Eurovision Obituary

#Obituary#Remembering those we lost in 2022( Part 1)

We are coming to the end of another year and sadly, as is inevitable , there are a few of our past Eurovision stars who passed away this year.We at Eurovision Ireland felt that we would like to honour and remember some of the past stars of the Eurovision Song contest, who we sadly lost in 2022.

January

Carmela Corren ( 13/2/1938-15/01/2022) Austria 1963

Carmela represented Austria in the 1963 Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Vielleicht Geschieht ein Wunder”( Maybe a Miracle will happen ) . She finished 7th in the contest which that year was won by Grethe and Jørgen Ingmann with their song “Dansevise”,Carmela sadly passed away in Florida on 15th January aged 83.

Armando Gama( 1/4/1954-17/1/2022) -Portugal 1983

Armando represented Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest 1983 in Munich with the song “Esta Balada que te dou”. He finished 13th . Armando sadly passed away in Lisbon on 17th January of pancreatic cancer at the age of 67.

FEBRUARY

Nora Nova ( 8/5/1928-9/02/2022) -Germany

Nora was of Bulgarian origin , her real name being Ahinora Kumionova, she adopted the stage name Nora Nova.She gained German citizenship by marrying a German national in 1959, moving to what weas then West Germany in 1960. She represented West Germany in the 1964 Eurovision Song contest in Copenhagen with the song “Man gewöhnt sich so schnell an das Schöne”. Unfortunately she scored nil points and last place at the contest. Nora died on 9th February aged 92 years.

MAY

Roberto Cogoi (25/10/1939-14/5/2022) -Belgium

Born to Slovene parents but raised in Belgium, Roberto represented Belgium at the 1964 Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen ,with his self-penned song “Près de ma rivière” .He died on 14th May aged 82.

JULY

Margot Eskens( 12.8.1936-29.7.2022) Germany

Margot was German Schlager singer , popular in the 195’s and 60’s . She represented Germany in the 1966 Eurovision Song Contest in Luxembourg , with the song Die Zeiger Der Uhr. She came 10th out of 17 entries that year. Margot also recorded popular titles with Udo Jurgens , who won the contest for Austria that year, with Merci Cherie.Sadly Margot developed Dementia and passed away on 29th July 2022 aged 85..

AUGUST

Dame Olivia Newton -John ( 26.9. 1948 -08.08.2022) UK

From a UK point of view, probably one of the saddest departures of 2022. Olivia was born in Cambridge,UK but grew up in Australia . As well as being well known in the UK and the rest of the world for the very successful film “Grease” and later, Xanadu , she is also remembered for representing the UK at the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest in Brighton , the year of Abba’s win. She came 4th with the song ” Long Live Love “, a song she later admitted wasn’t her preferred choice from the national song selection. Olivia had been fighting cancer for several years but unfortunately the time came where she could no longer fight it and she passed away at her home in California on 8th August 2022 aged 73.

We at Eurovision Ireland would like to send our condolences to the families and friends of those lost in 2022 .

Keep a look out for Part 2 of our Eurovision Obituary in the coming days .

Author: Sarah Rudman

Source : Eurovision.TV , Wikipedia , You Tube

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