Throwback Thursday (#TBT): To All of Ireland’s Wins

October 19, 2017

Throwback Thursday (#TBT): To All of Ireland’s Wins

Being the most successful country in the Eurovision Song Contest, Ireland’s entrants have always had formidable talent. But today, we’re looking back at the stars who stole the show.

In 1970, Dana took first place at the Grand Final and earned Ireland’s first win with “All Kinds of Everything.” The sweet song sounded like a nursery rhyme or bedtime lullaby, and her soothing voice stole the hearts of the audience and jury. The song would top Irish charts and launched eighteen-year-old Dana’s pop career. She acted and often sang for a live audience, and after she came out with another charting song in 1979—a song that was inspired by Pope John Paul II’s visit to Ireland—Dana began to target the American Christian music market. Although she continued to drop pop albums, Dana’s career took a drastic turn in 1997, when she ran for Irish president. She didn’t win and returned to the United States, was granted citizenship in 1999 but then returned to Europe when she won a seat in the Parliament. Dana has amazingly managed to balance her career in politics with her passion for music and devotion to God, and has even published a couple books. She became a judge on a talent show in 2010 and then year later ran for president again. Obviously a woman of many talents, it wouldn’t be too farfetched if we saw her on the ESC stage again.

 Johnny Logan - or Mr. Eurovision - is the only entrant to win the ESC twice, first in 1980 with “What’s Another Year” and then in 1987 with “Hold Me Now,” which was a self-written song. He also composed 92’s winning song, which is to be expected seeing as Johnny has been composing his own songs since he was thirteen. The song that earned Johnny his first victory was not an original piece, but “What’s Another Year” did top charts throughout Europe and he even released a German version. “Hold Me Now” did just as well and in 2007, Johnny sang the song in a McDonald’s campaign. It is also considered the third most popular song to come out of the ESC. Johnny wrote two songs for fellow Eurovision singer, Linda Martin: “Terminal 3” and “Why Me?” Both were incredibly well received, the first earned Linda second place in 1984 and the latter actually earned Ireland its fourth win. For the song contests 60th birthday, Johnny Performed a medley of songs from his many performances.

 With Johnny’s “Why Me?” Linda Martin won the ESC in 1992, which was number one on the radio in Ireland. Linda started her singing career in the late 60s with the band Chips and remained on the circuit as both a singer and a television presenter. She’s judged contests and done quiz shoes and even performed in theater. Most recently she participated in a traveling musical titledMenopause the Musical.

Niamh Kavanagh won Eurovision in 1993 and then performed again in 2010. She first performed “In Your Eyes” and earned major recognition as the song peaked on charts throughout Europe. Niamh would go onto recording in the United States, but would ultimately take a break from her music career to spend more time with her family. She returned to the ESC stage in 2010 with “It’s for You” and made it to the finals a second time. Five years later, Niamh came back to Eurovision again, though this time as a judge for Junior Eurovision Song Contest.


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