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Eurovision Song Contest 1999
ESC 1999 logo.jpg
Dates
Final29 May 1999 (1999-05-29)
Host
VenueUssishkin Auditorium at the International Convention Center, Jerusalem, Israel
Presenter(s)
Directed byHagai Mautner
Executive supervisorChristine Marchal-Ortiz
Executive producerAmnon Barkai
Host broadcasterIsrael Broadcasting Authority (IBA)
Interval act"Freedom Calling",with the song "Free" performed by Dana International
Reprise actAll acts performed the English version of "Hallelujah" as a tribute to the victims of the Balkan War
Participants
Number of entries23
Debuting countriesNone
Returning countries
Withdrawing countries
Vote
Voting systemEach country awarded 12, 10, 8-1 points to their 10 favourite songs
Nul pointsNone
Winning song

The Eurovision Song Contest 1999 was the 44th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Jerusalem, Israel, following Dana International's win at the 1998 contest in Birmingham, United Kingdom with the song "Diva". This was Israel's third victory in the contest (after 1978 and 1979), and the second time hosting the event (after 1979).

It was held on 29 May 1999 at the International Convention Center, the same venue that hosted it 20 years earlier. Television news anchor Yigal Ravid, singer and 1992 contestant Dafna Dekel and model/actress Sigal Shachmon were the show's hosts, and it was the first time that three presenters were used to host the Contest. Israel's two previous winners, Izhar Cohen, who won in 1978 with "A-Ba-Ni-Bi" and Milk and Honey's Gali Atari who won it the next year with "Hallelujah" attended as spectators.

The winner of the Contest was Charlotte Nilsson, representing Sweden with "Take Me to Your Heaven", which scored 163 points. This was Sweden's fourth win in the Contest and the second in the 1990s (after Carola's win for Sweden in 1991).

Location[edit]

International Convention Center, Jerusalem – host venue of the 1999 contest.

In the run-up to the Contest, many speculated that it would not be held in Israel, but would be moved to either Malta or stay at the United Kingdom (the countries that completed the top 3 of the 1998 Contest). This came about after major concerns over funding for the event from the Israeli government arose, alongside the opposition from Orthodox Jews that they would attempt to stop the Contest from coming to Israel after Dana International won the previous year's Contest. This, however, provided no hindrance for IBA or to the organizing team of the event, and the Ussishkin Auditorium at International Convention Center in Jerusalem was selected as the venue for the 44th Contest.[1]

As of 2018, this is the last Eurovision Song Contest to have been held in a concert hall rather than in an indoor arena.

Format[edit]

Long-standing rules in place for decades were abolished during this Contest: rules that each country had to sing in one of their national languages was abolished for the first time since 1977. A majority of the participating countries, fourteen out of twenty-three, chose to sing entirely or partly in English and only eight entirely in their respective national languages; Lithuania, Spain, Croatia, Poland, France, Cyprus, Portugal and Turkey, not counting the United Kingdom, Ireland and Malta, whose national language is English. Furthermore, live music became optional for the first time in the Contest's history. IBA took advantage of this and decided to drop the orchestra from the Contest as a way to conserve money for the show. This meant that for the first time all entries used backing track during their performances.[2] This caused controversy for Eurovision traditionalists, with two-time winner Johnny Logan criticising the move, describing the event now as "karaoke".[1]

A compilation CD was released in Israel. The CD omitted the songs from Poland, Cyprus, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Since then, all compilation CDs have featured all the songs.

It was announced in 1999 that, as of the 2000 Contest, the four biggest financial contributors to the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) – Germany, Spain, France and the United Kingdom – would all be given automatic entry into the Contest, regardless of their average scores over the past five years.[1][2]

Latvia had attempted to participate in the Contest for the first time, but withdrew at a late stage. This gave Hungary a chance to enter the Contest; however, Magyar Televízió decided not to take part. This allowed Portugal to compete as the 23rd country.[2]

Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark and Iceland returned to the Contest after being relegated from competing in 1998. Lithuania also returned to the Contest for the first time in five years. The Lithuanian delegation has had budget problems to contend with, and so the EBU allowed the Lithuanians to arrive in Israel a day later than everyone else. The first delegation on the other hand, to arrive were Estonia.[2]

After being relegated from the 1998 Contest, Russia's Channel One had decided not to broadcast that year's contest, in order to allow for a strong comeback in Israel. However, as only countries which had broadcast the previous year's contest were allowed to enter the next year's contest, Russia was forced to miss another year. They were joined by Finland, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, Romania, Slovakia and Switzerland; the countries with the lowest average scores over the previous five years.

