We heard them, we saw them, we fell in love with them — but they didn’t deliver the results we were expecting. We’re taking a look at the top eleven Eurovision divas from recent years, who didn’t quite impress audiences as much as they should have.
11. Greta Salóme (Iceland 2016)
After winning Iceland’s national final with her self-written song “Hear Them Calling” and placing 14th in the 2016 OGAE poll, it seemed that Greta Salóme would easily top her 2012 result. But it wasn’t to be. Voters weren’t impressed with the performance in Stockholm and the song only placed 14th in its semi-final.
10. Ivi Adamou (Cyprus 2012)
She’s the half-Cypriot, half-Greek singer who made a splash on The X Factor and went on to represent Cyprus at Eurovision. Her song, “La La Love” was selected in a national final and quickly became a fan favourite. It made it to the final in Baku, where it received douze points from Greece and Sweden. But this was not enough to secure a top ten position, with Ivi finishing in 16th.
9. Cascada (Germany 2013)
Best known for their 2009 club banger “Evacuate the Dancefloor”, dance music act Cacada went on to win Unser Song für Malmö with “Glorious”. With lead vocals by Natalie Horler, the song was a fan favourite and placed fourth on the 2013 OGAE poll and seemed destined for success at Eurovision. Sadly this didn’t happen. Despite giving a good performance, Cascada placed only 21st in the grand final.
8. Triana Park (Latvia 2017)
After attempting five times before, electronic band Triana Park finally won Latvia’s national final, this time with the trance anthem “Line”. While the rock-infused song wasn’t a favourite with all, lead singer Agnese brought diva power to the performance, adding quirky glam to the moody song. Sadly viewers weren’t feeling it. The song only placed 18th in its semi-final, missing out on a place in the grand final.
7. Emma Marrone (Italy 2014)
Emma had won the Sanremo Music Festival in 2012, but it wasn’t until two years later that RAI internally selected her to go to Eurovision. She performed “La Mia Città”, a sassy ode to her city, Rome. In Copenhagen, she sang, she danced, she screamed, she writhed. But it wasn’t enough. Despite the song placing 11th in the 2014 OGAE poll, it only managed 21st place at Eurovision.
6. Maria Elena Kyriakou (Greece 2015)
Greek diva and winner of The Voice of Greece, Maria Elena Kyriakou won the Greek national final with her song “One Last Breath”. The song effortlessly made it to the final in Vienna, but her black and blue mysterious and melancholic staging finished up only 19th.
5. Krista Siegfrids (Finland 2013)
Krista on the Finnish national final with her cute love song marry me. But by the time she performed it in Malmö, the song had been given a clever LGBT twist, turning it into an anthem for marriage equality. The kiss got people talking, but it wasn’t enough to bring home a better result than 24th place in the grand final.
4. Barei (Spain 2016)
Barei won the Spanish national final with her uplifting song “Say Yay!”. It was a fan favourite going into Eurovision 2017 and placed sixth in the OGAE poll. But it was a different story in Stockholm. Lacklustre staging — including a cheesy fake fall – saw Spain place only 22nd in the grand final.
3. Mei Finegold (Israel 2014)
Mei Finegold’s song “Same Heart” was a massive fan favourite. It placed third in the OGAE 2014 poll and it seemed like a very obvious qualifier for the grand final. But when the results same, the Israeli diva only placed 14th in her semi-final, meaning she wasn’t going anywhere near the grand final stage.
2. Laura (Estonia 2017)
After Laura first represented Estonia at Eurovision — as part of the girl group Suntribe in 2005 — her fans were keen to see the diva return to Eurovision. That wish came true when Laura finally won the Estonian national final, this time with fellow Eurovision veteran Koit Toome. Their song, the dramatic duet “Verona” was a huge hit with fans and placed fifth in the OGAE poll. But Europe was less impressed. Despite having a strong position in the running order, the song only placed 14th, keeping Laura from the grand final.
1. Edurne (Spain 2015)
The well-known Spanish singer was internally selected to represent her country. Her song “Amanecer” had been written by a Spanish-Swedish dream team and it was a huge fan favourite. The song had placed eighth in the OGAE poll and it seemed destined to deliver Spain an even better result than Ruth Lorenzo’s 10th place the year before. But it was not to be. “Amanecer” was more a flop than a hit, and placed only 21st in the grand final.
What do you think? Which of these divas would you like to see take another shot at Eurovision glory? Share your thoughts below!