Tuesday, March 14, 2017

HISTORY OF THE ESC. Part 14: 1988. Continues: tomorrow.
Caffé Latté  looks back on the key moments of Europe’s annual competition.
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For the 3rd time, Dublin hosted Eurovision, following Johnny Logan's record-breaking 2nd win with the Irish entry "Hold Me Now" in 1987. 
The 1988 ESC featured many technological innovations, including the debut of a computerised scoreboard. 
Luxembourg was represented by future recording star Lara Fabian with "Croire", which finished 4th. By the time Yugoslavia, the last country to announce its votes, began its distribution, the United Kingdom was leading. Scott Fitzgerald's "Go" had accumulated 136 points, 5 ahead of its nearest rival; Switzerland. The Yugoslavian jury awarded no points to the UK entry. France received its 12 points. The Swiss entry was given 6 points, pushing it into the lead with "Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi". 
The winning song was performed by Celine Dion. Already known in her homeland Canada, Dion used the Eurovision victory to launch her career internationally. Her first releases were French recordings. After Eurovision, Dion released her 1st English language album, entitled 'Unison'.

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