Eurovision Song Contest

The legends of Eurovision 

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Swedish domination, Finnish hard rock and pop princesses - here are some of the ‘legends’ of Eurovision 

The event will once again be splitting 740 million people into lovers and haters on May 23 in Vienna. The Red Bulletin has dived into the history books and taken a look at some of the ‘legends’ of the Eurovision Song Contest. 

Lordi
“Hard Rock Hallelujah” (Athens, 2006)

They rocked to first place like Tolkien’s orcs in platforms. It’s fair to say that Lordi were the scariest winners of the Eurovision Song Contest. 

Celine Dion
“Ne partez pas sans moi” (Dublin, 1988)

She made quite the impact winning 28 years ago: as much for the size of her hair as the power of her voice.

ABBA
“Waterloo” (Brighton, 1974)

Napoleon did surrender, as did the rest of Europe then the whole world to the best-selling pure pop band of all-time.

Verka Serduchka
“Dancing Lasha Tumbai” (Helsinki, 2007)

Very possibly a work of avant-garde art: Andriy Danylko performing as Verka Serduchka, a lady of a certain age in a futuristic astronaut outfit, who immediately earwormed her way into European hearts. Sieben, sieben, ein, zwei, tanzen!” How did it only come second?

Lena 
“Satellite” (Oslo, 2010)

The diminuitive little German with the rather “interesting” English pronunciation managed to create a truly catchy pop song with her winner in 2010. The track even made it into the top 30 of the UK music charts, became Germany’s fastest selling digital release ever, and went on to become double platinum. Not bad. 
 

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