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 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?