• Kyriakos Tsinivits

ESC250 2021: Results by numbers



The ESC250 countdown is over for another year and 'Euphoria' has won yet again for a consecutive year for a decade now.


But what other interesting results came out of the countdown? We've crunched some numbers.



Countries with the most ESC250 entries


First up, which countries did the best? Sweden was the winner with 25 entries, with Loreen's 'Euphoria' their highest in 1st place, which has remained at the top for a decade.


Trailing behind are this years Eurovision winners Italy with 13 entries with Måneskin making their debut at No.2 with 'Zitti e buoni'.


The countries with the third most ESC250 entries were Portugal and Spain with 10 each. Their highest placed entries were Salvador Sobral with 'Amar pelos dois' in 21st place and Beth with 'Dime' in 9th place respectively.


Australia had two entries make the list this year with Dami Im's 'Sound of Silence' highest at No.39.


List of countries with five or more entries:

  • Sweden - 25

  • Italy - 13

  • Portugal - 10

  • Spain - 10

  • Norway - 9

  • Ukraine - 9

  • France - 8

  • Germany - 8

  • Serbia - 8

  • Bulgaria - 7

  • Greece - 7

  • Netherlands - 7

  • Russia - 7

  • Finland - 6

  • Iceland - 6

  • Switzerland - 6

  • Albania - 5

  • Armenia - 5

  • Estonia - 5

  • Latvia - 5

  • Turkey - 5

  • United Kingdom - 5


Entries by decades


The decade that dominated this years countdown were the 2010's with 104 entries, with 'Euphoria' from 2012 being the highest placed entry in 1st place.

1950s: 1 entry

Highest placed entry: 178. Domenico Modugno - Nel blu dipinto di blu (Italy 1958)


1960s: 6 entries

Highest placed entry: 61. France Gall - Poupée de cire, poupée de son (Luxembourg 1965)


1970s: 9 entries

Highest placed entry: 20. ABBA - Waterloo (Sweden 1974)


1980s: 15 entries

Highest placed entry: 85. Celine Dion - Ne partez pas sans moi (Switzerland 1988)


1990s: 29 entries

Highest placed entry: 19. Secret Garden - Nocturne (Norway 1995)

2000s: 49 entries

Highest placed entry: 9. Beth - Dime (Spain 2003)


2010s: 104 entries

Highest placed entry: 1. Loreen - 'Euphoria' (Sweden 2012)


2020s: 37 entries

Highest placed entry: 2. Måneskin - 'Zitti e buoni' (Italy 2021)



2021 had 23 entries make it into the top 250 countdown out of the 39 that competed in Rotterdam. Montaigne's entry for Australia 'Technicolour' missed out on the ESC250 it landed at No. 297.


The full Top 10 of this year were:

  1. Måneskin - 'Zitti e buoni' (2)

  2. Go_A - Shum (3)

  3. Barbara Pravi - Voilà (5)

  4. Gjon's Tears - Tout L'univers (10)

  5. Blind Channel - Dark Side (29)

  6. Elena Tsagrinou - El Diablo (30)

  7. Manizha - Russian Woman (35)

  8. Hurricane - Loco Loco (37)

  9. Senhit - Adrenalina (40)

  10. TIX - Fallen Angel (56)


Best placed entries by each country


Albania: 76. Eugent Bushpepa - Mall (2018)

Armenia: 66. Iveta Mukuchyan - Love Wave (2016)

Australia: 39. Dami Im - Sound Of Silence (2016)

Austria: 42. Conchita Wurst - Rise Like a Phoenix (2014)

Azerbaijan: 73. Efendi - Mata Hari (2021)

Belarus: 175. VAL - Da vidna (2020)

Belgium: 23. Loïc Nottet - Rhythm Inside (2015)

Bosnia and Herzegovina: 52. Hari Mata Hari - Lejla (2006)

Bulgaria: 43. Victoria - Tears Getting Sober (2020)

Croatia: 90. Doris Dragović - Marija Magdalene (1999)

Cyprus: 6. Eleni Foureira - Fuego (2018)

Czech Republic: 231. Mikolas Josef - Lie To Me (2018)

Denmark: 41. Emmelie De Forest - Only Teardrops (2013)

