The Ukraine has only participated for 8 years but has already achieved a win and 2 second places. They never failed to qualify for the final, either. Last year Svetlana Loboda only reached 12 th place with her “hell machine”, which for sure was a disappointment for the country. This year Alyosha enters the Top 10 again with her song “Sweet people”. The fact that this is one of the worst results for Ukraine shows how successful they are in the Eurovision Song Contest.
As they withdrew their song “We don’t wanna put in” last year due to the tension with Russia, this is Georgia’s third entry to a Eurovision Song Contest. All three of them have managed to reach the final. In 2007 Sopho came 12th with her “Visionary dream” and in 2008 Diana Gurtskaya came 11th. Sofia Nizharadze has thus achieved the best result ever for a Georgian entry in Eurovision.
08. Greece – Giorgios Alkaios and Friends – OPA
Greece had never been a particularly successful Grand Prix nation… until this decade. After Sakis Rouvas (first) participation in 2004, where he achieved a 3rd place Greece has always made it into the final and the Top 10. Their best result is of course Helena Paparizou’s win in 2005. This 8th place is thus not a big surprise, although the song was sung in Greek for the first time in 12 years, its energy was widely expected to garner votes from all around Europe before the contest.
07. Armenia – Eva Rivas – Apricot stone
Armenia’s fifth participation brings them their 5th Top 10 placing. Armenia’s best result is a 4th place in 2008 with Sirusho and “Quelé, Quelé”. The Caucasian nation had high hopes for 2010 and thus the 7th place might be a bit of a disappointment. Eva Rivas has already declared her disappointment with the result and her will to try again to achieve a better place for Armenia.
Belgium was one of the countries that some thought would never make it into the final again. Since their fabulous 2nd place in 2003 only 2 points behind Sertab Erener, they failed miserably to qualify for the final every single time since then. Tom Dice’s qualification was thus already a big success for the Western European country. His 6th place in the Final is even more impressive. This success shows countries like the Netherlands, Switzerland or Andorra (should they return) that it’s not about diaspora or neighbour support (alone) but about the song and the performance!
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