Thursday, December 08, 2022

‘Long Live Love’, the year Olivia Newton-John won ABBA at Eurovision – Odie O’Malley

We turn thirds in our Eurovision segment, and having finished reviewing the passage through the Festival of Spain over the past 20 years, we now move on to recall some of the biggest hits that have passed. Eurovision: Aankh, we are not talking about good positions, but about songs that struck with us at that time by A or B.

Today we go back to 1974, when United Kingdom he chose one Olivia Newton-John With which there were still almost five years left to achieve glory.grease,


‘long live Love’ was one of six songs with Olivia Newton-John She was fighting to represent the UK in the United Kingdom in 1974. And of course, he was chosen, because otherwise we would not be talking about him today. but Olivia wanted to participate in the festival with ‘Angel Eyes’which was eventually included as the B-side on the vinyl of the single.

Even after passing through Eurovision, Olivia newton,john He assured that he was not comfortable with the song he had to interpret. The song was a mid-tempo chorus that was somewhat drawn out, a little dull and resolved with some joy, thanks to the smile of its interpreter. But to a large extent, it was to be understood that by its lack of unity with the subject, it was not a celebration of love, which was indicated by its title.

Made of Harold Spiro You Valerie Avonwho only worked as a pair after the song cliff RichardThere was a song in favor of the love of twins and fraternities that was between a collective song and a cecilia,


Maybe because he was a little too high’grease lightning‘ of the song in question, but the attitude of the body Olivia fully reflected mood, Though she brightened up the performance with an ear-to-ear smile and a perfect singing performance, she was completely unharmed in the rest.

One would say, in fact, she got out of bed in a chic nightgown, got her hair cut on the way to the stage and was there as if to say « Daughter, let’s see if it happens soon, that I have seen half ‘Charlie’s Angels’ And VOD is not invented yet, to leave it there, I’m a little tired ».

newton-john She took the stage with five chorus girls, but with only three blue dresses from the same category, so two of them wore another shade of blue they had to do with. One of the showgirls predicted, more than two decades ago, the beauty trend anastasia, And all of them had more enthusiasm than the girl herself to be on that stage. newton john, By the way, three of them won Eurovision in 1967. ‘Puppet on wire’. Seven years later, he was released with no desire to repeat.


for 14 points ‘long live Love’that by now they would clearly know below FiveBut with the voting system of the time he led Olivia newton,john Tied with Luxembourg and Monaco, in fourth Eurovision place. The artist received a score from Ireland, Greece, Finland, Switzerland and Belgium; two points from Germany; 3 from Italy and 4 from Yugoslavia. Don’t ask us to explain how it works; very difficult

The thing is Olivia Newton-John was 10 points away from victory, as it was almost impossible to finish that year ABBA and his’waterloo‘, which received votes from 11 countries and ended with 24. Spain gave Sweden one point and left Britain blank.

in the charts‘long live Love’ It reached #11 in the UK, making it the fifth top 20 hit for newton,johnThough not in his best position by then: he was already with #6 ‘Banks of the Ohio’ and with #7 ‘if not for you’. Nor is it one of his most memorable hits of all time, but at least the Eurovision impact made him reach #7 in Belgium, #9 in Ireland, and #10 in Finland. In Australia, where he played most of his career, he was #11. But even there it was already #1 in 1971 with ‘Banks’.

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