Does anyone still have all those iconic Eurovision 2018-19 gifs that seem to have been lost after the imgur purge, like the one with Zena dancing to Telemóveis, the one with Roksana Węgiel sitting there smiling and slightly nodding, Eleni Fourera walking around holding a drink(?), etc?
I guess it was before I got into Eurovision properly, but I had no idea there was at one point a rule that the top 10 non-Big 4 countries each year automatically got a spot in the next year's final. Definitely glad they've done away with that.
Lars Berghagen sang the host entry at Eurovision 1975 in Stockholm, finishing in eighth place. Not only he followed up ABBA in representing Sweden at Eurovision, he had placed second at MelodiFestivalen 1974 behind ABBA. Berghagen passed away yesterday age 78.
Sara Tavares represented Portugal in the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin, ending in 8th place and took part on the Eurovision 2018 interval act. She died today at age 45 of a brain tumor.
I'm so devastated by these news. Sara was such a gifted, incredible artist. She always did her own thing and her own sound and avoided the boxes people wanted her to fit in. She could have been the Portuguese Whitney Houston but instead carved her own musical path, experimenting with different genres from gospel to afrobeat.
And then there's her Eurovision 1994 song, that it's one of my all-time favourite songs period, nevermind Eurovision. I cannot simply explain how much that song means to me.