Saturday, March 21, 2009

Tonight 39 years ago... All kinds of everything

15th Eurovision took place in Amsterdam on March 21, 1970 and won its biggest crisis ever. Only 12 countries took part when Finland, Sweden, Norway, Portugal and Austria stayed home to protest the voting the year before. Changes were made and there was never going to be joint winner again (the rule has been needed only once since: 1991). The night was rather revolutionary in many ways: for the first time there was a real moving elements on stage, the lightshow was something never seen before and there was an opening sequence that by now is already traditional. Also the postcards to present the entries were used for the very first time. Most of the singers were surprisingly big names (or big names to come): Mary Hopkins, Gianni Morandi, Guy Bonnet, Katja Epstein and certain Julio Iglesias.... but it was 17-year-old fresh and sweet Dana from Ireland who scored their first win. She went on to succesful career in music first and then in politics....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpPei22aG7c

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