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The Eurovision Song Contest 1996 was the 41st Eurovision Song Contest and was held on 18 May 1996 in Oslo Spektrummarker in Oslomarker, Norwaymarker. The presenters were Ingvild Bryn and Morten Harket. Harket, lead singer of a-ha, opened the show with a performance of his single "Heaven's Not For Saints". Eimear Quinn of Irelandmarker was the winner of this Eurovision with the song, "The Voice".

The European Broadcasting Unionmarker continued to experiment in their efforts to find a broadly acceptable method of whittling down the large number of potential participating countries to a more realistic figure. This year, they reverted to the pre-qualifying round that had been used for the 1993 contest, but this time with just one country exempt from the process - the host Norway. The pre-qualifier was an oddity in that it was not broadcast in any form, and did not even entail any live performance of the entries. Instead, the traditional set of national juries simply listened to the studio recordings of each song, through audio tapes, and awarded points accordingly. All that was subsequently revealed of their deliberations was which countries had qualified, with the precise scores and placings remaining under wraps (although they were leaked some time later).

It rapidly became evident that this system was no more sustainable than any other the EBU had tried, as it meant that several countries had gone through their traditional full-blown national selection procedure to come up with an entry, only to suffer the anti-climax of having their challenge quietly extinguished without even having had the opportunity of presenting the song to an international audience. As a leading financial contributor to the contest, Germanymarker were particularly aggrieved that their entry, the techno song Planet of Blue performed by Leon, was one of the seven cast aside. It was the only year in the history of the ESC in which Germany did not participate in the final.

The 1996 contest also featured two novelties — which similarly failed to become a tradition — firstly a short 'good luck message' for each entry, recorded by a political leader or official from their country. The seniority of the figure who delivered the message varied wildly from country to country, ranging from Presidents and Prime Ministers on one end of the spectrum to junior ministers or ambassadors on the other, but a few very significant European political figures did appear, including long-serving Swedishmarker premier Göran Persson and President Alija Izetbegović of Bosnia and Herzegovinamarker. But of course the only good luck wish that was fully rewarded in the end was that of Irishmarker Taoiseach John Bruton, who introduced the song that took his country to a fourth win in five years.

Secondly, the voting section was conducted using "blue screen" virtual reality technology provided by Silicon Graphics. The host Ingvild Bryn introduced the viewers to the 'blue room', upon which a 3D scoreboard, views of the green room, the jury spokespersons and country graphics appeared. The only physical aspects were Ingvild herself and two podiums.

It seems that a national final was held in 1996 for Federal Republic of Yugoslaviamarker, which was won by Maja Odzaklijevska. Maja Odzaklijevska won the Festival MESAM 1996. with the song "Rastanak" but this festival existed since 1983 and the only common point with "Beovizija" (Serbian national final) is that the festival used to be organised in the "Sava Centarmarker" (the biggest congress hall in Belgrade). However RTS considered Maja to be their Eurovision Representative. But, due to ongoing sanctions, the country was unable to enter.

Individual Entries

Results

Draw Country Language Artist Song English translation Place Points
01 Turkish Şebnem Paker "Beşinci Mevsim" The fifth season 12 57
02 English Gina G "Ooh Aah... Just a Little Bit" 8 77
03 Spanish Antonio Carbonell "¡Ay, qué deseo!" Oh, what desire! 20 17
04 Portuguese Lúcia Moniz "O meu coração não tem cor" My heart has no colour 6 92
05 Greek Constantinos "Mono Yia Mas" (Μόνο Για Μας) Only for us 9 72
06 English Miriam Christine "In A Woman's Heart" 10 68
07 Croatian Maja Blagdan "Sveta ljubav" Holy love 4 98
08 Vorarlbergish George Nussbaumer "Weil's dr guat got" Because you feel good 10 68
09 French Kathy Leander "Mon coeur l'aime" My heart loves him 16 22
10 Greek Mariana Efstratiou "Emeis Forame to Himona Anixiatika"
(Εμείς Φοράμε το Χειμώνα Ανοιξιάτικα)
We wear spring clothes
in winter time
14 36
11 Estonian Maarja-Liis Ilus & Ivo Linna "Kaelakee hääl" Sound of necklace 5 94
12 Norwegian Elisabeth Andreassen "I evighet" For eternity 2 114
13 Breton Dan Ar Braz &
L'Héritage des Celtes
"Diwanit Bugale" May you blossom, children 19 18
14 Slovene Regina "Dan najlepših sanj" The day of the
most beautiful dream
21 16
15 Dutch Maxine & Franklin Brown "De eerste keer" The first time 7 78
16 Dutch Lisa del Bo "Liefde is een kaartspel" Love is a cardgame 16 22
17 English Eimear Quinn "The Voice" 1 162
18 Finnish Jasmine "Niin kaunis on taivas" So beautiful is the sky 23 9
19 Icelandic Anna Mjöll "Sjúbídú" Shoobe-doo 13 51
20 Polish Kasia Kowalska "Chcę znać swój grzech..." I want to know my sin 15 31
21 Bosnian Amila Glamočak "Za našu ljubav" For our love 22 13
22 Slovak Marcel Palonder "Kým nás máš" Until you have us 18 19
23 Swedish One More Time "Den vilda" The wild one 3 100


Pre-qualifying round

Shaded countries were eliminated from the competition
Country Language Artist Song English translation Place Points†
Vorarlbergish George Nussbaumer "Weil's dr guat got" Because you feel good 6 80
Dutch Lisa Del Bo "Liefde is een kaartspel" Love is a cardgame 12 45
Bosnian Amila Glamočak "Za našu ljubav" For our love 21 29
Croatian Maja Blagdan "Sveta ljubav" Divine love 19 30
Greek Constantinos "Mono Yia Mas" (Μόνο Για Μας) Only for us 15 42
Danish Dorthe Andersen & Martin Loft "Kun med dig" Only with you 25 22
Estonian Maarja-Liis Ilus & Ivo Linna "Kaelakee hääl" Sound of necklace 5 106
Finnish Jasmine "Niin kaunis on taivas" So beautiful is the sky 22* 26
Breton Dan Ar Braz & L'Héritage des Celtes "Diwanit Bugale" May you blossom, children 11 55
German Leon "Planet of Blue" 24 24
Greek Mariana Efstratiou "Emeis Forame to Himona Anixiatika"
(Εμείς Φοράμε το Χειμώνα Ανοιξιάτικα)
We wear spring clothes
in winter time
12 45
Hungarian Gjon Delhusa "Fortuna" 22 26
Icelandic Anna Mjöll "Sjúbídú" Shoobe-doo 10 59
English Eimear Quinn "The Voice" 2 198
Hebrew Galit Bell "Shalom Olam" (שלום עולם) Hello/peace world 28 12
Macedonian Kaliopi "Samo ti" (Само ти) Only you 26 14
English Miriam Christine "In A Woman's Heart" 4 138
Dutch Maxine & Franklin Brown "De eerste keer" The first time 9 63
Polish Kasia Kowalska "Chcę znać swój grzech..." I want to know my sin 15 42
Portuguese Lúcia Moniz "O meu coração não tem cor" My heart has no colour 18 32
Romanian Monica Anghel & Sincron "Rugă pentru pacea lumii" Pray for world peace 29 11
Russian Andrej Kosinskij "Ja eto ja" (Я это я) I am what I am 26 14
Slovak Marcel Palonder "Kým nás máš" Until you have us 17 36
Slovene Regina "Dan najlepših sanj" The day of the
most beautiful dream
19 30
Spanish Antonio Carbonell "¡Ay, qué deseo!" Oh, what desire! 14 43
Swedish One More Time "Den vilda" The wild one 1 227
French Kathy Leander "Mon coeur l'aime" My heart loves him 8 67
Turkish Şebnem Paker "Beşinci Mevsim" The fifth season 7 69
English Gina G "Ooh Aah... Just a Little Bit" 3 153


* Finland and Hungary tied for the final qualifying position, however the spot was awarded to Finland because the country attained a higher top score.

† Two points are unaccounted for.

Voting structure

Each country had a jury that awarded 12, 10, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 points for their top ten songs. One year later, televoting would be introduced in only some countries, such as Swedenmarker or the United Kingdommarker. When Belén Fernández de Henestrosa, the Spanish spokesperson, announced the votes of the Spanish jury, she awarded six points to "Holland" (the Netherlands), which host Ingvild Byrn misheard as "Poland." Poland's 15th place ranking went unaffected, but the loss of six points dropped the Netherlands from seventh place to eighth. The official results table corrected this error, and the Netherlands' seventh place result was restored at the expense of the United Kingdom, who ultimately finished eighth. Norway's entry, "I evighet," is notable for being the only runner-up not to receive a single "12 points" score in a Eurovision final since the current voting method was introduced in 1975.

