Eurovision …

Each year, I do a bit of a Eurovision theme and, this year, as Britain heads to guaranteed defeat tonight in Baku, I thought I’d highlight one of my favourite Eurovision losers of all time!

Gigliola Cinquetti’s 1974 entry for Italy – “Si” – was one of the best Eurovision entries of the 1970s but faced something of an uphill struggle in that she was up against Abba and “Waterloo”.  Gigliola Cinquetti came a creditable second to Abba that year, with Olivia Newton John’s UK entry “Long Live Love” coming fourth.

Here’s the Gigliola Cinquetti original version:

… and here’s a rather good cover in English by Tears n’ Joy from 1993:

Belfast … and Eurovision

I’ve been in Belfast the last couple of days with the ‘day job’ – the photo (right) was taken at the George Best City Airport this afternoon.   

A really enjoyable visit and coming after the Institute I work for having its International Conference earlier this week in Dublin.    So, with a dodgy link, it seems appropriate to highlight the fact that it is Eurovision 2011 tomorrow with a revisit to one of the best-ever Eurovision winners – Niamh Kavanagh of Ireland, back in 1993!