Gearing up for the Eurovision Music Contest is at all times a nostalgic time, as we begin wanting again at a few of the all-time greats from previous years, from ABBA and Conchita Wurst to Bucks Fizz and Loreen.
However with so many acts competing yearly, it’s inevitable that some can be much less memorable than others – and it seems that features some fairly well-known faces.
As we prepare for this yr’s crop of performances, listed here are 11 musicians you’d fully forgotten as soon as competed on the Eurovision Music Contest…
How did they do? Eighth and nineteenth place, respectively
Greatest recognized for annoying Simon Cowell on The X Issue again in 2008, Jedward made a vibrant return to our screens because the representatives for Eire at Eurovision with the surprisingly catchy Lipstick.
A yr later, they returned to the competition with the surprisingly-even-catchier Waterline. Nonetheless, they didn’t fare fairly as properly second time round, and are but to make it a Eurovision hat-trick (although understanding Eurovision – and Jedward – we wouldn’t rule that out).
Since competing, Jedward have continued making music, in addition to showing on Celeb Massive Brother (twice!) and a current season of Celeb Coach Journey, the place they butted heads with their fellow passengers.
How did she do? Joint tenth place
Lengthy earlier than we knew her as EastEnders’ Ronnie Mitchell, Samantha Womack – or Janus, as she was then recognized – had launched into a singing profession, making all of it the best way to Eurovision in 1991.
Her music A Message To Your Coronary heart ended up being her solely single, after touchdown simply throughout the high 10 on the contest that yr, the place she was supported on backing vocals by none aside from Hazell Dean.
How did he do? Second place
A yr after Samantha, we despatched West Finish staple Michael Ball to Malmö, the place he significantly impressed and completed in a good second place.
Whereas Michael could now be finest recognized for his rendition of weepy ballads, his Eurovision providing One Step Out Of Time was a bit extra of a toe-tapper. And in the event you don’t imagine us, you’ll be able to try his *ahem* energetic efficiency within the video above. Good strikes, Michael!
How did they do? eleventh place
The BBC was met with controversy in 2011 after they introduced they have been ditching their traditional Eurovision choice exhibits and would as a substitute attempt to reverse the UK’s fortunes by selecting our representatives itself.
With a string of hits to their identify within the 2000s (together with three quantity ones), we type of get what the BBC was going for when Blue have been chosen, and at one stage it appeared like they have been really going to do fairly properly.
Sadly, on the evening issues didn’t fairly go to plan, and whereas eleventh place is nothing to be sniffed at, Blue fell wanting some folks’s expectations. Nonetheless, that was nothing in comparison with what would befall the UK at Eurovision within the decade to return…
How did they do? twenty first place
Who doesn’t love a little bit of Cascada on an evening out, eh? Everytime We Contact, Evacuate The Dancefloor, What Hurts The Most – all indeniable bops.
Nonetheless, it must be mentioned that what they turned out at Eurovision in 2013 didn’t fairly hit the mark, they usually ended up falling close to the underside of the leaderboard on the evening with simply 18 factors (to place that in perspective, the evening’s winner Emmelie de Forest had 281).
How did he do? Did not qualify previous the semi-finals
Darude is thought for his large membership bangers, so folks have been actually intrigued when it was introduced he’d be teaming up with Sebastian Rejman to compete at Eurovision.
Sadly, the music did not trigger a storm, sandy or in any other case. After their efficiency within the semi-finals, Darude and Sebastian did not safe sufficient votes to make it by means of to the ultimate stage of the competitors.
If it’s any comfort, Darude, Finland is considered one of Eurovision’s unluckiest entrants, ending final on eight separate events, three of which have been with the unenviable nul factors.
How did he do? Fourth place
The legendary crooner (and pa to fellow singer Enrique Iglesias) was already an enormous star when he agreed to compete on behalf of Spain at Eurovision in 1970.
His music Gwendolyne was one of many evening’s largest successes, touchdown comfortably throughout the high 5 on the scoreboard, with Eire attaining considered one of their record-breaking seven wins that yr.
How did she do? Fourth place
The UK actually thought they’d it within the bag in 1974 after they despatched Olivia Newton-John to the competition. Olivia was already a preferred singer by this stage, with a string of UK hits, although this was nonetheless years earlier than she’d shoot to worldwide stardom in Grease.
What the UK hadn’t banked on was the recognition of a sure Swedish act by the identify of ABBA. The story goes that the UK jury even went so far as allegedly giving the band’s providing Waterloo zero factors, as a tactical transfer to spice up Olivia’s Lengthy Stay Love larger up the scoreboard.
If that’s true, it was all in useless. Waterloo stormed forward regardless, happening to turn into one of the vital recognisable Eurovision hits ever, whereas ABBA would solely go from power to power from that time on.
How did she do? First place
Alongside ABBA, Céline Dion is undoubtedly considered one of Eurovision’s largest ever success tales, to the purpose many don’t even know that’s the place she received her worldwide break.
Lengthy earlier than Titanic, Las Vegas and the Met Gala got here calling, the Canadian star carried out her French-language music Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi on behalf of Switzerland, beating the UK’s entry by only one level.
Since then, Céline has turn into world-renowned as top-of-the-line vocalists of a technology, persevering with to carry out all around the world.
How did she do? Sixth place
Chances are you’ll assume you’re not conversant in Lúcia Moniz, however there’s really each likelihood you sit down to observe her each festive season.
Though finest generally known as a singer in her house nation of Portugal, rom-com followers would possibly recognise Lúcia as Aurélia, the love curiosity of Colin Firth, within the Christmas traditional Love Truly.
How did he do? Third place
Once more, even in the event you assume you’re not conversant in Domenico Modugno, we promise you’ll know his music Nel Blu, Dipinto Di Blu, maybe higher generally known as Volare.
Though Domenico solely took the bronze in 1958 on the third ever Eurovision, his music has positively stood the take a look at of time, even scooping each Report Of The 12 months and Music Of The 12 months on the inaugural Grammys. It’s additionally been coated by everybody from Dean Martin to the Gipsy Kings.
Give the music a play and we assure you’ll have heard it – even whether it is simply whereas ready to your pizza at a Frankie & Benny’s someplace.