Almost all songs on this kind (a soloist with a guitar) have a certain heartwarming appeal, ever since Nicolestarted it in 1982.
And before Nicole, there was Norway's Åse Kleveland, whose 1966 entry placed 3rd and was Norway's highest ranking entry until they won for the first time in 1985.
Iceland's 2011 entry was "Coming Home" by a band called Sjonni's Friends, which only formed because the writer of the song, Sjonni Brink, died days before he was meant to perform it in the Icelandic national selection. Sjonni's musician friends, believing the song should stay in the competition, formed a tribute band and took the song all the way to Eurovision (it finished 20th).
Loreen: I want to say that I love you so much, thank you for believing in me, I wouldn't be able to do this without you guys. Thank you so very much. I love you for real, I do. This [the trophy] isn't just mine, this is ours. This is ours together. Really.
It should be noted that she absolutely adored the Russian grannies that year, who ended up in second place.
Malta's entry for 2013 was Gianluca Bezzina, a Hospital Hottie with an exceptionally sweet song called "Tomorrow", detailing the love story between IT Guy Jeremy and his Manic Pixie Dream Girl. The song (reminiscent of Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours) placed 8th in the finals and was Malta's most commercially successful.
In 2014, during the 2nd Semifinal, Austria's Conchita Wurst was the favorite to get into the final. Nine qualifying countries later, Austria still hadn't been announced for the final so the audience started cheering "Austria" before breaking out in very loud cheer when she was finally called as the 10th and final entry to perform in the final. For context on why this was unique — she performs in a gorgeous Pimped-Out Dress, elaborate makeup, and a full beard. Her completely heartfelt "Thank you! Thank you so much!" right after her performance was also a major moment of heartwarming, and she cried tears of joy backstage, saying she wanted to go right back. She kept on crying with joy as one country after the other announced L'Autriche, douze points, all the way to victory.
Iceland 2014 has a children's punk rock band called Pollapönk performing a song called "No Prejudice," which, as Graham Norton noted, should have been wildly annoying on paper, but was full of energy, sunshine, happiness, and bearded Teletubbies in technicolor suits.
Graham Norton: (after their performance) Oh come on, United Kingdom! That was fun! I feltyouresisting.
All the contestants at the 2014 final joining 2013's winner Emmelie de Forest on stage during her performance.
According to these reporters who went to the 2015 final, after each time Australia was awarded major points by the other countries, Guy Sebastian would head over to the country's tables and thank them.
The day before the 2015 final, Ireland had a historic referendum on legalising gay marriage. The vote passed and Ireland received a massive applause from the crowd in Vienna.