Eurovision Song Contest 1997

Dublin's Point Theatre was - yet again - the venue for the 1997 Eurovision Song Contest, the last one to date hosted on Irish ground. The United Kingdom charmed the national juries and the televoters from Sweden, Austria, Switzerland and Germany and easily won the trophy with Love Shine A Light by Katrina & The Waves.

To The Point!

Just like in 1993, 1994 and 1995, Ireland hosted the 1997 Eurovision Song Contest for the fourth time in the 1990's and for the third time in Dublin's Point Theatre. This year the number of participants rose to 25 again. The 1996 audio preselection procedure was dropped for a new system: the average results of all countries in the last five song contests were measured, and the 25 countries that had done best qualified for the final in Dublin. Israel withdrew voluntarily, and Bosnia & Herzegovina took their place. Belgium, Finland, Romania and Slovakia were forced to take a break from Eurovision this year.

Irish broadcaster RTÉ spent a lot of money for the set with a great result: The stage was spectacular and gave the viewer the impression of a cave. Televoting was introduced this year in the United Kingdom, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland and Germany and it would be extended to almost all participating countries in the following 1998 contest.

It was the year the Eurovision Song Contest tried to appeal to the younger generation. Irish boy band Boyzone were the interval act and their lead singer Ronan Keating co-hosted the evening. The opening sequence included messages from former contest stars, including Céline Dion and Morten Harket, beamed onto a massive video wall.

Russia's Alla Pugacheva - a star who has sold more records than ABBA - sang Primadonna - she was convinced of victory and demanded a limousine to pick her up when she arrived at the airport. Her Primadonna antics did not impress anyone, however, and she came only 15th. Another Eurovision Song Contest Primadonna was the Icelandic singer Paul Oscar, a star as big as Björk in his native country. His performance was breathtaking as he sang on a white leather sofa, flanked by four women in leather dominatrix outfits.

About the winner

For the fifth time in the history of the contest, the United Kingdom won. With the song Love Shine A Light, Katrina & the Waves scored an unprecedented 227 points. The total score for the United Kingdom included five sets of '10 points' and a record-breaking ten sets of '12 points'. The record was not equalled before 2005 when Helena Paparizou would win for Greece. However, in 2005, 39 countries would cast their votes, compared to a modest 25 in 1997.

Facts & Figures


Saturday 3 May 1997


The Point Theatre, Dublin, Ireland


Katrina and The Waves from United Kingdom




Carrie Crowley & Ronan Keating


Ian McGarry

Interval Act

Ronan Keating and Boyzone

The Participants

# Representing country Performer(s) Song title, writer(s) and composer(s) Points Place
01 Cyprus
Flag of CyprusCyBC
Chara and Andreas Konstantinou Mana Mou 098 05
02 Turkey
Flag of TurkeyTRT
Sebnem Paker and Group Etnic Dinle 121 03
03 Norway
Flag of NorwayNRK
Tor Endresen San Francisco 000 24
04 Austria
Flag of AustriaORF
Bettina Soriat One Step 012 21
05 Ireland
Flag of IrelandRTÉ
Marc Roberts Mysterious Woman 157 02
06 Slovenia
Flag of SloveniaRTVSLO
Tanja Ribic Zbudi Se 060 10
07 Switzerland
Flag of SwitzerlandSSR SRG
Barbara Berta Dentro Di Me 005 22
08 The Netherlands
Flag of The NetherlandsNOS
Mrs. Einstein Niemand Heeft Nog Tijd 005 22
09 Italy
Flag of ItalyRAI
Jalisse Fiumi Di Parole 114 04
10 Spain
Flag of SpainTVE
Marcos Llunas Sin Rencor 096 06
11 Germany
Flag of GermanyARD
Bianca Shomburg Zeit 022 18
12 Poland
Flag of PolandTVP
Anna Maria Jopek Ale Jestem 054 11
13 Estonia
Flag of EstoniaERR
Maarja-Liis Ilus Keelatud Maa 082 08
14 Bosnia & Herzegovina
Flag of Bosnia & HerzegovinaRTVBIH
Alma Cardzic Goodbye 022 18
15 Portugal
Flag of PortugalRTP
Célia Lawson Antes Do Adeus 000 24
16 Sweden
Flag of SwedenSVT
Blond Bara Hon älskar Mig 036 14
17 Greece
Flag of GreeceERT
Marianna Zorba Horepse 039 12
18 Malta
Flag of MaltaPBS
Debbie Scerri Let Me Fly 066 09
19 Hungary
Flag of HungaryMTV
VIP Miert Kell, Hogy Elmenj? 039 12
20 Russia
Flag of RussiaORT
Alla Pugachova Primadonna 033 15
21 Denmark
Flag of DenmarkDR
Kølig Kaj Stemmen I Mit Liv 025 16
22 France
Flag of FranceFT2
Fanny Sentiments Songes 095 07
23 Croatia
Flag of CroatiaHRT
ENI Probudi Me 024 17
24 United Kingdom
Flag of United KingdomBBC
Katrina and The Waves Love Shine A Light 227 01
25 Iceland
Flag of IcelandRÚV
Paul Oscar Minn Hinsti Dans 018 20


Participant Austria Bosnia & Herzegovina Croatia Cyprus Denmark Estonia France Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Ireland Italy Malta Norway Poland Portugal Russia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland The Netherlands Turkey United Kingdom Points Place
Cyprus Cyprus
4714512123472314104105 98 5
Turkey Turkey
7126612767271054126624 121 3
Norway Norway
- 24
Austria Austria
5133 12 21
Ireland Ireland
1086810810881037105161074612 157 2
Slovenia Slovenia
73247335241010 60 10
Switzerland Switzerland
23 5 22
The Netherlands The Netherlands
41 5 22
Italy Italy
161064453118127108310753 114 4
Spain Spain
1022261063124885864 96 6
Germany Germany
351535 22 18
Poland Poland
84533617142721 54 11
Estonia Estonia
611887428126134110 82 8
Bosnia & Herzegovina Bosnia & Herzegovina
413428 22 18
Portugal Portugal
- 24
Sweden Sweden
645867 36 14
Greece Greece
7126527 39 12
Malta Malta
5853187610112 66 9
Hungary Hungary
255542538 39 12
Russia Russia
571128 33 15
Denmark Denmark
267712 25 16
France France
3311242101012126622352 95 7
Croatia Croatia
2418351 24 17
United Kingdom United Kingdom
121012712101210101281281610712851212127 227 1
Iceland Iceland
2286 18 20