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 — clambers aboard the tardis one last time, and head for Baku 2012. That night, Sweden’s Loreen sucked up a record douze points on her way to victory with “Euphoria”. Are we still going up, up, up today? Read on to find out…
James: Hair. Hair everywhere. Flashing lights. Swooping arms from side to side. Thumping bass line… fantastic! It is definitely the sort of song which would chart anywhere tonight, and it did. It probably isn’t a song which we will all remember immediately, but it was a sure sign that Eurovision had entered the modern age and we must thank Loreen for that. The song is marvellous, well produced and professional. I’m not complaining.
Anthony: If there’s one entry that shows why Sweden is a major Eurovision powerhouse, this is it. With no-nonsense choreography accompanied by fake snow and a male dancer, this was truly a euphoric performance from Loreen. One line from the song perfectly sums it all up: “An everlasting piece of art”. This really was Sweden’s 21st century “Waterloo” moment.
Robyn: How often does Eurovision get it this right? A contemporary electro-pop banger, amazing vocals, simple but powerful staging – it all adds up to three minutes of perfection. And it’s a song that had a very decent life after Baku. Sometimes the competition feels like it’s getting tired, but then along comes a song like this that raises the level one more time.
Liam: Everyone knew this song would win in Baku, and rightfully so. A beautiful song sung by a beautiful woman. I will never forget Loreen, ever! She is the ultimate Eurovision winner. The Queen alongside King Johnny Logan.
Angus: As soon as this won Melodifestivalen 2012, there was no question where Eurovision would be in 2013 and never any doubt that Loreen and “Euphoria” would bring a fifth win for Sweden. Not to rub salt into Danny Saucedo’s wounds, but this is amazing and remains amazing to this day.
Judit: I will never understand the hype around Loreen, and sometimes I feel I’m the only one. How can the world go crazy about a dancing Kung-Fu panda? I can’t deny that Euphoria is a decent song, it has a good vibe, perfect for a party, and it deserved the victory. You can hate me but I will never love her.
Denise: I remember watching this in Melodifestivalen. I hated the final because I was in love with “Amazing” and “Euphoria”, and I wanted both to win. Unfortunately, only one of them could be victorious. Post Melfest I supported Loreen all the way and I was cheering and screaming every single time she got 12 points. She was phenomenal and her performance was absolutely outstanding.
Mikhail: No one can deny that Loreen is amazing and “Euphoria” is a masterpiece. She had all the winning ingredients – song, voice, performance. However, I don’t really like it. Such songs get boring real quick. When I first downloaded it, I listened for a week, but ever since I skip. Regardless, Loreen is still a great winner.
Sami: Loreen is an amazing artist, but after three years, I still don’t get the “Euphoria” hype. Yes, it changed Eurovision a lot (in a good way) and the performance was unique, but the song isn’t really that special. There have been much better dance songs, before and since. I understand why this won the contest in 2012, but I don’t like it as much as all the other Eurovision fans seem to.
Padraig: I could go on at length about the virtues of “Euphoria”, but why bother when one word will suffice? Perfection!
All 17 members of our jury rate each song. However, we don’t have room to share written reviews from everyone. Here are the remaining seven scores.
The highest and lowest scores are removed before calculating the final score. We have dropped a low of 5 and a high of 10.