* AwesomeMusic: A ''requirement'' to win. Heck, just count the whole thing. There's a national selection in most of the countries, which means that the best can only precede. What you're seeing is usually the best of the country.
* BaseBreaker:
** Conchita Wurst, despite her win in 2014. Some feel that she was a brave person for preaching tolerance and being herself through her out-of-the-closet drag act, while others thought that she was completely [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical misplaced]] in Eurovision SONG contest and claims she wouldn't have won hadn't it been for the dress and beard. Not enough proof? Well, she won, but her youtube video has [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToqNa0rqUtY mountains of dislikes.]]
** The band PKN, who won Finland's NF in 2015. Either they're a bold choice since they're all intellectually disabled, and an interesting decision in the face to make in the face of Eurovision generally more polished atmosphere (a choice in the vein of Music/{{Lordi}}, in 2006, who won), or they're an upset pick over other, stronger entries. That they won with a PunkRock song[[note]] they're a cult punk band famous in Finland and in some punk communities, and even have a documentary made about them[[/note]] they're doesn't help matters.
* BrokenBase:
** 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.
** The choice of Music/GuySebastian as Australia's entrant has managed to [[http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/music/eurovision-2015-twitter-reacts-to-guy-sebastian-representing-australia-in-song-contest-20150305-13vnyk.html divide Australian Eurovision fans too]], with some labelling him as too safe and boring a choice.
** This also happened with that year's entries for the UK and Finland, which many declaring that neither song had a chance of winning over the other countries' robust lineup of {{Pep Talk Song}}s and/or {{Power Ballad}}s.
* CriticalDissonance: Since the introduction of the 50/50 voting format in 2009, it has been essential for contenders to avoid this if they wish to win. Several acts that have fallen into this trap include:
** 2011 UK representatives [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1dXMWWq6y8 Blue]] were considered to be one of the favorites to win and even received a credible 5th place in the televoting. However, they were ranked 22nd by the juries, leading to an overall 11th place result, barely missing the top ten. In the same year, the inverse happened to Slovenia's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNP3nfvoqps Maja Keuc]] and Austria's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsBC5AB1tFo Nadine Beiler]], who placed 4th and 5th among the juries respectively, but only placed 22nd and 24th (out of 25 finalists) in the televoting. They finished 13th and 18th respectively in the final event.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtjdTPnCcu0 Robin Stjernberg]] of Sweden in 2013 was ranked 3rd by the juries, but came in 18th in the televotes, ending up with a 14th place result.
** Polandís MaleGaze-friendly entry in 2014 "My Słowianie - We Are Slavic", came in 5th in the public voting with 162 points. The juries on the other hand wanted nothing to do with the gimmicks, only placing it 23rd with 23 points, leading to a 62 point overall total and a 14th place result.
** Italy's 2015 entry came first in the televoting, but due to the 5th place given by the juries, Il Volo ended up in 3rd place. This was the first time that the winner of the televoting did not win the contest.
** The 2016 contest had the jury vote won by Australia and the public vote won by Russia. Because of the opposing views from both voting parties (Australia 4th with public, Russia 5th with jury), they ended up cancelling each other out leaving with Ukraine (2nd in jury and public) the winner overall. The 2016 contest's split voting system made the CriticalDissonance particularly obvious. Most notable was Poland's Michał Szpak, who ranked second to last in the jury votes, with only 7 points, but ended third in the public vote with 222 points, finishing eighth in the overall rank.
* DancingBear: Lots of examples, whenever an act is most remembered for the gimmick than for the song or singer. Just to mention a couple, if you ask anyone, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waYpnAexrUA the Russian act for 2006]] was about a ghost girl coming out of a piano, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_xRmEkR6KE Ukraine 2011]] was about a woman doing sand drawings and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iN3d_V7KVLE Azerbaijan 2013]] was about a guy dancing inside a glass box. In all three cases, the person remembered didn't sing a note.
** Moldova does this nearly every year. It's gotten to the point that anybody outside of Europe will only remember one of Moldova's performances, the one from 2010. It's not even its proper name, but everyone knows it as "that Epic Sax Guy song".
