The Eurovision NI Awards are back in 2019 for our fourth annual awards show! The Awards have grown year on year and 2019’s show will take place in Belfast’s iconic former prison, the Crumlin Road Gaol on 5 October 2019. We are proud to announce that Eurovision legend Linda Martin will headline the show this year.
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.
It’s been a busy week for Eurovision. Read on to read our recap of all the news, gossip and national finals activity that occurred this week!
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…
Unsurprisingly ABBA have come out on top in the fourth of our Best Eurovision Song Ever poll with 58.8% of the vote with their hit song Waterloo. Coming in second place was Norway’s Margaret Berger and her song ‘Feed You My Love’ which received 23.5% of the vote and will also advance to the semi final stages beginning next week. Joining these songs in the semi finals will be third and fourth place songs ‘Diva’ by Dana International (11.7%) and Ukraine’s Verka Serduchka whose song ‘Dancing Lasha Tumbai’ received 5.8% of the vote.
Songs failing to qualify were Buck’s Fizz ‘Making your Mind Up’, Celine Dion ‘Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi’, Niamh Kavanagh’s ‘In Your Eyes’ and Lulu’s ‘Boom Bang a Bang’.
You can vote in the first of the two semi final rounds by clicking here.
The Winner Takes it All, but will ABBA be the winner?
It’s time for the last of our four heats. We want to know what your favourite Eurovision song ever is. So you better be sure to vote in the poll below. Again four acts will advance to the semi final stage, the first of which will open for voting next week. But which of the songs will be advancing? Is Dana International your favourite Diva? Will this