Eurovision Song Contest 1989
|Eurovision Song Contest 1989|
|Final||6 May 1989|
|Venue||Palais de Beaulieu|
|Musical director||Benoit Kaufman|
|Directed by||Alain Bloch|
|Executive supervisor||Frank Naef|
|Executive producer||Raymond Zumsteg|
|Host broadcaster||Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SRG SSR)|
|Opening act||"Ne partez pas sans moi" and "Where Does My Heart Beat Now" performed by Celine Dion|
|Interval act||Guy Tell|
|Number of entries||22|
|Voting system||Each country awarded 12, 10, 8–1 point(s) to their 10 favourite songs|
|Winning song|| Yugoslavia|
The Eurovision Song Contest 1989 was the 34th annual Eurovision Song Contest. It was held on 6 May 1989 in Lausanne, Switzerland, after Celine Dion's victory in Dublin the previous year. The program was presented by Lolita Morena and Jacques Deschenaux. Riva, representing Yugoslavia, won with the song "Rock Me". This was the only victory for Yugoslavia as a unified state. Furthermore, this was the first victory for one of the Balkan countries and this was the first winning song to be performed in one of the Slavic languages.
Lausanne is a city in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, and the capital and biggest city of the canton of Vaud. The city is situated on the shores of Lake Geneva (French: Lac Léman, or simply Le Léman). It faces the French town of Évian-les-Bains, with the Jura Mountains to its north-west. Lausanne is located 62 kilometres (38.5 miles) northeast of Geneva.
Palais de Beaulieu, a convention and exhibition centre, was chosen to host the 1989 contest. The centre includes the 1,844 seat Théâtre de Beaulieu concert, dance and theatre hall. Inaugurated in 1954, the Théâtre de Beaulieu is the biggest theatre in Switzerland. The Eurovision Song Contest took place in the Hall 6 + 7 of the Palais, to the right from the main hall and the theatre.
Two of the performers, Nathalie Pâque and Gili Natanael were respectively 11 and 12 years old at their time of competing. Due to bad publicity surrounding their participation, the European Broadcasting Union introduced the rule stating no performer is allowed to take part before the year of their 16th birthday.
The previous year's winner, Celine Dion, opened the show with a mimed performance of her winning song and a mimed performance of her first English-language single, "Where Does My Heart Beat Now". The song became a top ten hit in the US a year later - effectively launching her into international success.
Only one artist returned this year to represent their country for a second time. Marianna Efstratiou of Greece was a backing vocalist of the Greek band "Bang" in 1987.
Each performance (except Austria, Iceland and Germany) had a conductor who led the orchestra. Unlike in most years and like in 1988, the conductors took their bows after each song, not before.
- Italy – Mario Natale
- Israel – Shaike Paikov
- Ireland – Noel Kelehan
- Netherlands – Harry van Hoof
- Turkey – Timur Selçuk
- Belgium – Freddy Sunder
- United Kingdom – Ronnie Hazlehurst
- Norway – Pete Knutsen
- Portugal – Luís Duarte
- Sweden - Anders Berglund
- Luxembourg – Benoît Kaufman
- Denmark – Henrik Krogsgård, Benoît Kaufman
- Austria – No conductor
- Finland – Ossi Runne
- France – Guy Matteoni
- Spain – Juan Carlos Calderón
- Cyprus – Charis Andreadis
- Switzerland – Benoît Kaufman
- Greece – George Niarchos
- Iceland – No conductor
- Germany – No conductor
- Yugoslavia – Nikica Kalogjera
Each country had a jury who awarded 12, 10, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 point(s) for their top ten songs. There was also a change of rule in case of a tie; prior to 1989, both countries would perform their songs again until a final decision was made. However from 1989 onwards, if there was a tie at the end of the voting, the country that scored the most twelves would be declared the winner. If there was still a tie, the winner was the country that scored the most tens. And if there still was a tie after that, both countries would be declared joint winners.
