#AtoZ: P Is For…

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 look at P.


Paris has hosted the Eurovision Song Contest on one occasion – 1978 at the Palais des Congres. In 1978, 20 countries took part in the Contest. Denmark and Turkey both returned to Contest in Paris.

Izhar Cohen and the Alphabeta took victory for Israel, with “A-Ba-Ni-Bi”. Israel won with 157 points, 32 points ahead of Belgium.

Video: YouTube/escLIVEmusic1

Paul Harrington & Charlie McGettigan

Paul Harrington & Charlie McGettigan are probably two of Ireland’s most famous ever winners and was their sixth back in 1994, when the Contest took place in Dublin.

Paul & Charlie took victory with their entry “Rock ‘n’ Roll Kids”. 226 points were enough to claim victory back in the mid nineties, 60 points ahead of Poland.

Video: YouTube/Paul Harrington


The Polish language first appeared at the Eurovision Song Contest back in 1994, when Poland debuted at the thirty-ninth Contest, in Dublin.

Edyta Gorniak represented Poland, with their entry “To nie ja!”. Poland finished in second place, with just 166 points.

Video: YouTube/escLIVEmusic1

Puppet On A String

Sandie Shaw took victory for the United Kingdom, for the first time, with “Puppet On A String”.

Sandie Shaw took victory for the United Kingdom with 47 points, 25 points ahead of Ireland.

Video: YouTube/JoaoVelada

Petra Mede

Petra Mede is one of the most remembered hosts of the Eurovision Song Contest in recent years. She hosted the main Contest in 2013 and 2016, as well as Greatest Hits in 2015.

Petra Mede performed possibly the best interval act since Riverdance. In 2016, she performed “Love, Love, Peace, Peace” alongside Mans Zelmerlow.

Video: YouTube/EBU

Author: Richard Taylor

Source: Eurovision Ireland

Categories: #AtoZ, Eurovision 2020

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