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  • Many people fell hard for Belgium's beautifully simple Me and My Guitar, and the song itself is pretty much one epic Heartwarming. Despite only coming 6th, it is considered by many to be a truly good song. Although it was probably too good for Eurovision...
    • Almost all songs on this kind (a soloist with a guitar) have a certain heartwarming appeal, ever since Nicole started 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's speech to the audience after she found out she won ESC 2012.
    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.
    • In the first semi-final, San Marino qualified for the very first time. The roar that came up from the audience has to be heard to be believed. Making it better was that the same singer had tried and failed to make the final for two years in a row, so she finally got her break here.
  • 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 felt you resisting.
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  • 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.
    • You can even see it during the voting, when they receive douze points from Sweden and Austria - Mans is right behind him and the Makemakes are next to him, and he leans over to 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 when announcing their points.
  • As soon as Jamala was announced the winner of the 2016 contest, Bulgarian representative Poli Genova darted to the Ukrainian delegation in the green room to hug and congratulate her.
  • Dutch 2016 representative Douwe Bob singing together with other artists in his own Stockholm bar.
  • In January 2016 Terry Wogan who had commentated United Kingdom for over 30 years died. At the contest his successor Graham Norton toasted him at song nine note  along with many in the UK.
  • Jana Burčeska from Macedonia gets engaged on live television. And the whole crowd goes nuts.
    • Earlier that night she had announced her pregnancy through the introductory postcard before her performance.
  • In 2017, Portugal sent Salvador Sobral, a singer with a hipster hairstyle and a very delicate health. When Sobral won the Portuguese selection with an old-timey sounding ballad "Amar Pelos Dios" (love for both), he had to have hernia and heart operations, couldn't partake in overseas promotion gigs, and had to miss technical rehearsals, where his sister Luisa, also the song's writer, performed on his behalf. When Salvador was able to perform, he became the first Portuguese song in the final in 7 years and many tastemakers thought that he could be their first top 5 placing at the 47th attempt - and indeed, not only did he place in the top five, Sobral ended up winning the whole thing, Portugal's first Eurovision winner ever. And making it even more heartwarming, he then performed the winner's reprise as a duet with his sister.
    • He also wore a jumper reading "SOS refugees", to lobby for an improved application system for the benefit of asylum seekers, so that they don't have to require an application form, at the qualifiers press conference.
  • During the 2017 jury voting, the Israeli spokesman, Ofer Nachshon, announced that the IBA (the now-former broadcaster of the contest in Israel) would be shutting down right after the final. The hosts in Ukraine and the audience gave him a warm round of applause as he said he hoped to see Israel perform again in the future. And the next year, they were back in style: not only did they perform again, they won with "Toy" by Netta Barzilai. The contest headed to Tel Aviv for 2019.
  • The aforementioned Nicole remarked in the BBC documentary 60 Years of Eurovision that, to her, the most meaningful moment of the evening was seeing Israel award Germany twelve points, considering it as something of an olive branch (especially since the song was about peace and bringing an end to war).
    • Sweetening the deal was that Germany returned the favor and awarded their twelve points to Israel, leading them to come in second.
  • In 1998, Dana International was chosen to represent Israel with "Diva" - the first openly transgender participant in Eurovision history. Amidst death threats and scorn from ultra-conservative countries, not only did she perform as planned, she earned Israel their third win.
  • The 1997 winner from the UK, "Love Shine a Light" by Katrina and the Waves. Aside from the song being a triumphant message of hope, on a meta level, it was a rise back to relevance by a band that hadn't had a major hit for twelve years. Having nothing to lose, Katrina Leskanich put all her in energy in selling the song, and her efforts won Eurovision for the UK (and, twenty years later, it remains their most recent win).
  • Dana performing for Ireland in 1970. With the nation suffering during The Troubles, her performance - simple and charming - was a happy break in the drama. She won, and received an enormous outpouring of support upon her return to Ireland.
  • The entire BBC Eurovision's Greatest Hits special is a big love letter to the contest. Aside from choosing two of the most popular figures in the contest of recent years to host (UK commentator Graham Norton and 2013 host Petra Mede of Sweden), it was clear that there was genuine love between the performers and the audience.
    • The audience sang along loudly for many of the songs. Unsurprisingly, since the show was in London, "Save Your Kisses for Me" was possibly the biggest sing-along (made cuter by the riotous applause Brotherhood of Man received when they recreated their Eurovision dance moves), but there was also the Olsen Brothers lowering the volume to hear the entire crowd singing "Fly on the Wings of Love" and Johnny Logan practically being drowned out at the start of "What's Another Year?" It gets cuter when you see how grateful the performers are when they're applauded afterwards, showing how they're still loved and remembered years after they performed (Nicole was actually in tears!).
    • The guest of honor was Lys Assia, the Swiss winner of the very first contest in 1956. She was clearly pleased to see how far it's come since then.
