eurovision 1989

all time rank: the position that the country and the song have between all the eurovision songs

chart from the game vote for the best eurovision song.

Eurovision Song Contest 1989
ESC 1989 logo.png
Final date 6 May 1989
Venue Palais De Beaulieyu
Presenter(s) Jacques Deschenaux
Lolita Morena
Conductor Benoit Kaufman
Director Alain Bloch
Charles-Andre Grivet
Host broadcaster Switzerland
Opening act Celine Dion singing “Ne partez pas sans moi” and”Where does my heart beat now”
Interval act Guy Tell
Number of entries 22
Debuting countries None
Returning countries
Withdrawing countries None

participating countries

Following Céline Dion’s victory the preceding year in Dublin, beautiful Lausanne welcomed participants from 22 countries for the 1989 Eurovision Song Contest.The Eurovision Song Contest 1989 was the 34th Eurovision Song Contest and was held on 6 May 1989.Lausanne had never hosted the Eurovision Song Contest before, in fact it was only the second time since 1956 that Swiss TV had the chance to host Europe’s biggest musical event. With Cyprus back in competition, there were 22 countries again, just like in 1987. The presenters were Lolita Morena and Jacques Deschenaux. Riva was the winner of this Eurovision with the song, Rock Me, representing Yugoslavia. This was the only victory for Yugoslavia as a unified state.United Kingdom’s Ray Caruana, lead singer with Live Report was outspoken about coming second to what he considered a much less worthy song. They had been beaten by 7 points.
The French participant Nathalie Pâque was just 11 years old and one of the Israeli representatives just one year older which led the European Broadcasting Union to a change of rules for the next years to come, so a minimum age rule was introduced: a participant had to become at least 16 in the year the contest was held. Another new rule was created as well: in the event of a tie, the country with the most “12 points” wins. If this also resulted in a tie, then the winner would be the country which had received the most “10 points”. This rule became necessary in 1991 when Sweden and France were tied at first place with 146 points.
The previous year’s winner, Celine Dion, opened the show with a live performance of her winning song and a mimed performance of her first English-language single, “Where Does My Heart Beat Now”. The song went on to become a top ten hit in the US a year later – effectively launching her into international success.
This was the first year since 1970 in which no returning artist were present at the contest.
True to form, Italy sent its biggest stars to Eurovision. This year it was the turn of Fausto Leali and Anna Oxa who had won the festival of San Remo some weeks prior to the Eurovision Song Contest. Germany and Austria’s entries were both written by German pop titan, Dieter Bohlen. Bohlen became famous in Germany in the 1980’s as one half of the duo Modern Talking. Since then, he has gone on to have a successful career as one of the country’s most successful pop producers and also became a judge in the German version of Pop Idol. The tipped winner was Sweden’s Tommy Nilsson, who was heavily supported by big names in the Swedish music industry as his backing vocalists, and he ended up in a respectable fourth position. The Swiss entry Viver Senza Tei by the group Furbaz was the first entry ever to be sung in Romansch.
It was a big surprise for many that Yugoslavia won with the simple but efficient uptempo song Rock Me. However, record buyers didn’t think much of the song which only became a minor hit in some countries.

# Representing country Performer(s) Song title, writer(s) and composer(s) Points Place
01 Italy

Flag of Italy
Anna Oxa and Fausto Leali Avrei Voluto 056 09
02 Israel

Flag of Israel
Gili ve Galit Derech Ha’melech 050 12
03 Ireland

Flag of Ireland
Kiev Connolly and the Missing Passengers The Real Me 021 18
04 Netherlands

Flag of The Netherlands
Justine Pelmelay Blijf Zoals Je Bent 045 15
05 Turkey

Flag of Turkey
Pan Bana Bana 005 21
06 Belgium

Flag of Belgium
Ingeborg Door De Wind 013 19
07 United Kingdom

Flag of United Kingdom
Live Report Why Do I Always Get It Wrong 130 02
08 Norway

Flag of Norway
Britt Synnøve Johansen Venners Nærhet 030 17
09 Portugal

Flag of Portugal
Da Vinci Conquistador 039 16
10 Sweden

Flag of Sweden
Tommy Nilsson En Dag 110 04
11 Luxembourg

Flag of Luxembourg
Park Café Monsieur 008 20
12 Denmark

Flag of Denmark
Birthe Kjær Vi Maler Byen Rød 111 03
13 Austria

Flag of Austria
Thomas Forstner Nur Ein Lied 097 05
14 Finland

Flag of Finland
Anneli Saaristo La Dolce Vita 076 07
15 France

Flag of France
Nathalie Pâque J’ai Volé La Vie 060 08
16 Spain

Flag of Spain
Nina Nacida Para Amar 088 06
17 Cyprus

Flag of Cyprus
Fanny Polymeri and Yiannis Savvidakis Apopse As Vrethoume 051 11
18 Switzerland

Flag of Switzerland
Furbaz Viver Senza Tei 047 13
19 Greece

Flag of Greece
Marianna To Diko Sou Asteri 056 09
20 Iceland

Flag of Iceland
Daníel Augúst Haraldsson Það Sem Enginn Sér 000 22
21 Germany

Flag of Germany
Nino de Angelo Flieger 046 14
22 Yugoslavia

Flag of Yugoslavia
Riva Rock Me 137 01

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