The Eurovision Song Contest has a huge television audience and with that songs also chart globally. Over the Contests 60 plus years the songs have been covered by many artists around the world.
As today is National Day in Vietnam, which commemorates President Hồ Chí Minh reading the Declarations of independence of Vietnam at Ba Đình Square in Hanoi on 2 September 1945, we take a look at five Eurovision songs that have been covered by Vietnamese artists.
Some of these songs have been covered by many Vietnamese artists, but in this list we take a look at the Eurovision covers by a single artist.
Bằng Kiều - 'Em Đẹp Như Mơ'
Cover of 'Elle était si jolie' by Alain Barrière (France, 1963)
'Em Đẹp Như Mơ', which translates to 'You're Beautiful Like a Dream', is a cover of the 1963 French Eurovision entry 'Elle était si jolie' by Alain Barrière. Dozens of Vietnamese artists have covered the song. Bằng Kiều's version has extra string arrangement and is longer in duration than the Eurovision original. Bằng is predominately a ballad singer and tenor. His Eurovision cover is off his 2011 album 'Lại Gần Hôn Anh'.
Ngọc Lan - 'Búp Bê Không Tình Yêu'
Cover of 'Poupée de cire, poupée de son' by France Gall (Luxembourg, 1965)
The 1965 Eurovision winning song 'Poupée de cire, poupée de son' by France Gall became a chart hit so it's no surprise it would end up being covered by other artists. The song would end up being covered by one of Vietnam's most successful and famous singers Ngọc Lan.
Ngọc Lan's version of 'Poupée de cire, poupée de son' called 'Búp Bê Không Tình Yêu', which translates to 'Doll Without Love' become one of her biggest hits. Ngọc became known for covering nostalgic French-language love songs.
'Búp Bê Không Tình Yêu' has also been covered by the popular singer and songwriter Mỹ Tâm in a catchy dance version. Artists Trúc Lam and Trúc Linh also covered the song in 'Thúy Nga's Paris By Night 52' performance in 1999 at the Terrace Theater in Long Beach, California.
Thanh Lan - 'Vắng bóng người yêu'
Cover of 'Après toi' by Vicky Leandros (Luxembourg, 1972)
Luxembourg's third Eurovision winning song 'Après toi' by Vicky Leandros has been covered by many artists in its Vietnamese-language version 'Vắng bóng người yêu'.
'Vắng bóng người yêu', which translates to 'Missing Lover' is most known for being sung by popular Vietnamese-American singer and actor, Thanh Lan. Thanh's version is known to be covered in 1996. She also performed the song at Paris By Night ASIA 35 in 2001.
Khánh Hà - 'Cô gái rừng mơ'
Cover of 'Eres tú' by Mocedades (Spain, 1973)
'Eres tú' by Mocedades is one of the most covered Eurovision songs ever. In Vietnam it was covered by popular singer Khánh Hà. 'Cô gái rừng mơ', which translates to 'Dream Forest Girl', was release by Khánh in 1993. She became a well known singer outside of Vietnam.
Hồ Quỳnh Hương - 'Vũ điệu hoang dã'
Cover of 'Wild Dances' by Ruslana (Ukraine, 2004)
Another Eurovision winning song covered by a Vietnamese artist is 'Wild Dances' by Ruslana. 'Vũ điệu hoang dã' which directly translates to 'Wild Dance' was released by famous singer Hồ Quỳnh Hương. She has exclusive copyrights in Vietnam for the song.
Hồ Quỳnh Hương has appeared appeared in many contests and music shows from the Asia Song Festival in 2008 to Vietnam Idol as a guest judge and The Voice of Vietnam as an adviser. She is considered one of the top female singers in Vietnam.
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