It’s that time of year again where we play ‘Where will Abby say she’s going next May, but never goes’ AKA Eurovision Song Contest.
Now, for those of you who don’t know what Eurovision is let me give you a lil’ bit of background:
It’s a ‘singing’ competition for the members of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). I say singing loosely, as it’s the biggest cheese-fest known to man, and debatable not many seem to be able to sing in recent years. As it’s run by the EBU, European Union membership isn’t really anything to do with it, that’s why Australia are allowed to enter, as they are members of the EBU.
So sorry Brexit folk – we can still enter!
I’ve been watching Eurovision since 2005, and I’ve loved it ever since. I think my first experience of Eurovision came earlier than that. I saw Brotherhood of Man’s performance of Save All Your Kisses For Me on TOTP around 3 years old and I could not stop giggling. It was those dance moves.
So here’s my top 5 favorite performances
Salvador Sobral – Amar Pelos Dois – Portugese Entry 2017
Now, I’ve not a clue what Salvador is singing about in his mother tongue, but it was an absolutely beautiful performance. Salvador managed to create intimacy within such a huge venue. The performance was so emotive I cried at the Semi Final performance, the grand final performance and when he performed it after winning. I literally blubbed for an hour. The song just seemed to belong to a Disney short film, about an abandoned dog (bit specific – but going on the music alone – it’d fit). He could be singing about Egg and Chips for all I know but this was the first time in Portugal’s Eurovision history they’d won, and what a well-deserved win as well.
Alexander Rybak – Fairytale – Norwegian Entry 2009
Alexander became one of my favourite entrants of Eurovision, and the highest scoring under the old points system – 387 points!!!!
I followed his music career for a while after he’d won. My favourite song by him is Europe Skies which wasn’t his Eurovision entry but still great all the same. I’m so happy he’s back to do it all again in 2018, that said, I wasn’t overly keen on his entry this year, but it is growing on me – plus how could you not love his cute face and them violin skills – dayummmm.
Loreen – Euphoria – Swedish Entry 2012
For me Loreen brought something a little different to the Eurovision stage – it was her and a dancer. Granted it’d been done before (Dima Bilan in 2008 had himself and a skater) but this was more upbeat and dancy, and as it says on the tin – euphoric
Madcon – Glow – Interval Performance 2010
Not a contestant, but one of my most favourite interval acts in Eurovision was Madcon’s glow. They brought the whole of Europe into that arena, with a huge flashmob. It was one massive party, I just wanted to be part of it so badly. I actually rewatched the performance the other day and cried so much
Conchita Wurst – Rise Like a Phoenix – Austrian Entry 2014
Conchita’s performance was inspiring and confirmed I had to go to a final in my lifetime. After Conchita won I did my research about getting to Austria and found out some really interesting things about it’s capital Vienna. Unfortunately I couldn’t get the following year, but I am going next month to Vienna to do some sightseeting. Only 3 years 1 month too late! But in a sense, I’m glad I’m not going for Eurovision purposes as I have time to sightsee
However you can’t have Eurovision without cheesiness – it’s just one huge silly party – so here are my ‘favorite’ cheesy Eurovision moments:
Rodolfo Chikilicuatre – Baila el Chiki-chiki – Spainish Entry 2008.
This guy had pink a toy guitar and said something about Robocop – what’s not to love?
Verka Serduchka – Dancing Lasha Tumbai – Ukrainian Entry 2007
The outfits. The dancing What more can I say!? Verka has since featured in the film ‘Spy’ with Melissa McCarthy and Jason Statham performing this song. This is pure Eurovision for me.
Dustin the Turkey – Ireland Douze Pointe – Irish entry 2008
Ireland have had great success during their Eurovision career. But poor Dustin didn’t even qualify. Ireland attempted to make a joke out of previous years results – and the whole thing backfired. They didn’t even make it into the Final. What were you thinking lads?
LT United – We are the Winners – Lithuanian Entry 2006
More like “We are the Wieners” again, I think they tried to stick two fingers up to the contest and give it an injection of fun and light-hearted humour and the rest of Europe just said ‘nope’ and saw it as being big-headed. Must admit it was kinda catchy – I remember it most years when there’s talk of Eurovision. I actually can’t believe that this entry is now 12 years old!
I’m putting this in one category, now we are lucky as a nation to be part of the big 5, which means automatic entry in the final. Which in a way is a good thing because WE’D NEVER QUALIFY!!!! What makes me say that you ask just watch the above performances. Total cringe fest – but I love it!!
I could easily go on about memorable Eurovision performances both good and bad alike. I just really need to attend a final before I burst. I have come up with the theory that in a past life I must have been an entrant who either didn’t qualify or was robbed of first place in a huge Eurovision scandal!
I have too many ‘feels’ with Eurovision. (How many times have I said ‘eurovision’ in this post? – Answer 22 apparently
Do you watch Eurovision? Who are you backing as the winner of ESC 2018?