Eurovision Song Contest

annual song competition held among the member countries of the European Broadcasting Union

The Eurovision Song Contest is a song contest run by the European Broadcasting Union that started in 1956. Different singers representing countries in Europe compete every year.

Famous past winners include ABBA (representing their native Sweden in 1974), Céline Dion (though Canadian, she represented Switzerland) in 1988, Lordi (Finland, 2006), Loreen (Sweden, 2012).

One of Eurovision's most famous moments was in 1990 when Spain's entry suffered a technical fault at the start of the song but it was soon performed without any further problems.

The latest winner of the Eurovision Song Contest is Duncan Laurence of the Netherlands, achieving his country's fifth win of the contest (and first in 44 years) in Tel Aviv, Israel, in 2019, with his song "Arcade".

The country that had to wait the longest from its first participation to achieve a win was Portugal, which won with the song Amar pelos dois by Salvador Sobral in Kiev, Ukraine, in 2017.

The Eurovision Song Contest 2020 was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the first time the contest was cancelled.

List of winnersEdit

Year Country Song Performer Article
1956    Switzerland Refrain Lys Assia ESC 1956
1957   Netherlands Net als toen Corry Brokken ESC 1957
1958   France Dors, mon amour André Claveau ESC 1958
1959   Netherlands Een beetje Teddy Scholten ESC 1959
1960   France Tom Pillibi Jacqueline Boyer ESC 1960
1961   Luxembourg Nous les amoureux Jean-Claude Pascal ESC 1961
1962   France Un premier amour Isabelle Aubret ESC 1962
1963   Denmark Dansevise Grethe & Jørgen Ingmann ESC 1963
1964   Italy Non ho l'età (per amarti) Gigliola Cinquetti ESC 1964
1965   Luxembourg Poupée de cire, poupée de son France Gall ESC 1965
1966   Austria Merci, Chérie Udo Jürgens ESC 1966
1967   United Kingdom Puppet on a String Sandie Shaw ESC 1967
1968   Spain La, la, la Massiel ESC 1968
1969[1]   Spain Vivo cantando Salomé ESC 1969
  United Kingdom Boom Bang-a-Bang Lulu
  Netherlands De troubadour Lennie Kuhr
  France Un jour, un enfant Frida Boccara
1970   Ireland All Kinds of Everything Dana ESC 1970
1971   Monaco Un banc, un arbre, une rue Séverine ESC 1971
1972   Luxembourg Après toi Vicky Leandros ESC 1972
1973   Luxembourg Tu te reconnaîtras Anne-Marie David ESC 1973
1974   Sweden Waterloo ABBA ESC 1974
1975   Netherlands Ding-a-Dong Teach-In ESC 1975
1976   United Kingdom Save Your Kisses for Me Brotherhood of Man ESC 1976
1977   France L'oiseau et l'enfant Marie Myriam ESC 1977
1978   Israel A-ba-ni-bi (א-ב-ני-בי) Izhar Cohen & Alphabeta ESC 1978
1979   Israel Hallelujah (הללויה) Gali Atari & Milk and Honey ESC 1979
1980   Ireland What's Another Year? Johnny Logan ESC 1980
1981   United Kingdom Making Your Mind Up Bucks Fizz ESC 1981
1982   Germany Ein bißchen Frieden Nicole ESC 1982
1983   Luxembourg Si la vie est cadeau Corinne Hermès ESC 1983
1984   Sweden Diggi-loo diggi-ley Herreys ESC 1984
1985   Norway La det swinge Bobbysocks! ESC 1985
1986   Belgium J'aime la vie Sandra Kim ESC 1986
1987   Ireland Hold Me Now Johnny Logan ESC 1987
1988    Switzerland Ne partez pas sans moi Céline Dion ESC 1988
1989   Yugoslavia Rock Me Riva ESC 1989
1990   Italy Insieme: 1992 Toto Cutugno ESC 1990
1991   Sweden Fångad av en stormvind Carola ESC 1991
1992   Ireland Why Me? Linda Martin ESC 1992
1993   Ireland In Your Eyes Niamh Kavanagh ESC 1993
1994   Ireland Rock 'n' Roll Kids Paul Harrington & Charlie McGettigan ESC 1994
1995   Norway Nocturne Secret Garden ESC 1995
1996   Ireland The Voice Eimear Quinn ESC 1996
1997   United Kingdom Love Shine a Light Katrina and the Waves ESC 1997
1998   Israel Diva (דיווה‎) Dana International ESC 1998
1999   Sweden Take Me to Your Heaven Charlotte Nilsson ESC 1999
2000   Denmark Fly on the Wings of Love Olsen Brothers ESC 2000
2001   Estonia Everybody Tanel Padar, Dave Benton & 2XL ESC 2001
2002   Latvia I Wanna Marie N ESC 2002
2003   Turkey Everyway That I Can Sertab Erener ESC 2003
2004   Ukraine Wild Dances Ruslana ESC 2004
2005   Greece My Number One Helena Paparizou ESC 2005
2006   Finland Hard Rock Hallelujah Lordi ESC 2006
2007   Serbia Molitva (Молитва) Marija Šerifović ESC 2007
2008   Russia Believe Dima Bilan ESC 2008
2009   Norway Fairytale Alexander Rybak ESC 2009
2010   Germany Satellite Lena Meyer-Landrut ESC 2010
2011   Azerbaijan Running Scared Ell & Nikki ESC 2011
2012   Sweden Euphoria Loreen ESC 2012
2013   Denmark Only Teardrops Emmelie de Forest ESC 2013
2014   Austria Rise Like a Phoenix Conchita Wurst ESC 2014
2015   Sweden Heroes Måns Zelmerlöw ESC 2015
2016   Ukraine 1944 Jamala ESC 2016
2017   Portugal Amar pelos dois Salvador Sobral ESC 2017
2018   Israel Toy Netta Barzilai ESC 2018
2019   Netherlands Arcade Duncan Laurence ESC 2019

