Eurovision winners 2010 to 2019

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Eurovision winners: 2010 to 2019

Winners-wise, the past decade in Eurovision was rather unexpected. From Azerbaijan and Portugal claiming their first victories — after three years and 53 years respectively — to Sweden winning twice within four years, we’ve had a lot of shocking moments. While five winners had the backing of both juries and the public, two winners didn’t win over either vote.

Voting for the best winner of the decade is like picking your favourite child. It feels wrong and difficult, but deep down, you know you have one. So, let’s take a trip down memory lane, before choosing our favourite winner of the 2010s and moving on to the next decade of Eurovision.

Eurovision 2010: Germany’s Lena with “Satellite”

Germany’s Lena Meyer-Landrut brought a simplistic and cute pop tune to Eurovision 2010. Even though some fans took time to connect with it, Lena was some sort of an unlikely hero leading up to the Oslo contest. After many long weeks, “Satellite” made it to the top of the betting odds table. But it was still a surprise to many, and it’s still one of the more polarising winners among Eurofans. Nevertheless, this song won over both the jury and televote.

Eurovision 2011: Azerbaijan’s Ell & Nikki with “Running Scared”

Maybe it was the chemistry, maybe it was the staging, but in 2011 Azerbaijan won the televoters’ hearts. This strong year saw the scoreboard fill up with very unusual scores. For example, only 77 points separated the top five from and the bottom five. The juries and the televoters wildly disagreed on practically everything, and Azerbaijan, the televote winner, took the crown. This is one of the cases where us Eurofans made the final choice.

Eurovision 2012: Sweden’s Loreen with “Euphoria”

Sweden’s first of two wins this decade started with a landslide victory in Melodifestivalen. Perhaps the most obvious win since Alexander Rybak’s 2009 victory, Loreen’s “Euphoria” was an obvious favourite before the contest. And, so, as expected, “Euphoria” brought Eurovision back to Sweden after 13 years. This song has a timeless quality appreciated by many within the Eurovision fan community, and some see it as the best winner of all time. Others beg to differ.

Eurovision 2013: Denmark’s Emmelie de Forest with “Only Teardrops”

Although 2013 was an unpredictable year, when it came to the winner the decision was unanimous. Emmelie De Forest and her song “Only Teardrops” brought the victory to Denmark on Swedish soil, just like the Olsen Brothers did in 2000. Both the national juries and the televoters strongly wanted Denmark to win, and after an exciting voting procedure, it happened. While some feel like the 2013 winner is underwhelming, “Only Teardrops” is also a personal favourite for many.

Eurovision 2014: Austria’s Conchita Wurst with “Rise Like a Phoenix”

In the run-up to Eurovision 2014, Austria was the first country to reveal its artist, as early as September 2013. But the landlocked nation only released its song on 8 March 2014. It appears the wait turned out for the better, because the reaction from fans was amazing. Conchita Wurst brought Eurovision to Austria after 48 years with her powerful and empowering “Rise Like a Phoenix”.

Eurovision 2015: Sweden’s Måns Zelmerlöw with “Heroes”

If we thought Loreen’s Melodifestivalen win was a landslide, Måns Zelmerlöw won with over twice as many points as the selection’s runner-up that year. Beautiful, innovative staging accompanied the song, and helping it to a dramatic victory. Though it seemed as if Russia was going to win, the Swedes made a comeback to win for the second time in four years. So, maybe the televoters weren’t big fans of this song, but this is right up some fans’ alley.

Eurovision 2016: Ukraine’s Jamala with “1944”

The drama just went on and on with this one, but there was a happy ending. Jamala’s “1944” sparked controversy even during the Ukrainian national selection for the song’s political lyrics. Later on, the controversy continued, now over the song having been performed in May 2015. But the EBU allowed the song to participate, and the result was unexpected — the underdog prevailed! This came as a shock to almost everyone in the bubble, be it a disaster or a pleasant surprise.

Eurovision 2017: Portugal’s Salvador Sobral with “Amar Pelos Dois”

If any winner in the 2010s screams “unlikely hero”, it’s this one. Portugal finished outside of the top five on all its previous 48 attempts, before suddenly winning with this charming lullaby. Salvador Sobral won the hearts of jurors and public voters, and landed easy victories with both blocs. While it’s a polarising song that many have trouble connecting with, it can also enchant you and steal your heart.

