Country Of The Month: Monaco Part-2!

Photo By: HARRY POT

Introduction

We decided to continue our series of articles “Country Of The Month” with Monaco. In a period of four weeks, we are going to remind you of the best Monegasque entries. Note: we selected the entries not by their place in their final, but by their impact on the fans.

Séverine – Un Banc, Un Arbre, Une Rue

In 1971, Monaco selected Séverine and her song “Un Banc, Un Arbre, Une Rue” to sent in Dublin, Ireland. The song is entirely in French and it was composed by Jean-Pierre Bourtayre. The lyrics were written by Yves Dessca and the conductor of the live performance was Jean Claude Petit. At the final, the entry placed 1st with 128 points making it the country’s first – and until today only – victory.

Séverine was born on October 10, 1948, in Paris, France. Her real name is Josiane Grizeau. Following her Eurovision victory, she recorded her winning song in English, German and Italian. The song was charted in many markets including the UK. It is noteworthy, that in the UK the English version didn’t enter the charts in contrast with the original one. In 1975 and 1982 she competed in the German national final, but she didn’t win. After Eurovision, she had a number of hits in France and Germany.


Monaco in the Eurovision
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Monaco debuted in the contest in 1959, in the fourth edition of the contest. Since then, it has participated 24 times, missing the event in many occasions – 1980-2003 and 2007-present. The recent years the country doesn’t take part mostly because it is against the voting method, criticising the contest for bloc-voting. At its three most recent attempts (2004-2006), Monaco failed to qualify to the final.

The country has topped the scoreboard only once (1970) and placed in the Top-10 16 times! Due to the country’s size, all its participants came from another countries. The majority of the singers came from France and only one from Yugoslavia and one from Italy. Its worst result came in 1966 when it finished last with no points in the final. In the semis, the worst result came in 2005, when its entry placed 24th in a field of 25. Its victory is also Monaco’s entry with the most points.

What do you think about the song? Do you like it? Do you think is it one of the most memorable entries from Monaco? Let us know in the comment box below.

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