The winning song was chosen from a selection of 16 songs, by the votes of 8 regional juries. Each TV studio had to chose 1 song that entered straight into the competition and submitted few more songs from which the rest 8 songs were chosen.
Riva was the twenty-second and last performer on the night of the Contest, following Germany. Their song Rock Me won the sontest with a score of 137 points. However, according to author and historian John Kennedy O'Connor in The Eurovision Song Contest – The Official History it was a very unexpected win and BBC TV commentator Terry Wogan described it as "the death knell" for the contest.