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  • Many, many of them, almost always from Sir Terry's and Graham's commentary.
  • When Cultural Posturing backfires: French commentators Michel Drucker and Claudy Siar absolutely loathed and mocked Lordi's "Hard Rock Hallelujah" in 2006, saying "They'll go on tour at the Vincennes Zoo this fall" and "They can't win with this". Guess which song won the contest that year?
    • Beyond that, France finished third-last with only five points, and in fact gave 8 points (a top-three score) to Finland.
  • Moldova's entry in 2011. SO LUCKY!
  • From Eurovision 2012, we have Russian Grandmothers and their Baking Party. They were loved by everyone.
    • In the Australian broadcast, we got to hear peoples' opinions on Twitter, which were quite funny.
  • In 2012, Mr. Lordi presented Finland's results. He went ahead to declare each top 3 votegetter the "hottest, cutest, prettiest, ______" before actually revealing their identity. See for yourself.
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  • DUSTIN THE TURKEY, competing for Ireland in 2008. Yes, it's a puppet.
  • One of the candidates to represent Estonia in 2013, Meiecundimees üks Korsakov läks eile Lätti, by Winny Puhh is quickly becoming well-known for being a bucket full of "what".
  • During the beginning of the voting of the 2012 contest, Albania gave Greece their 12 points. Graham Norton's comment says what we're all thinking.
    The Greek finance minister has just died a little inside.
  • Petra Mede presented the 2013 show and for one of the interval breaks, she presented "Swedish Smörgåsbord", a hysterical song about everything Sweden is famous for. There's a reason she was brought back to host the 2016 contest. And then there's her deadpan reactions to the vote presenters.
    Buzzfeed: I can safely say that after watching this video, I have never understood Sweden more fully.
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  • 2013's Cezar performing the world's first falsetto vampire dubstep opera, in a giant cape. Over on Twitter, Mark Gatiss immediately expressed his joy at seeing the Master's new vocation.
  • Also in 2013, the character of Lynda Woodruff, a fictional spokesperson for the EBU. It began as a sketch in the Swedish Melodifestivalen the year before and was carried over into the actual Eurovision Finale the next year. Sarah Dawn Finer is absolutely hilarious as Lynda: See for yourselves.
    • Highlights include:
    Lynda: I've been given a bedtime snack. These amazing raindeer chips. (sniffs them, coughs) I'll save them for later.
    • And, when she's accidentally been in Copenhagen Denmark instead of Malmö Sweden:
    Lynda: Well how was I supposed to know we were in Denmark? As if anyone can see the difference. This is what happens when you've bloody Bonnie Tyler on your GPS.
    GPS: (in song) Turn around...
    Lynda: Turn it off!
  • Lena's EPIC FAIL voting in the 2013 Grand Final. You had one job, girl.
    • Similarly, her charming tipsiness as she went to claim her victory in 2010. Especially the fact that she forgot the winner has to perform a reprise of their song, leading to a brief Oh, Crap!.
  • Any of the Eurovision Book of Records skits from 2014. The "Most Silver" one even referenced the Epic Sax Guy.
  • In 2014 the hosts started to talk about the unthanked people of the song contest, the commentators and then go to Graham Norton who clearly wasn't expecting it. Hilarity Ensues
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  • In 2008, Spain sent Rodolfo Chikilicuatre, a character made for the show by comedian David Fernández, with a song parodying both Eurovision jams, South American reggaeton songs and Spanish summer hits like the Macarena. From being just a parody featured in showman Andreu Buenafuente's late-night program, it became an Ascended Meme in Spain (most people voted for him thinking it was better to send a joke than another performer, since they were going to lose anyway), and was actually sent to the contest. Best part? He ended up 16th, Spain's best result in four years (and a result that, as of 2019, has only been beaten three times since then).
  • Swedish commentator Edward af Sillén is starting to give Graham Norton a run for his money in the comedy department. Highlights from 2015 include encouraging viewers not to look during an advertisement (since SVT that airs the show in Sweden is a public service network that doesn't get funding from advertisement) and this collection of snark which includes a comment that went viral on tumblr and twitter:
    af Sillén: As you might have noticed, Ukraine isn't part of ESC this year. Anyway, here's Russia with a song about peace.
  • Just about everything in this video.
  • The Twelve Days of Christmas, Eurovision style.
  • These two videos of the dress rehearsal voting from the 1995 contest.
  • During the 2016 contest the hosts, Petra Mede and 2015 winner Måns Zelmerlöw, thought it would be a good idea to pretend to be taxi drivers and pick up tourists who were there for Eurovision. Then they would slowly reveal who they were. After that they picked up some special guests, namely Verka Serduchka and the lead singer of Lordi.
    • Followed up with their parody sketch "Love Love Peace Peace", in which they demonstrate what makes the perfect Eurovision song, with special cameos from past winners like Alexander Rybak and Lordi, and memorable contestants, like Hamster Wheel Guy and Jedward.
      • Do note the cameo by the Makemakes' bearded (flaming) piano player - not even nul points could stop him from making the journey to Stockholm!
    • And don't forget the sketches joking about Sweden's Eurovision obsession.
    • During the semifinals, Petra discusses the fact that Belarus's entrant Ivan wanted to perform naked with a pack of wolves, but was denied by the producers. Cue Måns rolling onto the stage behind her completely naked with just a stuffed wolf covering his nether regions, rolling away in disappointment after Petra said the producers said no.
    • Also during the semifinals, Petra and Måns perform a musical number about what Eurovision is about. So much shade thrown.
      Getting votes from your neighbours is a sure way to get your song disgraced
      But when Sweden gets twelve points from Norway, it's clearly just good taste!
    • Here is some of their best bits.
  • Ukraine's 2016 point presenter was none other than Verka Serduchka, their "mother" and a bottle of alcohol.
  • Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi cameo as their characters from Vicious after all 26 performances in the 2016 final.
    Freddie: You know I considered appearing on Eurovision when I was a young man.
    Stuart: There was no Eurovision when you were a young man. There was barely Europe.
  • During the voting in 1981:
    Doireann Ní Bhriainnote : Good evening Yugoslavia. Could I have your votes please?
    Helga Vlahovićnote : (beat) I don't have it
  • During the results presentations in 2017, there was a random interlude with Verka Serduchka and their dancers jumping around to Dancing Lasha Tumbai in the crowd.
  • During the Swedish broadcast, one of the commentators mentioned that they tried to send a snack to the dancing gorilla from Italy's entry, only to get a note back saying that bananas weren't allowed in the green room.
  • A skit aired during the 2017 finals with 2016 host Måns Zelmerlöw teaching his successors how to be a good ESC host.
    Måns: Now, the perfect Eurovision host understands the power of the dramatic pause. Vova?
    Vova: Yes?
    Måns: What's in your pocket?
    Vova: Um... the car keys?
    Måns: Good. Now ask me what's in mine.
    [Vova, Timur and Oleksandr all laugh, but Måns cuts them off with a Death Glare]
    Vova: OK, what is in your pocket, Må—?
    [Måns makes a gesture for him to go silent. Dramatic Pause ensues as Måns prepares to produce whatever was in his pocket. The three hosts look at him increasingly intrigued, waiting for The Reveal]
    Måns: A wallet! [drops it to the floor and walks off, as Timur, Vova and Oleksandr stare in amazement]
  • With just Slovenia left to vote in 2003, three countries - Turkey, Belgium and Russia - still had a chance to win. The introduction to the voting:
    Peter Poles: Here on this paper are the final points which are going to decide tonight's winner and I know you're anxiously awaiting them, so... here I go. Bye. (walks away)
  • Narm Charm doesn't even begin to describe the UK's 1992 entry "One Step Out of Time," performed by West End star Michael Ball. Although he reportedly hated being in the contest, you could never tell - his scenery-chewing performance, fist-pumps and all, has secured him a place in Eurovision history (and he finished in second place for his efforts).
  • The green room segments in 2018, with host Filomena Cautela, tended to go a bit... off the rails. Highlights include her interviewing San Marino's robot, playing the Eurovision Song Contest boardgame with fellow host Catarina Furtado (who asked the nearby Eleni Foureira for hints) and rubbing Rasmussen's beard.
