Over the past 59 years, some Eurovision artists have made metaphorical love with the camera. Others have made you cry with their soppy ballads and wind machines, while others have made you dance with their cheesy (seriously, a massive pile of extra mature cheddar) pop. In honor of their greatness, here are ten artists that I believe fans around Europe would love to see take the stage again.

Dana International

http://youtu.be/i5-upV6hsec

DANA INTERNATIONAL, Israeli diva and the winner of Eurovision 1998. Her performance in Birmingham wowed the crowd and caused a storm around Europe, and she remains one of the most popular winners even though she only won over the United Kingdom by six points. ‘Diva’ is a catchy pop song in Hebrew that even got a mention on Coronation Street in 2013. Dana returned to the contest in 2011 with a new song and a new Jean Paul Gaultier dress hoping for a second victory. Alas, she finished 15th in her semi-final. The diva had fallen at the first hurdle and fans were devastated. She once said she would return to the contest only if it were held in Germany or the United Kingdom. Now that she has ticked one country off the list could she bite back and redeem herself as a Eurovision champion?

Patricia Kaas

In the odds before the 2009 contest, PATRICIA KAAS was a Top 10 favourite with her haunting ballad ‘Et S’il Fallait le Faire’. True to form she came eighth, bringing France back to the Top 10 for the first time in a while. These days France does not seem to take the contest as seriously as it once did, which could be down to the broadcaster or the lack of interest in the contest by the general public. Perhaps the only way of restoring faith is by sending the lady that delivered a mesmerising display six years ago.  Madame Kaas is known to be a very private woman with platinum records under her Swarovski encrusted belt and if she submitted a song in the style of her previous entry it could be second time lucky for her.

Secret Garden

http://youtu.be/ol5YMjU37QI

In 1995 a song like no other won for Norway— ‘Nocturne’ performed by SECRET GARDEN. They’re a neo-classical instrumentalist duo comprised of Irish violinist Fionnuala Sherry and Norwegian pianist Rolf Løvland. The Eurovision golden rules state that songs must have vocals. So singer Gunnhild Tvinnereim joined them in Dublin to bring words to their instrumental ballad, which reminds me of a clash between a Celtic ballad and the Godfather soundtrack. Although not Norway’s most popular winner (that award obviously goes to Mr. Fairytale) it won comfortably with a 29-point margin over Spain. Secret Garden have gone on to release album after album over the last 20 years. A song like ‘Nocturne’ could bring the contest back to Oslo/Bergen or to another place like Arendal (only because it sounds like the place in Frozen!).

Anouk

ANOUK was rumored to be the Dutch entrant for the first 13 years of the 21st Century and then lo and behold it actually happened in 2013. Although there had been talks in previous years with the rock chick they had always fallen through so we got treated to the delights of Sieneke, De Toppers and Joan Crawford Franka (sorry it must be the eyebrows). When Birds was submitted as the entry there was a mixed response with some saying it was a sleep remedy and others raving from the rooftops with the birds about it. She basically became a Saint when she brought Netherlands back to the final for the first time in 2004. Even better than that she reached eighth position in the final. However, with her apparent enemy Ilse DeLange achieving runner-up this year, no doubt Anouk and her fans want a return with Birds 2.0 to lift the trophy.

Sandra Kim

http://youtu.be/AnQ9424lxlo

Belgium have only achieved one win, and that came with SANDRA KIM in 1984 when she was only 13 years old. These days she would have been confined to the junior contest, but the rules were a little more laid back in the 80s. ‘J’aime La Vie’ was a song about loving life and Sandra certainly did that when she won it with 176 points. Having achieved two last places and eight semi final eliminations since then, I think it’s time Belgium brings Sandra back with her bright pink bowtie. Maybe we could have Sandra Kim ft. Urban Trad?  Someone give them a call. Just don’t let Kate Ryan find out…

Verka Serduchka

Dancing Queen VERKA SERDUCHKA is my number one guilty pleasure act, and as 2007 is the first contest I watched I will always remember when this silver goddess confronted me with stars and accordions! Verka is a well-respected singer, TV host and activist in Ukraine. Bringing home second prize with her ‘Dancing Lasha Tumbai’ gave her something extra to be respected for. Controversy was caused by the lyrics ‘lasha tumbai’ which sounded similar to ‘Russia goodbye’, but Verka says it actually means ‘Mongolian goats milk’, which I am yet to taste. Hitting #28 in the UK charts she stormed around Europe with confidence, touting up an impressive 235 points in Helsinki. With cameos in the 2010 and 2014 contests it shows the character is still in the contest’s mind and fans would no doubt rejoice if she returned with her mother for a crack at winning the gold. Fingers crossed!

