The annual Eurovision Song Contest has nearly always scored nil points when it comes to credible artists belting out top-notch songs. Yet, there have been a few moments across the decades where it seemed like cool might prevail against the onslaught of kitsch.

I’ve selected a few well-known artists that put their career on the line in hope of a Eurovision win, and you can watch performances from all of those on the Double J website. I’ll also be presenting an alternative Eurovision on Fat Planet this week – bringing you soul from Slovenia, dream pop from Portugal, hip-hop from Poland along with music from over 20 countries in a two hour alternative Euro special.

Photo: Telex at Eurovision in 1980. Photo from Nationaal Archief