Theme Tuesday: Eurovision Song Contest (1982-1987)

This week on Theme Tuesday, we’ll take a look at the legendary Eurovision Song Contest, showcasing some of the best, the worst, and the weirdest performances. An embed-heavy post. Hit the cut to see the videos!

1982: Eurovision Opening (with Terry Wogan of the BBC)
Pythonesque introduction sequence. The dry voiceover and hilarious disco background theme make this a surreal archival gem!

1983: Turkey, “Opera” by Çetin Alp and the Short Waves.
This received absolutely 0 points and tied with Spain’s entry as #19, last in place. Hilariously cheesy and charming.

1984: Eurovision Intermission: Prague Theatre of Animated Drawings
Jim Henson would have approved. An oddity of puppets and performance in black and white.

1985: Israel, Izhar Cohen, “Olé, Olé”
This may bring back more memories of the 80’s than some of us actually want to remember. Took 5th place in the 1985 competition. Peppy and bright and more catchy than it should be! For extra fun, just imagine Journey covering this.

1986, Norway, Ketil Stokkan, “Romeo”
Speaking of 80’s memories and hilarious outfits… Still, like Israel’s entry above, I absolutely defy you to keep this out of your head by the time you finish listening. An unexpected earworm from Norway, which has a (possibly unfair) rep for being terrible in the Eurovision.

1987: Belgium, Liliane Saint-Pierre, “Soldiers of Love”

In a much more excellent universe, this would have been used as a theme in a classic giant robot anime. Pure awesome.

2006: Finland, Lordi, “Hard Rock Hallejulah”,
May be the only time full-body prosthetic hard rock monsters have shown up on the Eurovision stage. Check out the awesome.

2008: Bulgaria, Deepzone & Balthazar, “DJ Take Me Away”

Crazy DJ mixing guitars, turntables on fire (!)  and a nearly combusting stage. A great and energetic performance that steers clear of a lot of the ballad-y idol-pop of a lot of Eurovision entries.

2009, Norway, Alexander Rybak, “Fairytale”
Then again, as we talk of Norway, there’s this. The voice doesn’t quite match the body, he mugs too much to the camera, the backup dancers are insane, and it’s one heck of a stage. It’s very, very poppy, but oddly appealing, leading to the win for Norway in 2009.