** The hosts of 2016 made fun of this trope and presented us with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMgW54HBOS0 this]]. A collection of some of the most famous gimmicks featured in Eurovision.
** Creator/StephenColbert chose to represent the USA after Eurovision began broadcasting there in 2016 (technically making them eligible to compete in 2017) and gave yet another parody. Enjoy [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTP17rWuUMo The Living Life]]; who knows if it was influenced by "Love Love Peace Peace", but it does feature a lot of the same repeated quirks.
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** ABBA and Celine Dion (although French Canadian, she performed for Switzerland) are the most successful entrants career-wise. Ireland hold the record for most wins (seven), most consecutive wins (three, and the year that run ended it was won by an Irishwoman competing for Norway, the following year Ireland won it officially once again, so if you felt like bending the rules you could say they won it five times in a row), and Irishman Johnny Logan has most wins for a single person (one for singing, one for writing, one for singing ''and'' writing).
** 2010 saw a full-fledged meme: the rise of Moldova's "Epic Sax Guy"
** And of course, Radio/TerryWogan.
** 2016 hosts Petra Mede and Måns Zelmerlöw have been considered the best part of the show, especially their "Love Love Peace Peace" sketch.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: Iceland's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGegovbGTOg first entry]] in 1986 is "Gleðibankinn", which means "The Bank of Fun". 22 years later in 2008, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008%E2%80%932012_Icelandic_financial_crisis economic crisis strikes]].
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff
** The show is quite popular in Australia, where SBS shows it on tape delay for primetime (complete with their own commentators in recent years; they used to carry the BBC's feed). Also the subject of a CutawayGag during the OpeningMonologue of the 2013 edition, which showed an Australian family staying up to watch it live. They fell asleep on the couch. It reached its apex when the EBU, in honor of the ESC's 60th anniversary, invited Australia to participate as a one-off GuestFighter in 2015. The song was very well-received, and placed 5th in the final event; Australia would end up returning for 2016, where they ''nearly won''.
** There's a small but growing group of people in the US who wish that BBC America would air the contest. Some want to watch it because they truly are fans of European music and would like the opportunity to find more potential artists to listen to, others just hear all the snark that Europe throws at it and are interested due to BileFascination. In 2016, the event was picked up by an American broadcaster: however, it ended up being Creator/{{Logo}}.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** In one of the interval sketches of Sweden's hosting of Eurovision 2013, an EBU "reporter" called Lynda Woodruff mistakes Copenhagen for Malmö when she's going to introduce the Swedish culture to the audience, which she does by counting several of Denmark's specialties instead (geographically, Malmö is really close to Denmark, and practically seen as Danish by both countries, so it was sort of a common mistake). Guess which country won the contest and which city got to host it the next year?
** During the 60th anniversary show, ''Eurovisionís Greatest Hits'', after the performance of 1973 winning song "Tu te reconnaîtras" (Wonderful Dream), co-host Graham Norton remarked that "Of course I too had a wonderful dream, yeah that Greece and Cyprus gave someone else 12 points", noting the infamous voting block between the two nations. Ironically in that yearís Eurovision (2015), Greece and Cyprus would both give their respective 12 points to Italy.[[note]]Though there were other times in the 80's and 90's that one of the countries didn't give each other 12 points, this was the first year that ''neither'' of the countries did so![[/note]]
** In the interval act of the 2016 contest finale, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMgW54HBOS0 "Love Love Peace Peace"]], the then incumbent winner and host Måns Zelmerlöw jokingly advises against winning Eurovision with a song about war, as Abba did with "Waterloo" back in 1974. Come the end of the show, Jamala wins with "1944", a song about the Soviet deportation of Crimean Tatars.
* HypeBacklash: Many winners of their respective years usually get thoroughly bashed once it gets popular; usually by those who didn't find the song very appealing in the first place. The biggest example must be 2014's winner, Conchita Wurst. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToqNa0rqUtY Seriously, just look at the amount of dislikes!]]
* ILikedItBetterWhenItSucked: The hilariously bad acts are often more enjoyable than the half-decent ones.
** A joke that's often made in the Netherlands (and probably in other countries too) when the contestant of this year is revealed: 'I thought it was impossible, but true, they found a worse singer than last year. Why can't we just send a band like {decent dutch band)?' 'I think it's against the rules to send someone who can actually sing.'
