History YMMV / EurovisionSongContest

25th Feb '18 12:28:12 PM lilithmercy
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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).

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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).home).
** British duo Jemini are ONLY known for their 2003 entry "Cry Baby" getting 0, which has variously been put down to [[UsefulNotes/TheWarOnTerror Iraq]] backlash, and according to Gemma Abbey, sabotage.[[note]]Their performance was notably off-key even though while promoting themselves beforehand they'd performed fairly well. Gemma has stated that they actually couldn't hear the backing track in their in-ear monitors and had to rely on the speakers aimed at the audience, which is harder to do than it sounds.[[/note]]
7th Feb '18 5:03:32 AM BugsFan17
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*** The more obvious George Michael lift would probably be the Turkish entry that year, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDMTi3kydZ8 "Esmer Yarim,"]] which sounds remarkably similar to "Faith" (possibly by virtue of also using the BoDiddleyBeat.

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*** The more obvious George Michael lift would probably be the Turkish entry that year, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDMTi3kydZ8 "Esmer Yarim,"]] which sounds remarkably similar to "Faith" (possibly by virtue of also using the BoDiddleyBeat.BoDiddleyBeat).



** Also in 2017, The thudding and earthy beat at the start of Cyprus' tune "Gravity" by Greek-Armenian Hovig was widely seen as resembling the beat of Rag n' Bone Man's recent worldwide hit Human.

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** Also in 2017, The the thudding and earthy beat at the start of Cyprus' tune "Gravity" by Greek-Armenian Hovig was widely seen as resembling the beat of Rag n' Bone Man's recent worldwide hit Human.hit, "Human."
7th Feb '18 5:02:10 AM BugsFan17
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*** The more obvious George Michael lift would probably be the Turkish entry that year, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDMTi3kydZ8 "Esmer Yarim,"]] which sounds remarkably similar to "Faith" (possibly by virtue of also using the BoDiddleyBeat.



** By 2015 pretty much every unique song composition seems to have been exhausted, but the Cypriot entry is especially similar to a mash-up of "Taking Chances" and "Always A Woman To Me". The 2015 winner, Sweden's "Heroes", is also accused of being too similar to David Guetta's "Lovers on the Sun". While released in 2015, "Heroes" was actually written in 2013 - a year before the Guetta song. Some people have also felt that the song, particularly during the chorus, has shades of "[[Film/EdgeOfTomorrow Love Me Again]]"

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** By 2015 pretty much every unique song composition seems to have been exhausted, but the Cypriot entry is especially similar to a mash-up of "Taking Chances" and "Always A Woman To Me". [[Music/BillyJoel "She's Always a Woman".]] The 2015 winner, Sweden's "Heroes", is also accused of being too similar to David Guetta's "Lovers on the Sun". While released in 2015, "Heroes" was actually written in 2013 - a year before the Guetta song. Some people have also felt that the song, particularly during the chorus, has shades of "[[Film/EdgeOfTomorrow Love Me Again]]"
1st Feb '18 9:23:48 PM BugsFan17
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** Following Ireland's run of three wins between 1992 and 1994, British commentator Terry Wogan remarked before the Irish entry from '95 that, "They say they don't want to win, but believe me, they do!" Ireland ended its streak and then some that night, plummeting to fourteenth place. One year later, though...
1st Feb '18 9:19:41 PM BugsFan17
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** One interval act that got cut after the dress rehearsal offered a look into the future, where every country in the world participated in Eurovision. Alongside typical Eurovision contestants like Norway and Russia, other countries taking part include South Africa, Brazil, and Australia. The first two are still waiting on their invitation, but one year later, guess who was invited for the first time?
1st Feb '18 9:15:54 PM BugsFan17
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** Pretty much every joke referencing Finland's lack of success prior to 2006 (a popular joke compared different Finnish temperatures to Finnish occurrences - "-300 degrees" is comparable to "Finland winning Eurovision"). In particular, the 2005 ''Congratulations: 50 Years of the Eurovision Song Contest'' special had an extended riff on the subject. Host [[Music/KatrinaAndTheWaves Katrina Leskanich]] mentioned that Finland had been the country with the longest participation to never win the contest, "and they're ''angry!"'' This prompted a performance of "Waterloo" by famed Finnish shouting choir Mieskuoro Huutajat. ''Literally one year later'', [[Music/{{Lordi}} a band]] with a similarly loud sound [[CueTheFlyingPigs cued the flying pigs]] and earned Finland the biggest victory in the history of the contest at the time.
1st Feb '18 9:04:30 PM BugsFan17
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**** Fortunately, it's all water under the bridge for the 2018 contest: Channel One is as good as their word and is sending Samoylova to Lisbon, and the Ukrainian TV station has said there are no issues preventing them from broadcasting her performance.
30th Jan '18 4:30:37 PM nombretomado
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* TookTheBadFilmSeriously: Long after Western Europe stopped taking it seriously, the fall of the Soviet Union and the breakup of Yugoslavia led to a number of new countries seeing appearing in it as a serious mark of independence, a show of national pride, and even as an advert for tourism. Then of course there's the MisplacedNationalism between bitter rivals. %% The western countries, who actually pay for it, were somewhat bemused. ("bemused" in which sense? Find a better word.)

