Monday, March 20, 2017

HISTORY OF THE ESC. Part 18: 1994. Continues: tomorrow.
Caffé Latté  looks back on the key moments of Europe’s annual competition.
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The 1994 Eurovision Song Contest saw Ireland break 2 significant records. Firstly, the country claimed its 6th victory. No other nation had achieved that feat. Furthermore, this was Ireland's 3rd consecutive win. Other countries had won in 2 successive years, but never a third time. The triumphant song was "Rock 'n' Roll Kids", performed  by Paul Harrington & Charlie McGettigan. 
Interval time exposed the massive audience to Riverdance, a modern dance approach to traditional folk music from Ireland. 
This ESC also saw an expansion of participants. Poland, Russia, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary, Estonia and Lithuania were all represented in Dublin.
The following year saw Eurovision return to the same city and venue. In order to accommodate the additional competing nations, the bottom 7 from 1994 had to wait until 1996, making way for the return of the 5 least successful from 1993.
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