In Your Eyes (Niamh Kavanagh song)

"In Your Eyes" is a love ballad by Irish singer Niamh Kavanagh which won the Eurovision Song Contest 1993 for Ireland, scoring a total of 187 points. It was written and composed by Jimmy Walsh.

Republic of Ireland "In Your Eyes"
Niamh Kavanagh - In Your Eyes.jpg
Eurovision Song Contest 1993 entry
Country
Artist(s)
Language
English
Composer(s)
Jimmy Walsh
Lyricist(s)
Jimmy Walsh
Conductor
Finals performance
Final result
1st
Final points
187
Entry chronology
◄ "Why Me?" (1992)
"Rock 'n' Roll Kids" (1994) ►

In the song, the singer tells how, after being lonely, she has found love and heaven in her lover's arms and how it has changed her.

OverviewEdit

In 1992, Walsh, who was based in New York, recorded a demo of the song in a studio there. One of the engineers suggested a girl singer who he knew to record it. A then-unknown Idina Menzel came in and listened to the song. She suggested a key change for the chorus as she found it rather flat. Walsh was concerned that this would make the song too difficult to sing, but Menzel insisted she could do it. She duly recorded the demo and this was sent to Niamh Kavanagh, who was recommended to Walsh as being a singer who could handle the difficult ranges within the song. Kavanagh loved it, but was unsure of wanting to compete in Eurovision. Eventually, Walsh said that he would withdraw the song if she did not do it, so she agreed to enter with it.[1]

Kavanagh had a home win, since the contest took place in Ireland due to Linda Martin's win the previous year. It was the second of Ireland's three victories in a row in the early 1990s, the third being in 1994 by Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan with "Rock 'n' Roll Kids". The song was performed fourteenth on the night, following Sweden's Arvingarna with "Eloise" and preceding Luxembourg's Modern Times with "Donne-moi une chance". At the close of voting, it had received 187 points, first in a field of 25.

Despite winning the Irish national song contest, Kavanagh found it difficult to find a record label willing to release the record due to its association with the contest. Eventually, she partly funded the recording herself and released it in limited numbers in Ireland under a made-up label name, Eureyes Music.[2] During the run-up to the contest, she met Simon Cowell, who was present with the UK entrant Sonia. He signed her up to Arista Records and the song was released internationally by them.[1] "In Your Eyes" was the best selling single in Ireland in 1993. It also reached No. 24 in the UK Singles Chart and was a minor hit in the Netherlands and Germany.

Kavanagh returned to the contest in 2010 with "It's for You", which came 23rd out of 25 countries in the final, with 25 points.

It was not until 2017, during a documentary on the Irish winners, that Kavanagh learned that the singer on the demo she had heard all those years ago was a young Idina Menzel, who was by then internationally famous.[1]

Critical receptionEdit

Alan Jones from Music Week rotew that "the winner of the 1993 Eurovision Song Contest has lots of old-fashioned qualities – it's a good song well sung by a striking colleen". He added, "Kavanagh is a talented and gutsy singer."[3]

Track listingEdit

  1. "In Your Eyes" (Walsh) - 3:10
  2. "In Your Eyes (instrumental)" (Walsh) - 3:09

ChartsEdit

Chart (1993) Peak
position
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[4] 31
Germany (GfK Entertainment Charts) 83
Iceland (Íslenski Listinn Topp 40)[5] 27
Ireland (IRMA)[6] 1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40 Tipparade)[7] 2
Netherlands (Single Top 100) 42
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[8] 24

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Rokit Entertainment (12 December 2017). "Interviews with Jimmy Walsh and Niamh Kavanagh". Irish Eurovision Winners DVD.
  2. ^ "Niamh Kavanagh - In Your Eyes". Discogs. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  3. ^ Jones, Alan (5 June 1993). "Market Preview: Mainstream - Singles" (PDF). Music Week. p. 6. Retrieved 28 March 2021.
  4. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. 3 June 1993. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Íslenski Listinn Topp 40 (04.06.1993 - 10.06.1993)" (PDF) (in Icelandic). Dagblaðið Vísir - Tónlist. Retrieved 9 March 2018.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Irish Singles Chart Archived 9 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Niamh Kavanagh - In Your Eyes" (in Dutch). top40.nl. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
  8. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 297. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.

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Preceded by Eurovision Song Contest winners
1993
Succeeded by