Monthly Archives: May 2016

406 To Katalava Arga – Lia Vissi (Cyprus, 1985)

With eight entries between No. 483 and No. 406, Cyprus have more songs in the bottom quintile of our Top 500 than any nation. Although born in Cyprus, Evangelia Vissi moved to Athens aged 17 and six years later experienced her first taste of Eurovision as a … Continue reading

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407 Judy, Min Vän – Tommy Körberg (Sweden, 1969)

1969 will forever be remembered as the year of the four winners: Spain, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and France all scored 18 points and as there was no rule in place at the time to determine an outright winner the … Continue reading

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408 The War Is Not Over – Walters & Kazha (Latvia, 2005)

Latvia were the last of the three Baltic nations to enter Eurovision. Estonia had first taken part in 1993’s pre-selection in Ljubjana, then appeared at Eurovision proper the following year (see No. 472) alongside neighbours Lithuania. Latvia’s debut would not be for another six years, but … Continue reading

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409 Water – Elitsa Todorova & Stoyan Yankoulov (Bulgaria, 2007)

2007 was a landmark year for Bulgaria: on 1st January they joined the European Union and a little over four months later, on 12th May, they participated in their very first Eurovision final. That year was the Balkan nation’s third attempt at Eurovision and it remained … Continue reading

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410 An Me Thimase – Despina Olympiou (Cyprus, 2013)

Despina Olympiou was born and raised in Limassol, Cyprus, moved to London to study piano at the Trinity College of Music, then settled in Athens where she achieved a degree of commercial success as a singer. At Eurovision 2013 Greece … Continue reading

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411 Notre Planète – Maryon (Monaco, 2004)

Monaco were stalwart regulars at Eurovision in the early years of the contest, notching up an impressive series of results. They competed every year from 1959 to 1979 and in that time won the competition once and finished inside the Top 5 on … Continue reading

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412 Geef Het Op – Clouseau (Belgium, 1991)

Following on from Si Tu Aimes Ma Musique (see No. 413) we come to another entry from Belgium, this time sung in Dutch. Dutch is the official language of the Flanders region –  the northern part of Belgium bordering the Netherlands. For cultural reasons … Continue reading

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