In the past ten years, every of the winning countries has organized some sort of a national selection, where the public would also have a say in which act is going to be defending the trophy on home soil. Also, the national selections of these countries were more popular than ever in these particular years. We wanted to take a look at the successes of the host countries entries in the last ten years, and find out which one of them YOU like the most.
Anastasiya Prikhodko – a Ukrainian singer, represented Russia back in 2009 with the song “Mamo”, which was performed in both Russian and Ukrainian and ended up in 11th place. Lena defended her 2010 victory in 2011 in Düsseldorf, with the song “Taken By A Stranger” which finished in 10th place. Sabina Babayeva was chosen after a talent-show marathon, and her entry “When The Music Dies” is the best placing host entry in the past 10 years, as she came in fourth. Basim’s upbeat track “Cliché Love Song” for Denmark in 2014 ended up 9th, while Frans’ “If I Were Sorry” ended up in 5th place in Stockholm in 2016.
On the other hand, there are quite a few host country entries that finished on the right hand side of the scoreboard -Didrik Solli-Tangen’s ballad “My Heart Is Yours” only managed to finish in 20th place for Norway in 2010. Robin Stjernberg won Melodifestivalen after going through the second chance, and his entry “You” failed to reach the hearts of the audience and finished in 14th place. Ukraine’s O. Torvald only scored 36 points last year in Kiev, which placed then 24th in the end.
Two host entries unfortunately finished on the very bottom of the scoreboard. After waiting to host the contest again after 48 years, Austria’s The Makemakes failed to score a single point for their song “I Am Yours”. Portugal was of a similar fate, as their entry this year “O jardim” by Claudia Pascoal finished in last place.
Which one of these 10 entries do you like the most? Let us know by voting in our poll here: