Dublin 1997 (18.04.20)

Tráthnóna maith, an Eoraip!

This evening we visited The Point Theatre, Dublin, for the 42nd Eurovision Song Contest. It was the 7th time Ireland hosted the contest, and the 4th in 5 years – so of course we got a slick production, given all the practise the RTÉ have had. No wonder RTÉ relaxed the rules and allowed the EBU to stream this magnificent show on the Eurovision YouTube channel.

This week #EurovisionAgain was introduced by Icelandic act Paul Oscar, who performed after Katrina & The Waves in the running order.

Paul’s always been a firm fan favourite but didn’t score too well in the original contest, so the #EurovisionAgain voting proved very interesting. Dublin 1997 was the first Eurovision to trial the use of “televoting”, tweely explained by Carrie Crowley.

The five countries trialling the voting technology were Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden and the United Kingdom. A total of 89% of Paul Oscar’s points came from the televoting countries, which would suggest that the fusty old juries were out of kilter with what the voters at home were enjoying.

Twenty-three years later and those suspicions were confirmed by the 2,516 voters in our #EurovisionAgain poll. Paul rocketed from 20th in 1997 to 4th in 2020.

Of course the evening belongs to Katrina and The Waves, but it’s great to see justice for both Iceland and Netherlands. See you next week!

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