#HALL OF FAME: The first inductees
Here at Eurovision Ireland, we want to celebrate those most illustrious people who have made our favourite TV the thing that it is today.
In each edition, we’ll induct two performers from somewhere in Eurovision land. This Irish personality also won our Best of the Irish vote.
So who’s first?
Well, our first inductee took part in 2012 finishing 10th. Despite this, her ballad has been a fan favourite since then, and she won our Best of the Spanish vote. This performer was born in 1978 near Sevilla and started singing at an early age, in particular flamenco. By the time she was 22 she had already had a Number One album in her country. RTVE saw her as the ideal entrant when they selected her to go to Baku. A national final was held that selected the song. And what a song. It is of course María del Pilar Sánchez Luque, better known as Pastora Soler.
Accompanying Pastora is an Irish inductee. This individual was born in Australia in 1954 as Seán Patrick Michael Sherrard, the son of a tenor. Moving back to Ireland aged three, and started writing songs aged 13. In 1980 he went to The Hague with a fine ballad that only went and won. Not content with that one win, he tried again in 1987 in Brussels, this time with his own composition. This time he won the biggest contest ever. A double winner as a performer, which is still unique. Five years later he tried again, this time as a writer. And guess what? He won. So welcome to the Eurovision Ireland Hall of Fame Johnny Logan.
Stay tuned for two more inductees coming soon.
Author: John Stanton
Source: Eurovision Ireland