Eurovision Song Contest 1998

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The Eurovision Song Contest 1998 was the 43rd Eurovision Song Contest and was held on May 9, 1998 in Birmingham, England. The presenters were Terry Wogan and Ulrika Jonsson. Dana International was the winner of this Eurovision with the song, Diva.

Results

1998 Eurovision Song Contest
Country Artist(s) Song Place Points
Belgium Mélanie Cohl Dis Oui 6 122
Croatia Danijela Martinovic Neka mi ne svane 5 131
Cyprus Michalis Hadjiyiannis Yenesis 11 37
Estonia Koit Toome Mere lapsed 12 36
Finland Edea Aava 15 22
FYR of Macedonia Vlado Janevski Ne zori, zoro 19 16
France Marie Line Où Aller 24 3
Germany Guildo Horn Guildo Hat Euch Lieb 7 86
Greece Thalassa Mia Krifi Evesthisia 20 12
Hungary Charlie A Holnap Mar Nem Lesz Szomoru 23 4
Ireland Dawn Is Always Over Now? 9 64
Israel Dana International Diva 1 172
Malta Chiara The One That I Love 3 165
Netherlands Edsilia Rombley Hemel En Aarde 4 150
Norway Lars Fredriksen Alltid Sommer 8 79
Poland Olga Pruszkowska To Takie Proste 17 19
Portugal Alma Lusa Se eu te pudesse abraçar 12 36
Romania Malina Olinescu Eu Cred 22 6
Slovakia Katerina Hasprova Modlitba 21 8
Slovenia Vili Resnik Naj bogovi slišijo 18 17
Spain Mikel Herzog Que Voy A Hacer Sin Ti 16 21
Sweden Jill Johnson Kärleken Är 10 53
Switzerland Gunvor Lass' ihn 25 0
Turkey Tüzmen Unutamazsin 14 25
United Kingdom Imaani Where are you? 2 166
Venue: National Indoor Arena - Birmingham, United Kingdom
The table is ordered by the countries names.

First Appearances

Republic of Macedonia

Voting Structure

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 a backup jury in case of mistakes. A Jury was used if there was exceptional reasons not to use a televote.

With just one country left to vote, it was anyone's guess who was going to prevail, with Israel and Malta locked in battle on the same points total (or so the scoreboard said - in fact, Spain's vote had been wrongly tallied and Malta was really one point ahead), and the United Kingdom apparently nine points behind (really nine behind Malta and eight behind Israel). When FYR Macedonia came to award the decisive points, Israel were the first of the three contenders to be mentioned, receiving eight points. That was enough to knock the UK out of contention for victory, but left plenty of room for Israel to be overtaken by their principal rival. Next, the ten points went to the UK, nudging them into what looked like being an extremely fleeting spell in second place, since most of the audience assumed the twelve points were destined for Malta. Instead, there were gasps as FYR Macedonia sent the final points of the evening to fellow Balkan nation Croatia, handing Israel their first win in the contest since "Hallelujah" in 1979.


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