The Eurovision Song Contest has been around on our TVs for more than 60 years. However, Slavs joined the big European fiesta quite early – in the ’90s, after all of the communistic regimes collapsed. The only ex-socialist Slavic country which had ever got the chance to step foot on the Eurovision stage was Yugoslavia. Yugoslavia had won the contest in 1989 and got the chance to be the musical center of Europe the following year, in Zagreb.
But, how successful are the Slavs exactly at the Eurovision? After the introduction of semi-finals (2004), only one Slavic country failed to qualify every year – Slovakia. After several unsuccessful attempts, Slovak national broadcaster decided to withdraw from the contest in 2013 and we haven’t heard of them ever since. Let’s talk about success now, shall we?
For this occasion, we used simple statistics to see how successful Slavs are in the Eurovision. The success equals the amount of time a country finished in top 3 in the grand final. For example, the most successful country in the Eurovision, Ireland, has won the contest 7 times, has been a runner-up 4 times and finished 3rd once. So, let’s see how successful are Slavs on this list (out of 52 countries that competed in the past):
Placement | Country | 1st/2nd/3rd places
- #14 Ukraine (2-2-1)
- #16 Russia (1-4-3)
- #25 Serbia (1-0-1)
- #30 Bulgaria (0-1-0)
- #33 Poland (0-1-0)
- #34 Serbia & Montenegro (0-1-0)
- #36 Bosnia & Herzegovina (0-0-1)
The rest of the Slavic countries never managed to get to one of the top 3 places. On this list, they’re ranked by the best placement (in the grand final) they achieved so far:
- #38 Croatia (4th place)
- #43 Belarus (6th place)
- #44 Czechia (6th place)
- #45 Slovenia (7th place)
- #47 North Macedonia (12th place)
- #48 Montenegro (13th place)
- #49 Slovakia (18th place)
Do you have a favorite Slavic Eurovision song? Let’s hope 2019 is the year of a new Slavic victory at the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel!