The Eurovision Song Contest 1989 was the 34th edition held on 6 May 1989 at the Palais de Beaulieu in Lausanne, Switzerland following Celine Dion's victory in Dublin the previous year.  It was hosted by Lolita Morena and Jacques Deschenaux.

An estimated 600 million viewers across Europe watched the contest, also airing in Canada and Japan for the first time.

Cyprus returned after a year's absence, and all 21 nations from 1988 returned to compete for the 1989 Grand Prix.

A change was introduced to the tiebreaker rules in this year's contest. Known as the "count-back" procedure, if two countries were tied for first place, the song with the most 12-point scores would win. If still tied, the 10-point scores would be taken into account and so on down to the 1-point scores. If still tied after that, both countries would be confirmed as joint winners.

Yugoslavia was the winner with the song Rock Me by the group Riva, beating the United Kingdom by 7 points.  They would be the last new nation to win the contest until 2001.

Many countries did their best in 1989. Austria equaled their best result since their first win in 1966; Finland fell one place short of equaling their best entry before beating it in 2006. Despite the controversy surrounding the competitor's age, France did well finishing in 8th place. Greece placed inside the top ten for the first time since 1981, whilst Riva of Yugoslavia proved that the last spot was the luckiest to be, with the spot winning twice in the 1980s.


France and Israel both picked young competitors to perform their songs. 12-year-olds Nathalie Pâque of France and Gili Netanel of Israel were considered "underage" by the other competitors, however, Israel's song Derech Hamelech was one of the favorites to win the contest, despite having the unlucky second place in the running order.

Riva, despite being the winners of the contest, were quite unpopular across Europe, with "Rock Me" failing to sell in many countries, and wasn't even released in some. Terry Wogan, the commentator for the United Kingdom, called it "the death knell" for the Contest. They did not appear at the 1990 contest held in Zagreb, as per custom the winner usually presents the trophy to their successor.



Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Place Points
01 IconItaly.png Italy Anna Oxa & Fausto Leali Avrei Voluto Italian I would have wanted 9 56
02 IconIsrael.png Israel Gili Netanel & Galit Burg Derech Hamelech Hebrew The king's road 12 50
03 IconIreland.png Ireland Kiev Connolly & The Missing Passengers The Real Me English -- 18 21
04 IconThe Netherlands.png The Netherlands Justine Pelmelay Blijf zoals je bent Dutch Stay where you are 15 45
05 IconTurkey.png Turkey Pan Bana Bana Turkish To me, to me 21 8
06 IconBelgium.png Belgium Ingeborg Door de wind Dutch Through the wind 19 13
07 IconUnited Kingdom.png United Kingdom Live Report Why Do I Always Get It Wrong? English -- 2 130
08 IconNorway.png Norway Britt Synnøve Johansen Venners nærhet Norwegian The closeness of friends 17 30
09 IconPortugal.png Portugal Da Vinci Conquistador Portuguese Conqueror 16 39
10 IconSweden.png Sweden Tommy Nilsson En Dag Swedish One day 4 110
11 IconLuxembourg.png Luxembourg Park Café Monsieur French Mister 20 11
12 IconDenmark.png Denmark Birthe Kjær Vi maler byen rød Danish We're painting the town red 3 111
13 IconAustria.png Austria Thomas Forstner Nur ein Lied German Just a song 5 97
14 IconFinland.png Finland Anneli Saaristo La Dolce Vita Finnish The good life 7 76
15 IconFrance.png France Nathalie Pâque J'ai volé la vie French I stole life 8 60
16 IconSpain.png Spain Nina Nacida para amar Spanish Born to love 6 88
17 IconCyprus.png Cyprus Fani Polymeri & Yiannis Savvidakis Apopse As Vrethoume Greek Let's meet tonight 11 51
18 IconSwitzerland.png Switzerland Furbaz Viver Senza Tei Romansh Live without you 13 47
19 IconGreece.png Greece Mariana Efstratiou To Dhiko Su Asteri Greek Your own star 9 56
20 IconIceland.png Iceland Daníel Ágúst Haraldsson Það sem enginn sér Icelandic Where no one sees 22 0
21 IconGermany.png Germany Nino de Angelo Flieger German Flyers 14 46
22 IconYugoslavia.png Yugoslavia Riva Rock Me Croatian -- 1 137


  • This is the first year where all of the representatives were competing for the first time (though Mariana Efstratiou was a backing vocalist for Bang in 1987).
  • Rock Me was the first winning song to be performed in a Slavic language.
  • RAI almost didn't compete in this edition, because they failed to confirm before the EBU's set deadline. When they wanted to participate, the EBU accepted, but the Italian delegation had to accept the opening spot in the running order.
  • This was the last contest in which Ossi Runne conducted for Finland.
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