Last night, the eleventh London Eurovision Party took place at the Cafe de Paris – organised by Russell Davies, Kabir Naidoo and their team. Nicki French and Paddy O’Connell took to the stage for hosting duties as ever, declaring this to be the best line up the Party has ever seen – and they weren’t wrong.
Ireland’s very own Ryan O’Shaughnessy was the third artist to take to the stage – quite early on in the evening. Ryan only sung “Together” and while previous year’s may have seen some doubt of Ireland qualifying for the Final at Eurovision, you could feel the genuine love for the Irish entry while it was performed.
Other 2018 artists took to the stage including Cesar Sampson (Austria), Equinox (Bulgaria), Mikolas Josef (Czech Republic), Rasmussen (Denmark), Madame Monsieur (France), Micheal Schulte (Germany), Ari Olafsson (Iceland), Ieva Zasimauskaite (Lithuania), Vanja Radovanovic (Montenegro), Gromee feat. Lukas (Poland), Jessika & Jenifer (San Marino), Alfred & Amaia (Spain), Benjamin Ingrosso (Sweden) and Zibbz (Switzerland).
The UK’s very own Lucie Jones made a return to the London Eurovision Party stage last night as one of the Special Guests. She was welcomed with open arms by each and every Eurovision fan that was in the Cafe de Paris. Lucie was certainly excited to be back too and gave us not one, not two, but three songs. Euphoria and Shady Lady certainly got the crowd going, before performing her entry from last year – but the 7th Heaven Remix!
As well as Lucie Jones, an array of other Special Guests appeared. Corinne Hermes not only performed her winning entry from 1983, much to an unfortunate muted reception, things soon changed when she sang a remix of Whitney Houston’s “I Will Alway’s Love You”. Felix Sandman performed his entry from Melodifestivalen this year, as did Stella & Alexandra from Melodi Grand Prix, with the inclusion of “Haba Haba” too. Margaret Berger (Norway, 2013) and Suzy (Portugal 2014), brought some fun to the party too.
Jessica Mauboy has come full circle with the Eurovision Song Contest. Not only were we taken back to Copenhagen 2014, when Jessica unofficially represented Australia in the Interval Act of the second semi final with “Sea Of Flags”, we were treated to her official entry at this year’s contest in Lisbon. “We Got Love” really got the crowd alive in the Cafe de Paris.
Saara Aalto was the penultimate of the 2018 acts on stage. Before we get to her opening number, Saara continued with Queens and Finland’s entry for this year “Monsters”. Saara is known for not only been able to perform a song, but for been able to put on a show too. Saara kicked off her set with Kylie’s “Your Disco Needs You” – a take on Eurovision, similar to the Melodifestivalen opening back in 2009. This was definitely X-Factor meets the London Eurovision Party.
The Headline act rounded off the 2018 acts and of course that was SuRie. With a cover of Loic Nottet’s “Rhythm Inside”, the crowd joined along with the ‘Rap, Pup, Pups’ during the choruses. Fast forward three year’s and it was what everyone in the Cafe de Paris was waiting for – “Storm”. Cafe de Paris sang along to the one thing they had been waiting for – with added confetti pyrotechnics.
Before the show came to an end and the disco began, it was only fitting to end the evening with Nicki French performing “Don’t Play That Song Again”. Yesterday, Nicki also released her new single “Steal The Crown” – going straight to Number One in the iTunes Vocal Chart. We were treated to the first LIVE performance of this track and it was fantastic!
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Author: Richard Taylor
Source: London Eurovision Party and Eurovision Ireland
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