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Past Eurovision winners: where are they now?

31 May 2012, 13:16

Published: 31 May 2012 13:16 GMT+02:00

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For 56 years now, the Eurovision Song Contest has provided the stage for European artists to propel themselves from the doldrums of musical obscurity to worldwide fame.

Click here to learn more about the fate of past Eurovision winners

This year’s winner, Loreen, wowed European audiences with the intolerably catchy ‘Euphoria’. But whether she can use her success on the night to rise to loftier heights in the music industry is another matter.

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Previous winners of the contest have had mixed fortunes when it comes to achieving prolonged success. Many have gone onto achieve record hits at home and abroad, but for some, Eurovision triumph has been little more than a one-hit wonder.

So to get an idea of what’s ahead for Loreen, join The Local as we take a look at some of the fortunes, or indeed misfortunes, of previous Eurovision winners.

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17:15 May 31, 2012 by Jackdempsey187
Lordi won in 2006, Loreen was born in Sweden. Come on thelocal, skärp er!
17:19 May 31, 2012 by Valdemaratterdag
Sorry, TheLocal, this statement is incorrect: "This year's winner, Sweden's Moroccan-born singer Loreen,"

From Wiki: "Loreen was born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1983 but the family later moved to Västerås, where she attended school."
17:45 May 31, 2012 by Opinionfool
@Jackdempsey187 and @Valdemaratterdag

Oh come on now, since when has The Local been known for checking its fact!

I love this wonderful piece of rewriting history about Lulu: "She continued to have success in the UK charts in the 70s and 80s, most notably with her shrieking introduction to "Shout!". "

Err The Local she released Shout! first in 1964! And her success covered the 1960s and 1990s, and 2000s and even now into the 2010s as well as the 1970s and 1980s. Me thinks you're being highly selective in your history.
10:52 June 1, 2012 by insect
So Björn was a Swedish beauty? Explains why I always thought ABBA consisted of only females..lol
11:19 June 1, 2012 by Da Goat
yep those grannies were the bench mark !

anyone who did not beat them was no good.

I recall a while back the commenter's here said Loreen would be no good, I thought she was good but the rest was a bit lackluster !
11:56 June 1, 2012 by SimonDMontfort
Most Eurovision Song Contest winners are 'famous for five minutes' before sliding into obscurity.

I reckon the urge to compete in the ESC is the same as the urge to take part in karaoke singing: except karaoke singers are generally more pleasant to listen to.

13:12 June 1, 2012 by towns
@ SimonDMontfort

The problem with Eurovision is that its contestants are either a) just beginning their musical careers b) have been around a few years in obscurity but need a big "boost/exposure" or c) are at the end of their musical careers and are looking for a "career revival." No established musical acts dare take part in the competition because a) for fear that if they do poorly, they'll lose their credibility and fall into obscurity or b) they are famous enough they don't need the extra exposure.
14:31 June 1, 2012 by SimonDMontfort
@ towns

A true enough analysis - and the result is that its difficult to remember who won the contest even one year ago - let alone who came second (etc).

Time was when ESC entries were a little more memorable than whats on offer now
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