As the eagerly awaited 2015 Eurovision Song Contest draws ever closer, we wanted to draw your attention to Scandinavia’s rather impressive recent record in the competition. Norway, Sweden and Finland have each won and therefore held Eurovision in the 2000s, demonstrating the creativity and skill that can be found in these countries – and possibly that tactical voting is alive and well in the insular world of Eurovision…
Now seems like the perfect time to celebrate these wonderful (and often incredibly cheesy!) performances, as we keep our fingers crossed that this year could finally see Britain’s comeback!
2006’s competition was held in Athens, Greece and proved to be a night of surprises. Finland’s Lordi, clad in demonesque costumes and bearing monstrous axes, romped to victory with the rock extravaganza ‘Hard Rock Halleluiah’ and a total of 292 points. This classic tune was later released as a single, reaching #1 in the Finnish charts and peaking at #25 in the UK. Well done Finland!
The 2007 contest was then held in Helsinki (the previous year’s winner gets the privilege), with the tag line ‘True Fantasy’.
Norway’s Alexander Rybak emerged victorious in 2009 when the contest was held in Moscow, Russia. His performance of ‘Fairytale’ saw the Norwegian playing the violin as folk dancers performed in the background, and scored 387 points – this is still the Eurovision record! The song went to #1 in the Norwegian charts and later to #10 in the UK; clearly the UK has a soft spot for Scandinavian music!
Oslo then welcomed the Song Contest in 2010, titling their offering ‘Share the Moment!’.
Finally, for our hat-trick of Nordic countries, we come to 2012’s show which was held in Baku, Azerbaijan. Loreen won for Sweden with upbeat dance track ‘Euphoria’, a song which fared well both in Sweden and internationally and, strangely for a Eurovision track, was even well-received by critics!
The eyes of Europe then turned to Malmö for 2013’s Eurovision Song Contest which was given the motto ‘We Are One’.
While Eurovision may not have the best artistic reputation, it cannot be denied that it provides us with oodles of laughs every year, and plenty of catchy tunes besides. Finland, Norway and Sweden have each done what Britain has failed to do every year since 1997, so perhaps we should be taking notes!
Why not experience these Nordic countries on one of our Northern Lights holidays and lets not forget our santa breaks,Lapland which is a region that covers all of these three Nordic countries...we wonder if Santa will be watching this year's Eurovision?