The mainstream pop world is at war! Katy v Taylor v Nicki v Miley… the list goes on. But they’re not the only ones capable of whipping up a storm. Just look at some of the Eurovision stars from the past. Don’t be fooled by their songs of peace and harmony. These guys can throw shade with the best of them! Here’s five of the fiercest Eurovision feuds.
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Waylon v Axel Hirsoux, Basim and Ilse De Lange (2014)

Eurovision is all about building bridges. But in 2014, the Dutch singer Waylon, aka one half of the Common Linnets, had other ideas. Mere days before the first semi-final, he turned on a handful of his competitors. Speaking to Dutch media, he labelled Belgium’s Axel Hirsoux “a second-hand Paul Potts” and referred to Denmark’s Basim as a “copy of Bruno Mars”. His remarks sparked much consternation, particularly in the Netherlands with fans fearing that he was losing the country points before the contest had even begun. The country singer quickly issued a sorry-not sorry apology and retracted his comments.

However, that wasn’t the end of the drama. Shortly after helping the Netherlands secure their best position for years, the bold Waylon went AWOL. He subsequently reappeared, but just to say that he was leaving the Common Linnets. Even though the exact reasons behind his departure remain unclear, signs point towards a strained relationship between himself and Ilse De Lange, the band’s front woman. Looking back on the time, Ilse called it “the darkest period of her career”.

Kathy Kirby v France Gall (1965)

The 1965 Eurovision Song Contest was marked by several controversies, most of which involved the Luxembourg entry. Firstly, the orchestra interrupted the country’s rehearsals due to a disagreement with the delegation, or to be to be precise – Serge Gainsbourg. The songwriter was infamous for his provocative comments and behaviour, and threatened to withdraw “Poupee De Cire, Poupee De Son” unless the orchestra cooperated. Thankfully, an agreement was reached, allowing France Gall to storm to victory. However, the drama didn’t end there.

https://youtu.be/8QgKEKlhEh8

The UK’s Kathy Kirby had actually been the hot favourite to win. None too impressed at being beaten by a 17 year old, she decided to give Gall a slap… as you do. According to France:

“The British candidate was very disappointed because she should have won, according to her and everybody… And finally, it was me. Me, who didn’t care at all. I recall a slap: Did she enter my dressing-room only to insult me? I don’t know. Anyway, the memory that I have of it is a slap.”

And y’all thought the olden days were all about strict dress codes and polite applause!

Johnny Logan v Jedward (2011)

Jedward’s “Lipstick” is definitely Ireland’s best effort in years Naturally, fans went nuts when the duo were chosen to represent the country back in 2011. But their joy was not shared by everyone. Most notably, a certain Johnny Logan. The King of Eurovision didn’t like the idea one little bit! Speaking after the Romanian selection he said:

“It’s a song contest; it’s not an X Factor. The people in RTÉ, that’s their problem. They can’t get this simple fact into their heads that they need a song first. They have destroyed any credibility by using people like Dustin, by using people like this (Jedward) in the Eurovision Song Contest.”

Jedward took the criticism in their stride, “Johnny Logan, okay, he’s cool, okay, but he’s like “I wish I could do it this year”… He’s not as young as us, and I think he wishes he could be as young as Jedward”. The pair ultimately finished eight, giving Ireland it’s best result since 2000. In fact, the Irish public were so enamoured by the twins that they decided to send them again in 2012. Nevertheless, Logan couldn’t resist dissing them again last February:

“I think that the songs Jedward had were great, it’s just that I don’t think Jedward were good enough, that’s the reality. I don’t think they were good enough singers.”

At this stage, we doubt the brothers care.

Ruth Lorenzo v Paula and Ovi (2014)

After a stormy national final, Ruth Lorenzo was chosen to represent Spain with “Dancing In The Rain”. Unsurprisingly, the music video showed dancers dancing in the rain, you can’t beat a bit of literalism.

Then Romania’s Paula and Ovi released their video for “Miracle”, which bared more than a passing resemblance to Ruth’s. In fact, the majority of the clip showed two dancers dancing in the rain. What are the odds?

The Spaniards were quick to call them out. Ruth’s dance partner, Giuseppe Di Bella, sent a shady tweet pointing out that Romania “had the same idea”. As the allegations mounted, Paula took to Facebook insisting that it was all a coincidence: “Sometimes it happens, when you are invited to a party, to come dressed as another guest.” Lorenzo wasn’t buying it, and responded by saying that she was shocked when she saw Romania’s clip and “saw little intelligence and inspiration”. However, in the end, this little feud didn’t cause any lasting harm, with both countries swapping points in the final.