Edyta Gorniak

Polish songstress EDYTA GORNIAK was Poland’s debut entrant in 1994 with the song ‘To Nie Ja!’ which translates as ‘That’s Not Me’. It was the first occasion the Polish language had been heard on the grand Eurovision stage.  With 166 points it came in second, losing out to a little song about rock and roll kids for Ireland. Twenty years later and Edyta still has the best placing for her country who, let’s face it, haven’t had the best of entries lately – I don’t need to mention The Jet Set or Magdalena Tul do I?  Forty-one-year-old Edyta has a voice that has been compared to that of Mariah Carey so maybe if she came back you could close your eyes and pretend you’re listening to the superstar herself! Plus I’m just a little curious to see what a Polish Eurovision would be like. There have been rumors that the Polish broadcaster have her on their wish lists every time they enter so maybe if they push a little bit more we could see Ms. Gorniak fly the flag in Vienna…

Kaliopi

Queen KALIOPI of FYR Macedonia brought the small country into the final in 2012 for the first time since 2007 with the beautiful Balkan rock ballad with attitude ‘Crno I Belo’. And that screech she does towards the end of the song – superb! It was enough to wipe away memories of her disastrous entry in 1996 with ‘Samo Ti’ that did not even get through the Ljubljana qualifying round. Loved throughout 2012, she emerged a fan favorite. Everybody loved her. And then in 2013 Queen of the Gypsy music Esma undid her hard work with the constant ‘le le le le’s’ leaving FYR Macedonia in the semi for another year. Tijana did not do much better this year, even if she had a much better song. I send a call to Kaliopi to consider a return to the contest to get a win for her country so we can all go to Skopje and drink mastika all night long.

Johnny Logan

http://youtu.be/kSXx7-EceBA

We’ve been waiting… such a long time… but whats another year if JOHNNY LOGAN finally decides to return? With three wins sewn up (well if you count Linda Martin, now famous for her tirade at Billy McGuiness on the Late Late Show). The fact that the current national final format does not work cannot be any more clear – the small stage, the lack of good lighting and sound quality, and the overall quality of songs, so if RTE decide they actually want to win maybe they can call up Logan. Can-Linn ft. Kasey Smith disappointed many this year with the non-qualification but could the voting public or juries really stop the self confessed King of Eurovision from the crown once more? If that doesn’t work just send Linda and Billy, there’d be no need for pyros with the amount of fireworks already between those two!

Loreen

The good thing about Melodifestivalen is that nobody can seem to keep away from it for more than a few years after attending Eurovision e.g. Charlotte Perrelli (1999, 2008, 2012), Carola (1983, 1991, 2006) and Fame (2003, 2004) amongst others. We’ve seen acts from other countries such as Elisabeth Andreassen and Helena Paparizou participate and no doubt they will be back one day, and good luck to them. But the one act from Sweden that should have the full fanfare, red carpet, doves being released and a crowd of cheering spectators along the road to Eurovision is 2012 winner LOREEN. Yes, many may think this is an obvious choice and I agree. But nobody can question her powerful voice, her presence on stage and her beauty, plus the activist side of her career. Song after song has matched up to Euphoria and she most certainly has the power to return to Eurovision one day and do just what Johnny Logan did in the 80’s. I predict her to be the first female ESC return winner…obviously if Lys Assia doesn’t get there first.

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pompom
pompom
6 years ago

1, Sonia 2, joanna Franka, 3, Mei feingold 4, Molly 5, Laka 6, ott lepland 7, ira losco 8, urban trad 9, sylvia knight 10, stella mengawi.

AndreaIT
AndreaIT
6 years ago

Zlata, Kaliopi, Pastora and Sofi Marinova 🙂

Calvin
Calvin
6 years ago

Anyone for Mei Finegold?

Heloo
Heloo
6 years ago

And Rona Nishliu!!

Padraig Muldoon
Admin
6 years ago

“I never grew up with the “visual” Eurovision so I couldn’t care less.”

