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.
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|
||Chara and Andreas Konstantinou||Mana Mou||098||05|
||Sebnem Paker and Group Etnic||Dinle||121||03|
||Tor Endresen||San Francisco||000||24|
||Bettina Soriat||One Step||012||21|
||Marc Roberts||Mysterious Woman||157||02|
||Tanja Ribic||Zbudi Se||060||10|
||Barbara Berta||Dentro Di Me||005||22|
||Mrs. Einstein||Niemand Heeft Nog Tijd||005||22|
||Jalisse||Fiumi Di Parole||114||04|
||Marcos Llunas||Sin Rencor||096||06|
||Anna Maria Jopek||Ale Jestem||054||11|
||Maarja-Liis Ilus||Keelatud Maa||082||08|
|14||Bosnia & Herzegovina
||Célia Lawson||Antes Do Adeus||000||24|
||Blond||Bara Hon älskar Mig||036||14|
||Debbie Scerri||Let Me Fly||066||09|
||VIP||Miert Kell, Hogy Elmenj?||039||12|
||Kølig Kaj||Stemmen I Mit Liv||025||16|
||Katrina and The Waves||Love Shine A Light||227||01|
||Paul Oscar||Minn Hinsti Dans||018||20|
|Alma Cardiz||Bosnia and Herzegovina||1994|