At the start of April, Eurovision Ireland entered its 10th anniversary year. Now that the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest and its aftermath is over, we thought it was about time we got around to celebrating. Some of the current team, along with some of our contributors, have put their thoughts together.
Today, we are looking at our favourite Eurovision Song Contest Acts from the first ten years of Eurovision Ireland.
My favourite act would probably be Go_A. They had a great song selected for 2020, which never got feature in competition. Fast forward 12 months, and they had another stand out song in the Rotterdam contest. I would have been happy with a Ukrainian win with ‘Shum’, and it is one of very few recent songs to feature in my all time top 20. Lead sing Katy mesmerises you, and makes powerful singing look so easy.
One of my favourite acts, because there are so many, would have to be Salvador Sobral. Salvador performed three minutes of perfection and won the hearts and tears of many from across Europe.
I have loads that I could pick from but if I have to pick one, then it would be Duncan Laurence with Arcade in 2019. Arcade was a very relatable, easy to sing a long to song and Duncan’s voice really carried it off well on the big night. A very deserving winner in 2019.
Wow this is a tough one, there have been so many great acts and “favourite” is so subjective. Maaraya, though, tops my list from 2015. I was in love with the song from the beginning of the National final season and I still love all of the versions that they recorded and put on Youtube. I still maintain that 39 points was nowhere near enough for a song of this class and no one can dissuade me.
Roy (Eurovision Apocalypse)
If we’re ruling out national final near misses (which is a shame, because Winny Puhh have gone on to become my favourite band on the planet), then it would have to be Hatari from Iceland in 2019. Darkly comic, they barely broke character the whole week, but were actually really lovely kids despite their techno bondage anarchist image. It was a bonus that they made an absolutely lovely racket, too!
Author: Richard Taylor
Source: Eurovision Ireland