Eurovision 2018: Israel’s Netta with “Toy”

After hosting Eurovision in 1979 and 1999, Israel had to pull off something innovative to keep the streak alive. Netta’s pop banger “Toy” was a favourite to win the contest since the day it leaked online and until the first rehearsals. But when the betting odds started believing in a first-ever Cypriot win, some fans stopped supporting Netta’s song. After an unexpected jury vote winner, Netta won dramatically and brought Eurovision to Tel Aviv for the first time.

Eurovision 2019: The Netherlands’ Duncan Laurence with “Arcade”

“Arcade” by Duncan Laurence, the most recent winner of Eurovision, is one we all know well. The betting odds predicted a walk-in-the-park victory for the Dutch, but it wasn’t as simple as it seemed. Eventually, although the Dutch didn’t win the jury or the public vote, they got the win they were hyped to achieve. A very long drought ended with this dramatic victory, and many fans were on board.

Who is your favourite Eurovision winner of the 2010s?

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lulu
lulu
7 months ago

Opinions opinions opinions ..

Kveta
Kveta
9 months ago

Conchita!?

Kveta
Kveta
9 months ago
Reply to  Kveta

The one and only. Sorry, The “heart” shows as “guestion mark” in the comment…

Sofia
Sofia
9 months ago

ok, im cool seeing Portugal in 5th place so far, whatever, its my country but i know its a polarizing song.

WHAT I CAN NOT ACCEPT IS EUPHORIA IN 4TH. YALL DEAF.

(im joking, no need to bully me, vote however you want)

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
9 months ago

Conchita.

Sale
Sale
9 months ago

How did Lena’s votes suddenly jump from 900 to 2000?

Pip
Pip
9 months ago

Emmelie de Forest is my most played winner song and Conchita Wurst, despite not being my winner at the time, has an amazing song that was a win for tolerance. So these are my two standouts.

Euphoria
Euphoria
9 months ago

My top
1) 2012
2) 2013
3) 2019
4) 2015
5) 2010
6) 2016
7) 2018
8) 2014
9) 2017
10) 2011
It’s ok if you disagree this is just my personal opinion

San
San
9 months ago

Ridiculous that Duncan is first. Only because he is the latest winner. That just shows how simple minded most ESC fans are

Henry
Henry
9 months ago
Reply to  San

Ridiculous comment…

Hello hi
Hello hi
9 months ago

I would say in the following order

19
12
10
17
15
14
13
16
18
11

Victoria
Victoria
9 months ago

According to this poll, Netta, Lena and Salvador are better than Conchita…*facepalm*
that’s a clownery, luv

marianne
marianne
9 months ago
Reply to  Victoria

they all are…Conchita was merely a gimmick

Euphoria
Euphoria
9 months ago
Reply to  marianne

If I hadn’t heard Conchita’s song over and over again I would have forgotten the song; I would’ve only remembered the hype around a bearded lady

Lobstr
Lobstr
9 months ago
Reply to  Victoria

Conchita wouldn’t win without he bearded lady thing. The song itself isn’t bad but not instantly catchy and it would be a problem for Eurovision format.

jeicjsjf
jeicjsjf
9 months ago

rise like a phoenix, 1944, and you are LEAGUES above the rest for me.

Alaska
Alaska
9 months ago

758

Africavision
Africavision
9 months ago

My favorite winners are ‘1944’ and ‘only teardrops’.

Ron
Ron
9 months ago

BEST: – 2012; -2015; -2019; -2013; -2014 AVERAGE: -2010; -2018; -2017 PASS: -2016; – 2011. 2010: My top three were: Armenia (#7), Israel (#14) and Germany (#1) in that order. So, not upset about her win, but 2010 was kind of a meh year. 2011: Sweden (#3) should have won if it wasn’t for the questioanble lyrics. There were a lot of ok songs that year but none that screamed a winner. Personally thought UK, Slovenia and France were underrated that year. 2012: Sweden had this one in the bag. Serbia was amazing too! 2013: Denmark was a worthy winner.… Read more »

San
San
9 months ago

Lol BIG JOKE that Duncan is in first. Simple minded ESC fans.. latest winner. Most forgettable.

