Worst Eurovision Winners Ever – Hundreds of people have voted for their personal Top 5 of the Worst Eurovision winners ever. The 5th place of each voter got one point, the 4th place 2 points and so on, the first place thus getting 5 points. The result is a ranking of all 60 Eurovision winners. In the coming days we will reveal the Top 15 of your voting. Today we continue with the third Irish victory in a row in the 90s.
It was 1994, it was Dublin and Ireland won for the third time in a row. Seemingly (and some think consciously) Ireland did everything not to win again (Before the contest RTÉ had made it loud and clear that they would not host for a third time – they did anyways). Never before had a male duo won the contest, Paul and Charlie were much older than most of the previous winners and performed a rather static and very calm song, in which they lamented their lost youths. Combine that with the longest artist name of a winner and the fact that they sang on position 3 on the night, you would usually have a recepie for not winning Eurovision. At the beginning it looked well, Hungary got the first three top marks of the evening, but Ireland soon caught up and eventually won with a big margin.
The song is a sentimental, nostalgic ballad in which the singers lament their lost youth. They remember listening to the popular music of the time and being the titular “Rock’n'Roll Kids”. The song then moves to the present, where the two barely have time to stay in contact with each other and even their children don’t want to be around them. The Irish victory may also have to do with the amazing interval act of that year: Riverdance enchanted Europe and became a worldwide success.
Here is their winning performance:
- WEWE #9: Bucks Fizz – Making Your Mind Up
- WEWE #10: Sandra Kim – J’aime la Vie
- WEWE #11: Helena Paparizou – My Number One
- WEWE #12: Dana International – Diva
- WEWE #13: André Claveau – Dors, Mon Amour
- WEWE #14: Toto Cutugno – Insieme (1992)
- WEWE #15: Ruslana – Wild Dances
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