Eurovision Song Contest 1994

After winning the contest on home ground in Millstreet in 1993, the contest was staged at the Point Theatre in Dublin. Ireland set two new records for the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994; they won the contest for a 6th time and won for the third time in a row.

They did it again... and again!

In 1994 seven countries joined the Eurovision Song Contest in what was the biggest single expansion in participants since the contest began in 1956. Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia and Slovakia all competed in the 39th Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin. Poland's debut at the Eurovision Song Contest was very successful when their representative Edyta Gorniak finished second with 166 points.

The interval act in 1994 was the then unknown Riverdance, an act which combined traditional Irish folk music with modern dance. Riverdance became a global phenomenon, with the exception of participating artists, it is arguably the biggest money-spinner ever created by Eurovision. Lithuania scored zero points with its first ever entry.

About the winner

Never before in the history of the song contest had a country had won three times in a row. The Irish entrants Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan sang Rock 'n Roll Kids, which in the end was 60 points ahead of the runner-up and at 226 points was the highest score ever at a Eurovision Song Contest up to that date.

Facts & figures

  • Satellite links were used during the voting sequence rather than telephones meaning that the jury spokespersons could be seen for the first time.
  • During the dress rehearsal the Polish entrant, Edyta Gorniak, performed half of her entry in English which broke the rules. Despite this, she was allowed to compete in the live show.
  • The support in the hall for Bosnia & Herzegovina was so strong that the singer missed his first cue but soon recovered.

Facts & Figures

Date

Saturday 30 April 1994

Location

Point Theatre, Dublin, Ireland

Winner

Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan from Ireland

Broadcaster

RTÉ

Hosts

Cynthia Ni Mhurchú & Gerry Ryan

EBU Scrutineer

Christian Clausen

Director

Patrick Cowap

Interval Act

Riverdance

The Participants

# Representing country Performer(s) Song title, writer(s) and composer(s) Points Place
01 Sweden
Flag of SwedenSVT
Marie Bergman and Roger Pontare Stjärnorna
Peter Bertilsson Mikael Littwold
048 13
02 Finland
Flag of FinlandYLE
CatCat Bye Bye Baby
Kari Salli, Markku 'Make' Lent...
011 22
03 Ireland
Flag of IrelandRTÉ
Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan Rock 'n' Roll Kids
Brendan J. Graham
226 01
04 Cyprus
Flag of CyprusCyBC
Evridiki Ime Anthropos Ke Ego
George Theophanous
051 11
05 Iceland
Flag of IcelandRÚV
Sigga Nætur
Friðrik Karlsson Stefán Hílmarsson
049 12
06 United Kingdom
Flag of United KingdomBBC
Frances Ruffelle We Will Be Free (lonely Symphony)
George de Angelis, Mark Dean
063 10
07 Croatia
Flag of CroatiaHRT
Tony Cetinski Nek'ti Bude Ljubav Sva
Zeljen Klasterka Zeljko Krznaric
027 16
08 Portugal
Flag of PortugalRTP
Sara Tavares Chamar A Música
João Carlos Mota Oliveira Rosa Lobato Faria
073 08
09 Switzerland
Flag of SwitzerlandSSR SRG
Duilio Sto Pregando
Giuseppe Scaramella
015 19
10 Estonia
Flag of EstoniaERR
Silvi Vrait Nagu Merelaine
Ivar Must Leelo Tungal
002 24
11 Romania
Flag of RomaniaTVR
Dan Bittman Dincolo De Nori
Antoniu Furtuna, Dan Bittman
014 21
12 Malta
Flag of MaltaPBM
Moira Stafrace and Christopher Scicluna More Than Love
Christopher Scicluna Moira Stafrace
097 05
13 The Netherlands
Flag of The NetherlandsNOS
Willeke Alberti Waar Is De Zon
Edwin Schimscheimer Cooth van Doesburgh
004 23
14 Germany
Flag of GermanyARD
MeKaDo Wir Geben 'ne Party
Ralph Siegel Bernd Meinunger
128 03
15 Slovakia
Flag of SlovakiaSTV
Martin Durinda and Tublatanka Nekovecná Piesen
Martin Durinda Martin Sarvas
015 19
16 Lithuania
Flag of LithuaniaLRT
Ovidijus Vyšniauskas Lopšine Mylimai
Ovidijus Vyšniauskas Gintaras Zdebskis
000 25
17 Norway
Flag of NorwayNRK
Elisabeth Andreasson and Jan Werner Danielsen Duett
Rolf Løvland Hans Olav Mørk
076 06
18 Bosnia & Herzegovina
Flag of Bosnia & HerzegovinaRTVBIH
Alma and Dejan Ostani Kraj Mene
Adi Mulahalilovic Edu Mulahalilovic
039 15
19 Greece
Flag of GreeceERT
Costas Bigalis and the Sea Lovers To Trehantiri (diri Diri)
Costas Bigalis
044 14
20 Austria
Flag of AustriaORF
Petra Frey Für Den Frieden Der Welt
Alfons Weindorf Karl Brunner, Johann Brunner
019 17
21 Spain
Flag of SpainTVE
Alejandro Abad Ella No Es Ella
Alejandro Abad
017 18
22 Hungary
Flag of HungaryMTV
Friderika Bayer Kinek Mondjam El Vétkeimet
Szilveszter Jenei
122 04
23 Russia
Flag of RussiaRTR
Youddiph Vechni Stranik
Lev Zemlinski Youddiph
070 09
24 Poland
Flag of PolandTVP
Edyta Górniak To Nie Ja!
Stanislas Syrewicz Jacek Cygan
166 02
25 France
Flag of FranceFT2
Nina Morato Je Suis Un Vrai Garçon
Bruno Maman Nina Morato
074 07

Scoreboard

Participant Austria Bosnia & Herzegovina Croatia Cyprus Estonia Finland France Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Ireland Lithuania Malta Norway Poland Portugal Romania Russia Slovakia Spain Sweden Switzerland The Netherlands United Kingdom Points Place
Sweden Sweden
525225310176 48 13
Finland Finland
110 11 22
Ireland Ireland
101012810781210121051281281261010121210 226 1
Cyprus Cyprus
103123555242 51 11
Iceland Iceland
3146343116836 49 12
United Kingdom United Kingdom
1465543123853382 63 10
Croatia Croatia
51012 27 16
Portugal Portugal
56788114125538 73 8
Switzerland Switzerland
582 15 19
Estonia Estonia
2 2 24
Romania Romania
626 14 21
Malta Malta
12727637107410104611 97 5
The Netherlands The Netherlands
4 4 23
Germany Germany
271063312754171012778647 128 3
Slovakia Slovakia
312 15 19
Lithuania Lithuania
- 25
Norway Norway
631082151314857174 76 6
Bosnia & Herzegovina Bosnia & Herzegovina
42101787 39 15
Greece Greece
12414442652 44 14
Austria Austria
527113 19 17
Spain Spain
2852 17 18
Hungary Hungary
835412771012812123124102 122 4
Russia Russia
613116464463102355 70 9
Poland Poland
1288112812108671226776410812 166 2
France France
72468528766103 74 7