As some of you may remember, I compiled a list of the top ten male vocalists of ESC a little while ago. Now it’s time for the ladies to shine. The divas of Eurovision are indeed gorgeous (some more than others), but we prefer to remember them for their voices. Here’s my list of the Wonder Women of ESC. Please note: Celine Dion is not included, because that would be stating the obvious.

Yohanna – Iceland 2009: I was baffled, skeptical and a little annoyed when Yohanna won the national finals in Iceland. I thought nothing of the song or of her. A former child star singing some tragic love song? Zzzzzzz. She was not even old enough to buy alcohol, let alone understand trauma of the heart. What the hell is this? Bloody Disney channel? Come back when you have your wisdom teeth! But then she kicked it up a notch, and to my pleasant surprise, turned out to be a full-fledged diva! When she shined on that stage in Moscow and sang her way to the second place, I gladly bought myself a hat, just to eat it. She nailed it and even has a Wiwi Award named after her. Well done, Yohanna! But I’ll never know what the pom-poms on her dress were meant to represent……anybody? And WTF is that dolphin jumping in the background of her LED screen?

Sandrine Francois – France 2002: The French have sent truckloads of divas to the big stage, but Sandrine is one of my all time favorites. Like Yohanna, she was barely on my radar until she raised her voice in Tallin. And what a voice! Delicate, yet strong. And the high notes? Perfect in my opinion. I thought that France could easily take home the trophy, because Sandrine was without a doubt one of the strongest contestants that year. She didn’t win the big prize, but she did win my admiration and hopefully that of others as well.

Sofia Nizharadze – Georgia 2010: Sofia had an ambitious act in Oslo. She was dancing barefoot, being thrown around the stage, and had four other dancers backing her up. Given all that you’d expect that Sofia would end up breathless and not be able to perform this massive power ballad. WRONG. She owned the song from the first note, and just kept getting better and better throughout her performance. She made it look like it ain’t no thang to be a human ping-pong ball while also singing. Her singing….wow…..I once tried to sing along whilst driving and almost popped a vein in my head! Sofia is a goddess. Pure and simple.

http://youtu.be/d9xBxFbjiyU

Vania Fernandes – Portugal 2008: If Portugal ever deserved to win, it was with Vania’s performance of “Senhora do mar”. My apologies to Dima Bilan and Russia, but this was the best ballad of 2008 and by far the most powerful performance. Vania was all in from the start, with her big voice and big attitude on stage. She took the phrase “feel what you sing” to a whole new level. She sang from the bottom of her heart and lungs and made me believe every single word she was singing. And I don’t even speak Portuguese. Not that it matters, because Vania made it perfectly clear that you don’t have to know the language to enjoy the song. She was simply wronged . That voice and that song should have made it all the way to the top.

Juliana Pasha – Albania 2010: I had some trouble choosing between Juliana and Rona Nishliu, but after a careful consideration, I decided to stick with my girl Juliana. Rona is indeed amazing, but for me her voice and performance requires a certain mood (for example, I’m not gonna mop the floors whilst listening to Suus), but Juliana is always suitable. Her voice is so black, so cool, so massive. And “Its all about you” is one of my all time favorites. Juliana completely blew me away. When she raised her voice I was hooked for life. And she had an epic violin guy! And a group of amazons in the back. Perfect, just perfect. You go girl!

http://youtu.be/OVkVTei1rak

Kasia Kowalska – Poland 1996: Oh….my….God! That was my first response when Kasia performed “Chce znac swój grzech” (pardon my Polish) in Oslo. What a voice! Where did they find her? And why didn’t she rank higher?! Still today, this number and Kasia herself give me goosebumps every time. Simply incredible. Being a teenager back in 1996, and having trouble identifying myself (we’ve all been there, right?) I just adored her and her spunky attitude. But as time went by, this song has become my favorite Polish entry ever. And Kasia has had a safe spot on this list of mine for years, and is not going anywhere.

