The stars of the Eurovision Song Contest have to work hard to be original. But, inevitibly, artists show up to the contest with the same idea or concept…kind of like how Belarus and Latvia both sang about cakes this year. It doesn’t always take place in the same year: artists are known to recycle, and build upon, earlier innovations. In the first of our new series “Who Did It Better?” it’s a battle of the disco balls as Ukraine’s Verka Serduchka and Sweden’s Sanna Nielsen work their magic beneath a shiny orb…

Ukraine’s Verka Serduchka (2007)

When Verka performed in 2007, she wowed us with her sparkle, ultimately coming in second place. Her dress was disco themed along with her LED backdrop and back up dancers, and she even wore one on her head. At Eurovision 2014, producers honored her with the award for the most silver in Eurovision history, so clearly shiny balls are a good thing.

Sweden’s Sanna Nielsen (2014)

But then there is Sanna Nielson, who sang her way to third place in 2014. Her use of the disco ball was more subtle, and brought extra power to a power ballad. Rather than giving it all away at once, she unveiled her disco ball at the climax of the song. Our mouths were already on the floor, and this pushed them into the ground. Sanna contrasted the sparkly disco ball with a baclk background, helping it stand out even more.

So who did it better? Did Ukraine outshine Sweden, just like they did in the postcard poll? Or did Sanna just “Undo” Verka’s fabulosity?

Photos: Eurovision.tv (EBU)

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Lolly
Lolly
6 years ago

Of course Verka!!Sanna’s song is good but that’s all. Verka is the best

Timselvision
Timselvision
6 years ago

I agree with Dhani, I don´t like “Undo” either. I´m not saying that it´s a bad song, it´s only… yeah, not my taste. Good performance though ^^ But I liked Verka´s performance more.

Charles
Charles
6 years ago

Why would anyone mention Sarah Dawn Finer into this conversation? Leave the woman alone …

Charles
Charles
6 years ago

@Dhani: Oh Dhani let me put this in a way your tiny mind will never understand “vai-te foder, vai para o caralho!” 🙂

joey
joey
6 years ago

Dhani bashing Sanna Nielsen and the song is getting boring and annoying now!!!! You guys, let’s face it!!!! This IDIOTIC CREATURE won’t stop bashing!!!!

Oh, I’ll vote for Sanna Nielsen!!!

per
per
6 years ago

Verka is mentally sick as well as Sara Down Finer.
Sanna is quite different.

the truth
the truth
6 years ago

Someone is at the wrong place to share his/her obsession with “Survivor” and Helena Paparizou… Gosh! Get over it!

Emma
Emma
6 years ago

Sanna sang better, but Verka had a better show so I’ll vote for Verka.

Thiefo
Thiefo
6 years ago

Haha David is right, Alyona also knew how to work the ball quite well! 😛

Dar
Dar
6 years ago

Dhani get over helana … You have been talking about her for months ..
She would have been lucky to get top 10 in final of eurovision

David Thielen
David Thielen
6 years ago

Alyona Lanskaya – she popped out of a disco ball.

Renske
Renske
6 years ago

Voted for Sanna on this one. Verka has more the party where I don’t want to be. 😛

Davve
Davve
6 years ago

Verka used it in a way to entertain.. sanna used it to be classy.. they were both great.

Dhani
6 years ago

jealous of what? WTF

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
6 years ago

Dhani: We’re not here to talk about Melodifestivalen selections. We’re here to talk about balls. Big round sparkly shiny balls.

Deven O'Kearney
6 years ago

HI Easpag

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Easpag
Easpag
6 years ago

Verka wins this one, for me.

Dhani
6 years ago

Sanna Nielsens song is possibly the most overrated eurovision song i have ever heard . Why does people love it?! It’s SO boring and mediocre ! It would’ve been a lot more interesting if Sweden had send almost everyone else from their national Final.
Imagine if Helena Paparizou would’ve represented sweden. That would’ve been amazing , she would’ve slayed the stage! Or Ace Wilder would also have been awesome.