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Eurovision 2017 previews countdown: #29 IRELAND – Brendan Murray – “Dying To Try”

Still Eurovision’s most successful country (though Sweden are close to catching them), Ireland’s non-qualification agonies continued last year with a very disappointing result for former-Westlife member, Nicky Byrne. They’ve switched from experience to youth this year with 20-year-old Brendan Murray, handpicked by Louis Walsh. Can he re-ignite Irish success?
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My top 5 songs from…Ireland

As I write this post, it’s St Patrick’s Day, so today’s top 5 can’t be anything other than Eurovision’s most successful country. With 7 wins (4 of them in the 1990s), Ireland have a Eurovision pedigree stretching back to 1965 – plenty of material then for a top 5 countdown!  Continue reading “My top 5 songs from…Ireland”

Top 10 countries by Grand Final finishing position

200 days to the Grand Final of Eurovision 2017! Some bits of Eurovision news today: Slovakia confirms they won’t be participating next year (they haven’t taken part since 2012) and Moldova confirms that they are taking part, bringing the number of confirmed countries to 41. Moldova haven’t missed a Eurovision since their debut in 2005.

While Eurovision season has indeed begun, news will be quite intermittent until we hit the Christmas period when it will pick up a lot of pace. In the meantime, I’ll be posting up lots of Eurovision content. Today, we’re looking at the top 10 countries by average finishing position in the Grand Final. I haven’t included countries that have not competed in less than 5 finals, and I haven’t included semi-final performances, just how the countries have performed in the finals. This does include countries who no longer compete in Eurovision (or at least haven’t competed for some time). Some familiar or expected countries in this list, as well as some surprises!

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Eurovision 2016 previews countdown: #32 IRELAND – Nicky Byrne – “Sunlight”

It’s the turn now of the most successful of Eurovision countries – Ireland. They may have won a record seven times, but the last 15 years have been tough for Ireland. If you think the UK has had its struggles, feel for Ireland too who have only qualified for the final five times in the last 10 years, and they haven’t qualified since 2013 when they came last in the grand final. Can Nicky Byrne, former member of Westlife, turn Ireland’s fortunes around?
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London Eurovision Preview Party 2016 video clips part 1: Nicki French, Nicky Byrne, Kaliopi, Poli Genova and Ira Losco

As expected, I had a fantastic time at the London Eurovision Preview Party 2016, held once again at Café de Paris.

I took some video clips of almost all of the performances. Do excuse the fact that I filmed them vertically rather than horizontally (I was holding a glass of wine in the other hand at the time) and also I appreciate it looks like I’m attempting to match J. J. Abrams for use of lens flare but one of the main stage backlights was directly shining towards me! Continue reading “London Eurovision Preview Party 2016 video clips part 1: Nicki French, Nicky Byrne, Kaliopi, Poli Genova and Ira Losco”

St Patrick’s Day feature: Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest

It’s been quite a while since I posted and a lot has been going on in Eurovision-land while I have been Down Under (I did manage to post at least a couple of photos from my visit to the Sydney Opera House and Conchita’s concert). Lots more Eurovision 2016 stuff to come soon but as it’s St Patrick’s day today, it’s a good time to look back at Eurovision’s most successful country (by number of wins) – Ireland! I’ve made a little poll to see who you is your favourite Irish Eurovision winner and there are plenty to choose from as they have won a record 7 times! Continue reading “St Patrick’s Day feature: Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest”

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