From air hostesses to Russian grannies, we take a look back at Eurovision Song Contests past and ask: where are they now?
Russia 2012 – The delightful Russian Grannies were tipped to win the competition last year with their amusing Party for Everybody, but unfortunately they had to make do with second place. Although here in the UK we haven’t heard from them since, the group have become icons in Russia – May 26th has been officially marked as the Day Of The Grandmother in the Udmurtia region, where the grannies are from. The group will also have a festival dedicated in their name, which will first take place in their native town of Buranovo, before moving to different areas of Russia each year.
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Finland 2006 – Finland’s monster men prised the number one spot after their stunning Hard Rock Hallelujah performance and they haven’t given up the masks just yet. Mr Lordi and co. have produced a further three studio albums since their famous Eurovision win, with their 2013 release aptly titled, To Beast Or Not to Beast. The band have also turned their hand to acting, with the members of the group playing the monsters in the 2008 Finnish horror film, Dark Floors, and a documentary is planned for Spring 2014.
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￼￼United Kingdom 2007 – Ah, now who remembers the lovable Scooch? Britain’s air host and hostesses were literally Flying the Flag back in 2007, but aside from theatre performances and having their own Scooch do Glee tour, you’re most likely to have spotted members Caroline and Russ on Channel 4’s Coach Trip.
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Ireland 2011 & 2012 – When you think about it, the whole ethos of Eurovision oozes out of our favourite twins, who we have had the pleasure of witnessing in the competition not once, but twice. You may have noticed the lack of Planet Jedward on our radar in recent months; that’s because Britain has been given a break from the pair, by shipping them out to Canada at the beginning of 2013. They have also been recording new material, and somehow found the time to comment on the contestants’ style at Melodifestivalen, Sweden’s televised search for future Eurovision acts.
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Norway 2009 – This cute fella broke records back in 2009 when he won the contest with 387 points, the highest score on record, with one of the catchiest songs from the competition, Fairytale. The violinist has spent the last few years working his magic on reality TV, coming fourth on Let’s Dance 2011, the Swedish version of Strictly Come Dancing. He’s also continued releasing music with one song fittingly titled Leave Me Alone, dedicated to one of his female stalkers… not that we were involved in any way, shape or form. Ahem.
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Sweden 1974 – It is pretty rare for successful acts to come out of Eurovision, but, as ABBA proved, it is possible. The famous quartet has Eurovision to thank for launching their international fame back in 1974, with their hit, Waterloo. Although they broke up back in 1982, their success has not slowed down, with the members continuing down musical paths and producing the stage phenomenon that is Mamma Mia! Despite Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus teaming up alongside Swedish DJ Avicii to create this year’s Eurovision theme tune, We Write the Story, Björn has stated that there is no chance the group will ever reform.
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