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.
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|
||Anna Oxa and Fausto Leali||Avrei Voluto||056||09|
||Gili ve Galit||Derech Ha’melech||050||12|
||Kiev Connolly and the Missing Passengers||The Real Me||021||18|
||Justine Pelmelay||Blijf Zoals Je Bent||045||15|
||Ingeborg||Door De Wind||013||19|
||Live Report||Why Do I Always Get It Wrong||130||02|
||Britt Synnøve Johansen||Venners Nærhet||030||17|
||Tommy Nilsson||En Dag||110||04|
||Birthe Kjær||Vi Maler Byen Rød||111||03|
||Thomas Forstner||Nur Ein Lied||097||05|
||Anneli Saaristo||La Dolce Vita||076||07|
||Nathalie Pâque||J’ai Volé La Vie||060||08|
||Nina||Nacida Para Amar||088||06|
||Fanny Polymeri and Yiannis Savvidakis||Apopse As Vrethoume||051||11|
||Furbaz||Viver Senza Tei||047||13|
||Marianna||To Diko Sou Asteri||056||09|
||Daníel Augúst Haraldsson||Það Sem Enginn Sér||000||22|
||Nino de Angelo||Flieger||046||14|