The 8th edition of the annual Eurovision Gala Night in Luxembourg took place on the 31st of October in the prestigious Casino 2000 in Mondorf. The hall was completely full, and people were asking for an extra ticket for this event, where 16 amateur singers, and 7 Eurovision stars took part.
The hosts of this Eurovision Gala were Eric Lehman and Mireille Meyer. They welcomed all the guests, and the evening started with the competition of 16 amateur singers, in singing well known Eurovision entries. 16 members of an international jury from all over Europe were voting, and seeing as this event was a charity event, all the attendees of this Eurovision Gala were invited to “vote” by donating money to charity, by putting money into one of 16 boxes, one box for each of the singers.
Before the results were revealed, seven Eurovision stars have performed various songs on stage. We started off with Baccara, who represented Luxembourg back in 1978. They performed their biggest hits “Sorry, I’m A Lady“, “Yes Sir, I Can Boogie“, as well as their Eurovision entry “Parlez-vous francais?“. The Hungarian Eurovision entrant from 2014, András Kállay Saunders was up next, joined by his producer and guitarist, Krisztián Szakos. Apart from his Eurovision entry “Running“, he performed his follow-up single “Juliet“, and his first single he released together with his band – “Victory“. The hosts then asked him whether he sings in Hungarian as well, and he sang his first ever song in Hungarian, “Csak veled” a cappella.
Nadine Beiler followed with “Savior“, a song she performs as part of one of her projects, Dice Mora, and of course, her Eurovision entry “The Secret Is Love“. The Swiss brothers Ivan and Gabriel from the band Sinplus, performed their new song titled “Nothing Hurts“, which was followed by their entry from Baku – “Unbreakable“. The fifth act on stage during the Eurovision Gala were Sestre from Slovenia. They performed “Samo ljubezen“, as well as Marija Serifovic’s Eurovision winning song “Molitva“. Marlenna from Sestre then performed a medley of her own personal favorites from the history of Eurovision, and brought all of the audience up on their feet.
Two-time Italian Eurovision entrant and one-time Eurovision host Gigliola Cinquetti was up next. She performed three of her new singles – “Lacrime in un oceano“, “Brillano le stelle“, and “Lady Jane“, and she gave a live performance of one part of her Eurovision winning entry “Non ho l’eta“. And last but most certainly not least, it was time for Ruslana and her dancers to take the stage of the Eurovision Gala. She started off with “Wild Dances“, and then went on performing four more of her hits: “The Same Star“, “Arkan“, “Dance With The Wolves“, and “Euphoria“.
The evening finished with the results of the 16 international jury members (75% of the overall result), as well as the votes of the audience at the Eurovision Gala in Casino 2000 (25% of the overall result), and the winner of the night was Dorothea Ferrari, an 18 year old singer from Luxembourg who performed Eimear Quinn’s song “The Voice“.
You can check out all of these performances by clicking on any of the song titles, or you can watch them all on our Youtube channel, or in our playlist right here:
ESCBubble would like to congratulate OGAE Luxembourg, and all of the organisers of this fantastic event! We strongly recommend to all Eurovision fans around Europe to visit Luxembourg and attend this Gala night in the future, as it is great fun, a truly fantastic event, which brings back the Eurovision spirit before the Eurovision season officially kicks in!