If you find yourself still mourning the cancellation of 2020’s Eurovision and Netflix’s new film parody of two Eurovision hopefuls isn’t enough to satisfy your cravings for the iconic singing contest – then look no further. We’ve created our top 5 Eurovision performances to help you through this long and gloomy hiatus till Eurovision 2021.
ABBA – Sweeden, 1974
It’s no surprise this performance made it to our exclusive list. I mean, It’s ABBA! Not only that, but ABBA singing Waterloo. This combination proved to be a winning formula, securing Sweden 1st place in the 1974 Eurovision, whilst also branding this performance as one of the greatest Eurovision has ever seen.
Dami Im – Australia, 2016
Before you call us biased with this inclusion from Australia in 2016, please watch the video. This breathtaking performance by Dami singing “Sound of Silence”, provoked quite the opposite reaction from the Eurovision audience. Dami Im ended up placing 2nd overall, with the Ukraine taking out 1st place.
Conchita Wurst – Austria, 2014
Austria’s very own bearded drag queen, Conchita Wurst, took out 1st place in Eurovision’s 2014 competition with her smash performance of ‘Rise Like a Phoenix’. To give you an idea of how good this was, the singer scored 290 points; a massive 52 points above the nearest competitor. Yep, that good!
Buranovskiye Babushki – Russia, 2012
What a performance! We can’t quite put our finger on a single reason why this performance was so memorable. Whether it was the rare blend of traditional Russian singing mixed with European pop, or maybe the random pizza oven stage prop. Not to mention the singing and dancing grannies. Whatever it was, it caught everyone off guard for all the right reasons. This certainly was a ‘party for everybody’.
Sunstroke Project & Olia Tira (Moldova), 2010
If you haven’t seen this performance yet, then you would surely recognise it purely from the iconic saxophone instrumental. The song ‘Run Away’ later went on to become the subject of a major internet meme surrounding the saxophone solo performed by saxophonist Sergey Stepanov, more commonly known as ‘Epic Sax Guy’. So, sit back, relax and let the jazz pop roll over you.