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* TookTheBadFilmSeriously: Long after Western Europe stopped taking it seriously, the fall of the Soviet Union and the breakup of Yugoslavia led to a number of new countries seeing appearing in it as a serious mark of independence, a show of national pride, and even as an advert for tourism. Then of course there's the MisplacedNationalism UsefulNotes/MisplacedNationalism between bitter rivals. %% The western countries, who actually pay for it, were somewhat bemused. ("bemused" in which sense? Find a better word.)
14th Dec '17 6:28:45 AM Kitchen90
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** Some viewers felt Austria's song for the 2017 contest, "Running on Air" by Nathan Trent had a similar arrangement as Music/TakeThat's "Never Forget".

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** Some viewers felt Austria's song for the 2017 contest, "Running on Air" by Nathan Trent had a similar arrangement as Music/TakeThat's Music/TakeThatBand's "Never Forget".
5th Dec '17 9:06:00 AM BugsFan17
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** This goes back a-ways: 1994 saw the third victory in a row for Ireland and sixth overall, with Paul Harrington and Charlie [=McGettigan's=] "Rock 'n' Roll Kids." The song was more melancholy and introspective than most Eurovision songs, and it didn't feature the orchestra at all (the musicians accompanied themselves on guitar and piano). It also scored 226 points, the first Eurovision song to surpass 200 points. Many fans, however, aren't fond of it, considering it too slow and boring (several have even suggested it was submitted specifically so that [[SpringtimeForHitler Ireland lost and wouldn't have to host in '95]]). Not helping matters is that it came ahead of a bigger fan favorite and more traditional Eurovision song, Poland's Edyta Gorniak with "To nie ja!" (which, taking second place, made it one of the most successful debuts in contest history).
** Of course, a more convincing thought would be that the next year's entry, Eddie Friel's "Dreamin'," was the deliberate tanker: it performed second (a spot no entry has won from), was even slower, had plagiarism accusations leveled at it, and ultimately finished fourteenth, leaving the victorious Norway to host the contest in Oslo the next year...which [[StatusQuoIsGod Ireland promptly won again]].

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** This goes back a-ways: 1994 saw the third victory in a row for Ireland and sixth overall, with Paul Harrington and Charlie [=McGettigan's=] "Rock 'n' Roll Kids." The song was more melancholy and introspective than most Eurovision songs, and it didn't feature the orchestra at all (the musicians accompanied themselves on guitar and piano). It also scored 226 points, the first Eurovision song to surpass 200 points. Many fans, however, aren't fond of it, considering it too slow and boring (several have even suggested it was submitted specifically so that that [[SpringtimeForHitler Ireland Ireland lost and wouldn't have to host in '95]]). Not helping matters is that it came ahead of a bigger fan favorite and more traditional Eurovision song, Poland's Edyta Gorniak with "To nie ja!" (which, taking second place, made it one of the most successful debuts in contest history).
** *** Of course, a more convincing thought would be that the next year's entry, Eddie Friel's "Dreamin'," was the deliberate tanker: it performed second (a spot no entry has won from), was even slower, had plagiarism accusations leveled at it, and ultimately finished fourteenth, leaving the victorious Norway to host the contest in Oslo the next year...which [[StatusQuoIsGod Ireland promptly won again]].
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