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ZAGREB 1990

The fall of the European communism and the German re-unification was the main issue of the songs of the 1990 Eurovision Song Contest in Zagreb. The present Croatian capital of Zagreb was the choice of Yugoslavia’s broadcaster JRT as host city for the 1990 Eurovision Song Contest. 22 countries participated in the 1990 Eurovision Song Contest, the same ones as in 1989. Many of the songs were about the political changes in Europe like the fall of the Iron Curtain and a united Europe. Norway’s song Brandenburger Tor and Austria’s Keine Mauern Mehr reflected the German re-unification topic.

The Spanish performance was plagued by technical problems. First the backing track failed to play, then it was started too early. The delegation’s conductor completely lost control and the Spanish duo, Azúcar Moreno, left the stage. The second attempt was successful and the duo ended up in fifth place. The Belgian entrant, Philippe Lafontaine, reached the 12th place with his song Macédomienne. Afterwards, he refused to release the CD as the song was a love token for his Macedonian wife, however he did release it years later to help a refugee project in Bosnia & Herzegovina. Eurovision veteran, Serge Gainsbourg, wrote the French entry White And Black Blues performed by Joelle Ursull which was a spectacular multicultural song with lots of African drumming. It ended up sharing the second place with Ireland.

The well-known Italian singer Toto Cutugno won this year’s song contest with the song Insieme: 1992 which was about a united Europe in anticipation of the completion of the European Single Market, due at the end of 1992. Both the French and the Italian songs went on to be big hits in Europe and were played all summer long. Even nowadays, both songs are regarded as Eurovision evergreens.

VOTING GRID: FINAL

COUNTRY PERFORMER(S) SONG TITLE SCORE RANK
01 Spain Azúcar Moreno Bandido 096 05
02 Greece Christos Callow and Wave Horis Skopo 011 19
03 Belgium Philippe Lafontaine Macédomienne 046 12
04 Turkey Kayahan Gözlerinin Hapsindeyim 021 17
05 Netherlands Maywood Ik Wil Alles Met Je Delen 025 15
06 Luxembourg Céline Carzo Quand Je Te Rêve 038 13
07 Un. Kingdom Emma Give A Little Love Back To The World 087 06
08 Iceland Stjórnin Eitt Lag Enn 124 04
09 Norway Ketil Stokkan Brandenburger Tor 008 21
10 Israel Rita Shara Barechovot 016 18
11 Denmark Lonnie Devantier Hallo Hallo 064 08
12 Switzerland Egon Egemann Musik Klingt In Die Welt Hinaus 051 11
13 Germany Chris Kempers, Daniel Kovac Frei Zu Leben 060 09
14 France Joelle Ursull White And Black Blues 132 02
15 Yugoslavia Tajci Hajde Da Ludujemo 081 07
16 Portugal Nucha Há Sempre Alguém 009 20
17 Ireland Liam Reilly Somewhere In Europe 132 02
18 Sweden Edin-Ådahl Som En Vind 024 16
19 Italy Toto Cutugno Insieme: 1992 149 01
20 Austria Simone Keine Mauern Mehr 058 10
21 Cyprus Haris Anastasiou Milas Poli 036 14
22 Finland Beat Fri? 008 21
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