* MemeticMutation:
** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-seDrv1eQo "Epic Sax Guy"]] from the 2010 Moldova entry "Run Away" by Sun Stroke Project & Olia. They're all quite aware of this.
** Sweden's 2012 entry Loreen and her [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2dnwzyM4T8 "crab walk"]] seem to be getting there.
** The smallest of the sweet little old Russian ladies from 2012 developed a fandom on Tumblr due to her dance moves.
** 2013: "Alcohol is free" became a punchline for jokes about the Greek economic crisis
** Website/{{Tumblr}} users developed a fondness for the 2013 Romanian entry, whom they described as the "gay opera dubstep vampire".
** 2016 was generally full of this, with gems such as Poland's entry being called anything from [[Series/HarryPotter Sirius Black]] to Jesus, Croatia's outfit looking like something a boss from VideoGame/DarkSouls or Franchise/FinalFantasy would wear, Germany's entry being a blatant {{otaku}}, the fact that ''Australia'' almost won that year, and many more.
* {{Moe}}: While she came last place in 2016, Germany's Jamie-Lee Kriewitz was still seen as TheCutie for being young, dressing in a lolita fashion and apparently having a tendency for adorable head-gear.
* {{Mondegreen}}:
** Hungary's entry in 2013 probably got 12 points from Germany, because ''Kedvesem'' sounds like "Geldwäsche" (money laundering).
** A rather... unfortunate (and hilarious) one from Austria: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKQf8Z5uWQ8 FUCK HIM IN DE POOPOO.]] For the record the line in question actually translates as "shake your booty", but the Austrian dialect is hard to understand even for non-Austrian German native speakers.
** A controversial one was Verka Serduchka's "Dancing Lasha Tumbai," which some Russian authorities objected to because the phrase 'Lasha Tumbai' sounded similar to 'Russia Goodbye.' Serduchka claims that it is Mongolian for 'whipped cream,' but this being [[CloudCuckoolander Verka Serduchka]], it's obvious that's it's really just gibberish. The mondegreen caused Serduchka to be banned from performing in the Russian Federation for one year. Lampshaded at the end of [[http://youtu.be/E4drqMGWTuY?t=3m36s this video]].
* {{Narm}}
** NarmCharm: A good few acts know that the show doesn't take itself seriously anyway so they try to have as much fun entertaining the crowd as possible and making their acts memorable.
* NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity: The decision for Austria to send in drag queen Music/ConchitaWurst in 2014 was rather controversial for conservative viewers and nations, with some even going as far as saying that she would turn the contest into "a hotbed of sodomy". Ironically, the reason why Wurstís persona even exists is due to her advocacy towards tolerance, and if anything, the controversy caused even more people to look into and adore her and her song. Especially considering that she won, itís safe to assume her message of tolerance was heard loud and clear.
* OvershadowedByControversy:
** It's a matter of debate on whether the UKís Nul Points in 2003 was more because of anti-British sentiment from the Iraq War, or Jemini's horrifying off key singing, but obviously having both factors going against the UK clearly didnít help.
** Russia's Tolmachevy Sisters in 2014 received a lot of boos from the audience when they made it to the final and when they received high votes, not because of their song (they came in 7th), but because of anti-Russian sentiment due to the Crimean conflict and its stance on gay rights.
*** The same thing happened in 2015 with Russia's Polina Gagarina who came in second. She was in tears in green room during the first part of the voting when she was in the lead, allegedly because of how loud the crowds were booing whenever she received high scores, prompting one of the hosts to chastise the audience for making it about politics above music. Once Sweden took the lead people were loudly chanting for Sweden to win just so that Russia would not.
* {{Padding}}: Many entries have lyrics that's just filler to help a song reach the required time limit.
** Lampshaded in a Swedish song (that never competed in the ESC) called "''Värsta Schlagern''" (loosely translating into "''So Eurovision''"), where the lyrics for the verse between the first and second chorus go [[note]]Translated from the Swedish[[/note]]: "''Now it gets tricky to figure out// something new to say, but so what?// This is merely padding, anyway// and people will soon forget it''."
