Eurovision Song Contest 1988

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Eurovision Song Contest 1988
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Dates
Final date 30 April 1988
Host
Venue RDS Simmonscourt Pavilion
Dublin, Ireland
Presenter(s) Pat Kenny
Michelle Rocca
Conductor Noel Kelehan
Director Declan Lowney
Executive supervisor Frank Naef
Host broadcaster Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ)
Opening act Johnny Logan performing "Hold Me Now"
Interval act Hothouse Flowers performing "Don't Go"
Participants
Number of entries 21
Debuting countries None
Returning countries None
Withdrawing countries  Cyprus
Vote
Voting system Each country awarded 12, 10, 8-1 points to their 10 favourite songs
Nul points  Austria
Winning song   Switzerland
"Ne partez pas sans moi"
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The Eurovision Song Contest 1988 was the 33rd Eurovision Song Contest and was held on 30 April 1988 in Dublin. The presenters were Pat Kenny and Michelle Rocca. Future international superstar, the French-Canadian Celine Dion, then only famous in the French-speaking world, was the winner of this Eurovision with the song, "Ne partez pas sans moi", composed by Swiss-Turkish composer Atilla Şereftuğ with lyrics by Nella Martinetti. This was the second victory, and as of 2014, the last for Switzerland. The first one was in 1956: "Refrain", performed by Lys Assia. It was also the last time a song in French won the Contest, the language having dominated the event in earlier years.

Radio Telefís Éireann (RTÉ), as the host broadcaster for this edition of the contest, decided that the show's production style needed to be revamped in order to attract and sustain a younger audience. They employed Declan Lowney (who was notable for being a director of music videos and youth programming) as director for this edition, and he would also direct the interval act which included the popular Irish rock group Hothouse Flowers which was filmed in 11 countries around Europe and was the most expensive music video ever produced in Ireland at that time. The traditional scoreboard was replaced with 2 giant Vidiwalls located on either side of the stage, which also projected live images of the performers from the green room, and a new computer-generated scoreboard was used. The stage itself, conceived by Paula Farrell under chief production designer Michael Grogan, was also the largest and most elaborate ever constructed for a Eurovision. To compensate for the fact that the vast stage took up most of the room in what is really an average size exhibition hall, the Director deliberately darkened the hall where the audience was located and refused to use wide angled shots of the audience, in order to create the illusion of the venue being bigger than it actually was.

Cyprus was drawn second to compete in Dublin and had selected the song 'Thimame' sung by Yiannis Dimitrou as their entry. However, at a late stage CyBC decided that the song was ineligible to represent them as it had been entered into the 1984 Cypriot selection, where it had finished in 3rd place. This was classed as a breach of the Cypriot rules of selecting their entry at this time (and an infringement of the Eurovision rules) and so Cyprus withdrew from the 1988 contest. It was quite a last-minute decision as the song was advertised in the Radio Times information about the preview programme of the contest. The song also appears on the Norwegian record release of the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest entries.

Results[edit]

Draw Country Language[1] Artist Song English translation Place Points
01  Iceland Icelandic Beathoven "Þú og þeir (Sókrates)" You and they (Socrates) 16 20
02  Sweden Swedish Tommy Körberg "Stad i ljus" City of light 12 52
03  Finland Finnish Boulevard "Nauravat silmät muistetaan" Laughing eyes are remembered 20 3
04  United Kingdom English Scott Fitzgerald "Go" 2 136
05  Turkey Turkish MFÖ "Sufi" 15 37
06  Spain Spanish La Década Prodigiosa "La chica que yo quiero (Made in Spain)" The girl that I want (Made in Spain) 11 58
07  Netherlands Dutch Gerard Joling "Shangri-La" 9 70
08  Israel Hebrew Yardena Arazi "Ben Adam" (בן אדם) Human 7 85
09   Switzerland French Céline Dion "Ne partez pas sans moi" Do not leave without me 1 137
10  Ireland English Jump The Gun "Take Him Home" 8 79
11  Germany German Maxi & Chris Garden "Lied für einen Freund" Song for a friend 14 48
12  Austria German Wilfried "Lisa Mona Lisa" - 21 0
13  Denmark Danish Hot Eyes "Ka' du se hva' jeg sa'?" Can you see what I said? 3 92
14  Greece Greek Afroditi Frida "Clown" (Κλόουν) - 17 10
15  Norway Norwegian Karoline Krüger "For vår jord" For our earth 5 88
16  Belgium French Reynaert "Laissez briller le soleil" Let the sun shine 18 5
17  Luxembourg French Lara Fabian "Croire" Trust 4 90
18  Italy Italian Luca Barbarossa "Vivo (Ti scrivo)" Alive (I'm writing to you) 12 52
19  France French Gérard Lenorman "Chanteur de charme" Crooner 10 64
20  Portugal Portuguese Dora "Voltarei" I will come back 18 5
21  Yugoslavia Croatian Srebrna Krila "Mangup" Rascal 6 87

Voting structure[edit]

Each country had a jury who awarded 12, 10, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 points for their top ten songs.

