Johnny LoganThe winning entry of the 1987 contest was 'Hold Me Now', performed and written by Johnny Logan. At that time, Johnny had already won in 1980 with 'What's Another Year' and had written the second-placed song in 1984, 'Terminal 3', performed in Luxembourg by Linda Martin. Johnny is the only singer to date to win the Contest twice as a singer.
In 1980, Johnny represented Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest with What's Another Year, written by Shay Healy, beating the runner-up, Germany, by 15 points. The song topped the charts around Europe including in Ireland and the UK. In 1984, he wrote Terminal 3 for singer Linda Martin, who finished second behind Sweden's famous Herreys,.
After the 1980 Eurovision Song Contest, life became tough for Logan. He was tied to a record label that took him down a route he didn't want to go. Eventually, Logan filed for divorce and, in the nineties, even considered quitting the music industry. "I didn’t want to be part of that world anymore," he said. After some time, the singer had a change of heart and started to rebuild his life. "Since I’m not getting any younger, and there aren’t many other options to choose from, I decided to take control again. I am good at making music and I just love it so much."
Rebuilding his career went successfully for Logan: he went on to make history by winning the 1987 Contest again with Hold Me Now and wrote Linda Martin's winning 1992 entry Why Me, securing his nickname as "Mr. Eurovision" in the Eurovision history books.