The voting of the 1998 contest was one of the most exciting ones ever. Israel, Malta, and the UK fought for the grand prix, but it was Israel's Dana International who remained in the lead until the end of the voting by a few points. FYR Macedonia awarded Israel with 8 points, the United Kingdom with 10, and Croatia with 12, giving nothing at all to Malta, which left Chiara third after being second throughout the entire voting. Dutch representative Edsilia Rombley, who finished fourth with 150 points, brought the best result for the Netherlands since their win in 1975. To date, no other Dutch Eurovision Song Contest representative would do so well.