State broadcasters hosting the Eurovision Song Contest don’t just need to impress Europe—they also need to impress the home crowd. Fielding a strong contestant is crucial to that. In the past ten years, half of the host nations have managed to follow their victory with a Top 10 finish. Of these Turkey and Azerbaijan did the best. Athena and Sabina Babayeva each placed fourth the year their country hosted. Ukraine and Norway were the host nations who did the worst. Greenjolly came 19th in Kyiv, while Didrik Solli-Tangen finished 20th in Oslo.
Below you can review the last 10 performers who competed on home soil. They are listed from best finish to worst finish. After reviewing the songs you can vote in our poll. You can vote for as many contestants as you’d like, but you can only vote one time. The poll closes on October 13. Let us know what you think below!
2004: Turkey’s Athena with “For Real” 4th place with 195 points
2012: Azerbaijan’s Sabina Babayeva with “When the Music Dies” 4th place with 150 points
2008: Serbia’s Jelena Tomasevic with “Oro” 6th place with 160 points
2006: Greece’s Anna Vissi with “Everything” 9th place with 128 points
2011: Germany’s Lena with “Taken By a Stranger” 10th place with 107 points
2009: Russia’s Anastasia Prikhodko with “Mamo” 11th place with 91 points
2013: Sweden’s Robin Sterjnberg with “You” 14th place with 62 points
2007: Finland’s Hanna Pakarinen with “Leave me alone” 17th place with 53 points
2005: Ukraine’s Greenjolly with “Razom nas bahato” 19th place with 30 points
2010: Norway’s Didrik Solli-Tangen with “My Heart Is Yours” 20th place with 35 points[polldaddy poll=”7433244″]
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And Lena! 🙂
i loved Lena and Anastasya Prihodko, they have some real interesting voices, totally different, but nice and have some real appropriate music to valuate them in the best way!
Anna Vissi!!! Simply the best!
Anna Vissi, no question about it! All alone on stage, she made the whole of Greece (and not only) cry that night!
What a voice, what a performance! 🙂
Anna Vissi by far. One of the biggest european stars in esc.
the best ever was Anna Vissi with everything!!
I also like Azerbaijan’s Sabina Babayeva
Finalnd is by far my favourite. Hanna Pakarinen brought a lot of emotion into her performance. However she doesn’t make it look weak; she makes it look powerful and just rocks it all out. Girl power! And she only placed 17th? Outrageous. Should have been in the Top 5 Robin is adorable and the part of the chorus where he screams “YOU” is great, but other than that it’s so lame. It just comes across as a middle-of-the-road ballad you listen to a couple of times then it gets so tiring that you never listen to it or even think… Read more »
AZERBAIJAN 119 VOTES ???? :(((((((
azerbaijan, russia and turkey (oh, how i miss them!!)
Greece was by far the best. Had to be in the top 5.
Serbia was the second best. Love the cultural influence in the song.
Azerbaijan as always, largely overrated (they probably paid people to vote on this blog too). You could hardly see Sabina’s face and her vocals were not so great, I’m not even talking about the Alladin on the carpet who sounded like he was crying loudly wtf was that.
How on earth is Sabina doing so well? The music died as soon as her song began IMO. Still at least Lena is top 🙂 Pity Robin isn’t 2nd.
azer, greece, serbia, sweden
I voted for Russia. I got all emotional at the “Mamo” performance. How could I not vote for it?
la Griega 2006 me encantaaaaaa.Una diva dandolo todo.Lena 2011 por su originalidad.Lo otro mas de lo mismo
Greece and Anna Vissi <3!! You just have to hear her singing on final 2006 on you tube by HD channel!!She was brilliant!! By far the best!!
The last time that a host country won the ESC was in Ireland in 1994. Will it happen again 20 years later, but this time, in Denmark?
Since 2006 I liked every song from the hosting country! But the best I think were Greece, Finland, Serbia and Norway!
It is difficult for an organising country to promote a song. This is in conflict with the inherent need for organiser’s neutrality. Maybe winning countries should not compete the year they organise the contest and focus solely on their duties as hosts.
Voted for :
Sabina Babayeva(Azerbaijan)-perfect song with perfect perfomance 🙂 Her voice is stunning.
Jelena Tomasevic(Serbia)-Same as Sabina 😀
Anna Vissi(Greece)-Yet again,same as Sabina and Jelena 😀
Lena(Germany)-Dark,mysterious :3 Love it 😀
I think all songs were okay except Ukraine (2005) and Russia (2011).
He had a great voice, but the song and performance overall were… kinda dreary and stiff. But as Anna Vissi’s, they had one note where they succeded big time.
Robin’s song was decent, but they had songs that were way better than him in that final.
I’m in the extreme minority here because I REALLY enjoyed Norway’s song. That voice. Yes please.
But overall Sabina did Azerbaijan the proudest, I think.
Germany! Oh gosh, Lena went indie-pop with “Taken by A Stranger”, should’ve done better in 2011..
Oh look, my idea was used 😀 Well, my top 3 (and the only ones I voted for) 1. Sabina (This one had to be the winning Azeri song. Not really the winner of that particular contest, but the one who should’ve brought the contest to Baku) 2. Lena (not counting the thick accent in the live, this song is great. It’s dark and mysterious and embidoes that well, a great mature song to follow the jolly Satelite) 3. Hanna (Finland doing what they do best, bringing the hard rock. Sexy girl rocking it out. I’m sold) The worst being… Read more »
Jelena Tomaševi? is the best BY FAR.
Robin Stjernberg & Sabina Babayeva !!!!
Really hated Turkey. Really loved Azerbaijan!
I liked all of these songs, except Turkey, Norway, Ukraine, and Greece’s.