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The protests

Posted by Eurovision On Top on December 19, 2019 at 6:00 PM

64 editions of ESC have passed and we will reach the eighth decade! We turned now a page in the history of the popular European contest, remembering the best moments of the last decade!

 

7/7 - The protests

 

 

On the also political stage of Eurovision, protests have always been noted. In 1964, a political protest took place after the Swiss song: A man came on stage holding a banner in which he suggested a boycott of Franco and Salazar dictatorships (from Portugal and Spain). But these events were not things of the past. In 2010, Jimmy Jump mingled with Daniel Diges dancers who had to return to perform at the end of the show. In 2017, Jamala's performance had a stage invader who decided to lower his pants. And a year later, in 2018, the stage was again invaded with someone making allegations of press freedom in the UK when SuRie performed: "Nazis of the UK media" and "We demand freedom." United Kingdom did not want to repeat its performance. In 2019, the protest came from the artists themselves. Guest star Madonna exhibited peace incentives on Israeli soil, something that Icelandic artists also appealed to by showing the Palestinian flag while filming in the Green Room. Protests in 3 years in a row. What more is to come?



 

Chart success

Posted by Eurovision On Top on December 18, 2019 at 6:00 PM

64 editions of ESC have passed and we will reach the eighth decade! We turned now a page in the history of the popular European contest, remembering the best moments of the last decade!

 

6/7 - Chart success

 

Winners have ensured some chart success in many countries but not all have achieved the expected success. Satellite was undoubtedly the 2011 song when it reached # 1 in Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Luxembourg, Finland and of course, Germany. The same did not happen the following year, when Running Scared only reached 11th place in Switzerland and 2nd in Iceland. It was necessary to reach 2012 for two themes to stand out. The winner Euphoria would top the official sales lists of 17 countries and La La Love, which although could not reach any number 1, reached the Top of 13 countries. A year later, Danish winner Only Teardrops reaches number 1 in 5 countries. Italy's song L'essenziale would come in 8 sales charts. In 2014, The Common Linnets would Top the charts in Iceland, Belgium and the Netherlands, while winner Conchita, despite being in several Charts, would only reach number one in their country. Four countries let Mans Zermerlow's hero reach the top of the charts, but it is Il Volo who, despite motivating some success in Europe, make it to the US Classical Top, where they were already very popular. 2016, engulfed in controversy over the winner, took Jamala to 13th place in Belgium in a year when If I were sorry from Sweden becomes the real Eurovision success of the year. Franz reached the number one in Sweden and Poland and in addition to becoming a radio hit, it entered 18 charts, including the UK. In 2017, the year that a non performed english song won, Amar pelos dois, reached the charts of 20 countries. With an increasing tendency to lose its physical shape, the Portuguese song reached number 1 in Iceland, Portugal, Spain and downloads charts from Finland and the Netherlands; 97th place in the UK and 7th in the world (Billboard). 2018 leaves us between Toy and Fuego. With more or less similar success in the official Charts, Fuego reaches number 1 in Greece and Spain while Toy reaches # 1 in Israel and in the Billboard Dance Club Songs (US). The last winner of the decade, Arcade, maked it to the chart of more than 20 countries and reaches the top in 5, consolidating the success of Eurovision songs of this decade. But it's Italian Mahmood who, with Soldi, becomes Eurovision's most streamed song ever and tops the list of 4 countries. Is Italy about to win in the next decade?


 

Almost succeeded

Posted by Eurovision On Top on December 17, 2019 at 5:55 PM

64 editions of ESC have passed and we will reach the eighth decade! We turned now a page in the history of the popular European contest, remembering the best moments of the last decade!

 

5/7 - Almost succeeded 

 

Sometimes it's not the victory that makes a song the most popular. These past few years, we have had examples of this. In the last decade Russia have managed to be in the Top 3 several times, but together with Italy it has achieved two 2nd places. The return of Italy in 2011 was made big, but still, it was necessary to be part of the Big that became 5.

 

2010 - Turkey - maNga - We Could Be The Same

2011 - Italy - Raphael Gualazzi - Madness of Love

2012 - Russia - Buranovskiye Babushki - Party for everybody

2013 - Azerbaijan - Farid Mammadov - Hold me

2014 - Netherlands - The Common Linnets - Calm after the storm

2015 - Russia - Polina Gagarina - A million voices

2016 - Australia - Dami Im - The sound of silence

2017 - Bulgaria - Kristian Kostov - Beautiful Mess

2018 - Cyprus - Eleni Foureira - Fuego

2019 - Italy - Mahmood - Soldi

 

Almost qualified

Posted by Eurovision On Top on December 16, 2019 at 5:55 PM

64 editions of ESC have passed and we will reach the eighth decade! We turned now a page in the history of the popular European contest, remembering the best moments of the last decade!

 

 

4/7 - Almost qualified

 

2003 was the last year without semifinals and 2008 the first with two semifinals. Over the past decade it has become clear that both semifinals were needed to qualify for so many countries (the highest number was recorded at 43 in Lisbon and Dusseldorf). But still, some injustices were committed and many songs got in the way. Just one point behind the last qualified, Glen Vella (Malta) and Witloof Baby (Belgium) failed to make it to the final in 2011. The same happened with Suzy and the popular “Eu quero ser tua” in 2014, or in 2019 with Lithuania. But greater frustration will have felt Sofi Marinova in 2012, who tied for 10th place and was close to the final. It was necessary to resort to the country with another 8 points awarded, in this case, Norway. Malta, Serbia and Lithuania have, in the last two years, repeated their 11th place in a semi-final.

 

 

  • 2010 - Finland and Sweden
  • 2011 - Malta and Belgium
  • 2012 - Switzerland and Bulgaria
  • 2013 - Serbia and San Marino
  • 2014 - Portugal and Lithuania
  • 2015 - Moldova and Malta
  • 2016 - Bosnia Herzegovina and FYR Macedonia
  • 2017 - Georgia and Serbia
  • 2018 - Azerbaijan and Romania
  • 2019 - Poland and Lithuania

 

 

Logos and slogans

Posted by Eurovision On Top on December 15, 2019 at 5:50 PM

64 editions of ESC have passed and we will reach the eighth decade! We turned now a page in the history of the popular European contest, remembering the best moments of the last decade!

 

3/7 - Logos and slogans

Since the 1970s, the need for a logo to highlight the Festival has been a constant. However, only in 2004 did the hearts that shape the event appear. Graphic, artistic and conceptual design has been gaining momentum over the last few years as a way of affirming and differentiating the organizing country in an increasingly massive and stereotypical Eurovision. The slogans, these appeared in 2002. Always calling for the union between the peoples and for magic and solidarity moments, the slogans are also opportunities to highlight the host country, as was the case of Azerbaijan, to remember the land of Fire, or Portugal's connection to the sea.

 

  • 2010 - Share The Moment
  • 2011 - Feel your heart beat!
  • 2012 - Light Your Fire
  • 2013 - We are One
  • 2014 - #JoinUs
  • 2015 - Building Bridges
  • 2016 - Come Together
  • 2017 - Celebrate Diversity
  • 2018 - All Aboard!
  • 2019 - Dare to Dream