Sunday, 8 February 2009

Fantasy Island - The Millionaires

In 1982, the Dutch national final for the Eurovision Song Contest was pretty exciting. It took place in Scheveningen and was presented by Lenny Kuhr (who had won the contest in 1969). The three songs 'Fantasy Island', 'Pierement' and 'Jij en ik' were all sung by three contestants: Bill van Dijk, Bonnie St. Claire and the Millionaires.

'Fantasy island' was the big favourite of the audience. A jury of experts preferred 'Jij en ik'. When this was announced, the audience reacted with a lot of booing and whistling. Bill van Dijk was chosen as the best performer of this song, and he went on to represent the Netherlands at the Contest. His single flopped, whereas the Millionaires recorded 'Fantasy island' and had a minor hit with it, reaching number 31 in the Dutch Top 40.

My collection: 7" single no. 3139
Found: Den Haag, July 24, 1999
Cost: 2 guilders
Tracks: 'Fantasy Island (Dutch version)' / 'Fantasy island (English version)'
Download: here

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