Really Charles? So does that mean you only listened to it on the radio? Because Eurovision has always been a visual contest – from Sandie Shaw’s bare feet to Dana’s Irish “cailin” image to Dsinghis Khan. Aesthetics have played a key role since the very beginning – hence the title EuroVISION. But you keep fooling yourself that things were always better in the “olden days”, maybe Fred Flinstone and his buddies will have time for your bonkers claim.

dowager97
dowager97
6 years ago

I would love to see Amandine Bourgeouis (she was robbed in ’13) Alexander Rybak, Dana International, Loreen and Raphael Gualazzi.
On the other hand, this time last year I would’ve said I wanted Paula and Ovi to come back but now not so sure

Charles
Charles
6 years ago

H: I am sorry to disappoint you but when it comes to Eurovision I only have 2 things on the top of my list … music and languages … everything else that makes the party and all those aspects you mentioned have never meant anything to me. I never grew up with the “visual” Eurovision so I couldn’t care less. I expect some great songs, and not stage jokes … Still thanks for your comment.

paco
6 years ago

Loreen,Pastora soler,Patricia kass,Molly,Ruth lorenzo…

Jonathan
Jonathan
6 years ago

Olta Boka, Valentina Monetta (why not, eh?), NOX, Boaz, Karolina Go?eva, Donatan & Cleo, Kalomoira, Sirusho, Zlata to name a few!

Tiggeh
Tiggeh
6 years ago

Funny how no UK act made your top 10. Pretty shocking to say the least.

But hey, only 1 choice for me if it’s the UK – Lulu…..Scottish and still has the voice!

Nitzan
Nitzan
6 years ago

SHIRI MAIMON

SJ
SJ
6 years ago

For me

1. Lara Fabian (Luxembourg 1988)
2. Zlata (Ukraine 2013)
3. Sertab Erener (Turkey 2003)
4. Eric Saade (Sweden 2011)
5. Anabel Conde (Spain 1995, backing vocal for Andorra 2005)
6.Helena Paparizou (Greece 2001,2005)
7.Darja Svajger (Slovenia 1995,1999)
8.Patricia Kaas (France 2001)
9.Pastora Soler (Spain 2012)
10.Jelena Tomasevic (Serbia 2008)

D
D
6 years ago

I don’t like when artists return and I rarely like their new song (the one exception being Elitsa & Stoyan in which it was the opposite effect). I feel like returning artists’ve already had their chance so now it should be someone else’s.

Deven O'Kearney
6 years ago

As much as I hate to admit it, but I want JEDWARD to come back and represent Ireland at Eurovision in 2015.

Why not? There are already rumours about them representing Ireland next year and they have really matured in terms of their music. Listen to Free Spirit, it is amazing and their singing has really come along. If they can come up with a fantastic song, with no gimmicks and just sheer quality, we may end up in Dublin for Eurovision 2016. 🙂

Alex
Alex
6 years ago

Only Anouk should return. Kaas doesn’t like Eurovision so she won’t do it again. Ira Losco would be a great choice for Malta as well.
Jade Ewen should return with a pop dance song. Also, Ivi Adamou should represent Greece next time.

Paige
Paige
6 years ago

Off the top of my head 3 acts I’d want to return are; Urban Symphony/Sandra, Zlata Ognevich and Ruth Lorenzo

Juan Notario
Juan Notario
6 years ago

Belgium won in 1986 not 1984, for god’s sakes

Charles
Charles
6 years ago

Sandra Kim won in 1986, be careful about that … Now as far as the artists I wouldn’t mind seeing again: Edyta Gorniak … because first of all I hated her 1994 entry no matter what you all think of it, and I hated it even further as I got to buy her first ever English album back in 1997 which was way better than that little boring song that lost against another simple charming Irish song whose only flaw was the fact that it won when it did not deserve to. This woman still has the pipes … awesome… Read more »

Deven O'Kearney
6 years ago

Here is who I want to see back at Eurovision: JEDWARD (There are rumours about them representing Ireland in 2015.They have really matured and if we send them next year, Ireland might win because Europe really likes them and they will take a shine to the juries at the same time. Could it be Dublin 2016?) Blue Softengine Conchita Wurst Sanna Nielsen Dima Bilan Zeljko Joksimovic Farid Mammadov Helena Paparizou (Survivor could have won ESC 2014 for Sweden.) Ryan Dolan (Give the guy a chance, Europe. Only Love Survives should have been 8th in 2013. Start again could have brought… Read more »

Krís Qaj
Krís Qaj
6 years ago

Patricia Kaas
Nela Pocisková (!)
Amaya (Maja Keuc)
Lara Fabian!!
Jelena Tomasevic
Suzy (with a strong ballad)
Cristina Scarlat
Gisela
Emma Marrone (Italian Ballad)
Sofi Marinova
-> They really deserve a 2nd try!!

