showing in the contest), Cyprus failed to inspire televotes, finishing second last with only two points, both from the United Kingdom."
(ps: tha'ne erotas is brilliant and my second favourite of that year. clearly, i am the perfect case study for the memorial award.)
but i do understand that kate ryan was the first infamous example of this, i just forgot about her because televote-only years were just sort of weird with semifinal voting in general lol. Kate Ryan Memorial Award it is!