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 — head to Gothenburg 1985 to experience Norway’s first ever victory with Bobbysocks and “La Det Swinge”. What do we think of these swingers 30 years later? Read on to find out…
Sopon: Bobbysocks is arguably my favourite winner of the pre-1999 era. Hanne and Elisabeth brought a fun and catchy retro number and scored Norway its first victory after several last places. “La Det Swinge” is a perfect feel-good number and easy to listen to. No subtle themes, no campaigning, just a song to let us swing until we lose control.
Judit: Oh how I love the pink glitter! The song is good, and I want to sing along every time I hear it, even though I can’t speak their language. The little dance moves are just enough, and if they ever want a third member, I’ll happily volunteer.
Angus: Colour me BEDAZZLED. Those sequinned jackets are timeless sugars: and that’s all there is too it.
Denise: Aww, this is really fun. Their hair, clothes and even the dance moves, it all reminds me of the eighties. I really like the beginning where they’re running on stage. Yes, it’s a classic! And I was thrilled when they performed again at Melodi Grand Prix this year (and still with the amazing purple blazers).
William: Flamboyant costumes, daring hair, boundless energy — you can see why this stood out in 1985. The opening verses lead smoothly to a catchy and memorable chorus. This isn’t my style of music, but I can’t help but love their conviction and pizzaz.
Kristín: Has it been 30 years already? Because “La Det Swinge” is a timeless masterpiece! Those who don’t get the desire to party like it’s 1985, when this song comes on…they have no soul! Bettan and Hanna rule and Bobbysocks are the most dynamic ESC duo ever. Amen.
Padraig: The whole performance reeks of 8os cheese and tackiness. It shouldn’t work at all, yet somehow it does. The song is too infectious to ignore, and the two ladies are so endearing. This is a lovely dollop of old fashioned fun. It’s impossible to hate.
Robyn: Bobbysocks ignored the trends of the 80s and entered this cosy Baby Boomer throwback to music of the 1960s. And it’s perfect Eurovision bait with the Norwegian lyrics that use enough English loan words to make the chorus sound familiar enough to international audiences. But 30 years later, this upbeat number is still gloriously fun. Super positive songs like this don’t really win Eurovision anymore, but it’s nice to be reminded of a time when they did.
All 16 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 7 and a high of 10.