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the joy of eurovision: a listicle

the joy of eurovision: a listicle

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With Eurovision 2016 kicking off this week, we thought it only appropriate to revisit some of the most joyful/deranged moments from years past.

Do you know why Eurovision exists? Originally, the whole point of the international TV song competition was to bring Europe together following the horrors and devastation of World War II. So it’s no surprise, really, that the contest has become synonymous with the celebration of deranged pop ecstasy.

With Eurovision 2016 kicking off this week, we thought it only appropriate to revisit some of the most joyful moments from years past.

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That’s What Friends Are For – The Swarbriggs

Ireland’s 1975 entry was a song reminding us all about why it’s important to help people out of the rain and wear diamante-encrusted, matching blue suits. Oh, and if you ever wondered where the inspiration for Father Ted’s Eurovision song, “My Lovely Horse”, came from – well, here it is.



Dschinghis Khan – Dschinghis Khan

Yes, this is a song about Genghis Khan, interpreted through dance and space suits. The 1979 entry from West Germany came fourth overall and wins our prize for best repeated air punching.



Não Sejas Mau Para Mim – Dora

Portugal’s 1986 entry, which translates to “Do Not Be Mean to Me” was straight-up, classic ’80s pop – with a sweaty sax player thrown in (the best kind of sax player). Dora never amounted to much on the international stage, unfortunately, aside from a Playboy feature in 2013.



L'Amour à la Française – Les Fatals Picards

These guys are literally running for joy. Is that even a thing? France’s 2007 entry is a love song that lovingly takes the piss out of all things French.

Dancing Lasha Tumbai – Verka Serduchka

Ukraine also brought the hardcore happy vibes to Eurovision in 2007 with this song warbled by Verka, a drag character, who appears dressed as a disco ball. The threads, in fact, were by Dolce & Gabbana.