Eurovision’s Greatest Hits takes place in London on 31 March. The one-off concert will see a host of past Eurovision stars take to the stage to mark 60 years of the contest. While the show itself will be purely celebratory, we’ve decided to add a little competition to proceedings by ranking and reviewing all 18 Eurovision entries sung by the 14 confirmed acts. Today the Wiwi Jury— our in-house panel of musical unprofessionals — are transported back to Brussels 1987 to witness Johnny Logan’s historic second victory with “Hold Me Now”. Do we still hold the Irish man dear? Read on to find out…
Robyn: If a lesser performer were to tackle this song, it would be horrible and cheesy. But Johnny Logan gives a near perfect performance. It’s strong and powerful at times, vulnerable at others. And even though I’ve watched the clip dozens of times before, there are still bits of this song that get me. No wonder they call him Mr Eurovision.
Sami: I like “What’s Another Year?” more, but “Hold Me Now” is good too. It’s one of the biggest Eurovision classics and a totally deserved winner. He is very professional and sounds great. Just the tongue annoys me… a lot.
Judit: I have a huge crush on Johnny Logan and “Hold Me Now” is one of my all time favourite ESC winners. People can say it’s too cheesy and full of cliché, but I love how Mr. Eurovision sang this. And I feel like he sang it to me, even though I wasn’t even born.
James: This song is a classic and speaks to me. It’s my favourite Logan entry, primarily because of its orchestral appeal. Plus, everyone can link hands and join in with a very powerful chorus – the loneliest of us in solidarity with one another! The lyrics are obviously meaningful. You wouldn’t have known its origins as a Eurovision song if you played it today on the radio. A true hallmark of the 80s. Those feels…
Kristín: THIS is the ultimate Eurovision winning ballad! No one does it like Johnny, though bless them all for trying. He’s the king. “Hold Me Now” is probably… no, it is my favourite winner of all time. I can’t help but sing my heart out with Johnny, whilst the tears roll down my face. And when he sings the end note… Oh….My… God! So you might say I kind of like it, yeah…
Inaki: A melody that endures so long deserves our respect. The passing of time has been much crueller to Johnny than to “Hold Me Now”. And even more so to his 80s “Star Wars outfit”. An equilibrated song with an effective chorus, repeated over and over again, that is part of the Olympia of elite Eurovision songs.
Ramadan: This is one of the most famous songs from Eurovision and it’s no surprise. I absolutely love everything about it, and it’s one of my favourite classics. Logan was wonderful performing this on the night and deserved every point he got.
Sopon: Ah, yes. The song that changed Eurovision history forever. “Hold Me Now” is timeless and awe-inspiring every time it’s played. Johnny Logan’s a very capable performer and really sold that performance. And this song, more than any other, deserved to change the game.
Denise: I don’t care that it’s almost 30 years old, this song is still amazing. The chorus especially is really, really strong. And look at his face when he’s singing, it’s full of emotion and he knows how to give us the same feeling. Love it!
Patrick: One of the best Eurovision winners in history. Johnny is a stunning singer, as he proved twice at Eurovision. It’s still played in radio stations, nearly everybody knows it and Johnny Logan is a freakin’ institution. It’s amazing, forever and ever!
All 18 members of our jury rate each song. However, we only have room to share 10 written reviews. Here are the remaining eight scores.
The highest and lowest scores are removed before calculating the final score. We have dropped a low of 6 and a high of 10.