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Eurovision Song Contest 1995

Secret Garden brought Norway to their second win - ten years after Bobbysocks! topped the scoreboard. Rolf Løvland wrote both winning songs.

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.


Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Place Points
01 Flag of Poland Poland Justyna Sama Polish Alone 18 15
02 Flag of Ireland Ireland Eddie Friel Dreamin' English -- 14 44
03 Flag of Germany Germany Stone & Stone Verliebt in Dich German In Love With You 23 1
04 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Davorin Popović Dvadeset prvi vijek Bosnian The 21st Century 19 14
05 Flag of Norway Norway Secret Garden Nocturne Norwegian -- 1 148
06 Flag of Russia Russia Philipp Kirkorov Kolybelnaya dlya vulkana Russian Lullaby for a Volcano 17 17
07 Flag of Iceland Iceland Bo Halldórsson Núna Icelandic Now 15 31
08 Flag of Austria Austria Stella Jones Die Welt dreht sich verkehrt German The world turns the wrong way 13 67
09 Flag of Spain Spain Anabel Conde Vuelve Conmigo Spanish Come back to me 2 119
10 Flag of Turkey Turkey Arzu Ece Sev Turkish Love 16 21
11 Flag of Croatia Croatia Magazin & Lidija Nostalgija Croatian Nostalgia 6 91
12 Flag of France France Nathalie Santamaria Il me donne rendez-vous French He makes a date with me 4 94
13 Flag of Hungary Hungary Csaba Szigeti Új név a régi ház falán Hungarian A new name on the old house wall 22 3
14 Flag of Belgium Belgium Frédéric Etherlinck La voix est libre French The voice is free 20 8
15 Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom Love City Groove Love City Groove English -- 10 76
16 Flag of Portugal Portugal Tó Cruz Baunilha e chocolate Portuguese Vanilla and Chocolate 21 5
17 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Alexandros Panayi Sti Fotia Greek In the Fire 9 79
18 Flag of Sweden Sweden Jan Johansen Se på mig Swedish Look at Me 3 100
19 Flag of Denmark Denmark Aud Wilken Fra Mols til Skagen Danish From Mols to Skagen 5 92
20 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia Darja Švajger Prisluhni mi Slovene Listen to Me 7 84
21 Flag of Israel Israel Liora Amen Hebrew -- 8 81
22 Flag of Malta Malta Mike Spiteri Keep Me in Mind English -- 10 76
23 Flag of Greece 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.