Eurovision Song Contest 1990

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The fall of the European communism and the German re-unification was the main issue of the songs of the 1990 Eurovision Song Contest in Zagreb.

The present Croatian capital of Zagreb was the choice of Yugoslavia's broadcaster JRT as host city for the 1990 Eurovision Song Contest. 22 countries participated in the 1990 Eurovision Song Contest, the same ones as in 1989. Many of the songs were about the political changes in Europe like the fall of the Iron Curtain and a united Europe. Norway's song Brandenburger Tor and Austria's Keine Mauern Mehr reflected the German re-unification topic.

The Spanish performance was plagued by technical problems. First the backing track failed to play, then it was started too early. The delegation's conductor completely lost control and the Spanish duo, Azúcar Moreno, left the stage. The second attempt was successful and the duo ended up in fifth place. The Belgian entrant, Philippe Lafontaine, reached the 12th place with his song Macédomienne. Afterwards, he refused to release the CD as the song was a love token for his Macedonian wife, however he did release it years later to help a refugee project in Bosnia & Herzegovina. Eurovision veteran, Serge Gainsbourg, wrote the French entry White And Black Blues performed by Joelle Ursull which was a spectacular multicultural song with lots of African drumming. It ended up sharing the second place with Ireland.

The well-known Italian singer Toto Cutugno won this year's song contest with the song Insieme: 1992 which was about a united Europe in anticipation of the completion of the European Single Market, due at the end of 1992. Both the French and the Italian songs went on to be big hits in Europe and were played all summer long. Even nowadays, both songs are regarded as Eurovision evergreens.

Facts & Figures

Date

Saturday 5 May 1990

Location

Koncertna Dvorana Vatroslav Lisinski, Zagreb, Yugoslavia

Winner

Toto Cutugno from Italy

Broadcaster

JRT

Hosts

Olivar Mlakar and Helga Vlahovic

EBU Scrutineer

Frank Naef

Director

Nenad Puhovski

Interval Act

Yugoslav Changes

The Participants

# Representing country Performer(s) Song title, writer(s) and composer(s) Points Place
01 Spain
Flag of SpainTVE
Azúcar Moreno Bandido 096 05
02 Greece
Flag of GreeceERT
Christos Callow and Wave Horis Skopo 011 19
03 Belgium
Flag of BelgiumRTBF
Philippe Lafontaine Macédomienne 046 12
04 Turkey
Flag of TurkeyTRT
Kayahan Gözlerinin Hapsindeyim 021 17
05 The Netherlands
Flag of The NetherlandsNOS
Maywood Ik Wil Alles Met Je Delen 025 15
06 Luxembourg
Flag of LuxembourgCLT
Céline Carzo Quand Je Te Rêve 038 13
07 United Kingdom
Flag of United KingdomBBC
Emma Give A Little Love Back To The World 087 06
08 Iceland
Flag of IcelandRÚV
Stjórnin Eitt Lag Enn 124 04
09 Norway
Flag of NorwayNRK
Ketil Stokkan Brandenburger Tor 008 21
10 Israel
Flag of IsraelIBA
Rita Shara Barechovot 016 18
11 Denmark
Flag of DenmarkDR
Lonnie Devantier Hallo Hallo 064 08
12 Switzerland
Flag of SwitzerlandSSR SRG
Egon Egemann Musik Klingt In Die Welt Hinaus 051 11
13 Germany
Flag of GermanyARD
Chris Kempers and Daniel Kovac Frei Zu Leben 060 09
14 France
Flag of FranceA2F
Joelle Ursull White And Black Blues 132 02
15 Yugoslavia
Flag of YugoslaviaJRT
Tajci Hajde Da Ludujemo 081 07
16 Portugal
Flag of PortugalRTP
Nucha Há Sempre Alguém 009 20
17 Ireland
Flag of IrelandRTÉ
Liam Reilly Somewhere In Europe 132 02
18 Sweden
Flag of SwedenSVT
Edin-Ådahl Som En Vind 024 16
19 Italy
Flag of ItalyRAI
Toto Cutugno Insieme: 1992 149 01
20 Austria
Flag of AustriaORF
Simone Keine Mauern Mehr 058 10
21 Cyprus
Flag of CyprusCyBC
Haris Anastasiou Milas Poli 036 14
22 Finland
Flag of FinlandYLE
Beat Fri? 008 21

Scoreboard

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
Spain Spain
8181051284855621013 96 5
Greece Greece
65 11 19
Belgium Belgium
4881412747 46 12
Turkey Turkey
52437 21 17
The Netherlands The Netherlands
2612211334 25 15
Luxembourg Luxembourg
5512341332 38 13
United Kingdom United Kingdom
1123310156106371010 87 6
Iceland Iceland
10101073783810124871124 124 4
Norway Norway
134 8 21
Israel Israel
54241 16 18
Denmark Denmark
6347477776312 64 8
Switzerland Switzerland
112311228165 51 11
Germany Germany
364110512847 60 9
France France
247512101286124551212412 132 2
Yugoslavia Yugoslavia
107121051210331125 81 7
Portugal Portugal
72 9 20
Ireland Ireland
1278477786861012510510 132 2
Sweden Sweden
226266 24 16
Italy Italy
78126846103121101012108886 149 1
Austria Austria
2236212521788 58 10
Cyprus Cyprus
52665426 36 14
Finland Finland
53 8 21