It’s the year that produced timeless evergreens like “Dinle”, “Fiumi di parole” and, of course, “Love Shine A Light”. And, for one week only, fans will be able to watch Eurovision 1997 in its entirety for the very first time on the official YouTube channel.
Watch Eurovision 1997 online
The Dublin-hosted contest is coming online in conjunction with the EBU, RTÉ and the Eurovision Again team.
For the past several weeks, since the COVID-19 pandemic first took hold, Eurovision Again — an initiative started by UK journalist Rob Holley — has been organising mass rewatchings of classic contests on Saturday evenings. The EBU soon came on board and began publishing previously unavailable entire show uploads on its YouTube channel.
However, unlike previous watch-along episodes like 2009 and 2015, fans need to be quick. Because the 1997 contest will only be available until 25 April. At 21:00 CEST on Saturday evening, it will once again return to the vaults, for the time being at least.
But why? Before 2004, the copyright for each show belonged to the respective broadcasters. In the case of 1997, that’s Ireland’s RTÉ. For now, the Irish network has opted to make the show available only temporarily.
From 2004, the rules changed with the EBU taking over ownership of the rights. Hence, the uploads of contests from 2004 onwards have remained online.
When does Eurovision Again happen?
Eurovision Again takes place every Saturday at 21:00 CEST — the traditional Eurovision time slot. A contest is extracted from the vaults and everyone watches in-sync while tweeting along using the #EurovisionAgain hashtag.
Fans also have the chance to vote again. In the most recent viewing, Katrina and the Waves still came out on top for the UK. But fans crowned Belgium’s Loïc Nottet as their new Eurovision 2015 winner one week earlier.
Did you join in with #EurovisionAgain on Saturday? Will you watch the 1997 contest before it disappears again? Let us know in the comments.