During the festive season, the BBC aired an episode of long running faith based show Songs of Praise from Belfast’s Assembly Hall. Hosted by Claire McCollum, the Big Sing featured songs from the Priests, Margaret Keys and 1970 Eurovision winner Dana.
The final group of Eurovision NI’s Song of 2019 takes place this week and we’ve saved some of the best tunes for the last. We have songs from 2019 participants Mahmood, Serhat, Luca Hanni and Michela teams up with X-Factor Malta mentor Ira Losco. There’s also tracks from winners Dana, Lordi and Netta, and Spanish legend Ruth Lorenzo and Swedes Robin Bengtsson and Frans. Check out all sixteen songs below and vote for your five favourites in the poll. The vote will close at midnight on Saturday and results revealed on Sunday.
Rosemary Scallon aka Dana who is best known for winning the Eurovision Song Contest back in 1970, has made a comeback to music this week. On 1 November, the ‘All Kinds of Everything’ singer released her first non-religious album in many years. The album is called ‘My Time’ and the first single release is called ‘Falling’.
Happy St Patrick’s Day to everyone! To get you in the mood for the festivities and to kick the craic off in style we have decided to countdown our favourite ten Eurovision songs from the Emerald Isle over their 50+ years in the Contest.
If I were to ask you: which country is the most successful Eurovision nation? Your immediate response may be Ireland. You may say- surely they’ve won it the most, so therefore they’re the most successful? The big names that immediately come to mind are Johnny Logan, Linda Martin, Eimear Quinn and Dana. While it’s true that Ireland have had their fair share of Eurovision success, they have also had a shocking amount of non-qualifiers, and in the past twenty years haven’t really come close to their back to back successful run in the 1990s.
Hot on their heels you may say is Sweden with six wins and all quite recently. Big Swedish wins include Abba, Loreen and of course last year saw Mans Zelmerlow bring the contest back to Stockholm. However again there has been some slip ups from the Swedes over the years.
Similarly some nations haven’t ever won Eurovision, but have had many successful attempts with a number of consistent top ten results. Countries that may have only competed a few times, but have given it all the gusto they could muster, resulting in them constantly finishing on the left of the leader board in the final.
Other countries like the UK have a hefty number of second places, but may not be the equal of Ireland’s seven wins. So the question arises: how do we rank these efforts fairly? You may be tempted to cry: It’s too complicated! There’s so much history! Well, I’ve decided to attempt it and here is how…
Ireland: the most successful country in Eurovision history with seven wins, but not much to sing about in recent years. With wins in 1970 (Dana), 1980 (Johnny Logan), 1987 (Johnny Logan), 1992 (Linda Martin), 1993 (Niamh Kavanagh), 1994 (Paul Harrington & Charlie McGettigan) and 1996 (Eimear Quinn), Ireland still holds the record for most wins at Eurovision. However, Ireland haven’t fared so well in the last 15 years, with only two top ten finishes and failing to qualify for the final on five occasions including 2015 and 2014. Sweden are hot on their heels with six wins and have performed particularly well in the past five years with two wins and two third places. Ireland, it would seem, has to step it up a notch…
Reigning Eurovision champion Conchita Wurst’s Rise Like a Phoenix has topped the poll in our second heat where we want to find out what you think is the best Eurovision Song Ever. The Austrian came out on top with a whopping 88.14% of the vote and will qualify for the first of the semi final rounds to take place next month.
It’s time to get voting in our second heat in which we want to know your favourite Eurovision song ever. Again four of the eight songs will advance to the semi finals in March but who will that be? It’s entirely up to you! Will Elena be Your Number One choice? Will Emmelie De Forrest be crying Only Teardrops? Will last year’s
Last year we pitted all the 2014 Eurovision songs against each other in our Twitter Battles to see which song was your favourite. In the end we crowned Swedish entry Sanna Nielsen’s ‘Undo’ as the Twitter champion. When all the acts have been announced we will do the same this year again, but in the meantime we want to find out which is your favourite Eurovision song of all time. I picked what I thought was the 32 best Eurovision songs over the last 59 years, which was a difficult enough task in itself. It consists of 26 former winners and 6 songs which just missed out on the top position.
The songs will compete in 4 heats (8 songs in each). You can vote for your favourites in the polls,