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Wildest Eurovision entries to appear on TV - Latvian pirates to Russian grannies

By Kieran Isgin

Since its first contest in 1956, Eurovision has become a melting pot of some of the whackiest and wild acts to appear on our TV s.

Nearly every country involved in the competition nowadays is expected to present an act accompanied by striking costumes, complex choreography, and crazy characters.

Because of this, Eurovision has given birth to some truly memorable and downright bizarre moments.

So, let's take a trip down memory lane and explore some of the wildest entries to ever be seen in Eurovision throughout its decades-long history.

Pirates of the Sea - "Wolves of the Sea" (Latvia, 2008)

Pirates of the Sea came 12th in 2008 (REUTERS/Marko Djurica)

In 2008, Latvia saw fit to provide viewers with an act completely dedicated to pirates with their submission song "Wolves of the Sea".

Pirates of the Sea provided the perfect blend of pop music and Sinbad which still remains fresh in our minds nearly 15 years on.

Unfortunately, Pirates of the Sea didn't come that close to winning, ultimately placing Latvia 12th in the competition that year.

Who See - "Igranka" (Montenegro 2013)

Who See gave a rare rap performance at Eurovision (Risto Bozovic)

While the majority of Eurovision's contestants perform with pop music, Montenegro's entry, Who See, tried to break the mould with rap music.

Fitted with astronaut suits and blazing strobe lights, the duo performed "Igranka" - a song which combined elements of rap and dubstep.

Despite the serious attitude of the performers and dedication to their act, Montenegro only placed 12th that year.

Verka Serduchka - "Dancing Lasha Tambai" (Ukraine, 2007)

Verka Serduchka stands as one of Eurovision's most iconic performances (SVEN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)

In 2007, Ukraine stunned audiences with a drag queen covered in silver attire - Verka Seruchka.

Despite performing over a decade ago, he still stands as one of Eurovision's wildest acts with a song that would get stuck in your head all day the moment you heard it.

It seems that the audience in 2007 agreed as Verka walked away from the competition taking second place on behalf of Ukraine.

Scooch - "Flying the Flag (For You)" (UK, 2007)

Scooch only came 22nd in 2007 (PA)

British pop group Schooch decided to use the Eurovision stage to sing about the wonder of flying, complete with that familiar English awkwardness.

Their song even brought some controversy due to the song alluding to taking drugs in Amsterdam (even though a Union Jack was televised behind them frequently throughout the performance).

While Schooch's performance is memorable in its own way, it didn't seem to win any favours with voters as they walked away in 22nd place out of a total of 24.

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Lordi - "Hard Rock Hallelujah" (Finland, 2006)

Lordi gave a controversial show at Eurovision (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Lordi's rock performance at Eurovision is perhaps one of the competition's defining moments.

The band shocked audiences at the time for their shocking appearance and hardcore appearance which was accompanied by juxtaposed Christan lyrics.

Despite their controversy, Lordi came first place that year - being the only Finnish act to do so - and even set a Guinness World Record for karaoke singing a few months later.

Buranovskiye Babushki - "Party For Everybody" (Russia 2012)

Buranovskiye Babushki warmed everyone's hearts in 2012 (AFP PHOTO / VYACHESLAV OSELEDKOVYACHESLAV OSELEDKO/AFP/GettyImages)

Another act that many of us are sure to remember is Buranovskiye Babuski - the Grannies from Buranovo - who brought the Russian stereotype of a babushka to the rest of Europe.

In a way, the admiration for Buranovsite Babushki was for more than just their wholesome performance - their depiction of baking cookies while singing in their native language warmed everyone's hearts.

The act even used its short stint of fame to raise funds for a church reconstruction back home which seemed to resonate with a lot of viewers since they finished second that year.

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