We continue our series of articles “Country Of The Month” with Luxembourg. In a period of five weeks, we are going to remind you of the best entries of Luxembourg. Note: we selected the entries not by their place in their final, but by their impact on the fans.
Sophie & Megaly – Papa Penguin
In 1980, Luxembourg selected Sophie & Megaly and their song “Papa Penguin” to sent in the Netherlands. The song is entirely in French.
It was composed by Ralph Siegel and Bernd Meinunger and the lyrics of the song were written by Pierre Delanoë and Jean-Paul Cara. Conductor of the live performance was Norbert Daum. At the final, the entry placed 9th with 56 points.
Sophie & Megaly was a French musical duo, which consisted of twin sisters Sophie & Megaly Gilles. At the age of 16, the duo was discovered by music producer Ralph Siegel. The two sisters represented Luxembourg in the 1980 version of Eurovision. Despite their 9th place, the song charted in European countries including France. After the contest, the duo was draped by the producer and Ariola (record company), due to their unsuccessful second single. Producer Charles Talar took the two singers into his own record company. Sadly, their songs weren’t successful.
At the age of 18, the talked publicly about the way Ralph Siegel treated them. According to Sophie & Megaly, despite having sell more than a million copies of their Eurovision entry, the two girl had only received 5.000 euro. In 1996, Megaly died after living almost a decade with AIDS. Sophie never recover the death of her sister. She isolated in her home in south France and suffered from depression. In 2019, Sophie died at the age of 54.
Luxembourg in the Eurovision 🇱🇺
Luxembourg debuted in the contest in 1956 at the very first version of the contest. The Grand Duchy lastly appeared at the contest in 1993, having competed for 37 times. During its participating years the country missed the contest only once in 1959.
Luxembourg has placed in the Top-10 twenty two times. However, in 1958 the country placed 9th in a last place tie. Having left the contest since 1993, Luxembourg hasn’t competed in any semifinal. Luxembourg won the contest five (1961, 1963, 1972, 1973 and 1983). Contrary, the country placed last three times, one of which with no points at all (1970).
What do you think about the song? Do you like it? Do you think it is one of the most memorable entries from Luxembourg? Let us know in the comment box below.