The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — have been reviewing and scoring the winners, runners-up and third placers at Eurovision between the years 2010 to 2019. With only one song left to be reviewed, we’re about to find out the decade’s winner as we return to Sweden. Will Eleni Foureira hold on to the victory or will Loreen‘s “Euphoria” grab the crown?
It all started with Melodifestivalen 2011, where Loreen competed with her dance banger “My Heart is Refusing Me”. She was cruelly robbed in the andra chasen round of the competition but went on to enjoy top-ten success in Sweden nonetheless. Well, thank goodness this didn’t knock her back, because 12 months later she was back with “Euphoria”, another upbeat song packed with emotion and intimacy despite being a dance track.
As we all know, Loreen won in an absolute landslide. However, we don’t even need to question the longevity of this song. Number one in multiple countries, the winner of the ESC 250 competition seven years running, a Euroclub staple: “Euphoria” will be famous for many decades to come. Question is, with “Fuego” on the scene, is Loreen still number one over the decade? Let’s find out…
Loreen – “Euphoria”
Pablo: There’s very little to say about Loreen and “Euphoria” that has not been said before. Being the first Eurovision I watched live, I didn’t see this for the milestone that it was back then, but now, it’s clear as day she was there to make it happen. This is ethereal, magical and the peak of Sweden’s Eurovision ambitions post-ABBA. Loreen is one for the books and years to come.
Sebastian: When I hear “Euphoria” blaring out of a karaoke room in Sydney at the wee hours of the morning, it says everything about this Sweden-pop track. It’s the song that defined this decade’s sound at Eurovision, and brought the contest roaring back straight into the charts worldwide. “Euphoria” can’t be defined by a simple score — it’s an anthem that will define a generation, in the same way that ABBA did in the ’70s, and Katrina and the Waves did in the ’90s.
Deban: Loreen’s brazen performance of “Euphoria” transcends borders. When singing this dance-pop classic, she executes flawless choreography whilst stretching her voice in perfect synchronicity. There is no doubt that her delivery adds magic. But despite this, “Euphoria” has all the makings of a perfect pop song. Seven years on, and covered by anybody and everybody, this Eurovision hit never gets tired… and Loreen deserves credit for using this hit tune as a gateway to creating many more gems.
Edd: Although we may be tired of “Euphoria” being cited time and time again as the best Eurovision song ever, the truth is that it just is. You are taken on an emotional journey through the songs peaks and troughs, and when that killer beat comes in you just cannot help but dance. I further believe that Loreen has one of the most beautiful and captivating voices in this world, and along with her beauty and striking stage performance, this more than just a pop banger; this is artistry. A flawless three minutes that still gives me goosebumps.
Steinunn: “Euphoria” became a legend even before it entered the actual Eurovision stage. Usually I don’t like it when one song is predicted to triumph with such an advantage like in the case of “Euphoria”, but it was just so obvious that this would win over Europe. Back in 2012 it was an amazing pop-dance song and it just shows how timeless it is that seven years later it still is a relevant pop banger. Something you surely can’t say about a lot of songs that were released in the early 2010s. All in all, it is a classic pop song that will never stop being considered one of the best Eurovision songs in history.
Tom: Timeless is the best word to describe this Eurovision classic. If “Euphoria” was released this year, the result will be the same. Whenever anyone who doesn’t like or doesn’t know anything about the contest, I show them this song — it has everything. The mesmerising voice, the pulsating beat, the catchy chorus, the beautiful woman and the best drop that gets even the biggest “Euro-sceptics” dancing. It’s Eurovision perfection.
In the Wiwi Jury we have 24 jurors but only have room for six reviews. The remaining scores are below:
We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 7 and a high of 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 9.59/10
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