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The show

Final
Saturday, 3 May, 1986, 19:00
Location
Grieghallen, Bergen, Norway
Host broadcaster
NRK
Presented by
Åse Kleveland
EBU Supervisor
Frank Naef
TV Director
John Andreassen
Interval Act
Sissel Kyrkjebø and Steinar Ofsdal

The show

Final
Saturday, 3 May, 1986, 19:00
Location
Grieghallen, Bergen, Norway
Host broadcaster
NRK
Presented by
Åse Kleveland
EBU Supervisor
Frank Naef
TV Director
John Andreassen
Interval Act
Sissel Kyrkjebø and Steinar Ofsdal

The Norwegian city of Bergen had the honour of hosting the 1986 Eurovision Song Contest which saw Belgium score its first and to date, only victory with Sandra Kim's J'Aime La Vie

For the first time, Norway had the honour of hosting the 31st Eurovision Song Contest. Just like in Munich three years earlier, 20 countries participated in the contest. The Netherlands and Yugoslavia returned, Italy and Greece withdrew from the from the contest and Iceland made its debut. Iceland had wanted to participate for some years but the small Atlantic island nation had to wait until a satellite connection to Iceland could be established. The 1986 Eurovision Song Contest also marked a historic landmark as the 500th Eurovision song was performed in Bergen - Luxembourg's entry L'Amour De Ma Vie by Canadian-born Sherisse Laurence.
The presenter of the 1986 Eurovision Song Contest, Åse Kleveland, had already participated as a singer for her home country in 1966 where she was placed 3rd. She had also presented the Norwegian national final in 1980.

Youngest winner ever

The winner of the song contest was the 13-year-old Sandra Kim, who sang J'Aime La Vie. She actually had told the producers of the show that she was 15 year old.  It was the first win for Belgium, and it meant that all countries that had participated in the very first contest in 1956 had now won at least once.

Facts and figures 

  • Jazz singer Timna Brauer, the daughter of the famous artist Arik Brauer, came 18th for Austria with Die Zeit Ist Einsam.  
  • Yugoslavia's singer, Doris Dragovic, would appear 13 years later in the 1999 Jerusalem edition of the song contest, then singing for Croatia and improving her result: she only came 11th in Norway, but would come 4th in 1999.
  • Bergen is the most northerly host city of the Eurovision Song Contest.  

Participants & Results

R/O
Country
Artist
Song
Points
Ranking
01LuxembourgSherisse LaurenceL'amour De Ma Vie1173
02YugoslaviaDoris DragovicZeljo Moja4911
03FranceCocktail ChicEuropéennes1317
04NorwayKetil StokkanRomeo4412
05United KingdomRyderRunner In The Night727
06IcelandIcyGleðibankinn1916
07The NetherlandsFrizzle SizzleAlles Heeft Ritme4013
08TurkeyKlips ve OnlarHalley539
09SpainCadillacValentino5110
10SwitzerlandDaniela SimonsPas Pour Moi1402
11IsraelMoti Galadi and Sarai TzurielYavoh Yom719
12IrelandLuv BugYou Can Count On Me964
13BelgiumSandra KimJ'aime La Vie1761
14GermanyIngrid PetersÜber Die Brücke Geh'n628
15CyprusElpidaTora Zo420
16AustriaTimna BrauerDie Zeit Ist Einsam1218
17SwedenLasse Holm and Monica TörnellE' De' Det Här Du Kallar Kärlek785
18DenmarkLise Haavik and TraxDu Er Fuld Af Løgn776
19FinlandKari KuivalainenPäivä Kahden Ihmisen2215
20PortugalDoraNão Sejas Mau Para Mim2814
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