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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

The Top 12 Best and Worst of Ireland’s Eurovision Entries – From Linda and Johnny to Dustin and Jedward

We may have more Eurovision wins (seven, in case you’re wondering) under our belt than any other country, but some of our entries during the competition’s 63-year history have also been turkeys (separately). obvious). Here’s a rundown of some of Ireland’s more memorable performances, both good and bad. You can’t fully appreciate the former without remembering the latter so let’s start with the bad…

1977 The Swarbriggs Plus Two – It’s Nice to Be in Love Again

Tommy and Jimmy Swarbrigg represented Ireland in 1975 with That’s What Friends Are For (a song parodied by Father Ted with My Lovely Horse), and returned two years later with two women – Nicola Kerr and Alma Carroll. imaginative title), like an Irish ABBA (the Swedish won with Waterloo in 1974). The Swarbriggs were less successful, however, placing ninth (the same position they achieved in 1975).

1995 Eddie Friel – Dreamin’

Eddie was our entry in 1995, sandwiched between winners Niamh Kavanaugh (1993) and Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan (1994) and Emier Quinn (1996). He didn’t perform that well.

2000 Millennium of Love – Eamon Tall

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The boys in the band sported some distracting mullets, but aside from them, not even Eamon’s decent vocals could save it. In fairness, he had to contend with lyrics, including “Celebrate the new millennium of love / Where our footprints leave the crop for children”. Twice bad lads, tw very bad.

2007 – Dervish – They can’t stop the spring

Darvas has had a phenomenal career spanning three decades. It was disappointed with the style and lyrics such as, ‘The curtain is lifted, the wall is no longer standing / And we’re singing as a clan from Lisdale to Latvia’. It was twee, when it wasn’t needed. But you might have patted your feet in spite of yourself at the same time.

2008 – Dustin the Turkey – Ireland Dos Point

Bertie Ahern had resigned as Taoiseach, was replaced by Brian Cowen, and we were plunged into economic trouble. It’s a good deed that we sent a turkey which, as expected, failed to qualify before the first semi-final. “Where did it all go wrong?” He sang. Actually.

2012 – Jedward – Waterline

The Boys had a surprise hit with Lipstick in 2011, managing to place eighth in the contest. We sent them back the next year but the waterline did not reach those heights. He made it to the final but finished 19th.

But sometimes we are right…

Ireland has won Eurovision seven times, no less, and deservedly so when you consider these spine-tingling gems (we’ve completely shunned everything from Dana’s to its lack of that spine-tingling quality) left it).

1980 – Johnny Logan, What’s Another Year

One of the few true heartthrobs ever recorded in this country, Johnny won the hearts of audiences across Europe… however, he won the competition solely on the merits of the song. And what a song it was, filled with longing and sadness and the pain of a lost love…

1987 – Johnny Logan, Hold Me Now

Seven years later he came back with a fun hairstyle and white suit, singing “Touch, touch me like you used to, I know I can have you with me tonight”. I mean, he finished his work for him in 1980 in one fell swoop, but he managed it.

“Last time….”

1992 – Linda Martin, Why Me

Linda Martin, who came second in 1984 with the Johnny (There She Is Again) Logan-written Terminal 3, was back this time with another song written by Logan. The perfect power ballad with the perfect power style to win the early 90s. The song fueled Linda’s career which continues to flourish today. Europe still can’t get enough of it. The power of music, eh?

1993 – Niamh Kavanaugh, In Your Eyes

Linda won in 1992 with fiery red hair and a power ballad. The following year, a flame-haired Niamh Kavanaugh once again won with another power ballad, this time written by Jimmy Walsh. Hey, if it ain’t broke…

1994 – Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan, Rock ‘n’ Roll Kids

Forget all the bells and whistles and elaborate staging, this victory was proof that all you need is a good song. It will still bring tears to your eyes. Oh nostalgia.

1996 – Eimier Quinn, The Voice

The Voice was written and composed by Brendan Graham, who also wrote and produced our 1994 winner Rock ‘n’ Roll Kids. Again, minimal staging, a great song, a beautiful voice = winner. Graham originally intended it to be performed by Dervish, but saw Eimer singing along to Anuna and you can see why he was excited…

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