Last week, we gave you a basic rundown on the biggest annual non-sporting television event in the world, the Eurovision Song Contest, which is about to start up again, this time in Baku, Azerbaijan.
In our previous post, we put together a list of the ten best contest winners over its 56-year history. But over that same period — and particularly in recent years — some countries have sent some pretty outrageous acts to the competition. In this post, we’ll look at some of the craziest, starting with #8, above, Estonia’s 2008 entry, “Leto Svet” by Kreisiraadio.
This song asks that eternal question, what do you do if your camping hut runs out of gas? The obvious answer? Hump the piano.
7. Scooch, “Flying the Flag,” 2007, UK
Someone actually thought it would be fun to turn one of the most annoying things in life — going through security at the airport — into a pop song. Oh my.
6. Zdob si Zdub, “Bunica bate doba,” 2005, Moldova
Grandma on the drum: adorable.
5. Les Fatals Picards, “L’amour a la francaise,” 2007, France
Is that a cat on his shoulder?
4. Rodolfo Chikilicuatre, “Baila el Chiki-Chiki,” 2008, Spain
These dancers are doing a really good interpretation of having seizures.
3. Dustin the Turkey, “Irelande Douze Pointe,” 2008, Ireland
Continuing a grand tradition at Eurovision: taking the piss out of it. Includes the lyric, “We’re sorry for Riverdance,” a reference to the worldwide phenomenon starting when the Irish dancing style was used as between-acts entertainment at the 1994 contest, which was held in Dublin.
2. Dschinghis Khan, “Dschinghis Khan,” 1979, Germany
Maybe the greatest disco song of all time. Can’t believe it didn’t cross the pond.
1. Verka Serduchka, “Dancing Lasha Tumbai,” 2007, Ukraine
The Guardian called this song — which came in second place — the best non-winning song in Eurovision history.
I’m not kidding.