Believe it or not, Eurovision was set up to “stimulate the output of high quality songs in the field of popular music” – not that you’d know from some of the corkers that have come out of the song contest to date.
Take a look at the worst offenders:
Austria: Trackshittaz (semi-final, 2012) Woki mit deim Popo
“Your bum has feelings, your bum is a part of you, Don’t put it on chairs, your bum has an opinion, yeah”
Montenegro:, Euro Neuro (semi-final, 2012), ‘Rambo Amadeus’
“I got only one rule, always stay cool like a swimming pool”
Netherlands: Teach-In (winners, 1975), ‘Ding-a-Dong’
“And you walk along with your ding-dang-dong”
Germany: Lena (winner, 2010) ‘Satellite’
“I even painted my toe nails for you
I did it just the other day”
“I bought new underwear, they blue
And I wore ‘em just the other day”
Finland: Lordi, (winner, 2007) ‘Hard Rock Hallelujah’
“It’s the Arockalypse…On the Day of Rockoning”
Latvia: Marie N (winner, 2002), ‘I Wanna’
“You make me sweat”
Estonia: Tanel Padar, Dave Benton & 2XL (winners, 2001), ‘Everybody’
“And roll the carpet from the floor –
Haha, carpet from the floor, yeah”
Sweden: Herreys (winners, 1984), ‘Diggi-loo, Diggi-ley’
“Diggi-loo diggi-ley, everybody’s looking at me"
Austria: Alf Poier (6th place, 2003), ‘Weil der Mensch zählt’
“The difference between people
Between apes and primates
It-it’s not much bigger
Than between noodles and pancake stripes
Russia: Buranovskiye Babushki (2nd place, 2012), ‘Party for everybody’
“The cat is happy, the dog is happy, the cat is happy, the dog is happy, we are in a wonderful mood and very happy, we are in a wonderful mood, oh joy”
Ireland: Dustin the Turkey (semi-finals 2008), ‘Irlande Douze Points’
“Drag acts and bad acts and Terry Wogan’s wig
Mad acts and sad acts, it was Johnny Logan’s gig”
“Block votes! Shock votes! Give us your 12 today”
“Yes it’s Bulgaria we love you Belarus, Georgia,
Montenegro, Moldova, Albania, Croatia, Poland,
Russia, Ukraine, Macedonia, don’t forget Turkey,
Hungary, Estonia, Slovakia, Armenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina
and don’t forget the Swiss….. Cheese”
Most controversial Eurovision moments
Most controversial Eurovision moments
1/8 Conchita Wurst, Austria (2014)
Russia’s anti-gay president Vladmir Putin branded Eurovision a ‘Europe-wide gay parade’ and shortly afterwards, Austrian drag singer Tom Neuworth more than got his own back. Neuworth’s bearded lady alter-ego Conchita Wurst triumphed with the Bond-style “Rise Like a Phoenix”, shooting down homophobes who had sent her abuse in the run-up to the contest.
2/8 Donatan and Cleo, Poland (2014)
When Poland returned to Eurovision after a two-year absence, few suspected that girls dressed as milkmaids could be quite so raunchy. Controversially, the UK public voted this their favourite, while the national jury placed it last. Soprano Laura Wright called it “soft porn” and “two boobs too far”.
3/8 Ping Pong, Israel (2000)
Israel and Syria were officially at war during this contest and just to make matters worse, Ping Pong decided to wave Syrian flags during rehearsals in a bid for peace. Unsurprisingly, Israeli politicians demanded they be banned for not representing national values and when they weren’t, they left them to cover all their own expenses. The flags made a comeback in the final but they only received seven points.
4/8 Stephane and 3G, Georgia (2009)
“We Don’t Wanna Put In” was understandably read as a massive dig at Putin, just one year after Georgia’s war with Russia. The European Broadcast Union deemed it “too political” for Eurovision and Georgia was asked to either change the lyrics or submit a different song. They refused and withdrew from the competition.
5/8 Paul Oscar, Iceland (1997)
This gay pop singer sparked outrage when he performed “My Final Dance” backed by four latex-clad women provocatively frolicking on a white leather sofa. To this day it remains one of the most eyebrow-raising and overtly sexual Eurovision moments ever.
6/8 Dana International, Israel (1998)
Conchita’s been there, done that since, but Dana International was the first transgender person to represent their country at Eurovision back in the late Nineties. She caused uproar in Israel, with ultra-Orthodox Jews protesting in the streets and some even sending death threats. Naturally, she won with a feather-laden diva-like performance to show the haters who’s the boss.
7/8 Teapacks, Israel (2007)
Yet another Israeli controversy came with Teapacks’ song “Push the Button”, which included lyrics about “crazy rulers” and a “world full of terror”. Some speculated that the track reflected Israeli anxiety about a nuclear war with Iran, but it was given the go ahead by Eurovision bosses.
8/8 Jean-Claude Pascal, Luxembourg (1961)
Luxembourg’s entry “Maybe It Isn’t America (Because America Isn’t the Be-All)” was sung in French and widely seen as anti-American, just as Ronald Reagan took up his presidency. It didn’t do too well, finishing in 11th.