A big thank you to all the people who came and supported €urovision Athlone 2017. To all the participants who took to the stage and performed, from start to finish, this was an amazing night of performances.
The Vontrapps started the night with their version of ABBA’s Waterloo and set the bar very high. They were followed by the beautiful Caroline Coyle who sang Niamh Kavanagh’s song It’s for You. Next came the outstanding performance of the 1965 Butch Moore Eurovision Entry “Walking the streets in the Rain” by Seamus McKenna. Next to the stage was the stunning Sinead Mullally who wooed the audience with her version of “Only Teardrops”, Milutin Cvetkovic was the youngest member of the participants and he sang “Slow Down” the Netherland Entry from 2016, he was joined on stage by two surprise guests in the form of his Mum Irena and the well known Journalist Deirdre Verney. (Maybe this was the edge he needed as he won the contest and got the most votes when the final tally was in).
Once again it was the turn of the ladies and Rachael Shine of St. Hilda’s lived up to her name and she shone with an amazing performance of “Save all your Kisses for me”, this performance brought audience from their seats and the singalong started to the well know lyrics. Gerry Flynn and his “Rock n Roll Kids” performance kept the audience singing and dancing along, he was joined by the beautiful Aileen O’ Connor and his son Killian joined him on keyboards.
Next up was the very attractive Annemarie Meares who stunned the audience with the Johnny Logan song “Hold me now”, wow can she hold a note. And last but certainly not least was Angela Bannon who sang the lovely song “Love Shine a Light” by Katrina and the Waves, Angela kept the standard of the previous participants and the song contest ended on a high note. Angela was invited back after the interval to sing a tribute to the late Chuck Berry “Johnny Be Good”. While all the participants shone and set a very high standard they were helped along in their role by the very witty MC for the night Jason Gill. Jason entertained the audience with trivia from the Eurovision and kept the show on the road. Once again thanks to all who attended or who performed on the night.
The event would not have been possible if it was not for the support of the participants and the audience. The event was the result of weeks of hard work by the Events Committee of Athlone Community Radio, so a special thanks to Padraig Muldoon who designed the posters and helped decorate the venue on the night and still found time to smile and escort the lovely ladies to the stage, Fraser O’Reilly who collected spot prizes for the event and also acted as an escort on the night to the gentlemen. Fraser also had the enviable job of announcing the winner and we have to say Jason and herself made a great team, we now know that Jason Gill loves blue jumpsuits.
Vinny O’Brien and Darren Gill who helped organise the venue, looked after tickets on the door and helped sell the votes, think I detected a bit of experience there. Also to Simmy Ndlovu and Shane Griffin who also helped on the door, a big thanks as without all this help and support our event would not have been such a success. So from us all here at Athlone Community Radio we want to thank you and looking forward to €urovision 2018. Get practising everyone.