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
Photo: Eurovision.tv (EBU)