Since its launch in May 1956, The Eurovision Song Contest has provided us with laughs, shocks and utter joy. It’s cultivated a reputation as a haven for the proudly unusual, eccentric and exuberantly unashamed.
While some acts, such as 1974 winners ABBA catapulted into super stardom, others, like British duo Jemini – became famous for one thing only – scoring ‘nul points’ and finishing in last place.
So, ahead of this month’s competition, we’ve pulled together a collection of the best, the worst and the weirdest moments from Eurovision’s colourful history.
1974 – ABBA – Waterloo
ABBA is the most famous act to come out of Eurovision, and have since graced us with numerous international hits from ‘Gimme Gimme Gimme’ through to ‘Dancing Queen’. The Swedish pop band swept the board in ’74 with ‘Waterloo’, and the track was later named as the best song in Eurovision history.
2006 – Lordi – Hard Rock Hallelujah
Finnish death metal band Lordi both scared and delighted Eurovision viewers with their 2006 performance ‘Hard rock Hallelujah’. Decked out in monster masks and leather angel wings, they took to the stage and made history by becoming the first and only hard rock band to win the contest.
2012 – Buranovskiye Babushki – Party for everybody
Picture this – six Russian grandmothers hitting the Eurovision stage while singing a song about partying. Udmurtian pop band Buranovskiye Babushki did just this in 2012, stealing the hearts of Europe when they performed ‘Party for everybody’, the upbeat song which secured them second place. The icing on top of the cake? They used the prize money to build a church.
1996 – Gina G – Ooh aah… just a little bit
Ooh aah just a little bit more. Don’t say Eurovision didn’t give us anything. This classic song (which many may not remember came from Eurovision) was performed by Australian singer Gina G in 1996, and became one of Great Britain’s most successful Eurovision entries.
2003 – Jemini – Cry baby
You win some you lose some, and we’re sorry to say Great Britain lost some with this performance. Still to this day, Jemini remain the only British act to have ever scored ‘nul points’, which is a victory in itself… kind of.
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