It looks like it takes some time for the extreme corners of Europe to win the Eurovision song contest. It took Finland 45 years until we won in 2006 with Lordi and hard rock. Portugal waited for 53 years until they won last night with Salvador Sobral and his tender jazzy bossanova. Greece also waited for 31 years until 2005 when Helena Paparizou's ethnic pop made it.
Now we turn our eyes to Malta, waiting since 1971, Cyprus since 1981 and Iceland, since 1986. The difference with these countries is however, unlike Finland and Portugal who never placed in Top-5 before their win they have already tasted success. Malta has been runner up twice (2002, 2005) as well as third (1992,1998). Iceland also has been runner up twice (1999, 2009). Cyprus is more like us with their best being 5th (1982, 1997, 2004).
Who will be the next one to finally make it?