The escXtra team’s #ESC250 2020 votes – Part 7 – Matt

Check out Matt's all time top 10 Eurovision entries

Good evening Europe! Good morning Australia! It’s time for another edition of the ESCXTRA teams’s votes in the annual #ESC250 Top Eurovision songs. Each article in the series has been taking a closer look at one of our editor’s top 10 songs from Eurovision history. So without further ado, here are the votes from yours truly!

Modern day Eurovision

There’s no getting away from the fact that I loves me some strong female vocalists! And my top 10 list really reflects that. I found Eurovision in 1993 when Sonia two-stepped her way through “Better The Devil You Know“, but it wasn’t until 2012 and the onset on the modern day contest (I believe) that I became a real fanatic. But more on that later! Let’s get down to business.

Here is the first part of my vote:

  1. Pastora Soler “Quédate conmigo (Stay With Me)” (Spain 2012)
  2. Sonia “Better The Devil You Know” (UK 1993)
  3. Poli Genova “If Love Was A Crime” (Bulgaria 2016)
  4. Katrina and the Waves “Love Shine a Light” (UK 1997)
  5. Brotherhood of Man “Save Your Kisses For Me” (UK 1976)
  6. Dami Im “Sound Of Silence” (Australia 2016)
  7. ABBA “Waterloo” (Sweden 1974)

My honourable mention: Sandra Kim “J’aime La Vie” (Belgium 1986)

8 points: Gina G “Ooh Aah… Just a Little Bit” (UK 1996)

This was such a huge hit in the UK and that alone warrants it’s place in my top 10. I think it’s the best of what the 1990s had to offer; bright colours, overacting from backing dancers, and the most catchiest of catchy tunes!

10 points: Conchita Wurst “Rise Like A Phoenix” (Austria 2014)

Okay, this is way too important to leave out. Graham Norton hit the nail on the head when he commented after Conchita’s live performance that “Eurovision has done something that matters a little bit”. It was a stunning vocal performance and clear winner of the 2014 contest.

12 points: Loreen “Euphoria” (Sweden 2012)

Look, I get it. It’s not cool to say Euphoria is your fave anymore. But tough luck kiddos, it’s cemented into the foundations of my own personal Eurovision journey. There is some discussion around when exactly the dawn of modern day Eurovision broke, but I’m calling 2012 and Loreen’s chart-smashing banger. I still have my once-a-year viewer friends telling me how much they love this song, and I think an entry that has such an impact outside our Eurovision bubble has to be given the respect it deserves!

You can see our previous article in the #ESC250 series from Aline. And the next installment will be published on Friday. Watch this space!

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