Eurovision Song Contest 1991

The 1991 Eurovision Song Contest was held in Rome, Italy and saw France and Sweden tie for first place at the end of the voting.

The 1991 Eurovision Song Contest was supposed to be held in the seaside resort San Remo which is known for its annual festival of Italian music, but host broadcaster RAI moved it to Rome at a very late stage due to ongoing instability in the Balkan region. For the second time since the very first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956, the Netherlands decided to withdraw from the contest due to the country's Remembrance Day. Malta took the open spot which meant that the country was back for the first time since 1975.

The contest was presented by Toto Cutugno, who won for Italy the previous year. Toto was joined on stage by Italy's other winner, Gigliola Cinquetti, who won the contest in 1964. For the majority of the show the presenters spoke solely in Italian.

France v Sweden

At the end of the voting procedure both Sweden and France had 146 points each. The tie-break rule that was introduced in 1989 was therefore put into effect. France and Sweden both had the same amount of 12 points so the amount to 10 points was included. Sweden received more sets of 10 points and so was declared the winner. Carola had already participated in 1983 with the song Främling which finished third. She had already tried to enter the 1990 contest in Zagreb but lost out in the Swedish national heats. In 2006 she participated once again and finished in 5th place with Invincible.

Facts and figures

  • Each singer was asked to perform a well-known Italian song as part of their postcard clips. The images chosen for each postcard were said to have reflected the personalities of the performers
  • The backing singer for the UK entry included Kit Rolfe who had performed as part of Belle and the Devotions in 1984, and Hazell Dean who had a number of hits in the 1980s. Dean participated in the UK national selection in 1976 and 1984. The UK representative in 1991, Samantha Janus, went on to have a successful acting career following her Eurovision appearance.
  • The 1991 contest is best remembered as being a chaotic affair and the EBU's Executive Supervisor, Frank Naef, was regularly called upon by the hosts for clarification, especially during the voting.

Facts & Figures


Saturday 4 May 1991


Studio 15 de Cinecittà, Rome, Italy


Carola from Sweden




Gigliola Cinguetti and Toto Cutugno

EBU Scrutineer

Frank Naef


Riccardo Donna

Interval Act

Arturo Brachetti

The Participants

# Representing country Performer(s) Song title, writer(s) and composer(s) Points Place
01 Yugoslavia
Flag of YugoslaviaJRT
Baby Doll Brazil
Zoran Vracevic Dragana Saric
001 21
02 Iceland
Flag of IcelandRÚV
Stefán and Eyfi Nina
Eyjólfur Kristjánsson
026 15
03 Malta
Flag of MaltaXM
Paul Giordimaina and Georgina Could It Be
Paul Abela Raymond Mahoney
106 06
04 Greece
Flag of GreeceERT
Sofia Vossou I Anixi
Andreas Mikroutsikos
036 13
05 Switzerland
Flag of SwitzerlandSSR SRG
Sandra Simò Canzone Per Te
Renato Mascetti
118 05
06 Austria
Flag of AustriaORF
Thomas Forstner Venedig Im Regen
Robby Musenbichler, Hubert Mos...
000 22
07 Luxembourg
Flag of LuxembourgCLT
Sarah Bray Un Baiser Volé
Patrick Hippert Linda Lecomte, Mick Wersant
029 14
08 Sweden
Flag of SwedenSVT
Carola Fångad Av En Stormvind
Stephan Berg
146 01
09 France
Flag of FranceA2F
Amina C'est Le Dernier Qui A Parlé Qui A Raison
Wasis Diop Amina Annabi
146 02
10 Turkey
Flag of TurkeyTRT
Izel Çeliköz, Rayhan Soykarçi and Can Ugurluér Iki Dakika
Sevket Ugurluér Aysel Gürel
044 12
11 Ireland
Flag of IrelandRTÉ
Kim Jackson Could It Be That I'm In Love
Liam Reilly
047 10
12 Portugal
Flag of PortugalRTP
Dulce Lusitana Paixão
Fred Micael, Zé da Ponte, Jorg...
062 08
13 Denmark
Flag of DenmarkDR
Anders Frandsen Lige Der Hvor Hjertet Slår
Michael Elo
008 19
14 Norway
Flag of NorwayNRK
Just 4 Fun Mrs. Thompson
Dag Kolsrud P.G. Roness, Kaare Skevik
014 17
15 Israel
Flag of IsraelIBA
Duo Datz Kan
Uzi Chitman
139 03
16 Finland
Flag of FinlandYLE
Kaija Hullu Yö
Ile Kallio Jukka Välimaa
006 20
17 Germany
Flag of GermanyARD
Atlantis 2000 Dieser Traum Darf Niemals Sterben
Alfons Weindorf Helmut Frey
010 18
18 Belgium
Flag of BelgiumBRT
Clouseau Geef Het Op
Bob Savenberg, Koen Wauters, K...
023 16
19 Spain
Flag of SpainTVE
Sergio Dalma Bailar Pegados
Julio Seijas Luis Gomez Escolar
119 04
20 United Kingdom
Flag of United KingdomBBC
Samantha Janus A Message To Your Heart
Paul Curtis
047 10
21 Cyprus
Flag of CyprusCyBC
Elena Patroclou S.o.s.
Kypros Charalambous Andreas Christou
060 09
22 Italy
Flag of ItalyRAI
Peppino di Capri Comme E' Ddoce 'o Mare
Marcello Marocchi Giampiero Artegiani
089 07


Participant Austria Belgium Cyprus Denmark Finland France Germany Greece Iceland Ireland Israel Italy Luxembourg Malta Norway Portugal Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey United Kingdom Yugoslavia Points Place
Yugoslavia Yugoslavia
1 1 21
Iceland Iceland
57104 26 15
Malta Malta
442102121010676126771 106 6
Greece Greece
211011425154 36 13
Switzerland Switzerland
812855467528412368285 118 5
Austria Austria
- 22
Luxembourg Luxembourg
5224342133 29 14
Sweden Sweden
10106128121231078104106126 146 1
France France
127710887712123125857610 146 2
Turkey Turkey
8778725 44 12
Ireland Ireland
1572213843443 47 10
Portugal Portugal
417104812210715 62 8
Denmark Denmark
53 8 19
Norway Norway
24611 14 17
Israel Israel
851063510858741268121012 139 3
Finland Finland
114 6 20
Germany Germany
361 10 18
Belgium Belgium
3355322 23 16
Spain Spain
7612467102626648412818 119 4
United Kingdom United Kingdom
6313135631015 47 10
Cyprus Cyprus
1211235641232 60 9
Italy Italy
12861032101272107 89 7