The Eurovision Song Contest has given us plenty of unforgettable moments since its inception in 1956. But in the vast sea of Eurovision hits, some songs fall into obscurity, despite being really good (in someone’s opinion at least).
I don’t know about you, but when I have a hardcore late night Eurovision session on Youtube (which happens often), I sometimes stumble upon songs that leave me thinking, “This song was good! How did I forget it?” So, loyal wiwireaders, I present to you, in no particular order, some of my favourite forgotten gems of Eurovision.
Ten Forgotten Eurovision Gems
1) Sweden 1990 – “Som en vind (Like a wind)” – Edin – Ådahl
In 1990, Sweden sent the band Edin- Ådahl, which included two sets of brothers, Frank and Simon Ådahl and Bertil and Lasse Edin. This was the only genuine power ballad in the contest and the brothers sang their hearts out, led by Frank’s amazing vocals. Alas, the European juries frowned upon them, giving them only 24 points and leaving them in 16th place. Boo! An unjust fate in my opinion, as this is a true fist-clencher. Also, stonewashed jeans have never looked so good!
2) Belgium 1991 – “Geef het op (Give it up)” – Clouseau
I’m sorry, but the Belgian band Clouseau was waaaayyyy ahead of its time in 1991 with this Britpop-influenced number, sung in Flemish. In the UK, bands like Suede were helping to launch Britpop as a credible genre, but Eurovision apparently was not ready for the musical style. The boys ended up in 16th place, and fell deep into the dark pit of forgotten Eurovision songs. But just feast your ears on this diamond. Yum.
3) France 1996 – “Diwanit bugale (May the children be born)” – Dan Ar Braz & L´Héritages des Celtes
In the mid-nineties, there was a real trend for ethnic songs at Eurovision. Eimear Quinn took the trophy for Ireland with “The Voice” in 1996, but poor France was forgotten by jurors the same year. Which is a shame, because this number truly is Celtic in every sense. And this was, as far as I know, the only time time the beautiful Breton language was heard on the Eurovision stage. Never forget.
4) Ukraine 2010 – “Sweet People” – Alyosha
OK, let’s face it, Ukraine has never really been a fan of the “less is more” approach to Eurovision. Except in 2010 when Alyosha, aka Olena Kucher, sang for Ukraine. Alone on stage, fully clothed and without pyrotechnics, gladiators or hamster wheels, Alyosha let her voice carry the song. She came 10th with 108 points. Boom. Sometimes, less truly is more. This deserves to be remembered people!
5) Armenia 2007 – “Anytime You Need” – Hayko
2007 was kind of the year for forgotten gems. Mainly because there was a record-breaking number of nations competing. Twenty-eight of them competed in the semi finals (and most of them stayed there). Although Armenia’s Hayko came in 8th with 138 points, his entry remains a forgotten Armenian treasure. Odd, because this is a beautiful, heartfelt ballad. And the guy is even bleeding! How can anyone forget this?
6) Norway 1994 – “Duett (Duet) – Elisabeth Andreasson & Jan Werner Danielsen
We just love Bettan. In 1994 we were treated to gorgeous “Duett” between Bettan and the late Jan Werner Danielsen. A power couple with a power song, this sneaked into sixth place, but has rarely been mentioned since. One of Norway’s best, it will forever be in the Bettan Hall of Fame. This also serves as a reminder that Jan Werner Danielsen was a powerhouse vocalist!
7) Ireland 1988 – “Take Him Home” – Jump the Gun
The contest of 1988 was packed with good songs. Ireland hosted the contest for the third time, and this is one of those underrated host entries that hasn’t earned its rightful place in Eurovision history (maybe because most of Ireland’s other host entries actually ended up winning). This had pretty much everything an 80s music connoisseur needed. A pinch of Bohemian Rhapsody, a dash of Elton John, with a hint of Spandau Ballet. What more do you need? Not to mention the fact that “Take Him Home” is probably one of the greatest bromance anthems in the history of Eurovision.
8) Greece 1995 – “Pia prosefi (Which prayer)” – Elena Konstantopoulou
Everyone remembers Cyprus that year, when Alex Panayi slayed with the epicness that is “Sti fotia.” But do you remember the Greek entry, which was no less powerful, just a little more low key? No? Glad to be of assistance then! “Pia prosefí” was a beautiful ethnic song, mysterious and perfectly performed, both by Elena and her support band. This song screams Greek heritage, but somehow fell through the cracks and was quickly forgotten, both by jurors and viewers.
9) Germany 1992 – “Träume sind für alle da (Dreams are there for everyone)” – Wind
Another collaboration of the Siegel/Meinunger team featuring Wind, Germany’s most successful band of Eurovision. Their glory days in the 80s brought two top three placings, one in 1985 and another in 1987. They say the third time is a charm, but unfortunately not for Wind. In 1992, the group’s third attempt fell flat, and came 16th. Awkward. However, this song is by no means any worse than their previous entries. It was a modern ballad and should have placed much higher, instead of being forgotten as soon as they left the stage.
10) Cyprus 1996 – “Mono gia mas (Only for us)” – Constantinos
Constantinos and this lovely, romantic ballad finished in a very respectable eighth place, and even received a set of douze points from the United Kingdom. Unfortunately, everybody has forgotten about this masterpiece. It had everything really. A gentle touch of piano, a powerful guitar solo, the softly spoken Cypriot-Greek language and last but certainly not least, the ever so alluring Constantinos. He gave a heartfelt performance, packed with feelings. *Swoon!* This should always be remembered. Always.
Do you agree with this list? Which forgotten gem sparkles the brightest? What are your favourite long lost Eurovision classics? Let us know below!