Eurovision Song Contest 1993

The tiny place of Millstreet in Ireland would be in the centre of European attention on 15th May, 1993 as it was the host city for the 38th Eurovision Song Contest.

First qualification heat

The small city of Millstreet, Ireland, was the host for this year's Eurovision Song Contest. 1993 was the first year to feature a pre-qualifying heat for Eastern European countries. In the run-up to the contest, the European Broadcasting Union started to take into account how many potential countries would apply to enter the contest. The dissolution of the Eastern bloc and the disintegration of Yugoslavia created many new potential applicants. Because of that, seven countries from Eastern Europe had to participate in a preliminary heat called Kvalifikacija za Millstreet in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on the 3rd of April, in order to go to the final night of the 1993 Eurovision Song Contest. Bosnia & Herzegovina, Slovenia and Croatia made it through the preliminary heat and made their debut in the song contest as independent nations. Hungary, Slovakia, Romania and Estonia had to wait till the following year to be eligible to enter Europe's biggest musical event.

About the winner

Ireland had their second victory in a row with the song In Your Eyes performed by Niamh Kavanagh who shot to fame due to the original soundtrack to the movie The Commitments. After a nailbiting finish, Niamh managed to keep the entry from the United Kingdom second with the very last vote. The UK entry Better The Devil You Know by Sonia was seen by many as the favorite to win, as Sonia had had some international hits with the legendary producers Stock, Aitken and Waterman.

Facts & figures

  • The venue for the 1993 contest was very unusual - it was a hall normally used for horse auctions in the tiny town of Millstreet, near Cork. The contestants complained they were in the middle of nowhere with not a pub in sight. However, the Irish audience made up for this inconvenience as they enthusiastically welcomed all participating nations and also gave a special warm reception for the entry from Bosnia & Herzegovina - a country in a state of war in 1993.

Facts & Figures


Saturday 15 May 1993


Green Glens Arena, Millstreet, Ireland


Niamh Kavanagh from Ireland




Fionnuala Sweeney

EBU Scrutineer

Christian Clausen


Anita Notaro

Interval Act

Linda Martin and Johnny Logan

The Participants

# Representing country Performer(s) Song title, writer(s) and composer(s) Points Place
01 Italy
Flag of ItalyRAI
Enrico Ruggeri Sole D'europa 045 12
02 Turkey
Flag of TurkeyTRT
Burak Aydos, Öztürk Baybora & Serter Esmer Yarim 010 21
03 Germany
Flag of GermanyARD
Münchener Freiheit Viel Zu Weit 018 18
04 Switzerland
Flag of SwitzerlandSSR SRG
Annie Cotton Moi, Tout Simplement 148 03
05 Denmark
Flag of DenmarkDR
Tommy Seebach Band Under Stjernerne På Himlen 009 22
06 Greece
Flag of GreeceERT
Kaiti Garbi Ellada, Hora Tou Fotos 064 09
07 Belgium
Flag of BelgiumBRTN
Barbara Iemand Als Jij 003 25
08 Malta
Flag of MaltaPBM
William Mangion This Time 069 08
09 Iceland
Flag of IcelandRÚV
Inga þá Veistu Svarið 042 13
10 Austria
Flag of AustriaORF
Tony Wegas Maria Magdalena 032 14
11 Portugal
Flag of PortugalRTP
Anabela A Cidade Até Ser Dia 060 10
12 France
Flag of FranceFT2
Patrick Fiori Mama Corsica 121 04
13 Sweden
Flag of SwedenSVT
Arvingarna Eloïse 089 07
14 Ireland
Flag of IrelandRTÉ
Niamh Kavanagh In Your Eyes 187 01
15 Luxembourg
Flag of LuxembourgCLT
Modern Times Donne-moi Une Chance 011 20
16 Slovenia
Flag of SloveniaRTVSLO
1X Band Tih Dezeven Dan 009 22
17 Finland
Flag of FinlandYLE
Katri-Helena Tule Luo 020 17
18 Bosnia & Herzegovina
Flag of Bosnia & HerzegovinaRTVBIH
Fazla Sva Bol Svijeta 027 16
19 United Kingdom
Flag of United KingdomBBC
Sonia Better The Devil You Know 164 02
20 The Netherlands
Flag of The NetherlandsNOS
Ruth Jacott Vrede 092 06
21 Croatia
Flag of CroatiaHRT
Put Don't Ever Cry 031 15
22 Spain
Flag of SpainTVE
Eva Santamaria Hombres 058 11
23 Cyprus
Flag of CyprusCyBC
Kyriakos Zymboulakis and Demos Van Beke Mi Stamatas 017 19
24 Israel
Flag of IsraelIBA
Lakahat Shiru Shiru 004 24
25 Norway
Flag of NorwayNRK
Silje Vige Alle Mine Tankar 120 05


Participant Austria Belgium Bosnia & Herzegovina Croatia Cyprus Denmark Finland France Germany Greece Iceland Ireland Israel Italy Luxembourg Malta Norway Portugal Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland The Netherlands Turkey United Kingdom Points Place
Italy Italy
8510710212 45 12
Turkey Turkey
2116 10 21
Germany Germany
34821 18 18
Switzerland Switzerland
6826104121274741012531836810 148 3
Denmark Denmark
531 9 22
Greece Greece
126727267852 64 9
Belgium Belgium
3 3 25
Malta Malta
44415245237244756 69 8
Iceland Iceland
152441225772 42 13
Austria Austria
31231643 32 14
Portugal Portugal
5312812245122121 60 10
France France
7810121381086612484374 121 4
Sweden Sweden
101077871054687 89 7
Ireland Ireland
8286763105635127121261210121210112 187 1
Luxembourg Luxembourg
101 11 20
Slovenia Slovenia
1413 9 22
Finland Finland
85223 20 17
Bosnia & Herzegovina Bosnia & Herzegovina
1433412 27 16
United Kingdom United Kingdom
12123104856612812188710510548 164 2
The Netherlands The Netherlands
37103761263107756 92 6
Croatia Croatia
4645138 31 15
Spain Spain
2567510158126 58 11
Cyprus Cyprus
2105 17 19
Israel Israel
13 4 24
Norway Norway
6712812101210518310610 120 5