Nick's Eurovision winners: 1997-2016

Warsaw 2004: Ruslana – Wild Dances (Ukraine)

Well have you ever. After travelling to countries we’ve never visited for Eurovision (Portugal, Poland), I finally seem to agree with the winner Europe picked. It is the first winner I can remember to actually see the full show for.
In 2004, my father watched Eurovision. And that in itself was something unique – he normally stays far, far away from the television when that happens. On this night in 2004, my dad sat in front of the television and told us all that he wanted Ukraine to win. And that Ruslana was actually going to win.
We however had already settled for a win from Serbia-Montenegro or Sweden. The surprise was really pleasant when Ruslana was actually crowned the winner. And please note: In 2016, my dad thought Hungary would win. He’s not often right.
So Kyiv stays Kyiv for 2005.

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Nick van Lith

I'm one of the founding members of ESCXTRA.com. Eleven years after the start, I'm proud to say that I am now the Editor-in-Chief of this wonderful website. When I'm not doing Eurovision stuff, you should be able to find me teaching German to kids... And cheering on everything and everyone Greek, pretty much. Pame Ellada!

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