Does winning the competition actually have an impact on their careers?
Love it or hate it, every year the Eurovision Song Contest continues to get bigger and bigger, to the point now that countries on the other side of the planet are now partaking (Hi, Australia!).
While the competition set off in 1956, the actual number of winners who went on to have memorable careers can be counted on two hands: ABBA, Celine Dion, Lulu, Johnny Logan, Katrina And The Waves, Linda Martin, Dana International...
So out of the last ten years of winners, have any of them used the competition as a springboard on to a more successful career? Let's have a look.
2015: Måns Zelmerlöw (Sweden)
Zelmerlöw was already five albums deep when he entered the Eurovision, so it's not like he was sitting around waiting for fame to find him. The very Avicii-esque track "Heroes" managed to make it to No.10 in the UK charts, but the accompanying album Perfectly Damaged didn't even make it into the Top 100 of the UK Albums list. He recently released his new single "Fire In The Rain", which timed perfectly with his job as co-host for this year's Eurovision competition. To date, the song has charted highest at #93 in the Swedish Charts.
2014: Conchita Wurst (Austria)
In what can only be described as pure, blind luck and definitely not a clever marketing ploy, Conchita's debut, self-titled album came out five days after she won the competition that year. Several more singles were released from that same LP, but again, the album never cracked the top 100 UK albums chart.
2013: Emmelie de Forest (Denmark)
In what must be one of the most forgettable Eurovision entries, never mind winners, in recent years, de Forest's debut (and to date, only) album Only Teardrops was released two weeks prior to the final of the Eurovision final. One more single was released from the project - "Hunter & Prey" - but the album never charted in the UK, Ireland and most of the rest of Europe. She has released three more singles since then in 2014 and 2015, but so far, no new album has materialized.
2012: Loreen (Sweden)
"Europhia" topped the Irish charts, got to #2 in the UK Dance charts, and was generally quite brilliant. It came off the half-way decent Heal album, which got to #70 in the UK album charts, and spawned the even better single "We Got The Power", which tanked pretty much everywhere. Two singles from her sophomore album Paperlight have been released (neither of which charted in the UK or Ireland), with the album to follow later in 2016.
2011: Ell & Nikki (Azerbaijan)
Whereas the 2013 was very forgettable, 2011's winner was just plain terrible. This was the first single by Ell & Nikki, with a follow-up arrived in 2013, titled "Music's Still Alive", which the duo released on August 29th, Michael Jackson's birthday, and they dedicate the song to him. As solo artists, they've released more singles, and Nikki even released a solo album, although neither have replicated the dizzy highs of #41 on the Irish singles chart since their release of "Running Scared".
2010: Lena (Germany)
The catchier-than-we-remembered "Satellite" got as high as #2 in the Irish charts and #30 in the UK charts, while the album it spawned from, My Cassette Player, featured covers of an Adele song, and another co-written by Ellie Goulding. Three more albums have come since then, and while they all seem to do quite well in her native Germany, she's yet to re-emerge on these shores.
2009: Alexander Rybak (Norway)
The fiddle-friendly Rybak managed to get to #2 in the Irish charts and #10 in the English charts, but perhaps one fiddle-y song was enough, as the same-titled album got to #91 in the Irish album charts, and was nowhere to be seen on the UK ones. Three more albums have come since then, including a Christmas themed one in 2012, and he even popped up on the soundtrack to How To Train Your Dragon 2, but Rybak hasn't had a new LP in nearly 4 years now.
2008: Dima Bilan (Russia)
Russia must have really wanted to win in 2008, because "Believe" is co-produced by none other than super-producer Timbaland. It came from the same titled album, which was Bilan's fifth, and featured production by Ryan Tedder (Leona Lewis "Bleeding Love", Beyonce "Halo") and Timbaland's right hand man Jim Beanz. The 2011 follow up Dreamer also featured Jim Beanz, as well as high-profile producer J.R. Rotem (Rihanna "S.O.S.", Sean Kingston "Beautiful Girls"), but despite their input, Bilan barely made a dent in Russian charts, let alone anywhere else. Two more albums came afterwards, to even less popularity.
2007: Marija Šerifović (Serbia)
The first (and, so far, last) song in non-English to win since Dana International in 1998, "Molitva" doesn't even appear on any of Šerifović's albums. We tried looking up more on her, and while Serbians seem to love her - and they really love "Molitva" - nowhere else in the world seems to be aware of her existence. To be honest, we'd even forgotten this song had won that year.
2006: Lordi (Finland)
While recent year's winners seem to be a mix of EDM-blowouts or Bond-lite theme songs, Lordi brought The Arockalypse (that's the name of the album the track came from) to the ESC. They were already three LPs in by that point, and have had another four since then, with 2014's Scare Force One (seriously, these titles are amazing) being the most recent, with another lined up for 2016. They seem to do quite well in Scandanavia, but as you can probably guess, they haven't made much of an impression in the rest of Europe since they frightened us all senseless a decade ago.