Azimo’s pan-European team will be glued to the Eurovision Song Contest this weekend, along with 200 million other fans around the world, cheering on everyone from Serbia to France. We’re hugely excited as it’s always a brilliantly entertaining night. So, to get everyone in the mood, we’re counting down ten of the most odd, amusing and plain awful performances of all time.
10. Lazy Bums, Israel, 1987
9. Donatan & Cleo, Poland, 2014
8. PingPong, Israel, 2000
7. Guildo Horn, Germany, 1998
6. Valentina Monetta, San Marino, 2012
5. Daz Sampson, UK, 2006
4. Dustin the Turkey, Ireland, 2008
3. Twin Twin, France, 2014
2. Michalis Rakintzis, Greece, 2002
1. Jemini, UK, 2003
This Israeli comedy duo, dressed up in Blues Brothers-style suits, ties and sunglasses, mixed up singing with a full-on slapstick dance routine during their brilliantly bonkers rendition of ‘Shir Habatlanim’. The judges enjoyed it and it finished eighth on the leaderboard.
This saucy Polish entry made it to No.2 in the charts, but that was probably down more to the raunchy on-stage cleavage shots of milkmaids and washerwomen than the screechy song itself. ‘We’re Slavic girls, we know how to use our charming beauty’, went the chorus. After watching this, it’s hard to disagree.
Another flop from Israel, this mismatched six-piece outfit weren’t even good enough for karaoke, let alone the Eurovision Song Contest. Out of tune and out of time, their disastrous disco number ‘Sameach’ was about as interesting as watching, er, ping pong.
Who could ever forget Germany’s Guildo Horn, who appeared on stage as a vision in turquoise velvet and frilly white cuffs. He even took time out to play the cowbells halfway through ‘Guildo hat euch lieb’ – now how rock ’n’ roll is that? Not very, Guildo.
San Marino has never made the final and this effort shows you why. Originally titled ‘Facebook Uh, Oh, Oh’, organisers made her change it to the far less catchy ‘Social Network Song’. The abysmal lyrics are the stuff of Eurovision legend: ‘If you wanna come to my house, then click me with your mouse.’
Sampson has had a successful career either side of Eurovision, but his ‘Teenage Life’ dance track, with four backing singers dressed as schoolgirls, was bottom of the class. In the BBC show ‘How To Win Eurovision’, Daz rightly observed: ‘Maybe Europe wasn’t ready for Daz Sampson’.
Ireland has a pretty decent record at Eurovision, but this was a low point for the Emerald Isle. Rolling out a puppet turkey to perform the song was bad enough, but calling the tune ‘Irelande Douze Pointe’ was even worse. How wrong could they be?
France isn’t renowned for its innovative pop talent and Twin Twin did nothing to help the cause. The singer’s quiff was a second-rate rip-off of talentless X Factor duo Jedward and the song ‘Moustache’ was about desperately wanting a moustache. Unsurprisingly, it came last with just deux points.
According to the repetitive lyrics of this modern Greek tragedy, ’S.A.G.A.P.O’ was the password to lead singer Michalis’s love. Unfortunately, though, it didn’t manage to unlock Eurovision success for this bizarre band decked out like a dystopian version of Take That.
What could be worse than one person singing and dancing out of tune? That’s right, two of them doing it together. This was cringingly, hide-behind-the-sofa awful and deservedly came away with nul points. At least the song title was spot on: ‘Cry Baby’!