#AtoZ: S Is For…

Welcome to the return of Eurovision Ireland’s first ever A-Z of the Eurovision Song Contest, which we started last summer. Over the next couple of weeks, we will be bringing you some alphabetical memories from everyone’s favourite Song Contest to conclude the A-Z. Today, we look at S.


Stockholm has hosted the Eurovision Song Contest on three occasions – the most recently in 2016, at the Globen Arena. In 2016, 42 countries took part in the Contest. Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia and Ukraine all returned to the Contest, while Portugal and Romania both withdrew.

Jamala took victory for Ukraine, with “1944”. Ukraine won with 534 points, 23 points ahead of Australia.

Video: YouTube/EBU

Secret Garden

Secret Garden is probably one of Norway’s most famous ever winners and was their second back in 1995, when the Contest took place in Dublin, Ireland.

Secret Garden took victory with their entry “Nocturne”. 148 points were enough to claim victory back in the mid nineties, 29 points ahead of Spain.

Video: YouTube/escLIVEmusic1

Sranan Tongo

The Sranan Tongo language first appeared at the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2021, when The Netherlands participated at the sixty-fifth Contest, in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Jeangu Macrooy represented The Netherlands, with their entry “Birth of a New Age”. The Netherlands finished in twenty-third place, with just 11 points.

Video: YouTube/EBU

Si la vie est cadeau

Corinne Hermès took victory for Luxembourg, in 1983, with “Si la vie est cadeau”.

Corinne Hermès took victory for Luxembourg with 142 points, 6 points ahead of Israel.

Video: YouTube/ESC 1989

San Marino

San Marino made their debut at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2008, when the Contest took place in Belgrade, Serbia. San Marino have only made three finals in eleven appearances.

Serhat took San Marino to their best placing, with “Say Na Na Na”. San Marino were awarded 77 points and 19th place.

Video: YouTube/EBU

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Author: Richard Taylor

Source: Eurovision Ireland

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