Long before our stars took to the Eurovision stage they were bouncing around in the play pin. In honor of the innocence that preceded all the sequins and cleavage, I’ve compiled a video of ESC contestants before they were our beloved contestants and singers.

Some of the images are really striking. Before Alexander Rybak looked like a frog, he looked like an adorable chipmunk. I love the black-and-white photo of Krista Siegfrids pre-technicolor explosion. And is it just me or did Dima Bilan look like a young Vladimir Putin?! Other singers featured in the video include Eric Saade, Alex Sparrow and Zlata Ognevich.

Enjoy! And don’t forget to say “awwwww.”

Loosine Zadoorian contributed this report from Iran. You can keep up-to-date on the latest Eurovision news and gossip by following the team on Twitter @wiwibloggs and by liking our Facebook page.

Photo: Eurovision.tv (EBU)

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Loosi Moon
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i find those photos in facebook fan pages

Smitsi
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Smitsi

Zlata should have won ’13!!

Marion
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I have lots of Farid Mammadov 🙂

Marion
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So cuuuuute !!!!!!!!!!!! I don’t make “awwwww.” but ” anh !!!! It’s him/her!!!!!”

Ayshen
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Ayshen

xaxaxxaa super video. Farid Loooool very funny :)))) thanks soooo much for good post

Charles
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Charles

My only critic: too much focus on eastern bloc countries despite the 3 scandinavian artists included. I fully understand the focus now being given to eastern bloc countries considering their sucess in Eurovision (both deserved and undeserved) but I find it sad that we’re slowly ignoring decades of Eurovision and just focus on what goes on these last recent years.

Emily
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Emily

Where did you find all of those photos?