United Kingdom: Countdown to Eurovision’s Greatest Hits – Part 2

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Herreys sang Diggi-loo diggi-ley in 1984

The Herrey brothers are Per, born in 1958, Richard, born in 1964  and Louis, born in 1966.

At the time Herreys won Eurovision, the Mormon brothers were living and working as singers in the United States.

They scored their first Swedish hit early in 1984, when Kali som is got to number 18.

The Swedish Final was held on February 25 at the Lisebergshallen in Gothenburg. ten songs completed including one from Elisabeth Andreasson.

Louis is quoted as saying that the time before the show was full of stress, and that the costumes felt completely wrong.

Far too much glitter and ostentation. Could not we just run with something simpler, cleaner style? White pants and pastel colored shirts maybe? But the shoes then? We could take some Peter Pan boots and spray them with gold paint. The choreography we also have to simplify. It could barely sing to it where aerobics workout.

Their Eurovision winning song went to number 2 in Sweden and their album of the same name topped the Swedish chart that summer.

In 1985, they won the Sopot International Song Festival with Sommarparty.

In 1987 Louis decided to serve a mission for their church and, with his brothers’ permission, he left for two years leading to the break-up of the group.

Richard appeared in the 50th anniversary show, Congratulations in October 2005. In February 2006, he released his first solo album, Jag e kung.

The Eurovision Song Contest 1984 was the twenty ninth edition of the show.

It was staged in the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg , hosted by RTL and had nineteen participants.

The contest was the first to have the presenter, 19 year old Désirée Nosbusch, talk in  English, French, German and Luxembourgish, sometimes mixing the languages in one sentence.

Israel and Greece withdrew. Israel as the contest was held on a day of rememberance. Iceland were to take part but had to withdraw due financial constraints.

This was the first time that booing could be heard during a performance. It is said that the UK performers, Belle and the Devotions who sang Love games, were not to blame but it was due to English football fan’s behaviour the previous year.

The result of the voting was a surprise to many. Sweden hadn’t been expected to win, or even place. The bookies had the UK, Italy and Ireland as favourites. The Irish singer was Linda Martin, who would win with Why me? in 1992 but this year had to settle for second.

The final points had Spain’s Bravo, who sang Lady, lady, in third place and 106 points. Second came Ireland with 137 and the last set of votes gave the trophy to Sweden achieving 145 points.

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