Top 10 Eurovision Song Contest 2011 Performances

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Before there was American Idol or The Voice, there was the Eurovision Song Contest. Eurovision–one of the longest-running, most-watched entertainment-centric television programs in history–is a yearly competition between European countries that has been running since 1956.

Year after year, many talented artists come out of the Eurovision program including [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]ABBA[/lastfm], who won for Sweden in 1974, and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Céline Dion[/lastfm], who won for Switzerland in 1988.

Often outrageous, ingenious, and eclectic, the talent for Eurovision 2011 far surpassed many of the other years in terms of sheer originality, so we compiled a list of our Top Ten Favorite Performances From Eurovision 2011.

10.”So Lucky”–[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”] Zdob si Zdub[/lastfm] from Moldova

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Don’t let the crazy hats fool you; Zdob si Zdub from Moldova sounds like a mixture of gypsy punk, Irish pub chants, and New Wave’s quirky synth-punk band, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Devo[/lastfm]–who also wore crazy hats.

Do the crazy hats make them somehow sound better? Probably. Do we care how we get entertained? Not really.

9. “Love In Rewind”–[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Dino Merlin[/lastfm] from Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Sort of like the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bob Dylan[/lastfm] of Bosnia and Herzogovia, Dino Merlin emotionally sing-talks (and does basic arithmetic) while accompanied by the orchestral version of the folk music sounds of his country, It’s the perfect amalgamation of old and new, classic and modern.

8. “Da Da Dam”–[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Paradise Oskar[/lastfm] from Finland

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Paradise Oskar from Finland could easily come the next [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]James Blunt[/lastfm] or [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Damien Rice[/lastfm].

A young, baby-faced singer-songwriter with a twee tenor voice, the lyrics of his song “Da Da Dum” are a little too sugary-sweet, but with the right songwriting Oskar could be an international star.

7. “Taken By A Stranger”–[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lena Meyer-Landrut[/lastfm] from Germany

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Germany’s Lena Meyer-Landrut has a voice that sounds like a perfect mix of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bjork [/lastfm]and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lily Allen[/lastfm] and the stage presence of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Kylie Minogue[/lastfm].

In short, Meyer-Landrut has all the makings of a European pop diva and her song “Taken By A Stranger” is a synthy, sultry adventure down the rabbit hole of lust.

6. “Angel”–[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Mika Newton[/lastfm] from Ukraine

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Ukraine’s angelic, platinum-blonde answer to [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Britney Spears [/lastfm]and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Christina Aguilera[/lastfm], what Mika Newton lacks in actual vocal talent, she makes up for with her beautiful marketability.

5. “Caroban”–[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Nina[/lastfm] from Serbia

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We don’t know what Nina from Serbia is singing about, but we like her disco-version of the ’60s girl group sound. Very [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]ABBA [/lastfm] meets the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Ronettes[/lastfm]. Plus, their mod outfits are to die for.

4. “Lipstick”–John and Edward Grimes of the band [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jedward[/lastfm] from Ireland

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[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lady Gaga[/lastfm], better watch out. These two brothers from Ireland, John and Edward Grimes, have taken a page from the Mama Monster playbook of musical performances.

Rocking the crazy hair, boldly shouldered wardrobe, robotic dance moves, and singing a song about “Lipstick,” Jedward would be perfect tourmates for Gaga.

3. “Popular”–[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Eric Saade[/lastfm] from Sweden

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Well. Eric Saade from Sweden is certainly good-looking. We have a feeling that with his heavy-handed dance backing tracks, fist-pumping pop lyrics, and, well, that gorgeous face, Saade is already popular in Sweden.

But does he have the talent to be popular all over the world? If [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Ke$ha [/lastfm]can do it, anyone can!

2. “New Tomorrow”–[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]A Friend In London[/lastfm] from Denmark

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A Friend in London has what it takes to be the next [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Killers[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Neon Trees[/lastfm], or [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]My Chemical Romance[/lastfm]. Even the same melodies and chord progressions.

1. “Running Scared”–[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Ell and Nikki[/lastfm] from Azerbaijan

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Ell and Nikki from Azerbaijian actually won the Eurovision Song Contest for 2011 with their sappy love song duet. Even though the weren’t the best vocally, Ell and Nikki brought the most of what it takes to truly be successful music artists–passion. From the beginning to the end of the song, the emotion in their voices and facial expressions was obvious.

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