Country Of The Month: Monaco Part-3!


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.

Mary Cristy – Toi, la musique et moi

In 1976, Monaco selected Mary Cristy and her song “Toi, la musique et moi” to sent in the Hague, the Netherlands. The song is entirely in French and it was composed by Georges Costa and André Bars. The lyrics were written by Gilbert Sinoué and the conductor of the live performance was Raymond Donnez. At the final, the entry placed 3rd with 93 points. The song reached the 27th place on the French charts.

Mary Cristy was born on July 21, 1952, in Luxembourg. Her real name is Marie Ruggeri and she is of Italian descent. At a young age, she became known to Luxembourg and Germany as a child singer. At the ’70s, she moved to Paris, where she continue her music career. In 1976, she represent Monaco at Eurovision and placed 3rd. Except of being a singer, Mary has also dubbed a number of movies.

Monaco in the Eurovision

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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