Since 1956, the Eurovision Song Contest has been a mainstay for international television audiences. It's either an event of great music from the best musical artists across Europe, or a day of escapist, campy, and ridiculous fun (complete with drinking games).
As an American who has experienced her very first Eurovision this year, I wanted to learn more about this long running musical event that evaded my whole life (and to stave off impatience for next year's contest). As I listened to a playlist of past Eurovision winning songs and watched a series of Youtube videos ranking songs from previous contests, I was surprised to recognize many familiar names that have competed in Eurovision in the past. A few have even won Eurovision!
While I pick up the pieces of my blown mind, let's take a chronological journey of the fifteen artists--ranging from international pop sensations to one-hit wonders--who have participated in Eurovision in the past, and you never knew about it until now. Oh, there's a going to be a special little bonus for a certain dance show that started out as an Eurovision interval act and became a theater and television sensation in its own right.
Rebecca Woolf is an aspiring film archivist with a film school degree and a near-encyclopedic knowledge about film and television. There is a reason one of her nicknames is HMDB, the Human Movie Database. Oh, and she's a Whovian too.