Building on the success of our Best of the Big 5 series, Eurovision Ireland is now broadening its search for your favourite entries from countries across the continent, spanning the contest’s entire back catalogue – that’s well over 1500 songs!
But before we Open Up to our readers and let them decide what group of countries we vote for next, we’ve decided that as we are Eurovision Ireland, it’s high time we look at our namesake and find your all-time favourite entry from the Emerald Isle!
The Spiritual Home of the Eurovision Song Contest, Ireland holds the record for the most wins at the contest with 7 Eurovision trophies to its name (8 if your believe this!!). As if that wasn’t enough, Ireland also holds the unique distinction of being the home of the only singer to win Eurovision twice, Mr Johnny Logan. Indeed, if you count the fact he penned Linda Martin’s ‘Why Me?’ then he becomes a 3 time winner!
Since Ireland have sent 53 songs to Eurovision down the decades, we’ve split them down the middle by odd and even numbers, depending on what year they entered the contest. As you’ve had the odd yeas last week, it’s time for the Even Years: Irish entries that entered in years ending in 2, 4, 6, 8 or 0, including Lesley Roy’s ‘Story Of My Life’ from 2020!
Our poll for Odd Years yielded this Top 10 last week:
- Hold Me Now (1987) – 299 points
- In Your Eyes (1993) – 264 points
- Mysterious Woman (1997) – 178 points
- Only Love Survives (2013) – 175 points
- Lipstick (2011) – 171 points
- Horoscopes (1981) -157 points
- Playing With Numbers (2015) – 133 points
- Wait Until The Weekend Comes (1985) – 92 points
- It’s Nice To Be In Love Again (1977) – 87 points*
- 22 (2019) – 87 points*
There was a 3-way tie for 9th, 10th and 11th place. To keep a Top 10 for the final, the 3 entries were put to Eurovision Ireland’s 5 person jury, who voted for the entry from 1977 unanimously and for 2019 by a 3/2 majority.
Your favourite not here? Take a look HERE to see where the other songs finished. Now it’s time to see who joins this Top 10 for the Irish final!
REMEMBER! AS ALWAYS, YOU CAN VOTE FOR YOUR TOP 10!
Author: James Scanlan
Source: Eurovision Ireland