Songs that won the public's heart20 August 2020 at 10:00 CEST
The scoring system has changed over the history of the Contest, from purely jury-voted winners to a solely-televoted decision, to a current combination of the 2. The last decade was the first in which a 50/50 voting system was established. However, there have been times over the years in which the jury and the public and of course have disagreed. Despite winning the Eurovision trophy, and ultimately the chance to host the following Contest as a major incentive, it's not all that matters - winning our collective hearts with their performances can't be underestimated.
Il Volo - Grande Amore (2015)
This Italian operatic pop trio tugged at our heartstrings when they performed in 2015, so much so that the public gave the artists the televote win. In fact, they scored 80 more points than Russia and 87 more than Sweden - the audience really did fall in love with this powerful entry.
Sergey Lazarev - You Are The Only One (2016)
Already famous in his country for singing, acting and presenting, Russia’s Sergey Lazarev was the public’s favourite in 2016. With stunning stage lighting, perfect hair and technology that made him a part of the backdrop, it's little wonder he picked up so many fan votes!
MELOVIN - Under The Ladder (2018)
Not all acts get the most jury or public votes, but some do go on to gather a huge fan base, even after the competition ends. One such artist is the ever-popular MELOVIN. Despite finishing 17th in the Grand Final in Lisbon, this crowd-pleaser continued to garner a massive fan base. This became abundantly clear in episode 7 of the Eurovision Home Concerts when several fans called out his name, albeit digitally, via the YouTube comments!
KEiiNO - Spirit in the Sky (2019)
You can literally hear the Eurovision crowd sing along to this Norwegian group during their performance in Tel Aviv and it comes at no surprise that they also won the televote in 2019. The electro-pop, Nordic folk melodies and joik - the traditional singing of the Sami people - captured Eurovision fans the world over.
Twin Twin - Moustache (2014)
And then there are just some songs that stay with you. This French entry was a fan-treasured hit and party favourite. Despite finishing in 26th place in the Grand Final in Copenhagen, fans at home couldn't help but jump out of their seat and dance along to this song.
Miki - La Venda (2019)
Another hit that got the crowd singing and clapping along from the get-go was Miki's La Venda for Spain in 2019. Despite finishing in 22nd place in the Grand Final, this hot-hit made it all the way to number 1 in its home country of Spain. The upbeat entry even had the green room jumping up and down!
There are so many fan-favourites to choose from and this is by no means an exhaustive list! Everyone's top 5, 10, or even 20 Eurovision entries, look uniquely different from the next person's. With the end of 2020 fast approaching, we simply cannot wait to find out which entry will win the public vote - and our hearts when the time comes again for Eurovision 2021!
Let us know what your favourite Eurovision songs are in the comments!