• Cooper Olsen

Australian Artists in the ESC250 countdown

It is almost the end of another year which means the annual New Year’s tradition of the Eurovision Top 250 (aka ESC250) is back again!

Organised by Belgian fan site, Songfestival.be, this running tradition has fans from around the world, vote on their all-time favourite Eurovision songs from 1956 to present and compiles the votes to see which song reigns supreme. After all the votes are counted, a countdown of the top songs is then played on digital radio station ESCRadio on New Year’s Eve.

The list is always a highlight, with fans backing their favourite Eurovision tunes in hope that they will place high on the countdown. The past eight years has seen Loreen's Euphoria take the number 1 spot year after year. Australia may not have made it to the number one spot just yet, but almost all of Australia's Eurovision entries have seen great success in the countdown.

The ESC250 list has featured a number of Australian artists who have competed at the Eurovision Song Contest. Although Australia hasn't been in pole position yet, it's reassuring to see the support Australia's songs and artists receive from Europe long after they compete.

Below are the Australian artists who have competed in Eurovision and their songs' best rankings in the Top 250:

Dami Im - 'Sound of Silence' (2016)

Top ESC250 ranking = #15 in 2016

Dami Im has not only given Australia its best placing in Eurovision but she has also been the nation's highest scorer on the top 250 taking the 15th spot in 2016. Every edition since, 'Sound of Silence' has been the highest Aussie entry consistently at the top and finished number 22 in the 2019 edition.

Guy Sebastian - 'Tonight Again' (2015)

Top ESC250 ranking - #42 in 2015

'Tonight Again' made the Top 50 in the 2015 edition of ESC250, entering the list at number 42. Half a decade on and Guy Sebastian has stayed in the 250 but at the 224th spot in last year’s edition, the song is at risk of dropping out of the list.

Kate Miller-Heidke - 'Zero Gravity' (2019)

Top ESC250 ranking - #52 in 2019

Our queen Kate Miller-Heidke wowed Europe last year in Tel Aviv. There must be something about an operatic-pop song being performed while swaying seven meters in the air on poles by an Aussie at a European song contest that has left a mark on fans as Kate debuted at number 52 on the list. It will be interesting to see if she can keep her high position on the list in the upcoming edition.

Gina G - 'Ooh Aah… Just a Little Bit' (1996)

Top ESC250 ranking - #68 in 2019

Brisbane born Gina G achieved her highest score in the Top 250 at the most recent edition of the ranking. 23 years after competing with her song 'Ooh Aah… Just a Little Bit' in Oslo, the Grammy nominated song reached number 68 on the list last year.

Anja Nissen - 'Where I Am' (2017)

Top ESC250 ranking - #113 in 2017

The Voice Australia winner, Anja Nissen represented Denmark in 2017 with the song 'Where I Am.' The song debuted on the Top 250 at the 113th spot. This may be because of the common recency bias seen in the countdown as Anja's position on the list dropped significantly, leaving the Top 250 the year after and currently sitting at number 281.

Jessica Mauboy - 'We Got Love' (2018)

Top ESC250 ranking - #127 in 2018

Australia's golden girl, Jessica Mauboy returned to the contest to compete in 2018 after representing the land down under during the 2014 interval act. 'We Got Love' may have been Australia's lowest scoring entry in Eurovision, but it isn't the nation's lowest entry in the Top 250. Jess entered at the respectable 127th spot on the list in 2018 but she might need the love this year. Like Guy Sebastian, Jess is at risk of dropping under the 250 in the 2020 edition of Top 250 as she currently is sitting at #223

Olivia Newton-John - 'Long Live Love' (1974)

Top ESC250 ranking - #229 in 2008

Olivia Newton John hasn't gone well in the Top 250 countdown. The 1974 entry, 'Long Live Love' had its best placement back in the inaugural list back in 2008 at number 229. Now sitting at the 668th spot on the list, Olivia's chances of making back to the top 250 are slim to none.

Isaiah Firebrace - Don't Come Easy (2017)

Top ESC250 ranking - #289 in 2017

Australia's 2017 effort is the only entry that hasn't reached the top 250. Isaiah's best placing was the 2017 editions where 'Don't Come Easy' bubbled just under at the 289th spot and has declined ever since sitting at number 549 at the last year’s list.

With the end of 2020 right around the corner, you only have till December 6th to cast your vote in the ESC Top 250. Vote here: https://songfestival.be/en/esc-top-250-2020/