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Eurovision's Campiest Costumes

Because the music is only half the fun.

Originally conceived as a way to bring together the war-torn countries of Europe, the Eurovision Song Competition has come a long way from its humble beginnings in 1956, during which seven nations competed in Lugano, Switzerland. Today, the annual competition regularly hosts more than 40 countries and is watched by hundreds of millions of viewers around the globe. And while the songs are, ostensibly, the basis of the competition, there's no denying the playful presentation is what keeps people tuning in. To that end, FOTO collects the competition's campiest costumes from the past five decades. (Pictured: Pirates of the Sea, Latvia, 2008)

Jedward (Ireland), 2011 PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images Jedward (Ireland), 2011 ABBA (Sweden), 1974 AFP/AFP/Getty Images ABBA (Sweden), 1974 Verka Serduchka (Ukraine), 2007 Johannes Simon/Getty Images Verka Serduchka (Ukraine), 2007 Sandra (Estonia), 2006 ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images Sandra (Estonia), 2006 Lordi (Finland), 2006 Sean Gallup/Getty Images Lordi (Finland), 2006 Zoli Adok (Hungary), 2009 AFP/AFP/Getty Images Zoli Adok (Hungary), 2009 Dschinghis Khan (Germany), 1979 Peter Bischoff/Getty Images Dschinghis Khan (Germany), 1979 Radoslav "Gipsy" Banga (Czech Republic), 2009 Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images Radoslav "Gipsy" Banga (Czech Republic), 2009 Scooch (U.K.), 2007 SVEN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images Scooch (U.K.), 2007 Rusiana (Ukraine), 2004 MUSTAFA OZER/AFP/Getty Images Rusiana (Ukraine), 2004 Ola Salo of The Ark (Sweden), 2007 SVEN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images Ola Salo of The Ark (Sweden), 2007 Nina (Serbia), 2011 Sean Gallup/Getty Images Nina (Serbia), 2011 Daniel Diges Safura (Azerbaijan), 2010 Nigel Waldron/Getty Images Daniel Diges Safura (Azerbaijan), 2010 Ovi of Paula Selling & Ovi (Romania), 2014 Ragnar Singsaas/WireImage Ovi of Paula Selling & Ovi (Romania), 2014 Ich Troje (Poland), 2006 ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images Ich Troje (Poland), 2006 Krista Siegfrids (Finland), 2013 Ragnar Singsaas/WireImage Krista Siegfrids (Finland), 2013 Inga and Anush Arshakyan (Armenia), 2009 AFP/AFP/Getty Images Inga and Anush Arshakyan (Armenia), 2009 Trackshittaz (Austria), 2012 VANO SHLAMOV/AFP/Getty Images Trackshittaz (Austria), 2012 Nina Kraljic (Croatia), 2016 Vyacheslav Prokofyev Nina Kraljic (Croatia), 2016