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Eurovision: the most memorable performances ever

The 64th Eurovision song contest starts on the 14th May 2019.

It will be held in Tel Aviv, Israel after their artist Netta's victory in Lisbon last year.

Eurovision always provides some of the most interesting and unforgettable acts. Here are some of the best:

Scooch - Flying the Flag - 2007

Scooch's catchy—but incredibly cheesy—song Flying the Flag brought with it the memorable airline theme (with frankly some amazing costumes).

However, the act finished 22nd out of the 24 countries who made it to the final.

Verka Serduchka – Dancing Lasha Tumbai - 2007

2007 was evidently a year for memorable performances, with Verka Serduchka's song appearing the same year as the UK's Flying the Flag.

Ukraine's performance is perhaps one of the most unusual performances to ever appear on the Eurovision stage. Dressed in outfits that resemble tin-foil robots, with some amazing dance moves, Verka's catchy song has certainly gone down in Eurovision history.

Brotherhood of Man - Kisses for Me - 1976

One of the UK's only wins came in 1976 thanks to Brotherhood of Man.

This catchy song (paired with some memorable dance moves) also went on to become one of the biggest hits throughout the contest's history.

Lordi - Hard Rock Hallelujah - 2006

Perhaps with some of the most memorable costumes, Lordi made history as being the first Finnish group to win the contest.

The song scored 292, a record for that time (until it was beaten by Fairytale by Alexander Rybak of Norway with 387 points three years later).

Conchita Wurst - Rise Like A Phoenix - 2014

Austria's 2014 winner Conchita Wurst became established as a gay icon after her win with 290 points. This became Austria's first Eurovision win since 1966.

Most notable for her beard, Wurst's Eurovision success proved controversial and attracted criticism from more controversial groups in society.

When awarded the trophy, Wurst said 'we are unity and we are unstoppable'. She confirmed that this was directed towards politicians who opposed LGBT+ rights. An icon as well as an incredible performer.

Netta - Toy - 2018

Last years winner, Netta won the competition with 529 points. This marked Israel's fourth Eurovision win including 1978, 1979 and 1998.

The song became the most viewed video on the official Eurovision Song Contest's YouTube channel (amassing over 34 million views as of May 2019).

It also reached the top of the charts in Israel.

ABBA - Waterloo - 1974

One of the few acts to actually reach superstardom after their performance (and Celine Dion's 1988 Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi).

ABBA's Waterloo won them Eurovision and also became an iconic international song.

Will anyone be able to beat these this year? Look out for the Grand Finale on Saturday 18th May.
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