They may not have won Eurovision, but the third place finishers since 2008 remain highly popular among eurofans. Why else would y’all cast 4,536 votes in our poll to determine your favourite bronze medalist? In 2008, Greece’s Kalomira belly danced her way to your heart with the catchy ‘Secret Combination’. Duets from Azerbaijan and Romania took third place in 2009 and 2010. In 2011, Sweden’s Eric Saade seduced y’all with striking choreography. And in 2012, Zeljko Joksimovic brought a smooth ballad to Baku. Although each of these performances had their fair share of supporters, it was the three most recent songs which proved most popular in our poll…
Reacting to the results
Sweden’s Sanna Nielsen earned 12.19% of the vote. Unfortunately she couldn’t ‘Undo’ her near-miss from Copenhagen, and once again finishes third.
In second place it’s Italy’s Il Volo. As y’all will recall, they won the televote at Eurovision, but the less enthusiastic jury pulled them down to third overall, eliciting plenty of chatter about the relevance of juries.
And that leaves one lucky lady on top. Yes, Ukraine’s fabulous Zlata Ognevich of ‘Gravity’ fame takes the gold!
What a voice. What a song. What a performance. Whilst some may dismiss this as calculated, disneyfied and uninspired pop, they misunderstand its understated brilliance. Its lyrical simplicity and organic progression work so well with its central image of the butterfly, whose well-documented life cycle represents our own lives on a shorter timescale. Genius. And not only did Zlata sing ‘Gravity’- she defied it. That stunning entrance when she gracefully hovered over the platform (aided by a very tall man) was perfection. We salute you, Zlata.
Result: Which act is your favourite third place entry?
- 2013- Zlata Ognevich- “Gravity”: 1,315 votes (28.97%)
- 2015- Il Volo- “Grande Amore”: 1,135 votes (25.01%)
- 2014- Sanna Nielsen- “Undo”: 554 votes (12.21%)
- 2010- Paula Seling and Ovi- “Playing with Fire”: 381 votes (8.39%)
- 2008- Kalomira- “Secret Combination”: 325 votes (7.16%)
- 2011- Eric Saade- “Popular”: 292 votes (6.43%)
- 2009- Aysel and Arash- “Always”: 285 votes (6.15%)
- 2012- Željko Joksimovic- “Nije Ljubav Stvar”: 252 votes (5.55%)
Total Votes: 4,539