Credits: Elena Volotova (EBU)

5 Things that Make a Eurovision Winner

Look, we all know it’s more fun if your eurovisionr might actually win – so how can you be sure your 12 points is going in the right direction? We’ve gone through 60+ years of Eurovision winners to work out the winning formula.

1) Number of participants

Lordi Credits: Indrek Galetin (Wikimedia)
Lordi Credits: Indrek Galetin (Wikimedia)

Everyone remembers Lordi but they were unusual for Eurovision winners, and not just because of their stage personas. Almost 75% of all winners are solo artists, and that figure rises to 80% in the last 15 years.

2) Gender

Conchita Wurst, Winner 2014. Credits: Andres Putting (EBU)
Conchita Wurst, Winner 2014. Credits: Andres Putting (EBU)

While everyone knows men can sing just as well as women, statistically it’s the women who win Eurovision. If you want to get on a winning track make sure you pick ‘female’ as one of your criteria.

3) Hair Colour

Loreen performing at Eurovision 2012 Credits: Andres Putting (EBU)
Loreen performing at Eurovision 2012 Credits: Andres Putting (EBU)

Ever since colour TV became the norm, one hair colour has dominated the Eurovision winners list – the brunettes. However, population statistics suggest about 60% of the European population should have dark hair anyway and at just under 60% of winners in the last 40 years, brunettes are actually punching below their weight. Or at least they were – with 81% of recent winners being brunette, you’d be a fool to pick any other colour!

4) Region

Denmark wins 2013 Eurovision Song Contest Credits: Sander Hesterman (EBU)
Denmark wins Eurovision 2013 Credits: Sander Hesterman (EBU)

With 3 of the Top 5 most successful countries of all time (Ireland, Sweden and the UK) the North has had more wins at Eurovision than any other region – 27. Not far behind them the West has the remaining Top 5 Countries (France and Luxembourg) and a total of 22 winners. Recently though, the Scandinavian countries have outpaced everyone, claiming 5 of the North’s 7 wins since 2001.

5) Odds

Finland's Sandhja Credits: Kai Kuusisto
Finland’s Sandhja Credits: Kai Kuusisto

There’s one thing you absolutely can’t forget when trying to pick a winner, and it’s so important that we use it as the base ranking   bookies odds. If you’d followed our winning formula so far you’d be sure to back Finland’s Sandhja for your 12 points. But with odds of well over 100-1, Finland aren’t even looking that likely to make it out of the semi finals this year! So while it might be tempting to back a dark horse (on a tip) or a no-hoper (just for the fun of it), if you want the glory of backing a winner, make sure you use ‘favourite’ as one of your sorting criteria.


Of course there’s lots of other factors that can contribute to a winner – so if you think you’ve got a better formula why not try it out and tell us about it in the comments!

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