Krís Qaj
Krís Qaj
6 years ago

Valentina Monetta (undubitable) Sandra Nurmsalu They really deserve a 2nd try!! __________ I also would like to see Within Temptation for The Netherlands Lilit Hovhannisyan for Armenia Besa or Xhesika Polo for Albania Constantinova (& Synops) for Moldova Shirubi Ikazuchi or Wilhelm for Estonia Aiste Pilvelyte for Lithuania (I’ll never forget Melancolia o:!) Cassandra Steen for Germany Coral Segovia for Spain Sylwia Grzeszczak/Ewa Farna for Poland Nuteki for Belarus Jamala or Olga Shanis for Ukraine Steliyana Hristova for Bulgaria Mikael Saari/Ronya for Finland Samanta Tina for Latvia Pamela Bezzina for Malta Chiara Dubey for Switzerland Katherine Jenkins for UK and… Read more »

Darren
Darren
6 years ago

Johnny Logan will never return to Eurovision as a performer because he knows he wouldnt win this time, he could however, write a successful song and have someone sing it, such as Nadine Coyle or Eoghan Quigg.

Would love to see Loreen back she is my favorite Eurovision winner. But I dont want a Scandinavian country to win for at least 5 years now After Norway, Sweden and Denmark having it so recently. So maybe come back in a few years Loreen. Verka Seduchka would be fun to have back if the song is as catchy as Lasha Tumbai.

Jorgen
Jorgen
6 years ago

For Estonia: Ott Lepland, Sandra Nurmsalu, Maarja-Liis Ilus
For Finland: Kuunkuiskaajat
For Malta: Chiara
For San Marino: Valentina Monetta (Inevitable)
Ireland: Niamh Kavanagh
Albania: Rona
Andorra: Gisela
Serbia: Željko Joksimovi?
Croatia: Nina Badri?
Azerbaijan: Sabina Babayeva

Alex
Alex
6 years ago

If Secret Garden came back with a song similar to Nocturne, they would get nearly zero points because instruments aren’t live anymore. So you would also need to bring back live instruments for Secret Garden to have the same impact as they did in 1995 – just look at what happened to Quartissimo!

Elisa Long
Elisa Long
6 years ago

I personally would love to see Chiara back, this time to get her hands on a victory, although it wouldn’t hurt to see either Nina Zizic or Who See (not both), Waylon (this time solo) or Aram MP3 return sometime in the future.

Celioski
Celioski
6 years ago

Oh lord. SIRUSHO!!!!, Pastora Soler, Ott Leppard, Verka, Kalomira, Ani Lorak, Zlata Ognevich, Sofi Marinova, Nina Zilli (singing the whole thing in italian), Molly, Mei Finegold, Urban Symphony, Hera Björk, Flor-de-lis….

and the list goes on and on! haha

Nanda
Nanda
6 years ago

Oh, and BTW…. The ones I want to see coming back:
Ruth Lorenzo and Soraya (Spain), Filipa Sousa (Portugal), Ilse (The Netherlands), Margaret Berger (Norway) and Maja Keuc (Slovenia).

Nanda
Nanda
6 years ago

I really don´t like seing winners coming back. Simply because it kind of stains (as we say in Brazil) their victory if they do bad. I am looking at you Dana. Ding Dong as simply a bad song and the performance was very poor. If you come back, make sure it’s with a winner again. And now I am talking about Mr Logan.

But my biggest no no is Anouk. I just don´t like either her or her attitude. She seemed uninterested the whole time.

Lili
6 years ago

None. I prefer Eurovision to keep moving forward and showing us new faces. I don’t mind when returning artists help out behind the scenes, as long as they’re giving someone else the spotlight on the stage (think Moldova 2013), but returning as a solo artist… why? Leave old glories in the past, let the show go on.

David Thielen
David Thielen
6 years ago

Pastora Soler, Zlata, Svetlean Loboda, & Cezar

Thiefo
Thiefo
6 years ago

Secret Garden! For as much as I would’ve loved to see Anabel Conde win in 1995 I think Nocturne deserved to win that year, such a great song. I’m not sure if a song of this genre would win nowadays though…

And I would love to see Sandra Nurmsalu back one day!

Diane
Diane
6 years ago

For me it would be nice to see Raphael Gualazzi, Anouk, Margaret Berger, Softengine, and Ani Lorak at the same stage. Credible artists, great musical diversity, and one thing for sure, they were regaining the musical credibility of Eurovision Song Contest.

What I want to be at the Eurovision stage for the next edition are Foals (UK), Mø (Denmark), and maybe Sin Fang (Iceland) to keep this momentum. But I doubt they want to do the Eurovision..

William Lee Adams
Admin
6 years ago

And maybe Nina Zizic without Who See

William Lee Adams
Admin
6 years ago

Oooo. Would love to hear Ira Losco and Sinead Mulvey again!

Realist
Realist
6 years ago

the shin and mariko

beccaboo1212
6 years ago

Sinead Mulvey, Airis, and Natalia Kelly PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

T
T
6 years ago

Personally I would like to see Ira Losco and Ott Lepland compete again.