History YMMV / EurovisionSongContest

23rd Sep '17 3:14:27 PM BugsFan17
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** The songwriter of Sonia's "Better the Devil You Know," the United Kingdom's 1993 entry, said it was basically his attempt to re-write Music/{{Wham}}'s "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go." It worked pretty well: the song took second place.
14th Sep '17 8:42:37 AM BugsFan17
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** The (in)famous Johnny Logan, the only three-time winner (once as a singer, once as singer/songwriter, and once as songwriter). The two songs he performed, particularly his second, "Hold Me Now," are still considered high watermarks for the contest. "Hold Me Now" was even voted the third-greatest ESC song in 2005, coming behind only "Volare" and "Waterloo."
23rd Aug '17 12:26:38 PM BugsFan17
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* NeverLiveItDown: Kaveret (known internationally as Poogy) are considered the Israeli equivalent of The Beatles, since the band released several famous albums and was made up almost entirely of famous Israeli musicians. They competed in 1974 with "Natati la chaiyai," which is nowadays only remembered by Eurovisionistas for: a) losing to Music/{{ABBA}} (a fate that's befallen pretty much every non-ABBA performer that year) and b) their relatively ridiculous outfits. They placed sixth, which isn't bad, but none of the members returned for another go (although a quick scan of their Wikipedia page shows that they've all done more than fine at home).
23rd Aug '17 12:19:13 AM annette12
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12th Aug '17 12:53:19 PM Adenav
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** Salvador Sobral won the 2017 edition [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qotooj7ODCM with a song and performance]] which all but go against the pop and camp norm of the recent years. As a result, while it did garner a lot of praise and in spite of winning both the jury and public votes, "Amar Pelos Dois" divided opinion in the base, most evidently online, between those welcoming it as a timeless song and a change from the glitz-and-glamour, and those dismissing it as a boring, unenergetic and forgettable ditty. Similar to the case of "Rise Like a Phoenix", "Amar Pelos Dois" received a not-insignificant amount of dislikes.
16th Jul '17 9:16:27 AM nombretomado
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** In 2015 the competition was held a few weeks after the seventieth anniversary of VE day - when Germany and Austria surrendered their efforts in WW2. The only two countries to score nil points were Germany and the host country Austria (both with admittedly forgettable songs). These two facts are probably connected, as is the English title of the French song - "Don't Forget". The lyrics of the Israeli song were interpreted by some to be about overcoming genocide; it was one of the oddest performances but still scored well.

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** In 2015 the competition was held a few weeks after the seventieth anniversary of VE day - when Germany and Austria surrendered their efforts in WW2.[=WW2=]. The only two countries to score nil points were Germany and the host country Austria (both with admittedly forgettable songs). These two facts are probably connected, as is the English title of the French song - "Don't Forget". The lyrics of the Israeli song were interpreted by some to be about overcoming genocide; it was one of the oddest performances but still scored well.
10th Jul '17 4:15:04 PM MagBas
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** The 2015 announcement of [[GuestFighter Australia's participation]] was met with cheers and jeers. Some felt that their participation is a [[AscendedFanboy huge advantage for a country that loves Eurovision almost as much as Europe itself]], and definitely in keeping with the 2015 contest's TagLine (''Building Bridges'') promoting a sense of global unity, while others feel that Eurovision should be Europe-only[[note]][[HateDumb ignoring the fact that several non-European]] [[CriticalResearchFailure countries who are part of the EBU,]] [[CowboyBebopAtHisComputer such as Israel, Cyprus, Morocco and Armenia, have participated over the years]][[/note]], and Australia's participation will possibly open up doors for participation from non-European countries such as Brazil and Canada, thus creating new possibility for the contest to [[JumpingTheShark jump the shark]]. In fact, Australia was invited back to the contest the following year in 2016.

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** The 2015 announcement of [[GuestFighter Australia's participation]] was met with cheers and jeers. Some felt that their participation is a [[AscendedFanboy huge advantage for a country that loves Eurovision almost as much as Europe itself]], and definitely in keeping with the 2015 contest's TagLine (''Building Bridges'') promoting a sense of global unity, while others feel that Eurovision should be Europe-only[[note]][[HateDumb ignoring the fact that several non-European]] [[CriticalResearchFailure countries who are part of the EBU,]] [[CowboyBebopAtHisComputer such as Israel, Cyprus, Morocco and Armenia, have participated over the years]][[/note]], Europe-only, and Australia's participation will possibly open up doors for participation from non-European countries such as Brazil and Canada, thus creating new possibility for the contest to [[JumpingTheShark jump the shark]].Canada. In fact, Australia was invited back to the contest the following year in 2016.
25th Jun '17 7:40:36 AM DarcyFoster
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** Australia's 2017 contestant, Isaiah Firebrace received a respectable 4th place by the juries with 171 points, but received a disappointing 25th place from the televoting with just 2 points from Denmark. Surprisingly enough, they managed to stay on the top 10 overall with a 9th place result. This may have been due to the Australian flag-draped streaker who invaded the stage partway through voting; although the offender was Ukrainian, viewers wouldn't have known that at the time.

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** Australia's 2017 contestant, Isaiah Firebrace received a respectable 4th place by the juries with 171 points, but received a disappointing 25th place from the televoting with just 2 points from Denmark. Surprisingly enough, they managed to stay on the top 10 overall with a 9th place result. This may have been due to the Australian flag-draped streaker who invaded the stage partway through voting; although the offender was Ukrainian, viewers wouldn't have known that at the time.
24th Jun '17 6:10:15 AM 59Efra
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** This is especially true of absurdity in Russia, where state TV channels and officials are so serious about the contest that almost any loss or dispute is immediately assessed as deliberate anti-Russian antics and attempts to use the contest as a weapon of geopolitics. There is no need to say how narmy it looks.

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** This is especially true of absurdity reaches SeriousBusiness levels in Russia, where state TV channels and officials are so serious about the contest that almost any loss or dispute is immediately assessed as deliberate anti-Russian antics and attempts to use the contest as a weapon of geopolitics. There is no need to say how narmy it looks.
24th Jun '17 12:52:28 AM 59Efra
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*** This selection has set off another international incident: apparently, Samoylova performed in Crimea after Russia annexed it and this is reason for a three-year ban from Ukraine, so now fans are divided between those who think Ukraine is being insensitive by banning a wheelchair-bound singer who hardly can be considered a threat to their country, and those who think Russia was aware that Samoylova had broken the Ukrainian law and picked her specifically to make Ukraine look bad. This becomes even more controversial if you know that the Bulgarian entrant Kristian Kostov also acted as a Russian citizen in Crimea, but this only surfaced when he already was in Ukraine, and wasn't banned on the grounds that the law that forbids such travels was not put in place until months after his own travel, and he was a 14-year-old kid when it happened and therefore presumed incapable of making such decisions on his own accord.

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*** This selection has set off another international incident: apparently, Samoylova performed in Crimea after Russia annexed it and this is reason for a three-year ban from Ukraine, so now fans are divided between those who think Ukraine is being insensitive by banning a wheelchair-bound singer who hardly can be considered a threat to their country, and those who think Russia was aware that Samoylova had broken the Ukrainian law and picked her specifically to make Ukraine look bad. This becomes even more controversial if you know that the Bulgarian entrant Kristian Kostov also acted as a Russian citizen in Crimea, but this only surfaced when he already was in Ukraine, and wasn't banned on the grounds that the law that forbids such travels was not put in place until months after his own travel, and he was a 14-year-old kid when it happened and therefore presumed incapable of making such decisions on his own accord.
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