Michele Perniola v Måns Zelmerlöw (2015)

Accusations of plagiarism are common-place at Eurovision. In 2015, it was Måns Zelmerlöw’s turn to face such allegations. Numerous fans claimed that he had copied David Guetta’s “Lovers on the Sun”. And the comparisons didn’t go unnoticed by San Marino’s Michele Perniola. During the second semi (which Sweden won), he tweeted the following:

https://twitter.com/MichelePerniola/status/601479256741433345

Cue the drama. Michele quickly sent another tweet, laughing off the matter as a “joke”. But the damage was done. During the press conference, a reporter asked the “Heroes” singer to react to the tweet:

“I don’t think so, no. We’ve had this discussion earlier and I don’t think that they are alike. Maybe the build-ups are alike, but I think when it comes to… if you analyse the tones, I don’t think there are two tones following each other that are the same actually, so I can’t see how it could be plagiarism then. But I’m sorry he feels that way”

Speaking to wiwibloggs the next day, Michele repeated his belief that the song was a copy. Nonetheless, the Swede romped home to victory in the grand final.

What do y’all think? What quarrels have we left out? Who would make even Kathy Kirby quiver in her heels? Let us know below, and their could be a sequel!

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James
James
4 years ago

Just going to write one last thing on this topic and then I’m done and Im not looking to re-open a fight. For anyone taking the stance of “just walk away” or “OMG Seriously still going on about this ” etc, maybe take a look at the recent articles regarding Lauren Mayberry from CHVRCHES. She has been on the receiving end for the past couple of years of serious cyber-bullying, and she states very clearly that ignoring it just simply doesn’t work. It should be challenged and confronted . It’s her opinion of course, but I agree with it very… Read more »

James
James
4 years ago

Thanks Mario. sent you a request. 🙂

Mario
Mario
4 years ago

James
Of course NO you do not annoy me…The exactly opposite even happens man.. 🙂
You did really good…And really thank you 4 that..
I just want to talk to you in private that we will be able to discuss this issue in details about what bugs me about all kind of negative situations that are taking place here against me..
Here is my facebook & you can add me or send me a message there..
Please message me because i really want to talk to you so no one else will bother or disrupts us..
https://www.facebook.com/Mario.Gay.Love

James
James
4 years ago

Thanks Mario, I hope I didn’t annoy you myself , I did go a bit far but I have also had some of this nastiness directed at myself (when we got into the argument on the previous topics I took a lot of abuse too). People are not going to agree, and disagreements are fine, but deleting someone’s comments, and then allowing others to run riot and say things like “your post gives me cancer” the moment Mario posts anything. That’s not cool. I mean what a ridiculous and vile thing to say. My mum has cancer, so that’s a… Read more »

Mario
Mario
4 years ago

Yeah indeed James.. They delete my own comments BUT they keep all the others from mean users like them…Really different biased treatment towards me compared to all the others.. And it really seems that all the comments {15-20} that i had posted in the last 5-6 days on WB were all of them ”inapropriate” & ”deserved” to get removed.. The great majority were like the ones i posted today {on the 2 newest articles of WB about the italian twins Scarpati & the other article of big5 } Anyone can figure that mostly the comments of mine that were deleted… Read more »

James
James
4 years ago

@Adam I agree with you , the only reason i continued here is it follows on from a prior very nasty argument where certain users ( including Mei but not limited to her) were going beyond normal insult mode. I dont like to see people trying to use this site and be bullied in return. Ideally IF marios comments were inapprioriate here then delete them, but the same should be said for the comments that go with it.its not very nice coming to.this site and trying to have fun and in return being called a pediofile for no apparent reason.… Read more »

Adam
Adam
4 years ago

Reading these comments are so embarrassing. You all are so petty to be fighting with people on the internet like just close the computer and dont look at the screen and problem solved lol, you dont have to make an award winning site like wiwibloggs look childish because you want to seem superior to a faceless user for 0.5 seconds. Yall should have more respect for this site to be doing stuff like this, honestly with all the news they bring us and interviews they conduct and travelling they do, the last thing this site needs is a bad reputation… Read more »

Mario
Mario
4 years ago

James : We can discuss this issue with details in private if you want..
{write me your surname & i will find you on facebook or write me your email }
I will not bother writing anything else here (although i really wanted to) because i already face hard time with the admins of WB..

