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.
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|
||Sebnem Paker||Besinçi Mevsim||057||12|
||Gina G||Just A Little Bit||077||08|
||Antonio Carbonell||¡ay, Qué Deseo!||017||20|
||Lúcia Moniz||O Meu Coração Não Tem Cor||092||06|
||Constantinos||Mono Gia Mas||072||09|
||Miriam Christine||In A Woman’s Heart||068||10|
||Maja Blagdan||Sveta Ljubav||098||04|
||George Nußbaumer||Weil’s Dr Guat Got||068||10|
||Cathy Leander||Mon Coeur L’aime||022||16|
||Marianna Efstratiou||Emis Forame To Himona Anixiatika||036||14|
||Ivo Linna and Maarja-Liis Ilus||Kaelakee Hääl||094||05|
||Elisabeth Andreasson||I Evighet||114||02|
||Dan Ar Braz et l’Héritage des Celtes||Diwanit Bugale||018||19|
||Regina||Dan najlepših sanj||016||21|
||Maxine and Franklin Brown||De Eerste Keer||078||07|
||Lisa del Bo||Liefde Is Een Kaartspel||022||16|
||Eimear Quinn||The Voice||162||01|
||Jasmine||Niin Kaunis On Taivas||009||23|
||Kasia Kowalska||Chce Znac Swój Grzech||031||15|
|21||Bosnia & Herzegovina
||Amila Glamocak||Za Nau Ljubav||013||22|
||Marcel Palonder||Kým Nás Má||019||18|
||One More Time||Den Vilda||100||03|
|Elisabethe Andreassen||Norway||1982 (for Sweden part of Chips)
1985 (part of Bobbysocks!, winner), 1994