Grab your towels, and come together! Tonight the BBC aired it’s Eurovision: Come Together show, celebrating the best of the best in Eurovision. The programme gave the British public a chance to vote online for the greatest Eurovision song of all time. In the end, ABBA claimed the victory with their Eurovision 1974 winning song “Waterloo”.
A shortlist of songs for the British public to choose from had been drawn up by a panel of “experts and superfans”. These included Eurovision commentators Ken Bruce, Rylan Clark-Neal and Scott Mills, plus former UK Eurovision acts SuRie (2018) and Nicki French (2001). “Uber fans” TV host Mel Giedroyc and Radio 1’s Adele Roberts also had a say. As did our own William and Lucy.
“Waterloo” by ABBA crowned the UK’s favourite Eurovision song
After a quick-burst round of voting the public chose Sweden’s 1974 winner “Waterloo” by international superstars ABBA as their winner. It’s not surprising they were chosen. The song is famous beyond the borders of the Eurovision Song Contest.
In addition to the band’s well-known discography, the Mamma Mia stage musicals and films have helped increase ABBA’s brand around the world.
The top ten
ABBA were up against stiff competition. A total of 19 songs were shortlisted for Eurovision: Come Together. There were a mixture of winners and other memorable songs spanning 61 years of the contest competing for the crown.
Update 22:00 17/05: The BBC have now revealed the top ten songs that the public voted for as part of the show. The result was as follows:
- “Waterloo” – ABBA (Sweden 1974)
- “Rise Like a Pheonix” – Conchita Wurst (Austria 2014)
- “Euphoria” – Loreen (Sweden 2012)
- “Love Shine a Light” – Katrina & The Waves (UK 1997)
- “Heroes” – Måns Zelmerlöw (Sweden 2015)
- “Fairytale” – Alexander Rybak (Norway 2009)
- “Dancing Lasha Tumbai” – Verka Serduchka (Ukraine 2007)
- “Making Your Mind Up” – Buck’s Fizz (UK 1981)
- “Save All Your Kisses For Me” – Brotherhood of Man (UK 1976)
- “Ooh…Ahh…Just a Little Bit” – Gina G (UK 1996)
The remaining nine songs that made it to the Eurovision: Come Together shortlist were:
- “Diva” – Dana International (Israel 1998)
- “Fuego” – Eleni Foureria (Cyprus 2018)
- “Nel Blu Dipinto Blu” – Domenico Modungo (Italy 1958)
- “Poupée de cire, poupée de son” – France Gall (Luxembourg 1965)
- “Rhythm Inside” – Loic Nottet (Belgium 2015)
- “Satellite” – Lena (Germany 2010)
- “Soldi” – Mahmood (Italy 2019)
- “Sound of Silence” – Dami Im (Australia 2016)
- “Toy” – Netta (Israel 2018)
Come Together – A big success
Sadly, we don’t know how close the vote was, with a lack of scoreboard. But, the show has gone down well with viewers nonetheless.
Eurovision: Come Together has been widely praised on social media for it’s positivity and for the celebratory vibe to it.
— Jazzi?? (@MikiMunSigra) May 16, 2020
— Grace’s Tears ????????? (@grace_is_sugoi) May 16, 2020
I’ll say it now but the bbc come together show was great, and a good step forward for positive mainstream representation for the most part. Hope it continues. #ComeTogether
— Curtis Lee (@CurtyLeeX) May 16, 2020
Do you think ABBA are worthy winners? Who did you vote for, or would’ve voted for? Let us know what you think in the comments below.