* SacredCow:
** Music/{{ABBA}}.[[note]] Sweden's first win ever in 1974. [[/note]] May the heavens protect you if you bad-mouth them in the slightest. Then there's of course Music/CelineDion, winner for Switzerland in 1988, who has become one of the most famous international singers of all time since then.
** In later years, we have Norway's Alexander Rybak (Winner 2009) and Sweden's Loreen (Winner 2012), who scored 387 points and 372 points, respectively, holding the point records in ESC history. When people criticize them, they often get called out on by at least a handful of people. Loreen is ''especially'' a SacredCow in Sweden. When she performed in one of the interval acts in Melodifestivalen 2015 (Sweden's national selection for ESC), she was showered with love and adoration from every direction, and everyone practically ''begged'' her to send her to ESC again. Let's just say that her win in 2012 will stay in the Swedes' hearts for a long, ''long'' time.
** Serbia in 2007 (Marija Serifovic with "Molitva") counts as well; it's still fondly remembered despite being roughly 10 years ago she won. In fact, when there was a poll counting the best Eurovision entries of ''all time'' in early 2010's, she was ranked ''second.'' (ABBA was in first).
* [[ActorShipping Singer Shipping]]: Eurovision is not completely free from this trope, oddly enough.
** There was slight shipping between Alexander Rybak/Lena Meyer Landrut (winners of 2009 for Norway and 2010 for Germany, respectively), when Rybak playfully [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inZ0aRRg6Rw tricked Lena into kissing him]], when she was recieving the 2010 ESC trophy from him. There was a few misunderstandings between them too that could come off as {{Adorkable}}.
** In 2012, this trope sparked between Kaliopi/Can Bonomo (Contenders for F.Y.R. Macedonia and Turkey, respectively), when he was complimenting her and vice versa, claiming they're going to work together and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blIzjX-qGoE sharing a few friendly cheek-kisses.]] The comments on YouTube is what makes this trope qualify.
* SnarkBait: The contest itself is considered as this to some, who see it more as a camp pop and political affair rather than a place to find credible artists.
** The British retrospective comedy PanelGame ''It's Only TV But I Like It'' included a round entitled "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Let's All Laugh At]] [[FunnyForeigner Foreigners]]" where the teams were shown three embarrassingly bad Eurovision performances from across the years and had to guess which one got 'nul points'.
** In the wake of the 2014 contest, the U.S. panel game ''Series/AtMidnight'' did a similar round called "Europe Be Crazy", where the comedians had to guess which textual description was an actual act.
* SoBadItsGood: So many it's hard to list them all, but a few notable examples are:
** Ukraine's 2007 entry [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfjHJneVonE Dancing Lasha Tumbai]] performing silly dances in silver costumes with quite a weird but catchy melody. They ended up in second place.
** Russia's 2012 entry [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKNRGc71hjc Party For Everybody]] of old grannies in traditional Russian attire with a very charming and heartwarming spirit. They ended up in second place, and were absolutely adored by everyone, including the winner.
** Creator/StefanRaab is responsible for two of those [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPZX7EZIFD0 Guildo Horn]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Gl37zfO1Po himself]] with a ridiculous campy getup and nonsense lyrics. Four years later he was at it again, this time with a more serious [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3oTuT282CA entry]] and another six years later the winner of a casting show he organized [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qnsZgQe1tU won it all]]. As of 2016 Raab is retired from both television and musics, though. So neither his extreme campy acts nor his honestly decent acts will grace Eurovision any time soon.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong:
** In 2010, Ukrainian entry Alyosha had to change her song after her entry "To Be Free" was judged to be a copy of the Linda Perry and Grace Slick song "Knock Me Out" (and because it was allegedly made available publicly in 2008, which is also a no-no in the Eurovision rules). As if Ukraine hadn't gone through enough ESC 2010 finalists to begin with; they had already scrubbed Vasyl Lazarovych's "I Love You" after fans complained about the singer that the Ukrainian broadcaster had selected for them. Vasyl participated against 19 other performers in a more "open" selection competition; he finished 7th.
