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BBC News – Eurovision 2010: How to write the winning lyric

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What’s the main ingredient of a winning Eurovision lyric? The answer is “love”.If you look back at every winner of the annual song contest since it started in 1956, the most common lyrical theme is affairs of the heart.”Love” accounts for an impressive 2% – or one in 50 – of the 12,299 words that have been sung from the winner’s podium discounting common words like “I” or “and”.

via BBC News – Eurovision 2010: How to write the winning lyric.
Wordle: Eurovision lyrics: The winners
Here are the lyrics of all the winners from 1956-2009, fed into the Wordle website and showing the frequency of each one – translations into English have been used where necessary. Click on the graphic to see the full-size picture.

Favourite lyrics from this year’s batch:


Artist: Eva Rivas

Song: Apricot Stone

I began to cry a lot

And she gave me apricots


Artist: Aisha

Song: What for?

What for are we living?

What for are we dreaming?

What for are we loosing? [sic]

Only Mr God knows why

(But) His phone today is out of range


Artist: Jesse Matador

Song: Allez! Ola! Ole!

Allez, allez, allez, allez

You need to dance

Everybody dance with me! Badamdam

It’s the sound of the year

Danbadam badamdam

Everybody, danbadam badamdam

It doesn’t get much better than this. Enjoy!

Strange Random Eurovision Quote:

“I am of the opinion that it’s OK to watch and even possibly enjoy Eurovision as long as you don’t take it too seriously.”

Eurovision observer Mike Taylor.

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  1. May 29, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Aaaaaahhhh… That is why women like Eurovision, because “love” is our favorite word!

    (and of course “badabam” too)

  1. May 28, 2010 at 8:04 pm

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