The Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) is supposed to give amateurs the chance to find their voice and represent their country at the annual European song festival. However, there have been some well-known artists performing at the international contest.
1970 Julio Iglesias – Gwendolyne (Spain)
Fat chances you have heard of this guy’s son: Enrique Iglesias. His dad Julio, had a music career as well. His debut album was very popular in Spain at the time which was the trigger for his selection for the 1970 Eurovision. He performed one of his own songs called ‘Gwendolyne’ and got in fourth place. Despite him not winning the Eurovision, his career took flight afterward. The Spanish performer released over 80 albums during his career and was celebrated in 2013 for having sold the most records sold as a Latin artist. He still continues to perform to this day and makes sure his legacy lives on both his sons’ music as well.
1974 Olivia Newton-John – Long Live Love (United Kingdom)
This name probably doesn’t ring a bell when thinking about the Eurovision. You are more likely to associate to the 1978 musical film Grease in which she played Sandy which obviously was filmed after her participation in the Eurovision. Olivia Newton-John managed to come in fourth at the ‘74 edition in Brighton. After the contest in the UK, the Australian performer moved to America. After releasing several successful singles, the singer received her ultimate fame by starring in the hit movie Grease in which she played the role of Sandy.
1974 ABBA – Waterloo (Sweden)
The worldwide known pop group ABBA entered the Eurovision in the same year as Newton-John. The Swedish band consisting of four musicians rocked the stage in Brighton and gave their home country its first win at the Eurovision. Winning the race in ‘74 made sure their career took flight and multiple hits found their way to the top of the charts in countries worldwide. Even after many years, their songs still are popular today. It is very likely you have heard of songs such as Mamma Mia, Fernando, Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!, and Dancing Queen. The quartet continued to grow their worldwide stardom and sold over 350 million records on a global scale. ABBA is considered the most successful act that originated at the Eurovision.
1988 Celine Dion – Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi (Switzerland)
Before she gained her international fame as a pop singer, the Canadian artist was invited to represent Switzerland at the ‘88 Eurovision. She performed the French song Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi and took home the trophy. Before the ESC in 1988, she had already gained some fame in France and Canada. It wasn’t until after her victory, she started working on her first English album and started her worldwide career as a pop artist. Her best-known song (and best-selling singles) My Heart Will Go On is the main theme song of the blockbuster film Titanic. The 51-year-old singer still performs worldwide in her Courage World Tour.
2013 Bonnie Tyler – Believe In Me (United Kingdom)
The Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler took the stage in the 2013’s edition of the song contest. At this point, she had already found her fame in the release of her hits such as It’s a Heartache and Total Eclipse of the Heart. In the Eurovision she Disappointment prevailed for the people in the UK when Tyler came 19th out of 26. She did, however, win not only the Eurovision Song Contest Radio Award for the Best Song but also received the award for Best Female Artist. This was the first time an artist from the UK won an ESC Radio award.
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