Joe
Joe
9 months ago

If I had to rank them: 1. Amar pelos dois (10/10) 2. 1944 (10/10) 3. Arcade (10/10) 4. Satellite (10/10) 5. Toy (10/10) 6. Rise Like a Phoenix (10/10) 7. Heroes (10/10) 8. Euphoria (10/10) 9. Only Teardrops (10/10) 10. Running Scared (5/10) Yeah, with one notable exception, I can’t complain about the winners this decade. Six out of ten were my favorites of their year (10, 12, 13, 16, 17, and 19 if we’re judging by objective quality otherwise I’d say Serhat). The rest, save for Running Scared, aren’t far behind (Austria is my second-favorite behind the Netherlands, Sweden… Read more »

carina winter
carina winter
9 months ago

CONCHITA – her victory was and is so much more than only Eurovision-win

Boginskaia Sev
Boginskaia Sev
9 months ago

The only song that many orchestras and musicians from around the world choose for their repertoire … Amar Pelos Dois. Truly timeless. All the others are pure Eurovision junk. It is the bitter truth.

Joe
Joe
9 months ago
Reply to  Boginskaia Sev

People like you make me embarrassed whenever I talk about how much I love that song. Eurovision is made for all kinds of music, and I never want to be the kind of snob that dismisses every other Eurovision entry because it’s not Amar pelos dois. It’s as legitimate a work of art as Toy or Arcade or Rise Like a Phoenix or any of the other winners this decade, all of which I adore except Running Scared. Get that attitude out of here. Art doesn’t come in just one form.

Ana
Ana
9 months ago
Reply to  Boginskaia Sev

It’s a boring, completely unoriginal song that made people who like it to believe they are smarter and have a superior taste. It won because of a lot of pity voting for Salvador as an individual that is having severe health issues and Portugal that was the biggest looser of the contest with decades of sh*tty results. Oh I’m sure that they said to themselves all those decades that their music is just too good for this contest. It’s not, it just wasn’t good enough to make good results.

Joe
Joe
9 months ago
Reply to  Ana

And you are the other extreme. I do not care for either of you.

Mr X
Mr X
9 months ago
Reply to  Ana

The televoters had a total different opinion like you. For YOU was it maybe good enough but you sholu more respect about a democratic decision.

GreenTea
GreenTea
9 months ago

For me Duncan, definitely. Arcade is the only winning song of this decade that I really love. I also appreciate Euphoria. In Satellite I like simplicity and unpretentiousness. In 2015 I was torn, because I really liked Mans, but I wasn’t a big fan of his song. In my opinion there were better entries.
The rest of the winners wasn’t satysfying for me. :/

Peter P
Peter P
9 months ago

758 points go to… Salvador Sobral, 2017… Winner of televoting and jury vote

Mr X
Mr X
9 months ago
Reply to  Peter P

What a gorgeous moment for me in the ESC-history. I remember that I celebrated with the portuguese flag…..

Ana
Ana
9 months ago
Reply to  Peter P

I remember hating every moment of that

Mr X
Mr X
9 months ago
Reply to  Ana

That´s your problem…. Hate inside the fandom never can have good vibrations.

020Nick
020Nick
9 months ago

1. Netherlands 2019
2. Portugal 2017
3. Sweden 2012
4. Germany 2010
5. Austria 2014
6. Denmark 2013
7. Sweden 2015
8. Israel 2018
9. Azerbaijan 2011
10. Ukraine 2016

btw
btw
9 months ago

Duncan, of course.

RoboESC
RoboESC
9 months ago

Still shocked Azerbaijan won in 2011. It was a bad year overal imo but that performance… wtf was that. I think it wouldn’t even have qualified in the last few years

Belle
Belle
9 months ago

Lol at Netherlands winning this poll. It’s one of the weakest winners in this deceade. It didn’t win jury vote or televoting. But people bashed Sweden for not winning the televote 2015. LOL.

Sale
Sale
9 months ago
Reply to  Belle

Yet in the end it had the most points… Keiino was just like the Grannies in 2012 a likable song and performance but not a winner song, N. Macedonia, just like Austria a year before, miles away from winning… In the end quality won

Kiki
Kiki
9 months ago
Reply to  Belle

I mean… the difference between the top 3 by the jury was like less than 10 points (?) And the top 5 of the televote were over 200 points each other sooo imo was a strong year

Chris
Chris
9 months ago

Definitely Dunkan is my favorite and my all time favorite together with Norways Nocturne. Also love Lena and Loreen. Least favorite Azerbaijan and Ukraine.

Stian F
Stian F
9 months ago

Just a comment about Azerbaijan 2011 as I see that almost everyone has it last… Even me… 2nd last of the last 10 winners… So why? “Running Scared” was actually one of my 2 pre contest favorites that year as it is a great song, but the performance was definitley a let down as the 2 singers had no real chemistry and some false vocals back then. After the performance I didn’t even have it in my top 10…and the fact that it managed to win was a surprise. It wasn’t deserving in other words… But the song is still… Read more »

Ana
Ana
9 months ago
Reply to  Stian F

The fact that you like the song doesn’t make the song good. It’s a boring kitch song with nothing to hold on to. The performance looked like a low budget school play, so it obviously didn’t help.

Stian F
Stian F
9 months ago
Reply to  Ana

Oh really? So I am not allowed to defend a song that actually won the contest and think it is a good song? That says something about you Ana.. The song WON, so it must have been better than most of the songs still then as people voted for it. So whatever u feel of the song it is still a good song! All the winners are good songs in my opinion but of course I, as many others, do prefer some more than the others based on performance, artist background, lyrics, production or authenticity of the song and or… Read more »

Stian F
Stian F
9 months ago

My favorite by far was Lenas win in 2010!!! Such an amazing, fun and simple performance of a catchy and contemporary pop song. At this point I had also lost faith that any big 4 country could win ever again, so I was so happy that we finally got proven that it is possible. Also I was happy as it was Germanys second win only as well.

2nd favorite winner: Netherlands 2019
3: Sweden 2012
4: Israel 2018
5: Austria 2014
6: Sweden 2015
7: Denmark 2013
8: Ukraine 2016
9: Azerbaijan 2011
10: Portugal 2017

A random russian guy
A random russian guy
9 months ago

1. Sweden 2012 – still follow Loreen
2. The Netherlands – elegant, stylish
3. Ukraine – powerful
4. Denmark – really nice music
5. Germany – Lena has charisma, the song was average though
6. Sweden 2015 – nice, but my favorites that year were Italy and Belgium
7. Portugal – just a nice song, not my favorite that year
8. Israel – don’t feel it
9. Azerbaijan -not a bad song, awful performance
10. Austria – with all respect, could it win, if it was sung by another performer?

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
9 months ago

satellite, followed by euphoria n only teardrops. the content peaked in the early decade ugh

Kobe
Kobe
9 months ago

1. Rise Like A Phoenix
2. Euphoria
3. Satellite

These are the only songs i still listen to…

Raoul
Raoul
9 months ago

1. Austria
2. Ukraine
3. Sweden 2015
4. Israel
5. Denmark
6. Netherlands
7. Germany
8. Portugal
9. Sweden 2012 (sorry)
10. Azerbaijan

Musimakeup
Musimakeup
9 months ago

1. Salvador Sobral…. From a galaxy far far away ! Never left my Sobral siblings phase. Probably never will. Still on top of my overall playlist.
2.Heroes. Loved the show. i still listen to him.
3. Euphoria. Classic.
4. Only teardrops. Obvious winner that year even though i loved Dina Garipova.
5. Satellite. for the energy.

Tibor
Tibor
9 months ago

I only still listen to four of these, none of them was my personal winner, but the one who came closest to being one was Duncan Laurence. So my vote goes to “Arcade”.

An American ESC Fan
An American ESC Fan
9 months ago

1. Only Teardrops – I don’t even know why I love it so much, but I do (10/10) 2. Arcade – so beautiful! (10/10) 3. 1944 – powerful, unique and haunting (9.5/10) 4. Rise Like a Phoenix – this is how you do a power ballad!! (9/10) 5. Euphoria – iconic but overrated (8.5/10) 6. Heroes – love it a lot, but others are better (8/10) 7. Toy – same with Heroes (8/10) 8. Satellite – forgettable compared to others, but cute (7.5/10) 9. Amar Pelos Dois – not really my thing, sorry (5/10) 10. Running Scared – ’nuff said… Read more »

Dawid
Dawid
9 months ago

Duncan/Lena and maybe Loreen

Barbara
Barbara
9 months ago

1) Arcade
2)Only Teardrops
3) Satellite
4)Amar Pelos Dois
5)Euphoria
6)Toy
7)Running Scared
8)Heroes
9)Rise Like a Phoenix
10)1944

An American ESC Fan
An American ESC Fan
9 months ago
Reply to  Barbara

Wow, that varies quite a bit from mine. My Top 2 are similar to yours but my 3rd-4th are your last two xD

Barbara
Barbara
9 months ago

Only tear tops were my first all the time until the Arcade came, I just fell in love with this song

Alexo
Alexo
9 months ago

1) Arcade
2) Euphoria
3) 1944
4) Amar Pelos Dois
5) Satellite
6) Rise Like A Phoenix
7) Heroes
8) Toy
9) Only Teardrops
10) Running Scared

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
9 months ago

Azerbaijan 2011 on the list of Eurovision winners is sorta like that one uncle at Christmas dinner nobody really likes but you have to invite him anyway.

