On Saturday the Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Azerbaijan with Englebert Humperdinck representing the UK and Jedward representing Ireland (again). ATV Today takes a look at other recent winners of the competition from Germany’s Lena Meyer-Landrut to Finland’s Lordi.
The most recent winners of the Eurovision were, of course, Eldar and Nigar with Running Scared for Azerbaijan which scored 221 points.
In 2010 Germany won the competition with singer Lena Meyer-Landrut’s funky little song Satellite. Lena returned to Eurovision in 2011 to represent Germany once more with her song Taken by a Stranger which scored 107 points.
In 2009 Alexander Rybak and his violin won the competition for Norway with the song Fairytale.
The 2008 Eurovision Song Contest was won by Russian pop-star Dima Bilan for his performance of Believe which can with complimentary ice-skaters on stage.
The 2007 Eurovision Song Contest was held in Helsinki, Finland, and was won by Serbia with 268 points for the Ballard Molitva as sung by Marija Serifovic. ATV Today critic Queenie Le Trout still feels that Ukrainian drag queen Verka Serduchka should have won with her camp wonder Dancing Lasha Tumbai.
2006 was the year that Rock won Eurovision as Finnish band Lordi finished in first place with their anthem Hard Rock Hallelujah….who said Eurovision was a load of cheesy old tunes?
And jumping back to 2004 for Queenie’s favourite Eurovision winner of recent years; Ruslana of Ukraine with her dancey/rock song Wild Dances – think Zena Warrior Princess mixed with goths and hyperactive kids. Queenie wishes she had the stamina of Ruslana!
The Eurovision Song Contest will air on BBC One at 8pm on Saturday.