On Tuesday, the EBU revealed that all 41 Eurovision 2020 acts have been invited to sing-a-long to Katrina and the Waves 1997 winner “Love Shine A Light” during Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light. Now, organisers have reached out to fans and asked them to take part too.
Like the artists, fans will also get a chance to sing a Eurovision classic — Johnny Logan’s “What’s Another Year”. The song represented Ireland in 1980. It was the country’s second win and Johnny’s first. He would go on to win again as a singer-songwriter in 1987 and songwriter in 1992.
“What’s Another Year” for Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light
In the official press release, the Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light team explains that it is hoping to create “an unforgettable sing-a-long moment to the screen”. They want to create a “huge Eurovision choir” and sing Logan’s hit together.
While Katrina’s “Love Shine A Light” was chosen for its unifying lyrics, “What’s Another Year” appears to have been picked for its status as one of the contest’s biggest hits. The press release points out that it topped the charts in seven countries and went top ten in another five.
Given the current circumstances, it might be best not to dwell too much on the song’s lyrics. Songwriter Shay Healy has said on multiple occasions that “What’s Another Year” is about watching the pain his father went through upon the death of his wife.
How to take part in the Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light sing-a-long
The Eurovision team urges fans to get dressed in their best ESC outfit and to decorate the room where they want to film their clip with flags and props. They want to have a “Eurovision-feel”.
Fans should record themselves singing “What’s Another Year” in full. They should also wave their arms at the chorus.
The submission deadline is Friday 24 April 2020.
Technical video specifications
- Use the device 16:9, horizontal/landscape;
- Record in 1920 x 1080 HD;
- Use the latest device possible with a tripod, or on a steady base;
- Submit the files in Quicktime / MOV format (your device should do this automatically);
- Ensure you are well lit by a window or a light near your device;
- Send the file in the highest resolution via Wetransfer to [email protected] (alternatively via Google Drive, OneDrive, Box and Dropbox);
- Include your name, country, age(s), email address and phone number.
Fans of all ages are welcome to enter. However, under 18s will need to send parental permission if singing alone in the clip. Entrants are free to sing with their family or housemates.
By sending these files, fans give the Eurovision Song Contest and the host broadcasters permission to broadcast and post your video on the official social media channels of the Eurovision Song Contest.
What do you think of the initiative? Is it a good song choice? Let us know in the comments below.