http://youtu.be/wRufv2Utyj8

Joy Fleming – Germany 1975: Ooh yeah, we’re taking a looong trip down memory lane here, but can you blame me? Joy brought the attitude to Eurovision, with her heartfelt performance of “Ein lied kann eine Bruche sein”. Back in 1975, ESC was still a bit conservative, and people didn’t actually know how to respond when Joy, with her background in music being jazz and blues, came on stage, sang from the bottom of her heart, and wasn’t afraid to bust a move along with it..a lot of moves. The juries around Europe most likely almost choked on their tea and biscuits, whilst looking at her act and rewarded her with 17th place. But Joy has since then become somewhat of a cult icon in the Eurovision world, and this performance is a thing to remember. It was girl power all the way!

http://youtu.be/jWcFWGOm12A

Anna Vissi – Greece 2006: When I watched the official music video for “Everything” I wasn’t impressed. Thought it was tacky and stupid. Which, of course, tainted my opinion on Anna and this amazing number. And pay attention kids, this is a valuable lesson….thou shall not judge beforehand! Anna’s live performance left me breathless and speechless. What a woman! She sold me every single word, every single tone and every single move, from the first breath to the very last. This is how it’s done! And this is, in my opinion, the best host entry in the history of Eurovision.

Pastora Soler – Spain 2012: I will never stop expressing my love for Pastora and her magnificent performance in Baku. That girl knows what’s up! “Quedate conmigo” is a goosebump ride all the way through. Everything synchronized..the lighting, the backing vocals, the dress. Pastora just rocked. I don’t have enough words to describe this. Just watch and listen. Perfection.

Marija Serifovic – Serbia 2007: Yes, Marija is my number one girl. This is my favorite winning performance so far in ESC. Marija didn’t stand out at first because of her humble appearance and down-to-earth manner, but she is my all time favorite diva. Just think about it. She walks out on stage wearing a suit instead of a skanky dress, looks in the camera, opens her mouth and takes the continent by storm. This was a slam dunk, and Marija is an ESC goddess. I rest my case.

Kristin Kristjans contributed this report from Iceland. You can keep up with the latest Eurovision news and gossip by following the team from wiwibloggs.com on Twitter @wiwibloggs and by liking our Facebook page.

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Tamara
Tamara
6 years ago

and where is ani lorak? :\

kostas
kostas
6 years ago

If a new list is created certainly Ruth Lorenzo should be included. Terrific voice control.

RL
RL
7 years ago
kostas
kostas
7 years ago

I cannot understand how you included vissi who sang off key and you left out mando 2003(great f6 at the end of the song) or annet artanni from cyprus 2006

Grifit
Grifit
7 years ago

I’m new at Eurovision (I’m a full time fan since 2012) and I have never watched most of this performances before, Joy Fleming surely rocked that year it was totally awesome and in those times, she surely deserves to be remembered

Maya G
Maya G
7 years ago

Ooh, and how could I forget Magdi Rúzsa? She was extraordinary!

Maya G
Maya G
7 years ago

Three excellent vocalists missing from the list:
Edyta Górniak, Anabel Conde & Shiri Maimon.
Those three took mediocre songs and made them unforgettable with a hypnotizing performance.
also worth mentioning: Niamh Kavanagh (only in her ’93 performance!), Nana Mouskouri, Esther Ofarim, Celine Dion, Nadine Beiler and Sara Tavares.
Anna Vissi is indeed a good singer and performer, but hardly an outstanding vocalist IMO.

Camilly
Camilly
7 years ago

Thanks for Kasia 🙂 But Pastora was the best, i adore her <3

NargizAZE
NargizAZE
7 years ago

I’d like to see Rona Nishliu in the list!

Mathew
Mathew
7 years ago

And what about Glennis Grace from the Netherlands in 2005 I guess?

davve
davve
7 years ago

where is loreen? Perrelli? Carola??..joke?

sinbad
sinbad
7 years ago

All Azerbaijani Eurovision contestants are power!

Gabi
Gabi
7 years ago

And Paula Seling? Where is Paula in this top?

