We’ve been battling a serious case of Eurovision fever in the last few weeks as we trawl through RTÉ Archives to bring you some of the best moments from the last 60 years of the Song Contest. We’ve put all our favourites here and you can read all about RTÉ Player and RTÉ Player International’s Eurovision plans right here.
But before all the Nicky Byrne excitement kicks off, we thought we’d share what we reckon may well be the most dramatic ending in Eurovision history… Céline Dion’s incredible win for Switzerland in Dublin’s Point Depot in 1988. Watch the full eleven minutes in all its glory here on RTÉ Player.
So first of all, what about Pat Kenny’s fantastic suit and glasses combo? Glorious.
And of course Bruce Forsyth was there glued to the scoreboard as the UK and Switzerland did battle for top spot… Switzerland on 131, United Kingdom on 136 with the Yugoslavians phoning in their votes from Ljubljana.
Drumroll please. Yugoslavia give Switzerland 6 points to give them a total of 137… and… top marks to France leaving the UK on only 136. No Brucey bonuses here. SWITZERLAND WIN.
Céline Dion can barely handle it. Better than an Oscar no doubt.
Together at last – Pat Kenny and Céline Dion. He calls her “a wonderful chanteuse”.
(Johnny being Mr. Eurovision Johnny Logan who won the contest the previous year with “Hold Me Now”.)
And she then proceeds to absolutely belt out the winning tune “Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi”.
What a woman. Relive the full thing here on RTE Player.