Sometimes, Eurovision disappoints us, and our favourites end up in last place. We go through the stages of shock, sadness, anger – how could Europe place THAT song at the bottom?! We’ve been there, and done that, so now we’re looking back between the years 2006 and 2016 to find our favourite songs which weren’t so lucky on the night and ended up either last place in the final, or even worse, the semi-final. Read on to see our top 5, and then make sure you tell us yours as well!
5. Gipsy.cz – Aven Romale (2009)
Oh Czech Republic, you’re pretty good at sending songs that don’t really do all that well. 2009 was a prime example of this, where the hip hop group Gipsy.cz were chosen to represent the nation with the song called Aven Romale. Sure this song seems a bit stupid at first glances, and I’m sure that a lot of people think this deserved last place, but I’m not one of those people. I really think the song is catchy, energetic and the stage show was actually pretty cool. For this to receive zero points in the semi-final shows that Europe really just did not like this at all, but if you watch this enough, I’m sure the chorus will get in your head, whether you like it or not. I love it, and I’m not ashamed to say it.
4. Kabát – Mála Dála (2007)
Two Czech Republic songs in one list, they’ve outdone themselves! Like I said, they’re often at the bottom of the table, which obviously in these two cases I think is a bit of a crime. Mála Dála is definitely again one of those songs which polarises audiences, but there’s something strange and charming about this song that I can’t really describe or explain. I actually really like the melody, and even though the live performance was, *fine*, I’ll admit it, slightly underwhelming but the actual studio version is actually pretty cool. Definitely underappreciated.
3. The Makemakes – I Am Yours (2015)
It’s criminal that both this, and Germany’s song both got zero points in the final in 2015. They may not have been to everyone’s tastes, but neither of them deserved the dreaded ‘nul points.’ Out of the two, I preferred Austria’s entry by the Makemakes, as I found it to be a classy, simple, raw and well written song which I wouldn’t complain about if I heard it on the radio, and probably wouldn’t skip it if it came up on shuffle. The stage show was pretty simple, until the burning piano, which was a bit of a gimmick but still not as gimmicky as previous Eurovision acts. In any other year, I think this would have been a top 10, or at least a top 15 song, but for some reason, as the host country, everyone forgot to vote for Austria, which is a terrible shame because it’s a great song.
2. Twin Twin – Moustache (2014)
Since the national final used to select this very song, I was 100% team Moustache. Voting was open internationally to select the French entry, and let’s just say, I did my fair share of voting for this. This is such a fun, upbeat song which in no way should have ended up in last place. Because it was so fun(ny) and energetic on stage, I think it was mistaken as a joke song, but the lyrics are actually pretty deep. I love that it is majority French language, and this makes for a very catchy chorus. The audience in the venue were going nuts for this song, but it didn’t translate to votes, apparently so, with this ending up with only 2 points. Absolutely another crime against Eurovision. I LOVE THIS!
1. Intars Busulis – Probka (2009)
You may have already read my review on this song as part of my Eurovision throwback (click here to read the post) but if you haven’t, one thing you need to know about me is I love Latvia 2009. I love everything about it. I love that it’s incredibly energetic, I love that there is so much emotion in the performance, and I love that it’s in a time signature we rarely get to hear at Eurovision. I think the staging for this song was perfect for this song, and for me, this song can only be categorised as organised chaos, but for me it just works. I don’t know if that makes me crazy or what, but this still remains as one of my all-time favourite Eurovision songs. Intars, if Australia was part of the contest back then, and could have voted, I would have given you all my points – no question about it!
That brings us to the end of our top 5 Eurovision songs who finished in last place during the years 2006 – 2016. Going back through the years, this encouraged me to dig a little deeper to remember all those songs I used to love all those years ago, and sometimes even those songs we don’t like on first listen end up being some of our favourites. There are many hidden gems in the realm of Eurovision, and it’s all about digging in the right places!
Make sure to let us know your Top 5 Last places!