Most Disliked and Controversial Eurovision Winners – BMMag

Most Disliked and Controversial Eurovision Winners

In this video, we countdown the most controversial and disliked winners of the Eurovision Song Contest.

None of the songs on this list is actually bad. On the contrary, most of them are quite good and unforgettable with their performance.

However, one thing they have in common, is that they have a lot of people who dislike them due to various reasons and controversies. Some are disliked, simply because people felt there were songs more deserving of winning, while others were controversial for non-musical reasons.

Without further ado, let’s get on with our countdown!

10- Conchita Wurst / Rise Like a Phoenix. Austria’s 2014 winner, Conchita Wurst, with her unusual appearance, is to this date, still one of the most memorable contestants  of Eurovision history. Before the contest, Russian politician Vitaly Milonov, who is responsible for a controversial “anti-gay propaganda” law in his country, asked for the Austrian singer to be excluded from contest, and suggested Russia to boycott the event if the singer remains a contestant. He called Eurovision a “Europe-wide gay parade”.

Conchita Wurst is the stage name of drag artist Thomas Neuwirth. He admitted in an interview, that when he got an offer to host a burlesque show, he kept the beard simply because he doesn’t like shaving. Conchita Wurst eventually won the Eurovision, silencing all the haters. We must admit that Rise Like a Phoenix was a pretty good song, with a melody that sounds like it’s from a Bond movie. We wonder if the Russians are responsible for the high dislike ratio, or is it just the fans of the songs that finished 2nd and 3rd?

9- Ell & Nikki / Running Scared. When we look at the ratings of Running Scared, we notice that Azerbaijan’s singing duo Ell & Nikki, besides having so many fans, also received a lot of dislikes even though it’s actually a pretty good song. Could they have come from the fans of the Greek singer Loucas Yiorkas, who couldn’t even make it into the top 5? Or maybe the people who thought Sweden or Italy should have won it? All the controversy and dislikes aside, We think Running Scared was one of the better songs of a weak Eurovision.

8- Grethe and Jørgen Ingmann / Dansevise. In Eurovision history, 1963 is a year remembered with a voting scandal. The Norwegian jury created a confusion while announcing their votes. Thus, they were asked to announce their votes again at the end of voting. In the second announcement they changed their votes causing Switzerland lose the 1st place to Norway’s neighbours, Denmark. Although subsequent investigations appeared to have vindicated the Norwegians, the incident left a big question mark in our minds.

7- Toto Cutugno / Insieme. Italy’s 1990 Eurovision winner, is actually one of our favorite Eurovision songs. However, ignoring Azucar Moreno’s worldwide hit Bandido was a historical mistake. Bandido is one of those songs you just can’t believe didn’t win the Eurovision. While Insieme won the Eurovision, Bandido was topping the music charts! It was a song that received covers in multiple languages.

6- Dana International / Diva. Dana international, the first transgender person to win the Eurovision, was the focus of discussion in her own country. After it became apparent that Dana would represent Israel, Radical Orthodox Jews were on the streets protesting, some even sending her death threats. The singer put an end to the discussion by winning the Eurovision.

5-Massiel / La, La, La… In 1968, Spanish singer Massiel won the contest with her song La, La, La… beating Cliff Richard’s hit song “Congratulations” with only 1 point. It was somewhat an acceptable result. However, the rumor that the Spanish dictator Franco, had paid some jury members, in order to bring the contest to Spain, so that he can boost the image of his fascist regime, makes this a questionable result.

4- Salvador Sobral / Amar Pelos Dois. Salvador Sobral surely has many fans helping him collect a record number of points for his emotional performance. When Portugal won the Eurovision, beating some very good entries from all over Europe, like Yodel It from Romania, Beautiful Mess from Bulgaria, and Hey Mamma from Moldova, Sobral was bound to get some dislikes!

3- Jamala / 1944. We know this song has a lot of fans. Meaningful lyrics combined with Jamala’s incredible performance, was a recipe for glory. So, why does such a meaningful song receive so much hate? We can explain this situation by looking at the songs that finished in the second and third place. To us, 2016 was a very strong year, and each of the top 3 songs was better than the other. While Australia had a great performance, Russians made quite a noise claiming “the result was political and Sergey Lazarev was the real winner of the competition”. The Russians also claimed that the lyrics of Jamala’s song contained political statements, and that was against the Eurovision rules, thus she wasn’t a deserving winner.

2- André Claveau / Dors, Mon Amour. The 1958 Eurovision winner wasn’t a bad song. But if one of the songs that didn’t win it, is Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu, or by it’s commonly known name, Volare by Domenico Modugno, the result becomes wide open to debate. It was one of the biggest mistakes of Eurovision history that “Volare”, one of the most iconic songs of the 20th century, which was also covered by Gypsy Kings, did not win the Eurovision. Volare is a good example proving that sometimes you win by losing. It was a loser on the night, but time turned it into an immortal classic.

Before getting to number one, let’s briefly remember some other controversial winners that are worth mentioning:

– Lena / Satellite. Satellite, the song that won the Eurovision for Germany, was one of the most entertaining Eurovision songs ever, thanks to Lena’s cheerful performance. However, some still argue that the 2nd placed maNga should have won, for their powerful message, and strong stage performance.

– Carola / Fångad Av En Stormvind. In 1991, Sweden and France collected the same number of points with 146. Sweden was declared the winner as it received more top scores than France. There are still people claiming that France should have won.

– Dima Bilan / Believe. In 2008, Russian singer Dima Bilan won the contest, while Ukraine’s Ani Lorak had the most impressive performance of the night. Although Believe was a good song, it wasn’t better than the Ukrainian entry. Even the 7th placed Turkish entry Deli by Mor ve Ötesi, had a better performance than Dima Bilan.

1- Netta / Toy. At the top of the list is this year’s controversial winner Netta. Eleni Foureira’s Fuego may not become the next Volare. However, judging from the dislikes Netta received for her winning performance, it is safe to say that she is one of the most controversial and disliked Eurovision Song Contest winners of all time.

If there are any other winners you don’t like, please share them in the comments section.

Thank you for watching.

Share this article!

Add a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *