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Seven Eurovision Songs About Stars

Smiling Star

This year there will be two songs with stars in their titles. What could be nicer? Imagining those stars on a dark night’s sky, forming countless constellations with strange names. So with this alignment of stars, here are some other songs about them. Here are our recent articles for Moldova and Israel.

First, Turkey’s Sibel Tüzün had a good old gyrate 10 years ago in Athens with her song Süper Star. She was the sort of woman you wouldn’t argue with, and I think her four dancers agreed with her. It appears they were doing her bidding for the full three minutes. They even formed a star with her. She came 11th.

Next is a song in Danish by that three-time participant Tommy Seebach. By 1993 he’d said goodbye to Debbie Cameron and took his band to Millstreet instead singing about being under the stars in the sky (Under stjernerne på himlen). This was his final appearance, and I think he wouldn’t have been happy with finishing 22nd of 25 (a record field at the time). Tommy joined the stars in the sky in 2003.

Going back to 1974 – amidst the previous incarnation of the free language rule – the Netherlands sang one of the six songs performed in English. Mouth and MacNeal were a larger than life pair (especially Mouth, born Willen Duyn). They saw a star, a shining star, like a twinkling in an eye. It has been likened to a football chant. Their song was one of four that made the UK singles charts, reaching No.8 so it can’t have been that bad. (Maggie) Macneal (born Sjoukje van’t Spijker) also liked Eurovision so much she came had another go in 1980.

The French even got into the star act in 1984. Annick Thoumazeau did her stuff in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and sang Autant d’amoureux que d’étoiles (As many lovers as stars). If that were true, there’d be far more lovers than the 7 billion (or so) on planet Earth. Did she know something we don’t about extra-terrestrial life? Annick came 9th in a field of 19, even receiving 12 points from the Netherlands.

The most recent stars song (before 2016) came from Switzerland. Real ale lover Sebastiano ‘Sebalter’ Paù-Lessi appeared at the 2014 ESC in wonderful Copenhagen. He had a band, naturally, and an interesting talent for whistling and playing the violin. He was as multi-talented as they get. And here he is being interviewed by EI in Malta. Anyhow, Seb and his band made the Saturday night final and finished 13th.

We mustn’t forget that the contest was once in black & white, and in Vienna in 1967 local lad Peter Horton. As you might see from the caption, in English and French the song was just called ‘Why/Pourquoi’. But we’re going to include it here. The contest was in Vienna because of Udo Jürgens’ win the previous year. But it seems that an Austrian performing in Austria doesn’t have the best of success. Peter finished 14th out of 17. At least he had a better ride than the Makemakes.

Finally is the song that gave the contest the kick it needed in 2000. Latvia débuted in Stockholm(!) by sending the edgy young band Brainstorm/Prāta Vētra, fronted by the charismatic Renārs Kaupers. Hopes were high with their interesting sound and stage show that you just had to watch. In a field of 24 songs, Latvia finished a very creditable 3rd, beaten only by Denmark and Russia. They scored four sets of 12 points and set the scene for subsequent Eurovision acts for years to come. In my humble opinion, one of the best Eurovision songs of all time.

 

So having stars in your song title can be a mixed blessing. But what are your favourite song titles with stars in them?

 

 

Author: John Stanton

 

Source: Eurovision Ireland

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