Gina G

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Gina G

Ooh ah just a little bit of Gina G to win Eurovision, but ooh ah where is she now?!

Gina Mary Gardiner (born in Australia in 1970) belongs to an exclusive club of artists who have represented the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest. as ‘Gina G’, she went to Oslo in 1996 with her cracking mid-90’s pop/dance anthem and was expected to win hands down. Sadly this did not happen, but Gina can hold her head high with her stunning performance of “Ooh Ah Just A Little Bit” that she would ultimately take to the top of the charts and take her place in Eurovision history.

She began her career as a singer in Australian dance group Bass Culture, who’s biggest hit was “Love The Life” in May 1992, a song which Gina co-wrote. She moved to the UK at the beginning of 1995 to further her career and eventually auditioned for A Song For Europe competition in early 1996. She won and was selected to perform the UK’s entry “Ooh Ah Just A Little Bit”. The song was a surefire winner, after many years of coming second, the UK had a strong, energetic tune to blast all others out of its way. For whatever reason, it was not to happen and the song came eighth on the night. She did, however, take the song to the top of the UK singles chart that weekend, the first UK Eurovision song to top the chart since “Making Your Mind Up” in 1981.

“Ooh Ah Just A Little Bit” also charted well across the rest of the world, reaching No.12 in the US and No.4 on the US dance chart, No.5 in Australia and reaching the top ten in a further twelve countries! It was the sixth biggest selling single in the UK in 1996 as a whole! Gina was now assured of a bright and sparkling career ahead. She followed this with “I Belong To You” in October that year which peaked at No.6 in the UK and made the top 40 in Australia, Canada, Sweden and Iceland.

1997 would bring more success with the singles “Fresh”, which also peaked at No.6 in the UK and No.23 in Australia, “Ti Amo” which made No.11 in the UK and “Gimme Some Love” (UK No.25, US No.46, US dance chart No.18). Gina released her debut album “Fresh” in March that year which made No.12 in the UK and received a Silver certification for sales of over 60,000 copies. The album also charted in Australia and Norway and on the US Heatseekers chart (No.27). A sixth single “Everytime I Fall” was released in late 1997 but this stopped at No.52 in the UK.

Gina disappeared following a lawsuit with her former manager that also prevented a second album (which had been recorded) from being released. She wouldn’t resurface until 2000 when she released her version of Nancy Sinatra’s 1966 hit “These Boots Are Made For Walkin”, which failed to gain any promotion and subsequently bombed. She starred along with Sonia, Tony Hadley, Elkie Brooks and many others in the 2003 TV show Reborn In The USA. She won the first round of the contest, but was eliminated two shows later. In 2005 she applied to represent the UK a second time at Eurovision but came fifth in the selection process, with singer Javine going on to represent her country in Kiev that year.

Gina finally released her second album “Get Up And Dance” later that year, which included the singles “Flashback” and “Tonight’s The Night” (UK No.57). The album was only made available digitally and neither of the singles made much impact in any region. Her next foray into the music world came in 2011 with the track “Next 2 U“. A follow up “Set The Night On Fire” was scheduled for release in early 2012 but this was shelved.

Gina G 2017

Since then not a peep has been heard from her. She married in 2003 and lives in California with her two children and has set up her own record label, Stunt Girl. Perhaps one day soon she will grace our ears with delightful music just as she did over twenty years ago when she should of taken The United Kingdom to Eurovision glory.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!

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