The Eurovision Song Contest 1995 was the 40th Eurovision Song Contest and was held on in the Point Theatre in Dublin, Ireland, a venue used a lot in the 1990s, due to Ireland's long set of wins. The presenter was Mary Kennedy. This year's competition was the last with only one host, until Petra Mede hosted in 2013 in Malmö, Sweden.
This contest broke the chain of victories that Ireland had from 1992, 1993, and 1994. This was Ireland's 3rd year in succession to host the contest - and to mark the 40th show, it was opened with a 4-minute retrospective showing images from the contest's history. The Irish-Norwegian group Secret Garden was the winner of this contest with the mostly instrumental song, "Nocturne". Secret Garden's violinist was Fionnuala Sherry, who is Irish.
The EBU capped the maximum of entrants to 23 so the contest wouldn't be on air for more than three hours.
Eurovision 1995 was a year for Scandinavian domination as Norway won, Sweden finished third and Denmark rounding off the top 5. Sweden was the favourite to win the 1995 contest with Jan Johansen. Spain had a surprising second place, their best result since they last achieved 2nd in 1979 with Betty Missiego. On the other hand, Germany received their second-worst placing as of 2015, putting them in danger of relegation.
|03||Germany||Stone & Stone||Verliebt in Dich||German||In Love With You||23||1|
|04||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Davorin Popović||Dvadeset prvi vijek||Bosnian||The 21st Century||19||14|
|06||Russia||Philipp Kirkorov||Kolybelnaya dlya vulkana||Russian||Lullaby for a Volcano||17||17|
|08||Austria||Stella Jones||Die Welt dreht sich verkehrt||German||The world turns the wrong way||13||67|
|09||Spain||Anabel Conde||Vuelve Conmigo||Spanish||Come back to me||2||119|
|11||Croatia||Magazin & Lidija||Nostalgija||Croatian||Nostalgia||6||91|
|12||France||Nathalie Santamaria||Il me donne rendez-vous||French||He makes a date with me||4||94|
|13||Hungary||Csaba Szigeti||Új név a régi ház falán||Hungarian||A new name on the old house wall||22||3|
|14||Belgium||Frédéric Etherlinck||La voix est libre||French||The voice is free||20||8|
|15||United Kingdom||Love City Groove||Love City Groove||English||--||10||76|
|16||Portugal||Tó Cruz||Baunilha e chocolate||Portuguese||Vanilla and Chocolate||21||5|
|17||Cyprus||Alexandros Panayi||Sti Fotia||Greek||In the Fire||9||79|
|18||Sweden||Jan Johansen||Se på mig||Swedish||Look at Me||3||100|
|19||Denmark||Aud Wilken||Fra Mols til Skagen||Danish||From Mols to Skagen||5||92|
|20||Slovenia||Darja Švajger||Prisluhni mi||Slovene||Listen to Me||7||84|
|22||Malta||Mike Spiteri||Keep Me in Mind||English||--||10||76|
|23||Greece||Elina Konstantopoulou||Pia Prosefhi||Greek||Which Prayer?||12||68|
There was much speculation in Ireland as to whether RTÉ had deliberately chosen a song perceived as not having a good chance of winning in order to avoid hosting the contest for a fourth time in a row - although this was never verified. This rumour did, however inspire a popular episode of Father Ted (Season 3 episode 5: "A Song For Europe"). In any event, RTÉ ended up hosting the contest once again in 1997.