    • The grand finale was a medley of classic songs, capped off by Conchita Wurst and Dana International singing the first verse of ABBA's "Waterloo". This was already sweet as a way to Shout-Out the major LGBT fanbase Eurovision has (two winners, one openly gay and the other transgender, performing a song by a group with its own major LGBT fanbase). Then they were joined by all the night's performers (except, ironically enough, the Swedish Loreen) - even rockers Lordi and the members of Riverdance - to finish the song. The diorama of different performers, from all over the country (and, in Israel's case, the world), all different kinds of music, united together to celebrate music and how it brings people together - it's a good summation of why Eurovision is still beloved today. They're like a big, very silly but ultimately lovable family. A continent brought together by a common desire to laugh and sing. Who says Europe's divided?
  • In 1999, Sweden's Charlotte Nilsson and Iceland's Selma were neck-in-neck for the win. The moment Sweden started pulling away and their victory was clear, Nilsson immediately went to Selma and gave her a hug.
    • Similarly, the UK's Sonia being very classy when Ireland's Niamh Kavanagh won over her entry in 1993.
      • A lot of the contests in the late '70s-'00s emphasized how buddy-buddy the main contenders for the title were, as Eurovision is, at its core, a friendly competition. This still shows up plenty of times nowadays, but there were a bunch of sweet moments in that period, particularly '79 (Spain's Betty Missiego and her young backing singers were visibly delighted for Israel's winning representatives, and were shown clapping and singing along in the green room during the winner's reprise), '80 (the first thing Johnny Logan did when a final douze points sealed his victory was give runner-up Katja Ebstein of Germany a huge hug), '85 (friendly neighbors Norway and Sweden were both contenders, and their respective representatives were shown gratefully waving to the others across the room when they exchanged twelve points - helped by Sweden's Kikki Danielson having competed before as half of Chips; the other half, Elisabeth Andreassen, was competing as half of Norway's winning duo Bobbysocks), and '01 (Estonia, the unexpected leaders, gave their top marks to favorites Rollo & King from Denmark, who gave them a big thank-you from across the room).
    • After the winner's reprise, Nilsson then led all of the contestants in a rendition of the winner from twenty years prior, "Hallelujah," as a tribute to the victims of the Balkan War.
  • Whenever the notoriously snarky Terry Wogan showed a softer side in his commentaries. Deep in his heart, he did enjoy covering the contest (and admitted as much a few times), and moments where he was clearly enjoying himself were always fun. His showing a particular liking to different vote presenters was quite endearing (on one occasion, when the person giving the votes skipped six points and had to start over, he remarked that it was OK and she was trying her best) as was his quick admission when a song he disliked placed high that he missed something everyone else saw in it.
    • One charming moment was him inviting Frances Ruffelle, the British competitor in '94, up to the commentator's booth after her performance to congratulate her. They had a nice chat before the German entry, both admitting they needed a freaking drink.
  • During the first semi-final of 2018, after the announcement of the qualifiers, Spain's Amaia & Alfred (who were in the building because Spain voted in this semi despite having an automatic pass to the finals due to its Big 5 status) darted to Iceland's table to console the country's representative Ari Ólafsson, who hadn't made the cut. Earlier in the day the couple had referred to Ari as "their best friend" in Eurovision.
    • Everybody loves Ari. Even fans who don't like his song (and there are many) all agree he's incredibly talented and a genuinely nice guy. He made friends with pretty much all of the other competitors - one adorable video shows him dancing to "Fuego" during the first semi-final, and Mikolas Josef from the Czech Republic dashes over to dance with him.
  • The uproarious cheering for Australia's spokesperson in the 2015 final.
  • The sudden influx of countries qualifying in 2018 that usually missed out led to some pretty heartwarming reactions from the commentators, particularly Finland's (who screamed with joy) and Ireland's (who remarked that the other commentators were waving to him).
  • In a similar example to others listed here, Austria's Cesar Sampson (who won the jury vote) congratulating 2018 winner Netta from Israel as the Israeli delegation made their way to the stage.
  • When a heckler ran on stage and stole the mic from UK contestant SuRie in 2018, there was a pause when the mic was turned off and not yet returned to her, so the audience stood up and sang the lyrics of "Storm" for her.
  • Foreshadowed, since he stated it also happened every time he rehearsed the song, but Israel's 2019 representative Kobi Marimi bursting into tears after finishing "Home," his entry, in the grand final. Marimi has talked a great deal about overcoming depression, weight issues, and bullying throughout his childhood, and knowing that he's representing his home country, in his home town, makes him incredibly proud (and apparently, his parents are as well). While most Israeli fans were positive the song wouldn't give them two wins in a row, "Hallelujah"-style, the whole country still proudly cheered him on, and the crowd in the arena gave him a loud standing ovation at the end of his song.
    • This, in turn, led to a bittersweet moment when an aggregate jury vote saw Belarus awarding Israel a highly-unexpected twelve points over usual voting partners Russia, to the vocal delight of the crowd, hosts, and Kobi. Unfortunately, it turned out the results were given backwards, and since Israel didn't score any points from any other juries, the only points Kobi left with were from the televote.
  • A whole load of countries managed to qualify for the first time in years, and in some cases obtained their country's best result ever. Among them...
    • Iceland's Hatari may not have conveyed much emotion when they found out they had ended Iceland's four-year non-qualification streak, but a video taken after the show depicted the band members, out of character, tearfully greeting their families and celebrating.
    • North Macedonia's Tamara Todevska not only managed to break a seven-year non-qualification streak for the usually unlucky country, she earned them their best finish yet: seventh place, on the heels of winning the jury vote, the first time her country ever made the top ten since debuting at the contest in 1998. Seeing her scream with joy and get emotional at every top mark was one of the highlights of the final.
      • When North Macedonia's televotes were announced and it was clear she didn't win, she still immediately blew kisses to the camera showing she's truly grateful for all the points given to her
    • Perhaps most notably, returning contestant/Turkish Jeopardy! host/singing dentist Serhat brought the micronation of San Marino to the grand final for only the second time in their history. This was due in large part to sweeping success in the televote, where he finished fourth. Then, while their nineteenth-place finish doesn't seem incredible (in spite of being their best finish yet), they finished tenth with the televote! Given their size, the score clearly had nothing to do with diaspora or bloc voting - people just really liked the song!
      • The reaction of the Sammarinese commentators was also precious. One, just like the last time, screamed in surprise.
    How is it possible that I faint every time? Well, this is only the second time...
    • As the semi-final two results were narrowing down, there was still one country yet to be announced: fan-favorite Malta, whose contestant Michela was clearly nervous. The crowd began to audibly chant "Malta! Malta! Malta!," and when Malta was indeed announced as the final qualifier, the audience cheered loudly and Michela started sobbing with joy as her delegation celebrated.
    • In a heartwarming example related to a non-qualifier, Portugal's Conan Osiris was immediately consoled by France's Bilal Hassani and Greece's Katerine Duska, both of whom expressed their sadness that he didn't make it (Bilal even voted for him!). And, in spite of this, Osiris was immediately humble and appreciative, and stated that Duska deserved it.
  • The big winner was Duncan Laurence from the Netherlands, a relatively unknown former Voice contestant who charmed Europe with his stripped-down piano ballad "Arcade." Given that Dutch fans were frustrated that an obscure artist was being sent after several years of popular artists, it was incredibly vindicating, and brought the contest back to the Netherlands for the first time in forty years.
    • Accompanying Duncan in Tel Aviv was his former Voice mentor and 2014 Eurovision co-representative (as half of the Common Linnets) Ilse DeLange. The Linnets managed to finish second, the closest the Netherlands had come to winning since their last victory. Then, in 2019, she got to see her protege do what she couldn't, and the look on her face when he was announced as the winner made it clear she was incredibly proud of him.
  • One video from the Eurovision YouTube channel showed the performers' reactions right after leaving the stage. Two of them are particularly emotional: Serhat from San Marino, known for being genial and friendly but relatively low-key, is clearly in tears, saying how happy he was that the entire crowd was singing along with him and supporting his song. Bilal from France was outright sobbing and getting comforted by his backing singers, overwhelmed that he had finally achieved his childhood dream of singing at Eurovision.
  • Any time in general when the competitors thank representatives from other countries in the green room when those countries award them a top score. That just goes to show that they see each other as friends, and even if the competitors aren't casting their countries' votes, they're still grateful that there's mutual respect.
  • In a clip that went viral from the 2019 final, the Dutch delegation led a big conga line around the green room during "La venda," the Spanish entry. People from virtually every delegation jumped in the line, even the intense Hatari! It was a final moment of celebration for having come so far before the voting began, and it was joyous.
  • The overwhelmingly wonderful flash mob interval act from 2010, which is also listed on the Awesome page. Norway emphasized bringing all of Europe together through music throughout the three shows, and this was the payoff. Underscored by Norwegian pop duo Madcap's song "Glow," what begins as a flash mob with the first few rows of audience members transforms into a Europe-wide dance party, first showing big groups of dancers in cities around Europe performing the same choreography (including one adorably enthusiastic little boy leading the charge in neighboring Sweden). After that, it transitions into footage of the various pre-recorded families (more on them below) dancing along, before ending with the entire arena (including all the delegations) joining in. It's gone down as one of the most heartwarming and spectacular interval acts in contest history, getting right down to what Eurovision is all about. From Baku to Brussels, Skopje to Stockholm, Ljubljana to London, Europe is one big family.
    • Connecting with that theme, pre-recorded clips of families around Europe from the participating contest watching the contest together were worked into the show, showing them cheering their competitors on and celebrating if their country got 12 points during the voting. Crosses over into Funny as the Ukrainian family includes Verka Serduchka and her lieber-mütter.
    • During the above-mentioned dance bit, Germany went the extra mile: not only did they have a pre-recorded clip of a flash mob in Düsseldorf (how's that for foreshadowing - it would be the following year's host city), they also went to a live feed at the famous Eurovision party in Hamburg with the whole crowd dancing along. Turned out to be very convenient, as re-connecting to the live feed later on allowed viewers to watch the Germans ecstatically celebrate Lena's victory.


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