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Ireland and the Eurovision

Ireland and the Eurovision

13.99

by David Blake Knox

This is a must-have for both devoted song contest fans and those for whom the Eurovision remains the ultimate guilty pleasure.

Trade Paperback | 300pp | ISBN: 9781848404298 | Release Date: 17 April 2015

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Dancing grannies, Polish milkmaids and the Bearded Lady. There’s no denying that the Eurovision Song Contest remains one of the most enduring phenomena of popular culture –and, perhaps, also one of the strangest. Ireland’s love affair with the Eurovision has now lasted over half a century. But the relationship has not always been an easy one; Ireland has won the contest more than any other country, and the Eurovision has been a launching pad for some of Ireland’s most successful acts. But there have also been some spectacular and costly flops. The Eurovision is the biggest TV entertainment show in the world. But most of its viewers have only observed the contest from the comfort of their living-room sofas. In Ireland and the Eurovision, David Blake Knox goes behind the scenes to deliver the inside story of what really happens behind the power ballads, sequinned costumes and glitter cannons. The book relives the most iconic moments of the past fifty years; the highs, the lows and the downright embarrassing. This is a must-have for both devoted song contest fans and those for whom the Eurovision remains the ultimate guilty pleasure.

About the Author

David Blake Knox has a longstanding association with the Eurovision Song Contest, and has made several TV documentaries about the event, including 2015’s Ireland and the Eurovision. He was Head of Entertainment and Drama in RTÉ from 1990 to 1994 – during Ireland’s ‘golden era’ when it won and staged the Eurovision contest three years in a row. As well as working for RTÉ in Dublin, he has worked for the BBC in London and HBO in New York. He currently runs the independent production company Blueprint Pictures, which specialises in arts and entertainment series. He is the author of Suddenly, While Abroad, which tells the story of thirty-two Irish merchant seamen who were held in a Nazi slave labour camp. Ireland and the Eurovision is his latest book. David lives in Dublin.