Eurovision 2013: Estonia’s Birgit in focus

Eurovision 2013: Estonia’s Birgit in focus

Birgit at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest

It was third time lucky for Birgit Õigemeel when she finally was given the chance to represent Estonia at the Eurovision Song Contest. The 58th edition of the contest delivered a strong final where Estonia finished in a rather disappointing 20th place.

Birgit Õigemeel entered the Estonian selection show Eesti Laul with her ballad Et Uus Saaks Alguse (So there can be a new beginning). Performing in the second semi final Birgit advanced to the final followed the superfinal where she competed with Eesti Laul’s second place participant in a final vote to determine the winner. The results were close but Birgit clinched the win with 51.1% of the vote.


  • 1 Et Uus Saaks Alguse – Opinions from fans
  • 2 A mini biography of Birgit Õigemeel
  • 3 Join the Fan Panel

At the Eurovision Song Contest held in Malmö Birgit was the 7th participant to perform. The first part of her performance was delivered in black and white breaking into colour further into the song, Birgit wore an elegant floaty white dress which disguised her baby bump. Despite giving a solid vocal performance Birgit only received 19 points which placed her in 20th place

Et Uus Saaks Alguse – Opinions from fans

In order to find out what Eurovision fans today think of this Estonian entry from 2013, we asked our Eurovision Fan Panel. It includes team members as well as fans from all over the world.

William S. – Sweet Birgit, heavily pregnant and still giving a great vocal performance all while walking about the stage and even taking the catwalk to the satellite stage for the end. I applaud her for her commitment. The song is a sleep, lullaby ballad and sometimes when done right they can really capture my heart. Estonia, you done that to me this year. It’s one of my favourite entries of the decade.

🇪🇸 Mária P. – This is one of my favourite Estonian entries, a lovely and sweet melody, nicely sung by the also sweet Birgit. And it’s always a pleasure to hear Estonian entries sung in their beautiful language. It was a joy to see this entry qualifying for the final, just I think it deserved a better final placing.

Charlotte J.- I usually don’t like ballads. I usually don’t like hearing the Estonian language sung either. But I completely forget what is usual here. This is sweet, well performed and the language has never sounded more beautiful than this. Finishing in 20th place is too low. I would place it somewhere 5th – 10th.

Ashleigh K. – I’m not usually a lover of ballads and though I overlooked this song when I first watched the contest due to the high quality of songs it has since become one of my favourites from that year. Birgit seems sweet and her performance was very charming and endearing. Eet Uus Saak Alguse isn’t what I would consider a winning song but I would have liked to have seen it scored much better perhaps somewhere mid-table.

🇦🇺 Michael R. – This is such a pleasant song. It’s soothing to listen to and Birgit delivers a flawless performance including nailing the key change.

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Liza P. – This is one of those songs that I find very sweet and innocent – but also one that I have forgotten 5 minutes after I heard it.

Birgit looks very sweet on stage and her voice is good and strong and I like that it is song in Estonian.
I also like the start in black and white. However, the dress looks like the easiest sewing job in the world and probably still costs more than my food budget in a year.

Richard C. – Birgit looks absolutely stunning in white and fills the stage with her light and airy vocals. The beauty of the Estonian language and heartfelt lyrics are on show for the audience to enjoy. The whole performance somewhat lacks impact and it’s quite linear on first listen. Mediocre at best. To summarise its a nice pleasant song.

Frank S. – Yes, this is one of those middle of road songs at Eurovision that are neither too boring nor exciting, however, bring a smile to your face when you listen to it. It only came 10th in the semi-final and I was surprised to see it qualify. Not my favourite, but as said, one of the more middle of the road songs.

🇬🇧 Michael O. – I was quite pleased this qualified but was nowhere near as good as the previous or following years entry. In the end in fact was quite dreary.

Alvaro S. – I remember I did not like this song when I first listened to it, but the performance of Birgit in Malmö got to me. This and Anouk’s Birds are two performances from this year that demonstrates that less can be more and that you don’t need kitsch to entertain. Extra bonus points for singing in Estonian and the feeling she puts into it.

You can relive Birgit’s performance at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest by watching this embedded video. Below it you can read more about Birgit.

A mini biography of Birgit Õigemeel

Birgit Õigemeel known simply as Birgit was born in Kohila, Estonia in 1988. Growing up she was a member of a children’s choir as well as learning to play the violin. But it wasn’t until 2007 when she got her first big break. She competed and won Eesti Stsib Superstaari (Estonia is Searching for a Superstar) and the same year performed in Italy’s Golden Olive culture festival becoming the first non-Italian artist to receive the Golden Olive Branch Award, her first album was released the following year.

Prior to being selected to represent Estonia in Sweden, Birgit had attempted to enter the contest twice (2008 & 2012) and was a part of the interval performance as a choir member during the 2002 Eurovision Song Contest which was held in Tallinn. After participating at the contest in Malmö, Sweden in 2013, while pregnant Birgit gave birth to her son that same year with a daughter following a few years later. In addition to making music, Birgit also played several theatre roles including Maria Von Trapp in ‘The Sound Of Music’ and Sophie in the Estonian production of Mama Mia.

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12 things they (surprisingly?) got right in ‘Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga’

12 things they (surprisingly?) got right in ‘Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga’

Fire Saga at the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest Semi Final

It’s a fun and enjoyable film and while, it is far from giving an accurate picture of the Eurovision Song Contest, they do however get some things very right, which are worth paying attention to.

We already brought you a list with 25 things they got wrong in the new Netflix movie ‘Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga’. What most of those points had in common was that they neglected the immense work and preparations that goes into organising a Eurovision Song Contest.

But, the film does address several things well known to followers of ‘Europe’s Favourite TV show’; Eurovision Song Contest.

The article below discusses events happening in Eurovision Song Contest: The story of Fire Saga.

The facts about Eurovision they got right

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga is filled with unlikely events and plot holes, that can annoy many Eurovision followers. But, we do want to bring attention to some of the things, we are pleased to see they actually managed to get correct, sort of.

1. ABBA did win on the 6th of April 1974

With the many wrong facts, of which some could easily have been fixed without destroying the story, we were actually quite pleased to see that they opened well. We saw how it would have looked when Lars, Sigrit and their families watch ABBA win the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Waterloo. That happened on the 6th of April 1974 – and the film got that right. They were watching the BBC broadcast of the show, which isn’t unrealistic either. Iceland joined the Eurovision Song Contest themselves in 1986 with the local broadcaster showing the show from 1983. On Iceland people would have to tune in to a foreign channel in 1974 to watch it.

2. Lars Erickssong’s dream of a Eurovision participation

It’s not unheard of that artists grow up with one big career dream: to take part in the Eurovision Song Contest. They have seen how Eurovision can give a big career boost, and they dream of that international attention too. To perform on TV in approximately 50 countries around the world can make a difference. The film portrays this well in the shape of Lars Erickssong.

3. Iceland was almost ruined during the financial crises

The Icelandic Eurovision delegation have heard one question over and over again, year after year: ‘Will Iceland be able to host the Eurovision Song Contest?’. Iceland do seem to get this question more than other countries. The film brings this up in combination with the financial crises that hit Iceland (and the rest of the world) around 2008. It lasted a couple of years, which matches with it being mentioned in the film as ‘Iceland was almost ruined 10 years ago’.

It is expensive to host the Eurovision Song Contest, and in the film we see Iceland’s central bank director Victor Karlosson being so focused on preventing his country from winning the Eurovision Song Contest, that he is ready to become Iceland’s worst mass murderer.

4. Delegations meet at nightclub – EuroClub

Everyone who attends Eurovision with some kind of accreditation is likely to have visited EuroClub at least once. This is where artists, delegation members, press and some fans meet (and party!) in the evenings during Eurovision Song Contest. Though not called EuroClub in the film, this is most likely the nightclub it’s referred to that a group of artists wants to attend.

5. Eurovision branding in the host city

This is a big part of the Eurovision Song Contest. For those who attend a Eurovision Song Contest, it’s difficult to avoid seeing Eurovision branding in terms of banners, big posters etc all around the city. No one in the city should be in doubt about that the Eurovision Song Contest takes place there. The film shows how host city Edinburgh is covered in this too.

6. Technical rehearsals prior to live shows

A lot of rehearsals take place for each act during the two Eurovision weeks, though it has to be added that they aren’t as chaotic as we see in the film. There are also many more of them than the film address. It’s a plus though that they do show a bit of this world. Every country has two sessions of technical rehearsals, with a duration of 30 minutes for the first and 20 minutes for the second. After that, there’s three dress rehearsals of the full show – before each of the three live shows.

7. The artists are identified as their country

‘You are Iceland, right?’. The Icelandic duo is in the film met with this question. And yes, it is correct that the artists taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest often are identified as the country they are representing. Whenever a new act is to rehearse, they will be mentioned as the country name. This also brings us to the many flags at a Eurovision Song Contest. Artists are often seen with their flag at official press events, and fans will be waving the flag of their own country – or the one of the entry they support.

8. British commentator talking through the songs

In this film, we see the British commentator Graham Norton talk through the songs. To be fair, he has never done that. But the film isn’t totally wrong here though as late former British commentator through many years Terry Wogan was known for doing exactly that.

On a side note, both commentators for the United Kingdom are actually Irish.

9. Camera movements and on-screen graphics looks pretty accurate

When shooting the film ‘Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga’ the film crew were present at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. This explains how they got the camera movements of the fictive Eurovision performances to be so true to reality. Another thing which looks quite accurate is the on-screen graphics used for performances and voting. It’s a big plus to get such things right in a film that it is otherwise full of impossibilities and shows an incorrect picture of the Eurovision Song Contest.

10. Eurovision props

At this fictive 2020 Eurovision Song Contest, the Icelandic duo wants to use a big hamster wheel on stage. That’s a prop we have seen before at Eurovision. Mariya Yaremchuk used that in her 2014 performance of the song Tick-Tock. As always at the Eurovision Song Contest, these props are very well rehearsed and therefore we don’t see the big disasters as it happens in this film.

Eurovision is full of props we remember, and another one used in the film brings back memories to Eurovision 2010. The rollers on the floor reminds us of the Danish performance of In A Moment Like This by Chanée & N’evergreen.

11. The Russian act is very convincing

In general, the acts we see taking part in this fictive 2020 Eurovision Song Contest are quite realistic as Eurovision acts. In particular Alexander Lemtov representing Russia comes across as such. He is extravagant in his attitude, and in his performance, but that’s all a part of the Eurovision Song Contest we love. Russia is furthermore known to hosts at least one big party during Eurovision – just like we see happening in the film too.

12. Everyone hates UK

Ok, this statement from the film is actually not true. It is correct however that the United Kingdom have scored quite low in recent years. It’s also correct that many in the UK have drawn the conclusion that their low points are related to the country being disliked by people in other countries. But maybe it’s just easier blaming it on others instead of looking at whether or not you actually chose the right song?

Through many years, it appeared like Germany was just as hated. Just like United Kingdom, they ended at the bottom of the scoreboard year after year – until they sent Michael Schulte in 2018. With the song You Let Me Walk Alone they finished 4th – and suddenly everyone loved Germany.


We love the film. But one shouldn’t take it as an image of what goes on at the Eurovision Song Contest. They do get some things right, which we focused on in this article, but they got so many things wrong too. We previously highlighted 25 things they got wrong.

If one put aside what they already know about the Eurovision Song Contest for a couple of hours, ‘Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga’ is a fun and enjoyable film, which we recommend. Just don’t take it too serious 😀.

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Eurovision 2007: Cyprus’ Evridiki in focus

Evridiki at the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest

The Eurovision Song Contest 2007 is probably one of the years with the highest number of rock entries. Cyprus was no exception to this trend. Evridiki was chosen to represent Cyprus for the third time. For her 2007 attempt she chose a rock song with a French touch.

In February 2007, the Cyprus local broadcaster announced that Evridiki would represent the country at that year’s Eurovision Song Contest. She had been internally selected. At the contest in Helsinki, Finland she took partk with the song Comme Ci, Come Ça. This was the first time that Cyprus sent a song entirely in French.


  • 1 Comme Ci, Come Ça – opinions from fans
  • 2 A mini Biography to Evridiki

Evridiki performed Comme Ci, Come Ça in the semi-final with her band. This was Evridiki’s third time representing Cyprus in Eurovision. The song got extra attention for its French lyrics, however it wasn’t enough to qualify for the final. Comme Ci, Come Ça only received 65 points, and ended in 15th place in the semi-final. Evridiki later released an English and Greek version of the song.

Comme Ci, Come Ça is written by Posidonas Giannopoulos.

Comme Ci, Come Ça – opinions from fans

In order to find out what Eurovision fans today think of this Cypriot entry from 2007, we asked our Eurovision Fan Panel. It includes team members as well as fans from all over the world.

🇬🇧 🇮🇪 William S. – Ah, Evridiki back for another chance at the win. This is definitely my favourite of her three entries (at least in the studio version). By 2007 she was a seasoned performer and that was apparent in her stage presence, yet the vocals are somewhat screechy and too breathy. Still it was a good pop/rock song and while I wasn’t overly surprised at its failure in the semi-final, if it had qualified it would have been a worthy entry in the final.

🇨🇾 Elena T. – One of my favourite artists, Evridiki, was absolutely amazing! I loved the song at the time (now it feels a bit dated listening to it again) and I feel that it was unfair they didn’t make it to the finals. Perhaps, if they sang in English instead of French they would have got more votes. However, isn’t Eurovision supposed to celebrate diversity? This is something that I feel got lost throughout the years. This was Evridiki’s third participation in the Eurovision and I remember her singing beautifully in Greek in 1994, the very first Eurovision contest I ever watched and fell in love with!

🇨🇴 🇫🇮 Alvaro S. – For me this song is very enjoyable, and the French lyrics actually make me compare Evridki with Alizée. This pop-rock sound is easy to listen to and I like the dance bridge of the song. Evridiki deserved a pass to the final.

🇬🇧 Michael O. – After two perfectly good entries this was just bad beyond words. The french was ridiculous and the attempt to look cool, which she succeeded with in 1992 and 1994, failed miserably here. Her legacy tarnished.

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🇫🇮 Martti I. – Evridiki is one of my favourite artists from Eurovision and needless to say that I do have all her albums. I adore her entries Teriazoume and Anthropos Ki Ego hugely, but this 2007 is functional on the album, but in Eurovision it was lacking the power. Evridiki is great, but the song could be a bit catchier. I would have changed the stage performance and the language to Greek. Good entry, but others that year, were slightly better. Sorry.

🇬🇧 Ashleigh K. – I only used to watch the grand finals up until 2 years ago when I started watching the semis so I hadn’t heard this song before now. I feel a bit indifferent towards it. It’s not a bad song but it’s not amazing either… perhaps others felt the same and that’s why it didn’t qualify in 2007.

🇩🇰 Charlotte J. I imagine that I might be a minority here, but I honestly don’t like this song. It’s not directly bad, but it just doesn’t do anything for me, and about half way into it the song, I am thinking it has already lasted too long.
That year my eyes (and ears) were on Iceland’s Eiríkur Hauksson only – up until he was kicked out of the semi-final. After that, I looked south and supported Germany instead.

🇳🇱 Eric O. – Oh, this was a wonderful song, very catchy! And I actually have very positive memories about this song, when I was dancing to the remix in a club in Helsinki that summer! I wish it scored better than it did, at least it deserved it.

Enjoy Evridiki’s performance from the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest in the embedded video. Below the video, you can read more about Evridiki.

A mini Biography to Evridiki

Evridiki is a Greek Cypriot rock, pop and electropop singer. Born in Limassol, Cyprus in 1968 she has represented her country in Eurovision in 1992, 1994 and 13 years later in 2007. She has a very prolific career. To date, she has released 16 studio albums.

Her music career started in 1991. She released her last album in 2017. Throughout her career she has combined pop, rock and electropop with Greek folklore and alternative music. She is active on social media. According to her feed, new music is on the way.  On June 4th, 2020 she made a publication with a picture of her on the music studio using hashtags such as #newstudio, #newdreams  and #newmusic.

Evridiki’s three Eurovision participations

  • In 1992, Evridiki finished 11th in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Teriazoume.
  • In 1994, Evridiki also finished 11th in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Eimai Anthropos Ki Ego.
  • In 2007, Evridiki finished 15th in the semi-final with song Comme Ci, Comme ÇA. This wasn’t enough to qualify for the final.

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Eurovision 1991: Greece’s Sophia Vossou in focus

Eurovision 1991: Greece’s Sophia Vossou in focus

Sophia Vossou

1991 is a year of many controversies in the Eurovision fan base. The hosts weren’t the most professional couple; was France really the deserved winner; and how did anyone think that guy could play the Saxophone. Thankfully though Greece’s Sophia Vossou took it all in her stride as she gave a rousing performance of her entry I Anixi.

Sophia Vissou’s eurovision entry has now become somewhat of a fan favourite over the years despite her 13th placing at the 1991 contest with 36 points.  I Anixi is a rock/opera ballad incorporating scat elements of jazz, written by Vossou’s then partner Andreas Mikroutsikos.


  • 1 I Anixi – opinions from fans
  • 2 Sophia Vossou – A mini biography

The song has gone down in Eurovision history more for its three minute performance, due to a less than competent Saxophone player, ‘butchering’ the instrumental break and Vossou’s face looks miffed during this part. While the song was not a success at the contest, at home it was a major hit being, certified platinum. 

I Anixi – opinions from fans

To get an idea of what contest fans think of this Greek classic we asked some of our team as well as our dedicate fan panel for their opinions below:

Kostas C.

I heard the song for the first time, live at the eurovision stage. I felt awkward as a Greek. I didn’t like neither the song nor the stage performance. After the competition, I changed my mind about the song and I still like it a lot. I find the result quite fair for this appearance, especially in a year with many good and interesting entries.

Aaron S.

I liked Greece in 1991, while the song structure was a little unusual, it worked really well, supported by Sophia Vossou’s lively vocals and the fantastic orchestra. Not to mention the beautiful Greek language which I have missed in Greece’s entries over the past few years. It deserved to finish much higher on the night.

Alvaro S.

It is difficult not to talk about this song without mentioning the epic fail of the sax guy. That was painful to listen. It is also outstanding that even with this big problem Sofia’s voice was outstanding and she defend her song during the whole performance.

Michael O.

yuk just didn’t like this one at all. What a racket.

Charlotte J.

This is powerful. I have no idea what she sings about (haven’t checked out the lyrics), but it comes across as strong and powerful to me, in particular in the chorus. The verses, I am not too keen about. All together, I would place it in the middle, which is also where it ended. Quite right, in my opinion.

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Konstancija S.

I think that this Greek performance was a little bit of a chaos. I loved how the orchestra played, especially the saxophone solo – never mind that he made some mistakes and played wrong notes but the singer was really weak. So it was like an ensemble without the same vision of the performance. But do not forget that it is 1991. It was modern to sing and to play like that in that time! So in conclusion I would say that this music is a little bit strange and looks like an ancient performance for today, but it was amazing 30 years ago!

Ashleigh K.

What a powerhouse from Greece. Sophia Vossou’s vocals are superb and she delivered the song really well. I like this a lot. On another note.. Who on earth hired that Saxophonist? I suppose this is a good example of why backing tracks are used these days.

Pawel J.

I am trying very hard but I can’t really think of anything I like about that song. With all the respect to everyone involved in that performance – for me it’s a bit of annoying chaos. One of those “heard it once and immediately forgot about” songs. Top three of my list of the worst Greek entries ever

William S.

This one is a classic for me, I have adored it from the very moment I first heard it and Sophia has a strong voice that compliments the song so well. Yes, the saxophone player ruins the live performance, but the structure of the song and it boldness to fuse different genres together makes it so much more than a standard entry. Should have done better (even with the dodgy sax man).

Jacques H.

Greece’s song Anixi has one of the greatest arrangements by Charis Andreadis. It has a rich orchestral intro and throughout the entire song it sounds marvellous. Sophia Vossou ads one of the best voices of 1991’s Eurovision Song Contest, but I don’t particularly like the high pitched verses. What a shame the saxophone player completely fails his solo, it deserved so much better. The song itself is a wee bit monotonous and could have done with a bit more oomph. All in all, it deserved more than the 13th place and only 36 points.

Find out more about Sophia’s career under this video of her live Eurovision performance.

Sophia Vossou – A mini biography

Born in Patras on the west coast of Greece in 1961, Vossou studied music in Athens. In 1984 she won the Thessaloniki Song Contest which catapulted her career and started to book more live performances throughout the country before releasing her self titled first album Sophia.

