eurovision 1996

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 1996
Final date 18 May 1996
Venue Oslo Spektrum
Presenter(s) Ingvild Bryn
Morten Harket
Conductor Frode Thingnaes
Director Pal Veiglum
Host broadcaster Norway NRK
Opening act Morten Harket performing “Heaven’s Not For Saints”
Interval act “Beacon Burning” video and dance act
Number of entries 23
Debuting countries None
Returning countries     
Withdrawing countries     

participating countries


The 1996 Eurovision Song Contest moved to a new destination, after it had been in Ireland for the three preceding years. Norway’s capital Oslo had the honour of hosting the contest, it’s 41st running, for the first time and was held on 18 May 1996.The presenters were Ingvild Bryn and Morten Harket. Harket, lead singer of a-ha, opened the show with a performance of his single “Heaven’s Not For Saints”. Eimear Quinn of Ireland was the winner of this Eurovision with the song, “The Voice”. The song was written by Brendan Graham, who also composed the 1994 winner “Rock ‘n’ Roll Kids”. It was also a record seventh win for Ireland.
For the 1996 contest, the European Broadcasting Union replaced the relegation system with an audio preselection. This new system was tried out in order to find a more acceptable method of whittling down the large number of potentially participating countries. Apart from the host country of Norway, all other potential participants – 29 countries in total – competed in this audio preselection, in which the national juries solely listened to audio tapes with the recordings of the 29 songs. 22 out of the 29 countries plus the host nation Norway were allowed access into the final on 18th May in Oslo. Germany, Israel, Denmark, Hungary, Russia, FYR Macedonia and Romania all failed to qualify. This type of pre-qualifier round was conceived by many broadcasters and the European audience as rather peculiar, because the pre-selection was not broadcast in any way and the full results of the voting were not made public either. With Germany not qualifying – the first time ever Germany couldn’t participate – the organisers were also confronted with much less financial means than expected.
The 1996 contest also featured two novelties — which similarly failed to become a tradition — firstly a short ‘good luck message’ for each entry, recorded by a political leader or official from their country. Secondly, the voting section was conducted using “blue screen” virtual reality technology provided by Silicon Graphics. The host Ingvild Bryn introduced the viewers to the ‘blue room’, upon which a 3D scoreboard, views of the green room, the jury spokespersons and country graphics appeared. The only physical aspects were Ingvild herself and two podiums.
The United Kingdom’s song Just A Little Bit by Australian Gina G, did not go down too well with more conservative juries, who felt her designer coin-clad dress and fast-paced performance was too racy for the Eurovision Song Contest. The song went on to be a big hit in the UK and in the USA, Gina G was nominated for a Grammy as Best Dance Act.

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

Flag of Turkey
Sebnem Paker Besinçi Mevsim 057 12
02 United Kingdom

Flag of United Kingdom
Gina G Just A Little Bit 077 08
03 Spain

Flag of Spain
Antonio Carbonell ¡ay, Qué Deseo! 017 20
04 Portugal

Flag of Portugal
Lúcia Moniz O Meu Coração Não Tem Cor 092 06
05 Cyprus

Flag of Cyprus
Constantinos Mono Gia Mas 072 09
06 Malta

Flag of Malta
Miriam Christine In A Woman’s Heart 068 10
07 Croatia

Flag of Croatia
Maja Blagdan Sveta Ljubav 098 04
08 Austria

Flag of Austria
George Nußbaumer Weil’s Dr Guat Got 068 10
09 Switzerland

Flag of Switzerland
Cathy Leander Mon Coeur L’aime 022 16
10 Greece

Flag of Greece
Marianna Efstratiou Emis Forame To Himona Anixiatika 036 14
11 Estonia

Flag of Estonia
Ivo Linna and Maarja-Liis Ilus Kaelakee Hääl 094 05
12 Norway

Flag of Norway
Elisabeth Andreasson I Evighet 114 02
13 France

Flag of France
Dan Ar Braz et l’Héritage des Celtes Diwanit Bugale 018 19
14 Slovenia

Flag of Slovenia
Regina Dan najlepših sanj 016 21
15 Netherlands

Flag of The Netherlands
Maxine and Franklin Brown De Eerste Keer 078 07
16 Belgium

Flag of Belgium
Lisa del Bo Liefde Is Een Kaartspel 022 16
17 Ireland

Flag of Ireland
Eimear Quinn The Voice 162 01
18 Finland

Flag of Finland
Jasmine Niin Kaunis On Taivas 009 23
19 Iceland

Flag of Iceland
Anna Mjöll Sjúbídú 051 13
20 Poland

Flag of Poland
Kasia Kowalska Chce Znac Swój Grzech 031 15
21 Bosnia & Herzegovina

Flag of Bosnia & Herzegovina
Amila Glamocak Za Našu Ljubav 013 22
22 Slovakia

Flag of Slovakia
Marcel Palonder Kým Nás Mᚠ019 18
23 Sweden

Flag of Sweden
One More Time Den Vilda 100 03

Returning artists

Artist Country Previous Year(s)
Mariana Efstratiou  Greece 1989
Elisabethe Andreassen  Norway 1982 (for Sweden part of Chips)
1985 (part of Bobbysocks!, winner), 1994

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