Eurovision Song Contest 1995

For a record third year in a row, Ireland hosted the 40th Eurovision Song Contest which was held again in the Point Theatre in Dublin

For the third consecutive time, Ireland was the host of the 40th Eurovision Song Contest. The contest was again held in the Point Theatre in Dublin - it was the first time ever that the Eurovision Song Contest took place in the same city for two years in a row. In 1994, the European Broadcasting Union decreased the number of participants to 23 to make sure that the song contest would not last longer than three hours. All of the five relegated countries from the preceding year - Turkey, Slovenia, Israel, Denmark and Belgium - returned to the contest. In contrast, the bottom seven countries of the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest were relegated: Lithuania, Estonia, the Netherlands, Finland, Romania, Slovakia and Switzerland.

As it was the 40th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest this year, the programme started with a three-minute compilation of previous contests. Bookmakers thought that the Swedish entrant Jan Johansen's song Se På Mig was favourite to win the entire contest, but instead neighbouring country Norway took first place with the song Nocturne performed by the group Secret Garden. The lyrics of the winning song only consisted of 24 words and despite the fact that Ireland did not win for the fourth time in a row, the Norwegian group's violinist was in fact Irish. Ireland itself and it's entry Dreamin' by Eddie Friel ended up at a disappointing 14th place.

1995 was the year of the Scandinavian countries at Eurovision: Norway won, Sweden came third and Denmark came fifth. Germany had its worst placing ever, only the Maltese jury awarded one single point to Stone & Stone's Verliebt In Dich.

Facts & Figures

Date

Saturday 13 May 1995

Location

Point Theatre, Dublin, Ireland

Winner

Secret Garden from Norway

Broadcaster

RTÉ

Hosts

Mary Kennedy

EBU Scrutineer

Christian Clausen

Director

John Comiskey

Interval Act

Lumen

The Participants

# Representing country Performer(s) Song title, writer(s) and composer(s) Points Place
01 Poland
Flag of PolandTVP
Justyna Sama 015 18
02 Ireland
Flag of IrelandRTÉ
Eddie Friel Dreamin' 044 14
03 Germany
Flag of GermanyARD
Stone and Stone Verliebt In Dich 001 23
04 Bosnia & Herzegovina
Flag of Bosnia & HerzegovinaRTVBIH
Davor Popovic Dvadeset I Prvi Vijek 014 19
05 Norway
Flag of NorwayNRK
Secret Garden Nocturne 148 01
06 Russia
Flag of RussiaORT
Philipp Kirkorov Kolybelnaya Dlya Vulkana 017 17
07 Iceland
Flag of IcelandRÚV
Bó Halldórsson Núna 031 15
08 Austria
Flag of AustriaORF
Stella Jones Die Welt Dreht Sich Verkehrt 067 13
09 Spain
Flag of SpainTVE
Anabel Conde Vuelve Conmigo 119 02
10 Turkey
Flag of TurkeyTRT
Arzu Ece Sev! 021 16
11 Croatia
Flag of CroatiaHRT
Magazin and Lidija Nostalgija 091 06
12 France
Flag of FranceFT2
Nathalie Santamaria Il Me Donne Rendez-vous 094 04
13 Hungary
Flag of HungaryMTV
Czaba Szigeti Ùj Nèv Egy Règi Hàz Fàlan 003 22
14 Belgium
Flag of BelgiumRTBF
Frédéric Etherlinck La Voix Est Libre 008 20
15 United Kingdom
Flag of United KingdomBBC
Love City Groove Love City Groove 076 10
16 Portugal
Flag of PortugalRTP
Tó Cruz Baunilha E Chocolate 005 21
17 Cyprus
Flag of CyprusCyBC
Alexandros Panayi Sti Fotia 079 09
18 Sweden
Flag of SwedenSVT
Jan Johansen Se På Mej 100 03
19 Denmark
Flag of DenmarkDR
Aud Wilken Fra Mols Til Skagen 092 05
20 Slovenia
Flag of SloveniaRTVSLO
Darja Svajger Prisluhni Mi 084 07
21 Israel
Flag of IsraelIBA
Liora Amen 081 08
22 Malta
Flag of MaltaPBM
Mike Spiteri Keep Me In Mind 076 10
23 Greece
Flag of GreeceERT
Elina Constantopoulou Pia Prossefchi 068 12

Scoreboard

Participant Austria Belgium Bosnia & Herzegovina Croatia Cyprus Denmark France Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Ireland Israel Malta Norway Poland Portugal Russia Slovenia Spain Sweden Turkey United Kingdom Points Place
Poland Poland
31641 15 18
Ireland Ireland
5111431553105 44 14
Germany Germany
1 1 23
Bosnia & Herzegovina Bosnia & Herzegovina
833 14 19
Norway Norway
5172104126121010612121274124 148 1
Russia Russia
6110 17 17
Iceland Iceland
4826236 31 15
Austria Austria
101087423226445 67 13
Spain Spain
12810107662521288788 119 2
Turkey Turkey
1517322 21 16
Croatia Croatia
10551034127412127 91 6
France France
1063268210857678321 94 4
Hungary Hungary
21 3 22
Belgium Belgium
17 8 20
United Kingdom United Kingdom
127471271551015 76 10
Portugal Portugal
41 5 21
Cyprus Cyprus
81538122645144583 79 9
Sweden Sweden
82412312412381086116 100 3
Denmark Denmark
73373771236106126 92 5
Slovenia Slovenia
362351081832457710 84 7
Israel Israel
647481055810212 81 8
Malta Malta
2121264624101107 76 10
Greece Greece
5271258106328 68 12