Some Eurovision songs come into this world in their final state, while others undergo changes along the way — the notorious revamp. But is a revamp the key to success? How did revamped songs do in Eurovision 2017? We’ve taken a look and ranked the revamps!
12. Slovenia: Omar Naber “On My Way”
Semi-final: 17th (36 points)
When Omar Naber won EMA with “On My Way”, his anthem of self-reliance originally had a dramatic orchestral accompaniment with a rock edge. Before Kyiv, the song was given a revamp. It gained some edgy electronic sounds and was given more sophisticated orchestration. But this wasn’t enough. Despite Omar delivering a stellar vocal performance, the song placed second from bottom in its semi-final, with only 36 points.
11. FYR Macedonia: Jana Burceska “Dance Alone”
Semi-final: 15th (69 points)
When the original version of “Dance Alone” was released, it fast became a fan favourite. But the version that made it to Kyiv had a few alterations. The 12-second instrumental introduction was replaced by a half-chorus, while the quiet outro was entirely cut from the song. The song missed out on qualifying and placed only 15th in its semi, with 69 points.
10. Albania: Lindita “World”
Semi-final: 14th (76 points)
“World” was originally “Botë”, which took Lindita to victory at Festivali i Këngës 55. For Eurovision, it was given English lyrics and while the instrumentation moved away from the orchestration of FiK, it kept the same intensity and drama. But despite a killer vocal performance from Lindita, this wasn’t enough to get “World” in to the final. It placed 14th in its semi with 76 points.
9. Estonia: Koit Toome & Laura “Verona”
Semi-final: 14th (85 points)
After winning Eesti Laul with “Verona”, Koit and Laura’s fan favourite song was given a revamp for Eurovision. The introduction was shortened so the song started almost straightaway with Laura’s vocal, and the driving bass of the original was softened. The song was still a hit with viewers — it placed 6th in the televote — but a low jury score meant it was overall ranked 14th with 85 points.
8. Switzerland: Timebelle “Apollo”
Semi-final: 12th (97 points)
Timebelle won the Swiss national final with a stripped-down version of “Apollo”. For Kyiv, they came with a revamped version that added more synth sophistication and punched up the drama. While Timebelle’s 12th place meant they didn’t qualify for the grand final, their 97 points was the best result for Switzerland since Sebalter in 2014.
7. Georgia: Tamara Gachechiladze “Keep the Faith”
Semi-final: 11th (99 points)
After winning Georgia’s epic 25-song national final, Tamara “Tako” Gachechiladze and Anri “Joker” Jokhadze gave it a revamp. It wasn’t a huge change, but the song was given a stronger, more dramatic orchestral accompaniment. It wasn’t quite enough to get Georgia into the grand final, though. But with a particularly strong jury score, “Keep the Faith” came so close in 11th place overall with 99 points.
6. Germany: Levina “Perfect Life”
Grand final: 25th (6 points)
When Levina won Unser Song 2017 with her version of “Perfect Life”, there was a rumour the song would be substantially revamped for Eurovision. But in the end, the song was just shortened to three minutes and, oh, the introduction that sounded like “Titanium” was slightly changed so it sounded slightly less like “Titanium”. But it still only gave Germany six points at the final, resulting in a second-to-last finish in 25th.
5. Greece: Demy “This Is Love”
Grand final: 19th place (77 points)
After “This Is Love” won the Greek national final, it was given a small revamp. Most notably, the chorus lyric “This is love/Rain falls from above” was changed to “This is love/Reaching out for the stars”. But members of #teamrain were relieved to see that the ghost of the lyrics lived on in the watery staging. The revamped version got Greece into the grand final, but it ended songwriter Dimitris Kontopoulos’s six-year streak of top-ten finishes by placing 19th with 77 points.
4. Belarus: Naviband “Story of My Life”
Grand final: 17th (83 points)
Naviband won the Belarus national final with “Historyja majho zyccia” but it was given a low-key revamp for Eurovision. While the title was switched to English, the Belarus song lyrics remained. The ending of the song did, however, have more added to it so it was less repetitive. And it worked. Not only did it qualify for the grand final, but it delivered Belarus a decent result in 17th place with 83 points.
3. United Kingdom: Lucie Jones “Never Give Up on You”
Grand final: 15th (111 points)
Lucie Jones won Eurovision: You Decide with a stripped-down performance of “Never Give Up on You”, accompanied by just a piano and a cello. For Eurovision, the song was revamped with a more melodic piano sound and given moody electronic touches. While the song didn’t do as well as fans were expecting, it still gave the UK its best result since 2011, in 15th place with 111 points.
2. France: Alma “Requiem”
Grand final: 12th (135 points)
After Alma was announced as France’s act for Kyiv, “Requiem” was given a revamp. Most notably the chorus was switched to English, but the song was generally given a lighter feeling, toning down the more dramatic sounds. The song made it to the televote top 10, with an overall finish of 12th place and 135 points.
1. Italy: Francesco Gabbani “Occidentali’s Karma”
Grand final: 6th (334 points)
The version of “Occidentali’s Karma” that won Sanremo was three-and-a-half minutes along and needed to be reedited for Eurovision. The first verse was cut down and the second verse was removed entirely, and some fans thought this was to the detriment of the song. While it didn’t give Italy the win some were predicting, Gabbani and his ape still managed sixth place with 334 points.
What was your favourite revamped song from Kyiv? Is a revamp the key to success or is it a desperate attempt to polish a turd? Share your thoughts below!