The best time of year is nearly upon us – the Eurovision Song Contest. The final of the contest airs this Saturday, and we can’t wait. But in the run-up to the weekend, we thought we’d catch up with some Eurovision history. Take a look at the best Eurovision Song Contest songs of all time…
Lordi – ‘Hard Rock Hallelujah’ (2006)
Lordi’s performance at the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest was truly a sight to behold. The Finnish rock band dressed up in their monster getup, they used pyrotechnics, they had a giant battle-axe prop, and Mr. Lordi even unveiled huge wings on his back. Despite the odd production, the song was incredibly popular and earned Finland their first ever Eurovision win. ‘Hard Rock Hallelujah’ was released as a single the same year, and reached the number one top spot in Finland, and peaked at number 25 in the UK charts.
Olsen Brothers – ‘Fly On The Wings Of Love’ (2000)
The Olsen Brothers weren’t expected to do well at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2006 – but they surprised everyone and walked away winning the competition. The two older brothers from Denmark walked on stage in their suits and sang their ballad about female age and beauty. But their enthusiasm on stage trumped all of their younger competitors, and we couldn’t help but sing along to the subtitles on the bottom of the TV screen…
Sandra Kim – ‘J’aime la vie’ (1986)
Sandra Kim sang her song for the Eurovision Song Contest in 1986 for Belgium, and the world couldn’t get enough of her upbeat song. Kim sang about her 15-year-old self and frolicking about in the pleasures of life. And it was incredibly catchy. After her time in the contest, it was discovered that she was actually 13-years-old, rather than 15-years-old, and the second place country, Switzerland, asked for her disqualification as she was too young.
Vania Fernandes – ‘Senhora do mar’ (2008)
In the Eurovision final, Portugal’s contestant, Vania Fernandes came 13th – but we just haven’t been able to forget her powerful stage presence and emotional performance. Her song, ‘Senhora do mar’ proved incredibly popular, and so was her personality. Previous to her time on the contest, Vania had become a public figure and singing sensation in the country.
Helena Paparizou – ‘My Number One’ (2005)
Helena Paparizou was aptly named – considering the song did take her to the number one top spot in the Eurovision Contest. But this wasn’t the first time Helena had appeared in the contest. Six years earlier, she performed for Greece as part of a duo and returned in 2005 as a solo artist. Her performance was full of energy, choreographed dancers and a whole lot of fun. It’s no wonder she is one of the favorites of all time.
France Gall – ‘Poupée de cire, Poupée de son’ (1965)
In English, France Gall’s ‘Poupée de cire, Poupée de son’ meant ‘wax doll, rag doll’ and was performed at the 1965 Eurovision Song Contest. Gall represented Luxembourg and won the Eurovision title that year. The song has proved popular over the years because of its pop feel, and its wordplay, and it has been said that the song is about ‘the ironies and incongruities inherent in baby pop.’ Whatever that means. We loved it.