The Eurovision Song Contest 1994 was the 39th Eurovision Song Contest and was held on 30 April 1994 in the Point Theatre in Dublin, Ireland. It was the last time the contest was held in April. The presenters were Cynthia Ní Mhurchú and Gerry Ryan.

The pair hosted the evening in French, English and Irish. Paul Harrington & Charlie McGettigan from Ireland were the winners of this Eurovision with a song written by Brendan Graham, Rock 'n' Roll Kids.

With broadcast technology continuing to improve, the 1994 contest was the first to use satellite links during the voting sequence in which each spokesperson could be seen on screen announcing their results directly from their home countries.

Due to the fact that so many countries wished to participate in the 1994 contest, the European Broadcasting Union decided to adopt a relegation system. It would mean that the seven countries that finished at the bottom were relegated and couldn't participate in the 1994 edition of the show. Instead, Estonia, Lithuania, Russia, Poland, Romania, Hungary and Slovakia made their debut. However, Italy and Luxembourg withdrew voluntarily, so in the end only the bottom five countries of the 1993 contest in Millstreet - Turkey, Slovenia, Israel, Denmark and Belgium - were relegated.[1]

This was a record sixth victory for Ireland, giving it the outright record number of victories at the Eurovision Song Contest. It was also the first time and the only time so far, that the contest had been won by the same country in three consecutive years. This was broken in the next year, when Secret Garden won for Norway.

The biggest success story to come out of the 1994 contest was the interval act Riverdance, which would go on to become a worldwide phenomenon as a full-length stage show. The biggest commercial success of the 1994 contest was not one of the songs, but the interval act.


Each country had a jury who awarded 12, 10, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 points for their top ten songs. With advances in technology, this was the first contest in which the spokesperson for each national jury appeared on-screen, live from their own countries. In the early stages of the voting it looked as if Hungary was surging to victory in its first-ever Eurovision appearance, winning the maximum twelve points from the first three juries. However, this turned out to be completely deceptive, as from that point on it was virtually one-way traffic for Ireland, which became the first country to win the contest for a third year in succession.


Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Place Points
01 IconSweden Sweden Marie Bergman & Roger Pontare Stjärnorna Swedish The stars 13 48
02 IconFinland Finland CatCat Bye Bye Baby Finnish 22 11
03 IconIreland Ireland Paul Harrington & Charlie McGettigan Rock 'n' Roll Kids English 1 226
04 IconCyprus Cyprus Evridiki Íme ánthropos ki egó Greek I'm human too 11 51
05 IconIceland Iceland Sigga Nætur Icelandic Nights 12 49
06 IconUnited Kingdom United Kingdom Frances Ruffelle Lonely Symphony (We Will Be Free) English 10 63
07 IconCroatia Croatia Tony Cetinski Nek' ti bude ljubav sva Croatian You may have all the love 16 27
08 IconPortugal Portugal Sara Tavares Chamar a música Portuguese Calling the music 8 73
09 IconSwitzerland Switzerland Duilio Sto pregando Italian I'm praying 19 15
10 IconEstonia Estonia Silvi Vrait Nagu merelaine Estonian Like a sea wave 24 2
11 IconRomania Romania Dan Bittman Dincolo de nori Romanian Beyond the clouds 21 14
12 IconMalta Malta Chris and Moira More than Love English 5 97
13 IconThe Netherlands The Netherlands Willeke Alberti Waar is de zon? Dutch Where is the sun? 23 4
14 IconGermany Germany Mekado Wir geben 'ne Party German We're giving a party 3 128
15 IconSlovakia Slovakia Tublatanka Nekonečná pieseň Slovak Neverending song 19 15
16 IconLithuania Lithuania Ovidijus Vyšniauskas Lopšinė mylimai Lithuanian Lullaby for my beloved 25 0
17 IconNorway Norway Elisabeth Andreassen & Jan Werner Danielsen Duett Norwegian Duet 6 76
18 IconBosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Alma Čardžić & Dejan Lazarević Ostani kraj mene Bosnian Stay beside me 15 39
19 IconGreece Greece Kostas Bigalis & The Sea Lovers To trehandiri Greek The trehandiri 14 44
20 IconAustria Austria Petra Frey Für den Frieden der Welt German For the peace of the world 17 19
21 IconSpain Spain Alejandro Abad Ella no es ella Spanish She's not her 18 17
22 IconHungary Hungary Friderika Bayer Kinek mondjam el vétkeimet? Hungarian Whom can I tell my sins? 4 122
23 IconRussia Russia Youddiph Vječnij stranjik Russian Eternal wanderer 9 70
24 IconPoland Poland Edyta Gorniak To nie ja Polish That's not me 2 166
25 IconFrance France Nina Morato Je suis un vrai garçon French I'm a real boy 7 74


  • Ireland's entry became the first winner to score over 200 points.
  • This was the first time a winning nation staged the contest in consecutive years.
  • Co-presenter Gerry Ryan passed away on 30 April 2010, 16 years to the day he hosted the contest.
  • Moya Doherty was the 1994 contest's producer. She would go on to produce the Riverdance stage show with her husband John McColgan.
  • Because of relegation rules, this was the first year where Belgium didn't participate in Eurovision.


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