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.
Some months back, we asked you to vote for your favourite last place Eurovision finalist of the 2010s. And the results are in! What losers were your winners?
After counting a total of 6,593 votes, we can confirm that Portugal’s Eurovision 2018 act, Cláudia Pascoal with “O Jardim”, is your favourite last place Eurovision finalist of the 2010s.
Portugal’s Cláudia Pascoal is your favourite last place Eurovision finalist of the 2010s
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 though she came last, Cláudia can be proud to be the only Portuguese singer to ever represent their county on home soil.
However, our readers had lots of love to shower upon both Cláudia and Isaura. “O Jardim” picked up 1,589 votes or 24.1% of all votes cast.
In second place we have Germany’s Eurovision 2015 singer Ann Sophie with “Black Smoke”.
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.
“Black Smoke” attracted 1,208 votes or 18.32% of all votes cast.
The top three is rounded out by another German act — Jamie-Lee with “Ghost” from 2016.
Yes, Germany is the only big five country to win in the 2010s. 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.
Nonetheless, our readers still hold a soft spot for “Ghost” awarding it 740 votes or 11.22% of all votes cast.
Poll results: Who is your favourite last place Eurovision finalist of the 2010s?
- Eurovision 2018: Cláudia Pascoal “O Jardim” (Portugal) 24.1% (1,589 votes)
- Eurovision 2015: Ann Sophie “Black Smoke” (Germany) 18.32% (1,208 votes)
- Eurovision 2016: Jamie-Lee “Ghost” (Germany) 11.22% (740 votes)
- Eurovision 2012: Tooji “Stay” (Norway) 10.48% (691 votes)
- Eurovision 2014: Twin Twin “Moustache” (France) 9.93% (655 votes)
- Eurovision 2013: Ryan Dolan “Only Love Survives” (Ireland) 8.11% (535 votes)
- Eurovision 2019: Michael Rice “Bigger Than Us” (United Kingdom) 7.23% (477 votes)
- Eurovision 2011: Anna Rossinelli “In Love For A While” (Switzerland) 6.72% (443 votes)
- Eurovision 2017: Manel Navarro “Do It For Your Lover” (Spain) 2.35% (155 votes)
- Eurovision 2010: Josh Dubovie “That Sounds Good To Me” (United Kingdom) 1.52% (100 votes)
Total Votes: 6,593
Is “O Jardim” really the best last-placed grand final song of 2010s? Which performance did you vote for? Let us know in the comments.