Many participants from Eurovision 2023 they would dream of achieving the fame that some artists who went through the contest achieved. And it is that throughout the history of the Eurofestival, many made themselves known in the contest, even some (such as Céline Dion or ABBA), came to achieve world fame after winning the contest.
1) Celine Dion
Before the times of “Titanic” and after being recognized as one of the best voices in international pop, a very young and unknown Celine Dion won the XXXIII Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin with an emotional ballad: “Ne parte pas sans moi” Giving victory to Switzerland.
Anne-Frid, Benny, Björn or Agnetha would never have thought in 1974 when they won the Eurofestival with “Waterloo”, that their melodies would hit the charts around the world and that years later, they would become one of the most pop bands. popular throughout history.
3) Cliff Richards
The British artist participated in Eurovision a couple of times. In 1968, he did it with the extremely popular “Congratulations & rdquor ;, being in second position behind Massiel. In 1973, he returned to the festival with “Power to all our Friends & rdquor ;, placing third.
4) Julio Iglesias
The first steps as an artist of what is now one of the most international Spaniards, were singing “Gwendolyne” in the 1970 edition in Amsterdam.
5) Al Bano and Romina Power
The couple formed by Romina Power and Albano Carrisi participated twice in the festival. The first in 1976, interpreting “Noi Lo Rivivremo Di Nuovo (We’ll live it all again) & rdquor ;, taking Italy to seventh place. Years later, in 1985, the couple returned to the festival with “Magic, oh Magic”. Interestingly, they achieved the same position as the one achieved in 1976.
6) Bonnie Tyler
She was popularly known in the late seventies and early eighties with hits like “Total eclipse of the heart”. Surprisingly, in 2013 she participates representing the United Kingdom. Her past popularity was not enough to even place her in the top 10: she placed 19th.
7) Olivia Newton-John
Before becoming an icon with the “Grease” phenomenon, Olivia Newton John represented the United Kingdom in 1974 (the year in which the victory was won by ABBA). Her “Long Live Love de ella” came in fourth.
After making himself known at the Benidorm festival and winning three first prizes, the man from Jaén represented Spain for two consecutive years: 1966 and 1967, with the songs “Yo soy aquel& rdquor; and “Let’s talk about love & rdquor; respectively.
9) Lara Fabian
The Belgian and now nationalized Canadian Lara Fabián, began her musical career in 1986, and in 1988, she participated in Eurovision leading Luxembourg to fourth place.
10) Franco Battiato
The Italian composer and singer Franco Battiato, remembered for songs like “I want to see you dance”, participated in Eurovision in 1984. He did so in the company of the singer Alice. His “Treni de Tozeur” was in fifth position.
The controversial Tatú (a duo formed by the Russians Lena Katina and Yulia Vólkova) participated in the festival long after having become one of the most successful bands in Russia, among other things, for selling a sentimental relationship between them. Later it was denied that they were lesbians, justifying it as a claim for commercial purposes. They were in third position.
12) Kate Ryan
The Belgian pop dance artist represented Belgium in 2006. However, she failed to qualify for the grand final.
13) Sweet Pontes
Which is one of the most important figures of contemporary fado, began at Eurovision. She was running in 1991, and Dulce interpreted “lusitana paixão & rdquor ;, placing in eighth position.
14) Umberto Tozzi
The Italian composer and performer, famous for composing and performing ‘Gloria’, also participated in Eurovision. In 1987, Tozzi attended the festival together with Raf from Pulés. Together they would get third place for Italy with “Gente di mare& rdquor ;.
15) Katrina and the waves
The last UK triumph dates back to 1997 with the British band “Katrina and the waves” (“Love shine a light & rdquor;). The group had been very popular in the 80s with the hit “Walking on sunshine”.
Bonus track: Rosalinn
During the end of 2022 and part of it, a catchy pop theme with naif touches flooded thousands of TikTok videos and put music to as many Instagram stories. In no time, the song went viral. On the radio, the song did not stop playing, and it was the background music of many gyms and shopping or leisure centers. What many listeners did not know is that “snap” he had participated in Eurovision last edition in Turin. The Armenian singer made it to the final, she was in direct competition with Chanel, but unfortunately she passed uneventfully. It obtained a twentieth position, but it became the most successful theme of last year’s contest.