This year at wiwibloggs, we are counting down the days to Christmas with a series of different Eurovision polls. Every day from December 1 until Christmas Eve on December 24, we’re stuffing your stockings with a new poll covering everything from best follow-up single by a Eurovision 2015 act to which national selection you are most looking forward to. Consider this our advent calendar for 2015. Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, you can join us and let us know your thoughts each and every day. So grab your egg nog, sit under that mistletoe, and let’s relive some Eurovision magic…
Day 4: Last place at Eurovision
Every year one act wows the masses and walks away with microphone-shaped Eurovision trophy. Inevitably someone has to finish last. Sorry ’bout it. Some last-place finishers are fortunate enough to dodge the infamous nul points but others are cursed with the title that no country wants. But who actually deserves it? Between 2008 and 2015, which last-place finisher was truly the worst?
2008 – Andy Abraham with “Even If” (United Kingdom, 14 points)
Andy won the UK’s national final Eurovision: Your Decision. Clearly the worst of a bad bunch, Andy came last, giving Britain its second appearance at the bottom of the scoreboard.
2009 – Waldo’s People with “Lose Control” (Finland, 22 points)
Popular Finnish group Waldo’s People won the super final of Euroviisut 2009 in Finland with 45.1% of the vote. Local popularity did not translate to a larger European audience. In fact, they only made it to the grand final because the jury saved them during the semis.
2010 – Josh Dubovie with “That Sounds Good To Me” (United Kingdom, 10 points)
The British public chose Josh Dubovie during the UK national selection, but they didn’t choose the song. Part of the winner’s “prize” was singing the Pete Waterman disaster “That Sounds Good to Me” at ESC. The title proved ironic at Eurovision when the UK received points from only four countries.
2011 – Anna Rossinelli with “In Love For A While” (Switzerland, 19 points)
Anna Rossinelli is still one of only two Swiss acts to qualify for the grand final since 2006. That’s enough to make the Swiss forget her last-place finish.
2012 – Tooji with “Stay” (Norway, 7 points)
Norway holds the record for placing last more than any other country. Tooji’s placing took that total to 11 in 2012.
2013 – Ryan Dolan with “Only Love Survives” (Ireland, 5 points)
Despite being a fan favourite at both the Eurosong national final and in Malmö, “Only Love Survives” only managed to earn five points.
2014 – TWIN TWIN with “Moustache” (France, 2 points)
TWIN TWIN won the French national selection and fans rejoiced. But at Eurovision their song only earned two points — France’s lowest score since the current points system was introduced in 1975.
2015 – Ann Sophie with “Black Smoke” (Germany, 0 points)
Despite receiving points from both televoters and juries, the combined result added up to zero for Germany.
2015 – The Makemakes with “I Am Yours” (Austria, 0 points)
The Makemakes’ nil points was the first time a host country’s act had not received any points.