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> Rank the Host Country entries of the last 10 years, and give a shoutout to some other faves of yesteryear
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AdamAloud
post Jan 19 2017, 06:24 PM
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Who did the best job of following up their Eurovision win? Rank the last 10 host entries from best to worst. There won't be any results, it's just for a bit of fun.

Finland 2007 // Hanna Pakarinen - Leave Me Alone
Serbia 2008 // Jelena Tomašević feat. Bora Dugic - Oro
Russia 2009 // Anastasia Prikhodko - Mamo
Norway 2010 // Didrik Solli-Tangen - My Heart Is Yours
Germany 2011 // Lena - Taken By A Stranger
Azerbaijan 2012 // Sabina Babayeva - When The Music Dies
Sweden 2013 // Robin Stjernberg - You
Denmark 2014 // Basim - Cliché Love Song
Austria 2015 // The Makemakes - I Am Yours
Sweden 2016 // Frans - If I Were Sorry


And in case any of you need educating/a refresher:



















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post Jan 19 2017, 06:26 PM
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Germany 2011 // Lena - Taken By A Stranger [BEST]
Serbia 2008 // Jelena Tomašević feat. Bora Dugic - Oro
Finland 2007 // Hanna Pakarinen - Leave Me Alone
Azerbaijan 2012 // Sabina Babayeva - When The Music Dies
Russia 2009 // Anastasia Prikhodko - Mamo
Denmark 2014 // Basim - Cliché Love Song
Sweden 2013 // Robin Stjernberg - You
Norway 2010 // Didrik Solli-Tangen - My Heart Is Yours
Austria 2015 // The Makemakes - I Am Yours
Sweden 2016 // Frans - If I Were Sorry

Ukraine, send a woman to Kyiv!

Although this is probably my favourite ever host entry, how Estonia didn't the double I'll never know!

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post Jan 19 2017, 06:28 PM
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Ooh putting them like that I didn't realise how good the host entries have been over the years! ohmy.gif

Amazing
01. Germany 2011 // Lena - Taken By A Stranger
02. Azerbaijan 2012 // Sabina Babayeva - When The Music Dies
03. Sweden 2016 // Frans - If I Were Sorry

Great
04. Finland 2007 // Hanna Pakarinen - Leave Me Alone
05. Serbia 2008 // Jelena Tomašević feat. Bora Dugic - Oro
06. Sweden 2013 // Robin Stjernberg - You
07. Norway 2010 // Didrik Solli-Tangen - My Heart Is Yours

Good
08. Russia 2009 // Anastasia Prikhodko - Mamo
09. Denmark 2014 // Basim - Cliché Love Song

Average
10. Austria 2015 // The Makemakes - I Am Yours
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post Jan 19 2017, 07:21 PM
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It really isn't a good bunch, I only have two of them on my Eurovision playlist and I'd happily never hear most of them again. The fact I have LENA so high should be evidence enough as to how bad everything else is.


10 Serbia 2008 // Jelena Tomašević feat. Bora Dugic - Oro
09 Azerbaijan 2012 // Sabina Babayeva - When The Music Dies
06 Russia 2009 // Anastasia Prikhodko - Mamo
06 Germany 2011 // Lena - Taken By A Stranger
06 Finland 2007 // Hanna Pakarinen - Leave Me Alone
05 Norway 2010 // Didrik Solli-Tangen - My Heart Is Yours
05 Austria 2015 // The Makemakes - I Am Yours
03 Sweden 2013 // Robin Stjernberg - You
03 Denmark 2014 // Basim - Cliché Love Song
00 Sweden 2016 // Frans - If I Were Sorry
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post Jan 19 2017, 10:21 PM
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I think most of these are great! Although the weakest four are the most recent four so maybe it was a trend that ended up dying off. The first six are all great.

1. Finland 2007 // Hanna Pakarinen - Leave Me Alone
2. Serbia 2008 // Jelena Tomašević feat. Bora Dugic - Oro
3. Russia 2009 // Anastasia Prikhodko - Mamo
4. Germany 2011 // Lena - Taken By A Stranger
5. Norway 2010 // Didrik Solli-Tangen - My Heart Is Yours
6. Azerbaijan 2012 // Sabina Babayeva - When The Music Dies
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7. Sweden 2013 // Robin Stjernberg - You
8. Sweden 2016 // Frans - If I Were Sorry
9. Austria 2015 // The Makemakes - I Am Yours
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10. Denmark 2014 // Basim - Cliché Love Song

yes, mostly chronological is the way I'm ranking these.
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post Jan 19 2017, 10:29 PM
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Sweden 2016 // Frans - If I Were Sorry
Germany 2011 // Lena - Taken By A Stranger
Sweden 2013 // Robin Stjernberg - You
Norway 2010 // Didrik Solli-Tangen - My Heart Is Yours
Finland 2007 // Hanna Pakarinen - Leave Me Alone
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Austria 2015 // The Makemakes - I Am Yours
Denmark 2014 // Basim - Cliché Love Song
Serbia 2008 // Jelena Tomašević feat. Bora Dugic - Oro
Russia 2009 // Anastasia Prikhodko - Mamo
Azerbaijan 2012 // Sabina Babayeva - When The Music Dies

I don't care for any of the bottom five tbh, I like Hanna and Didrik's songs and love the top three <3
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post Jan 19 2017, 11:15 PM
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01 Oro

02 When The Music Dies
03 Leave Me Alone

04 Mamo
05 Taken By A Stranger

06 You
07 My Heart Is Yours
08 If I Were Sorry

09 Cliche Love Song
10 I Am Yours

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Oro is genuinely an amazing composition of its own right regardless of the 'host entry' tag. It's not exactly a stellar bunch and I only REALLY care for the top three ('Taken By A Stranger' is a bit overrated IMO) but I don't actively dislike any of them (that damn Frans song grew on me dammit!).
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post Jan 19 2017, 11:36 PM
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QUOTE(Ryan. @ Jan 19 2017, 06:28 PM) *
Ooh putting them like that I didn't realise how good the host entries have been over the years! ohmy.gif


Same here!

Sweden 2016 // Frans - If I Were Sorry
Sweden 2013 // Robin Stjernberg - You
Finland 2007 // Hanna Pakarinen - Leave Me Alone
Azerbaijan 2012 // Sabina Babayeva - When The Music Dies
Serbia 2008 // Jelena Tomašević feat. Bora Dugic - Oro
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Germany 2011 // Lena - Taken By A Stranger
Denmark 2014 // Basim - Cliché Love Song
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Norway 2010 // Didrik Solli-Tangen - My Heart Is Yours
Russia 2009 // Anastasia Prikhodko - Mamo
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Austria 2015 // The Makemakes - I Am Yours

Austria is a total dud. Mamo I'm not THAT fond of as a song, but the performance was an iconic mess, Didrik rather on the dull side.

(that damn Basim song grew on me dammit!)
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post Jan 20 2017, 08:16 AM
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01 Serbia 2008 // Jelena Tomašević feat. Bora Dugic - Oro
02 Germany 2011 // Lena - Taken By A Stranger
03 Finland 2007 // Hanna Pakarinen - Leave Me Alone



04 Azerbaijan 2012 // Sabina Babayeva - When The Music Dies

05 Sweden 2016 // Frans - If I Were Sorry
06 Norway 2010 // Didrik Solli-Tangen - My Heart Is Yours
07 Russia 2009 // Anastasia Prikhodko - Mamo
08 Sweden 2013 // Robin Stjernberg - You



09 Denmark 2014 // Basim - Cliché Love Song
10 Austria 2015 // The Makemakes - I Am Yours
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post Jan 20 2017, 11:52 AM
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The last Ukrainian host entry was really significant, I mean, you don't often get songs that are the literal anthem of a revolution on the Eurovision stage.



I also like it. As opposed to considering it the red-headed stepchild of Ukrainian entries. I kinda hope they've got something similarly meaningful up their sleeves.

Oh, and For Real is awesome.



I miss Turkey a lot sometimes.

And of course Hello From Mars, one of the early Latvian epics and one of those early-00s Eurovision songs that sticks with me really well. Almost as good as Brainstorm.



They can be good as the song can be a celebration that the country's just won, Greenjolly, Anastasia & Didrik felt like that especially (and for the latter two felt like a real expression of otherwise-repressed Russian personality for Mamo and made what could have been a dull ballad really sweet instead for My Heart Is Yours).
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post Jan 20 2017, 11:53 AM
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I'll take Germany 2011 all the way. Sweden 2013 is "OK", the rest are varying degrees of woeful. That Norwegian entry from 2010 was a particular low point... rather like the 2010 contest itself.
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