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The show

Final
Saturday, 6 May, 1989, 19:00
Location
Palais de Beaulieu, Lausanne, Switzerland
Host broadcaster
SRG SSR idée suisse
Presented by
Jacques Deschenaux and Lolita Morena
EBU Supervisor
Frank Naef
TV Director
Alain Bloch
Interval Act
Guy Tell

The contest

Number of participants
22
Winner

The show

Final
Saturday, 6 May, 1989, 19:00
Location
Palais de Beaulieu, Lausanne, Switzerland
Host broadcaster
SRG SSR idée suisse
Presented by
Jacques Deschenaux and Lolita Morena
EBU Supervisor
Frank Naef
TV Director
Alain Bloch
Interval Act
Guy Tell

Following Céline Dion's victory the preceding year in Dublin, Switzerland staged the Eurovision Song Contest in Lausanne. 22 countries participated in the 1989 Eurovision Song Contest.

Switzerland hosted the very first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956 but did not host again until 1989. Céline Dion opened the show with a shortened reprise of her winning song from 1988, Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi and also performed her new English language single, Where Does My Heart Beat Now. The song would go on to be her first major hit in the United States.
True to form, Italy sent its biggest stars to Eurovision. This year it was the turn of Fausto Leali and Anna Oxa who had won the festival of San Remo some weeks prior to the Eurovision Song Contest. Germany and Austria's entries were both written by German pop titan, Dieter Bohlen. Bohlen became famous in Germany in the 1980's as one half of the duo Modern Talking. Since then, he has gone on to have a successful career as one of the country's most successful pop producers and also became a judge in the German version of Pop Idol.
The Swiss entry Viver Senza Tei by the group Furbaz was the first entry ever to be sung in Romansch, one of the four official languages of Switzerland.

Yugoslavia wins - just in time

Yugoslavia's win in 1989 came as a surprise to many. Rock Me by the group Riva was performed last on the night and in a year of many ballads the uptempo track stood out. Yugoslavia won the Eurovision Song Contest just in time. By 1989 cracks were beginning to appear in the country and Yugoslavia disintegrated into war in the following years. 

Facts and figures

  • The French participant, Nathalie Pâque, was just 11 years old and Israel's singer, Gili Netanel, was just one year older which led to a change of rules. Performers had to be 16 years old in the year of the contest.
  • The tie-break rule was also adapted; the country with the most 12 points would be declared the winner. If a tie remained then the country with the most 10 points would be declared the winner.

The contest

Number of participants
22
Winner

Participants & Results

R/O
Country
Artist
Song
Points
Ranking
01ItalyAnna Oxa and Fausto LealiAvrei Voluto569
02IsraelGili ve GalitDerech Ha'melech5012
03IrelandKiev Connolly and the Missing PassengersThe Real Me2118
04The NetherlandsJustine PelmelayBlijf Zoals Je Bent4515
05TurkeyPanBana Bana521
06BelgiumIngeborgDoor De Wind1319
07United KingdomLive ReportWhy Do I Always Get It Wrong1302
08NorwayBritt Synnøve JohansenVenners Nærhet3017
09PortugalDa VinciConquistador3916
10SwedenTommy NilssonEn Dag1104
11LuxembourgPark CaféMonsieur820
12DenmarkBirthe KjærVi Maler Byen Rød1113
13AustriaThomas ForstnerNur Ein Lied975
14FinlandAnneli SaaristoLa Dolce Vita767
15FranceNathalie PâqueJ'ai Volé La Vie608
16SpainNinaNacida Para Amar886
17CyprusFanny Polymeri and Yiannis SavvidakisApopse As Vrethoume5111
18SwitzerlandFurbazViver Senza Tei4713
19GreeceGreeceMariannaTo Diko Sou Asteri569
20IcelandDaníel Augúst HaraldssonÞað Sem Enginn Sér22
21GermanyNino de AngeloFlieger4614
22YugoslaviaRivaRock Me1371
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