Eugene ESC UK
4 years ago

OMG………………….you guys are STILL at it??????????????

SERIOUSLY

Jonas
Jonas
4 years ago

Maybe this site should have a separate message board as distinct from just commenting on each story individually? I’m not picking on anyone, but I would definitely regard some posts as pure spam, and they would discourage me from returning to be honest.

James
James
4 years ago

@Mei yes i know it was. it was aimed at Mario and it was a gross sexual masturbation reference. You just tried to claim you never said it lol.

Mei International
Mei International
4 years ago

@james that was to mario…idiot

James
James
4 years ago

Mei . Errm..Read the third post in this very topic . lol

Mei International
Mei International
4 years ago

James is crazy…where are my masturbation references? I can say with pure honesty that no, i do not make fake accounts. People must agree with me. Is james actually mario posing as someone else?? Hmm…deflect blame onto others

James
James
4 years ago

Meanwhile, lets enjoy the irony for a moment that a few long running fueds were all brought out on the “Biggest Feuds” topic lol.

James
James
4 years ago

I think that’s the problem, everyone should be treated the same. I wasn’t the first person to ask here why your posts were deleted and Mei’s threats were not. Also, if your comments were deemed too sexual, we have Mei making gross references to masturbation …but that’s not deleted. She gets a free pass and we have to read her vile comments on a regular basis. Yes, I swore at her once, but that is because she provokes and attacks people. I am not just trying to defend you, I got attacked by her on a couple occasions for no… Read more »

Mario
Mario
4 years ago

Oh so much drama going on here…I just read all these comments.. @ Padraig I really do not think that you are right on your accusations.. I had commented on almost every article here the last 5-6 days and all these comments are gone…You can count that these comments were more than 15-20 all together.. So i guess that ALL of these comments deserved to get removed?? So just give me a break please.. It really seems to me that you delete them just on purpose because i really know what i had written in these comments & i even… Read more »

Ali Nella Houd
Ali Nella Houd
4 years ago

Have we forgotten perhaps the biggest feud ever?: Sylvia Night versus pretty well everyone (especially Carola) in Athens in 2006.

paco
4 years ago

Estamos acostumbrados a huir de la incomodidad y somos muy predecibles.Si algo nos disgusta, golpeamos a alguien o nos castigamos a nosotros mismos.Queremos sentir seguridad y algun tipo de certeza, cuando en realidad no tenemos lugar donde apoyar los pies.

James
James
4 years ago

btw any insults i made were in specific reaponse to something thrown at me those comments were around the timeof the threats and abuse going on. I do not randomly attack people but i do respond when i am threatened for no good reason.

James
James
4 years ago

@Padraig i will find the comments for you.
FYI Mei doesnt just change her name on the same account (as I did once). She logs in under different emails. This is obvious as several “users” responded to Mario using exactly the same one liner and writing in exactly the same style within minutes of each other. The logo changes so i guess she logs out and back in as someone else. altho i changed my user name once the log i logo doesnt change as i use the same email address.

James
James
4 years ago

@Mei International. I guess you are blind as well as dumb. Did you check under all your names ? lol.
I already said i dont follow all your posts, its just you post so manu nasty comments ive probably only seen a small amount. of them. i dont keep tabs on trolls. i just call them out as and when i see them.
im coming for you…lol.

Padraig Muldoon
Admin
4 years ago
Reply to  James

@steven/james from the system I can see that Mei is not using multiple names, so I guess it must be another user. Also I do not see any comments wishing cancer on Mario or calling him a paedophile. If you can provide evidence of these comments I shall be happy to remove them.

Interestingly, I see comments where you are calling other users trollops and the c-word…

Mei International
Mei International
4 years ago

I agree we should be here about the music however when some makes false accusations about me, I need to stand up for myself.

@James…I revisited the posts you mention (thanks again for finding them for me) and see no mention of threats. So either you need to get your eyes checked or relearn the English language. Your hobby, much like Mario’s trolling, seems to be following every word of what I comment here. Thanks for your commitment.

Now back to the music…

James
James
4 years ago

Yes i already mentioned someone was using the name Steven as well as me. Recent posts under the name of Steven have not been by me. So i switched to avoid confusion.

