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 J.
Jerusalem, hosted the forty-fourth Eurovision Song Contest in 1999 – at the “International Convention Centre”.
In 1999, 23 countries took part in the Contest. Charlotte Nilsson took victory for Sweden, with “Take Me To Your Heaven”. Sweden won with 163 points, 17 points ahead of Iceland.
Jamala is probably one of Ukraine’s most famous ever winners at the Eurovision Song Contest and was their second and most recent winner to date in 2016, when the Contest took place in Stockholm.
Jamala took victory with her entry “1944”. 534 points were enough to claim victory at the sixty-first Contest, 23 points ahead of Australia.
Johnny Logan is probably one of Ireland’s most famous ever winners at the Eurovision Song Contest and was their second winner in 1980, as well as their third winner in 1987.
In 1987, Johnny Logan took victory with his entry “Hold Me Now”. 172 points were enough to claim victory at the thirty-second Contest, 31 points ahead of Germany.
“J’aime la vie”
Sandra Kim took victory for Belgium on their 32nd attempt, with “J’aime la vie”.
Sandra Kim claimed to be 15 at the time of the Contest, however it was later revealed she was only 13. Due to this event, the minimum age of 16 was brought in for all participants.
Junior Eurovision Song Contest
The Junior Eurovision Song Contest took place for the first time in 2003. Belarus appeared at the first Contest, a year before making their debut at the Eurovision Song Contest. The current age for participation is 9 to 14.
Several acts have gone on to represent their country at the Eurovision Song Contest. Destiny will represent Malta next year, after this year’s cancelled Contest. Destiny took victory for Malta, back in 2015, when the Junior Eurovision Song Contest took place in Sofia.
Author: Richard Taylor
Source: Eurovision Ireland