ESC Top 250

Top 250 Rundown: How Did Previous Contest Winners Perform?

Jamala Wins Eurovision. Photo : Eurovision Ireland

Jamala Wins Eurovision. Photo : Eurovision Ireland

Yesterday we looked at how the crop of 2016 performed in the annual ESC Top 250. Loreen topped the rundown compiled by and ESC Radio through readers issuing 12pts, 10pts, 8pts and so on to their top 10 favourite Eurovision Song Contest songs of all time.

Today we will look at how previous winners performed on New Year’s Eve. As we discovered yesterday, Jamala narrowly missed out on the top 3 by entering the chart at 4 with “1944”.

Four other winners made the top 10. Sertab Erener climbed to 5 (16 last year), Mans Zelmerlow dropped to 8 (5), Marija Serifovic climbed to 9 (25) and Conchita Wurst rounded off the top 10 after falling from 2.

Inside the Top 50

Alexander Rybak, ABBA and Helena Paparizou all dropped to places 18, 19 and 20 respectively. ABBA saw the biggest drop after been inside the top 10 last year at position 8.

Secret Garden climbed slightly to 25 (27), Lena dropped significantly with “Satellite” to 28 (14), while Ell & Nicki climed significantly to 30 from 81. Emmelie de Forrest, Dima Bilan and Katrina & The Waves also positioned at 37, 42 and 46 respectively.

Outside the Top 50

Anne-Marie David just missed out on the top 50 with “Tu Te Reconnaitras” at 54, while France Gall positioned at 57. Dana International positioned at 72 with “Diva” – featuring in Greatest Hits two years ago.

Lordi, who also featured at Greatest Hits positioned at 82, swiftly followed by Johnny Logan with “Hold Me Now” at 84. Ruslana, who no doubt will feature at the contest in Kyiv this year positioned at 86 and Celine Dion was the final winner within the top 100 at position 88.

Severine just missed out on the top 100 with “Un Banc, Un Arbre, Une Rue” at 104, while the next winner in the chart is Vicky Leandros at 119 – Severine’s successor. Niamh Kavanagh positioning at 152 climbed quite significantly from last year’s 235 with “In Your Eyes”.

Teach-In dropped to 173 (137), Eimear Quinn climbed to 175 (221), Riva re-entered the chart at 184 and Frida Boccara dropped to 188 from 125 with “Un Jour, Un Enfant”.

Outside of the top 200, Sandra Kim positioned at 205, Paul Harrington & Charlie McGettigan placed at 210. Gigliola Cinquetti, who hosted the memorable contest of 1991 placed 213 with her winning entry “Non Ho L’Eta”. Toto Cutugno, Gigliola Cinquetti’s presenting partner in 1991 placed at 218.

Carola placed 219 with “Fangad Av En Stormvind” and Charlotte Nilsson placed 222 with “Take Me To Your Heaven”. Brotherhood of Man and Milk & Honey feat. Gali rounded off the winners in the ESC Top 250 at 234 and 237 respectively.

Do you agree with the outcome of the Top 250 this year? The full chart can be accessed at, while we would appreciate your comments below with all your views!

Author: Richard Taylor

Source: ESC Radio

Video Source: Eurovision Song Contest, mozpiano2, Eurovisionaire TV and Euroencyclopedic

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