Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of the Fire Saga, the new comedy of Wedding Crashers director David Dobkin and screenwriters Will Ferrell and Andrew Steele arrive on Netflix on Friday. The original plan was to release the film during the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in May, but thanks to COVID-19, this Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams film is the closest to his year. Fortunately, there is a lot of Eurovision in Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of the Fire Saga. The film is filled with cameos from Eurovision contestants, most prominently during the “long song,” a pop mix played by a row of assassins from previous Eurovision winners, along with characters portrayed by Ferrell, McAdams, Dan Stevens, and Melissanthi Mahut. . . (Ferrell interprets his own voice; the others are dubbed). Here they are all in the movie with a Eurovision connection, starting in the precise order of a long song.
John Lundvik, who begins the full-length song, is a Swedish pop singer who took fifth place at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv with the song “Too Late for Love”. He was also one of the composers of “The Best in Me”, which was France’s entry into the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest before it was canceled. Here’s Lundvik’s Eurovision 2019 performance:
Anna Odobescu represented Moldova at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, where she performed “Stay”. The song didn’t come out of the semi-finals, so there isn’t a full Eurovision performance, but here’s the music video:
The official Eurovision YouTube channel has some footage from Odobescu’s rehearsals, but here is a video from the audience showing his full performance, which included sand art by the Ukrainian sand animation artist (and winner of Ukraine has talent) Kseniya Simonova:
Bilal Hassani represented France at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, with the song “Roi”. He reached the final, finally placing 16th. She is also a YouTube star. Here is the video of “Roi”:
Hassani’s performance at Eurovision is not online, but the test clips are. She shared the stage with dancers Lizzy Howell and Lin Ching Lan.
Loreen is a Swedish pop singer who won the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest in Baku, Azerbaijan with her song “Euphoria”. Here’s her winning performance, positively minimalist by Eurovision standards:
Loreen is joined by Jessy Matador, who represented France at the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo. Here is her performance of “Allez Ola Olé”, which placed 12th:
Alexander Rybak is a Belarusian Norwegian singer and violinist who has represented Norway in two Eurovision song contests. In 2009, he won the contest with “Fairytale”, which features a very energetic violin flair:
In 2018, Rybak returned with “This is how you write a song”, which placed 15th. Here is his performance:
Jamala is a Ukrainian singer who won the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 with “1944”, a song about the deportation of Stalin and Beria from the Crimean Tatars. (Russia was not enthusiastic about this). Here is her performance:
Elina Nechayeva represented Estonia at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, finishing eighth. Here is her performance of “La Forza”:
Conchita Wurst, the character of Austrian singer Thomas Neuwirth, rose to fame by appearing in Die Große Chance in 2011, she came in second in the Austrian national Eurovision 2012 competition and won the competition in 2014 with “Rise Like a Phoenix”. Here is her performance:
Israeli singer Netta Barzilai won the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal with “Toy”. Her performance that year doesn’t seem to have made it to any official channel, but here is the music video:
Netta performed “Toy” again to open the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, and that performance it is online:
Those are all in the song, but there are a few other cameos scattered throughout the movie.
The Finnish band Lordi does not appear in Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of the Fire Saga, although the Belarusian band from the movie Moon Fang, whose singer is presented dressed as a horned demon, is a close facsimile. However, we have chosen to include the performance of the “Hard Rock Hallelujah” band, which won the contest in 2006, because it has a good message.
Salvador Sobral, the Portuguese singer who won the contest in 2017 with “Amar Pelos Dois”, appears briefly as a street artist in Scotland. Here is his winning performance:
The four wonder
The Finnish pop act The Wonder Four is performed by English pop actor Anteros (Laura Hayden, Joshua Rumble, Harry Balazs, Jackson Couzens), who appear on screen in the same outfits they wear on the cover of their latest album. They never won Eurovision, but in Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of the Fire Saga, they perform “Fool Moon”, a real song by Anteros. Here is the video:
William Lee Adams
William Lee Adams, who appears in the film as a Eurovision commentator, is a real-life Eurovision commentator (as is Irish television presenter Graham Norton, who also appears as himself). He is a YouTube personality and the founder and editor-in-chief of Wiwibloggs, a leading Eurovision news site. He recently posted a reaction video for “Volcano Man”, the song that opens Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of the Fire Saga, what appears to be a conflict of interest:
This Icelandic pop duo is easy to miss, but eagle-eyed viewers can see Lars Erickssong and Sigrit Ericksdottir in one or two scenes. His legendary performance at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 is only available on Netflix, but here is the official video for his song “Volcano Man”.