Highest placings of non-winning countriesEdit

Best placing Country Most recently
Song Performer Article
2nd (twice)   Iceland Is It True? Yohanna ESC 2009
2nd (twice)   Malta Angel Chiara ESC 2005
2nd   Cyprus Fuego Eleni Foureira ESC 2018
2nd   Bulgaria Beautiful Mess Kristian Kostov ESC 2017
2nd   Australia Sound of Silence Dami Im ESC 2016
2nd   Poland To nie ja! Edyta Górniak ESC 1994
3rd (twice)   Romania Playing with Fire Paula Seling & Ovi ESC 2010
3rd   Moldova Hey, Mamma! SunStroke Project ESC 2017
3rd   Bosnia and Herzegovina Lejla Hari Mata Hari ESC 2006
4th (twice)   Armenia Not Alone Aram Mp3 ESC 2014
4th (twice)   Croatia Marija Magdalena Doris Dragović ESC 1999
4th   Hungary Kinek mondjam el vétkeimet? Friderika Bayer ESC 1994
5th   Albania Suus Rona Nishliu ESC 2012
6th   Czech Republic Lie to Me Mikolas Josef ESC 2018
6th   Belarus Work Your Magic Koldun ESC 2007
6th   Lithuania We Are the Winners LT United ESC 2006
7th (twice)   Slovenia Energy Nuša Derenda ESC 2001
7th   North Macedonia Proud Tamara Todevska ESC 2019
9th (twice)   Georgia One More Day Eldrine ESC 2011
13th   Montenegro Adio (Адио) Knez ESC 2015
18th   Slovakia Kým nás máš Marcel Palonder ESC 1996
18th   Morocco Bitaqat hob (بطاقة حب) Samira Said ESC 1980
19th   San Marino Say Na Na Na Serhat ESC 2019
SF 12th   Andorra Salvem el món (Let's Save the World) Anonymous ESC 2007

Junior winnersEdit

Year Country Song Performer Article
2003   Croatia Ti si moja prva ljubav Dino Jelusić JESC 2003
2004   Spain Antes muerta que sencilla María Isabel JESC 2004
2005   Belarus My vmeste (Мы вместе) Ksenia Sitnik JESC 2005
2006   Russia Vesenniy jazz (Весенний джаз) The Tolmachevy Twins JESC 2006
2007   Belarus S druz'yami (С друзьями) Alexey Zhigalkovich JESC 2007
2008   Georgia Bzz... Bzikebi JESC 2008
2009   Netherlands Click Clack Ralf Mackenbach JESC 2009
2010   Armenia Mama (Մամա) Vladimir Arzumanyan JESC 2010
2011   Georgia Candy Music CANDY JESC 2011
2012   Ukraine Nebo (Небо) Anastasiya Petryk JESC 2012
2013   Malta The Start Gaia Cauchi JESC 2013
2014   Italy Tu primo grande amore Vincenzo Cantiello JESC 2014
2015   Malta Not My Soul Destiny Chukunyere JESC 2015
2016   Georgia Mzeo (მზეო) Mariam Mamadashvili JESC 2016
2017   Russia Wings (Kryl'ja) (Крылья) Polina Bogusevich JESC 2017
2018   Poland Anyone I Want to Be Roksana Węgiel JESC 2018
2019   Poland Superhero Viki Gabor JESC 2019
2020   France J'imagine Valentina JESC 2020

Highest placings of non-winning countriesEdit

Best placing Country Most recently
Song Performer Article
2nd (twice)   Kazakhstan Forever Karakat Bashanova JESC 2020
2nd   Bulgaria Planet of the Children (Planetata na detsata) (Планетата на децата) Krisia, Hasan & Ibrahim JESC 2014
2nd   United Kingdom The Best Is Yet to Come Cory Spedding JESC 2004
3rd (twice)   Australia Champion Jael JESC 2018
3rd (twice)   Serbia Čarobna noć (Чаробна ноћ) Sonja Škorić JESC 2010
3rd   Slovenia Prva ljubezen Lina Kuduzović JESC 2015
3rd   Sweden Det finaste någon kan få Molly Sandén JESC 2008
3rd   Lithuania Laiminga diena Eglė Jurgaitytė JESC 2006
3rd   Norway Sommer og skolefri Malin Reitan JESC 2005
4th   Belgium Zo verliefd (Yodelo) Laura Omloop JESC 2009
4th   Denmark Shake Shake Shake Nicolai Kielstrup JESC 2005
4th   Romania Îți mulțumesc Noni Răzvan Ene JESC 2004
5th (twice)   North Macedonia Prati mi SMS (Прати ми СМС) Bobi Andonov JESC 2008
5th   Albania Dambaje Mishela Rapo JESC 2015
6th   Moldova No, No Lerika JESC 2011
6th   Greece Tora einai i seira mas (Tώρα είναι η σειρά μας) Alexandros & Kalli JESC 2005
7th   Azerbaijan Me and My Guitar Rustam Karimov JESC 2013
8th (twice)   Cyprus Agoria koritsia (Αγόρια κορίτσια) Louis Panagiotou & Christina Christofi JESC 2006
8th   Israel Let the Music Win Kids.il JESC 2012
9th   Latvia Tu esi vasarā Dzintars Čīča JESC 2003
10th   Ireland Bríce ar Bhríce Zena Donnelly JESC 2016
10th   San Marino O-o-O Sole intorno a me Michele Perniola JESC 2013
12th   Germany Stronger with You Susan JESC 2020
13th   Montenegro Oluja (Олуја) Jana Mirković JESC 2015
14th (twice)   Portugal Youtuber Mariana Venâncio JESC 2017
16th    Switzerland Birichino Demis Mirarchi JESC 2004
18th   Wales Calon yn Curo Erin Mai JESC 2019

NotesEdit

  1. ^ In 1969 four countries were joint winners as there was no rule for a tie.

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