With the news that Dutch girl group O’G3NE have their sights set on Eurovision 2017, this got us thinking about previous girl groups in Eurovision. The last time we saw a classic girl group in the contest was in 2013, when Moje 3 narrowly missed out on making the grand final. But in the 2000s, the song contest was full of girl groups, some of whom delivered iconic Eurovision performances. Let’s take a look back at the entries from that peak girl group era, from the least to the most successful.

To rank the girl groups, we’re looking at the percentage of available points that each act received. For example, each finalist in 2013 could only receive a maximum of 456 points — i.e. 12 points from each of the other 38 countries voting. If an act finished with 100 points, they would have received 21.93% of the points available to them.

We’re covering girl groups from 1999 onwards. We’re only including vocals groups of three or more, so this excludes other combinations of female performers, like bands (Vanilla Ninja, Black Daisy, Elaiza), groups backing one singer (Can-linn, Urban Symphony) or choral groups (Buranovskiye Babushki). But we still love them all!

17. Treble – “Amambanda” (Netherlands 2006)

20th place in semi-final with 22 points — 4.95% of available points

Treble were made up of two sisters and an older friend, and came across like your auntie and two cousins after they’ve had too many wines at a family wedding. Woo! “Amambanda” was mostly written in an invented pseudo-African language, and the staging was a frantic, multi-level, drum-based catastrophe. Unsurprisingly it did not qualify for the final and is the poorest scoring girl group entry.

16. Nonstop – “Coisas de nada (Gonna Make You Dance)” (Portugal 2006)

19th place in semi-final with 26 points — 5.86% of available points

Nonstop were put together via the Portuguese edition of Popstars, and while they may have had the technical ability, the song was old-fashioned and the staging was a hot mess. They look like a group of pals who had put together a little show for their friend’s bachelorette party, just before the male stripper arrived. Last year the Wiwi Jury ranked “Coisas de nada” (Meaningless things) the worst Portuguese entry from the 21st century.

15. Suntribe – “Let’s Get Loud” (Estonia 2005)

20th place in semi-final with 31 points — 6.80% of available points

Estonian girl group Suntribe did a “Love Love Peace Peace” and added not one but five DJs pretending to scratch. They also used metres of plastic beads for that “girls gone wild at Mardi Gras” aesthetic. And some line-dancing. We can partly blame all this on 2005, but the song itself had that same shambolic style. Suntribe member Laura is a regular entrant in Eesti Laul, and still shows a fun but less chaotic aesthetic.

14. Neiokõsõ – “Tii” (Estonia 2004)

11th place in semi-final with 57 points — 14.84% of available points

“Tii” (Road) has the unique distinction of being sung in the south Estonian Võro language. Neiokõsõ brought some ethnic attitude to the performance, aided on stage by a funky drummer. The girl group showed they weren’t to be messed with – their costumes included hunting knives. (Not even Dschinghis Khan managed that!) “Tii” only just missed out on qualifying for the final, placing 11th in the semi.

13. Feminnem – “Lako je sve” (Croatia 2010)

13th place in semi-final with 33 points — 15.28% of available points

This was the second time the Balkan girl group had entered Eurovision — in 2005 they represented Bosnia and Herzegovina with the upbeat “Call Me”. But like so many repeat offenders, Feminnem could not better their first result. Despite the commendable hairography, the moody and dramatic “Lako je sve” (Everything is easy) didn’t make it out of the semi-final.

12. Moje 3 – “Ljubav je svuda” (Serbia 2013)

11th place in semi-final with 46 points — 21.30% of available points

The Serbian girl group grabbed everyone’s attention with their quirky costumes, which also won them the Barbara Dex Award for 2013. But the cute ‘n’ crazy candy colours weren’t enough to get Moje 3 into the final. Despite being a fan favourite, “Ljubav je svuda” (Love is everywhere) missed out on qualifying by only seven points. To date, Moje 3 are the last girl group to have competed in Eurovision.

11. No Angels – “Disappear” (Germany 2008)

23rd in grand final with 14 points — 2.78% of available points

This is one of those years when Germany would have been feeling extremely grateful for their automatic qualification. No Angels were formed as part of the first German series of Popstars and they enjoyed a successful pop career in German-speaking Europe. But despite the quartet’s talents, “Disappear” just wasn’t a good song. The repetitive number saw Germany take home a very poor score.

10. Las Ketchup – “Bloody Mary” (Spain 2006)

21st place in grand final with 18 points — 4.17% of available points

The Muñoz sisters moved on from the novelty pop of “The Ketchup Song (Aserejé)” but kept the tomato theme with the sultry “Bloody Mary”. The staging was unusual — the four singers spun around on office chairs, while two androgynous dancers added an arty edge. The song didn’t score so well, but neighbouring Andorra saved the day with 12 points.

