The 15th esctoday.com TOP TEN list continues today with the places 5 and 4 being announced. As revealed on Saturday, this week's topic are the TOP TEN least successful returning winners.
The list features lead singers, composers and lyricists who returned to the Eurovision Song Contest after having already won it. The ranking is based on the placing compared to the number of participants. The following rules were taken into account for the list:
- If someone returned more than once, only the participation right after the winning one is considered.
- In the case of a tie, the number of points achieved is being considered.
- Only returns in the same "category" are regarded, i.e. a singer had to return as a singer and a songwriter had to return as a songwriter to qualify for the ranking. Still, no difference between composer and lyricist is being made.
- If a winning singer returned as a backing vocalist, this participation is not eligible for the list.
So we continue…
Short announcement: Due to a mistake, this week's list has become a top eleven list. Yesterday's persons are therefore not no. 10, 9 and 8 but 11, 10 and 9. Today, we continue with 8, 7 and 6 and the list will go on regularly from tomorrow.
No. 5 – Dick Bakker
Dick Bakker was the composer of the fourth and to date last Dutch winning song Ding-a-dong in 1975. Performed by Teach-In in English, it scored 152 points in the first year that the current voting system was used. In 1982, Dick Bakker returned to the contest for the Netherlands composing the song Jij en ik. Singer Bill van Dijk performed the song in Harrogate but only received eight points in total thus finishing 16th, i.e. third last. Dick Bakker had a comeback in Eurovision in the 1990s when he conducted the Dutch entries in 1996, 1997 and 1998.
No. 4 – Niamh Kavanagh
In 1993, Ireland won the Eurovision Song Contest for the second year in a row, this time with Niamh Kavanghs performance of In your eyes. 17 years later, she took part in the Irish national final again and won it by a landslide thus becoming the winning performer with the second longest gap between two participations. In Oslo, she narrowly qualified from the semi final by five points in ninth place. In the final, her ballad It's for you was not very popular only getting 25 points in total therefore only reaching 23rd and hence third last place.
Tomorrow, we will continue with no. 3 and 2 on the list.