Thirty seven years ago, a nineteen year old girl sang perched on a stool and delivered Ireland their first ever Eurovision Song Contest victory, beating resounding names such as Mary Hopkin and legend-to-be Julio Inglesias. Today, Dana Rosemary Scallon is releasing her autobiography, a 300 page tome where she talks about her upbringing, her career in singing and politics and about her faith in God.
Dana spoke to esctoday.com about it all and she has a very special message to send our readers.
The book, suitably named after Dana's Eurovision entry All kinds of everything, is expected to become a best seller and tomorrow's launch is timed to coincide with the release of her latest album A thing called love. The idea for the book came fromKen Murray, political correspondent of Independent Network News who ghost wrote the book for Dana : "I said she had won the Eurovision, she was involved in politics, a presidential election, her religious work and she took a stance in the abortion referendum and I felt there was a good story. I discussed it with her and the more we discussed it, the more it took legs," Ken told the Meath Chronicle.
Despite her heavy schedule between her homeland and the USA, Dana took some time to talk to esctoday.com about her new book, her memories from the contest, her views on the changes the contest has seen since she won it and her life in general.
You can read the full interview here.
Dana also has a message exclusively for our readers :" Thank you for keeping the spirit of Eurovision alive! It really is special and I think it’s wonderful that you’ve formed this network. I’ve noticed that the people who enjoy Eurovision are invariably happy people, so Eurovision must be good for you!"