Fionnuala Sweeney presenting the 1993 Eurovision Song Contest
Photo by: EBU
Posted 17 October 2016 at 17:00
The 1990s was a decade of massive change in Europe with the collapse of communism across the continent. The Eurovision Song Contest expanded to include new participating countries and incorporated new broadcasting techniques and technologies. Lill Lindfors, who presented the 1985 Eurovision Song Contest, was voted the most popular presenter from the 1980s. Now it's time to find out who is your favourite presenter from the 1990s!
Whilst the 1980s contests were hosted by solo female presenters in the main, the 1990s were the opposite and saw the rise of the double act and in the case of the 1999 contest, a triple act! Only two contests, 1993 and 1995, were presented by a single host.
The first contest of the 1990s was held in Zagreb following Yugoslavia's victory in the 1989 Eurovision Song Contest. The female host of that contest, Helga Vlahović, was no stranger to the competition having read out Yugoslavia's votes in 1981, causing much hilarity when she initially declared "I don't have it" when asked for the results. She also presented the results of the Croatian jury in 1994, the same year that satellite voting was introduced for the first time.
The 1991 contest was hosted by Italy's previous Eurovision Song Contest winners Gigliola Cinquetti and Toto Cutugno. The contest saw France and Sweden tie for first place at the end of a tense voting procedure. Sweden's Carola was declared the winner after she received more sets of 10 points than France's Amina. The 1992 contest was held in Malmö and saw Ireland's Linda Martin take the trophy, marking the start of an unprecedented string of successes in the competition.
In 1996 Morten Harket, lead singer of the group A-ha, co-hosted the show alongside TV presenter Ingvild Bryn which was broadcast from Oslo, Norway. The following year Irish broadcaster RTE invited Boyzone's Ronan Keating to host the show with presenter Carrie Crowley. At the 1999 contest in Jerusalem, three presenters were chosen for the first time.
May we have your votes please?
We would like to find out who is your favourite presenter of the 1990s. All you need to do is leave the name of the presenter of your choice in the comments below. We will reveal the winner in a special video featuring the highlights of the most popular presenter.
YearHost CountryName of the presenter(s)1990YugoslaviaHelga Vlahović and Oliver Mlakar1991ItalyGigliola Cinquetti and Toto Cutugno1992SwedenLydia Cappolicchio and Harald Treutiger1993IrelandFionnuala Sweeney1994IrelandCynthia Ní Mhurchú and Gerry Ryan1995IrelandMary Kennedy1996NorwayIngvild Bryn and Morten Harket1997IrelandCarrie Crowley and Ronan Keating1998United KingdomUlrika Jonsson and Terry Wogan1999IsraelDafna Dekel, Sigal Shahamon and Yigal Ravid