Background to the Eurovision Song Contest 1998


Here are some background details of the Eurovision Song Contest 1998 in the UK.

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8th August 1997, it was announced that the 1998 Eurovision Song Contest will be held on Saturday 9 May 1998 at 8pm (UK time) at the National Indoor Arena, Birmingham, England, the home of LWT (London Weekend Television) "Gladiators".

National Indoor Arena

I had ticket to the Eurovision Song Contest DRESSED Rehearsal on Friday 8 May!!. Click here for a review.

I had the full results of the contest, within 1 hour 40 minutes of the end of the 1998 contest. I managed it in 2 hours for the 1997 contest! Broke it with 20 minutes to spare!

The 1998 UK Entry will be sung by Imaani called Where are you?. The results of the Great British Song Contest 1998, Announced on the National Lottery Draw on Saturday 21 March 1998.

Position Song Performer Votes
1 Where are you? Imaani 70,421
2 Don't It Make You Feel So Good Alberta 66,278
3 I'll Never Be Lonely Again Sapphire 65,712
4 When We're Alone, (We Dream) The Collective 53,950

The presenters of the 1998 Contest was Ulrika Johnson and Terry Wogan.

Here are the results of the UK televoting. There were 407,167 votes casted in the UK, an increase of 157,000 more than last year. That is amazing, considering that the phones were opened for only 5 minutes. Of course, the UK viewers cannot vote for their own song. The UK viewers figures for the Contest was 9.62 million, a mere 800,000 more than the National Lottery Big Ticket, shown before the contest. It was the 7th most watch programme in the UK in that week.

Points Given Country Votes Final Position
12 Malta 69,000 3
10 Netherlands 54,934 4
8 Ireland 43,280 9
7 Belgium 38,935 6
6 Germany 34,241 7
5 Israel 32,995 1
4 Norway 23,320 8
3 Cyprus 16,422 11
2 Croatia 15,805 5
1 Sweden 12,177 10
- Poland 9,625 17
- Estonia 7,689 12
- Portugal 7,140 12
- Turkey 6,052 14
- Greece 4,913 20
- Spain 4,684 16
- Slovenia 4,267 18
- Finland 3,617 15
- France 3,477 24
- Switzerland 3,209 25
- Slovakia 3,201 21
- Hungary 2,975 23
- Romania 2,762 22
- FYROM 2,447 19

Also on the BBC web site, there was also an internet voting system. Here are the results.

Internet Position Country British Vote Finishing Position
1st Israel 6 1
2nd Cyprus 5 11
3rd Germany 8 7
4th Ireland 3 9
5th Netherlands 2 4
6th Greece 15 20
7th Poland 11 17
8th Sweden 10 10
9th France 19 24
10th Finland 18 15
11th Belgium 4 6
12th= Turkey 14 14
12th= Estonia 12 12

The draw for the contest took place in Birmingham on Thursday 13 November, drawn by Terry Wogan (UK commentator) and the 1997 winner, Katrina. Here are the list of those countries in order of the draw, along with the song and who performs it, where available.

Position to be Sung Country Song Sung By
1 Croatia Neka mi ne svane Danijela
2 Greece Mia krifi evesthisia Thalassa
3 France La Ou Allez Marie Line
4 Spain Que Voy A Hacer Sin Ti Mikel Herzog
5 Switzerland Lass'ihn Gunvor Guggisberg
6 Slovakia Modlitba Katerina Hasprova
7 Poland To Takie Proste Olgia Prusynaska
8 Israel Diva Dana International
9 Germany Guildo hat Euch lieb Guildo Horn
10 Malta The one that I love Chiara
11 Hungary A Holnap Mar Nem Lesz Szomoru Charlie
12 Slovenia Naj bogovi slisijo Vili Resnik
13 Ireland Is always over now? Dawn
14 Portugal Se eu te pudesse abraçar Alma Lusa
15 Romania Eu Cred Malina Olinescu
16 United Kingdom Where are you? Imaani
17 Cyprus Yenesis Michalis Hadjiyiannis
18 Netherlands Hemel en aarde Edsilia Rombley
19 Sweden Kärleken är Jill Johnson
20 Belgium Dis oui Mélanie Cohl
21 Finland Aava Edea
22 Norway Alltid sommer Lars Fredriksen
23 Estonia Mere lapsed Koit Toome
24 Turkey Unatamazsin Tüzmen
25 FYROM (Former Yugoslav
Republic of Macedonia)
Ne zori, zoro Vlado Janevski

The full jury score sheet can be downloaded from here, including the entries. Please click here for details.


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