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 M.
Malmo, hosted the thirty-seventh Eurovision Song Contest in 1992, at the “Malmo Isstadion”, as well as the fifty-eighth Contest in 2013, at the “Malmo Arena”.
In 1992, 23 countries took part in the Contest. The Netherlands returned to the Contest. Linda Martin took victory for Ireland, with “Why Me?”. Ireland won with 155 points, 16 points ahead of the United Kingdom.
Michael Ball is probably one of the United Kingdom’s most famous ever runner-up at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1992, when the Contest took place in Malmo.
Michael Ball took second place with his entry “One Step Out Of Time”. 139 points wasn’t quite enough to claim victory over Ireland at the thirty-seventh Contest.
Macedonian first appeared at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1998, the same year that North Macedonia (known as FYR Macedonia in 1998) made their debut. It took the language 42 years to appear at the Contest.
Vlado Janevski represented Georgia, with his entry “Ne zori, zoro”. North Macedonia finished in 19th place, with 16 points – out of a field of 25.
“Molitva” was Serbia’s winner on their debut at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2007, when the Contest took place in Helsinki.
Marija Serifovic took victory with her entry “Molitva”. 268 points were enough to claim victory at the fifty-second Contest, 33 points ahead of the Ukraine.
In 2020, Marija Serifovic performed “Molitva 2.0” during “Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light” – the replacement show for the cancelled 2020 Contest.
Marty Whelan has been the Irish commentator at the Eurovision Song Contest, since 2000. Marty Whelan only ever had one co-commentator in 2003 – Phil Coulter. Marty Whelan has appeared during many Irish national selections, as well as Irish Eurovision specials.
Author: Richard Taylor
Source: Eurovision Ireland