EBU in collaboration with the three Dutch broadcasters NPO, NOS and AVROTROS are inviting the fans to form a multinational choir and sing Johnny Logan’s ‘What’s Another Year’ together, during the upcoming special show “Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light”.

Following the Eurovision 2020 cancellation due to the coronavirus outbreak, on 31 March, EBU in collaboration with the ESC 2020 host Dutch broadcasters  NPO, NOS and AVROTROS announced the show, ‘Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light’, to replace the Grand final show on May 16 at 21:00 CEST.

Withing the framework of this show, the organisers are inviting fans from accros the globe to come together on the screen forming a multinational choir that will sing  Johnny Logan’s “What’s Another Year’ together”.

WHAT’S ANOTHER YEAR & JOHNNY LOGAN

“What’s Another Year” was Johnny Logan’s first Eurovision Song Contest winning entry, achieving success in the 1980 edition of the Contest. This was Ireland’s second Contest victory. Composed by Shay Healy, the song reached number one in the UK Singles Chart for two weeks in May and  in 7 countries and went Top 10 in 5 more. The Eurovision Song Contest 1980 was the 25th Eurovision Song Contest and was held on 19 April 1980 in The Hague. The presenter was Marlous Fluitsma, although each song was introduced by a presenter from the participating nation.

Johnny Logan is an Australian-born Irish singer and composer known as being the only performer to have won the Eurovision Song Contest twice, in 1980 and 1987 as a performer while in 1992 he reached the first place as a compoesr of the winning entry.

Logan first won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1980, with the song “What’s Another Year” written by Shay Healy. In 1984, Logan composed the song “Terminal 3″ which placed second at Eurovision, performed by Linda Martin. He won the contest for a second time in 1987 with “Hold Me Now”, which he also wrote himself. His third win came in 1992, as composer of Linda Martin’s winning entry “Why Me?”. No wonder after all these achievement Logan is known as “Mr Eurovision” !

How can fans take part ?

Fans interested to take part must prepare themselves in the most Eurovisioned way! Find a Eurovision outfit , set up the background scene with all those elemens that will convey the Eurovision spirit throughtout the screen and record themselves singing to Johnny Logan’s What’s Another Year in full. The recording must include the whole song and fetauter the waving hands during the chorus.

The deadline for submission expires on Friday 24 April 2020.

According to the announcement the submittd videos  must fulfill the following technicl requirements:

  • 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 info@hbesc2020.nl (alternatively via Google Drive, OneDrive, Box and Dropbox);
  • Include your name, country, age(s), email address and phone number.

In case a fan is under 18 and wishes to sing alone, parental permission must be sent to the organisers. With each submission, participating fans give to the Eurovision Song Contest and the host broadcasters permission to broadcast and post their video on the official social media channels of the Eurovision Song Contest.

The lyrics of the song “What’s another year” follow below:

I’ve been waiting such a long time,

Looking out for you

But you’re not here

What’s another year?

I’ve been waking such a long time,

Reaching out for you

But you aren’t near

What’s another year?

What’s another year?

To someone who’s lost everything that he owns?

What’s another year?

To someone who’s getting used to being alone?

I’ve been praying such a long time

It’s the only way to hide my fear

What’s another year?

What’s another year?

To someone who’s lost everything that he owns?

What’s another year?

To someone who’s getting used to being alone?

I’ve been crying such a long time

With such a lot of pain in every tear

What’s another year?

What’s another year?

Source: Eurovision.tv