Today is Blue Monday. It is said to be the 'most depressing day of the year'. The nights are still dark, for many payday is still weeks away and the weather in Europe is usually miserable. There is good news though; the new Eurovision season is now well underway!
Today we are looking back at Eurovision songs through the years, which are somehow related to all things blue!
I Can - Blue (2011)
In 2011 boyband Blue represented the United Kingdom in 2011 with the song I Can. The BBC had opted for an internal selection and the choice of Blue was quite a coup given the previous chart success that the group had enjoyed. Despite finishing fifth with the public vote in Dusseldorf, Blue were left feeling blue after finishing 11th in the Grand Final.
L’amour Est Bleu - Vicky Leandros (1967)
In 1967 Vicky Leandros represented Luxembourg with the song L’amour Est Bleu. The ballad, which translates as Love Is Blue, describes the pleasure and pain of love in terms of colours (blue and grey). It finished fourth in the contest and was covered several times through the years. Vicky would go on to win the Eurovision Song Contest five years later with the song Apres Toi.
Unsubstantial Blues - Magdi Rúzsa (2007)
Magdi Rúzsa represented Hungary at the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest with Unsubstantial Blues. She finished second in the Semi-Final and took Hungary to the top ten for the first time since 1994.
Love Song - Blue Café (2004)
The 2004 Eurovision Song Contest took place in Istanbul. Poland automatically qualified for the Grand Final after scoring a top ten placing the previous year. Blue Café flew the flag for Poland with their entry Love Song. After the scoring Poland had amassed 27 points leaving Blue Café in 17th place.
Blue and Red - ManuElla (2016)
Blue and Red was the song of choice for Slovenia in 2016. ManuElla won the national selection, EMA, and performed on the Eurovision stage in Stockholm. She finished 14th in the Semi-Final meaning that Slovenia missed out on a place in the Grand Final that year. Far from feeling blue, ManuElla will participate in the national selection again this year.
Nel blu dipinto di blu - Domenico Modugno (1958)
Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu, better known under the title Volare, was Italy's entry in the 1958 Eurovision Song Contest. Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu, which translates as In The Blue That Is Painted Blue, was performed by Domenico Modugno. The song became a worldwide hit and is one of the most successful in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest, despite finishing third in the competition. Domenico even managed to reach the number one spot in the American Billboard Charts and was also awarded three Grammy Awards.
If some songs left us feeling blue, some artists certainly looked it. Blue has been the colour of choice for many artists throughout the years. The dark shade of navy blue for Ukraine's Jamala proved to be lucky when she went on to win the contest in 2016.
Iceland's Yohanna wore a long blue dress when she finished second in 2009 with Is It True? There are also the artists for which blue was far from a lucky charm, but that's a different story, for a different day!
The 2018 Eurovision Song Contest is less than four months away and the weather in Lisbon is likely to be warm and sunny - worth remembering on this Blue Monday.