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  • Writer's pictureDale Roberts

Who wins the Women's World Cup of Eurovision?

The FIFA Women's World Cup is in full swing across Australia and New Zealand with the final games of the group stage taking place this week.

32 nations will be hoping they can make it through to the knock out rounds to decide who will be World Cup champion in 2023.

We've looked at these same nations to work out, who would win the Women's World Cup of Eurovision?

To decide this, we'll be looking at the best result these 32 nations had with a female only act at Eurovision.

Any ties (eg both had a win) will be decide by the most times they achieved that result (eg 4 wins beats 2) and then the next best result after that (eg how many runner-ups they had).

For nations outside of Europe, we'll be using artists born or from that nation, rather than heritage or descent.

So let's get in to it, here are the results! (A reminder that this is female only acts, mixed male/female groups are not included).

Who misses out on the last 16 knockouts?

17. Morocco

Best result: 18th

Unfortunately Morocco finish in 17th with their best (and only) result being Samira Bensaïd's 18th in 1980 with 'Bitakat Hob'

Who would make it to the round of 16 knockout games?

16. Portugal

Best result: 6th

In 1996 Lúcia Moniz achieved Portugal's best result at the time, finishing 6th with 'O meu coração não tem cor'. The artist would go on to feature in the 2003 film 'Love Actually'.

15. USA

Best result: 3rd

Kalomira was born in New York and represented Greece in 2008 with 'Secret Combination'. She finished in 3rd place behind winner Dima Bilan.

14. South Korea

Best result: 2nd

Dami Im finished in 2nd place for Australia in 2016 with 'Sound of Silence'. Dami was born in Seoul, South Korea before moving to Australia when she was nine years old.

13. Australia

Best result: 2nd

Next best result: 9th

Australia shares their best result of 2nd place with South Korea (with the same artist) but jumps ahead thanks to the next best being 9th for Kate Miller-Heidke with 'Zero Gravity' in 2019.

12. Denmark

Best result: 1st

Next best: 3rd

Denmark has won Eurovision three times but only once with a female only act. Emmelie de Forest won the Contest in 2013 with 'Only Teardrops'. Their next best result was 3rd in 1989 with Birthe Kjær and her song 'Vi maler byen rød'.

11. Canada

Best result: 1st

Next best: 3rd x 2

Canadian Céline Dion famously won the 1988 Contest with 'Ne partez pas sans moi' and went on to become an international star. Also making a podium finish at Eurovision were Canadians Sherisse Laurence in 1986 for Luxembourg and Annie Cotton in 1993 for Switzerland.

10. Italy

Best result: 1st

Next best: 2nd

Italy is led by Gigliola Cinquetti who on the Contest in 1964 with 'Non ho l'età' when just 16 years old. She returned 10 years later with 'Si' finishing runner-up behind the Swedish group ABBA.

9. Norway

Best result: 1st

Next best: 2nd and 3rd

The female act of Bobbysocks! gave Norway their first ever Eurovision win in 1985 with 'La det swinge'. Elisabeth Andreassen, who was part of Bobbysocks!, returned to finish runner-up at the 1996 Contest in Oslo. Åse Kleveland's 3rd place in 1966 sneaks them just in front of Italy, but not enough to make the quarter-finals.

Who would make it to the quarter-finals?

8. England

Best result: 1st

Next best: 2nd x 4

Sandi Shaw is the sole English female-only Eurovision winner with her victory coming in 1967 with 'Puppet on a String'.

England beat their rivals with one win thanks to their many runner-up finishes. In total, there were four female runner-ups: Kathy Kirby (1965), Mary Hopkin (1970), Sonia (1993) and Imaani (1998).

7. Netherlands

Best result: 1st x 2

The two female winners for The Netherlands were Cory Brokken with 'Net als toen' in 1957 and Lenny Kuhr in 1969 with 'De Troubadour'.

6. Germany

Best result: 1st x 2

Next best: 2nd x 2

Despite both their wins and half their runner-up being female acts, Germany only finish in 6th place.

The two victories came from Nicole in 1982 with 'Ein bißchen Frieden' and Lena in 2010 with 'Satellite'.

Katja Ebstein with 'Theater' and Lena Valaitis with 'Johnny Blue' finished runner-up in back-to-back years, 1980 and 1981 respectively.

5. Spain

Best result: 1st x 2

Next best: 2nd x 3

Like Germany, both wins for Spain came from female artists. Massiel won in 1968 with 'La La La' and Salomé won on home soil with 'Vivo cantando' the following year.

The three runner-ups for female Spanish artist came from Karina (1971) ,the Peruvian-born Betty Missiego (1979) and Anabel Conde (1995).

Who would make the semi-finals?

4. Switzerland

Best result: 1st x 2

Next best: 2nd x 3 and 3rd x 3

Switzerland famously won the very first Eurovision Song Contest with Lys Assia taking out the crown with 'Refrain'. And the aforementioned Canadian Céline Dion won their second crown in 1988 for the nation.

Lys Assia would finish runner-up two years after her first victory with other 2nd place finishers being Esther Ofarim (1963) and Daniela Simons (1986). Their three 3rd places get them ahead of Spain, with the most recent of these being Annie Cotton in 1993.

3. Sweden

Best result: 1st x 4

Next best: 3rd x 3

Loreen is famously the only female to win the Contest twice with her victories in 2012 with 'Euphoria' and 2023 with 'Tattoo'. Other female winners for Sweden have been Carola with 'Fångad av en stormvind' in 1991 and Charlotte Nilsson in 1999 with 'Take Me To Your Heaven'.

Sweden's third place getters were Carola (1983), Kikki Danielsson (1985) and Sanna Nielsen (2014).

Who would make the final?

2. Ireland

Best result: 1st x 4

Next best: 2nd x 1

They may have the most wins (equal with Sweden) but they don't take out the Women's World Cup version!

Ireland has four wins from female artists: Dana was their first winner in 1970 with 'All Types of Everything', Linda Martin won in 1992 with 'Why Me', Niamh Kavanagh won on home soil with 'In Your Eyes' in 1993 and

Eimear Quinn won in 1996 with 'The Voice'.

Ireland's only female runner-up was Linda Martin in 1983 with 'Terminal 3'.

Who is our Eurovision Women's World Cup champion??

1. France!

Best result: 1st x 4

Next best: 2nd x 5

Vive la France! They take out the title thank to countless great results for their female artists over the history of Eurovision.

Four of France's five Eurovision victories have come from female artists. They were: Jacqueline Boyer in 1960 with 'Tom Pillibi', Isabelle Aubret in 1962 with 'Un premier amour', Frida Boccara in 1969 with 'Un jour, un enfant' and Marie Myriam in 1977 with 'L'Oiseau et l'Enfant'.

While their five runner-ups were ALL from female artists. They were: Paule Desjardins (1957), Catherine Ferry (1976), Joëlle Ursull (1990), Amina (1991) and Barbara Pravi (2021).

The real Women's World Cup comes to a conclusion with the final on August 20.

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