The Eurovision Song Contest 1991 was the 36th edition held on 4 May 1991. San Remo, where the concept of the contest was born, was to be the intended host city, but due to the mounting tensions of the Gulf War, it was moved to the Cinecittà movie studios in Rome which was perceived to be more secure. It was co-hosted by Italy's two previous Eurovision winners Gigliola Cinquetti and Toto Cutugno, the latter having won in Zagreb the previous year. The Netherlands had withdrawn due to the observance of a national holiday, but Malta was making its return after a long absence.

The inter-song postcards were cleverly done: each artist was asked to sing a well-known Italian song as famous Italian landmarks that best represented their individual personalities were superimposed in the background.

At the conclusion of voting, Sweden and Amina Annabi of France were tied with 146 points each, the second tie since the infamous four-way of 1969. Starting the count-back procedure, both had 4 sets of 12-point scores, but when it came to the 10-point scores the advantage swung towards Sweden, who had 5 sets of 10s compared to 2 sets for France (under the current tiebreaker rules, France would have won due to one more country voting for it - 18 nations compared to 17 for Sweden).

This count-back gave Sweden its third victory with the song Fångad av en stormvind performed by Carola. On the other hand, a bit further down the scoreboard, Thomas Forstner of Austria had Nul Points with the song Venedig im Regen, only 2 years after he finished in the top 5 in Lausanne.


Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Place Points
01 IconYugoslavia Yugoslavia Baby Doll Brazil Serbian -- 21 1
02 IconIceland Iceland Stefán & Eyfi Draumur um Nínu Icelandic Dream of Nina 15 26
03 IconMalta Malta Georgina & Paul Could It Be English -- 6 106
04 IconGreece Greece Sophia Vossou I anixi Greek Spring 13 36
05 IconSwitzerland Switzerland Sandra Simó Canzone per te Italian Song for you 5 118
06 IconAustria Austria Thomas Forstner Venedig im Regen German Venice in the Rain 22 0
07 IconLuxembourg Luxembourg Sarah Bray Un baiser volé French A stolen kiss 14 29
08 IconSweden Sweden Carola Fångad av en stormvind Swedish Captured by a stormwind 1 146
09 IconFrance France Amina Annabi Le dernier qui a parlé... French The last one who spoke... 2 146
10 IconTurkey Turkey İzelReyhan & Can İki Dakika Turkish Two minutes 12 44
11 IconIreland Ireland Kim Jackson Could It Be That I'm In Love English -- 10 47
12 IconPortugal Portugal Dulce Pontes Lusitana paixão Portuguese Lusitanian Passion 8 62
13 IconDenmark Denmark Anders Frandsen Lige der hvor hjertet slår Danish Where the Heart beats 19 8
14 IconNorway Norway Just 4 Fun Mrs. Thompson Norwegian -- 17 14
15 IconIsrael Israel Duo Datz Kan Hebrew Here 3 139
16 IconFinland Finland Kaija Kärkinen Hullu yö Finnish A crazy night 20 6
17 IconGermany Germany Atlantis 2000 Dieser Traum darf niemals sterben German This dream may never die 18 10
18 IconBelgium Belgium Clouseau Geef het op Dutch Give it up 16 23
19 IconSpain Spain Sergio Dalma Bailar Pegados Spanish Dancing closely 4 119
20 IconUnited Kingdom United Kingdom Samantha Janus A Message To Your Heart English -- 10 47
21 IconCyprus Cyprus Elena Patroklou SOS Greek -- 9 60
22 IconItaly Italy Peppino di Capri Comme è ddoce 'o mare Neapolitan How sweet is the sea? 7 89


  • 1991 featured some similarities to the 1983 contest eight years prior:
    • Both editions feature Carola with a microphone/sound failure.
    • In both Greek entries, a saxophonist bungled his notes.
    • Both had hosts whose command of another language was not up to par, and therefore made the voting go on longer than expected.
    • Both top threes featured Carola, Israel with a patriotic song, and a French-language song.
    • In addition, Daniel Popovic participated in Jugovizjia in 1991, but came in second place to Baby Doll.


Eurovision Song Contest 1991 Full Show No Commentary Full HD -EurovisionAgain

Eurovision Song Contest 1991 Full Show No Commentary Full HD -EurovisionAgain

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