Friday, March 16, 2018

EUROVISION WINNERS - WAS IT WORTH COMING BACK? NIAMH KAVANAGH


Every now and then Eurovision song contest winners come back to the contest and looking back quite often it hasn't been such a good idea. A total of 14 previous winners have managed to return (and even more have tried but failed to win the national final. Latest of them is Swedish Loreen last year). In this series I have a brief look at them and how did it go.....

Niamh Kavanagh first came to Eurovision in 1993 giving Ireland the second of its third consegutive wins with In your eyes. Niamh was rather unknown back then even if she had already sung in The Commitments soundtrack but no doubt it one of the finest vocalists in the contest ever. She battled it with UK's Sonia until the end but secured a 23 point lead with seven 12s and votes from each and every country.
In 2010 she was back with It's for you. Placing 9th in her semifinal (12 points from Switzerland and 10 from UK clearly saved her) she qualified for the final where she collected 25 points and 23rd place. However it was Ireland's best showing after two failures to reach the final, and the last place in final the year before. 
Was it worth it? Considering she seeems to rather spend family life and walk her dog, and is not a recording artist really, this seems not to have any impact in her career. Her winner's crown shines bright still. In my book In your eyes is the finest Irish winner ever. 

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