CAFFE` LATTE` PRESENTS
The Eurovision Song Contest has a reputation for cheesy, camp, over the top and downright ridiculous entries, but there have been exquisite gems too. This countdown looks back on 60 of the finest songs performed as part of the ESC spanning the years 1956 to 2017.
The first song to win Eurovision was performed in French by Lys Assia who passed away in March aged 94. She represented Switzerland again in 1957 and 1958.
Performed in Estonian, "Kuula" ("Hear Me") finished in 6th place at the ESC Grand Final.
"Zbudi Se" translates as "Wake Up" and was performed in Slovene by Tanja Ribic. She achieved a Top 10 ranking .
L'OISEAU ET L'ENFANT
France has yet to accomplish another win at Eurovision after the catchy "L'Oiseau Et L'Enfant" (The Bird And The Child").
EG A LIF
"Eg A Lif" is Icelandic for "I'm Alive". The stirring ballad was performed by Eythor Ingi Gunnlaugsson.
SAN MARINO 2014
This song is the only entry from San Marino that has qualified for the Grand Final. It was the 3rd consecutive time Valentina Monetta represented the tiny republic.
Dressed sharply in his suit, Italian singer Marco Mengoni cast his spell over the Eurovision audience with "L'Essenziale" ("The Essential"), a song he co-wrote. It landed in 7th place.
Isabelle Aubret had won Eurovision for France in 1962 but returned with "La Source". It was co-written by Guy Bonnet who would represent France himself twice. He is further up on this list with 1 of the 2 songs. "La Source" finished 3rd out of a field of 17 competitors.
Moldovan singer Aliona Moon performed "O Mie" ("A Thousand") in 2013. She had been the backing singer for Pasha Parfeny the previous year. He co-wrote "O Mie" which Moon sang in Romanian.
Zoe co-wrote "Loin D'Ici" (French for "Far From Here") which remains Austria's best post-Conchita Wurst performing entry at Eurovision.