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International Movie Database (IMDb) ranking of Eurovision shows

If there's anything Eurofans like to do, it's rank things bonus points if they get to vote for them!

And today, we're taking a look at how International Movie Database (IMDb) users rank the Eurovision Song Contest.

IMDb is an online database of millions of movies, TV and entertainment programs and cast and crew members.

All shows can be voted on by users giving them a score out of 10.

We've reviewed how those on IMDb have rated Eurovision Song Contests over the years to see who came out on top. Check out the Top 20 below.

Note: This list only includes Contest with at least 100 votes from the public. Contests with tied rankings were subsequently ranked by the amount of votes received, with the edition receiving more votes ranking higher.

First off, Contests ranked from 20th to 11th:

20. Helsinki 2007 - 6.5

19. Birmingham 1998 - 6.6

18. Kyiv 2005 - 6.6

17. Lisbon 2018 - 6.6

16. Turin 2022 - 6.7

15. Riga 2003 - 6.7

14. Athens 2006 - 6.7

13. Belgrade 2008 - 6.8

12. Copenhagen 2014 - 6.8

11. Düsseldorf 2011 - 6.8

And now, IMDb's top ten:

10. Moscow 2009 - 7.0

(250 votes)

2009 saw the introduction of the 50:50 jury-televote voting system, where viewers and music professionals had their votes combined before awarding points. With a captivating performance, this led to a dominating sweep by Norway's Alexander Rybak with ‘Fairytale’. Iceland got their best placing with Yohanna's ‘Is it True?’, and host country Russia's entry ‘Mamo’ by Anastasia Prikhodko showed the potential of large LED screens, still in its relative infancy in the Contest, with a haunting aging simulation while she sang.

9. Malmö 2013 - 7.1

(205 votes)

Controversial for its use of "average ranking", rendering any announcement of fan-awaited "split results" hopeless, Malmö saw a relatively stripped-back staging compared to the rest of the decade. However, it didn't stop a certain tin whistle from becoming the focal point of Denmark's winning entry ‘Only Teardrops’ by Emmelie de Forest. Other notable stagings include the "glass case" from runner-up Azerbaijan's ‘Hold Me’ and the one-two combo of projector dress and hydraulic lifts from Moldova's ‘O Mie’.

8. Istanbul 2004 - 7.1

(273 votes)

Infamous for eventual winner Ruslana breaking the stage during rehearsals with her stomps in ‘Wild Dances’, Istanbul also gave us the logo we've come to know and love. This was also the first year a public semi-final was used to determine qualifiers into the Grand Final on Saturday. We also got to see Serbia's Željko Joksimović (representing once-unified Serbia and Montenegro), Bosnia and Herzegovina's Deen, Iceland's Jónsi, and Greece's Sakis Rouvas for the first time on the Eurovision stage.

7. Tel Aviv 2019 - 7.2

(304 votes)

Tel Aviv brought back the LED screens after a pointed absence in Lisbon. While fans may have missed them, a number of acts brought their own props on stage to create visually impressive stagings in tandem with the LEDs. Russia's Sergey Lazarev used a series of mirrored/lighted booths, Denmark's Leonora had a large chair, and Australia's very own Kate Miller-Heidke succeeded in crowdfunding the shipping of her staging to create an ephemeral visual experience in ‘Zero Gravity’.

6. Vienna 2015 - 7.3

(235 votes)

The top two acts from Vienna had their own props: Sweden's Måns Zelmerlöw brought his own screen for his stick-figure friend, and Russia's Polina Gagarina used a lit dress in tandem with the staging to create bright staging to match her song. The audience also got to see the increased potential of LED staging and camera automating software CuePilot with Latvia's Aminata and Belgium's Loïc Nottet fully utilizing both intricate camera cuts and dramatic LED staging to increase the impact of their performances.

5. Kyiv 2017 - 7.3

(242 votes)

Although not the first time we've seen a satellite stage away from the main stage, this may be the first and only time we'll see an act win solely using that space: Portugal's Salvador Sobral surrounded himself with the audience and an off-distance LED forest in his winning number 'Amar pelos dois'. In addition to a unique camera shot utilizing the on-stage chandelier from Belgium's Blanche and Germany's Levina, we also had great props with Romania's Ilinca and Alex bringing cannons, The UK's Lucie Jones and her mirrored shell, and host country Ukraine's O.Torvald and their large laser-shooting head.

4. Oslo 2010 - 7.4

(261 votes)

Football fans have France's Jessy Matador. Schlager fans can claim Iceland's Hera Björk. The world at large remembers one particular person, though: Moldova's Epic Sax Guy from SunStroke Project. In another contest without LED screens where Germany's Lena won with relatively simple staging, which bested Turkey's maNga's more dramatic staging, what's the GIF that continues to make its rounds every year? The one of Epic Sax Guy Sergey Stephanov.

3. Baku 2012 - 7.5

(231 votes)

Bronze medalist Baku has produced the reigning champion of the ESC 250 countdown on New Year's Eve for the last decade: Sweden's Loreen with ‘Euphoria. Held in the newly constructed Baku Crystal Hall, the contest spurred a number of trends: Swedish production on entries, projection dresses (host entry 'When the Music Dies'), and the use of water as a staging element (Ireland's 'Waterline'). This was also the last year the running order of the entire contest was fully randomized.

2. Stockholm 2016 - 7.6

(279 votes)

Arguably one of the sleekest productions to date with an overwhelming square footage of LEDs and movable parts, Stockholm also saw an increase in live special effect support with our own Dami Im and Armenia's Iveta Mukuchyan's performances. Ukraine's Jamala used the large amount of LEDs to her advantage enroute to her win, and Russia's Sergey Lazarev brought his own climbable wall to create his first unforgettable performance.

1. Rotterdam 2021 - 7.7

(286 votes)

Arguably buoyed by the breakout success of Eurovision winners Måneskin, the highest ranking contest featured an additional LED panel running lengthwise down the runway to the satellite stage, creating another space for acts to increase their staging impact. Portugal's The Black Mamba, Ukraine's Go_A, and host country Netherlands' Jeangu Macrooy all created impressive staging with this element. On the other hand, runner-up France's Barbara Pravi stripped it back and kept the spotlight on herself.

"How about the semi-finals?", you may ask. IMDb users ranked them as the following:

10. Rotterdam 2021 Thursday - 7.0 (67 votes)

9. Turin 2022 Thursday - 7.1 (40 votes)

8. Turin 2022 Tuesday - 7.1 (44 votes)

7. Tel Aviv 2019 Thursday - 7.1 (57 votes)

6. Vienna 2015 Thursday - 7.3 (34 votes)

5. Malmö 2013 Tuesday - 7.3 (43 votes)

4. Rotterdam 2021 Tuesday - 7.3 (64 votes)

3. Kyiv 2017 Thursday - 7.5 (25 votes)

2. Stockholm 2016 Thursday - 7.5 (42 votes)

1. Stockholm 2016 Tuesday - 7.6 (52 votes)

While the rankings skew overwhelmingly within the last handful of years, it's clear IMDb voters ranked Stockholm's Contest in 2016 as the best week-long experience.

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