Eurovision Song Contest 1997

Dublin's Point Theatre was - yet again - the venue for the 1997 Eurovision Song Contest. To date it is the last contest that has been held in Ireland. For the first ever the public had a say in the outcome of the competition.

To The Point!

Just like in 1993, 1994 and 1995, Ireland hosted the 1997 Eurovision Song Contest. Despite initial discussions that state broadcaster RTE were to team up with the BBC in Northern Ireland, they decided to go it alone. It was fourth time in five years at that the same country had hosted the event, a record that RTE were said to be extremely proud of.

25 countries participated in 1997 and the audio preselection that was in place the year before was replaced with a new system. From 1997 the average results of all countries in the last give song contests would be measured. Israel withdrew voluntarily, and Bosnia & Herzegovina took their place. Belgium, Finland, Romania and Slovakia were all absent in Dublin that year.

Televoting was introduced for the first time in 1997 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.

Walking on Sunshine

The United Kingdom won the 1997 Eurovision Song Contest. Katrina & the Waves scored an unprecedented 227 points with their song Love Shine A Light. The winning song gave the band their biggest hit since Walking on Sunshine.

Facts and figures

  • Russia's Alla Pugacheva lived up to the title of her entry Primadonna and was so convinced of victory that she demanded a limousine to pick her up when she arrived at the airport.
  • Icelandic singer Paul Oscar, broke new ground with his performance on a white leather sofa, flanked by four women in leather dominatrix outfits. The song scored will with televoters though; Sweden gave the song 8 points meaning that it ranked third in the national vote and the UK gave 6 points as it came fifth in the popular vote.

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
Levent Çoker Mehtap Alnitemiz
121 03
03 Norway
Flag of NorwayNRK
Tor Endresen San Francisco
Tor Endresen/Arne Myksvol Tor Endresen
000 24
04 Austria
Flag of AustriaORF
Bettina Soriat One Step
Marc Berry Ina Siber/Marc Berry
012 21
05 Ireland
Flag of IrelandRTÉ
Marc Roberts Mysterious Woman
John Farry
157 02
06 Slovenia
Flag of SloveniaRTVSLO
Tanja Ribic Zbudi Se
Sašo Lošic Zoran Predin
060 10
07 Switzerland
Flag of SwitzerlandSSR SRG
Barbara Berta Dentro Di Me
Barbara Berta
005 22
08 The Netherlands
Flag of The NetherlandsNOS
Mrs. Einstein Niemand Heeft Nog Tijd
Ed Hooijmans
005 22
09 Italy
Flag of ItalyRAI
Jalisse Fiumi Di Parole
Fabio Ricci Carmen di Domenico/Alessandra ...
114 04
10 Spain
Flag of SpainTVE
Marcos Llunas Sin Rencor
Marcos Llunas
096 06
11 Germany
Flag of GermanyARD
Bianca Shomburg Zeit
Ralph Siegel Bernd Meinunger
022 18
12 Poland
Flag of PolandTVP
Anna Maria Jopek Ale Jestem
Tomasz Lewandowski Magda Czapinska
054 11
13 Estonia
Flag of EstoniaERR
Maarja-Liis Ilus Keelatud Maa
Harmo Kallaste Kaari Sillamaa
082 08
14 Bosnia & Herzegovina
Flag of Bosnia & HerzegovinaRTVBIH
Alma Cardzic Goodbye
Sinan Alimanovic/Milic Vukasin... Milic Vukasinovic
022 18
15 Portugal
Flag of PortugalRTP
Célia Lawson Antes Do Adeus
Thilo Krassmann Rosa Lobato de Faria
000 24
16 Sweden
Flag of SwedenSVT
Blond Bara Hon älskar Mig
Stephan Berg
036 14
17 Greece
Flag of GreeceERT
Marianna Zorba Horepse
Manolis Manouselis
039 12
18 Malta
Flag of MaltaPBS
Debbie Scerri Let Me Fly
Ray Agius
066 09
19 Hungary
Flag of HungaryMTV
VIP Miert Kell, Hogy Elmenj?
Viktor Rakonczai/Sandor Jozsa Krisztina Bokor Fekete/Attila ...
039 12
20 Russia
Flag of RussiaORT
Alla Pugachova Primadonna
Alla Pugachova
033 15
21 Denmark
Flag of DenmarkDR
Kølig Kaj Stemmen I Mit Liv
Lars Pedersen Thomas Laegård
025 16
22 France
Flag of FranceFT2
Fanny Sentiments Songes
Jean-Paul Dreau
095 07
23 Croatia
Flag of CroatiaHRT
ENI Probudi Me
Davor Tolja Alida Sarar
024 17
24 United Kingdom
Flag of United KingdomBBC
Katrina and The Waves Love Shine A Light
Kimberley Rew
227 01
25 Iceland
Flag of IcelandRÚV
Paul Oscar Minn Hinsti Dans
Trausti Haraldsson/Paul Oscar Paul Oscar
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