Councilor attending Eurovision in Brighton pays tribute to Olivia Newton-John

A RAT, who took part in the Eurovision Song Contest in Brighton, paid tribute to Olivia Newton-John.

Dame Olivia is best known for her starring role as Sandy in the 1978 film Grease alongside John Travolta who played Danny Zuko.

But in 1974 she represented Great Britain in the Eurovision Song Contest in Brighton with the song “Long Live Love”.

The Argus: Olivia Newton-John in BrightonOlivia Newton John in Brighton

She finished fourth in the competition, losing to Abba, who performed Waterloo.

Carol Theobald, a Conservative Patcham councilor, watched the historic 1974 competition at the Brighton Dome from VIP seats.

The Argus: Cllr Theobald's tickets from the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest in BrightonCllr Theobald’s tickets to the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest in Brighton

She said: “Olivia was wonderful and I thought she would go in the top three and not fourth. She looked beautiful and gave such a beautiful performance.

“My husband Geoffrey and I spoke to her afterwards at the reception in the Royal Pavilion. She wanted to go to a nightclub and Geoffrey suggested the Kings Club, which was the best at the time.

“If I hadn’t been there, he might have taken her to the club himself. But she was a very lovely person and very down to earth. It’s so sad that she wasn’t alive.”

Cllr Theobald revealed the programs given to viewers included a scoreboard to rate each of the acts.

The Argus: Olivia Newton-John and Abba were among the contestants in the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest in BrightonOlivia Newton-John and Abba were among the contestants at the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest in Brighton

Cllr Theobald recently joined MPs Peter Kyle and Lloyd Russell-Moyle in expressing their support for Brighton’s bid to host the competition, saying it would be “exciting” for the city to host it again.

“If it came to Brighton it would be worth millions and so fantastic. It was certainly very successful when we hosted it before,” she said previously.

“I think everyone would be very happy about that and it would be exciting to have that back in Brighton.

“We have the Brighton Dome – and it’s better now having been refurbished and it would be a good place to go back to.”

Almost 41 years ago, until her death on August 5, 1981, Dame Olivia was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame for her performance in Grease.

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