Best Last Place – 90 songs have come last or shared last at the Eurovision Song Contest. Over the last weeks hundreds of our readers have voted for their favorites. Each voter submitted his personal Top 5. In the next days we will reveal your Top 15. Today, we continue with a folk band from Ireland.
In 2007, Ireland sent the traditional folk band Dervish to Helsinki. The band performed in this composition since 1991 and released several albums receiving critical acclaim and success on folk music charts around the world. Their 2007 entry “They Can’t Stop The Spring” is a song against oppression and for a united Europe. The song makes reference to the Eurovision Song Contest: “And from Lisadell to Latvia, we’re singing as one clan. The curtain has been raised, and Europe’s all one stage“ and to the end of the Cold War: “And the archipelagic icicles have melted like the cage”. The song celebrates the power of the people: “They might scare the blackbird But they cannot stop him sing They may steal the honey But they’ll never steal the sting”. The band performed with Irish instruments and lead singer Cathy Jordan wore a traditional Irish dress. Unfortunately she was seemingly pretty nervous, some compared her to someone “high on weed” as she danced rather statically and had some vocal problems. In the end, Ireland came last with just 5 points (all from the Albanian jury). This marks the first and to date only last place for the Emerald Island.