  • Manel Navarro (Spain 2017) has never shied away from making fun of his own squawk in the final. Bungled notes like that are called "gallos" ("roosters") in Spanish, so after Netta's 2018 win, with a performance that featured clucking and chicken moves, Manel tweeted, "So last year I came in last because of a 'gallo' and this year a chicken wins..." accompanied with a picture of a graffito that reads "Emosido engañado" (once you get past the typos, you could translate it as "We've been duped"). Also, a few days earlier, when a friend of his tweeted that he planned to rewatch the 2017 final to warm up for the 2018 contest, he advised him to skip Spain.
  • In response to the stage invasion during the UK's song, one of the Australian commentators called the invader an "Absolute Cockhead".
    • Really all the commentators were on top form for insults and snark in 2018. The Swedish team remarked on the sickeningly sweet Spanish performance something along the lines of "We've seen many pregnant performers, but this may be the first time a singer has actually gotten pregnant on stage"
      • Graham Norton, on same: "I give it a month."
    • Graham also had a great line before the Bulgarian song: "Some people love the song. I haven't met any of them, but that's what I'm told."
    • And in a bit of foreshadowing, before Macedonia's semi-final performance, Spanish commentator Tony Aguilar reminded viewers of the existence of the Barbara Dex Award.
  • Australian entrant Kate Miller-Heidke's Instagram statement after receiving an "Honourary Mallet" from Iceland's Hatari during the week of the 2019 contest:
    Together we will use it to smash capitalism, our competition, and a couple of windows on the bus home.
  • During the presentation of the jury vote results at the 2019 final in Tel Aviv, when the greece spokesperson was about to announce which country got 12 points from the greece jury ... the live audience in Tel Aviv audibly yelled "Cyprus!" in the background, which may be because Greece has a history to give their 12 points to Cyprus. And yes, the spokesperson then did announce that the 12 points went to Cyprus. Which is slightly giggle-worthy, but became absolutely hilarious when a few minutes later, as the spokesperson of Cyprus was about to announce whom their jury gave the 12 points to, the audience yelled "Greece!" (and yes, they were correct here as well).
  • Duncan Laurence, 2019 winner, saying that "because of [his] butt, he gets to tour Europe", when the host commented on the music video which features him completely nude and people can see his butt.
  • One of 2019's intervals involved previous entrants singing other entrants' songs. It starts out pretty tame, Conchita Wurst sings Måns Zelmerlöw's "Heroes", then Mans sings Eleni Foureira's "Fuego". Then it drifts into hilarious territory because the song she Verka Serduchka's "Dancing Lasha Tumbai". You could tell Eleni was having a ball. And if that wasn't great enough, Verka then covers Netta's "Toy".
    • During Verka's performance, the background shows Maneki-nekos with Verka's trademark silver star. Verka's "mother" is also having the time of her life, acting as the DJ during Verka's performance
    • Verka shouting at the end of the performance, when the Israeli host playfully rests his head on Verka's arm
    • The performance ends with all of the above joining 1979's winner Gali Atari in singing her song "Hallelujah". While the song itself was a pretty heartwarming moment, the visual...well, look for yourself. Fans were quick to joke that they were the new Avengers or that this image summed up what Eurovision was about.
  • Doubles as Funny Background Event, Spain's Miki showing to be waving the flag intensely, it detaches from the handle.
  • While talking about the Eurovision app, the host noted there is also another app that is popular due to all the handsome men in Tel Aviv.
  • In the run up to the 2019, possibly the biggest talking point was Madonna performing, so during the first Semifinal, British commentator Scott Millsnote  was searching for her, enlisting the help of Eurovision performers in his search. He finally tracked her down to a studio... only for it to turn out to be fellow commentator Rylan Clark-Neal dressed up like Madonna in the "Hung Up" video.
  • Rylan Clark-Neal had another funny bit in one of the Semifinals: during a break in the songs, he left the commentary booth and was visiting other ones. He paused outside the Russian booth, before going to the next one.note 


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