Top 10 Most Famous Eurovision ContestantsEurovision is a contest that has been going on since 1956, and there have been some surprisingly famous contestants, some were already famous, some became famous later and some even went after their best musical era. These might surprise people.
A very famous example: The Swedish band won in 1974 with "Waterloo." They then went on to be very popular around the world and had many hits.
I definitely think she was bigger than ABBA, given how she was so big in both singles and albums. Also, I think it's ironic how the most famous Eurovision winner was not actually from Europe.
One of the most surprising examples: The Canadian singer represented Switzerland when she was younger, in 1988. She sang "Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi" and actually won that year.
A recent example: In 2013, she decided to represent the UK. She had an amazing career in the '80s ("It's A Heartache," "Holding Out For A Hero," "Total Eclipse Of The Heart," etc.) but actually received a low placing with "Believe In Me," finishing 23rd.
Oh, wow, I had heard of the top 2, but I did not realize that the others had been in Eurovision. Yes, Julio Iglesias is definitely one of the most famous. I think he might also be the most famous Spanish-language music act, or do you think someone else is?
One of the most famous Spanish singers internationally: He represented the country in 1970 with "Gwendolyne" and earned a good 4th place. He then became even more popular.
A young Olivia Newton-John represented the UK long before "Grease" in 1974. She sang "Long Live Love" and earned a good 4th place. As a fun fact, she competed against ABBA, making it definitely a year with popular artists.
A very popular artist in the '60s (Cliff Richard & The Shadows), '70s, and '80s: He actually represented the UK twice. He earned 2nd place for "Congratulations" in 1968 and 3rd for "Power To All Our Friends" in 1973.
Known especially for "Walking On Sunshine," the band won in 1997 with "Love Shine A Light" for the UK, their last victory in the contest thus far.
Baccara, known for hits such as "Yes Sir, I Can Boogie" and "Sorry, I'm A Lady," represented Luxembourg in 1978 with "Parlez-Vous Français?" They earned a 7th place finish and continued to be successful.
One of the most recent examples: Engelbert represented the UK in 2012 with the ballad "Love Will Set You Free," which actually received a pretty low placing, 25th. He was very successful internationally in the '70s, especially with songs like "Release Me."
She has been a TV personality of moderate success for years in Austria, and rose to fame in other European states after winning the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest with her song “Rise Like a Phoenix” . Since then, she reached a-list celebrity status in her home country and has been given the honorific nickname “Queen of Austria”. ...read more.