Digi
Digi
7 years ago

How for Valentina Monetta :-/

Krs
Krs
7 years ago

chiara?

D
D
7 years ago

Rona is 100% better than Juliana. “It’s All About You” is actually one of my least favourite Albanian entries to date and I couldn’t stand Juliana. Don’t think Anna Vissi was anything special either.
Who should’ve been on this list:
-Zlata Ognevich
-Chiara
-Rona Nishliu
-Shiri Maimon
-Loreen
-Sandra Nurmsalu (from Urban Symphony)

SteliosN
SteliosN
7 years ago

Guys, come on, Rona Nishliu deserves a place in this top 10 and you know that! She was PHENOMENAL, I have never heard the crowd going crazy 3 times during another song in the contest!

Charles
Charles
7 years ago

The simple fact that you had the guts and research time to talk about Kasia Kowalska from Poland 1996, in a period where apparently everybody was sleeping through Eurovision and there was no drag queen or transsexuals to wake it up again … made my absolute day! What a wonderful treat coming from one of my absolute favourite entries included on my all time favourite ESC ever: 1996. Also applauded including Joy Flemming and Sandrine François here. Stunning performances. And what a shift from the boring-already focus on current Eurovision from the last ten years that Wiwibloggs tends to do… Read more »

Nebi
Nebi
7 years ago

I’m actually quite stunned. I seldom agree with the reviews on this site but your choices very closely align with mine. Actually, I think they’re excellent. I don’t know who she’d replace but I would also propose Natasha St. Pier in 2001 for France.

Franky J.
Franky J.
7 years ago

Really THANKS for the words to the spanish artist Pastora Soler, she has an amazing voice. I know her well personally and I should to say that she’s beautiful as person. Greetings from Madrid, Spain.

Víctor
Víctor
7 years ago

NATASHA ST PIER ????

Víctor
Víctor
7 years ago

LARA FABIAN ???? ANABEL CONDE ???? EDYTA GORNIAK?????CHIARA???? SHIRI MAIMON???? DULCE PONTES????? NINA ???????

Ingo
Ingo
7 years ago

I forgot the 80s: Celine Dion – Ne partez pas sans moi (who else?)

Ingo
Ingo
7 years ago

from the 2010s: Pastora Soler – Quedate Conmigo (perfection)
from the 2000s: Marija Serifovic (touching)
from the 90s: Anabel Conde – Vuelve Conmigo (stunning)
from the 70s: Vicky Leandros – Apres Toi (powerful)
from the 60s: Gigliola Cinquetti – Non ho l’età (sweet)

William Lee Adams
Admin
7 years ago

@Alex: Of course this is “just the personal opinion of the person that wrote the article.” We’re not saying this is definitive, Kristin is just sharing her faves. And we loved reading your list of favourites! Enjoy the music.

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
7 years ago

Hey! How about Zlata and Loreen?

Diane
Diane
7 years ago

For me two of the best female vocalist in Eurovision in 21st century is definitely Zlata Ognevich and Rona Nishliu. They sang the most difficult song with stunning voice in their respective years…

Alex UK
Alex UK
7 years ago

@ Nitzan

we think the same way 🙂

Yudhistira Mahasena
7 years ago

What about Ruth Lorenzo?

Alex UK
Alex UK
7 years ago

This is very silly post when you have a competition that has 60 years of history and countless amazing vocalists. It is just the personal opinion of the person that wrote the article.

Few examples below that should have easily been in the top 10 to say the least..but hey that’s my personal opinion .

1. Anabel Conde-Vuelve conmigo ( SPAIN-1995) …
2. .Annet Artani – Why Angels Cry (Cyprus 2006)
3. Edyta Górniak-To nie ja (POLAND-1994) …
5. Shiri Maimon-Hasheket Shenish’ar (ISRAEL-2005)
6. Cleopatra -Olou Tou Kosmou I Elpida (GREECE 1992)

SJ
SJ
7 years ago

Where are on the list France 2009, Spain 1985 and 1989, Israel 2005, Portugal 1969,1988 and 1991, Ukraine 2011 and 2013, Switzerland 1988 and 1993, Luxembourg 1988, Norway 1988

BIONDA
BIONDA
7 years ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NV8kjxkvUs
I ‘VE JUST FOUND THE VIDEO TOO.