9. Son de Sol – “Brujería” (Spain 2005)

21st place in grand final with 28 points — 5.98% of available points

Spain was obviously going through a girl group phase in the mid 2000s, with Las Ketchup and Son de Sol each placing 21st in consecutive years. Son de Sol delivered a saucy, summery Spanish sound with “Brujería” (Witchcraft)… but it all went horribly wrong when a wheezy rapper showed up and just dragged everything down.

Our definitive ranking of modern girl groups at Eurovision continues this week! Who will be number one? Which girl groups should have received more love from Europe? Share your thoughts below.

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(J)ESC Fanatic
(J)ESC Fanatic
4 years ago

Croatia should have qualified in 2010!

Pollaski
Pollaski
4 years ago

If you’re going with individual entries, and not the group as a whole, #1’s gotta be Feminem. “Call Me” Still pops in my head at random intervals.

Pollaski
Pollaski
4 years ago

@Viktor Kiriakis

Good job on that “reading” thing, son.

They said they’re looking at vocal groups with three or more- which eliminates TaTu. And they SPECIFICALLY mentioned that choral groups like Buranovskiye Babushki were out as well.

jamaladingdong
jamaladingdong
4 years ago

Where is Sweden’s Afro-Dite (2002)?

Victor Kiriakis
Victor Kiriakis
4 years ago

My prediction:
1.Buranovskiye Babushki
2.t.A.T.u
3.Serebro

Zebb
Zebb
4 years ago

@Mark C, they will be beaten with t.A.T.u, another russian group which’ve had success outside their motherland. Though personally I’d prefer Serebro too (as by song).

Jonas
Jonas
4 years ago

They miss your cut-off by two years, but Mrs.Einstein are one of the classic Eurovision “girl” groups.:(

Adam
Adam
4 years ago

@Robyn: girl groups seem dead and done for (for now), especially in eurovision. Yeah, i don’t really know any other girl group other than those two. Shame, I wonder if we’ll ever see another Spice Girls again :/

Bella
Bella
4 years ago

How is Moje 3 the last girl group! What about Germany 2014?!

HarpyDarper
HarpyDarper
4 years ago

Nonstop really frustrate me. They are attractive women and well established in their country at the time, but their song was terrible and those outfits too- so unflattering! They had no stage presence and that lyric fluff at the start is embarrassing. The worst thing is they had a much better song, Tudo vai Mudar, which would have been ideal for Eurovision! Top ten potential.

MoreMusicLessGlamourPlease
MoreMusicLessGlamourPlease
4 years ago

Estonia 04 – great 🙂 Also Spain 05 & 06…I miss Spanish songs like that. GENUINELY Spanish songs. Not some crappy massproduced Swedish fluff

johanleekens
johanleekens
4 years ago

Hahaha, I still remember Bulgaria giving Germany 12 points out of nowhere in 2008

Mark C
Mark C
4 years ago

Song #1 by Serebro (Russia 2007) will probably be at the top. It is my favourite and, in fact, the only song from the given conditions that’s on my Eurovision playlist.

bartosz
bartosz
4 years ago

I like Treble and Neiokoso. They were really somethong different 🙂

davve
davve
4 years ago

I believe Precious (UK 1999) will place high.

Vladimir
Vladimir
4 years ago

I never got why Feminnem didn’t make it to the final in 2010. They were awesome!

Nickelhatton
4 years ago

Precious! Say It Again is a tune!

Zack
Zack
4 years ago

@Robyn, still amazed Fifth Harmony made it out alive from X Factor US. That show was a mess, and it was obvious that Simon was attempting to copy everything that made the UK version a success, even with having the US contestants completely remake all the UK performances.

@Adam, I have “Disappear” on my iTunes, as well as their first album. I don’t know what happened in Belgrade, because I agree, that was a mess! If I remember, Bulgaria gave them 12 points (with the rationale being that one of the members is from there).

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
4 years ago

My favorite girl group in the history of Eurovision will always remain Times Three from Malta (1999). But hey, Lako je sve was done so wrong! A gem of a song.

James
James
4 years ago

In Asia, especially Japan and Korea, girl groups are churned out like packaged dolls.

If ever there’s an Asiavision in the cards next year, I wonder if they will fare just as well especially considering they have huge fanbases.

Adam
Adam
4 years ago

*their, oops!

Adam
Adam
4 years ago

“Disappear” in my opinion WAS a good song, but they’re live performance was so dreadful to the point that i’d rather cut off my ears than listen to it, lol. No “worst live performances in ESC history” can be complete without theirs.