10 most infamous Eurovision performances

We wish we could say they were music to our ears...

Wed, 8 May, 12:00 AM

The Eurovision Song Contest has wowed the world with some stellar performances throughout its history. And with the good comes the bad… and in some cases the very bad. The good news is that there’s probably not a country that has not ridiculed itself on occasion and it is in that spirit that we look back at some of the performances that probably shouldn’t have made the stage.

PingPong - 'Sameach (Happy Song)' (Israel, 2000)

In 2000, Israel delivered this monstrosity, with its repetitive and annoying cry of “be happy”… Oh, the irony! If the irritating song and its unfortunate interpretation by the PingPong quartet weren't enough, the dress and choreography finished off the Israeli performance.

Rodolfo Chikilicuatre - 'Baila el Chiki-Chiki' (Spain, 2008)

Spain will this year be represented by Alfred and Amaia. Although this young duet out of Operación Triunfo is not among the top favourites, with odds of $81*, at least we will avoid spending the shame of 2008 with the 'Chiki-Chiki'. This joke went too far and it is difficult to explain how he managed to finish with 55 points.

Remedios Amaya - 'Who runs my boat?' (Spain, 1983)

Though we’re fairly certain they won’t deliver a complete dud this year, Spain has finished with zero points on three occasions. 1989 was one such occasion when they presented the world with 'Who manages my boat?'. To be fair, the result was too severe, since the performance of Remedios Amaya was impeccable. However, Europe was not ready for this funky-flamenco fusion and, to this day, it is still a little difficult to stomach.

Dustin the Turkey - 'Irlande Dueze Pointe' (Ireland, 2008)

At what time someone thought it was a good idea to take Eurovision to a puppet screaming for 12 points to the rest of countries through a discotheque song. Ireland, with all its important musical tradition, immolated itself in 2008 with Dustin the Turkey and failed to make it past the semi-final.

Michalis Rakintzis - 'SAGAPO' (Greece, 2002)

The arrival of the new century saw the development of new technologies which led to the rise of songs inspired by the Internet and computers. Yes here Tam Tam Go! I made word games with the @, in Greece, they found it interesting to bring Eurovision a song about passwords. To finish the job, they opted for robotic-futuristic costumes and choreography so limited that it was ridiculous. Not to mention the tiresome melody.

Kreisiraadio - 'Leto Svet' (Estonia, 2008)

The 2008 edition was especially hard for the spectators. We have already talked about the Chikilicuatre and puppet Dustin the Turkey, but we cannot forget about Kreisiraadio, an Estonian comedy trio that gave one of the most bizarre performances of all time with some declaring it the Eurovision song of the century. It is difficult to understand what happened on stage during those three minutes of 'Leto Svet', a song with lyrics in Serbian (to please the host country, if it had not been riddled with grammatical errors), but with phrases also in German and Finnish (?) This year their song will be in Italian, but the solemnity and vocal richness of Elina Nechayeva place Estonia as an important candidate, despite attracting odds of $211*.

Cezar - 'It's My Life' (Romania, 2013)

Romania considered that a kind of Draculian techno-aria in constant falsetto, accompanied by semi-nude dancers, was the best way to be represented in the 2013 edition. As strange as it may seem, it turned out that it wasn’t a good idea at all!

Alf Poier - 'Weil der Mensch zählt' (Austria, 2003)

Rarely, the jokes are well received in Eurovision and that was what happened in 2003. Although it’s hard to believe, Austria finished that year in the sixth position (its best result) with a song that combined childish melody with hard-rock. If that union was not powerful enough, Alf Poier's spasmodic movements gave him that je ne sais quois to round out the performance.

Gipsy.cz - 'Aven Romale' (Czech Republic, 2009)

The last time the Czech Republic competed in Eurovision was in 2009 when a man dressed as a superhero sang an electro-gypsy song. The worst thing about wanting to be funny is to fail in the attempt and the whole performance of Gypsy-cz is a perfect example. When it comes to drawing attention, it is very difficult to find the right key and the Czechs failed miserably when leaving without any points. However, they seem to have learned their lesson and, ten years later, return to the Festival with Mikolas Josef, an artist with Justin Timberlake-style air about him, who is among the favourites despite being able to get odds of $81*.

Scooch - 'Flying the Flag' (United Kingdom, 2007)

Opting for a theme song can be dangerous, and that's how it became clear with Scooch's 'Flying the Flag'. This British group emulated a plane trip without much success. Interspersed messages of the commander and the hostesses like "do you want some nuts?". The song was a best seller in the UK, despite the fact that it failed at the Festival.

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