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The show

Final
Saturday, 18 May, 1996, 19:00
Location
Oslo Spektrum, Oslo, Norway
Host broadcaster
NRK
Presented by
Ingvild Bryn & Morten Harket
Executive Producer
Odd Arvid Strømstad
EBU Supervisor
Christine Marchal-Ortiz
TV Director
Pal Veiglum
Interval Act
Nils Gaup & Runar Borge feat. Aamil Paus-Beacon Burning

The show

Final
Saturday, 18 May, 1996, 19:00
Location
Oslo Spektrum, Oslo, Norway
Host broadcaster
NRK
Presented by
Ingvild Bryn & Morten Harket
Executive Producer
Odd Arvid Strømstad
EBU Supervisor
Christine Marchal-Ortiz
TV Director
Pal Veiglum
Interval Act
Nils Gaup & Runar Borge feat. Aamil Paus-Beacon Burning

The 1996 Eurovision Song Contest moved to a new destination, after it had been in Ireland for the three preceding years. Norway's capital Oslo had the honour of hosting the contest for the first time. 

From 29 to 23...

For the 1996 contest the European Broadcasting Union replaced the relegation system with an audio preselection. Apart from the host country of Norway, all other potential participants - 29 countries in total - competed in this audio preselection, in which the national juries solely listened to audio tapes with the recordings of the 29 songs. 22 out of the 29 countries plus the host nation Norway were allowed access into the final on 18th May in Oslo. Germany, Israel, Denmark, Hungary, Russia, FYR Macedonia and Romania all failed to qualify.
The 1996 contest was groundbreaking in many ways. Host broadcaster NRK introduced virtual reality in the voting and digital filters were applied during some of the performances. Each participant received a good luck message from a representative of their respective country. The seniority of these figures varied from presidents and prime ministers to junior government ministers.
The contest was threatened by a conductor's strike after Norwegian TV-station NRK, wanting to save time, said it would cut out the orchestra conductor's appearance. Luckily, the dispute was settled amicably. The show was hosted by Morten Harket, from the group A-ha and Norwegian journalist, Ingvild Bryn.

About the winner

Ireland scored its seventh victory in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song The Voice performed by Eimear Quinn. This was the fourth victory for Ireland in just five years. However, the winner was not the biggest commercial success in record sales this year. The United Kingdom's song Ooh...Aah...Just A Little Bit by Australian Gina G, only reached eighth place in the contest but went on to become a huge international hit and was even nominated for a Grammy Award. 

Facts and figures

  • The 1996 contest is the only contest where Germany missed out on a place in the final due to the pre-selection round. 
  • The contest was re-branded and referred to throughout the broadcast as Eurosong '96 however the name was dropped the following year. 

Participants & Results

R/O
Country
Artist
Song
Points
Ranking
01TurkeyŞebnem PakerBesinçi Mevsim5712
02United KingdomGina GOoh...Aah...Just A Little Bit778
03SpainAntonio Carbonell¡Ay, Qué Deseo!1720
04PortugalLúcia MonizO Meu Coração Não Tem Cor926
05CyprusConstantinosMóno Gia Más729
06MaltaMiriam ChristineIn A Woman's Heart6810
07CroatiaMaja BlagdanSveta Ljubav984
08AustriaGeorge NußbaumerWeil's Dr Guat Got6810
09SwitzerlandCathy LeanderMon Coeur L'aime2216
10GreeceGreeceMarianna EfstratiouEmis Forame To Himona Anixiatika3614
11EstoniaIvo Linna and Maarja-Liis IlusKaelakee Hääl945
12NorwayElisabeth AndreassonI Evighet1142
13FranceDan Ar Braz et l'Héritage des CeltesDiwanit Bugale1819
14SloveniaReginaDan najlepših sanj1621
15The NetherlandsMaxine and Franklin BrownDe Eerste Keer787
16BelgiumLisa del BoLiefde Is Een Kaartspel2216
17IrelandEimear QuinnThe Voice1621
18FinlandJasmineNiin Kaunis On Taivas923
19IcelandAnna MjöllSjúbídú5113
20PolandKasia KowalskaChce Znac Swój Grzech3115
21Bosnia & HerzegovinaAmila GlamocakZa Našu Ljubav1322
22SlovakiaMarcel PalonderKým Nás Máš1918
23SwedenOne More TimeDen Vilda1003
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