Score sheet

Juries
Turkey 57 6 8 0 0 10 1 0 6 0 0 0 4 0 7 5 0 5 0 0 5 0 0
United Kingdom 77 3 0 12 1 6 7 3 4 0 2 0 8 0 0 12 3 0 4 0 0 6 6
Spain 17 0 0 0 2 5 4 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Portugal 92 5 2 0 12 0 10 1 10 5 0 12 5 0 6 6 0 3 10 0 1 0 4
Cyprus 72 0 12 7 3 2 8 2 5 12 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 6 0 0 0 10 2
Malta 68 10 0 10 0 0 12 0 0 8 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 12 5
Croatia 98 8 4 5 10 8 7 0 1 1 6 7 0 3 5 4 6 0 5 2 10 5 1
Austria 68 4 0 0 5 0 12 0 0 2 7 0 12 1 0 0 8 0 0 8 6 3 0
Switzerland 22 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 2 4 4 3 0 0 0 0
Greece 36 0 7 0 0 10 1 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 8 3
Estonia 94 0 10 4 0 7 0 0 5 0 0 8 1 8 3 0 2 12 12 10 0 0 12
Norway 114 2 8 0 2 3 0 5 8 7 0 5 7 10 10 8 7 7 8 4 3 0 10
France 18 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 4 0 0 7 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
Slovenia 16 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 8 0 0
Netherlands 78 1 0 6 7 5 0 0 12 3 0 4 0 10 5 1 5 0 2 7 2 0 8
Belgium 22 0 5 12 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ireland 162 12 0 0 8 6 4 0 7 12 10 12 10 6 12 12 3 10 0 12 12 7 7
Finland 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 0
Iceland 51 0 0 3 6 0 0 0 6 0 3 8 5 0 6 0 0 10 0 3 0 1 0
Poland 31 7 0 0 0 4 0 0 4 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 2 0
Bosnia and Herzegovina 13 6 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Slovakia 19 0 0 2 0 0 8 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0
Sweden 100 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 10 8 0 10 6 3 7 8 10 12 8 6 0 4 4


12 points

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

N. Recipient nation Voting nation
7 Irelandmarker Bosnia and Herzegovinamarker, Estoniamarker, Netherlandsmarker, Polandmarker, Sloveniamarker, Switzerlandmarker, Turkeymarker
3 Estoniamarker Finlandmarker, Icelandmarker, Swedenmarker
2 Austriamarker Francemarker, Maltamarker
Cyprusmarker Greecemarker, United Kingdommarker
Maltamarker Croatiamarker, Slovakiamarker
Portugalmarker Cyprusmarker, Norwaymarker
United Kingdommarker Belgiummarker, Portugalmarker
1 Belgiummarker Spainmarker
Netherlandsmarker Austriamarker
Swedenmarker Irelandmarker


Good luck wishes

In 1996 all contestants were wished good luck by a politician from their own country. Those wishes were shown right before their performance. This was the only year in Eurovision they did anything like this.

These are the person who wished their country's participant good luck:



Commentators



Spokespersons

  • Turkey - Ömer Önder
  • United Kingdom - Colin Berry
  • Spain - Belén Fernández de Henestrosa
  • Portugal - Maria Cristina Antunes
  • Cyprus - Marios Skordis
  • Malta - Ruth Amaira
  • Croatia - Danijela Trbović
  • Austria - Martina Rupp
  • Switzerland - Yves Ménestrier
  • Greece - Niki Karra
  • Estonia - Annika Talvik
  • Norway - Ragnhild Sælthun Fjørtoft
  • France - Laurent Broomhead
  • Slovenia - Mario Galunič
  • Netherlands - Marcha (Dutch representative in 1987)
  • Belgium - Monique Delvaux
  • Ireland - Eileen Dunne
  • Finland - Solveig Herlin
  • Iceland - Svanhildur Konráðsdóttir
  • Poland - Jan Chojnacki
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina - Segmedina Srna
  • Slovakia - Alena Heribanová
  • Sweden - Ulla Rundqvist


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