Ana Matronic's Eurovision trailblazers

Tuesday 14 May 2013, 17:56

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When you think of the Eurovision Song Contest, you might not always think of ground breaking music, or performances that push the envelope style-wise. But amongst the ballads and Euro-floor fillers there have always been acts brave enough to do their own thing, to break from convention, the acts that have danced to a different beat. We asked BBC Three presenter and Scissor Sisters’ singer Ana Matronic to delve down into the archive and pick her top five Eurovision trail blazers.

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Do you agree with Ana’s choices? Which acts would you add to the list?


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    Comment number 16.

    Lack of Eurovision knowledge? Are you serious? Ana Matronic was one of the most well-informed commentators I've heard on Eurovision. She knows little things like the fact Agathonas from Greece stroking his moustache is his signature move.

    While still having a sense of fun (see comments on Lithuania's shoe lyrics, Ukraine's giant, etc), she takes the music seriously. Her references, taking in Klaus Nomi, Skrillex and Massive Attack, place Eurovision in a wider musical context and lend the show a greater legitimacy than her "Lol foreigners" counterparts.

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    Comment number 4.

    Very happy with Ana :) Can be no harm in a Scissor Sister giving some perspective on ESC! And ... on topic... totally agree with Lordi at the top of Ana's list here - what an act.

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    Comment number 10.

    Agreed with Anna's commentary and thought she was on the button. Scott was hardly present in the second semi though. Maybe Anna and Scott could select next years entry? Russia and Hungary tops for this year and amazing Azerbaijan box dancing.

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    Comment number 13.

    Thanks to the BBC for getting Ana involved this year. At last, someone commentating who actually wants to be there. Entertaining, Funny and Informed, and sorry, Krop, but Ana and the Scissor Sisters are No1 Honorary Brits.

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    Comment number 15.

    Ground breaking artists and no Dana International? Surely Eurovision's first transgender artist deserves a mention.


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