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  • Evanite
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    I personally don't like Eurovision very much. I don't understand how they are and how they choose the winners. It happens that a country with a really beautiful song and a very beautiful performance falls into the 10-12th place, while a very simple and not interesting song falls into the first, second places. Because of this, I don't really like watching Eurovision very much. But I have friends who like it very much. They have a lot of favorite countries that make quite interesting songs. They even have a collection of karaoke songs that they sing in their company. So I will not condemn those people who like Eurovision. I just don't like it personally.

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  • heppolo
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    Originally posted by Mainshow View Post
    "Johnny Blue" was winning material and should have actually won. What a tune!
    Eastern European TV stations had "Johnny Blue" as the continuity music.

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  • Mainshow
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    "Johnny Blue" was winning material and should have actually won. What a tune!

    I'm happy that "Nocturne" is your #2. It's one of my favourite winners in Eurovision history.
    It's magical, captivating and mystical. Clearly, a stand-out!

    Triumphant #1. Well-deserved! It's one of my favourite entries from the pre-1997 era.

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  • heppolo
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    Originally posted by Colbie View Post
    I didn't knew Non Ho L'eta, but it is so beautiful! Thanks for getting me aquinted with this gem! And to think she was only 16.....
    Thank you for stopping by, it's quite a gem.

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  • Colbie
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    I didn't knew Non Ho L'eta, but it is so beautiful! Thanks for getting me aquinted with this gem! And to think she was only 16.....

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  • heppolo
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    Originally posted by Blondini View Post
    I prefer her other song Si / Go (2nd to Waterloo in 74)
    For me they are both great, which is surprising since Gigliola has been in & out of this music biz for a while because of the issues with her voice, but the composers were doing their job well almost every single time Gigliola entered San Remo comptetition.

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  • Blondini
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    I prefer her other song Si / Go (2nd to Waterloo in 74)

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  • heppolo
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    Originally posted by trebor View Post
    Brilliant #1 and, I guess, I would also place it at #1!
    I am glad I am not alone in admiring this song.

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  • trebor
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    Brilliant #1 and, I guess, I would also place it at #1!

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  • heppolo
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    #1 ITALY 1964
    Gigliola Cinquetti - Non ho l'eta


    A different kind of song, as sobby as it might seem, I can't see why this isn't the picture perfect "coming-of-age" story. It might be easily dismissed as another song about love on the surface, but deep down it's a song about the elusive youth, about those bigger-than-life, overwhelming feelings and emotions.
    Gigliola might not be the strongest singer technically, however, even at the age of 16 she had the artistic style of singing that made the whole thing convincing.
    Since the idea of Eurovision originated on the basis of SanRemo festival, this song seems the only rightful winner in my eyes.
    Recently a documentary called "Non ho l’età – The song that touched a generation of immigrants" has been made.

    Thanks to her reassuring aspect, Gigliola found her way into their hearts and those of many other Italian immigrants all over the world. A symbol of the Italy they left behind, she became an object of veneration, resulting in her receiving thousands and thousands of fan letters.

    Four of these letters, having survived intact to the present day, tell of Carmela, don Gregorio, Gabriella and Lorella and of their experience as “immigrants”.


    The studio version of this song was even featured in "Dio, come ti amo!" movie
    Last edited by heppolo; Sat August 3, 2019, 20:00.

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  • heppolo
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    HONOURABLE MENTIONS
    Luxembourg 1965
    France Gall - Poupée de cire, poupée de son

    Bringing pop to Eurovision. Love the tempo and France's disregard for conventional singing technique.
    Germany 1982
    Nicole - Ein bisschen Frieden

    A pan-European #1, and a proud moment for Ralph Siegel and Nicole (12 points from Israel to Germany). I respect the value and the impact, but the original is so sugary sweet that there is one downside. I can't make myself to listen to it anymore, I'd rather choose an electropop Norwegian-language remake by Kamferdrops

    SWEDEN 1984
    Herreys - Diggi-loo diggi-ley

    The infamous and some might say "the worst ever". But if the majority thinks Netta had the first joke entry winner, they might be wrong. However, there is an apparent nordic myth about the golden shoes, so little did I know. This is weirdly memetastic and has the charm of an 80s trainwreck and the first boyband victory, by the way.

    And ABBA's victory was significant for the industry...I guess.

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  • heppolo
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    Originally posted by Blondini View Post
    I loved Deuce. Their album far exceeds any Steps release and most of Girls Aloud's albums. Lisa Armstrong (the brunette) is now known for being Ant from Ant and Dec's (now ex) partner and a make-up artist for Strictly Come Dancing.
    Love City Groove were terrible.

    Nocturne is alright.
    Love City Groove was the BBCs vision of 90s rap, I didn't like it, but it was kinda funny to hear Terry Wogan cheering for it.
    Deuce at least needed to hire some proper backing vocalists for the gig.

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  • LastDreamer
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    Originally posted by Blondini View Post
    Love City Groove were terrible.
    Indeed, any other song in "A Song For Europe"'95 was better.
    How this entry was selected instead Samantha Fox, Deuce or Dear Jon ?

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  • Blondini
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    Originally posted by heppolo View Post
    Deuce had a great song on their hands, but they couldn't really sing live at all, and back in the 90s this would have been an issue with the juries. The end result would have been the same UK had with Gina G a year later, but maybe Deuce would have had a bigger hit on the back of a Eurovision entry, that is true.
    I loved Deuce. Their album far exceeds any Steps release and most of Girls Aloud's albums. Lisa Armstrong (the brunette) is now known for being Ant from Ant and Dec's (now ex) partner and a make-up artist for Strictly Come Dancing.
    Love City Groove were terrible.

    Nocturne is alright.

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  • trebor
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    Have 0 clues, now! Intrigued...

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  • heppolo
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    Originally posted by LastDreamer View Post
    Possibly your # 1 is Turkey 2003 or Greece 2005.
    A little hint: I am an avid supporter of national language rule (and non-English language entries in general). And it's not in French.

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  • LastDreamer
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    Possibly your # 1 is Turkey 2003 or Greece 2005.

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  • heppolo
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    Here's a short report on Amina's Eurovision journey (w/ English subtitles)

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  • heppolo
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    A word about some of the runner-ups
    "Shoulda, woulda, coulda" is always the case with the Eurovision and here's my list of 5 songs who would have been pretty high in this list if they had won their respective editions.
    #5 GERMANY 1981
    Lena Valaitis - Johnny Blue
    A big hit in the Eastern Europe. Very melodic and melancholic entry. Lena's voice cuts deep.

    #4 ICELAND 1999
    Selma - All out of luck

    Okay, Charlotte win was for all of the blondes like me, but Selma actually had one of the most 90s Eurovision songs that would have been more in tune with what was on the radio back then. Bubblegum music and an uplifting message, so what's not to like here.
    #3 BELGIUM 2003
    Urban Trad - Sanomi

    So this was basically the new age last hurrah in the Eurovision, it lost by a point in the hard fought battle against Turkish ethnopop that year which was a sign of things to come (Ukraine 2004, Greece 2005 winners). Imaginary language's best result at the Eurovision so far.
    #2 ITALY 1974
    Gigliola Cinquetti - Si

    So ABBA won that year, but Gigliola did her best to mount a challenge. The song is a melodramatic, theatrical effort, where the orchestra plays a pivotal part. The arrangement is relatively complex and demanding.
    #1 FRANCE 1991
    Amina Annabi - C'est le dernier qui a parlé qui a raison

    I expect LastDreamer to say this is the second most overrated song of all time
    However, I respect the fact that Carola won that year, but Amina is probably one of the most unlucky contestants ever, since the rule that made her the runner-up in 1991 was later changed the other way round.
    This song combines traditional french, northern african, new age elements in a very mythical, spiritual mix.

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  • heppolo
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    Originally posted by LastDreamer View Post
    Deuce should win in that year, but UK did very wrong choice.
    Deuce had a great song on their hands, but they couldn't really sing live at all, and back in the 90s this would have been an issue with the juries. The end result would have been the same UK had with Gina G a year later, but maybe Deuce would have had a bigger hit on the back of a Eurovision entry, that is true.

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  • heppolo
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    Originally posted by LastDreamer View Post
    Most overrated ESC entry.
    Really though? It wasn't a hit, never really charted anywhere, it wasn't even the most commercially successful out of all 1995 entries. It has a very positive ESC community response for (obviously) quite complex and rich arrangement, the vocal's input ain't bad either.
    By the way, my 1995 faves are "Sama" and "Fra Mols Til Skagen", whilst "Nocturne" might probably only be 4th or 5th in my own 1995 ranking (depending on my mood), that contest was quite sombre, chamber and "high-brow".

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  • LastDreamer
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    Most overrated ESC entry, even more than "Euphoria".

    Secret Garden - Nocturne (21st place from 23 entries) - 2 / 10

    Deuce should win in that year, but UK did very wrong choice.
    Last edited by LastDreamer; Thu August 1, 2019, 14:30.

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  • heppolo
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    #2 NORWAY 1995
    Secret Garden - Nocturne


    The classical case of "if you can't beat them join them". 90s Eurovision was all about new age music and Irish sounds, so Norway found a violin (and an Irish violinist) on their path to the ultimate glory.
    Some people complain that the song barely has any lyrical and vocal input in it, which is true. But in a grand scheme of things, this is definitely a winner like none other. Also this song is probably quite painful for Spanish Eurofans since they got so close with "Vuelve Conmigo" that year.
    Others might say Shrek used a variation of this melody, but actually Secret Garden is a bit more than just this occasional Eurovision glory and soundtracks. At the end of the day, "You Raise Me Up" was penned by Secret Garden, and Rolf Løvland is one of the few people that won Eurovision twice (also as the "La Det Swinge" songwriter).
    "Nocturne" even had a music video (11 million views is quite impressive for the 90s ESC winner).

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  • heppolo
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    Originally posted by LOVE+FEAR View Post
    I agree with everything on this page!

    Love Finland, Portugal & Israel and dislike Azerbaijan & Russia (in the mentioned years).
    Thank you for commenting!
    Russia had so many better entries than "Believe" (even Dima's own 2006 entry was better than that mess).

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  • heppolo
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    Originally posted by LastDreamer View Post
    "Diva" was released in UK only in the end of June, that's why it wasn't a big hit.
    oh yeah, thank you for the correction, I think the official release date in the United Kingdom was around 15.06.1998, so #11 was probably the best it could have got

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