The third esctoday.com TOP TEN list starts today with the places 10, 9 and 8 being announced. As announced on Saturday, this week's topic are the TOP TEN bizarre cover versions of Eurovision entries.
All kinds of cover versions could be submitted. The ranking is purely subjective this week as a special exception and because of the high number of suggestions, we do not just rank ten single cover versions but ten groups of cover versions.
Sadly, we cannot feature all cover versions that were submitted. Nevertheless, we promise to feature those that did not make the top ten in the round-up article on Saturday. Anyway, we want to thank everybody who took part in creating the list.
So here we start…
No. 10 – Dance cover versions of Fly on the wings of love
The Olsen Brothers quite surprisingly won the Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm in 2000 with their song Fly on the wings of love. The songs was also a commercial success an reached the top ten of the charts in various countries. It has become a tradition that successful winning songs also spawn a series of cover versions. Surprisingly enough, the gutiar pop song saw a whole bunch of dance cover versions of created.
One of the first dance versions was released by the project DJ Cookie with vocals by Lisa Andrews:
German group Topmodelz picked up the idea in 2002 and released their own version:
The most successful dance cover version of the song was released in 2003 by Spanish group XTM with vocals by Catalan singer Annia. The song was successful in Spain but it was also a major hit in Ireland, where it was a number one hit and in the United Kingdom, where it reached the top ten. In all three countries, this version was more successful than the original version by the Oslen Brothers:
Many thanks Ramon Ramos for the contribution.
No. 9 – Slow-dow versions of Ik ben verliefd, sha-la-lie
Although it did not make it past the semi final, the Dutch entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 will probably stay remembered for quite a while. Although reactions from the fans and the media to Ik ben verliefd, sha-la-lie were rather negative to start with, the song did achieve kind of a cult status over the months. Due to the success, quite a lot cover versions of the song were performed by Dutch artists and remarkably, many of them turned the up-tempo happy tune into a ballad.
An English slow version (as well as an up-tempo version) of the song was recorded and released by Faeke & the Eamon Project:
Ellen ten Damme, who had already taken part in the German national final in 2005, performs the song in a much more minimalistic way:
Not much slower than the orginal version but still remarkable is an R&B cover version of the song:
Many thanks to ws for the contribution.
No. 8 – Metal and rock versions of Greek entries
The Greek entries have often been favourites in the Eurovision Song Contest, especially in recent years. Most of the country's entries are in the genre of pop music but some metal and rock versions of Greek entries have appeared.
Metal group Dream evil have released their very own version of the 2005 winning song My number one:
Labros Papadakis has created a metal cover version of the 2008 entry Secret combination:
Evridiki, Cypriot representative in 1992, 1994 and 2007 performed her own version of the 1979 Greek entry Sokrates in the 2006 Greek national final. It features a rock vocal performance mixed with a dance music arrangement:
Many thanks to Paschalis and dimitris calling for their contributions.
Tomorrow, we will introduce the numbers 7 and 6 on the list.