Eurovision is one of the highlights each and every year. There’s truly nothing like it. Over the years, Eurovision has produced many memorable stars and acts in one way or another. Some have gone on to become world famous and have illustrious music careers, others have just simply gone down in the rich Eurovision history. But either way, it’s fun to look back on the most memorable Eurovision stars as we prepare for the next edition!

Måneskin

Most Memorable Eurovision Stars - Maneskin
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The 2021 winners from Italy have skyrocketed in popularity since their victory in Rotterdam. They are currently in the midst of the European leg of their Loud Kids tour. When tickets first went on sale in September 2021, the entire tour sold out in 2 hours and the London show sold out in 3 minutes. If you’re selling out a whole show in less than 5 minutes, you’re clearly doing something right. 

Loreen

Most Memorable Eurovision Stars - Loreen
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You may have heard that Loreen will be making her big Eurovision return with “Tattoo” this year for Sweden, but it’s her first entry “Euphoria” that makes her one of the most memorable Eurovision stars. It was a massive success, reaching number one in numerous European countries and beyond. If she takes the crown in Liverpool as she is currently favoured to do, Loreen would become the first female artist to take the Eurovision crown twice. 

ABBA

Most Memorable Eurovision Stars
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Another undeniable Eurovision icon and likely THE most memorable act or stars to come out of the competition. ABBA won in 1974 with Waterloo and went on to become one of the most popular and successful bands of all time. Even if you’ve never watched Eurovision, we bet you can name at least one ABBA song. Their music is a worldwide success even beyond the sphere of Eurovision and has led to two movies and a musical. That’s pretty memorable if you ask me. 

Verka Serduchka

At the 2007 contest in Finland, Ukraine entered Verka Serduchka and the song “Dancing Lasha Tumbai” and has gone on to become one of Eurovision’s most memorable stars. The song itself was described as “the best song to never win Eurovision” in a 2011 article from the Guardian. The performance itself is chaotic, but in the best and most quintessentially Eurovision way, complete with memorable dance moves, three languages and one memorable Eurovision performance. 

Citi Zēni:

You may not remember Citi Zeni. They were Latvia’s representatives last year with “Eat Your Salad” which finished 14th in the first semi-final. Now, you may be thinking, why is a band that didn’t even qualify for the final on a list of the most memorable Eurovision stars? Well, that would be because of their lyrics. The song itself is about eco-friendly living, but the opening lyric is what truly makes it memorable. In a year with lyrics such as “yum yum yum yum yum yum” and “What is the secret behind Meghan Markle’s healthy hair?”, we think “Instead of meat I eat veggies and p*ssy” takes the cake for the most iconic and memorable lyric for the year. 

Buranovskiye Babushki

You may not remember the name Buranovskiye Babushki, but I am confident that you will remember the performance. The 2012 Russian entrants remain iconic in Eurovision lore for their performance of “Party for Everybody”. I mean who doesn’t love six elderly Russian women having a little sing-song and party on stage? This song finished second to Loreen at the 2012 contest in Azerbaijan but you can imagine it winning in many other years thanks to its quintessentially Eurovision style. 

 

So, there you have the six most memorable Eurovision stars. This list could go on, and on, and on, but that just goes to show the power of Eurovision. It’s truly the best time of the year, the week when all of Europe (don’t forget Australia?!) unites to watch this crazy, memorable and exciting show of music. We’re counting down the days until Liverpool 2023!

Now you know who some of the most memorable Eurovision stars are, you may want to know what are some of the best songs. Check out who has won the most Eurovisions too up your trivia!