ESC Jonathan
ESC Jonathan
9 months ago

HEROES!

Denis
Denis
9 months ago

I Think 2011 won because there was no clear favourite that year so all favourites cancelled eachother out and had weak performances. So the one song that most people liked without loving it managed to win.
And I like it, as I like all winners. Though there hasn’t been a truly great winner or song since 2015

Alex
Alex
9 months ago
Reply to  Denis

Hasnt been a truly great winner or song since 2015? Lol
Salvador did what it seems impossible nowadays: Win both televote and juries.. The only one to do since Conchita.
I really like Jamala or Duncan because at least they wrote their own songs which nobody did since Rybak in 2009.
I totally agree about you 2011 comment tho

Denis
Denis
9 months ago
Reply to  Alex

Jamala and Duncan were compromise winners though, meaning that it was the only song both groups liked and that’s what gave them the win. So I don’t think that makes them great. Arguably none of them were the best of the year but it appealed the most to both..

Mr X
Mr X
9 months ago
Reply to  Denis

“Running scared” was exactly between two very different blocks of music taste: One of them wanted “Popular” and the another prefered just like the juries “Madness of love” and with each other there was absolutely no common points. … Hence this result in 2011 – you can call it “bad compromise”

Mr X
Mr X
9 months ago

1. Portugal – xxexcellent
2. The Netherlands – excellent
3. Ukraine – excellent
4. Austria – very good
5. Sweden 2012 – very good
6. Denmark – quite good
7. Germany – mediocre
8. Sweden 2015 – mediocre
9. Israel – not my cup of tea
10. Azebaijan – quite weak

Idan Cohen
Idan Cohen
9 months ago

Of course my number one is Toy. I was obsessed about Netta and her performances in the Next rising star and when Toy came out I couldn’t stop listening to it for days. Number 2 is 1944. one of the best ballads ESC has to offer. can only be rivaled by a very few other ballads, like Sound of silence and Rak Bishvilo. everything is great in this ballad: the melody, the notes, the live vocal performance. honestly the only thing that could have been better is Jamala’s accent. other than this – perfect. Heroes didn’t age well. and compared… Read more »

Juliette
Juliette
9 months ago

Euphoria and Amar pe los dois hands down!

Sabrina
Sabrina
9 months ago

3 of those were my personal winners (though Mahmood was practically tied with Duncan the whole time), so my votes went to “Euphoria”, “Amar Pelos Dois” and “Arcade”.

Maybe I could say the same about “Satellite” and “Only Teardrops”, but I would have to rewatch the whole contests, because I don’t remember much. Not a huge fan of “Toy”, but the only one of the list I really can’t understand the appeal is (surprise, surprise!) “Running Scared”.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
9 months ago

The only winner that was actually in my top five for that year was 2017. Most fit in my 10-20 spots with 2018 the only one that was really low in my ranking. My favourites tend not to do so well at Eurovision!

Mary Jane Poland
Mary Jane Poland
9 months ago

Jamala, Salvador and Netta are my holy trinity of winners

West
West
9 months ago

My top 3 favourite winning songs are Arcade, Amar Pelos Dois and Heroes. (in that order).

Ted
Ted
9 months ago

Too many good songs!

Jose
Jose
9 months ago

The clear winner for me is 1944. You don’t hear that type of songs quite often. It’s dark, it’s myterious, it’s powerful, it’s raw, it’s hauting. Everything on that stage was out of this world. Starting with the song: amazing ethnic instrumental that really embodies what Eurovision should be. Moreover, the lyrics are cruel, but they are one of the most effective that I’ve heard in my life. The message is clear. Then the performance… Ouch, the feelings. You feel every single word. You feel the pain, the sorrow and the message of hope that she carries. Her voice is… Read more »

Nikki
Nikki
9 months ago

Lena, Måns and Duncan are my favourite amongst the winners, but not one of them was my Big favourite from their respective years (Turkey in Lena’s year, Italy for both Mans’ and Duncan’s, with Norway being also higher than him in Duncan’s case).

Still to this day, my big favourite winners are Helena, Lordi, Marija and Alex. Dana and ABBA in the time before I got into the fandom.