A selection of Eurovision Song Contest winners

Inspired by the popular Italian San Remo Festival, the idea for the Eurovision song contest was born during a meeting in Monaco in 1955 and adopted in Rome shortly after  it was held for the first time in 1956. Seven countries entered the contest, each participant was allowed to submit two songs in the language they wanted. Australia viewers join the broadcast on television for the first time in 1983. The 50th anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest set a new record with thirty-nine participating countries and is now broadcast live in over 40 countries.

1967 Vienna, Austria,

Winner: United Kingdom, The first Eurovision win for the UK. Sandie sings a song in which the protagonist becomes a foolish puppet for love, Sandie is said to have disliked the song and never dreamt it would win. Consequently, Sandie Shaw gave up her career as singer in the 70s. Saying that she couldn’t stand singing her Eurovision song any more.

1970 Amsterdam, Netherlands,

Winner : Ireland, The first Eurovision win for this country. Dana’s clear and simple performance made the audience realised she could sing. The song reached No. 1 in the pop charts of several countries and sold over a million copies worldwide many other hits followed for Dana.

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 Puppet On A String - Sandie Shaw

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 All Kinds Of Everything - Dana

1974 Brighton, United Kingdom,

Winner : Sweden, Eurovision's most famous winners - Incredibly the British jury gave 'Waterloo' no points at all. 'Waterloo' went to no.1 in the UK charts, the first of ABBA's 9 number one hits.

1975 Stockholm, Sweden,

Winner : Netherlands,  The song’s catchy tune guaranteed its success. The lead singer of the group, Getty Kaspers, was Austrian but lived in the Netherlands. In 1997 she moved back to her home country.

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 Waterloo - ABBA

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 Ding-A-Dong (Dinge Dong) - Teach-In

1976 The Hague, Netherlands,

Winner : United Kingdom, The song became the best-selling Eurovision song. The song went to No. 1 in 34 countries. The group had a comeback in the 80s and having changed their image to a more rock-like style.

1978 London, United Kingdom,

Winner : Israel, The happy disco song that used a kind of children’s language was about life and world peace. Israel's first Eurovision win became a hit across continental Europe, but not in the UK where it couldn’t break into the Top 20.

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 Save Your Kisses For Me - Brotherhood Of Man

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 A-Ba-Ni-Bi - Izhar Cohen and The Alphabeta

1979 Jerusalem, Israel,

Winner : Israel, A Hometown win for Milk and Honey. They had performed with various female singers before Gali Atari joined them as front person for this Contest.

1980 The Hague, Netherlands,

Winner : Ireland, Born in Frankston, Melbourne, Australia, living in Ireland, A fresh-faced Johnny Logan won the Eurovision Song Contest with the song ‘What’s Another Year’ which shot to No. 1 in many countries.

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 Hallelujah - Gali Atari & Milk And Honey

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 What's Another Year - Johnny Logan

1981 Dublin, Ireland,

Winner : United Kingdom, Of This UK Group, Cheryl, Jay, Bobby and Mike went on to top the UK charts and also had no.1's with 'My Camera Never Lies' & 'Land of Make Believe'.

1987 Brussels, Belgium,

Winner : Ireland, Logan who started singing at the age of nine won this Eurovision Song Contest for the second time in the decade. No-one else had ever won it twice. This very personal song became a No 1 hit around the world.

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 Making Your Mind Up - Bucks Fizz

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 Hold Me Now - Johnny Logan

1988 Dublin, Ireland.

Winner : Switzerland, Céline Dion is at this stage an unkown, the youngest of 14 children of a highly musical family. From the age of 5, Céline sang with her siblings live on stage. The whole family entertained for local visitors in a small club.

1989 Lausanne, Switzerland,

Winner : Yugoslavia, Riva gave Yugoslavia their first Eurovision victory. The group members all came from Zabar in Croatia but lived and worked in Switzerland at the time of the Song Contest. Their fame was short-lived. Not long after winning Eurovision, the band split up.

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 Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi - Celine Dion

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 Rock Me - Riva


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