Eurovision Song Contest 1995
|Eurovision Song Contest 1995|
|Final||13 May 1995|
Proinnsías Ó Duinn (during the interval act)
|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.|
|Number of entries||23|
|Returning countries|| Belgium|
|Withdrawing countries|| Estonia|
|Voting system||Each country awarded 12, 10, 8-1 point(s) to their 10 favourite songs|
|Winning song|| Norway|
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.
- 1 Location
- 2 Contest overview
- 3 Participating countries
- 4 Results
- 5 Voting structure
- 6 Score sheet
- 7 International broadcasting
- 8 Commentators
- 9 Spokespersons
- 10 National jury members
- 11 Notes
- 12 References
- 13 External links
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.
Ireland hosted the contest for the sixth time after winning the contest for a 3rd consecutive year and is the only country to have hosted multiple contests in succession; three in a row between 1993 and 1995. Dublin was again chosen to be the host city, making it the fifth time that the Eurovision Song Contest was staged in the Irish capital. For the second consecutive year, the venue for the contest was the Point Theatre located on the North Wall Quay of the River Liffey, amongst the Dublin Docklands.
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.
Heavy favourites to win the contest, according to bookmakers, were Sweden with the pop-ballad "Se på mig" and Slovenia, presented by Darja Švajger‘s entry “Prisluhni mi”. 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.
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.
|Arzu Ece||Turkey||1989 (part of Pan)|
Each performance had a conductor who conducted the orchestra.
- Poland – Noel Kelehan
- Ireland – Noel Kelehan
- Germany – Hermann Weindorf
- Bosnia and Herzegovina – Sinan Alimanović
- Norway – Geir Langslet
- Russia – Mikhail Finberg
- Iceland – Frank McNamara
- Austria – Michael F. Kienzl
- Spain – Eduardo Leiva
- Turkey – Melih Kibar
- Croatia – Stipica Kalogjera
- France – Michel Bernholc
- Hungary – Miklós Malek
- Belgium – Alec Mansion
- United Kingdom – Mike Dixon
- Portugal – Thilo Krassman
- Cyprus – George Theophanous
- Sweden – Anders Berglund
- Denmark – Frede Ewert
- Slovenia – Jože Privšek
- Israel – Gadi Goldman
- Malta – Ray Agius
- Greece – Charis Andreadis
Each country had a jury that awarded 12, 10, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 point(s) for their top ten songs.
Below is a summary of all 12 points in the final:
|6||Norway||Greece, Iceland, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Turkey|
|3||Croatia||Malta, Slovenia, Spain|
|Sweden||Denmark, Germany, Ireland|
|Malta||Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia|
|United Kingdom||Austria, France|
Other involved countries
- FR Yugoslavia
- After the breakup of Yugoslavia, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia last participated in 1992. Third channel of Radio Television of Serbia broadcast the show, although Yugoslavia did not participate.
- Poland - Jan Chojnacki
- Ireland - Eileen Dunne
- Germany - Carmen Nebel
- Bosnia and Herzegovina - Diana Grković-Foretić
- Norway - Sverre Christophersen
- Russia - Marina Danielian
- Iceland - Áslaug Dóra Eyjólfsdóttir
- Austria - Tilia Herold
- Spain - Belén Fernández de Henestrosa
- Turkey - Ömer Önder
- Croatia - Daniela Trbović
- France - Thierry Beccaro
- Hungary - Katalin Bogyay
- Belgium - Marie-Françoise Renson "Soda"
- United Kingdom - Colin Berry
- Portugal - Serenella Andrade
- Cyprus - Andreas Iakovidis
- Sweden - Björn Hedman
- Denmark - Bent Henius
- Slovenia - Miša Molk
- Israel - Daniel Pe'er (co-presenter of the 1979 Eurovision Song Contest)
- Malta - Stephanie Farrugia
- Greece - Fotini Giannoulatou
National jury members
- Poland - Andrzej Marzec (music producer), Małgorzata Gelo, Marek Bieliński (composer), Ewa Zychowicz, Irena Santor (singer), Marek Łańcucki, Edyta Górniak (singer, Polish entrant and runner-up of Eurovision Song Contest 1994), Mariusz Jagoda, Janusz Rzeszewski, Justyna Kucharska, Czesław Niemen (singer and composer), Mirosława Zamojska, Janusz Stokłosa (composer, pianist, co-author of Metro (musical) and Tony Award nominee), Agnieszka Jakołcewicz, Robert Janson (composer, leader of Varius Manx), Wiesława Siudara
- Ireland – Joe Delaney, Stuart Lawler
- Spain – Ángel Lacalle (journalist), María Kosty (actress), Roberto Antolín (bullfighter), Sara Salazar (singer), Valentín Paredes (actor), Pilar Socorro (journalist at RNE), Lucio Blázquez (restaurant manager), Cuca García de Vinuesa (communication expert), Alejandro Abad (singer and composer, Spanish entrant at Eurovision Song Contest 1994), Marily Coll (fashion designer), Arturo Beltrán (businessman), Silvia Abascal (actress), Enrique Cosano (Eurovision fan), Agustina López de los Mozos (businesswoman), Justo Molinero (journalist and music critic), Verónica Magaz (student)
- Turkey – Vedat Sakman
- United Kingdom – Daniel Beach
- Portugal – Anabela, Luís Filipe, Vasco Gonçalves
- Denmark – Viggo Steincke Bertelsen
- Greece – Grigoris Lambrianidis, Stamatis Mazaris, Lida Halkiadaki, Takis Antoniadis, Agni Hatzikotaki, Antonis Papaioannou, Andreas Hatziapostolou, Angeliki Segditsa, Filia Anastasiadou, Evangelia Vagopoulou, Filippos Varanakis, Anastasia Doulfi, Fotini Theologou, Kostas Kapiris, Panos Hourmouzis, Stavros Moles
- "Nocturne" features unaccredited vocals from Norwegian singer Gunnhild Tvinnereim.
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