Eurovision’s Greatest Hits takes place in London on 31 March. The one-off concert will see a host of past Eurovision stars take to the stage to mark 60 years of the contest. While the show itself will be purely celebratory, we’ve decided to add a little competition to proceedings by ranking and reviewing all 19 Eurovision entries sung by the 15 confirmed acts. Today the Wiwi Jury— our in-house panel of musical unprofessionals — land in Luxembourg 1984, to experience the wholesome Mormon charm of the Herrys. The three brothers stomped to victory for Sweden with “Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley”, but do we still appreciate a nice pair of golden shoes? Read on to find out…
Sami: A perfect example of Sweden’s amazing talent for creating pop gems. The performance is iconic and every Eurovision fan knows it. The song is so catchy and memorable. It’s also the best song from 1984. No wonder it won back then and no wonder people still haven’t forgotten this song.
Angus: This is just the entire 80s condensed into three minutes. Sparkly gold sneakers, quiffs, schlager and hideously clashing outfits. The choreographed down turn at the end makes this.
Robyn: Eurovision in the 1980s was three clean-cut Swedish Mormon brothers singing about a pair of magical golden shoes, with a nonsensical chorus that transcended the language barrier and had everyone singing along. It’s not even remotely like the cool kids in the charts at the time (cf. A-ha and Duran Duran), but “Diggi-loo” blissfully exists in its own bubble of happiness. Bless.
Anthony: Just as ABBA did in the 70s, the Herreys owned the 80s. The chorus was no doubt the most iconic part of the performance, alongside their perfectly timed choreography. Not forgetting those primary colour shirts, white trousers and golden boots!
Chris: Nope. Nope, nope, nope. I don’t know why but I just have a severe dislike of the Herreys. I don’t “get” Diggi-Loo and that’s despite many an attempt at listening to it. It’s all a bit too much and it just stands out to me as the black sheep of Swedish winners.
Inaki: This song is like a virus. Once it’s inside you, it invades your whole body. This is pure 80s. One of the catchiest choruses in Eurovision history and probably the most colourful outfits, but certainly not one of the best performances. But I still want a pair of golden boots like those.
Josh: Standard 1980s Eurovision. So much glitter. So much schlager. So much cheese. But I love it. The song is catchy and gives me fond memories of old-school Eurovision.
Padraig: What lovely boots they have… perfect for stomping their god-awful tune into the brains of unwitting listeners. Sure it’s infectious, but then so are the common flu and syphilis. The whole act feels manufactured and false, they should really be re-named the Stepford Brothers. How this beat Linda Martin’s “Terminal 3”, I’ll never know.
James: Their song, in itself, is a world of it’s own. It’s motivating, it’s happy and it’s kitsch. When you talk to other people in the UK about what makes a typical Eurovision song, they’ll often ignore the modern and professionally produced entries of today and point to songs like “Diggi-loo Diggi-ley”. Fair enough. It’s beautiful in so many ways and is one of those songs which has universal appeal even if it is sung in Swedish. Their charisma and cool dancing is definitely something which has continued over time, so this an absolute classic.
All 18 members of our jury rate each song. However, we don’t have room to share written reviews from everyone. Here are the remaining nine scores.
The highest and lowest scores are removed before calculating the final score. We have dropped a low of 0 and a high of 9.