Our Top 10 "novelty" Eurovision performances
At Aussievision we have come up with our top 10 favourite “novelty” Eurovision performances of all time.
For some the “novelty” performances at the Contest is what Eurovision is all about and is expected. For others these performances are more of a guilty pleasure.
A few may feel that these are "joke entries" that have no place in the Contest at all, but what defines a novelty Eurovision act is actually rather broad.
To us, in an ever evolving Contest like Eurovision, these entries are all about fun!
The Aussievision team voted for their best of these type of entries and came up with our Top 10.
Some of your favourites may not have made it here. Some these acts could be your favourite all time entries, for some they are a just car crashes. But you can't deny how much fun and entertainment it gives the Contest.
10. Cezar - ‘It’s My Life’ - Romania - 2013 - 13th place at Eurovision
This has to be one of the most epic entries from Romania. A fusion of "dracula feels", mixed with dance and operatic music genres. Cezar sings predominately in falsetto with dancers around him performing interpretive dance. Let’s call it transylvanian opera-dubstep. It’s one hot mess that surprisingly works.
9. Scooch - ‘Flying The Flag’ - United Kingdom - 2007 - 22nd place at Eurovision
Scooch were flying the flag high for the United Kingdom, but unfortunately it wasn’t Europe’s cup of tea in 2007. You can’t help but not be infatuated to some degree with this pop/bubble gum dance group dressed as an air crew. Douze points for creative! They unfortunately only got points from two countries. 12 points from Malta and seven points from Ireland.
8. Silvia Night - ‘Congratulations’ - Iceland - 2006 - 13th place at Eurovision semi final
Silvia Night may have upset the Greeks, which resulted in the booing you can hear in her performance and threw massive tantrums after the news that she didn’t make it to the grand final in Athens, but at the end of the day she’s an entertainer and Silvia Night was in character the whole at the Eurovision 2006 contest. A guilty pleasure for some, you can’t not love her admiration for herself, in her performance of ‘Congratulations’. It’s the only entry in our top 10 that didn’t make it to the final.
7. Lordi - ‘Hard Rock Hallelujah’ - Finland - 2006 - 1st place at Eurovision
We have probably committed a crime adding Lordi to this list as they are a serious rock band who formed back in 1992. They weren't something just put together for the Contest. But to some it is seen as a novelty act. It is also one of the most epic Eurovision winners of all time. The use of their monster masks and costuming along with the pyro really takes their performance of ‘Hard Rock Hallelujah’ to a level unseen on the Eurovision stage. It grabbed the attention of the televoters back then and won the contest in Athens. There is a possibility if juries were around then this wouldn’t have won the Contest. Mr. Lordi reappeared on the Eurovision stage 10 years after their win for Petra and Måns duet performance of ‘Love Love Peace Peace.’
6. Donatan & Cleo ‘ My Słowianie - We Are Slavic’ - Poland - 2014 - 14th place at Eurovision
Now this act is well know for, let’s say, its butter churning and clothes washing. It was quite a controversial entry due to its suggestive messages. It’s not one forgotten by the Aussievision team, we voted it as our 6th favourite novelty performance. This entry also makes an appearance in the Petra and Måns duet performance of ‘Love Love Peace Peace.’
5. TWIN TWIN - ‘Moustache’ - France - 2014 - 26th place at Eurovision
Lorent’s big hair and the group's highly energetic performance wasn’t enough for Europe and it finished last in the Eurovision 2014 grand final, a first for France in their Eurovision history. But we can confirm ‘Moustache’ has fans in the Aussievision team. The song is so so catchy, upbeat and fun, and is a great party starter at any Eurovision party.
4. Dschinghis Khan - ‘Dschinghis Khan’ - Germany - 1980 - 4th place at Eurovision It is one of the earliest novelty acts in our top 10. Dschinghis Khan finished in 4th place at Eurovision and in the 4th spot in out top 10. The Euro disco pop band saw some success in Australia after go at Eurovision. An English version of their song ‘Moskau’ called ‘Moscow’ was used as a theme song for the Channel 7 coverage of the Olympics that year, held in Moscow. The song reached No. 1 on the national singles chart in Australia for six weeks.
3. Buranovskiye Babushki - ‘Party for Everybody’ - Russia - 2012 - 2nd place at Eurovision
They have to be everybody’s favourite Eurovision grandmothers! Buranovskiye Babushki warmed all of our hearts and partied with everyone at Eurovision 2012 in Baku. They finished in an impressive runner-up place behind the epic ‘Euphoria’ by Loreen.
2. DoReDos - ‘My Lucky Day’ - Moldova - 2018 10th place at Eurovision
One of the best and most creative staging at Eurovision. DoReDos deliver an amazing performance to the delight of any Eurovision fan. It comes as no surprise that it's No. 2 in our list, at the 2018 Contest the Australian jury and televote gave Moldova 10 points in the semi final. In the grand final the Australia televoters gave the performance 5 points and the Australian jurors gave it 2 points. WE LOVE THESE ENTRIES!
1. Verka Seduchka - ‘Dancing Lasha Tumbai’ - Ukraine - 2007 - 2nd place at Eurovision
Verka Seduchka changed the game with an epic performance of ‘Dancing Lasha Tumbai’. It may have narrowly missed out winning the Eurovision trophy to Marija Šerifović’s ‘Molitva’ in 2007 but it now has become synonymous with Eurovision. For some it's a go-to-performance to show people that haven’t watched the Contest what Eurovision has to offer. Aussie’s love it that much that the Aussievision team placed it as our favourite Eurovision novelty act.
What do you think? Do you agree with our top 10? Any favourites or not so favourites in our list? What are your favourite novelty acts at Eurovision? Lets us know in our socials