Johnny Logan, the only artist who has won the Eurovision Song Contest not only once, but twice has spoken to Dutch media outlet Algemeen Dagblad about his Eurovision-related memories ahead of his 67th birthday.
The Irish singer, often mentioned as Mr. Eurovision has revealed that he finds the voting sequence at the grand final too stressful; it makes him relive the tension of waiting for receiving the points after having performed.
Johnny Logan has always been proud to be involved in Eurovision-related things except for one occasion. After 10 years, he described being on the jury panel of the Dutch national pre-selection show as “embarrassing”.
“I got to the studio and only realised right there that all these acts would sing the same song. I looked around and thought: am I on Candid camera? It was embarrassing.”
After two acts tied, Dutch singer-songwriter Vader Abraham, whose song could not decide who to send to the contest in Oslo considered tossing a coin to choose the winning act. Mr Logan added: “In that moment I wished that I could just disappear from there.”
The Eurovision winner of 1987 and 1992 has praised the Dutch approach to the contest after 2010. He also mentioned that he would be interested in a collaboration with Ilse DeLange, who represented The Netherlands in 2014 where the duo “The Common Linnets” came second. DeLange has also been involved in the Dutch delegation in 2019 an artistic consultant.
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The Netherlands debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1956 and has gone on to compete in all bar four contests. To date the Netherlands has won the contest on five occasions; 1957, 1959, 1969, 1975 and most recently 2019. Prior to Duncan Laurence’s victory in Tel Aviv, the Netherlands had been waiting 44 years for their next victory. Duncan Laurence won the contest in Israel with the song “Arcade”.