Welcome to Eurovision Ireland’s first ever A-Z of the Eurovision Song Contest. Over the next few weeks, we will be bringing you some alphabetical memories from everyone’s favourite Song Contest. Today, we are at the letter H.
Harrogate, hosted the twenty-seventh Eurovision Song Contest in 1982 – at the “Harrogate International Centre”.
In 1982, 18 countries took part in the Contest. France and Greece withdrew ahead of Harrogate. Nicole took victory for Germany, with “Ein bißchen Frieden”. Germany won with 161 points, 61 points ahead of Israel.
The Herreys is probably one of Sweden’s most famous ever winners at the Eurovision Song Contest and was their second winner in 1984, when the Contest took place in Luxembourg.
The Herreys took victory with her entry “Diggi-Loo, Diggi-Ley”. 145 points were enough to claim victory at the twenty-ninth Contest, 8 points ahead of Ireland.
Hebrew first appeared at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1973, in the same year that Israel made their debut. It took the language 17 years to appear at the Contest.
Ilanit represented Georgia, with her entry “Ey Sham”. Israel finished in 4th place, with 97 points in Luxembourg.
Hungary debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest back in 1994. During seventeen attempts, the country has reached the Grand Final fourteen times.
1994 saw Hungary’s most successful entry – on their debut. Friderika Bayer performed his entry “Kinek mondjam el vetkeimet?”. Friderika achieved a 4th place, with a total of 122 points.
Helga Guitton is one of many hosts of the Eurovision Song Contest, who wasn’t born in the host country. Helga was born in Konigsberg, East Prussia, Germany (now Kaliningrad, Russia). She went on to host the Eurovision Song Contest in 1973, in Luxembourg.