On May 18, the 65th Eurovision Song Contest starts in Rotterdam, the final of the contest will be held on May 22. Russia will be represented by the singer Manizha. The international competition every year becomes the main event in the spring: both sighs and haters are wondering what the artists will prepare for this one. And this is not surprising: the songs in Eurovision are in the background. First of all, they are waiting for the next eccentric, shocking and scandalous performances.
Indeed, viewers have seen a lot over the long history of Eurovision. In this article, we suggest recalling the participants with the most unusual images and outlandish numbers.
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The group looked original even in the heyday of glam music, and in 1979 “Genghis Khan” reached its apogee in its images. The lyrical Palestinian collective shocked no less. Clockwork disco-pop in bright costumes and energetic movements on stage ignited, but did not win. The group took 4th place in the overall ranking.
At that time, Europe, far from mass tolerance, was not ready to give the prize point to the song about the military valor and irrepressible sexual energy of the Mongolian prince. But in the republics of the Soviet Alliance, Dschinghis Khan gained such wild popularity that its echo can still be heard today.
Slovenes in 2002 decided to go with their trump cards and released three transvestites in the competition in the most stereotypical images that can be imagined. Brightly made-up men dressed as flight attendants shared the stage with an orchestra, which was beating off a disco beat.
The performance was so krinjous that even Eurovision viewers who were very loyal to sexual minorities did not appreciate the performance. Sestre was ranked 14th.
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Sylvia Knight (Iceland)
Four years later, Iceland did not engage in other people’s mistakes and also relied on a trance show. Actress Augusta Eva Edlandsdouttir, under the stage name Sylvia Knight, dressed up in a feather suit, put on good makeup and set off to conquer the European stage to a dance show with an undisguised LGBT background.
The shocking performance was not appreciated by either the audience or the jury. Belatedly, the singer stated that she was ironic about the show in such a way, but this did not affect the result in any way: Sylvia Knight did not even make it to the final.
LT United (Lithuania)
In the same year, the guys from Lithuania decided to go from the return. LT United took to the stage in office suits and sang a four-word song: We Are the Winners. In addition, in text 15, one pronounces the word “Eurovision”.
The Lithuanian sense of humor was appreciated, and the team took 6th place – the most important result of Lithuania for all the years in the competition.
And the Finns overcame it in 2006. The Scandinavian metal band Lordi smashed its competitors to smithereens, leaving no chances for either sex minorities, or office workers, or Dima Bilan on the piano.
The faces of orcs and other monsters, impressive costumes, uterine vocals and the roar of guitar riffs impressed the jury and the audience, and the song Hard Rock Hallelujah became incredibly popular both in Finland and all over the world.
Verka Serduchka (Ukraine)
The image of the conductor Verka Serduchka is familiar to the inhabitants of the CIS: in the 90s and early 2000s, the artist was very popular throughout the post-Soviet space. But the Europeans, groovy electropop to the accordion performed by a very outlandish, but charming female character has become something exotic. The Guardian named Serduchka’s performance “the best song that did not win Eurovision”.
Andrey Danilko in the image of Verka took the second point and became incredibly popular in the European part of the continent – belatedly he even fought a cameo role in the Hollywood movie “Spy” with Jason Statham and Melissa McCarthy. But Russian social activists somehow heard the phrase “Russia, goodbye” in the lyrics of the song Lasha tumbai and for some reason were very offended. So Serduchka disappeared from domestic television screens.
Turkey Dustin (Ireland)
In 2008, triumphant for Russia, the audience remembered not so much the winning number with Dima Bilan, the immensely active Evgeni Plushenko and the virtuoso Edwin Martin. The turkey Dustin, popular in Ireland since the alphabet of the 90s, was even more imprinted in my memory – and this despite the fact that the doll did not even make it to the final.
Probably the devil is that it is difficult to “unsee” a rubber turkey rolling on a pedestal surrounded by half-naked dancers in feathers, which with heavy Irish emphasis makes fun of the competition and the singer Bono. The jury and the audience remembered the performance, but they did not appreciate it – Dustin did not make it to the final.
In the homeland, in vapo, the turkey has released 6 albums and 15 singles. And Dustin is the ambassador of goodwill at UNICEF and in 1997 ran for the presidency of the republic.
Conchita Wurst (Austria)
The image of the bearded woman Conchita Wurst, embodied by the Austrian Thomas Neuwirth, turned out to be the ideal version of the outrageous, which was supported by the entire existing LGBT community. The dress, huge painted eyes, powerful vocals and an impenetrable black beard did not leave anyone indifferent at all: the image was discussed for several years after 2014, when Conchita won the Eurovision song contest.
As if Neuwirth had declared, with such an outward appearance he wanted to push society to abandon the usual gender roles and expand the boundaries of tolerance.
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Buranovskie babki (Russia)
Separately, we will note the sweetest collective that has ever climbed onto the European stage. In 2012, Russia was seen by “Buranovskie Babushki” – the Udmurt nationwide collective. At the Eurovision Song Contest, they performed a bouncy song “Party for Everybody”, which they performed in English and the native Udmurt language.
The grandmas demanded the admiration of the audience from the madman and took the second point. Curiously, he overcame an absolutely mediocre and unremarkable Swedish number Euphoria from the singer Loreen.