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MOST ESSENTIAL SONGS
Now that the dust has settled on another fabulous Eurovision Song Contest, it’s time to look back on the most important and influential songs that have competed over the last 60 years. All of the winning songs are included, as well as other noteworthy entries from the most watched music contest in the world.
Eastern Europe seemed to be dominating Eurovision when Latvia followed Estonia to victory in 2002. It continued with Turkey the following year and then Ukraine in 2004. Western European nations were starting to feel shut out at the ESC. Some were questioning the point of participating. On the other hand, Eurovision was making its way to new locations all over the continent.
Eurovision welcomed its 1st African nation to the family in 1980 when Morocco made its debut. The song had a distinctly Arabic flavour, adding to the musical diversity of the ESC. Sadly, the song “Bitakat Hob” finished 2nd last and Morocco ha yet to return to the competition.
When Ireland won again in 1994, it became the 1st country to achieve a 6th win. It was the country’s 3rd consecutive victory. Norway won in 1995, albeit with a song sung by an Irish vocalist. Oslo played host city for the ESC in 1996 where Ireland extended its lead for most wins. Its 7th victory (and 4th in 5 years) remains the record, although Sweden is edging closer with a 6th triumph in 2015.
IZHAR COHEN & ALPHA BETA
When “A-Ba-Ni-Bi” was performed during the night in 1978, many Arab broadcasters threw to a commercial break! As Israel’s win grew more likely, some TV channels stopped the broadcast altogether. In Jordan, viewers were greeted with daffodils on their TV screens in place of seeing an Israeli victory. For years, some ESC fans were of the opinion that Israel ought not participate as it was not in Europe. Israel’s 1st win brought Eurovision to Jerusalem in 1979. This was to be the 1st ESC staged outside of Europe. Eurovision was travelling beyond the borders of Europe.
MAKING YOUR MIND UP
United Kingdom -1981
The UK was represented in 1981 by 4 blondes with a catchy song entitled “Making Your Mind Up” that benefitted from the choreography. Bucks Fizz brought the UK its 4th win. The group made the most of its victory at Eurovision. Its winning entry reached #1 in the UK. That hit single was followed by 2 other #1 songs there.