This year at wiwibloggs, we are celebrating the festive season with a series of different polls. For the next few days, we’re going to stuff your stockings with a selection of end-of-decade Eurovision votes. Consider this a unique riff on the classic “Twelve Days of Christmas” carol.
Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, you can join us and let us know your thoughts for each and every poll.
Last place in the Eurovision grand final: 2010 to 2019
We’ve got boundless love for every Eurovision act, even if it’s not always love at first sight. The average Eurovision viewer, though, needs to fall in love with a song instantly. If that doesn’t happen, there’s a good chance that an act will end up last on the scoreboard.
Nonetheless, last-place finishers often develop a strong cult following in the months and years after the contest.
For our latest poll, we’re taking a closer look at those who came last in every Eurovision final since 2010. Today the losers are our big winners as we want you to decide who is the best last-placed act at Eurovision this decade.
Eurovision 2010: Josh Dubovie “That Sounds Good To Me” (United Kingdom)
Our journey starts in Oslo, where the first – and only — big five victory of the 2010s happened: Lena brought the trophy home to Germany. Whilst the Germans celebrated after a long streak of poor results, the UK flopped at Eurovision 2010. Right after Josh Dubovie got selected at the national final, the odds didn’t look good for the Brits. In the end, it became a reality: Josh only scored ten points and came last. He sang “that sounds good to me” — Europe disagreed.
Eurovision 2011: Anna Rossinelli “In Love For A While” (Switzerland)
After four years of non-qualifications, Switzerlands needed a lucky break at Eurovision. And at least they made the final this time, surprisingly. They even managed to pass Turkey and Armenia, countries who had never failed to qualify before. In the final, the romantic number “In Love For A While” maybe wasn’t striking enough to place higher than 25th.
Eurovision 2012: Tooji “Stay” (Norway)
The closest outcome we ever saw at a Eurovision semi-final was back in 2012: of course, we’re talking about semi-final two in Azerbaijan. The Land of Fire had equal love for the legendary Sofi Marinova from Bulgaria and Tooji from Norway. Both gained the same amount of points and came tenth in the semi. According to the tie-break rule, the country which received points from the most nations would proceed to the final. Ten countries gave points to Sofi, but 11 voted for Tooji. In the final, Tooji gave us a powerful, fiery performance, but Norway still came last.
Eurovision 2013: Ryan Dolan “Only Love Survives” (Ireland)
The year after back-to-back Jedward. Eurovision 2013 marked the fourth time in a row where Ireland made it to the final. Unfortunately, due to a very complex voting rule where the average placing was counted, Ireland came last. However, the country did not place that low with either the public or the juries. In fact, Ryan even managed to come 14th in the televote. This voting procedure was criticised by many fans which led to a less complex voting style from 2014 on. But after the final, Ryan himself wasn’t too upset about his finish. Because as we all know: “in the end, only love survives”.
Eurovision 2014: Twin Twin “Moustache” (France)
After choosing its Eurovision act internally for many years, the French broadcaster decided to finally let the public have a say in 2014. In a three-act national final, Twin Twin won the right to party on stage in Copenhagen. In the end, people did not like the “Moustache” and were more in the mood for a real beard. While Austria’s Conchita won, France placed last. In the years after, the French broadcaster again decided internally before the shortlived Destination Eurovision was introduced.
Eurovision 2015: Ann Sophie “Black Smoke” (Germany)
Eurovision 2015 – or as we call it: the year of drama! For the first time ever, the Eurovision winner wasn’t the public’s favourite. Sweden’s Måns Zelmerlöw won the competition over televoting winner Il Volo from Italy. Well. Meanwhile, Ann Sophie from Germany didn’t even come close to winning. After the German national final already went down in history – the public’s winner refused to go to Eurovision and second-placed Ann Sophie sang in Vienna instead – she placed last in Austria with zero points. Austria also got no points at all. However, due to a tiebreaker rule determined by the running order, Austria was placed one spot higher than Germany on the scoreboard.
Eurovision 2016: Jamie-Lee “Ghost” (Germany)
Yes, Germany is the only big five country to this decade. But that doesn’t mean, it doesn’t know how it feels to fail hard. For the second year in a row, Germany placed last. This time with former The Voice winner Jamie-Lee Kriewitz. The disconnect between her anime-inspired style and melancholic song probably jarred with viewers.
Eurovision 2017: Manel Navarro “Do It For Your Lover” (Spain)
The Euro-drama was real in 2017! And the Spanish national selection Objetivo Eurovisión was the source of much of it. Similar to the German 2015 selection, the audience became angry and aggressive after the results were announced. Fan favourite Mirela didn‘t win because the jury favoured Manel. At Eurovision, only neighbour Portugal gave points to him. His feel good-song didn’t impress the rest of Europe at all. Spain came dead last and fans are still wondering how Mirela would have done in Kyiv.
Eurovision 2018: Cláudia Pascoal “O Jardim” (Portugal)
After finally winning in 2017, Portugal was thrilled and hyped when it came to hosting Eurovision. Broadcaster RTP again was searched for the perfect song through Festival da Canção. But this time, the emotional yet modern and fresh sounding winning song “O Jardim” didn’t enchant Europe as Salvador did. But even if they came last, Cláudia can be proud to be the only Portuguese singer to ever represent their county on home soil.
Eurovision 2019: Michael Rice “Bigger Than Us” (United Kingdom)
Again the UK selection left fans and viewers cold. The emotional and well sung “Bigger Than Us” fell flat in Tel Aviv. For 2019, the BBC will use a new method to select its act for Rotterdam, working with music company BMG. Will the UK finally shine again? Its best result this decade has been an 11th place-finish by boyband Blue.
Which loser is your winner? Vote for your favourite last place act of this decade.