Milestone Moments: 1980 - Irish eyes are smiling09 September 2016 at 19:00 CEST
The 1980 Eurovision Song Contest almost did not happen. Israel won the previous year on home ground and declined the opportunity to host the competition for the second year in succession. The Netherlands stepped in and staged the contest in The Hague, the host city of the 1976 contest. The date of the show clashed with Israel's Day of Remembrance and so the reigning Eurovision champions did not participate. Instead of postcards, a guest presenter from each participating country introduced the each act.
The winning song for Ireland, What's Another Year, written by Shay Healy and performed by Johnny Logan, beat second-placed Germany by 15 points. The song topped the charts around Europe and launched Johnny's international career. He returned to the Eurovision Song Contest in 1987 and won again with the self-penned Hold Me Now. Logan is the only participant to have won the Eurovision Song Contest twice, however, his involvement with the event goes even further than singing. In 1984 he wrote Terminal 3 for the singer Linda Martin which finished second behind Sweden's famous Herreys. In 1992 he teamed up with Linda again and wrote her winning entry for Ireland, Why Me?
Many winning singers have tried to emulate Logan's success in the contest, including Niamh Kavanagh (1993) who returned in 2010, however nobody has been able to match the man who has become known as Mr Eurovision.