** In 2013, Cascada's song for Germany, "Glorious", was accused of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ertVfWmnMa4 plagiarizing last year's winner "Euphoria"]] (and yes, the chorus ''does'' sound similar); however, its producer challenged the claims by saying that while they had a right to investigate, "if you look at the composition in a waveform, you will see that [[ThreeChordsAndTheTruth 10,000 pop songs have similar courses]]." They were later cleared of plagiarism charges, but some people still think they ''may'' have [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXpYbIMsMFE stolen]] from a [[Music/SwedishHouseMafia clan of mobsters from Sweden]] instead.
** 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]]"
** While many favoured Sergey Lazarev to win for Russia in 2016, many also criticized Russia for seemingly copying what Sweden did in 2015. This based on Lazarev being similar looking to Måns Zelmerlöw and the stage show for his song using the same basic concept as with Zelmerlöv's ''Heroes''. Zelmerlöw himself, who hosted the show that year, did not seem to see the similarities (or care if he did).
* TearJerker: On the first viewing, you may be moved by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=671tCjePT3w Rona Nishliu's]] semi-final performance of "Suus" for Albania in 2012. However, watching it again after you find out about the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qafa_e_Vish%C3%ABs_bus_accident horrible bus accident in Albania]] that happened the day before and after you find out that she dedicated her performance to the victims of the accident makes you realize that she's not visibly holding back tears just because of the mood of the song...
* TheyJustDidntCare: While many nations take their entries seriously in the hopes of winning and national pride, other nations simply take the contest as good campy fun, often sending in joke entries, bad entries and just straight up weird entries. Results tend to be mixed in regards to how well they're received and scored.
** When it was revealed that 70's crooner Englebert Humperdink would be dusted off for the UK entry in 2012, people were convinced that the BBC wasn't even trying anymore. It probably didn't help that they were outvoted by Jedward when they participated for Ireland...''[[DespairEventHorizon Twice]].''
* 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.)
* ViewerGenderConfusion:
** Again, Serbia's entries in 2007 and 2010.
** Austria's entry in 2014. TropesAreNotBad.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical:
** The famous [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGlJyCXNu_M "Insieme" ("Together")]] by Toto Cutugno, also known by its chorus "Unite, unite Europe", won the contest just as the last details were being completed for the forming of EU.
** To an extent, about half the entries in 1990 definitely count, seeing as this was the first contest held since TheGreatPoliticsMessUp - as demonstrated with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDcuPi9KIcY Austria]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-eN9GuaaCs Norway's]] entries.
** Austria's 2014 entry "Rise Like a Phoenix" sounds like a Bond theme song... Only problem: It was song by a guy/girl with a beard in a dress under the name [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Conchita Wurst]]. Just a short while after Russia passed a homophobic law. As Eurovision has quite a big LGBT fanbase and Russia came in second that year behind Austria, allegations of it all having been political are kind of easy to make.
** Armenia's 2015 entry "Don't Deny" had Turks and Azeris up in arms claiming it had to do with the 100th anniversary of the [[WouldBeRudeToSayGenocide Armenian Genocide]] and trying to get it disqualified for being political, even before the lyrics to the song were made public and all that was known about the song was the title. For now, the Armenian song has been renamed to "Face the Shadow" to dispel any more of those accusations. They also accused France's entry "N'oubliez pas" (Don't Forget) of being about the genocide, though it's supposed to commemorate UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.
** 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.
** Also in 2015, the Austrian hosts chose to ask the audience not to boo Russia that year, even though they did have one of the best songs. It's also definitely not political that nobody wants to vote for the UK, after giving one of their best performances of recent years by actually sticking to the unwritten conditions of Eurovision songs, when the newly reinstated Conservative government are closing borders, cutting support, and considering leaving the EU (though after Graham Norton's appearance in 2014 most other countries do understand that the UK will really only start to care if they win now).
** Ukraine returned to the 2016 contest after a one-year hiatus with the entry "1944," ostensibly about singer Jamala's great-grandmother's life but has been accused of a deliberate attempt to rile the Russians (1944 being the year that the Crimean Tatars, were forcibly deported from Crimea into Central Asia after being accused of Nazi-collaboration by the Soviets, one of whom was Jamala's great-grandmother) because of the ongoing Crimean crisis and the War in Donbass.
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