Estonia: 28. Elina Born & Stig Rästa - Goodbye To Yesterday (2015)

Hungary: 46. AWS - Viszlát nyár (2018)

Iceland: 25. Hatari - Hatrið Mun Sigra (2019)

Ireland: 113. Johnny Logan - Hold Me Now (1987)

Israel: 121. Netta - Toy (2018)

Italy: 2. Måneskin - 'Zitti e buoni' (2021)

Finland: 29. Blind Channel - Dark Side (2021)

France: 5. Barbara Pravi - Voilà (2021)

Georgia: 117. Sopho - Visionary Dream (2007)

Germany: 48. Lena - Satellite (2010)

Greece: 31. Helena Paparizou - My Number One (2005)

Latvia: 45. Aminata - Love Injected (2015)

Lithuania: 77. The Roop - On Fire (2020)

Luxembourg: 61. France Gall - Poupée de cire, poupée de son (1965)

FYR Macedonia: 119. Kaliopi - Crno I Belo (2012)

Malta: 91. Destiny - Je me casse (2021)

Moldova: 94. Natalia Gordienko - Sugar (2021)

Monaco: 162. Minouche Barelli - Boum-Badaboum (1967)

Montenegro: 126. Knez - Adio (2015)

Netherlands: 4. Duncan Laurence - Arcade (2019)

Norway: 7. KEiiNO - Spirit In The Sky (2019)

Poland: 167. Michał Szpak - Colour of Your Life (2016)

Portugal: 21. Salvador Sobral - Amar Pelos Dois (2017)

Romania: 82. Roxen - Amnesia (2021)

Russia: 24. Sergey Lazarev - You Are The Only One (2016)

San Marino: 40. Senhit - Adrenalina (2021)

Serbia: 11. Nevena Bozovic - Kruna (2019)

Serbia and Montenegro: 34. Željko Joksimović & Ad-Hoc Orchestra - Lane moje (2004)

Slovakia: 102. Kristina - Horehronie (2010)

Slovenia: 81. Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl - Sebi (2019)

Spain: 9. Beth - Dime (2003)

Sweden: 1. Loreen - 'Euphoria' (2012)

Switzerland: 10. Gjon's Tears - Tout L'Univers (2021)

Turkey: 27. MaNga - We Could Be The Same (2010)

United Kingdom: 55. Gina G - Ooh Aah... Just A Little Bit (1996)

Ukraine: 3. Go_A - Shum (2021)

Yugoslavia: 110. Tajci - Hajde da ludujemo (1990)


The risers of the year within the 250


The top 5 entries with the biggest climb within the ESC250 were:

Up 79 places - No.88 - Moje 3 - Ljubav je svuda (Serbia 2013)

Up 75 places - No.152 - Nox - Forogi, világ! (Hungary 2005)

Up 59 places - No. 11 - Nevena Bozovic - Kruna (Serbia 2019)

Up 56 places - No. 92 - Sergey Lazarev - Scream (Russia 2019)

Up 53 places - No.168 - MeKaDo - Wir geben 'ne Party (Germany 1994)


The risers of the year from outside the 250

The top 5 entries with the biggest climb into the ESC250 were:


Up 867 places - No.233 - Heddy Lester - De Mallemolen (The Netherlands 1977)

Up 740 places - No.79 - Son de Sol - Brujería (Spain 2005)

Up 454 places - No.118 - Sebastien Tellier - Divine (France 2008)

Up 430 places - No.216 - Friends - Listen To Your Heartbeat (Sweden 2001)

Up 414 places - No.125 - Monica Aspelund - Lapponia (Finland 1977)


The biggest falls within the 250


The top 5 entries with the biggest fall within the ESC250 were:


Down 157 places - No. 232 - Efendi - Cleopatra (Azerbaijan 2020)

Down 121 places - No.183 - Melovin - Under the Ladder (Ukraine 2018)

Down 120 places - No.237 - Sabina Babayeva - When The Music Dies (Azerbaijan 2012)

Down 117 places - No.239 - Tamara Todevska - Proud (North Macedonia 2019)

Down 114 places - No.205 - Koit Toome & Laura - Verona (Estonia 2017)


You can see the full Top 250 songs that made the list here.