eurovision 1997

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 1997
Eurovision Song Contest Logo 1997.svg
Final date 3 May 1997
Venue Point Theatre
Presenter(s) Carrie Crowley
Ronan Keating
Conductor Frank McNamara
Host broadcaster Republic of Ireland RTE
Interval act Ronan Keating,
Number of entries 25
Debuting countries None
Returning countries     
Withdrawing countries   

participating countries


Just like in 1993, 1994 and 1995, Ireland hosted the 1997 Eurovision Song Contest for the fourth time in the 1990’s and for the third time in Dublin’s Point Theatre. The Eurovision Song Contest 1997, was the 42nd Eurovision Song Contest and it was held at the Point Theatre Dublin, Ireland, on 3 May 1997. Boyzone member Ronan Keating and Carrie Crowley were the presenters of the show.
The United Kingdom charmed the national juries and the televoters from Sweden, Austria, Switzerland and Germany and easily won the trophy with Love Shine A Light by Katrina & The Waves.Marc Roberts from Ireland came second with “Mysterious Woman”. Despite being the runner-up, it remarkably received only one 12-point score, which came from the United Kingdom. “Love Shine a Light” is still regarded as one of the most successful Eurovision winners,and was the closing song in the medleys that opened the 50th anniversary show “Congratulations” in Copenhagen in 2005, and the ESC 2006 semi-final in Athens. With this victory, the United Kingdom has five Eurovision wins and it is to date the country’s last win in the Contest.
After the controversy over the pre-selection in 1996, the European Broadcasting Union introduced a new system for 1997: countries with the lowest average scores over the previous four years would be excluded from the 1997 contest, and those with the lowest averages over the previous five years would be excluded from future contests, with so many countries being omitted as would reduce the number of participants each year to 25.
Israel declined to participate, as the Contest was held on its Holocaust Remembrance Day, granting a reprieve to Bosnia and Herzegovina, which would otherwise have been excluded owing to its low point average over the previous four years.
Irish broadcaster RTÉ spent a lot of money for the set with a great result: The stage was spectacular and gave the viewer the impression of a cave. Televoting was introduced this year in the United Kingdom, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland and Germany and it would be extended to almost all participating countries in the following 1998 contest. It was the year the Eurovision Song Contest tried to appeal to the younger generation. Irish boy band Boyzone were the interval act and their lead singer Ronan Keating co-hosted the evening. The opening sequence included messages from former contest stars, including Céline Dion and Morten Harket, beamed onto a massive video wall. Russia’s Alla Pugacheva sang Primadonna – she was convinced of victory and demanded a limousine to pick her up when she arrived at the airport. Her Primadonna antics did not impress anyone, however, and she came only 15th. Another Eurovision Song Contest Primadonna was Icelandic singer Paul Oscar, a star as big as Björk in his native country. His performance was breathtaking as he sang on a white leather sofa, flanked by four women in leather dominatrix outfits. Denmark brought a rap song, Croatia came with their version of the Spice Girls and Sweden brought a mid ‘1980s style boy band.
Long-time Irish conductor Noel Kelehan was not the host conductor this year, the duty being fulfilled by Frank McNamara. However, from this year entrants were allowed to use playback, and in 1999, the orchestra was completely abolished. The very first use of playback in the Eurovision came much earlier in 1973 when Cliff Richard performed for the second time with the Shadows on “Power to All Our Friends”.
With the song Love Shine A Light, Katrina & the Waves scored an unprecedented 227 points. The total score for the United Kingdom included five sets of ’10 points’ and a record-breaking ten sets of ’12 points’. The record was not equalled before 2005 when Helena Paparizou would win for Greece. However, in 2005, 39 countries would cast their votes, compared to a modest 25 in 1997.

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

Flag of Cyprus
Chara and Andreas Konstantinou Mana Mou 098 05
02 Turkey

Flag of Turkey
Sebnem Paker and Group Etnic Dinle 121 03
03 Norway

Flag of Norway
Tor Endresen San Francisco 000 24
04 Austria

Flag of Austria
Bettina Soriat One Step 012 21
05 Ireland

Flag of Ireland
Marc Roberts Mysterious Woman 157 02
06 Slovenia

Flag of Slovenia
Tanja Ribic Zbudi Se 060 10
07 Switzerland

Flag of Switzerland
Barbara Berta Dentro Di Me 005 22
08 Netherlands

Flag of The Netherlands
Mrs. Einstein Niemand Heeft Nog Tijd 005 22
09 Italy

Flag of Italy
Jalisse Fiumi Di Parole 114 04
10 Spain

Flag of Spain
Marcos Llunas Sin Rencor 096 06
11 Germany

Flag of Germany
Bianca Shomburg Zeit 022 18
12 Poland

Flag of Poland
Anna Maria Jopek Ale Jestem 054 11
13 Estonia

Flag of Estonia
Maarja-Liis Ilus Keelatud Maa 082 08
14 Bosnia & Herzegovina

Flag of Bosnia & Herzegovina
Alma Cardzic Goodbye 022 18
15 Portugal

Flag of Portugal
Célia Lawson Antes Do Adeus 000 24
16 Sweden

Flag of Sweden
Blond Bara Hon älskar Mig 036 14
17 Greece

Flag of Greece
Marianna Zorba Horepse 039 12
18 Malta

Flag of Malta
Debbie Scerri Let Me Fly 066 09
19 Hungary

Flag of Hungary
VIP Miert Kell, Hogy Elmenj? 039 12
20 Russia

Flag of Russia
Alla Pugachova Primadonna 033 15
21 Denmark

Flag of Denmark
Kølig Kaj Stemmen I Mit Liv 025 16
22 France

Flag of France
Fanny Sentiments Songes 095 07
23 Croatia

Flag of Croatia
ENI Probudi Me 024 17
24 United Kingdom

Flag of United Kingdom
Katrina and The Waves Love Shine A Light 227 01
25 Iceland

Flag of Iceland
Paul Oscar Minn Hinsti Dans 018 20

Returning artists

Artist Country Previous Year(s)
Alma Cardiz  Bosnia and Herzegovina 1994
Maarja-Liis Ilus  Estonia 1996
Sebnem Paker  Turkey 1996

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