Eurovision Song Contest 1990

The 1990 Eurovision Song Contest was held in Zagreb following Yugoslavia's win the previous year. As communism fell in Europe, many of the songs reflected the wider political context.

22 countries participated in the 1990 Eurovision Song Contest, the same line up as in 1989. Many of the songs reflected the wider political developments that were taking place in Europe.

The Spanish performance was beset by technical problems. First the backing track failed to play, then it 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.

Eurovision veteran, Serge Gainsbourg, wrote the French entry White And Black Blues performed by Joelle Ursull which finished in second place along with Ireland's song Somewhere in Europe.

United for Italy

The well-known Italian singer Toto Cutugno won this year's song contest with the song Insieme: 1992 which was about a united Europe.

Facts and figures

  • The postcards featured travelogues of each of the participating countries to mark the European Year of Tourism 1990
  • The UK sent its youngest ever representative, Emma Booth, who was fifteen at the time of the contest. She was allowed to compete however since she turned 16 in the year of that particular competition.
  • At the end of the voting Toto Cutugno splashed water on his face and hair which caused his hair dye to run. He covered this up with a jacket that he wore for the winning reprise.

Facts & Figures


Saturday 5 May 1990


Koncertna Dvorana Vatroslav Lisinski, Zagreb, Yugoslavia


Toto Cutugno from Italy




Olivar Mlakar and Helga Vlahovic

EBU Scrutineer

Frank Naef


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
Raúl Orellana, Jaime Stinus José-Luis Abel
096 05
02 Greece
Flag of GreeceERT
Christos Callow and Wave Horis Skopo
Giorgos Paleokastriris Giorgos Papagiannakis
011 19
03 Belgium
Flag of BelgiumRTBF
Philippe Lafontaine Macédomienne
Philippe Lafontaine
046 12
04 Turkey
Flag of TurkeyTRT
Kayahan Gözlerinin Hapsindeyim
Kayahan Acar
021 17
05 The Netherlands
Flag of The NetherlandsNOS
Maywood Ik Wil Alles Met Je Delen
Alice May
025 15
06 Luxembourg
Flag of LuxembourgCLT
Céline Carzo Quand Je Te Rêve
Jean-Charles France Thierry Delianis
038 13
07 United Kingdom
Flag of United KingdomBBC
Emma Give A Little Love Back To The World
Paul Curtis
087 06
08 Iceland
Flag of IcelandRÚV
Stjórnin Eitt Lag Enn
Hörður G. Ólafsson
124 04
09 Norway
Flag of NorwayNRK
Ketil Stokkan Brandenburger Tor
Ketil Stokkan
008 21
10 Israel
Flag of IsraelIBA
Rita Shara Barechovot
Rami Kleinstein Tzruya Lahav
016 18
11 Denmark
Flag of DenmarkDR
Lonnie Devantier Hallo Hallo
John Hatting, Torben Lendager Keld Heick
064 08
12 Switzerland
Flag of SwitzerlandSSR SRG
Egon Egemann Musik Klingt In Die Welt Hinaus
Cornelia Lackner
051 11
13 Germany
Flag of GermanyARD
Chris Kempers and Daniel Kovac Frei Zu Leben
Ralph Siegel Michael Kunze
060 09
14 France
Flag of FranceA2F
Joelle Ursull White And Black Blues
Georges Ougier de Moussac Serge Gainsbourg
132 02
15 Yugoslavia
Flag of YugoslaviaJRT
Tajci Hajde Da Ludujemo
Zrinko Tutic Alka Vuica
081 07
16 Portugal
Flag of PortugalRTP
Nucha Há Sempre Alguém
Jan van Dijck, Luis Filipe Fancisco Teotonio Pereira, Fre...
009 20
17 Ireland
Flag of IrelandRTÉ
Liam Reilly Somewhere In Europe
Liam Reilly
132 02
18 Sweden
Flag of SwedenSVT
Edin-Ådahl Som En Vind
Mikael Wendt
024 16
19 Italy
Flag of ItalyRAI
Toto Cutugno Insieme: 1992
Toto Cutugno
149 01
20 Austria
Flag of AustriaORF
Simone Keine Mauern Mehr
Wolfgang Berry, Nana Berry Mario Botazzi
058 10
21 Cyprus
Flag of CyprusCyBC
Haris Anastasiou Milas Poli
John Vickers Haris Anastasiou
036 14
22 Finland
Flag of FinlandYLE
Beat Fri?
Kim Engblom, Janne Engblom, Ti... Stina Engblom
008 21


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