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Best and worst ESC entries of your home country

Sammy

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best:
Timna Brauer - Die Zeit ist einsam (incredlibly beautiful lyrics)
Conchita Wurst - Rise like a Phoenix (obviously)
Udo Jürgens - Merci Cherie
George Nußbaumer - Weil's dr guat goht

honorable mentions: César Sampson, Zoe, The Rounder Girls, Karel Gott

worst:
Trackshittaz - Woki mit deim Popo
Alf Poier - Weil der Mensch zählt
Wilfried - Mona Lisa (mainly because of the vocal performance, the song itself was acceptable)
Manuel Ortega - Say a word (I have the feeling he took it literally and just used that one word for the whole song)

not-so-honorable mentions: Bob Martin, Christina Simon, Eleonore Schwarz, Ferry Schwarz, Harry Winter (we had a pretty bad start into Eurovision tbh :lol: )
 

Stiven

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Best:
Kaliopi Crno i Belo/Црно и Бело
I like Proud too but I prefer Crno i Belo.

Worst:
Martin Vucic Make My Day
NF scandal aside this is just bad not entertainingly bad just bad.
Esma i Lozano pred da se razdeni/пред да се раздени.
Same as Make my day.
 

randajad

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Best:
2006 | Hari Mata Hari - Lejla
Honorable mentions:
2007 | Marija Šestić - Rijeka bez imena
2009 | Regina - Bistra voda

In the 90s there were a few good songs, but mostly they were a bit boring. Our debut entry tho, pure class, love it. Early 2000s were okay I guess, mostly because I remember them as some childhood utopia years, but the real tea is how good were our late 2000s. I love every single of these songs, even Laka. 2010s were good as well, not as epic tho.

Worst:
2001 | Nino Pršeš - Hano
2004 | Deen - In the Disco

-I still cannot comprehend that Vesna Pisarović wrote In the Disco. It really is bad, but for all the same reasons I love it. It was such a fun, so over the top performance, I think everyone in Bosnia were at the same time shocked and supporting it :lol:
-Hano was just bad. :lol:
 
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My favorite :ee: entries would be:

Kaelakee hääl (1996)
Keelatud maa (1997)
Once in a Lifetime (2000)
Tii (2004)
La Forza (2018)

Although the entire streak from the noncompeting 1993 entry to at least 2000 are awesome songs. (I like Everybody as well, but little less than the previous ones)

Least fave... well, the 2005-2008 slump in general because those bad results were well-deserved. Two stand out more though:

Through My Window (2006)
Leto Svet (2008)

The former because 2 Quick Start stuck with the dated Swedish formula that had brought them success before, but was blatantly out of style at this point (Eurovision trends also come and go), plus the song was much less memorable than their earlier efforts and outright copied an ABBA riff. I'm not against international juries as a concept, but the one that selected this was presumably made up of some old Eurofarts considering their taste. And the song had almost nothing actually representative of Estonia either. I feel like it's sort of the "What Love Is" of its day since they share many issues (I'm not including that here because it's too recent to form an objective opinion).
Leto Svet meanwhile was bad on purpose, yes, but that doesn't mean I have to appreciate it, and even though I'm Estonian I definitely didn't get the "Estonian humor" that supposedly was its appeal (unless it refers to the xenophobic implications, and those alone are off-putting even if the song had any musical merit).
 

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Worst:
1. Atlantis 2000 - Dieser Traum darf niemals sterben 1991
This would have been my no. 4 on the list!
It‘s so incredibly bad. Don’t you think the singer looks like Ned Flanders (The Simpsons) ? :ROFLMAO:
 

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I'm not familiar enough with pre 2010 contests, so I'll judge only the :fr: entries from the past decade

TOP 3 (no ranked)
Jessy Matador - Allez Ola Olé (2010)
I would have never guessed this song was one of our ESC entry, this just screams 2010's French Summer Hit, far from what we usually send. Fun fact, it was at the same time the French football team's theme song for the WC (and we saw how it went...)
Anggun - Echo (You and I) (2012)
Amandine Bourgeois - L'Enfer et Moi (2013)

BOTTOM 3 (not ranked)
Amaury Vassili - Sognu (2011)
Actually I'm really, really, glad we sent something in Corsican. My absolute dream would be to have an entry in Basque or Breton, unfortunately we can't even manage to send an entry in 100% French nowadays. But back to the song, I don't connect with it unfortunately, it feels flat.
Lisa Angell - N'oubliez pas (2015)
Twin Twin - Moustache (2014)
I can't take this song seriously. I know it is meant to be a joke entry, but it is... too much. Or maybe not enough. The fact I understand the lyrics doesn't help either.
 
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3 best:
1994 - "To nie ja"
2014 - "My Słowianie"
1997 - "Ale jestem"

3 worst: (even feel ashamed writing them)
2001 - "2 long"
2005 - "Czarna dziewczyna"
2007 - "Time to Party"
 

0scar

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From last decade:

Best
2019 - Arcade
2013 - Birds
2014 - Calm after the Storm

Worst
2011 - Never Alone
2018 - Outlaw in 'em
2010 - Ik ben verliefd (Sha-la-lie)
 

VikingTiger

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Best:
1995 - Nocturne
2008 - Hold on Be Strong
2009 - Fairytale
2013 - I feed You My Love

Worst:
1997 - San Francisco
2007 - Ven a Bailar Conmigo
2018 - That's How You Write a Song
 

MyHeartIsYours

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United Kingdom

Best to worst this Millennium:
01 2007 Scooch "Flying The Flag (For You)" - 12 points
02 2009 Jade Ewen "It's My Time" - 12 points
03 2013 Bonnie Tyler "Believe In Me" - 12 points
04 2016 Joe & Jake "You're Not Alone" - 10 points
05 2011 Blue "I Can" - 10 points
06 2012 Engelbert Humperdinck "Love Will Set You Free" - 10 points
07 2020 James Newman "My Last Breath" - 10 points
08 2003 Jemini "Cry Baby" - 8 points
09 2005 Javine "Touch My Fire" - 8 points
10 2006 Daz Sampson "Teenage Life" - 7 points
11 2004 James Fox "Hold Onto Our Love" - 7 points
12 2014 Molly "Children Of The Universe" - 6 points
13 2017 Lucie Jones "Never Give Up On You" - 6 points
14 2002 Jessica Garlick "Come Back" - 6 points
15 2015 Electro Velvet "Still In Love With You" - 4 points
16 2010 Josh Dubovie "That Sounds Good To Me" - 3 points
17 2018 SuRie "Storm" - 2 points
18 2019 Michael Rice "Bigger Than Us" - 1 point
19 2001 Lindsay "No Dream Impossible" - 1 point
20 2008 Andy Abraham "Even If" - 0 points
21 2000 Nicki French "Don't Play That Song Again" - 0 points
 

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Since I don't know too much about the songs before 2000, I'll take the millenium:

Worst
1. No Angels – Disappear 2008
2. Lou – Let's get happy 2003
3. Corinna May – I can't live without music 2002

Best:
1. Lena – taken by a stranger 2011
2. Roman Lob – Standing still 2012
3. Jamie-Lee Ghost 2016
 

midnightsun

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United Kingdom

Best to worst this Millennium:
01 2007 Scooch "Flying The Flag (For You)" - 12 points
02 2009 Jade Ewen "It's My Time" - 12 points
03 2013 Bonnie Tyler "Believe In Me" - 12 points
04 2016 Joe & Jake "You're Not Alone" - 10 points
05 2011 Blue "I Can" - 10 points
06 2012 Engelbert Humperdinck "Love Will Set You Free" - 10 points
07 2020 James Newman "My Last Breath" - 10 points
08 2003 Jemini "Cry Baby" - 8 points
09 2005 Javine "Touch My Fire" - 8 points
10 2006 Daz Sampson "Teenage Life" - 7 points
11 2004 James Fox "Hold Onto Our Love" - 7 points
12 2014 Molly "Children Of The Universe" - 6 points
13 2017 Lucie Jones "Never Give Up On You" - 6 points
14 2002 Jessica Garlick "Come Back" - 6 points
15 2015 Electro Velvet "Still In Love With You" - 4 points
16 2010 Josh Dubovie "That Sounds Good To Me" - 3 points
17 2018 SuRie "Storm" - 2 points
18 2019 Michael Rice "Bigger Than Us" - 1 point
19 2001 Lindsay "No Dream Impossible" - 1 point
20 2008 Andy Abraham "Even If" - 0 points
21 2000 Nicki French "Don't Play That Song Again" - 0 points
Just swap Electro Velvet with Scooch and your first ten entries are my my top 10 UK entries as well - not exactly in that order but almost and who knew there‘d be anyone else who’d rank Joe & Jake, Bonnie Tyler, Jemini and Engelbert that high:love:
 

MyHeartIsYours

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Just swap Electro Velvet with Scooch and your first ten entries are my my top 10 UK entries as well - not exactly in that order but almost and who knew there‘d be anyone else who’d rank Joe & Jake, Bonnie Tyler, Jemini and Engelbert that high:love:
Haha, well actually when it was first released Electro Velvet would have been high up on my list too, I really liked it. But after the live performance and over time it has dropped down the rankings :p Joe & Jake, Bonnie Tyler and Jemini I have always really liked, whereas Engelbert is the opposite to Electro Velvet and gone up the rankings over time!
 

watersoup

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Not familiar with too many of our entries before around 2000 but here goes:

Best: (by a huge distance)
1996, Gina G - Ooh Aah... Just A Little Bit

Worst:
2010, Josh Dubovie - That Sounds Good To Me
Honorable mentions to Michael Rice and Electric Velvet.
 

LastDreamer

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Just swap Electro Velvet with Scooch and your first ten entries are my my top 10 UK entries as well - not exactly in that order but almost and who knew there‘d be anyone else who’d rank Joe & Jake, Bonnie Tyler, Jemini and Engelbert that high:love:
2002
1. Jessica Garlick - Come Back (United Kingdom) (All-time - 83rd place)

2. Malene Mortensen - Tell Me Who You Are (Denmark)
3. Ira Losco - Seventh Wonder (Malta)

2003
1. Esther Hart - One More Night (Netherlands)
2. Birgitta Haukdal - Open Your Heart (Iceland)
3. Jemini - Cry Baby (United Kingdom)

2007
1. Scooch - Flying The Flag (For You) (United Kingdom) (All-time - 46th place)

2. Dervish - They Can't Stop The Spring (Ireland)
3. Evridiki - Comme Ci, Comme Ca (Cyprus)

2013
1. Krista Siegfrids - Marry Me (Finland)
2. Birgit Oigemeel - Et Uus Saaks Alguse (Estonia)
3. Bonnie Tyler - Believe In Me (United Kingdom) (All-time - 50th place)

Other top 10 :uk: results in 21st century :

Nicki French - 6th place in 2000
Lindsay Dracass - 4th place in 2001
Josh - 9th place in 2010
Engelbert - 9th place in 2012

Molly - 8th place in 2014
Electro Velvet - 7th place in 2015
Lucie Jones - 9th place in 2017
Michael Rice - 10th place in 2019
 

tomos2019

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According to that I have the UK in my top 10 7 times in the 00s and 10s(2000 4th 2001 2nd 2002 4th 2005 3rd 2011 1st 2016 8th 2019 7th) and I also have 2010 and 2012 quite high. I generally hate grouping the 00s with the 2010s in most things though, I mean I left school in literally 2009 so the 2000s are very distinct in my mind.
 
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