Below is a summary of all 12 points in the final:
- Italy – Gabriella Carlucci (Raiuno)
- Israel – No commentator (IBA Television)
- Ireland – Ronan Collins and Michelle Rocca (RTÉ 1)
- Netherlands – Willem van Beusekom (Nederland 3)
- Turkey – Bülend Özveren (TV1)
- Belgium – Dutch: Luc Appermont (BRT TV1), French: Jacques Mercier (RTBF La Une)
- United Kingdom – Terry Wogan (BBC 1)
- Norway – John Andreassen (NRK)
- Portugal – Ana Zanatti (RTP1)
- Sweden – Jacob Dahlin (Kanal1)
- Luxembourg – Valérie Sarn (RTL Télévision)
- Denmark – Jørgen de Mylius (DR TV)
- Austria – Ernst Grissemann (FS1)
- Finland – Heikki Harma (YLE TV1)
- France – Lionel Cassan (Antenne 2)
- Spain – Tomás Fernando Flores (TVE2)
- Cyprus – Neophytos Taliotis (RIK)
- Switzerland – German: Bernard Thurnheer (DRS), French: Thierry Masselot (TSR), Italian: Giovanni Bertini (TSI)
- Greece – Dafni Bokota (ET1)
- Iceland – Arthúr Björgvin Bollason (Sjónvarpið)
- Germany – Thomas Gottschalk (Erstes Deutsches Fernsehen)
- Yugoslavia – Oliver Mlakar (TVZ 1 and TVB2), Marjeta Keršič Svetel (TVLJ1)
Some participating countries did not provide radio broadcasts for the event; the ones who did are listed below.
- Italy – Antonio De Robertis (Rai Radio 2)
- Israel – Yigal Ravid (Reshet Gimel)
- Ireland – Larry Gogan (RTÉ Radio 1)
- Netherlands – Lex Harding (Radio 3)
- Turkey – Fatih Orbay (TRT Radyo 3)
- Belgium – Dutch: Ann Lepère (BRT Radio 2), French: Claude Delacroix (RTBF La Première)
- United Kingdom – Ken Bruce (BBC Radio 2)
- Norway – Erik Heyerdahl (NRK P2)
- Portugal – TBC (RDP Antena 2)
- Sweden – Kent Finell and Janeric Sundquist (SR P3)
- Luxembourg – André Torrent (RTL Radio)
- Denmark – Kurt Helge Andersen (DR P3)
- Austria – Hans Leitinger (Hitradio Ö3)
- Finland – Jake Nyman and Kati Bergman (YLE 2-verkko)
- France – Patrick Sabatier (France Inter)
- Cyprus – Pavlos Pavlou (CyBC Radio Two)
- Greece – Dimitris Konstantaras (Proto Programma)
- Germany – Peter Urban (NDR Radio 2)
- Italy - Pepi Franzelin
- Israel - Yitzhak Shim'oni
- Ireland - Eileen Dunne
- Netherlands - Joop van Os
- Turkey - Canan Kumbasar
- Belgium - An Ploegaerts
- United Kingdom - Colin Berry
- Norway – Sverre Christophersen
- Portugal - Margarida Mercês de Mello
- Sweden - Agneta Bolme-Börjefors
- Luxembourg - Jean-Luc Bertrand
- Denmark - Bent Henius
- Austria - Tilia Herold
- Finland - Solveig Herlin
- France - Marie-Ange Nardi
- Spain - Matilde Jarrín
- Cyprus - Anna Partelidou
- Switzerland - Michel Stocker
- Greece - Fotini Giannoulatou
- Iceland - Erla Björk Skúladóttir
- Germany - Gabi Schnelle
- Yugoslavia - Dijana Čulić
National jury members
- Ireland – Geraldine Cooper
- Belgium – Jan Demulder
- United Kingdom – Carol Kelly
- Portugal – Vasco da Camara Pereira
- Spain – Luis Merino (student, Eurovision fan and AEV president), Blanca Andreu (poet), Javier Tomeo (playwright), Ángeles Fernández (student), Antonio Banderas (actor), Isabel Mestres (actress), Luis Miguel Calvo (bullfighter), Emma Penella (actress), Antonio Ozores (actor), Pitita Ridruejo (writer), Javier Clemente (football coach), Dolly Fontana (public relations), Carlos Ferrando (journalist), Tatiana Magdalena García (hairdresser), Félix Cábez (scriptwriter), Charo Pascual (physicist and weatherwoman)
- Switzerland – Chantal Oes, Pierre Gumy
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