In memoriam: Eurovision stars remember The Cranberries front woman Dolores O’Riordan


Tributes have been pouring in for Irish rock singer and The Cranberries front woman Dolores O’Riordan, who passed away yesterday aged 46.

The music icon died suddenly in London. She was there for a recording session for a new album. No cause of death has been revealed.

As part of The Cranberries, Dolores shot to fame in the 1990s. The group is one of the most successful Irish musical acts of all time, selling more than 40 million records globally.

Their biggest hits include “Linger”, “Zombie” and “Dreams”.

While O’Riordan was never connected to Eurovision, her music inspired many of those who were. Here is a selection of the tributes paid by past song contest alums.

Erica Jennings (Lithuania 2001)

I have been listening to “No need to argue” since the news broke. Dolores was the first Irish female rock singer to…

Posted by Erica Jennings on Monday, January 15, 2018

Elhaida Dani (Albania 2015)

Albania’s 2015 singer Elhaida Dani shares a personal story of meeting Dolores. Writing on Facebook, she says:

I had the opportunity to share the stage with her to meet her personally in the Vatican Christmas concert! She’ll be missed, Rest in peace!

Ho avuto l'opportunita di condividere il palco con lei conoscerla personalmente nel Concerto di Natale in Vaticano !…

Posted by Elhaida Dani on Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Katrina Leskanich (United Kingdom 1997)

Brian Kennedy (Ireland 2006)

Amandine Bourgeois (France 2013)

Dalal Midhat (Bosnia and Herzegovina 2016)

Harun Tekin (Turkey 2008)

Molly Sterling (Ireland 2015)

Emma Marrone (Italy 2014)

Sono senza parole. Buon viaggio immensa Dolores ?

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Ira Losco (Malta 2002 and 2016)

One of my ultimate favourite during my teenage years was Dolores o’Riordon. RIP. Extremely sad news. She was only 46 :-(…

Posted by Ira Losco on Monday, January 15, 2018

Marc Roberts (Ireland 1997)

Lise Darly (Monaco 2005)