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…
Ireland has gone into a Eurovision furore when newspaper the Irish Independent hinted online that Westlife’s Nicky Byrne would represent the country in this year’s Contest in Stockholm.
Got that nostalgic feeling? We’ve got you covered with this week’s Eurovision Rewind. This week we’re in 1996 with second place for Norway’s Elizabeth Andreassen’s ‘I Evighet’. Listen to the song which was runner up to Ireland’s Eimear Quinn’s ‘The Voice’ below.
Lena’s ‘Satellite’ has topped our third heat in our quest to determine the best Eurovision song ever with 52.78% of the vote. Lena will progress to the Semi Finals along with Ell and Niki whose song ‘Running Scared’ came in second place with 22.22% of the vote, Eric Saade’s ‘Popular’ and Dima Bilan’s ‘Believe’ which finished third and fourth respectively with 11.11 and 8.33% of the vote.
Failing to reach the final were
It’s that time of the week again! Time to get your vote on! Who will you select from this third of four heats to go through to our semi finals in March? Will Eric Saade be Popular amongst voters? Will Ell and Niki be Running Scared at the results? Does Eimear Quinn have The Voice to make it through?
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,
Jump in our time machine and we’ll take you back to 1996, the last time Ireland won the Eurovision Song Contest with the hauntingly powerful vocals of Eimear Quinn. Check out ‘The Voice’: