Eurovision Song Contest 1989

Following Céline Dion's victory the preceding year in Dublin, beautiful Lausanne welcomed participants from 22 countries for the 1989 Eurovision Song Contest.

Lausanne had never hosted the Eurovision Song Contest before, in fact it was only the second time since 1956 that Swiss TV had the chance to host Europe's biggest musical event. With Cyprus back in competition, there were 22 countries again, just like in 1987. The French participant Nathalie Pâque was just 11 years old and one of the Israeli representatives just one year older which led the European Broadcasting Union to a change of rules for the next years to come, so a minimum age rule was introduced: a participant had to become at least 16 in the year the contest was held. Another new rule was created as well: in the event of a tie, the country with the most "12 points" wins. If this also resulted in a tie, then the winner would be the country which had received the most "10 points". This rule became necessary in 1991 when Sweden and France were tied at first place with 146 points.

True to form, Italy sent its biggest stars to Eurovision. This year it was the turn of Fausto Leali and Anna Oxa who had won the festival of San Remo some weeks prior to the Eurovision Song Contest. Germany and Austria's entries were both written by German pop titan, Dieter Bohlen. Bohlen became famous in Germany in the 1980's as one half of the duo Modern Talking. Since then, he has gone on to have a successful career as one of the country's most successful pop producers and also became a judge in the German version of Pop Idol.

The tipped winner was Sweden's Tommy Nilsson, who was heavily supported by big names in the Swedish music industry as his backing vocalists, and he ended up in a respectable fourth position. The Swiss entry Viver Senza Tei by the group Furbaz was the first entry ever to be sung in Romansch, one of the four official languages of Switzerland. However, Furbaz only managed to come 13th on home ground. During the interval act, last year's winner Céline Dion performed the song Where Does My Heart Beat Now which would turn out to be a top 10 hit for the Canadian singer two years later.

It was a big surprise for many that Yugoslavia won with the simple but efficient uptempo song Rock Me. However, record buyers didn't think much of the song which only became a minor hit in some countries.

Facts & Figures


Saturday 6 May 1989


Palais de Beaulieu, Lausanne, Switzerland


Riva from Yugoslavia


SRG SSR idée suisse


Jacques Deschenaux and Lolita Morena

EBU Scrutineer

Frank Naef


Alain Bloch

Interval Act

Guy Tell

The Participants

# Representing country Performer(s) Song title, writer(s) and composer(s) Points Place
01 Italy
Flag of ItalyRAI
Anna Oxa and Fausto Leali Avrei Voluto
Franco Fasano Franco Ciani, Franco Berlincioni
056 09
02 Israel
Flag of IsraelIBA
Gili ve Galit Derech Ha'melech
Shaike Paikov
050 12
03 Ireland
Flag of IrelandRTÉ
Kiev Connolly and the Missing Passengers The Real Me
Kiev Connolly
021 18
04 The Netherlands
Flag of The NetherlandsNOS
Justine Pelmelay Blijf Zoals Je Bent
Jan Kisjes Cees Bergman, Geert-Jan Hessin...
045 15
05 Turkey
Flag of TurkeyTRT
Pan Bana Bana
Timur Selçuk
005 21
06 Belgium
Flag of BelgiumBRT
Ingeborg Door De Wind
Stef Bos
013 19
07 United Kingdom
Flag of United KingdomBBC
Live Report Why Do I Always Get It Wrong
John Beeby Brian Hodgson
130 02
08 Norway
Flag of NorwayNRK
Britt Synnøve Johansen Venners Nærhet
Inge Enoksen Leiv N. Grøtte
030 17
09 Portugal
Flag of PortugalRTP
Da Vinci Conquistador
Ricardo Pedro Luis
039 16
10 Sweden
Flag of SwedenSVT
Tommy Nilsson En Dag
Tim Norell, Ola Håkansson, Al... Tim Norell, Ola Håkansson
110 04
11 Luxembourg
Flag of LuxembourgCLT
Park Café Monsieur
Maggie Parke, Gast Waltzing Maggie Parke, Bernard Loncheva...
008 20
12 Denmark
Flag of DenmarkDR
Birthe Kjær Vi Maler Byen Rød
Søren Bundgård Keld Heick
111 03
13 Austria
Flag of AustriaORF
Thomas Forstner Nur Ein Lied
Dieter Bohlen Joachim Horn-Bernges
097 05
14 Finland
Flag of FinlandYLE
Anneli Saaristo La Dolce Vita
Matti Puurtinen Turkka Mali
076 07
15 France
Flag of FranceA2F
Nathalie Pâque J'ai Volé La Vie
Guy Matteoni, G.G. Candy Sylvain Lebel
060 08
16 Spain
Flag of SpainTVE
Nina Nacida Para Amar
Juan Carlos Calderón
088 06
17 Cyprus
Flag of CyprusCyBC
Fanny Polymeri and Yiannis Savvidakis Apopse As Vrethoume
Marios Meletiou Efi Meletiou
051 11
18 Switzerland
Flag of SwitzerlandSSR SRG
Furbaz Viver Senza Tei
Marie-Louise Werth
047 13
19 Greece
Flag of GreeceERT
Marianna To Diko Sou Asteri
Yiannis Kyris, Marianna Efstra... Villy Sanianou
056 09
20 Iceland
Flag of IcelandRÚV
Daníel Augúst Haraldsson Það Sem Enginn Sér
Valgeir Guðjónsson
000 22
21 Germany
Flag of GermanyARD
Nino de Angelo Flieger
Dieter Bohlen Joachim Horn-Bernges
046 14
22 Yugoslavia
Flag of YugoslaviaJRT
Riva Rock Me
Rajko Dujmic Stevo Cvikic
137 01


Participant Austria Belgium Cyprus Denmark Finland France Germany Greece Iceland Ireland Israel Italy Luxembourg Norway Portugal Spain Sweden Switzerland The Netherlands Turkey United Kingdom Yugoslavia Points Place
Italy Italy
6107471228 56 9
Israel Israel
55357157327 50 12
Ireland Ireland
342372 21 18
The Netherlands The Netherlands
44761310163 45 15
Turkey Turkey
14 5 21
Belgium Belgium
1525 13 19
United Kingdom United Kingdom
8216121224761212121010716 130 2
Norway Norway
86422125 30 17
Portugal Portugal
622671834 39 16
Sweden Sweden
1268122882668853412 110 4
Luxembourg Luxembourg
53 8 20
Denmark Denmark
74126101015310212126101 111 3
Austria Austria
121041512881227835 97 5
Finland Finland
3310810417461010 76 7
France France
57332565385143 60 8
Spain Spain
7488101081041027 88 6
Cyprus Cyprus
28712132646 51 11
Switzerland Switzerland
1274431088 47 13
Greece Greece
1121461041215 56 9
Iceland Iceland
- 22
Germany Germany
51733275661 46 14
Yugoslavia Yugoslavia
1010510731612125748581212 137 1