As Eurovision Song Contest fever grips the nation ahead of the final this Saturday; RTÉ Player has created a nostalgic collection of Eurovision Extras for the seasoned superfan! It’s the ultimate Eurovision celebration; looking back at Ireland’s most memorable and iconic Eurovision moments.
Discover the collection here
Relive Ireland’s Eurovision entries with a look back on performances from Brian Kennedy, Dustin, Niamh Kavanagh and Jedward or that nail biting moment in 1988 where Céline Dion’s winning performance for Switzerland pipped the UK’s entry to the post by just a single point.
Who can forget Anúna’s haunting performance that gave way to the magical dance partnership of Michael Flatley and Jean Butler when the magic that is Riverdance made its debut at the Eurovision Song Contest 1994 in the Point Depot.
It wouldn’t be the Eurovision Song Contest if it wasn’t weird, wacky and spectacular! From the twintastic Jedward and some unusual Ukrainian dancing to a Spanish stage invader, watch the top five weird and wonderful moments and some of the most incredible staging spectacles in the world.
Remember when Ireland won and hosted the Eurovision Song Contest three years in a row? Reacquaint yourself with the glory years from 1981 where old favourites Pat Kenny, Ronan Keating and the late, great Gerry Ryan said Céad Míle Failte as they each played host to the fantastic event.
Add to that, a Eurovision takeover of RTÉ Player’s Doc Hub presents “A Little Bit Eurovision…” following the success stories of Ireland’s Niamh Kavanagh, Linda Martin, Charlie & Paul on the path to triumph. And if all this has made you hungry, make sure to check out the very special Eurovision Party Collection on the RTÉ Player’s Food Hub featuring quick and easy recipes from resident foodies Roz Purcell, Chef Adrian, Rachel Allen, Richard Corrigan and Samara Cherrabi.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2016 semi-finals will be shown live on RTÉ 2 Tuesday, May 10 and Thursday, May 12 at 8pm and streaming live on RTÉ Player. The final will be shown Saturday, May 14 live on RTÉ 2 and streaming live on RTÉ Player.
RTÉ Player will be also celebrating the Eurovision Song Contest at the Light House Cinema this Saturday for the sell out event Eurovision 2016 on the Big Screen. RTÉ Player will join the celebration with the ultimate Eurovision Song Contest Bingo game hosted by drag queen Avryll Nitrate and screenings of RTÉ Player’s Eurovision collection. For more see here