Are you moving, or have you recently moved, to Europe? Who will you be rooting for when the Eurovision Song Contest kicks off this Saturday?! John Mason have been helping people relocate to Europe for decades and we love the annual festival of bizarre pop music and has-beens that represents Eurovision.
Without interruption, the Eurovision Song Contest has been broadcast every year since 1956, making it one of the longest-running television programmes in the world. In just three minutes, each of the representatives from 43 countries delivers the performance of their lives in the biggest song contest on earth. Here John Mason take a look at some of the most memorable moments from Eurovision’s 56 years and 1,100 songs…
2006 saw an unexpected and record win for the masked Finnish heavy metal band Lordi, with their song “Hard Rock Hallelujah.” With 292 points, the achieved the highest ever score in a eurovision song contest to date. It was more than just the pyrotechnics in their show that launched them to the top spot, as they went on to achieve the top 10 in dozens of European charts.
In 1981 Bucks Fizz got the continent’s pulses racing, as they obviously couldn’t make their minds up on their choice of wardrobe. It seems the skirt ripping performance and catchy pop beat clinched victory for the UK and the BBC – one of only 5 artists to win the event for the UK in over five decades of broadcasting.
Top Eurovision moments need not be limited to what goes on on stage, with the now abdicated king of eurovision Wogan, it would be foolish to ignore the goldmine which his yearly commentary provided. However, in 2007 he made the very worst kind of slip-up when announcing who would represent the UK. He shouted, “Cyndi!” Fearne Cotton shouted, “Scooch!” and fingers were furiously pressed into ears as confusion descended on the studio. It was Scooch in the end, for all the good they did us.
The 2007 runner-up Verka Serduchka from Ukraine with his bonkers accordion romp, featured backing dancers dressed in matching baking foil lederhosen. It had all the elements to be a Eurovision champion, but was pipped to the post by a more serious Serbian effort.
In 2009 burlesque superstar Dita Von Teese took to the stage to support Germany’s Alex Swings Oscar Sings with “Miss Kiss Kiss Bang”. Although much hyped beforehand, her a-list presence did nothing to lift the German’s efforts, finishing in a disappointing 20th position with only 35 points.