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1997
VENUE

The Point, Dublin

Katrina & The Waves ENTRIES

25

HOSTS

Carrie Crowley

Ronan Keating

DEBUTS

None

International teen heart-throb attempts to destroy career by presenting Eurovision! Well, I guess Boyzone weren't exactly Oasis in terms of credibility. We were back for the third time at the Point in Dublin, and no for the first time, two English language songs dominated proceedings. At one point (no pun intended) the UK's "Love Shine A Light" received five consecutive 12 points, a record under the current scoring system.

This contest was notable for how well the "old" countries performed; the traditional powers of (Western) Europe who had been mainstays of the contest: UK 1st, Ireland 2nd, Italy 4th, Spain 6th, France 7th. Contrast this with 1999/2000 when Spain and France would be demoted if not for their "big 4" protection and Italy seemingly having lost interest for good.

The Eurovision Song Contest has long had a huge number of gay fans revelling in, well the sheer campness of the whole event, but a bit like Coronation Street, there had never been anything explicitly gay (unless of course I've missed something). This year, bringing up the rear (!) was Iceland's openly gay Paul Oscar, sat on his sofa and stroking his thighs. Somewhere in Israel, something was stirring.........

Cyprus Mana Mou  Hara & Andreas Constantinou  5
Turkey Dinle  Sebnem Paker & Etnic 3
Norway San Francisco  Tor Endresen 24
Austria One Step   Bettina Soriat 21
Ireland Mysterious Woman   Marc Roberts 2
Slovenia Zbudi Se  Tanja Ribic 10
Switzerland Dentro Di Me   Barbara Berta 22
Netherlands Niemand Heeft Nog Tijd  Mrs Einstein 22
Italy Fiumi Di Parole Jalisse 4
Spain Sin Rencor  Marcos Llunas 6
Germany Zeit  Bianca Shomburg 18
Poland Ale Jestem   Anna Maria Jopek 11
Estonia  Keelatud Maa  Maarja-Liis Ilus 8
Bosnia  Goodbye  Alma Cardzic 18
Portugal Antes Do Adeus  Célia Lawson 24
Sweden Bara Hon Älskar Moj  Blond 14
Greece Hórepse  Mariánna Zorbá 12
Malta Let Me Fly  Debbie Scerri  9
Hungary Miért Kell, Hogy Elmenj  VIP 12
Russia Primadonna   Alla Pugacheva 15
Denmark Stemmen I Mit Liv  Kolig Kaj  16
Croatia Probudi Me  E.N.I. 7
France Sentiments Songes   Fanny 17
United Kingdom Love, Shine A Light  Katrina & The Waves  1
Iceland Minn Hinsti Dans Paul Oscar 20

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