Eurovision Song Contest 1986

Norway's beautiful city of Bergen had the honour of hosting the 1986 Eurovision Song Contest which showed the first Belgian victory with Sandra Kim's J'Aime La Vie

For the first time, Norway had the honour of hosting the Eurovision Song Contest in its 31st edition. Just like in Munich the years earlier, 20 countries participated in the contest. The Netherlands and Yugoslavia returned, Italy and Greece withdrew from the from the contest and Iceland made their debut. Iceland had wanted to participate for some years already, but the small Atlantic island nation had to wait until a satellite connection to Iceland could be etablished. The 1986 Eurovision Song Contest also marked a historic landmark as the 500th Eurovision song was performed in Bergen - Luxembourg's entry L'Amour De Ma Vie by Canadian-born Sherisse Laurence.

The contest was one big commercial for Norway as a country as all the postcards introducing the participants showed the beauty of the Norwegian landscape. The presenter of the 1986 Eurovision Song Contest, Åse Kleveland, had already particpated as a singer for her homecountry in 1966 where she was placed 3rd. She had also already presented the Norwegian national final in 1980.

The winner of the song contest was the 13-year-old Sandra Kim, who sang J'Aime La Vie. She actually had told the producers of the show that she was 15 year old. It was the first win for Belgium, and all countries that had participated in the very first contest in 1956 had now won at least once. Jazz singer Timna Brauer, the daughter of the famous artist Arik Brauer, only came 18th with her Austrian entry Die Zeit Ist Einsam. Yugoslavia's singer, Doris Dragovic, would appear 13 years later in the 1999 Jerusalem edition of the song contest, then singing for Croatia and improving her result: she only came 11th in Norway, but would come 4th in 1999.

Facts & Figures


Saturday 3 May 1986


Grieghallen, Bergen, Norway


Sandra Kim from Belgium




Åse Kleveland

EBU Scrutineer

Frank Naef


John Andreassen

Interval Act

Sissel Kyrkjebø and Steinar Ofsdal

The Participants

# Representing country Performer(s) Song title, writer(s) and composer(s) Points Place
01 Luxembourg
Flag of LuxembourgCLT
Sherisse Laurence L'amour De Ma Vie 117 03
02 Yugoslavia
Flag of YugoslaviaJRT
Doris Dragovic Zeljo Moja 049 11
03 France
Flag of FranceA2F
Cocktail Chic Européennes 013 17
04 Norway
Flag of NorwayNRK
Ketil Stokkan Romeo 044 12
05 United Kingdom
Flag of United KingdomBBC
Ryder Runner In The Night 072 07
06 Iceland
Flag of IcelandRÚV
Icy Gleðibankinn 019 16
07 The Netherlands
Flag of The NetherlandsNOS
Frizzle Sizzle Alles Heeft Ritme 040 13
08 Turkey
Flag of TurkeyTRT
Klips ve Onlar Halley 053 09
09 Spain
Flag of SpainTVE
Cadillac Valentino 051 10
10 Switzerland
Flag of SwitzerlandSSR SRG
Daniela Simons Pas Pour Moi 140 02
11 Israel
Flag of IsraelIBA
Moti Galadi and Sarai Tzuriel Yavoh Yom 007 19
12 Ireland
Flag of IrelandRTÉ
Luv Bug You Can Count On Me 096 04
13 Belgium
Flag of BelgiumRTBF
Sandra Kim J'aime La Vie 176 01
14 Germany
Flag of GermanyARD
Ingrid Peters Über Die Brücke Geh'n 062 08
15 Cyprus
Flag of CyprusCyBC
Elpida Tora Zo 004 20
16 Austria
Flag of AustriaORF
Timna Brauer Die Zeit Ist Einsam 012 18
17 Sweden
Flag of SwedenSVT
Lasse Holm and Monica Törnell E' De' Det Här Du Kallar Kärlek 078 05
18 Denmark
Flag of DenmarkDR
Lise Haavik and Trax Du Er Fuld Af Løgn 077 06
19 Finland
Flag of FinlandYLE
Kari Kuivalainen Päivä Kahden Ihmisen 022 15
20 Portugal
Flag of PortugalRTP
Dora Não Sejas Mau Para Mim 028 14


Participant Austria Belgium Cyprus Denmark Finland France Germany Iceland Ireland Israel Luxembourg Norway Portugal Spain Sweden Switzerland The Netherlands Turkey United Kingdom Yugoslavia Points Place
Luxembourg Luxembourg
1010824812174126102885 117 3
Yugoslavia Yugoslavia
1412531231737 49 11
France France
337 13 17
Norway Norway
565464662 44 12
United Kingdom United Kingdom
3281010524622846 72 7
Iceland Iceland
46252 19 16
The Netherlands The Netherlands
1310817172 40 13
Turkey Turkey
2683686212 53 9
Spain Spain
7331625731814 51 10
Switzerland Switzerland
41254773101212510412121056 140 2
Israel Israel
115 7 19
Ireland Ireland
12212838632812758 96 4
Belgium Belgium
610101212110125108121061010121010 176 1
Germany Germany
87728845121 62 8
Cyprus Cyprus
13 4 20
Austria Austria
16221 12 18
Sweden Sweden
565241257712337 78 5
Denmark Denmark
757741010554346 77 6
Finland Finland
833611 22 15
Portugal Portugal
174844 28 14