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Hitting the right note: Vocal highs and lows at Eurovision

22 January 2017 at 10:30 CET
When it comes to the Eurovision Song Contest the live vocal is everything and hitting the right notes can make all the difference when it comes to results. Today we look back at some of the more memorable notes at the Eurovision Song Contest. 

The Eurovision Song Contest is often known for its big, belting ballads and the same is true of the performers. Over the years we have seen big voices perform on the big stage. Ruth Lorenzo showed off her impressive vocal range when she performed Dancing In The Rain for Spain in 2014 and in Stockholm last year FYR Macedonia's Kaliopi ended her song, Dona, in a way that only she could. 

Aside from the belting notes, there are the long ones too and Ukraine's Tina Karol demonstrated her impressive set of lungs in 2006 with Show Me Your Love. Malta's Mary Spiteri held one of the longest notes ever sung on the Eurovision stage in 1992 with her song Little Child.

Then there are the vocals that don't quite hit the right note. The girl group XXL represented FYR Macedonia in 2000 and delivered some interesting notes on the night. Justine Pelmelay represented The Netherlands in 1989 and as she went for the big note at the end of the song, her voice famously cracked. The look of disappointment and frustration was etched onto her face (pictured below). 



Some performances are noteworthy for their high pitch, examples include Bulgaria and Sweden's entries in 2009 as well as Poland's entry in 1995, Sama. France's representative in 1999, Nayah, performed Je veux donner ma voix in Jerusalem, holding exceptionally high note for an exceptionally long time. Romania's entry in 2013, It's My Life, saw singer Cezar break into an impressive falsetto whilst Maja Blagdan's high note for Croatia in 1996 even prompted UK commentator Terry Wogan to interrupt her performance with the line "steady, woman!"

Check out our montage of memorable notes below!