Linda Martin is a Northern Ireland-born singer and television presenter of Italian, Irish and Scottish ancestry who has had a long and successful career in Ireland. She is best known for representing her country on two occasions.
Her career began in 1969 when she joined the band Chips, scoring hit singles in Ireland and becoming one of the top bands on the live circuit, later making the rounds of British and Irish television and also entering the Irish national final for Eurovision many times. Linda broke away from the band in 1983 after she won the Castlebar Song Contest and decided to focus on a solo career.
As a soloist, she entered the Irish national final many times throughout the 1980s. Her first breakthrough was winning the 1984 national final and going on to the Eurovision Song Contest 1984 in Luxembourg with the song Terminal 3 written by Johnny Logan. Her performance got a massive reception from the spectators and ultimately finished second by 6 points behind Sweden.
She won the national final again in 1992 with another one of Johnny's songs, Why Me?, sending her to the Eurovision Song Contest 1992 in Malmo, running neck and neck throughout the voting with the United Kingdom's Michael Ball. In the end, she emerged the winner with 155 points, giving Ireland its fourth victory. She remains one of five artists today who finished first one year and second in another year, however she is one of two along with Russia's Dima Bilan to win on her second try while finishing second on her first.
|Eurovision Song Contest 1984|
|Artists||Herreys • Sophie Carle • Annick Thoumazeau • Bravo • Dollie de Luxe • Belle & The Devotions • Andy Paul • Jacques Zegers • Linda Martin • Hot Eyes • Maribelle • Vlado & Isolda • Anita • Mary Roos • Beş Yıl Önce, On Yıl Sonra • Kirka • Rainy Day • Alice & Battiato • Maria Guinot|
|Songs||Diggiloo Diggiley • 100% d'amour • Autant d'amoureux que d'étoiles • Lady, Lady • Lenge Leve Livet • Love Games • Anna Maria Lena • Avanti La Vie • Terminal 3 • Det' Lige Det • Ik hou van jou • Ciao, Amore • Einfach weg • Aufrecht geh'n • Halay • Hengaillaan • Welche Farbe hat der Sonnenschein • I treni di Tozeur • Silêncio e tanta gente|
|Eurovision Song Contest 1992|
|Artists||Serafín Zubiri • Morgane • Dafna Dekel • Aylin Vatankoş • Cleopatra • Kali • Christer Björkman • Dina • Evridiki • Mary Spiteri • Heart 2 Heart • Pave Maijanen • Daisy Auvray • Marion Welter & Kontinent • Tony Wegas • Michael Ball • Linda Martin • Kenny Lübcke & Lotte Nilsson • Mia Martini • Extra Nena • Merethe Trøan • Wind • Humphrey Campbell|
|Songs||Todo esto es la música • Nous, on veut des violons • Ze Rak Sport • Yaz Bitti • Olou Tou Kosmou I Elpida • Monté la riviè • I morgon är en annan dag • Amor d'água fresca • Teriazoume • Little Child • Nei eða já • Yamma Yamma • Mister Music Man • Sou fräi • Zusammen geh'n • One Step Out Of Time • Why Me? • Alt det som ingen ser • Rapsodia • Ljubim te pesmama • Visjoner • Träume sind für alle da • Wijs me de weg|