The favourites to win the Contest came from Iceland's Selma with "All Out of Luck", and Cyprus's Marlain with "Tha 'Ne Erotas", after an internet poll by fans. But, while Iceland finished second to Sweden (the country's best showing in the contest), Cyprus failed to inspire televotes, finishing second last with only two points, both from the United Kingdom.[1][2]

Incidents[edit]

A number of controversies occurred before the Contest. Two songs selected to compete in Israel were found to be ineligible: Bosnia and Herzegovina's Hari Mata Hari were disqualified after their entry was discovered to have been released in Finland some years previously; Germany's Corinna May was also disqualified after her song was revealed to have been released in 1997 by a different singer.[1][3] Both artists would eventually represent their countries in Eurovision, in 2006 and 2002 respectively.

Croatia's entry attracted objections from the Norwegian delegation, due to synthesised male vocals being used on the backing track of Doris Dragović's entry. The EBU decided to reduce the country's score by a third for the purpose of calculating its five-year average to determine participation in future contests, though it was decided to leave its placement in the 1999 result unaffected.[1][2]

The interval act was provided by Dana International, who performed a cover of the Stevie Wonder song "Free", which although was a smash hit in Israel at the time, caused some controversy there due to the song's lyrics. Dana International also appeared at the end of the show, handing the winning trophy to Nilsson. After pretending that the trophy was too heavy to lift, she fell to the stage, bringing down the winning composers with her.[1][2] The show finished with the three presenters inviting everyone on stage to sing a rendition of the English version of "Hallelujah", the Israeli winner from the 1979 Contest, as a tribute to the victims of the Balkan War (particularly Serbia and Montenegro, which was banned from participation as penalty for the Balkan Wars), who were unable to view the contest after bombings destroyed television transmitters.[1]

Returning artists[edit]

Artist Country Previous Year(s)
Doris Dragović  Croatia 1986 (for Yugoslavia)
Darja Švajger  Slovenia 1995

Results[edit]

Draw Country Artist Song Language[4] Place Points
01  Lithuania Aistė "Strazdas" Samogitian 20 13
02  Belgium Vanessa Chinitor "Like the Wind" English 12 38
03  Spain Lydia "No quiero escuchar" Spanish 23 1
04  Croatia Doris Dragović "Marija Magdalena" Croatian 4 118
05  United Kingdom Precious "Say It Again" English 12 38
06  Slovenia Darja Švajger "For a Thousand Years" English 11 50
07  Turkey Tuğba Önal & Grup Mistik "Dön Artık" Turkish 16 21
08  Norway Stig Van Eijk "Living My Life Without You" English 14 35
09  Denmark Trine Jepsen & Michael Teschl "This Time I Mean It" English 8 71
10  France Nayah "Je veux donner ma voix" French 19 14
11  Netherlands Marlayne "One Good Reason" English 8 71
12  Poland Mietek Szcześniak "Przytul mnie mocno" Polish 18 17
13  Iceland Selma "All Out of Luck" English 2 146
14  Cyprus Marlain "Tha'nai Erotas" (Θα'ναι έρωτας) Greek 22 2
15  Sweden Charlotte Nilsson "Take Me to Your Heaven" English 1 163
16  Portugal Rui Bandeira "Como tudo começou" Portuguese 21 12
17  Ireland The Mullans "When You Need Me" English 17 18
18  Austria Bobbie Singer "Reflection" English 10 65
19  Israel Eden "Yom Huledet (Happy Birthday)" (יום הולדת) English, Hebrew 5 93
20  Malta Times Three "Believe 'n Peace" English 15 32
21  Germany Sürpriz "Reise nach Jerusalem – Kudüs'e seyahat" German, Turkish,
English, Hebrew
3 140
22  Bosnia and Herzegovina Dino & Béatrice "Putnici" Bosnian, French 7 86
23  Estonia Evelin Samuel & Camille "Diamond of Night" English 6 90

Voting structure[edit]

Each country had a televote, where the top ten most voted-for songs were awarded the 12, 10, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 points, with the exceptions of Turkey, Lithuania, Ireland and Bosnia and Herzegovina who used juries.[citation needed]

Score sheet[edit]

