Lithuania has chosen its contestant for Eurovision 2011 — and, as you may guess from the title, personally I’m not overly impressed. But then Eurovision songs are not typically my taste in pop music. I will acknowledge that she has a good voice and is very pretty and I hope she takes the Eurovision crown for Lithuania.
I have always thought of Eurovision winners as “one hit wonders.” Maybe they have a music career in their own country, but the rest of the world never hears from them again. Of course, this is an entirely American-centric viewpoint, since they might have gone on to great musical fame in Europe and just never crossed the Atlantic. However, I learned recently that there are actually a few Eurovision winners who went on to international fame.
ABBA – The Swedish pop phenomenon Abba won Eurovision in 1974 with the song “Waterloo.” ABBA is, of course, one of the greatest pop bands ever and more than 25 years later is still popular.
Celine Dion – you are correct, Celine Dion is Canadian and Canada does not compete in Eurovision. Celine won in 1988 for Switzerland, so apparently countries are allowed to import singers to be more competitive. Millions of people love Celine Dion, made evident by the fact that she now has a Las Vegas show.
Katrina and the Waves – anyone listening to pop music in the mid-1980s knows this British band’s song “Walking on Sunshine” and anyone who has listened to commercials since that time also knows the song. In 1997, Katrina and the Waves won Eurovision with the song “Love Shine A Light.” This is the opposite story, however; Katrina and the Waves hit it big and then, towards the end of their career as a band, won Eurovision.