Everyone wants to shine on the Eurovision stage. In recent years a few contestants have taken that idea really seriously and entered songs entitled “Shine”. Of the three “shining” entries from recent contests–Holland’s The Toppers, Georgia’s Sofia Nizharadze, and Austria’s Natalia Kelly–only Sofia managed to make the final.

This year Russia’s Tolmachevy Sisters will try to prove that their entry “Shine” has the luster to win. We don’t know if their conquest of Eurovision will be successful. But we do know our readers will have an opinion…

Which artist do you think shined the brightest with “Shine”? You can listen to each of the four acts below and can then vote in our poll.

2009: The Toppers – Shine (The Netherlands)

17th place out of 19 entries in their semi-final

2010: Sofia Nizharadze – Shine (Georgia)

9th place in the grand final

2013: Natália Kelly – Shine (Austria)

14th place out of 16 contestants in her semi-final

2014
Tolmachevy Sisters – Shine (Russia)

The sisters will perform seventh out 16 acts in the first semi-final.

 

Judit Sebök contributed this report from Hungary. You can follow her on Twitter at @sjudy03. Then like our Facebook page to keep up-to-date with all the latest news and gossip.

26 Comments
Newest
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Floraaa
Floraaa
7 years ago

Natalia had the best ”shinny” song!

beccaboo1212
7 years ago

MY PERSONAL TOP 4 (WITH COMMENTS)
01. Austria 2013 – Love that song, can’t stop listening to it! I felt sorry for her, though 🙁
02. Georgia 2010 – I wanted her dress soooooooooooooooo badly!
03. Russia 2014 – It’s great to see these girls in the grown-ups’ Eurovision now!
04. Netherlands 2009 – Nah. Not really my taste of music.

Pat
Pat
7 years ago

Absolute not the Russian sisters their song is very very bad!

S
S
7 years ago

Absolutely Sofia Nizharadze. My favourite song from Georgia and one of my favourite eurovision-songs in general. Her vocal performance was outstanding, it was something really special and amazing. Such a special song to me… 🙂

Stacey
Stacey
7 years ago

I LOVED how the camera panned up at the start of Shine ’13. It was amazing!

sopon
sopon
7 years ago

I actually liked Shine in ’09. As well as ’13. Kind of bored by the Georgian one, and grossed out by Russia’s take on it.

Robyn
Robyn
7 years ago

Austria, because it kicked off the first semi-final last year, so I associate it with the start of the 2013 magic.

peris
7 years ago

goooooo georgia

D
D
7 years ago

Sofia’s “Shine” has a special place in my heart for some personal reasons. Although, I enjoy the “Shine”s from Austria and Russia as well.

Marcelo N
7 years ago

@ Thiefo – Apropos of nothing, I salute you on finally showing your face. Lots of mystery commentators in da house. Maybe it has something to do with the Maltese “contest”? Hope not, haha!!

Thiefo
Thiefo
7 years ago

What can I say? Sometimes I like lame songs 😛

Marcelo N
7 years ago

You’re minority, Thiefo; but you deserve respect too -even if you like that lame song 😛

Thiefo
Thiefo
7 years ago

I know I’m in the minority here, but… my favourite is actually the sister’s Shine P: I thought it was lame at first, and I agree the preview video is awful but… the song is growing on me, I don’t think is that bad anymore, even with the propaganda theories and all.
Also, Natalia so deserved to be in the final last year!

Marcelo N
7 years ago

@ Branko
Well reminded: the Dutch original version was less of a burden to hear/see. The re-engineering, bath-scrub lights and the “lady selling candy at a movie theatre in the ’30s” were too much.

Branko
Branko
7 years ago

Georgia 2010 (should have won)
Austria 2013 (should have reached the final)
The Netherlands 2009 (should have been original version performed at National Final and not that remix-thing)
I haven’t listened to Russia 2014 yet

Armond
Armond
7 years ago

Sofia was one of my picks to win that year. She had the best vocal performance that year. Her voice is incredible. The song is beautiful too.

Marcelo N
7 years ago

People, what is it with the comments on homosexuality this year? Becoming a little tiring, and worrying you know. OK, the Dutch “Shine” was super camp (I guess that is what one reader meant), and I didn’t like it either, but because it was cheesy as a song and the staging was… well, I don’t mean to offend anyone from the Netherlands via the magical transitivity there appears to exist any time you criticise a song. On the other hand, the musical comedy staging of the Georgian “Shine” was gay as well? as that is a genre most followed by… Read more »

Tom
Tom
7 years ago

Absolutely Sofia Nizharadze, whose song is the only great entry of the group. The Toppers’ song remains awful. No amount of sparkle on one’s costume can cover up such a horrific performance.

ayka
7 years ago

Sofia Nizharadze – Shine (Georgia) greeting from AZERBAIJAN

Leon
Leon
7 years ago

Definitely Georgia. In fact, 2010 was their best entry with the best staging!

Miksi
7 years ago

Sofia and Natalia <3

Timselvision
Timselvision
7 years ago

Go Toppers! (From the Netherlands lol :P)

Inge
Inge
7 years ago

Lol. Two of the three members of De Toppers are, in fact, gay. Any problems?

SJ
SJ
7 years ago

Sofia Nizharadze – Shine deserved to be in TOP 5 in final 2010. That years is very thight in points between 4 to 9 place ( 4.Denmark 149 5.Azerbaijan 145 points 6.Belgium 143 7.Armenia 141 8.Greece 140 9.Georgia 136) Turkey on second had 170 points and Romania on third place had 162 points.
Natália Kelly from Austria was in my TOP 5 before contest. But in Malmo song did n t sound good for me like sound in Austrian national final.

1.Georgia 2010
2.Austria 2013
3.The Netherlands 2009
4.Russia 2014
2.Sofia 20

QwaarJet
QwaarJet
7 years ago

What exactly do you mean by “super-gay”?

Dhani
7 years ago

I think Sofia Nizharadze’s Shine is an amazing song and the best. Nátalia my number 2, Tolmachevy sisters my number 3. But the netherlands in 2009 was just AWFUL and GROSS and super-gay. I hated it