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Eurovision Song Contest 2007 > stars bid for obscurity May 12, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Music Life Greek.
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An audience of 100 million, a full orchestra at your disposal and enough special effects, costume designers and lighting experts to make a corpse look lively, how could a Eurovision winner not deliver a performance guaranteed to generate global superstardom?

Yet, even if Dervish beat the odds to win tonight’s singathon in Helsinki, the chances of the contest lifting the Irish six-piece out of the trad scene and splashing them across popular music charts from here to the Galapagos Islands are, at best, remote.

The only winners to make a mega-success of their victory were ABBA in 1974 and Celine Dion in 1988. A whole lot of obscurity followed for a whole lot of performers since then. Or what about Helena Paparizou, winner for Greece in 2005? Helena is now advertising Nokia phones in Greece, which shows that even if she isn’t giving people in the music industry something to talk about, at least she’s recommending something they might like to talk with.

The most successful song in all Eurovision history was Dominico Modugno’s Volare which only came third in 1958, but went on to be recorded by everyone from Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra to the Gypsy Kings and David Bowie. 

Favourites are Ukraine, who last won in 2004 with Ruslana. Which of course you knew. This time they’re represented by comedian, Verka Serdyuchka, whose entry will be sung in four languages, including Mongolian.

Sounds memorable, but as Eurovision history proves, it probably won’t be.

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