Eurovision Ireland On Tour 2016: From Tallinn to Stockholm and Back to London

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This weekend I attended ‘Eurovision: You Decide’ in London. This was the first stop on my tour around Europe for Eurovision Ireland before the big event takes place in Stockholm, in May.

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The BBC had found six very credible songs that made ‘Eurovision: You Decide’ a successful National Final – the first National Final seen here in the United Kingdom for six years! Not only a success with the fans though, BBC Four saw an increase in viewers for that timeslot on a Friday night – 687,900 viewers, up from the average 167,000 viewers. Have we found a successful home for the Eurovision Song Contest in the shape of BBC Four?

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See Joe & Jake’s winning performance HERE

There was outstanding positivity surrounding Joe & Jake’s victory with ‘You’re Not Alone’. What Joe & Jake have brought to the stage is an anthem this is what will catch the hearts (hopefully) of the European audience. When asked in the Press Conference what they were going to do to celebrate their victory, the answer was simple -we are not, we are going to work on the performance for May. The last time we saw such determination in an artist’s eye would be Mans Zelmerlow last year.

This will be the first time for decades a male duo have represented the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest. Last time we had a male duo was in 1961, when The Allisons sang ‘Are You Sure?’. The last time we saw a male duo at Eurovision though is as recent as 2012, when Jedward represented Ireland with ‘Waterline’. A male duo last won the contest in 2000, when The Olsen Brothers won with ‘Fly On The Wings Of Love’.

Everyone here at Eurovision Ireland wishes Joe & Jake the best of luck with ‘You’re Not Alone’ over the next few months. We hope to catch up with them before Stockholm too.

What did you think of Joe & Jake’s victory on Friday night? Could they be the first male duo to win the Eurovision Song Contest since 2000? Let us know your opinion and comment below!

Where Next For Our 2016 Tour?



Next weekend (03rd-06th), I will be coming to you LIVE from Tallinn in Estonia for the final of Eesti Laul 2016. Not only will you get a LIVE BLOG from one of the Eurovision Ireland team during the show itself, but I’ll also have one running during my time in Tallinn.

During Tallinn and the forthcoming events, I hope to be throwing in a couple of Podcasts and a nice bit of coverage via Snapchat.

Then the tour continues! Here is our itinerary in brief. 09th-13th March – Stockholm, Melodifestivalen final; 26th-27th March – Swansea, Glen’s 24hr Charity Radio Marathon; 17th April – London, London Eurovision Party.

Author: Richard Taylor

Source: Eurovision Ireland/OnEurope

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