Blood, sweat and sequins: essential ESC anthems for the Olympics

As you and every other human being on the planet well know, the Olympic Games are in full swing, and I for one have never watched as much sport in my life than I have over the last few days. Usually I exclusively tune into the diving, equestrian and gymnastic events – sometimes with a little bit of pole-vaulting on the side – but this year I seem to be up for anything and everything. I even spent last night yelling at basketball (Australia versus France – we lost). Is it just me, or are you guys also finding yourselves strangely afflicted by Olympic fever?

Anyway, I consider it my special talent to relate any random topic to Eurovision, so with that in mind I’ve compiled a playlist just for the athletes of the 30th Olympiad, composed solely of Eurovision songs (save for a few national finalists). Whether lyrically or atmospherically, I think all of these tracks would do a great job of firing up the competitors, if only in that parallel universe where instead of training they spend their time sitting on couches in the athlete’s village reading Eurovision blogs on their iPads.

I defy you to tell me you can’t imagine these backing a sped-up and/or slow-mo montage of epic sporting moments…




I Can by Blue

Zaleilah by Mandinga

Believe by Dima Bilan

Try Again by Dilba (Sweden 2011)

Marija Magdalena by Doris Dragović

We Are The Heroes by Litesound

Cvet Z Juga by Alenka Gotar

Dziesma Par Laimi by Fomins & Kleins

Amazing by Danny Saucedo (Sweden 2012)

Molitva by Maria Serifovic

Be My Guest by Gaitana

Keine Grenzen – Zadnych Granic by Ich Troje

Hope and Glory by Måns Zelmerlöw (Sweden 2009)

Amar by 2B

En Una Vida by Coral (Spain 2010)

New Tomorrow by A Friend In London

Hero by Charlotte Perrelli 

Butterflies by 3 + 2

Allez Ola Olé by Jessy Matador

Fight by Natalia Barbu

Stattu Upp by Blár Opál (Iceland 2012)  

Europe’s Living A Celebration by Rosa

Invincible by Carola


I think I might pop that playlist on and do some star jumps in my lounge room. In front of the TV while the Olympics are on, of course. I wouldn’t want to miss a minute of canoe slalom!


NEXT TIME: The countdown of my ESC50 continues with ten more all-time favourites. I think it’s going to be a contentious installment…


12 Responses to “Blood, sweat and sequins: essential ESC anthems for the Olympics”

  1. Annika

    I join the heart rings appreciation group! Honestly, I haven’t been watching much of the 2012 Olympics. I was more into it during the Vancouver 2010 winter Olympics but I guess that’s because it was being held here (well, on the other side in the country, but still) and because I’m more into winter sports. I did watch the 2012 opening ceremony and I watched swimming yesterday and some recaps of the day once in a while and that’s about it. I’m weird, I know.
    About your playlist…Well, I love it, and I think Believe, Keine Grenzen and Hope and Glory suit perfectly!!!! (and I love those songs but that’s random xD) I don’t really get why Cvet Z Juga is there though (sorry!)


    • Jaz

      The winter Olympics are boss! I remember being pretty into Vancouver too. Especially the ice-skating, and the…oh God, what’s it called? When they ski down that massive slope and then fly through the air?? That thing.
      The only way I can explain Cvet Z Juga is that I can totally imagine it in the background of a sporting montage, for some reason. It’s pretty rousing.


  2. nprovenghi271

    I absolutely LOVE the heart rings! I also love the list, probably because I like more uptempo stuff. The only qualm I have is that boring Belorussian “Butterflies” ballad, which I would replace with the impossibly happy “Haba Haba” from Norway. As for the Olympics, I’ve barely seen anything! All I’ve seen is one handball match and some sets of white water rafting or something like that. The oddest thing is that I haven’t seen any American competitors! Hopefully I’ll catch something soon.


    • Jaz

      I can see Haba Haba playing over a montage of Usain Bolt victory dancing!! A match made in heaven.
      If you’re lucky you’ll catch Poland and Norway winning stuff at the Olympics. It’s a rare occurrence for a Eurovision fan (boom tish!)


      • nprovenghi271

        That’s really ironic because yesterday, I saw a Polish weightlifter take gold against a Russian and Iranian. Now only Norway to go.


        • Jaz

          I swear I saw Norway win something…maybe a heat or a semi?? Or maybe I was hallucinating because I’m still in disbelief over what happened to my beloved Tooj.


      • nprovenghi271

        No they did win something! A Norwegian canoe athlete won the 1000m canoe sprint and the women’s handball team is in semi-finals of its competition. Tooji’s loss has been avenged!


  3. Balkanheart

    oi. (: the hearts are so sweet.
    haha. I like the playlist=D
    Doris with ‘Marija Magdalena’ surprised me but absolutly right there.
    Hero & Molitva fit so well in here(:
    and now theres this picture in my head with all this swimmers swimming the butterfly finals and in the background butterflies is playing =o straaaahhhaaange.



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