I dont think calling myself and others pedophiles and wishing us cancer is being misinterpreted. yet many of those commebts remained. It feels more like you have a personal vendetta ( you also bad mouth him on other sites and media and encourage people to bully him . Why not just delete everything related to it including the threats instead encouraging people to do it.

James
James
4 years ago

should read : but they are not all that bad.

James
James
4 years ago

@Eugene I am not saying inappropriate comments should not be deleted. Yes some of Marios might go too far. But they are all that bad and another wiwibloggs editor adbised Mario his comments were welcomed. By all means delete them if they go too far or too sexual. However dont you think this should apply to everyone and not just Mario. People like Mei have made threats and nasty comments wishing people to die and get cancer and their comments are deemed ok. Inappropriate comments should be deleted. I guess on this site bullying and death threats are not considered… Read more »

Padraig Muldoon
Admin
4 years ago
Reply to  James

@Steven, for that is the name you usually use here rather than James, no one is condoning death threats or bullying. In my opinion, you are completely misreading Mei and other’s comments and twisting them to fit your own narrative. Regarding Mario, he has been warned on several occasions in private. He continually ignores any constructive criticism, opting instead to vomit all over the comments section.

Leaf
Leaf
4 years ago

I ???? me some Eurovision shade !!!!!!!

I think the biggest shade are the big 5 entries almost every year, just proves how little they think of the contest.

paco
4 years ago

Para Mai internacional un CONSEJO…Con las manos de pimienta no te cojas el conejo.

Racal
Racal
4 years ago

I remember reading that the orchestra of the 1965 contest was so frustrated about having to perform an uptempo song like “Poupée de cire, poupée de son” (the contest had only been about ballads since 1956) that, even though they eventually agreed to do it, they played it faster on purpose. If you watch the video of France Gall performing, you can actually notice that she’s struggling to keep up with the music.

I had no idea about the slap though… There’s so much drama surrounding this song, no wonder it’s legendary! 🙂

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
4 years ago

Seriously? The Netherlands announce their 2016 singer – the first proper Eurovision 2016 singer announcement we’ve had – and instead y’all are being shady ladies over here? *eyeroll*

Get yo’ selves over to the Douwe Bob post! 😀

http://wiwibloggs.com/2015/09/22/official-douwe-bob-represent-netherlands-stockholm/103090/

Eugene ESC UK
4 years ago

When I read “fiercest feuds, feel the shade”, I was not expecting to read all this!! What is happening to this site?

Mario needs to do some serious soul searching and James………………………seriously????

I’m guessing the majority don’t come to a Eurovision site to read inappropriate random comments about sex, gay life, who fancies who and sometimes profanity………………..I certainly don’t. Of course inappropriate comments SHOULD be deleted.

Perhaps we can all return to what this site should be all about and that is Eurovision and the music.

Adam
Adam
4 years ago

We need more drama like France and Kathy lol! But im a bit sad to hear that Waylon and Ilse didnt really like each other, it takes away the magic from their performance and that was one of my favorite esc songs ever!

lmao @padraig what a sassy comeback 🙂 you’d think most people would have the common sense and decency not to clutter the comments section with unnecessary comments wouldnt you? Sometimes its hard to tell whether im on wiwibloggs discussing eurovision, or if im watching pre-teens fight over something petty. Cmon people!! its eurovision, not middle school

James
James
4 years ago

BTW Mei Rest assured i am not obsessed..standing up against bullying and death threats is not obsession…its not too difficult to follow your posts because you dont post very much. You only post when you are ranting against Mario and then replying to yourself under a different profile.

James
James
4 years ago

@Mei International 1. search barbara dex and youll find most of the comments you made. 2. “coming for you” ( as per google) is widely interpreted as a threat and a direct threat to harm someone. Assuming you have seen a movie, you knew that already. The only other possible explanation is an explicit sex term…but im assuming as this is what you accused mario of that it isnt that. I dont need to get out of the heat. You are the one who cant stand being critisced because you are a mental health patient who has created multiple personalities… Read more »

Mei International
Mei International
4 years ago

How is anything I have said a threat? “coming for someone” means you are going to engage is petty argumentation

i believe the first comment accurately addresses the issue: http://wiwibloggs.com/2015/09/14/marija-sestic-think-ill-valentina-monettas-successor/102443/

I “come for” Mario because I greatly enjoy this site and the comments and knowledge and opinions my fellow fans post. I believe he greatly distracts from the content with his inappropriate habits Deban and others have mentioned. If you got a problem with what I say, speak to me directly, as you should do with anyone else you have a problem with. #TheEnd #BuildingBridges

Jonas
Jonas
4 years ago

Did Ilse really say that her Eurovision experience was the “darkest period of her career” or did she just mean the whole Waylon thing? Still, you’d think the good would outweigh the bad. Surprising.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
4 years ago

Waylon’s an interesting guy.

Padraig Muldoon
Admin
4 years ago

Oh Mario, don’t delude yourself. Your comments are not being removed out of “dislike”. All you do is smother debate and plaster articles with nonsense. 99% of your comments are either incoherent ramblings or copy paste jobs from Wikipedia. Although I do apologise that your spamming sessions cause me to go on a deleting spree. Enjoy your vision of Gay Love 🙂

Erin
Erin
4 years ago

I don’t think there was anything wrong with that tweet. He was only saying out loud what other folks were thinking and murmuring for a long while. If it weren’t for that tweet, no one at the press center would have likely brought it up in front of Mans. He gave a rationally measured response to the allegations and we all know how things turned out in the end. So what if Michele let off some steam? Twitter is all about a chain of [email protected]

mad-professor
mad-professor
4 years ago

Just a quick correction: Michele sent the tweet during the second semi-final, not after.

Erin
Erin
4 years ago

come on…it’s not a threat! It’s a blunt and sarcastic comment which you can dislike, but it’s a legitimate one and Mario can take it like a man. He’s a lot tougher than you give him credit for!

Oscar2
Oscar2
4 years ago

Mario’s comments get deleted but Mei International is allowed to make psycho threats to him ?

Erin
Erin
4 years ago

@Mario – Just read the first comment here:
http://wiwibloggs.com/2015/09/14/marija-sestic-think-ill-valentina-monettas-successor/102443/
Let’s all try to stick to the topic from now on and not make this about you or anyone else and then things will fall into place. You can’t avoid people from criticizing you but at the same time, you don’t always need to reply (and if you do, at least make it short and to the point and you’ll be fine).

Mei International
Mei International
4 years ago

@James
I can’t remember claiming to have being bullied, or claiming to have anger problems, but thanks for following my posts so closely….you know them better than I do (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1Yt0xJKDY8)
I am ok without a doctor….but thanks SO much for your unsolicited advice. Perhaps direct Mario, who relates everything back to sex and behaves like a child on this site….

If you can’t take the heat get out the kitchen

#MarioVision
#MarioVision
4 years ago

Erin No my comments were removed the latest days because this certain admin that does this dislikes me & deletes ALL my comments on every article on purpose mainly…Thats why you will not see any mne comment being posted on every wiwi article the last 3-4 days {although i posted comment to all of the articles..} I was lucky today to not have all of them removed.. Other than that,the previous time they were getting removed automatically because of an error glitch with the site..Im sure about that.. You will figure out yourself if you notice that at least most… Read more »

Erin
Erin
4 years ago

I read that after France Gall performed her song, she made a phone call to her boyfriend at that time, singer Claude Francois, who told her that she was terrible and that she sang off key…it’s suggested that she broke up with him before her victory was officially declared, so imagine what it’s like to get 2 slaps on the cheek when you’re supposed to celebrate one of your biggest accomplishments to date?? Now…Can we focus on the topic instead of settling scores and turning everything into an unavoidable personality clash? Who made anyone an expert on mental health? and… Read more »

James
James
4 years ago

@Mei International. Make up your mind. In other topics you said you were sorry because you were bullied before and you had anger problems ..and you wouldnt bully again. You also admitted bizarrely to being a trollop. You can’t just go back and start bullying again.. it doesnt work anymore and it makes you look even more mentally ill. Please , take my advice and see a doctor for assistance instead of trolling message board. You are not harming anyone but yourself. Mental illness is a serious issue and I urge you to get the help you need . Good… Read more »

Mei International
Mei International
4 years ago

Nicki came for Miley…like how I will come for you @Mario

Everything has to come back to sex, like how immature/sexually frustrated are you? In English, there’s a joke about you meeting Jill tonight. Look at your right hand and spell it out on your fingers…yeah…you get Jill.

García
García
4 years ago

Wow! Kathy actually slapped France Gall? I thought she just burped rudely at her…. Just goes to show how much class these women had back in the day ;(

Hannes
Hannes
4 years ago

Drama just makes it all more fun :3