Voting procedure used:
Red: Televote
Blue: Jury
Voters
Total score
Lithuania
Belgium
Spain
Croatia
United Kingdom
Slovenia
Turkey
Norway
Denmark
France
Netherlands
Poland
Iceland
Cyprus
Sweden
Portugal
Ireland
Austria
Israel
Malta
Germany
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Estonia
Contestants
Lithuania 13 2 5 3 1 2
Belgium 38 4 2 10 2 10 5 5
Spain 1 1
Croatia 118 6 5 12 12 8 7 1 7 4 2 1 6 6 8 7 5 10 8 3
United Kingdom 38 5 4 5 2 4 1 4 4 8 1
Slovenia 50 10 2 2 12 1 6 12 5
Turkey 21 4 5 12
Norway 35 7 6 7 7 5 3
Denmark 71 5 5 5 1 12 8 8 3 7 5 2 4 6
France 14 2 2 8 2
Netherlands 71 4 12 3 8 3 5 7 6 4 2 1 4 6 2 4
Poland 17 7 4 6
Iceland 146 8 8 10 10 10 10 12 7 4 12 12 4 4 2 10 10 3 10
Cyprus 2 2
Sweden 163 3 7 6 12 7 6 12 10 3 8 6 10 6 10 5 6 8 12 2 12 12
Portugal 12 12
Ireland 18 12 4 1 1
Austria 65 6 7 4 6 3 2 3 8 1 7 5 5 8
Israel 93 3 8 8 1 3 2 2 10 4 10 1 10 3 8 1 6 7 2 4
Malta 32 6 6 3 1 7 1 7 1
Germany 140 10 7 3 1 6 12 3 5 8 12 12 5 2 12 10 12 3 10 7
Bosnia and Herzegovina 86 1 10 10 7 7 8 6 3 5 3 6 12 8
Estonia 90 1 4 1 3 8 5 4 4 5 8 2 10 7 8 3 1 7 6 3

12 points[edit]

Below is a summary of all 12 point in the final:

N. Contestant Voting nation
5 Germany Israel, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Turkey
Sweden Bosnia and Herzegovina, Estonia, Malta, Norway, United Kingdom
3 Iceland Cyprus, Denmark, Sweden
2 Croatia Slovenia, Spain
Slovenia Croatia, Ireland
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina Austria
Denmark Iceland
Ireland Lithuania
Netherlands Belgium
Portugal France
Turkey Germany

Qualification for the 2000 contest[edit]

In addition to the Big Four and the host country of the 2000 contest, Sweden, the 13 countries with the highest average scores between 1995 and 1999 were allowed to take part in the Eurovision Song Contest 2000.

Key:
     Automatically qualified
     Qualified

Rank Country Score Average score
1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
 United Kingdom 76 77 227 166 38 116.80
1  Israel 81 172 93 115.33
 Sweden 100 100 36 53 163 90.40
2  Ireland 44 162 157 64 18 89.00
3  Croatia 91 98 24 131 79[a] 84.60
4  Malta 76 68 66 165 32 81.40
5  Netherlands 78 5 150 71 76.00
6  Estonia 94 82 36 90 75.50
7  Norway 148 114 0 79 35 75.20
8  Denmark 92 25 71 62.67
 Germany 1 22 86 140 62.25
9  Iceland 31 51 18 146 61.50
10  Cyprus 79 72 98 37 2 57.60
11  Austria 67 68 12 65 53.00
 Spain 119 17 96 21 1 50.80
12  Turkey 21 57 121 25 21 49.00
13  Belgium 8 22 122 38 47.50
14  Slovenia 84 16 60 17 50 45.40
 France 94 18 95 3 14 44.80
15  Bosnia and Herzegovina 14 13 22 86 33.75
16  Portugal 5 92 0 36 12 29.00
17  Poland 15 31 54 19 17 27.20
18  Lithuania 13 13.00

International broadcasts and voting[edit]

Voting and spokespersons[edit]

  1.  LithuaniaAndrius Tapinas
  2.  Belgium – Sabine De Vos[5]
  3.  Spain – Hugo de Campos
  4.  Croatia – Marko Rašica[6]
  5.  United KingdomColin Berry
  6.  Slovenia – Mira Berginc
  7.  Turkey – Osman Erkan
  8.  Norway – Ragnhild Sælthun Fjørtoft
  9.  Denmark – Kirsten Siggaard (Danish representative in 1984, 1985 and 1988 as member of Hot Eyes)[7]
  10.  FranceMarie Myriam (Eurovision winner for France in 1977)[8]
  11.  NetherlandsEdsilia Rombley (Dutch representative in 1998 and 2007)
  12.  Poland – Jan Chojnacki
  13.  Iceland – Áslaug Dóra Eyjólfsdóttir
  14.  Cyprus – Marina Maleni[9]
  15.  SwedenPontus Gårdinger[10]
  16.  PortugalManuel Luís Goucha[11]
  17.  Ireland – Clare McNamara
  18.  Austria – Dodo Roščić
  19.  Israel – Yoav Ginai (Lyricist of 1998 Eurovision winner "Diva")[12]
  20.  Malta – Nirvana Azzopardi
  21.  GermanyRenan Demirkan
  22.  Bosnia and Herzegovina – Segmedina Srna
  23.  EstoniaMart Sander[13]

Commentators[edit]

Participating countries[edit]

Non-participating countries[edit]

Radio commentators[edit]

Some participating countries did not provide radio broadcasts for the event; the ones who did are listed below.

Notes and references[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Croatia scored 118 points in the 1999 contest, however due to controversy surrounding its usage of pre-recorded vocals in the live performance, its score was reduced by a third for the purpose of calculating the five-year average to determine participation in future contests.

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