You gave us some suggestions on Monday, but now it’s time to mix them in with the huge debates we’re having in the Insight Studios and make up our list of the some of the more famous examples of fan-wank which have fallen at the final hurdle.
Tha ‘Ne Erotas, by Marlain (Cyprus 1999)
It topped all the fan polls in the run-up to the contest and was seen as a real challenger for the Eurovision crown. It came 22nd with 2 points, both of which came from the United Kingdom.
One Life, by Xandeee (Belgium 2004)
Another song which was seen as a possible winner before the 2004 contest. It came 23rd with 7 points, pushing Belgium back into the semi-finals until Tom Dice popped up in 2010.
Je t’adore, by Kate Ryan (Belgium 2006)
The standard bearer of the Fan Favourite, Belgium’s Kate Ryan was high up in the betting odds to take the crown in 2006 and yet failed to qualify. It came 12th in the semi final with 69 points. I don;t think her supporters have ever forgiven the voting public.
Love me Tonight, by Angelica Agurbas (Belarus 2005)
Angelica and Belarus threw everything at this – along with the kitchen sink it was rumoured that over a million Euros was spent promoting this. Shame they didn’t have a singer who could sing though! During rehearsals some bloggers tipped this as a winner. It finished 13th with 67 points.
Era Stupendo, by Paolo Meneguzzi (Switzerland 2008)
Fans seemed to love Paolo and his song (topping the ESC Today “12 to go” poll as the likely winner!) but the voters in Eurovision didn’t agree. The song failed to escape its semi final, finishing 13th with 47 points.
Vertigo, by Olivia Lewis (Malta 2007)
Olivia Lewis tried to represent Malta and failed. Eleven times. She finally won through in 2007 and failed again,finishing 25th in the semi final with 15 points and handing Malta their first failure to make the Grand Final since returning to the Contest in 1991. Perhaps with a bit more work on the song rather than the show might have helped.
Vampires Are Alive, by DJ Bobo (Switzerland 2007)
Another ‘casualty’ of 2007 was the theatrial DJ Bobo. Switzerland was riding high with the bookies in 2007 but as they often do, the voters of Europe had other ideas. Final result? 20th in the semi final with 40 points.
Sata Salamaa, by Vicky Rosti (Finland 1987)
This song has become a cult classic amongst Eurovision fans however the juries ignored it on the night. Final total? A miserly 32 points and 15th in the final table.
Elakoon Elama, by Sonja Lumme (Finland 1985)
Another song from Finland which the Eurovision fans seem to adore and yet the jurors in 1985 overlooked. It came 9th with 58 points. However for Finland at that time this was actually quite a good result!
Hero, by Charlotte Perrelli (Sweden 2008)
There wasn’t a bad word to say about Charlotte Perrelli’s return to Eurovision from the fans, and even Terry Wogan said that Sweden was a likely winner. And then the lights came up, the fans started singing, and the viewers at home laughed out loud at the… courageous styling.
Only ten? Well, the Top Ten, in our opinion. You’ve all got access to YouTube, and the comments, so knock yourself and champion your own favourite once more!