At the weekend we dished out awards in 19 categories (and it didn’t take a week) at the Eurovision NI (knee?) Awards 2018. Read on to see our photo gallery with some of the highlights from the night! Can’t wait to do it all again next year.
Tonight saw the staging of the second ever annual Eurovision NI Awards in Belfast. Trophies were handed out in nineteen categories with the big winners on the night being Sweden’s Robin Bengtsson who took away three gongs including Best Male and Best Staging and Best Song for ‘I Can’t Go On’. Moldova’s Sunstroke Project received two awards including Best Group, Duo or Collaboration and Best Returning Act. The awards show also honoured Linda Martin who joined Sir Terry Wogan as those who have received the Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contribution to Eurovision. Read on for a full list of the winners.
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.
Last week Louis Walsh sent an invitation for Eurovision supremo Johnny Logan to submit a song for Irish Eurovision 2017 artist Brendan Murray. Walsh was very complementary of Logan’s past efforts, winning the Contest twice as a singer in 1980 and 1987 and again as a songwriter for Linda Martin’s ‘Why Me?’. Logan has now responded to the offer.
The Irish Mirror and Irish Daily Mail has reported today that Irish pop mogul Louis Walsh will announce the Irish Eurovision entry on national broadcaster RTE’s chat show The Late Late Show tonight.
Iconic Eurovision commentator and presenter Sir Terry Wogan has died aged 77, following a short battle with cancer. The Irishman was best known for his scathing reporting on the BBC’s coverage of the song contest for 28 years and he hosted the contest in 1998 alongside Ulrika Johnson.
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.
Well Toto, it’s safe to say we’re very much not in
Kansas Berlin anymore. I always knew being used to the comfortable surroundings of a centrally located luxury apartment meant that it was going to take some getting used to staying in a hostel in Vienna. However I was not prepared for the culture shock that lay ahead. Everything about the hostel has put me in really bad form and has led me to yelling the famous words from the Linda Martin song on several occasions ‘WHY ME?!’