Eurovision Song Contest 1991

The 1991 Eurovision Song Contest had one of the most exciting votings ever and two countries - France and Sweden - were tied for the victory after all the participating countries had given their national votes

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. The moving of the show meant that RAI was not completely ready for the show and on the day of the contest, there were still works on the set to be done. 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 Rememberance Day. Malta took the open spot which meant that the country was back for the first time since 1975. The winner of the previous year and the co-host of this year, Toto Cutugno, had big difficulties with the pronunciation of the song titles and names of the artists and conductors. The other host was Gigliola Cinquetti, Italy's first Eurovision winner from 1964.

The postcards to present the different national singers were very special this year: the singers were asked to sing a known Italian song which would then be used as a short clip for the postcard. Yugoslavia's entry Brazil by Baby Doll only managed to get one single point from Malta but the extravagant performance created a cult following among Eurovision Song Contest fans.

At the end of the voting procedure, both Sweden and France had 146 points each. Because of that the the newly-created rule of 1989 was put in effect giving the victory to Swedish entrant Carola who got more '10 points votes' than France. Both Sweden and France had an equal amount of '12 point votes.' Carola had already participated in 1983 with the song Främling which ended up 3rd in Munich. She had already tried to enter the 1990 contest in Zagreb but lost out in the Swedish national heats. In 2006 though, she would re-appear on the Eurovision stage in Athens, performing Invincible which came 5th.

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 001 21
02 Iceland
Flag of IcelandRÚV
Stefán and Eyfi Nina 026 15
03 Malta
Flag of MaltaXM
Paul Giordimaina and Georgina Could It Be 106 06
04 Greece
Flag of GreeceERT
Sofia Vossou I Anixi 036 13
05 Switzerland
Flag of SwitzerlandSSR SRG
Sandra Simò Canzone Per Te 118 05
06 Austria
Flag of AustriaORF
Thomas Forstner Venedig Im Regen 000 22
07 Luxembourg
Flag of LuxembourgCLT
Sarah Bray Un Baiser Volé 029 14
08 Sweden
Flag of SwedenSVT
Carola Fångad Av En Stormvind 146 01
09 France
Flag of FranceA2F
Amina C'est Le Dernier Qui A Parlé Qui A Raison 146 02
10 Turkey
Flag of TurkeyTRT
Izel Çeliköz, Rayhan Soykarçi and Can Ugurluér Iki Dakika 044 12
11 Ireland
Flag of IrelandRTÉ
Kim Jackson Could It Be That I'm In Love 047 10
12 Portugal
Flag of PortugalRTP
Dulce Lusitana Paixão 062 08
13 Denmark
Flag of DenmarkDR
Anders Frandsen Lige Der Hvor Hjertet Slår 008 19
14 Norway
Flag of NorwayNRK
Just 4 Fun Mrs. Thompson 014 17
15 Israel
Flag of IsraelIBA
Duo Datz Kan 139 03
16 Finland
Flag of FinlandYLE
Kaija Hullu Yö 006 20
17 Germany
Flag of GermanyARD
Atlantis 2000 Dieser Traum Darf Niemals Sterben 010 18
18 Belgium
Flag of BelgiumBRT
Clouseau Geef Het Op 023 16
19 Spain
Flag of SpainTVE
Sergio Dalma Bailar Pegados 119 04
20 United Kingdom
Flag of United KingdomBBC
Samantha Janus A Message To Your Heart 047 10
21 Cyprus
Flag of CyprusCyBC
Elena Patroclou S.o.s. 060 09
22 Italy
Flag of ItalyRAI
Peppino di Capri Comme E' Ddoce 'o Mare 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