Wednesday, March 22, 2017

HISTORY OF THE ESC. Part 20: 1997. Continues: tomorrow.
Caffé Latté  looks back on the key moments of Europe’s annual competition.
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After only one year away, Eurovision was back in Dublin and again in the Point Theatre, following the record-breaking 7th Irish win in 1996. While this remains the most recent victory enjoyed by Ireland, it is worth noting that the host country finished in the runner-up position in 1997.
The winning song was the UK entry "Love Shine A Light" by Katrina & The Waves. To qualify, each country's average across the previous 5 contests was calculated. 
An even more radical change began that year: televoting. Only 5 countries trialled the process in 1997. It was extended to virtually all the other competing nations the following year. Today, televoting is a key feature in Eurovision's enduring popularity. Each participating country allocates a national jury score as well as a public vote.
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