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The show

Final
Saturday, 5 May, 1990, 19:00
Location
Koncertna Dvorana Vatroslav Lisinski, Zagreb, Yugoslavia
Host broadcaster
JRT
Presented by
Olivar Mlakar and Helga Vlahovic
EBU Supervisor
Frank Naef
TV Director
Nenad Puhovski
Interval Act
Yugoslav Changes

The show

Final
Saturday, 5 May, 1990, 19:00
Location
Koncertna Dvorana Vatroslav Lisinski, Zagreb, Yugoslavia
Host broadcaster
JRT
Presented by
Olivar Mlakar and Helga Vlahovic
EBU Supervisor
Frank Naef
TV Director
Nenad Puhovski
Interval Act
Yugoslav Changes

The 1990 Eurovision Song Contest was held in Zagreb following Yugoslavia's win the previous year. As communism fell in Europe, many of the songs reflected the wider political context.

22 countries participated in the 1990 Eurovision Song Contest, the same line up as in 1989. Many of the songs reflected the wider political developments that were taking place in Europe. 
The Spanish performance was beset by technical problems. First the backing track failed to play, then it 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.
Eurovision veteran, Serge Gainsbourg, wrote the French entry White And Black Blues performed by Joelle Ursull which finished in second place along with Ireland's song Somewhere in Europe.

United for Italy

The well-known Italian singer Toto Cutugno won this year's song contest with the song Insieme: 1992 which was about a united Europe.

Facts and figures

  • The postcards featured travelogues of each of the participating countries to mark the European Year of Tourism 1990
  • The UK sent its youngest ever representative, Emma Booth, who was fifteen at the time of the contest. She was allowed to compete however since she turned 16 in the year of that particular competition. 
  • At the end of the voting Toto Cutugno splashed water on his face and hair which caused his hair dye to run. He covered this up with a jacket that he wore for the winning reprise. 

Participants & Results

R/O
Country
Artist
Song
Points
Ranking
01SpainAzúcar MorenoBandido965
02GreeceGreeceChristos Callow and WaveHoris Skopo1119
03BelgiumPhilippe LafontaineMacédomienne4612
04TurkeyKayahanGözlerinin Hapsindeyim2117
05The NetherlandsMaywoodIk Wil Alles Met Je Delen2515
06LuxembourgCéline CarzoQuand Je Te Rêve3813
07United KingdomEmmaGive A Little Love Back To The World876
08IcelandStjórninEitt Lag Enn1244
09NorwayKetil StokkanBrandenburger Tor821
10IsraelRitaShara Barechovot1618
11DenmarkLonnie DevantierHallo Hallo648
12SwitzerlandEgon EgemannMusik Klingt In Die Welt Hinaus5111
13GermanyChris Kempers and Daniel KovacFrei Zu Leben609
14FranceJoelle UrsullWhite And Black Blues1322
15YugoslaviaTajciHajde Da Ludujemo817
16PortugalNuchaHá Sempre Alguém920
17IrelandLiam ReillySomewhere In Europe1322
18SwedenEdin-ÅdahlSom En Vind2416
19ItalyToto CutugnoInsieme: 19921491
20AustriaSimoneKeine Mauern Mehr5810
21CyprusHaris AnastasiouMilas Poli3614
22FinlandBeatFri?821
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