Gina G
Birth nameGina Mary Gardiner
Born (1970-08-03) 3 August 1970 (age 51)
OriginBrisbane, Queensland, Australia
GenresPop, dance, eurodance
Years active1990–1998, 2004–present
LabelsWarner Bros, Stunt Girl Music, WEA, Discipline Music

Gina G (born Gina Mary Gardiner, 3 August 1970)[1] is an Australian singer who represented the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1996, with the song "Ooh Aah... Just a Little Bit", which reached No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart.[2] As of 2021, the song remains the last UK Eurovision entry to top the UK charts. The song also reached the US top 20 in 1997 and earned her a 1998 Grammy Award nomination for Best Dance Recording. Her other UK Top 30 hits are "I Belong to You" #6 (1996), "Fresh" #6 (1997), "Ti Amo" #11 (1997) and "Gimme Some Love" #25 (1997).


Early 1990s

Gina G was a DJ in Melbourne and a singer in the Australian dance music group Bass Culture. She appeared under the name Geena for a track she co-wrote with the group, "Love the Life", which was released in Australia in May 1992.[3]

Mid to late 1990s

By 1995, she had moved to the UK, where she entered the A Song for Europe competition. She won, becoming the UK's entry in the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest, with the song "Ooh Aah... Just a Little Bit".[4] The song finished in eighth place at Eurovision, and peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart.[2][5] The song was also successful in the US, reaching #12 on the Billboard Hot 100, #3 on the Hot Dance Club Play, #13 on the Rhythmic Top 40, #5 on the Mainstream Top 40, #25 on the Adult Top 40 and #11 on the Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart. The song was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Dance Recording category in 1998.[6]

Gina G released "I Belong to You" later in 1996, which was also a top 10 hit in the UK.[2] The following year, she scored a succession of UK hits with "Fresh!", "Ti Amo", "Gimme Some Love", and "Everytime I Fall",[2] all of which were included on her debut album Fresh!. The album's cover was shot by David LaChapelle and featured her whole body covered in chocolate. "Gimme Some Love" was also a hit in the US, reaching #46 on the Billboard Hot 100, #18 on both the Hot Dance Music/Club Play and Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales charts, and #22 on the Top 40 Mainstream chart.

Following this, she disappeared from the music industry for several years. A long lawsuit against a former manager was reported as taking all her energy, and despite the fact that a lot of new music was recorded for a second album, she was prevented from releasing the material.[citation needed]


By 2000 she recorded a number of songs with Swedish producers Lagoona, including a new version of her debut hit "Ooh Aah... Just a Little Bit", and a cover of Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'". The latter was released as a CD single through a small independent label, but the release did not attract any major attention.

After this quiet period, G returned to the spotlight in March 2003, when she took part in the reality television show Reborn in the USA, alongside Sonia, Michelle Gayle, Tony Hadley, Peter Cox and Elkie Brooks. Even though she received the most votes from the American audience and won the first show, she got the fewest votes in the next show, and went up for the British public's vote. She lost, and was eliminated from the show in the third programme.

In early 2005, Gina G attempted to represent the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest, she finished fifth out of five entries on the pre-selection program with her song "Flashback". She competed against Javine and Katie Price.[7]

In August, she released her second album, Get Up & Dance to good reviews. However the album was only available through her website, with the majority of first orders being personally signed by G.

In June 2006, her debut album, Fresh!, became available for download on iTunes. She set up her own record label, Stuntgirl, with distribution through Universal Records. Based in Los Angeles, she records in her own studio there as well as in London. In late 2006 she released a new single, "Tonight's the Night" and promoted it round the clubs and it went into the commercial dance chart at #2. It was released on 2 October through download and larger music stores. The single charted at #57 in the UK Singles Chart on 8 October.

In March 2009 her second album Get Up & Dance, previously only available through her website, was released on iTunes. The album had a new cover design.


Gina G released "Next 2 You" on 27 May 2011 to iTunes Australia. It was written by Gina G, Billy Pace, Duane Morrison, and John Collins. New remixes featuring rapper Vigilante were released in November 2011. A planned second single called 'Set the Night on Fire' was scheduled for early 2012 and a music video was planned, but ultimately both song and video were never released, and as of 2021 Gina G has not returned to musical activity.[8]


Gina G discography
Studio albums2
Remix albums1

Studio albums

Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
  • Released: 1997
  • Label: Eternal (0630-17840-2)
  • Format: CD, Cassette
53 40 12

BPI: Gold[11]

Get Up & Dance
  • Released: 2005
  • Label: G-Force Music
  • Format: DD

Remix albums

Title Details
Remix Album
  • Released: December 2008 (Japan)
  • Label: WEA (WPCR-2296)
  • Format: CD


Main article: Gina G singles discography

Year Single Chart positions Certifications Album
1992 "Love the Life" (with Bass Culture) 130 BC Nation
1996 "Ooh Aah... Just a Little Bit" 5 2 6 88 6 5 6 1 12 4 ARIA: Gold[17]

BPI: Gold[11]

"I Belong to You" 34 21 18 16 24 6
1997 "Fresh!" 23 83 29 6
"Ti Amo" 113 11
"Gimme Some Love" 121 8 25 46 18
"Every Time I Fall" 144 52
2004 "Just a Little Bit" (2004 remix) Non-album single
2005 "Flashback" Get Up & Dance
2006 "Tonight's the Night" 57 Non-album singles
2010 "Just a Little Bit" (Of Daniel Cameron remix) 729 Non-album single
2011 "Next 2 U"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that country.

Awards and nominations

ARIA Music Awards

The ARIA Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony that recognises excellence, innovation, and achievement across all genres of Australian music. They commenced in 1987.

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
1997 "(Ooh Aah) Just a Little Bit" ARIA Award for Breakthrough Artist - Single Nominated [18]

See also


  1. ^ "About Gina G". Eurovision TV. Archived from the original on 15 September 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Official Charts > Gina G". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 9 April 2017.
  3. ^ "New Release Summary – Product Available from: 18/05/92 (from The ARIA Report Issue No. 120 – Week Ending 17 May 1992)". ARIA. Retrieved 9 April 2017.
  4. ^ McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Encyclopedia entry for 'Gina G'". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86508-072-1. Archived from the original on 29 August 2004. Retrieved 20 May 2011.
  5. ^ "Biography". Gina G Official Site. Archived from the original on 11 July 2011. Retrieved 2 February 2010.
  6. ^ Essex, Andrew (16 January 1998). "Same Old Tune". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2 February 2010.
  7. ^ "Javine exposure angers TV viewers". BBC News. 7 March 2005. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  8. ^ "Where is Gina G now? Eurovision singer's age, songs, and family revealed". Smooth. Retrieved 15 September 2021.
  9. ^ a b Australian (ARIA) chart peaks:
  10. ^ a b " > Gina G in Norwegian Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  11. ^ a b "BPI > Certified Awards > Search results for Gina G (from". (original source published by BPI). Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  12. ^ " > Gina G in Finnish Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  13. ^ German chart peaks:
  14. ^ "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Archived from the original on 5 January 2010. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  15. ^ " > Gina G in Swedish Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  16. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 218. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  17. ^ "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles 1996". (original document published by ARIA). Archived from the original on 2 November 2015. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  18. ^ "1997 ARIA Awards Winners".
Awards and achievements Preceded byLove City Groovewith "Love City Groove" UK in the Eurovision Song Contest 1996 Succeeded byKatrina and the Waveswith "Love Shine a Light"