Toi (song)

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Luxembourg "Toi"
Eurovision Song Contest 1975 entry
Country Luxembourg
Artist(s) Geraldine Branagan
As Géraldine
Language French
Composer(s) Bill Martin,
Phil Coulter
Lyricist(s) Pierre Cour,
Bill Martin,
Phil Coulter
Conductor Phil Coulter
Finals performance
Final result 5th
Final points 84
Appearance chronology
◄ "Bye Bye I Love You" (1974)   
"Chansons pour ceux qui s'aiment" (1976) ►

"Toi" (English translation: "You") was the Luxembourgish entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1975, performed in French by Irish singer Geraldine. The entry had a high pedigree, being penned by three authors/composers who had all written/composed previous Eurovision winners. Pierre Cour had been partly responsible for the 1960 winner "Tom Pillibi" and Bill Martin and Phil Coulter had created the 1967 winner "Puppet on a String".

The song is a ballad, with Geraldine telling her lover that "my life doesn't exist without you" and pledging her unending love to him. Geraldine recorded the song in two languages; French and her mother tongue English, the latter as "You".

Another singer with a similar name, Géraldine, represented Switzerland in the 1967 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, finishing last with 'nul points', but as John Kennedy O'Connor's The Eurovision Song Contest - The Official History notes, despite the similarity in name, the two singers are unique.[1] This Geraldine later married the song's composer, Phil Coulter.

The song was performed fifth on the night (following Germany's Joy Fleming with "Ein Lied kann eine Brücke sein" and preceding Norway's Ellen Nikolaysen with "Touch My Life (With Summer)"). At the close of voting, it had received 84 points, placing 5th in a field of 19.

It was succeeded as Luxembourgish representative at the 1976 Contest by Jürgen Marcus with "Chansons pour ceux qui s'aiment".

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  1. ^ O'Connor, John Kennedy. The Eurovision Song Contest - The Official History. Carlton Books, UK, 2007. ISBN 978-1-84442-994-3