The 1988 contest is notable for the quirk of the final votes. With three countries left to vote, the UK were well in the lead with 133 points against Switzerland's 118. With the third last country, France, only awarding Switzerland one point, the UK looked certain of victory, as even if Switzerland scooped the two final 12s, the UK would only need to gather 11 points from three juries combined to be unbeatable. However, France failed to give the UK any points at all and as the following country gave the UK a meagre three points and the maximum 12 to Switzerland, the contest was suddenly blown open.

With the conclusion of voting from the penultimate jury, the UK was holding a five-point lead over Switzerland. As the final jury, that of Yugoslavia, began to award its points in the customary ascending order, the international audience held its breath to see how the two rivals for victory would fare. Switzerland were the first to be named with six points, barely enough to keep their hopes of winning alive, edging them as it did into a one-point lead. However, given the pattern of voting all evening, it seemed highly likely that the UK would be given one of the higher set of points. But remarkably, after the seven, eight, ten and twelve points were announced, it transpired that Yugoslavia had awarded the UK no points at all, and Switzerland were left to savour a dramatic triumph. After strong votes all night, the UK only managed to garner a mere three points between the last three juries. Yugoslavia had caused the same situation to happen when after their voting UK lost to Spain by 1 point in 1968.

The UK entry was written and composed by Julie Forsyth, the daughter of the entertainer Bruce Forsyth who was present. When interviewed afterwards he was particularly annoyed at the Dutch jury not having given a vote to the UK, as they had done some work there.

Score sheet[edit]

Juries
Total Score Iceland Sweden Finland United Kingdom Turkey Spain Netherlands Israel Switzerland Ireland Germany Austria Denmark Greece Norway Belgium Luxembourg Italy France Portugal Yugoslavia
Contestants Iceland 20 1 4 4 1 2 8
Sweden 52 3 2 8 5 8 12 1 3 10
Finland 3 3
United Kingdom 136 1 5 10 12 10 10 5 7 10 10 10 6 5 12 8 12 3
Turkey 37 4 1 5 1 8 8 4 6
Spain 58 2 5 2 6 8 1 8 2 6 6 8 4
Netherlands 70 6 6 7 7 2 6 12 12 5 7
Israel 85 6 6 4 6 3 10 1 5 2 3 10 5 3 10 10 1
Switzerland 137 7 12 5 10 10 8 10 4 10 12 10 8 4 1 7 1 12 6
Ireland 79 7 2 3 2 12 6 4 7 6 7 7 5 4 5 2
Germany 48 8 5 1 3 5 6 6 4 2 8
Austria 0
Denmark 92 10 3 4 1 12 6 1 4 4 12 10 7 12 6
Greece 10 3 7
Norway 88 5 8 7 12 7 1 8 1 3 5 7 3 4 7 10
Belgium 5 5
Luxembourg 90 4 10 12 7 5 12 12 1 2 2 6 8 2 4 3
Italy 52 8 4 7 8 2 5 3 2 8 5
France 64 2 3 8 2 2 3 3 7 3 5 1 2 10 1 12
Portugal 5 4 1
Yugoslavia 87 12 6 1 8 7 12 2 3 4 12 4 7 6 3

12 points[edit]

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

N. Contestant Voting nation
3 Denmark Austria, France, Netherlands
Luxembourg Finland, Ireland, Switzerland
Switzerland Germany, Portugal, Sweden
United Kingdom Belgium, Italy, Turkey
Yugoslavia Denmark, Iceland, Israel
2 Netherlands Greece, Luxembourg
1 France Yugoslavia
Ireland Spain
Norway United Kingdom
Sweden Norway

Returning artists[edit]

Artist Country Previous year(s)
Kirsten & Søren  Denmark 1984 & 1985 (as Hot Eyes)
Boulevard  Finland 1987 (with Vicky Rosti)
Yardena Arazi  Israel 1976 (part of Chocolat, Menta, Mastik)
Dora  Portugal 1986
Tommy Körberg  Sweden 1969
MFÖ  Turkey 1985

Commentators[edit]

Spokespersons[edit]

National jury members[edit]

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