eurovision 1999

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 1999
ESC 1999 logo.jpg
Final date 29 May 1999
Venue International Convention CenterJerusalem,Israel
Presenter(s) Dafna Dekel
Yigal Ravid
Sigal Shahamon
Host broadcaster Israel IBA
Interval act Dana International performing “Free”
Number of entries 23
Debuting countries None
Returning countries     
Withdrawing countries       

participating countries


The Eurovision Song Contest 1999 was the 44th Eurovision Song Contest, held on 29 May 1999 in Jerusalem, Israel after Dana International won the contest the previous year in the United Kingdom. The venue for the contest was the International Convention Center. Television reporter Yigal Ravid, singer and 1992 contestant Dafna Dekel and model/actress Sigal Shahamon were the show’s hosts, and it was the first time that three presenters were used to host the Contest. Israel’s two previous winners, Izhar Cohen, who won in 1978 with “A-Ba-Ni-Bi” and Milk and Honey’s Gali Atari who won it the next year with “Hallelujah” attended as spectators. The 1999 Eurovision Song Contest was preceded by lots of new rules, which didn’t affect the glamorous show in Jerusalem.In 1999, the long-standing rule that each country had to sing in one of its own national languages was abolished, and it was also decided that France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom, as the highest-paying European Broadcasting Union subscribers, would automatically be allowed to participate every year, irrespective of their five-year point average. Also, the requirement of an orchestra was optional.
The winner of the Contest was Charlotte Nilsson, representing Sweden with “Take Me to Your Heaven”, which scored 163 points. This was Sweden’s fourth win in the Contest and the second in the 1990s .Latvia wanted to take part this year, but the country withdrew at a late stage, giving the opportunity to Hungary, but Hungarian TV didn’t except the offer either, so the 23rd spot was given to Portugal. Finland, Greece, Fyrom, Romania and Switzerland stayed at home.
In the run-up to the Contest, many speculated that it would not be held in Israel, but would be moved to either Malta or the United Kingdom (the countries that completed the top 3 of the 1998 Contest). This came about after major concerns over funding for the event from the Israeli government arose, alongside the opposition from Orthodox Jews that they would attempt to stop the Contest from coming to Israel after Dana International won the previous year’s Contest. This, however, provided no hindrance for IBA or to the organising team of the event, and the International Convention Center in Jerusalem was selected as the venue for the 44th Contest.
The Lithuanian delegation was trying to keep its budget problems under control and they were allowed to arrive at the Eurovision Song Contest venue a day later than everyone else to save costs. The Cypriot song by Marlain had been one of the favorites to win the contest, so many experts were shocked when the song just got 2 points altogether, both from the United Kingdom televote. The Croatian entry Maria Magdalena was sanctioned after the contest, as it used synthesized male backing vocals despite the rule stating that all vocals would have to be performed live on stage. Croatia lost 33% of their points, giving it a lower five-year average.
Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark and Iceland returned to the Contest after being relegated from competing in 1998. Lithuania also returned to the Contest for the first time in five years. The Lithuanian delegation had had budget problems to contend with, and so the EBU allowed the Lithuanians to arrive in Israel a day later than everyone else. The first delegation on the other hand to walk the Holy Land were Estonia.
The favourites to win the Contest came from Iceland’s Selma with “All Out of Luck”, and Cyprus’s Marlain with “Tha ‘Ne Erotas”.A number of controversies occurred before the Contest. Two songs selected to compete in Israel were found to be ineligible: Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Hari Mata Hari were disqualified after their entry was discovered to have been released in Finland some years previously; Germany’s Corinna May was also disqualified after her song was revealed to have been released in 1997 by a different singer. Both artists would eventually represent their countries in Eurovision, in 2006 and 2002 respectively.
Croatia’s entry attracted objections from the Norwegian delegation, due to synthesised male vocals being used on the backing track of Doris Dragović’s entry. The EBU decided to reduce the country’s score by a third for the purpose of calculating its five-year average to determine participation in future contests, though it was decided to leave its placement in the 1999 result unaffected.The interval act was provided by Dana International, who performed a cover of the Stevie Wonder song “Free”, which caused some controversy in Israel due to the song’s lyric. Dana International also appeared at the end of the show, giving the winning trophy to Nilsson. After pretending that the trophy was too heavy to lift, she fell to the stage, bringing down the winning composers with her.
A compilation CD was made and released in Israel, with the idea of containing all the competing songs on one CD. However, the songs from Poland, Cyprus, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom were not included, thus defeating the idea. Furthermore, unlike similar CDs released from the following year’s Contest onwards, it was not an official release by the EBU.
The Swedish delegation was very surprised about their victory of Charlotte Nilsson’s Take Me To Your Heaven. Had the song in Sweden been seen as old-fashioned, the European televoters thought differently and saw the song as a charming hommage to the ABBA-sound. Sweden’s win was endangered by the Icelandic and German songs during the voting, but when the Bosnian jury gave Sweden its 12 points while ignoring Iceland completely, it was clear that Sweden would be the winner of the 1999 Eurovision Song Contest.

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

Flag of Lithuania
Aiste Smilgeviciute Strazdas 013 20
02 Belgium

Flag of Belgium
Venessa Chinitor Like The Wind 038 12
03 Spain

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Lydia No Quiero Escuchar 001 23
04 Croatia

Flag of Croatia
Doris Dragovic Marija Magdalena 118 04
05 United Kingdom

Flag of United Kingdom
Precious Say It Again 038 12
06 Slovenia

Flag of Slovenia
Darja Svajger For A Thousand Years 050 11
07 Turkey

Flag of Turkey
Tuba Önal & Grup Mystik Dön Artik 021 16
08 Norway

Flag of Norway
Stig André Van Eijk Living My Life Without You 035 14
09 Denmark

Flag of Denmark
Trine Jepsen & Michael Teschl This Time (i Mean It) 071 08
10 France

Flag of France
Nayah Je Veux Donner Ma Voix 014 19
11 Netherlands

Flag of The Netherlands
Marlayne One Good Reason 071 08
12 Poland

Flag of Poland
Mietek (Mieczyslaw) Szczesniak Przytul Mnie Mocno 017 18
13 Iceland

Flag of Iceland
Selma Björnsdóttir All Out Of Luck 146 02
14 Cyprus

Flag of Cyprus
Marlain Angelidou Tha’nai Erotas 002 22
15 Sweden

Flag of Sweden
Charlotte Nilsson Take Me To Your Heaven 163 01
16 Portugal

Flag of Portugal
Rui Bandeira Como Tudo Começou 012 21
17 Ireland

Flag of Ireland
The Mullan’s When You Need Me 018 17
18 Austria

Flag of Austria
Bobbie Singer Reflection 065 10
19 Israel

Flag of Israel
Eden Yom Huledeth 093 05
20 Malta

Flag of Malta
Times 3 Believe ‘n Peace 032 15
21 Germany

Flag of Germany
Sürpriz Reise Nach Jerusalem – Kudüs’e Seyahat 140 03
22 Bosnia & Herzegovina

Flag of Bosnia & Herzegovina
Dino and Beatrice Putnici 086 07
23 Estonia

Flag of Estonia
Evelin Samuel and Camille Diamond Of Night 090 06

Returning artists

Artist Country Previous Year(s)
Doris Dragović  Croatia 1986 (for Yugoslavia)
Darja Švajger  Slovenia 1995

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