BIONDA
BIONDA
7 years ago

YOU FORGOT MANDO FROM GREECE 2003.HER VOICE IS AMAZING!!!NEVER LET YOU GO.

Nitzan
Nitzan
7 years ago

If it’s about the vocals, I wouldn’t miss out on the amazing Poland 94 and Spain 95, not to mention our own Shiri Maimon in 2005.

aCE
aCE
7 years ago

Gosh there’s no Kaliopi o.o

Armond
Armond
7 years ago

Pastora is the best for me. Her voice is just crazy. She has 6 lungs! There was not one flaw in her vocal performance. Perfect is not an enough word to describe it. Ruth Lorenzo will follow her footsteps.

Deban
Deban
7 years ago

You forgot Albania 2012, Rona Nishliu.

Daria Kinzer
Daria Kinzer
7 years ago

Hey, Wiwibloggs readers! Please check out this new comic show about me! It’s called “Da Dria Kiznr Show” and features some other ex-Eurovision starts! It’s some kind of Eurovision spin-off of “The Nekci Menij Show”. It would be a big honour for me if you dedicated an article to this show! Enjoy! 🙂

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3ouvGdjoss

With love, your Daria Kinzer! <3

Leon
Leon
7 years ago

Israel, Portugal 2008 and Armenia 2009!

Rashad
Rashad
7 years ago

And of course, Sertab Erener. She is one of the few Turkish singers that I still listen to. Her “A?k” (Leave in English) performance was just unbelievable during the opening ceremony in Istanbul (2004).

Rashad
Rashad
7 years ago

I would personally add Rona Nishliu and Sabina Babayeva to the list. There’ve surely been more female singers with amazing voices. But this is all I remember for now.

Marcelo N
7 years ago

Ah, hahaha! Lys Assia, seriously? Compared to her, our safe, prim and proper Sanna Nielsen is Marilyn Manson.

DJ
DJ
7 years ago

. . . and you are seriously going to skip Lys Assia?

Marcelo N
7 years ago

(This is of course the writer’s opinion and personal taste. There are others we will hold dear, and others we would never consider to have any “girl power”. To me, for example, Chiara is but a “power food processor” at best, totally overrated and never any great shakes live.)

DJ
DJ
7 years ago

Sandie Shore, Lulu, Dana to name a scant few . . . the list is endless, but you can’t think back that far!

Marcelo N
7 years ago

Quite agree! Great presences, and/or great performances. I loved some more, of course, but you generally managed to pinpoint what’s best in each. Special note on Joy Fleming… when I heard her song for the first time a few years back, and especially when I saw her live ESC performance (I am a “more recent” eurofan for there used to be no such thing as eurofans here South America way back, which makes my 10 years’ fandom significant) I was blown away. Definitely the first hugely wronged power female in ESC. On a side note, what about Minouche (Monaco 1967)?… Read more »

Miksi
7 years ago

I 100% agree about Marija 🙂

Erk
Erk
7 years ago

Where is Sertab Erener, Chiara, Loreen, Niamh Kavanagh, Sabina Babayeva, Maya Sar, Melena Ernmann…

Robert
Robert
7 years ago

Sabina Babayeva (Azerbaijan) ?
Zlata Ognevich (Ukraine) ?
Dilara Kazimova (Azerbaijan) ?
Mika Newton (Ukraine) ?
Pastora Soler (Spain) ?
Ruth Lorenzo (Spain) ?
Yohanna (Iceland) ?
Sofia Nizharadze (Georgia) ?
Sertap Erener (Turkey) ?
Marija Serifovic (Serbia) ?
Nadine Beiler (Austria) ?
Jade Ewen (United Kingdom) ?
Loreen (Sweden) ?
Juliana Pasha (Albania) ?

David Thielen
7 years ago

How could you not list Zlata???