Eurovision songs

From humble beginnings, something grew

Lordi winners in 2006.For the first time since Abba in the 70's a group that truly summed up the image of the Eurovision Song Contest.
Lordi winners in 2006.For the first time since Abba in the 70's a group that truly summed up the image of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Eurovision, where it all began

The Eurovision song contest began in 1956 in Switzerland, only seven countries took part each submitting 2 songs each. Surprise surprise the host country won. However, from these small beginnings something wonderful grew, the greatest competition for songs in Europe. OK it's the only contest for songs in Europe, but at least that it something to be grateful for ; and now we know who to blame, the Swiss. The Eurovision song contest was first known as Eurovision Grand Prix, but the word 'Grand' seemed somewhat misleading, so it was dropped. Hunting high and low for a title that truly encapsulated the wonder of the event, 'The Eurovision song contest' was born. Still over the years the word 'song' became contentious and now this beloved programme is now known simply as 'Eurovision'. Perhaps in the future it might become just 'Euro', who's to say, or venture to guess.

 

Buck's Fizz

Brits in Eurovision

The Brits first stormed onto the Eurovision stage in 1956 and came nowhere, it wasn't until 1967 that our dreams were fulfilled and Sandie Shaw won the contest with the world shattering song, 'puppet on a string.' You would have thought that this was enough, but the greed of the country grew, we wanted more. So in 1969 we let Lulu loose and won again with the unforgettable 'Boom Bang A Bang.' This victory was somewhat tarnished as we had to share first place with 3 other countries, this was not good enough. With our stiff upper lips we tried again and again and again. Victory was won by the UK in 1976 by the Brotherhood of Man with the thought provoking 'Save all your kisses for me.' After this, most countries would have been satisfied, and withdrew from the contest before more damage to music could be done. But no. The Uk wanted more, a kind of fever gripped the country , until in 1981 the Uk was victorious once more. This time, Bucks Fizz made the Eurovision experience complete with sickly grins and funny leg movements , while removing skirts, and singing 'Making your mind up' This should had been an omen for the UK and we should have' made our minds up' and left the contest while we were riding high. Since 1981 the UK has only won once more, in 1997 with 'Love shine a light' by Katrina and the Waves.

 

Abba

Lordi

The unforgettable

The rest of Europe played their part in the UK's victories , it might even been said that they deliberately tried to beat us. However we mustn't be selfish and share the blame for the success of the Eurovision song contest with others. Take for example 1974, when Sweden unleashed the full force of Glam rock on Europe with Abba singing the classic 'Waterloo'. I believe at this point Eurovision came of age and found itself an image and a standard to live up to. Dana from Ireland had tried to bring music to the Eurovision song contest in 1970 with 'All kinds of everything', but this proved too controversial and swept under the carpet by Eurovision entries and looked on as an embarrassment. Until of course in 1998 when her contribution to the Eurovision ideals were celebrated in song by the aptly named,Dana International, with the hit Diva. I think we all know what was being said. Things were soon back to normal and in 2006 Lordi from Finland won with "Hard Rock Hallelujah' For the first time since Abba in the 70's a group that truly summed up the image of the Eurovision Song Contest.


The Spanish entry

What about this year?

Well it seems that this years contestants could be split into two distinct groups. Soppy looking men and serious woman. Heading the soppy men group is the Spanish entry Algo Pequeñito Performed by: Daniel Diges. Putting their faith in the melodic sounds of the accordion, Spain has good chance of wooing the audience. Next in the soppy male category is the aptly named Josh from the UK. Who is perfecting the meaningful gaze down the camera lens, while moaning out lyrics. The women have some serious contenders, very serious. The leader of this group is from Azerbaijan, singing a song called "Drip Drop" is Safura. The lyrics are sang in a deep and meaningful way, however the desperation to win seems to be the only emotion that you can feel in this performance. The next contender worth a mention is from the fun loving Germans. With their entry,Satellite performed by Lena, the German's seem to be putting their hopes in a twelve year old.

Flash dance mob

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Gil Silva 3 years ago from Porto, Portugal

Nice Hub ! I'm a big fan of ESC.


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Shinkicker 6 years ago from Scotland

Great Hub jayjay

A truly dreadful competition only saved by Terry Wogan. Nice though that a metal band won it once :-)


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jayjay40 6 years ago from Bristol England Author

You can't take eurovision serious, not if you have ever watched it. Though I think that's it's charm


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2patricias 6 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

Pat writes - I was rather disappointed with this year's competition. There were very few really silly songs (I did like that Drip Drop one) and not many absurd costumes.

My daughter works in a boarding school, and organised a party for the girls. They drew 3 countries each, and had to dress up in a costume inspired by 1 of their countries, and provide some snack food related to the country. The girl who drew Iceland came dressed as a volcano!

This is the great thing about Eurovision - if you don't take it seriously it provides opportunities for a lot of fun.


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jayjay40 6 years ago from Bristol England Author

You are so right Billy about the Germans. Loved this year's show, roll on the next one.


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Hard to forget Waterloo - there was a few good ones this year and a few forgettable as usual. I thought a few more would get votes and there was your usual ethnic block voting about all in all Lena's Satellite was a deserved winner. Truth is Germany is the best set to pay for it next year also.


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jayjay40 6 years ago from Bristol England Author

Thanks A A Zavala for commenting, I love Eurovision the songs are so funny.


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A.A. Zavala 6 years ago from Texas

I loved these groups growing up. Some of the best music in the world originated in Europe. Thanks for the hub.


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

It will soon be upon us again. Argh


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jayjay40 6 years ago from Bristol England Author

Thanks for the comment Hello hello, glad you enjoyed the trip, hope the memories were good


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for the trip down memory lane.

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