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 G.
Lisbon, hosted the sixty-third Eurovision Song Contest in 2018 – at the “Altice Arena”.
In 2018, 43 countries took part in the Contest. Russia returned to the Contest. Netta took victory for Israel, with “Toy”. Israel won with 529 points, 93 points ahead of Cyprus.
Lys Assia is probably one of Switzerland’s most famous ever winners at the Eurovision Song Contest and was their first winner in 1956, when the Contest took place on home soil, in Lugano.
Lys Assia took victory with her entry “Refrain”. Results were kept secret apart from the winner, meaning we don’t know points or who the runners-up were.
Luxembourgish first appeared at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1960, four years after Luxembourg made their debut. It took the language 4 years to appear at the Contest.
Camillo Felgen represented Luxembourg, with his entry “So laang we’s du do bast”. Luxembourg finished last/13th place, with just 1 point in London.
La, La, La
“La, La, La” was the first of Spain’s winners at the Eurovision Song Contest and was their first winner in 1968, when the Contest took place in London.
Massiel took victory with “La, La, La”. 29 points were enough to claim at the thirteenth Contest, 1 point ahead of the United Kingdom.
Lill Lindfors is one of many former participants who went on to host the Eurovision Song Contest – as she did in 1985, in Gothenburg.
Lill Lindfors represented Sweden at the 1966 Contest in Luxembourg City, alongside Svante Thuresson. They performed “Nygammal vals” and finished in 2nd place, with 16 points.
Author: Richard Taylor
Source: Eurovision Ireland