Seven shocking Eurovision moments

Image of Conchita Wurst at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014
Can anyone top Conchita's performance from last year? Image: Albin Olsson
"There was shock and awe when Conchita took to the stage in a glimmering gold and floor length gown, perfectly coiffed hair and sporting a glorious full beard"
  • | by Abbie Laughton-Coles

Jog on Easter, do one Christmas: the sensory overload of the Eurovision Song Contest is our favourite time of the year.

Eurovision serves up shocking moments as a matter of routine. Here are some of the best…

The Australians are coming

The show hasn't even started and yet we already have a shocking moment. To mark the competition's 60th anniversary this year, Australia will be represented at the final.

Now, we're used to the perimeters of Europe being stretched a little, but this really does take the biscuit.

Hold off on your Twitter rant though – Australia have only been invited as they're such big Eurovision fans and have even held their own online vote (which has no bearing on the outcome of the competition) since 2010.

But even if they do win, they won't be allowed to host the next contest.

Jedward were actually all right

Jedward, the human answer to putting Mentos in a fizzy drink, competed as Ireland's entry in 2011 and 2012 and they didn't do too badly…

The tall-haired twins finished eighth and 19th respectively ensuring they swerved the nil points curse. Their songs were pretty damn catchy too.

Hard rock hit

Pre-Lordi, it was safe to say that Eurovision lyrics were mostly about realising your dreams or telling people to dance.

So, when Finnish entry Lordi stomped on stage all monster masks and heavy metal guitar riffs in 2006, it was new and exciting. And clearly Europe thought so too, crowning them victorious.

Wurst is a winner

At last year's Eurovision, there was shock and awe when Conchita took to the stage in a glimmering gold and floor-length gown, perfectly coiffed hair and sporting a glorious full beard.

She belted out the anthemic 'Rise Like a Phoenix', bigged up the LGBT community and annoyed Vladimir Putin all at the same time. A win on all accounts.

Grannies got game

Speaking of Russia, in 2012 their entrants were a little different from the norm. Primarily because they were all grandmas raising money to rebuild their church village, which was torn down by Stalin's forces in 1939.

The song was unexpected too.

'Party For Everybody' was a catchy little ditty but unfortunately they couldn't clinch that top spot, slipping into an undeniably respectable second place.

Bye bye Jemini

The UK's bright-eyed and bushy-tailed 2003 entrants weren't necessarily shocking, but they were spine-tinglingly bad.

Having met in stage school, Jemini were a boy/girl duo that had viewers grimacing and dogs howling with their off-key performance of 'Cry Baby.'

Blaming their caterwauling on a technical hitch, Jemini were awarded nil points.

Tin-foil terror

Ukraine's controversial 2007 entry, left most British viewers scratching their heads, and then desperately trying to rid their brains of the catchy accordion refrain for the rest of the night.

Less easy to forget was the sight of an apparently tin-foil covered drag queen dancing with an eight-kilogram star atop her head.

Say what you want about Verka Serduchka, but we bet you can't watch the video of her second place performance without a smile.

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