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.
Eurovision Postcards: 2010 to 2019
Postcards were first introduced to the contest 50 years ago as a way to kill time between acts changing over on stage. Since then, they’ve become an integral part of Eurovision. Every host spends a lot of time and budget developing a concept which usually mirrors the theme of that year’s contest.
During the 2010s, postcards moved in a new direction. The focus has moved from solely promoting the host country, and now the artists are incorporated. Of course, the top local sights and cultural activities usually feature prominently too. This gives the audience an opportunity not only to discover the host country’s hottest destinations but also to get to know the artists.
Take a look at all postcards from 2010 until 2019 and vote for your favourite theme in our poll below. We will pay a tribute to each contest by showing a random postcard from each year.
Eurovision 2010: Oslo, Norway
The 2010 contest kicked off the decade with a theme built around “share the moment”. It resonated well with the past decades and summed up everything the competition is about from the very early days. This concept was also featured in the postcards with fans from each participating country appearing together, excitedly cheering with their national flags.
Eurovision 2011: Düsseldorf, Germany
In 2011, the postcards introduced locations in Germany. They told a story of what happened there, with the main characters representing different people from the competing nations. At the end of each postcard, the contest’s motto “Feel your heart beat” was shown or said in the respective country’s national or native language.
Eurovision 2012: Baku, Azerbaijan
In Baku, each postcard combined local Azeri features with those of each participating country. For example, chess for Russia, local cuisine for France, holy sites for Israel and so on. This was followed with each countries’ flag colours being projected on the outside of Baku’s Crystal Hall.
Eurovision 2013: Malmö, Sweden
From east to west – Malmö has had the honour of hosting the contest in 2013. This time, the postcards put the artists centre stage, showing them at home. The idea was that they were doing something that they liked and letting the audience into their personal life. The logo –”We Are One” – was symbolised in each postcard with a butterfly who flew from one destination to another changing its colours in accordance with each participating country’s flag.
Eurovision 2014: Copenhagen, Denmark
In 2014, each participant was presented while doing some kind of a craft whose outcome was their national flag. Filming took place in different locations which had some connection to each act. For example, Conchita Wurst pushed a rack of red and white dresses through the snow to the Opera House which she then arranged and formed the Austrian flag. The Common Linnets from the Netherlands picked some red, white and blue tulips and formed the Dutch flag on a boat.
Eurovision 2015: Vienna, Austria
“Building Bridges” was the theme in 2015. Similarly, each postcard started with the contestants in their homeland receiving an invitation to visit a region in Austria and then travelling throughout Austria until they arrived there. Each postcard had its own theme such as science, transportation and so forth and the artist performed a related activity.
Eurovision 2016: Stockholm, Sweden
Sweden hosted Eurovision twice in the last decade in 2013 in Malmö and then three years later in Stockholm. As with the 2013 edition, the postcards have been produced in the respective home countries of the representatives, showcasing typical views from their locality along with parts of their personal and professional lives.
Eurovision 2017: Kyiv, Ukraine
The artists’ emotions stood in the centre of the postcards for the 2017 edition mirroring the slogan – “Celebrate Diversity”. Each clip started with their facial expressions (for example, a smile or a curious look) followed by a glimpse to their personal and professional life in chosen locations in their homeland.
Eurovision 2018: Lisbon, Portugal
Portugal’s landscape was the main theme in the postcards of the 63rd Eurovision. As with the 2015 concept, each artist was portrayed in an activity or task he had undertaken in various locations in the country. At the beginning of each postcard, the artists were shown entering a unique door which led to spectacular Portuguese views.
Eurovision 2019: Tel Aviv, Israel
We started our journey of this decade in the northwest in Oslo and we will end it in the southeast in Tel Aviv. Here, the concept of the postcards was “Dare to Dance” throughout Israel’s landscape. Each participant showcased a different dance style, for example, hip hop, ballet etc. The postcards started with each contestant virtually creating a triangle and ended with another triangle forming a star – this year’s theme – followed by the country’s flags projected on to the ceiling of the arena.