Eurovision Song Contest 1994


Eurovision Song Contest 1994

Infobox Eurovision
name = Eurovision Song Contest 1994


final = 30 April 1994
presenters = Cynthia Ní Mhurchú
Gerry Ryan
conductor = Noel Kelehan
director =
host = flagicon|Ireland RTÉ
venue = Point Theatre, Dublin, Ireland
winner = flag|Ireland
"nowrap|Rock 'n' Roll Kids"
vote = Each country awarded 12, 10, 8-1 points to their 10 favourite songs
entries = 25
debut = flag|Estonia
flag|Hungary
flag|Lithuania|1989
flag|Poland
flag|Romania
flag|Russia
flag|Slovakia
return =
withdraw = flag|Belgium
flag|Israel
flag|Denmark
flag|Turkey
flag|Slovenia
flag|Luxembourg
flag|Italy
null = flag|Lithuania|1989
interval = Riverdance
opening =
con = Eurovision Song Contest
pre = ◄1993
nex = 1995►

The Eurovision Song Contest 1994 was the 39th Eurovision Song Contest and was held on April 30, 1994 in the Point Theatre in Dublin, Ireland. The presenters were Cynthia Ní Mhurchú and Gerry Ryan. The pair hosted the evening in French, English and Irish. Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan from Ireland were the winners of this Eurovision with the song, Rock 'N' Roll Kids. This was a record sixth victory for Ireland, giving it the outright record number of victories at the Eurovision Song Contest.

The contest opened with a brief film of stars floating in water, fireworks and caricatures dancing around, drinking coffee and biking. The cameras then went live to the venue itself, where dancers dressed in white and wearing caricatured heads of well-known Irish figures, arrived on stage carrying European countries’ flags. The presenters entered the stage spectacularly from a bridge which descended from the roof of the theatre. This year’s video postcards had a literary theme, showing contestants reading, fishing and doing other activities around Ireland. The stage, by Paula Farrell, was four times larger than the Millstreet stage, and its design which included a city scene of skyscrapers and video screens plus a backdrop of an ever changing nightsky was based upon the concept of what a futuristic Dublin might look like with one remaining constant being the river Liffey. Indeed, the floor was painted with a dark blue reflective paint to give a watery effect.

To cope with the increasing number of countries wishing to participate in the contest, for 1994 the European Broadcasting Union ruled that the five lowest-placed countries from the preceding year's contest would not participate. This meant that Belgium, Denmark, Israel, Slovenia and Turkey did not participate this year opening spaces for the overwhelming amount of new countries. This contest also saw Luxembourg withdraw from Eurovision indefinitely. Because Italy and Luxembourg withdrew voluntarily, the bottom 6 of the 1993 Contest were actually relegated.

Poland took part for the first time and caused a scandal when Edyta Górniak broke the rules by singing her song in English during the dress rehearsal (which is shown to the juries who selected the winner until 1997). Only six countries demanded that Poland should be disqualified, though the rules required 13 countries to complain before Poland could be removed from the competition. The proposed removal did not occur and Poland went on to come 2nd in the contest.

When the voting started, Hungary took the lead from the first six juries and was well ahead of all the other countries. However, Ireland powered their way through the score board ending up the winners with a 60 point lead on second placed Poland.

The interval act was the first ever performance of the Irish dancing spectacular Riverdance, featuring Michael Flatley and Jean Butler. Although the costs of producing the 1994 contest was only half of what the previous year cost, the success of Riverdance ensured that is was by far the most commercially successful Eurovision ever.

Commentators

* Sweden - Pekka Heino
* Finland - Erkki Pohjanheimo & Kirsi-Maria Niemi
* Ireland - Pat Kenny
* Cyprus - Evi Papamichail
* Iceland - TBC
* United Kingdom - Terry Wogan (BBC TV), Ken Bruce (BBC Radio 2)
* Croatia - Aleksandar Kostadinov
* Portugal - Eládio Climaco
* Switzerland - TBC
* Estonia - TBC
* Romania - TBC
* Malta - TBC
* Netherlands - Willem van Beusekom
* Germany - Jan Hofer
* Slovakia - TBC
* Lithuania - TBC
* Norway - Jostein Pedersen
* Bosnia & Herzegovina - TBC
* Greece - Dafni Bokota
* Austria - TBC
* Spain - José Luis Uribarri
* Hungary - TBC
* Russia - TBC
* Poland - Artur Orzech
* France - Patrice Laffont

pokespersons

* Sweden - Marianne Anderberg
* Finland - Solveig Herlin
* Ireland - Eileen Dunne
* Cyprus - Anna
* Iceland - Sigríður Arnardóttir
* United Kingdom - Colin Berry
* Croatia - Helga Vlahovic
* Portugal - Isabel Bahia
* Switzerland - Sandra Studer
* Estonia - Urve Tiidus
* Romania - Cristina
* Malta - John Demanuele
* Netherlands - Joop van Os
* Germany - Carmen Nebel
* Slovakia - Juraj Čurný
* Lithuania - Gitana Balsytė
* Norway - Sverre Tinnå
* Bosnia & Herzegovina - Diana Grković Foretić
* Greece - Fotini Yiannoulatou
* Austria - Tilia Herold
* Spain - María Ángeles Balañac
* Hungary - Iván Darvas
* Russia - Irina
* Poland - Jan Chojnacki
* France - Laurent Romejko

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