Beyond Borders: The singers who have represented multiple countries
Posted 31 August, 2016, 13:00
Like all major international events, the Eurovision Song Contest is a competition with many rules. These regulations keep the contest fair for all the participants. Whilst some countries are free to impose their own national selection rules, when it comes to the performers, the rules of the actual competition itself are not so stringent. Over the years many singers have represented more than one country with many more attempting to do so.
Many singers have participated in the Eurovision Song Contest for countries other than their own. For example, Greek singer Nana Mouskouri represented Luxembourg in the 1963 contest whilst US-born Katrina Leskanich won the 1997 Eurovision Song Contest for the UK as part of Katrina and the Waves. Arguably the most famous of all is Celine Dion, the French-Canadian who won for Switzerland in 1988. However, there are a small group of performers who have returned to the contest representing a different country from before. We look back at some of these performers who have travelled beyond borders.
French-born Romuald Figuier represented Monaco in 1964 and returned to the contest in 1969 for Luxembourg before returning in 1974 to fly the flag again for Monaco. British-born singer Ireen Sheer represented Luxembourg in 1974 finishing fourth, alongside Romuald. She returned to the contest in 1978 for Germany before trying her luck again in 1985 when she participated for Luxembourg again.
In 1973 Anne Marie David scored a second consecutive victory for Luxembourg with Tu te reconnaîtras and returned to the contest in 1979 to perform Je suis l'enfant soleil for her native France, finishing a credible third with 106 points.
Elisabeth Andreassen, who finished eighth for Sweden in 1982 as part of the group Chips, went on to win the Eurovision Song Contest in 1985 for Norway as part of Bobbysocks. More recently, girl group Feminnem represented Bosnia & Herzegovina in 2005, finishing 14th. After a number of entries in the Croatian national selection, they won the right to represent Croatia in the 2010 contest in Oslo. Check out their rehearsal video below:
There are many examples of past participants going on to enter national selections in other countries but failing to reach the Eurovision Song Contest. More recently Elena Paparizou, who won for Greece in 2005, entered Sweden's Melodifestivalen in 2014 coming fourth with Survivor. Krista Siegfrids also entered Melodifestivalen this year after representing Finland in 2013. On the other hand, Hera Björk entered the Danish national selection in 2009 before finally making it to the Eurovision Song Contest for her home country, Iceland, in 2010.
Music is an international language and has no borders. When it comes to the Eurovision Song Contest, the same is true of the performers.