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 1998 Eurovision Song Contest from Birmingham resulted in a thrilling voting with the most controversial winner in the history of the contest: Dana International from Israel.was held on 9 May 1998 at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England. he presenters were Terry Wogan and Ulrika Jonsson. Despite being one of the presenters, Terry Wogan still managed to provide his trademark comedy commentary to the contest for the BBC.
Dana International from Israel narrowly won this year’s Eurovision, with the song “Diva”, written by Svika Pick and Yoav Ginai. The singer had attracted much media attention both in Israel and Europe since she had undergone gender reassignment in 1993, being the first openly transgender performer to enter the competition.
In 1998, for the 43rd edition of the Eurovision Contest, 25 countries participated in the event. All countries that were relegated in the 1997 Eurovision Song Contest came back plus FYR Macedonia entered the contest for the first time. Austria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Denmark, Russia and Iceland were relegated in 1998 as their 5-year-average points were worse than those of all the other countries. Italian broadcaster RAI decided to withdraw permanently. Mass televoting took part for the first time and only countries which did not have a properly functioning telephone system were still allowed to vote through the national juries. There was a problem with the Spanish televote as Spanish televoters had awarded 12 points to Germany, but while announcing the points, the 12 points went to Israel! However, the mistake was quickly unearthed after the show and you have the correct rankings and points on our scoreboard here.
After the points from most of the countries were announced, it was clear that Israel, Malta, and the United Kingdom would be fighting for the top spot. Israel and Malta were apparently tied with 166 points after the penultimate vote (in fact, Spain’s vote had been wrongly tallied and the real scores were Malta 165, Israel 164). Everything came down to the vote of Fyrom, who rewarded Israel with 8 points, United Kingdom 10, and in a twist awarded 12 points to Croatia not Malta, leaving Chiara to fall from first place to third. On the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the state of Israel, Dana International brought the nation their third Song Contest victory. Also, Edsilia Rombley, who placed fourth with 150 points, ensured the best result for the Netherlands since their win in 1975.
For the second year in a row, at least one country went home empty-handed; Switzerland’s Gunvor Guggisberg with her composition “Lass Ihn” failed to score a single point.Other notable participants were Germany’s Guildo Horn, whose shocking comedic act culminated in his climbing the scaffolding on the side of the stage. Controversially chosen to represent Germany, he was criticised for his lack of seriousness by the German press. However, after winning by 60% of the vote, the German people were firmly on Horn’s side. Greece earned only 12 points, all of which came from Cyprus.
Russia and Italy did not broadcast the event due to withdrawals. In 1998 the Russian broadcaster Channel One prepared to run internal preselections, but soon organisers realised that because of low average results in previous years Russia would not qualify to compete in 1998
Spain originally gave its 12 points to Israel and 10 to Norway. After the broadcast it was announced that Spanish broadcaster wrongly tallied the votes and Germany should have got the top mark – 12 points – instead of being snubbed, as it happened. The mistake was corrected and so Germany was placed 7th over Norway. Israel and Norway both received 2 points less than originally and Croatia, Malta, Portugal, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Belgium, Estonia and Turkey all received one point less than indicated during the broadcast.It is also noteworthy that Israel only received points from 21 of the 24 other countries, whereas the United Kingdom received at least one point from every country, but finished second. Furthermore, whilst Israel received three sets of 12 points compared to Malta and the United Kingdom who both received four sets of 12 points, Israel received a seven sets of 10 points to help seal the win.
|#||Representing country||Performer(s)||Song title, writer(s) and composer(s)||Points||Place|
||Danijela||Neka Mi Ne Svane||131||05|
||Dionysia and Thalassa group||Mia Krifi Evaisthissia||012||20|
||Mikel Herzog||¿Qué Voy A Hacer Sin Ti?||021||16|
||Sixteen||To Takie Proste||019||17|
||Guildo Horn||Guildo Hat Euch Lieb||086||07|
||Chiara||The One That I Love||165||03|
||Charlie||A Holnap Már Ném Lesz Szomorú||004||23|
||Vili Resnik||Naj Bogovi Sliijo||017||18|
||Dawn||Is Always Over Now?||064||09|
||Alma Lusa||Se Eu Te Pudesse Abraçar||036||12|
||Malina Olinescu||Eu Cred||006||22|
||Imaani||Where Are You?||166||02|
||Edsilia Rombley||Hemel En Aarde||150||04|
||Jill Johnson||Kärleken är||053||10|
||Mélanie Cohl||Dis Oui||122||06|
||Lars A. Fredriksen||Alltid Sommer||079||08|
||Koit Toome||Mere Lapsed||036||12|
||Vlado Janevski||Ne Zori, Zoro||016||19|
|Danijela||Croatia||1995 (part of Magazin)|
|Jose Cid (part of Alma Lusa)||Portugal||1980|