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 those past stars of the Eurovision Song contest, who we sadly lost in 2022.In part 1 of our Obituary , we paid tribute to those we lost in the first part of the year . In part 2 , we are paying our respects to those we lost during the latter part of 2022.
Vesa-Matti Lairi ( 4.1.1945-10.08.2022) Finland.
Just two days after losing Dame Olivia Newton -John, sadly we heard news that Vesa Matti Lairi , who represented Finland with the song “Huilumies” at the Eurovision Song Contest in The Hague, Netherlands had passed away in Helsinki, Finland , aged 77 years.He was a popular musician in Finland and was the voice of the Genie in the Finnish dub of Disney’s Aladdin.
Svika Pick ( 03.10.1949-14.08.2022)
Although he didn’t perform at Eurovision, we felt that we could not go without a mention to Svika Pick, who was an Israeli singer, songwriter and television personality . He is perhaps best known for being a composer of the song Diva , sung by Dana International , who won the contest for Israel in Birmingham in 1998.He passed away on 14.8.2022.
Ann-Christine Nystrom ( 26.7.1944-5.10.2022)
Sadly we lost another Finnish star in 2022. Ann- Christine Nystrom , who represented Finland at the 1966 Eurovision Song contest in Luxembourg with the song “Play-boy”. Her musical career spanned 11 years and in 1973, she moved to Sweden , where she passed away on 5th October 2022 aged 78.
Nicole Josy ( 21.10.1946-4.11.2022) Belgium
Nicole , along with her husband Hugo gave us what is probably one of the most legendary of Eurovision acts when she appeared alongside him in the 1973 Eurovision Song Contest in Luxembourg with the song “Baby , Baby “.She met Hugo in 1970 and as well as becoming romantically involved , they formed a singing duo . They came 17th in the contest but their act and song is still very fondly remembered by many Eurovision Song contest fans . In the 50th anniversary of Eurovision concert in Copenhagen in 2005, fans were treated to Nicole and Hugo appearing in all the compilation videos and they finally came on stage with a shortened version of “Baby , Baby “. Nicole sadly died on 4th November 2022 after a fall at her home . She also sadly had developed Alzheimer’s Disease and had been twice diagnosed with Cancer.
Claes-Goran Hederstrom ( 20.10.1945-8.11.2022) Sweden
Claes was a Swedish singer who represented his country in the 1968 Eurovision Song Contest in London with the song” Det Borjar verka karlek banne mej”. An English version was produced called ” My Time has come ” , which placed 5th in the contest. He was musically active from 1967 right up until this year. He died at the age of 77 on 8th November 2022.
Mattis Hætta (15.03.1959-9.11.2022) Norway
Mattis was a Norwegian Sami Singer and recording artist. Along with Sverre Kjelsberg , he represented Norway in the 1980 Eurovision Song Contest in The Hague, Netherlands with the entry “Samild Aednan”. After Eurovision he worked in Pantomimes and Yoiks in Alta , KautoKeino and Lulea. He died following a period of illness on 9th November at the age of 63 years old.
Galit Burg ( 8.6 2022-28.11.2022) Israel
Galit represented Israel in the 1989 Eurovision song contest in Lausanne . joined on stage by 12 years old Gili Netanel , with the song “Derech Hamelech”. They finished in 12th place. After the contest Galit went on to form the band Trump and moved to the US , eventually marrying the band’s guitarist .Tragically , Galit was killed in a fatal car accident , in Israel on 28th November 2022 , aged just 54 years old.
We at Eurovision Ireland would like to express our condolences to the families and friends of those lost in 2022 and our heartfelt thanks to those performers for their contributions to our Eurovision memories .
Author: Sarah Rudman
Source ; Wikipedia, Eurovision.TV, You Tube