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Sandie Jones

Sandie Jones

Sandie Jones


"Ceol an Ghrá" ("The Music of Love") was Ireland's entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1972, performed in Irish by Sandie Jones. This was the only occasion in which the Irish entry was performed in Irish as opposed to English. The song was composed by Joe Beckett and written by Liam Mac Uistín, who also provided the lyrics for the English-language version which was not performed at the Contest. Lyrically, the song is a ballad, with Jones singing about hearing "the music of love" wherever she is. Read more on Last.fm
"Ceol an Ghrá" ("The Music of Love") was Ireland's entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1972, performed in Irish by Sandie Jones. This was the only occasion in which the Irish entry was performed in Irish as opposed to English. The song was composed by Joe Beckett and written by Liam Mac Uistín, who also provided the lyrics for the English-language version which was not performed at the Contest. Lyrically, the song is a ballad, with Jones singing about hearing "the music of love" wherever she is. She sings about being in "the land of the young", which may also refer to Ireland itself. During Preview Week, clips from Ireland's National Song Festival were interspersed with new footage of Jones singing on a cliff, walking on a footbridge, standing near the Two Working Men, and perhaps most famously, strutting in de rigueur fashions and platform shoes past awestruck Catholic schoolgirls.

The video was also notable for short scenes which featured Jones in hot pants, which caused a stir in Ireland at the time. At the Contest, it was performed third on the night, following France's Betty Mars with "Comé-comédie" and preceding Spain's Jaime Morey with "Amanece". At the close of voting, it had received 72 points, placing 15th in a field of 18. It should be remembered as well that the voting system in use at this Contest required every competing country to give at least one point to each other entrant, thus rendering nul points impossible. Interestingly, while this was the only occasion on which Ireland performed in its own language, the result would remain Ireland's worst Contest showing until the 1989 contest, where they would place 18th. The performance was also the first of only two occasions so far on which a Celtic language has been heard at the Contest, with France entering the Eurovision Song Contest 1996 with the Breton language song "Diwanit Bugale". Eurovision Song Contest 1972 - Edinburgh Entry for Ireland Performer: Sandie Jones Song title: Ceol On Ghrá Song writer(s): Liam MacUistin Song composer(s): Joe Burkett Sang in Position: 3 Final Position: 15 Total Points: 72 Despite the victory of Monaco the previous year, the 1972 Eurovision Song Contest took place in Edinburgh.

The reason that the contest did not take place in Monaco was because the small Mediterranean nation could not provide a decent venue. However, it was later rumoured that the real reason was that Monaco was not in a financial position to host the contest. The BBC took over and chose a venue outside of London for the first time. The contest was broadcast live to Asia for the first time with viewers in Japan, Taiwan, The Philippines, Hong Kong and Thailand, all able to watch the show.

It also was the first year that a video wall was used to present song titles and artists. For the third time already, Luxembourg won the song contest with the entry Aprés Toi performed by Vicky Leandros. The writer of the winning song, Yves Desca, also wrote the winning song of 1971 by Séverine. It was the first time in the history of the Song Contest that the same song writer won twice in a row and for two different countries. Greek-born singer Vicky Leandros also took part in the contest for the second time and won for Luxembourg thanks to a well-planned PR campaign. This time she also used her surname, something she had avoided the first time when she participated just as "Vicky" in 1967.

The winning song Après toi sold míllions of copies all over Europe, and Vicky Leandros appeared in TV-shows all over Europe. She would try to enter the Eurovision Song Contest again in 2006, but only came 3rd in the German national final for the contest. The Irish entry Ceol An Ghrá by Sandie Jones was sung in the Irish language and until now, it remains the only song ever to be sung in Irish in the Eurovision Song Contest; Malta took part in the contest for the second time and came last again with Helen & Joseph's L' imhabba. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..

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