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.

1995 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.

Another Irish win (of sorts!)

Norway scored its second victory with Nocturne performed by the group Secret Garden. The winning song only consisted of 24 words and was inspired by Celtic music. In fact the group's violinist was in fact Irish meaning that it could be considered to be a victory for Ireland as well.

Facts and figures

  • Three of the top five countries in 1995 were Scandinavian; Norway won, Sweden came third and Denmark fifth. Germany had its worst placing ever, only the Maltese jury awarded one single point to Stone & Stone's Verliebt In Dich.
  • Since it was the 40th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, the programme started with a three-minute compilation of previous contests.
  • The United Kingdom sent a rap song in 1995, a rapid departure from previous musical styles seen in the Eurovision Song Contest.

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
Mateusz Pospieszalski/Wojciech... Wojciech Waglewski
015 18
02 Ireland
Flag of IrelandRTÉ
Eddie Friel Dreamin'
Richard Abbott/Barry Woods
044 14
03 Germany
Flag of GermanyARD
Stone and Stone Verliebt In Dich
Cheyenne Stone
001 23
04 Bosnia & Herzegovina
Flag of Bosnia & HerzegovinaRTVBIH
Davor Popovic Dvadeset I Prvi Vijek
Zlatan Fazlic/Sinan Alimanovic Zlatan Fazlic
014 19
05 Norway
Flag of NorwayNRK
Secret Garden Nocturne
Rolf Løvland Petter Skavlan
148 01
06 Russia
Flag of RussiaORT
Philipp Kirkorov Kolybelnaya Dlya Vulkana
Ilya Reznyk Ilya Bershadsky
017 17
07 Iceland
Flag of IcelandRÚV
Bó Halldórsson Núna
Bó Halldórsson/Ed Welch Jón Örn Marinósson
031 15
08 Austria
Flag of AustriaORF
Stella Jones Die Welt Dreht Sich Verkehrt
Mischa Krausz
067 13
09 Spain
Flag of SpainTVE
Anabel Conde Vuelve Conmigo
José María Purón
119 02
10 Turkey
Flag of TurkeyTRT
Arzu Ece Sev!
Melih Kibar Zeynep Talu
021 16
11 Croatia
Flag of CroatiaHRT
Magazin and Lidija Nostalgija
Tonci Huljic Vjekoslava Huljic
091 06
12 France
Flag of FranceFT2
Nathalie Santamaria Il Me Donne Rendez-vous
François Bernheim Didier Barbelivien
094 04
13 Hungary
Flag of HungaryMTV
Czaba Szigeti Ùj Nèv Egy Règi Hàz Fàlan
Ferenc Balázs Attila Horváth
003 22
14 Belgium
Flag of BelgiumRTBF
Frédéric Etherlinck La Voix Est Libre
Pierre Theunis
008 20
15 United Kingdom
Flag of United KingdomBBC
Love City Groove Love City Groove
Paul Hardy/Steven Rudden/Tatsi...
076 10
16 Portugal
Flag of PortugalRTP
Tó Cruz Baunilha E Chocolate
António Vitorino de Almeida Rosa Lobato De Faria
005 21
17 Cyprus
Flag of CyprusCyBC
Alexandros Panayi Sti Fotia
Alexandros Panayi
079 09
18 Sweden
Flag of SwedenSVT
Jan Johansen Se På Mej
Håkan Almqvist/Bobby Ljunggren Ingela Pling Forsman
100 03
19 Denmark
Flag of DenmarkDR
Aud Wilken Fra Mols Til Skagen
Mette Mathiesen/Lise Cabble Lise Cabble
092 05
20 Slovenia
Flag of SloveniaRTVSLO
Darja Svajger Prisluhni Mi
Primoz Peterca/Saso Fajon Primoz Peterca
084 07
21 Israel
Flag of IsraelIBA
Liora Amen
Moshe Datz Hamutal Ben Ze'ev
081 08
22 Malta
Flag of MaltaPBM
Mike Spiteri Keep Me In Mind
Ray Agius Alfred Sant
076 10
23 Greece
Flag of GreeceERT
Elina Constantopoulou Pia Prossefchi
Nikos Terzis Antonis Pappas
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