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Published on May 19th, 2010 | by Yellow Magpie

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The Worst Eurovision Songs: Songs That Should Never Have Won

The Eurovision Song Contest has produced some of the worst songs ever heard on television and remarkably some of them even won the contest.

Isabelle Aubret Sings ‘Premier Amour’ For France (1962)

The music for this song is actually quite good. Having said that, the monotonous lyrics and the constant repetition make this one of the most irritating of Eurovision Songs.

Toto Cutugno Sings ‘Insieme’ For Italy (1990)

This has to be one of the strangest videos. The main singer comes across as an egomaniacal conductor conducting invisible musicians. What makes it worse is his incredibly earnest expression. Very weird.

Dana International Sing ‘Diva’ For Israel (1998)

The main problem with this song is that the singer cannot sing. Dana International caused huge controversy among Orthodox Jews and other conservatives as she was a transsexual. But this didn’t stop her winning the contest.

Tanel Padar & Dave Benton ‘Everybody’ For Estonia (2001)

Large parts of this song are actually good. However, the two singers have got a very strange chemistry going on between them. And the song appears to lose its way half through.

Sertab Erener Perform ‘Everyway That I Can’ For Turkey (2003)

The music for this song is very good and especially catchy. However, the singing is absolutely dreadful and completely out of tune.

Ruslana Perform ‘Wild Dances’ For Ukraine (2004)

More akin to Zena: The Warrior Princess, the dancing, costumes and choreography isn’t that bad. However, they forgot about the main ingredient in any good song, good singing.

Lordi Perform ‘Hard Rock Hallejuhah’ For Finland (2006)

One of the worst entries into the Eurovision. The gimmick of makeup and affected singing results in an ugly and confusing mess.. It remains a mystery as to how this song, which is neither ‘hard’ nor ‘rock’, ever won the competition.

Marie N For Latvia ‘I Wanna’ (2002)

Apart from being a little stiff, the singer can’t sing and the song is poor. All the dancers in the world can’t mask the fact that this is a rubbish song with weak lyrics.

Alexander Rybak Sings ‘Fairytale’ For Norway (2009)

No doubt that Alexander Rybak is a highly talented violinist, however the song sounds like a nursery rhyme.

Dustin ‘The Turkey’ Performs ‘Irlande Douze Points’ For Ireland (2008)

Although this song did not win the competition it deserves special mention. ‘Irlande Douze Points’ is one of the most controversial entries in the Eurovision.

Dustin ‘The Turkey’ is peerless when it comes to being the worst singer ever to perform at the Eurovision. An intentional send up to the legacy of the Eurovision. Dustin did little to enamour himself to the local audience when he came on stage in a shopping trolley.

Recommended Reading

For those who wish to delve further into the history and traditions of the Eurovision Song Contest – The Eurovision Song Contest: The Official History by John Kennedy O’Connor is ideal.

Amazon.co.uk
For people living in Ireland or the United Kingdom, you can access The Eurovision Song Contest: The Official History

Amazon.ca
For those who live in Canada, you can obtain The Eurovision Song Contest: The Official History.

Amazon.de
For Germany: The Eurovision Song Contest: The Official History.

Amazon.fr
For France:  The Eurovision Song Contest: The Official History.

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4 Responses to The Worst Eurovision Songs: Songs That Should Never Have Won

  1. Kevin says:

    Have to disagree with you- Sertab Erener was not out of tune- she’s one of the biggest Turkish stars.
    Dana international can actually sing.
    All Kinds of Everything is basically a list, but the melody and arrangement is superb. And one of the most successful Euorvision songs, which I don’t hink you mentioned is Eres Tu by Mocadades- placed 2nd to Anne Marie David in 1973. IT was the first Spanish song to make it into the Billboard top 10 and is very popular still

  2. Yellow Magpie says:

    Hi Kevin,

    Many thanks for your comment. Yes Eres Tu is a good song.

    This is just our lists of the best and worst songs. Everyone’s taste in music is different and we are always glad to hears the views of others.

    We hope you visit again.

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