Eurovision 2010 Superlatives

2010 was not a good year for the Lemur household, but at least the Eurovision Song Contest was really fun. I mean, except for the part when the United Kingdom performed.

  • Best 100-yard dash in three-inch heels while singing: Azerbaijan (Safura – “Drip Drop”)
  • Most professional reaction to a gate-crasher: Spain (Daniel Diges – “Algo Pequeñito”)
  • Best song cut from Titanic: Norway (Didrik Solli-Tangen – “My Heart Is Yours”)
  • Best meme: Moldova (SunStroke Project and Olia Tira- “Run Away”)
  • Second best singer-songwriter entry: Cyprus (Jon Lilygreen and The Islanders – “Life Looks Better in Spring”)
  • Best Google-translated lyrics: Bosnia and Herzegovina (Vukašin Brajić – “Thunder and Lightning”)
  • Best singer-songwriter entry: Belgium (Tom Dice – “Me and My Guitar”)
  • Best homage to This Is Spinal Tap: Serbia (Milan Stanković – “Ovo je Balkan” )
  • Least impressive “Featuring” credit: Belarus (3+2 featuring Robert Wells – “Butterflies”)
  • Best periodic reminder of how tough it is to win a second Eurovision title: Ireland (Niamh Kavanagh – “It’s for You”)
  • Act most likely to smell of barbecued lamb: Greece (Giorgos Alkaios and Friends – “OPA”)
  • The “At least it wasn’t nul point” award: United Kingdom (Josh Dubovie – “That Sounds Good to Me”)
  • The “Just let poor Sofia Nizharadze sing already” award: Georgia (Sofia Nizharadze – “Shine”)
  • Best Eurovision Song Contest entry that manufactured sparks: Turkey (maNga – “We Could Be the Same”)
  • Best back-up singers: Albania (Juliana Pasha – “It’s All About You”)
  • Best bounce: Iceland (Hera Björk – “Je ne sais quoi”)
  • Best angel of death: Ukraine (Alyosha – “Sweet People”)
  • Annual award for most successful theft of France’s thunder: the former Soviet Union countries, none of whom gave France any points (Jessy Matador – “Allez Ola Olé”)
  • Best musical representation of the premise for the TV show The Avengers: Romania (Paula Seling and Ovi –  “Playing with Fire”)
  • Best send-up of the Russian soul: Russia (Peter Nalitch and Friends – “Lost and Forgotten”)
  • Least magnificent apricot tree: Armenia (Eva Rivas – “Apricot Stone”)
  • Best approximation of an English accent: Germany (Lena – “Satellite”)
  • Song most likely to be served with lobster Thermidor and a Pink Lady: Portugal (Filipa Azevedo – “Há dias assim”)
  • Most palindromic song title: Israel (Harel Skaat – “Milim”)
  • Nico & Vlad award for singers who don’t appear to actually get along with each other: Denmark (Chanée and N’evergreen – “In a Moment Like This”)
  • Greatest Eurogasm: Denmark
  • Worst consequence of Jimmy Jump’s cameo appearance earlier in the show: Spain’s second chance
  • Most likely to get there, popular: Germany

Originally published 2 October 2015