Linda Martin

Linda Martin (born 17 April 1953) is an Irish singer and television presenter. She is best known in Europe as the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest in 1992 with the song “Why Me?”, and in Ireland as a member of the 1970s/1980s band, Chips.

She participated in the National Song Contest four times as a member of Chips, however they did not score successfully. She participated another four times in the contest as a soloist and once more as part of the group “Linda Martin and Friends”. With nine participations, she has been the most frequent entrant in the National Song Contest’s history. She won the contest twice, going on to represent Ireland twice at the Eurovision Song Contest.

The first of these victories was in 1984 with the song “Terminal 3”, written by Johnny Logan (under his real name Séan Sherrard). The song came 2nd in the final, being beaten by 8 points. “Terminal 3” reached No.7 in the Irish charts.The second victory was in 1992 when her song “Why Me” (also written by Logan) went on to win the final in Sweden. This became Ireland’s 4th victory in the Eurovision Song Contest and the song reached No.1 in the Irish charts as well as becoming a hit in many European countries. Martin was, at the time, one of only three artists to finish both first and second at Eurovision, behind Lys Assia and Gigliola Cinquetti.

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