Sophia’s career has not been restricted to just music recording, she has also produced many T.V and radio shows including a morning show and reality T.V. In 2006 she became a mentor on the TV reality, talent program Dream Show.

In recent years Vossou has been seen taking to the stage as an actor in theatre productions and on the small screen in sitcom Ola Stin Taratsa. In 2014 she took part in the Greek version of the popular television franchise Your Face Sounds Familiar, among her performances was a rendition of 2007 Eurovision winner Molitva and Marija Šerifović.

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Franka is up to fun and dance on her new song “Prvi Osjećaj”

Franka is up to fun and dance on her new song “Prvi Osjećaj”

Franka - Prvi Osjećaj

Croatian pop singer Franka have a new song out titled ‘Prvi Osjećaj’. It is a feel-good dance song that can boost your confidence this summer by spreading positive and happy vibes.

Franka’s new song is about trust your gut feelings and following your intuition when it comes to falling in love. The message is that you don’t need another people’s opinion because you just know what is right.

It’s time for joy, rhythm, dance and love… Summer is officially starting, and it’s time for fun! I truly believe we are all thirsty for this type of songs and I am happy to be able to give you a feeling of positivism. I start to dance as soon as I hear the sing, wherever it is! Prvi Osjećaj is a song full of positivism and rhythm. As I am a person, who likes to share such feelings with my audience, I can’t wait for people to hear it, accept it and put it on their summer playlists. Honestly, I would be happiest if the concerts can start as soon as possible, so that I can sing and dance with my audience to this song.

Franka to Narodni Radio

Franka has also prepared an interesting visual surprise for the new single. Prvi Osjećaj is accompanied by a completely different, modern and dance video produced by Sandra Mihaljević and Igor Ivanović. About this, she says: I hope that the dance steps and rhythm from the video will become part of your parties, TikTok videos, Instagram posts and fun videos that I will be happy to watch and reward.

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Prvi Osjećaj is penned by Neno Ninčević and Branimir Mihaljević who wrote the music for Franka’s 2018 Eurovision entry Crazy, has composed and produced the new song. It is expected that Franka will release her second studio album by the end of the year. In the link below, you can watch the video for Prvi Osjećaj:

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Eurovision 2005: Switzerland’s Vanilla Ninja in focus

Eurovision 2005: Switzerland’s Vanilla Ninja in focus

Vanilla Ninja represented Switzerland in Athens

Estonian girl band Vanilla Ninja represented Switzerland at the 50th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005. After several years of poor points for the Swiss, Vanilla Ninja and their song Cool Vibes proved to be a good move for Switzerland as they finished in a respectable 8th place.

Vanilla Ninja were selected to represent Switzerland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 through internal selection. Due to a string of poor results for the Swiss, it was time for them to try something different. With no members of the band being from Switzerland, it was a shock when Estonian girl band Vanilla Ninja were chosen to represent the nation. This wasn’t an entirely popular decision, especially in Estonia who felt that if Vanilla Ninja should represent any country at Eurovision it should be there own. Despite this, Estonia gave the girls the maximum 12 points in the grand final.


  • 1 Cool Vibes – Opinions from fans
  • 2 A Mini Biography of Vanilla Ninja

For some time before the contest it looked like Vanilla Ninja would not be able to go to Eurovision after all, one of the group members left the band due to becoming pregnant and was replaced by a new member Triinu Kivilaan who was just 15 (Eurovision rules stipulate that competitors need to be at least 16 years old). Luckily for the group, and for the Swiss delegation, Triinu turned 16 just before the contest started and was therefore able to compete.

Cool Vibes – Opinions from fans

In order to find out what Eurovision fans today think of this Swiss entry from 2005, we asked our Eurovision Fan Panel. It includes team members as well as fans from all over the world.

Michael O. – This was a fine effort from Switzerland supposedly about a tiger. Nice to see a girl band who can play their instruments. Not a winner, but deservedly did well.

Wouter V. – A mere 8th place for one of the very best songs to ever be performed at the Eurovision Song Contest is something I still cannot accept. This song really has everything. The music is catchy, but has actual quality at the same time, and features cellos. The lyrics are mysterious, cool, layered and easy to sing along to. In a literal sense, Vanilla Ninja sings about a tiger. This is probably a proxy for a difficult relationship though. On top of that, their performance at Eurovision was perfect. This song really did everything right, and nothing wrong. How they were beaten by a true copy of Turkey’s Everyway That I Can (2003) and some boring ballads is beyond me. Cool Vibes remains my number one.

Steve P. – After scoring no points in the semi-final the year before, Switzerland came back with a potential winner! Estonian girl rock band, Vanilla Ninja, sounded good and looked the part in a contest where rock was a more common genre than ever before. Cool Vibes explodes into life, grips the listener tightly and never lets go until it’s good and ready. Great stuff! I can highly recommend the album, as well. Germany’s Gracia (whose song has the same writers), must have been fuming when she realised what she could have been given.

Charlotte J. – Vanilla Ninja had the attractive combination of being sweet and rough at the same time. This song has the same opposites in it; the sweet moments and the rock sound. I like it. It doesn’t stand out as a winner to be, but worthy of a top 5 place, certainly.

Ashleigh K. – I love to see a good girl band at Eurovision and Vanilla Ninja fit the bill completely. The lyrics have a bit of a dark edge to it and it did what was intended by bringing Switzerland back into the grand final. Their album ‘Blue Tattoo’ was also very good. Thumbs up from me.

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🇦🇺 Vivienne F. – The song deserved its place in the final. The instrumental at the beginning of the song drew me in followed by the strong tone of the singer saying Cool Vibes, then with the addition of guitars, drums and harmonies, turned into an epic rock ballad, and it’s great to see women rocking the stage. I placed it 9th overall. It was much better than the winner Greece. My top 3 that year were Hungary, Bulgaria and Norway.

🇱🇻 Jānis O. – Remembering the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest, Vanilla Ninja from Switzerland definitely wasn’t my favourite act. I’ve never liked this type of a Spice Girls “wannabe”bands. The “Girl Power” era was over and Vanilla Ninja was another group of girls without power 👎😴
However, in comparison with other Eurovision 2005 songs, hearing the song Cool Vibes on the radio, my ears won’t start to bleed!
I am really glad that thanks to this Estonian group though, at the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest, Latvia gave 12 points to Switzerland and not to Russia🤪

🇸🇪 Antonio P. – Vanilla Ninja is one of my absolute favourite Eurovision song. It’s sad that they had some problem with their song and that a Estonia band should represent Switzerland in Eurovision 2005. It didn’t stop them to deliver a good performance, which gave them a 8th position in the final. My own opinion is that Switzerland should had a top five position, and their performance was better than in the music video. And (still) first time a girl group played rock in Eurovision, respect!

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William S. – In 2005 I was a new fan, and this was the first contest I was watching as a fan. This song really didn’t do much for me. It’s an impressive performance and while I understand why it did so well, it hasn’t lasted the rest of time for me. Very much a dated song.

🇷🇸 Miljan T. – Even to this day, 2005 is one of my favourite Eurovision years – I still love many songs from that contest. But back in 2005, it was all about Greece, so I disliked (on the night) everything that jeopardized Helena‘s win, including Switzerland. But now, that‘s one of my favourite Eurovision songs ever. Great live vocals, great harmonies, 80s pop-rock girl-group vibe, beautiful girls, they just had everything and very well deserved their place in the top 10. Too bad they split up not long after…

You can remind yourself of Vanilla Ninja’s Cool Vibes by watching the video below. Below the video, you can read more about the band.


A Mini Biography of Vanilla Ninja

Vanilla Ninja began as a four-piece group consisting of Maarja Kivi, Lenna Kuurmaa, Katrin Siska and Piret Järvis. Maarja Kivi left the group in 2004 as she became pregnant and was replaced by Triinu Kivilaan.

After the 8th place at Eurovision representing Switzerland in 2005, Triinu also left the group to start a solo career. The band decided to continue as a three-piece act. They encountered some further difficulties as they parted ways with their record label and had encountered legal troubles with their trade mark.

In 2007 the group tried to enter the Eurovision Song Contest again but this time for their native Estonia. Unfortunately for them, the national final Eurolaul was won by Gerli Padar with the song Partners In Crime. The girls have all continued to be successful in their own right with some of them releasing solo music and others turning their hand at presenting.

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