Eurovision Song Contest 1995

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Eurovision Song Contest 1995
ESC 1995 logo.svg
Dates
Final 13 May 1995
Host
Venue Point Theatre
Dublin, Ireland
Presenter(s) Mary Kennedy
Conductor Noel Kelehan
Directed by John Comiskey
Executive supervisor Christian Clausen
Executive producer John McHugh
Host broadcaster Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ)
Opening act Video montage commemorating the history of the Eurovision Song Contest for its 40th edition.
Interval act Lumen
Participants
Number of entries 23
Debuting countries None
Returning countries  Belgium
 Denmark
 Israel
 Slovenia
 Turkey
Withdrawing countries  Estonia
 Finland
 Lithuania
 Netherlands
 Romania
 Slovakia
  Switzerland
Vote
Voting system Each country awarded 12, 10, 8-1 point(s) to their 10 favourite songs
Nul points None
Winning song  Norway
"Nocturne"

The Eurovision Song Contest 1995 was the 40th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest, it took place in Dublin, Ireland, following Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan's win at the 1994 contest in Dublin, Ireland with the song "Rock 'n' Roll Kids".

It was held on 13 May 1995 in the Point Theatre in Dublin, Ireland, the presenter was Mary Kennedy. This year's competition was the last with only one host until 18 years later in 2013 in Malmö, Sweden, this contest broke the chain of victories that Ireland enjoyed in 1992, 1993, and 1994. This was Ireland's 3rd year in succession to host the contest - and to mark the 40th show, it was opened with a 4-minute retrospective showing images from the contest's history, the Norwegian group Secret Garden[a] was the winner of this contest with the mostly instrumental song, "Nocturne". Incidentally, Secret Garden's violinist was Fionnuala Sherry, who is Irish.

Two of Ireland's winners attended the contest; Dana, who was Ireland's first winner, winning the contest in 1970 with "All Kinds of Everything", and Mr Eurovision himself, Johnny Logan, winning the contest as a singer in 1980 and 1987 ("What's Another Year?" and "Hold me Now" respectively), and also for writing Linda Martin's 1992 winning song "Why Me?". It was his birthday that night, but according to host Kennedy, "He wouldn't say which one!" Nonetheless, the audience sang "Happy Birthday" for him, assisted by the orchestra.

After winning the 1994 contest, RTÉ were worried about whether they could afford to host a third consecutive contest in 1995, the BBC had offered to take on the responsibility of hosting the contest, and had even proposed that the contest be staged as a joint production in Belfast, capital of Northern Ireland. In the end RTÉ decided to stage the contest on its own, however they did ask the EBU that, should Ireland win once more, that they would not be expected to host the event for a fourth year in a row.[1]

The favourite to win the contest, according to bookmakers, was Sweden with the pop-ballad "Se på mig". Other countries in contention for the win were Croatia, Denmark, Israel, Spain, and the eventual winner, Norway. The winning song was something new at Eurovision in that it contained only 24 words accompanied by long violin solos, the United Kingdom contributed a modern rap number, while the previous year’s runner-up, Poland, went for something that completely contrasted with their début entry.

After the voting was completed, Norway was the winner with 148 points, followed by Spain's "Vuelve conmigo" with 119 points, and Sweden gaining 100 points.

The stage was designed by Alan Farquharson who also designed the set of the 1993 contest that took place in Millstreet, Ireland. Although it was quite dark and often gloomy in appearance, it did form the basis for a spectacular opening whereby a giant screen rotated to reveal the presenter who descended a stairway which ultimately disappeared to allow for the arrow shaped stage to come together amid fireworks, the interval act consisted of several well known Irish performers including Clannad, Brian Kennedy (who would go on to actually represent Ireland 11 years later as well as collaborate with the winning group) and was composed by leading musician Michael O'Suilleabhan.

The EBU decreased the number of participants back to 23 to make sure the show wouldn't last longer than 3 hours. 5 of the 6 countries that were relegated the previous year came back to the contest, Luxembourg decided to stop participating completely and Italy withdrew voluntarily, as in 1994.

There was much speculation in Ireland as to whether RTÉ had deliberately chosen a song perceived as not having a good chance of winning in order to avoid hosting the contest for a fourth time in a row - although this was never verified, this rumour did, however inspire a popular episode of Father Ted. In any event, RTÉ ended up hosting the contest once again in 1997.

Participating countries[edit]

Returning artists[edit]

Artist Country Previous Year(s)
Arzu Ece  Turkey 1989 (part of Pan)

Conductors[edit]

Each performance had a conductor who maestro the orchestra.

Results[edit]

Draw Country Artist Song Language[2] Place Points
01  Poland Justyna "Sama" Polish 18 15
02  Ireland Eddie Friel "Dreamin'" English 14 44
03  Germany Stone & Stone "Verliebt in Dich" German 23 1
04  Bosnia and Herzegovina Davorin Popović "Dvadeset prvi vijek" Bosnian 19 14
05  Norway Secret Garden[a] "Nocturne" Norwegian 1 148
06  Russia Philipp Kirkorov "Kolybelnaya dlya vulkana"
(Колыбельная для вулкана)
Russian 17 17
07  Iceland Bo Halldórsson "Núna" Icelandic 15 31
08  Austria Stella Jones "Die Welt dreht sich verkehrt" German 13 67
09  Spain Anabel Conde "Vuelve conmigo" Spanish 2 119
10  Turkey Arzu Ece "Sev" Turkish 16 21
11  Croatia Magazin & Lidija "Nostalgija" Croatian 6 91
12  France Nathalie Santamaria "Il me donne rendez-vous" French 4 94
13  Hungary Csaba Szigeti "Új név a régi ház falán" Hungarian 22 3
14  Belgium Frédéric Etherlinck "La voix est libre" French 20 8
15  United Kingdom Love City Groove "Love City Groove" English 10 76
16  Portugal Tó Cruz "Baunilha e chocolate" Portuguese 21 5
17  Cyprus Alexandros Panayi "Sti fotia" (Στη φωτιά) Greek 9 79
18  Sweden Jan Johansen "Se på mig" Swedish 3 100
19  Denmark Aud Wilken "Fra Mols til Skagen" Danish 5 92
20  Slovenia Darja Švajger "Prisluhni mi" Slovene 7 84
21  Israel Liora "Amen" (אמן) Hebrew 8 81
22  Malta Mike Spiteri "Keep Me In Mind" English 10 76
23  Greece Elina Konstantopoulou "Pia prosefhi" (Ποια προσευχή) Greek 12 68

Voting structure[edit]

Each country had a jury that awarded 12, 10, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 point(s) for their top ten songs.

Score sheet[edit]

Juries
Total Score Poland Ireland Germany Bosnia and Herzegovina Norway Russia Iceland Austria Spain Turkey Croatia France Hungary Belgium United Kingdom Portugal Cyprus Sweden Denmark Slovenia Israel Malta Greece
Contestants Poland 15 4 6 1 1 3
Ireland 44 1 5 1 5 3 3 5 1 10 1 5 4
Germany 1 1
Bosnia and Herzegovina 14 3 8 3
Norway 148 12 10 4 1 12 12 4 12 10 6 5 4 12 7 2 7 10 6 12
Russia 17 10 6 1
Iceland 31 6 2 3 4 2 6 8
Austria 67 2 3 6 4 8 4 10 5 2 4 10 2 7
Spain 119 8 2 6 8 5 8 10 7 2 12 8 7 10 12 8 6
Turkey 21 2 5 1 2 3 1 7
Croatia 91 3 10 7 10 12 7 4 5 12 4 12 5
France 94 7 5 8 6 8 10 2 3 10 6 1 2 3 6 8 7 2
Hungary 3 2 1
Belgium 8 1 7
United Kingdom 76 5 1 4 1 12 12 7 7 10 5 7 5
Portugal 5 4 1
Cyprus 79 1 3 5 4 2 5 1 12 8 3 8 5 4 6 4 8
Sweden 100 10 12 12 2 8 6 4 8 1 3 6 8 4 12 1 3
Denmark 92 3 7 7 3 12 10 7 7 6 3 3 6 12 6
Slovenia 84 4 8 5 6 7 1 3 2 8 10 5 3 7 3 2 10
Israel 81 10 7 8 6 4 5 4 12 8 2 10 5
Malta 76 4 2 12 2 10 10 12 6 7 6 1 4
Greece 68 6 5 8 7 5 2 3 12 2 8 10

12 points[edit]

Below is a summary of all 12 points in the final:

N. Contestant Voting nation
6 Norway Greece, Iceland, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Turkey
3 Croatia Malta, Slovenia, Spain
Sweden Denmark, Germany, Ireland
2 Denmark Norway, Sweden
Malta Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia
Spain Belgium, Israel
United Kingdom Austria, France
1 Cyprus Hungary
Greece Cyprus
Israel United Kingdom

International broadcasting[edit]

Other involved countries[edit]

 FR Yugoslavia
After the breakup of Yugoslavia, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was last participated in 1992. Third channel of Radio Television of Serbia broadcast the show, although Yugoslavia did not participate.

Commentators[edit]

Spokespersons[edit]

National jury members[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Nocturne" features unaccredited vocals from Norwegian singer Gunnhild Tvinnereim.

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