Charlotte Nilsson Eurovision 1999 Sweden Take Me To Your Heaven

After a three-week break, #EurovisionAgain returned on Saturday evening for the first time since it switched from weekly to monthly rewatches. But despite the new schedule, everything else remained as before. And this time Eurovision 1999 was the retro song contest of choice.

Scroll down to watch Eurovision 1999

As always, there was a new fan vote, although the winner stayed the same — Sweden’s Charlotte Nilsson with “Take Me To Your Heaven”.

Charlotte Nilsson wins #EurovisionAgain 1999

Listed below are the results for #EurovisionAgain 1999. The rankings are based on the votes of all those who decided to vote for their favourites while rewatching the Eurovision 1999 grand final on Saturday 18 July.

In brackets, we’ve included the differences between the new fan vote and the original result from 21 years ago.

#EurovisionAgain 1999 results

  1. Sweden: Charlotte Nilsson “Take Me to Your Heaven” (=)
  2. Iceland: Selma “All Out of Luck” (=)
  3. Croatia: Doris Dragović “Marija Magdalena” (+1)
  4. Germany: Sürpriz “Reise nach Jerusalem – Kudüs’e seyahat” (-1)
  5. Netherlands: Marlayne “One Good Reason” (+3)
  6. United Kingdom: Precious “Say It Again” (+6)
  7. Belgium: Vanessa Chinitor “Like the Wind” (+5)
  8. Estonia: Evelin Samuel & Camille “Diamond of Night” (-2)
  9. Bosnia and Herzegovina: Dino & Béatrice “Putnici” (-2)
  10. Turkey: Tuğba Önal & Grup Mistik “Dön Artık” (+6)
  11. Cyprus: Marlain “Tha’nai Erotas” (+11)
  12. Israel: Eden “Yom Huledet (Happy Birthday)” (-7)
  13. Austria: Bobbie Singer “Reflection” (-3)
  14. Lithuania: Aistė “Strazdas” (+6)
  15. France: Nayah “Je veux donner ma voix” (+4)
  16. Slovenia: Darja Švajger “For a Thousand Years” (-5)
  17. Denmark: Trine Jepsen & Michael Teschl “This Time I Mean It” (-9)
  18. Spain: Lydia “No quiero escuchar” (+5)
  19. Malta: Times Three “Believe ‘n Peace” English (-4)
  20. Norway: Stig Van Eijk “Living My Life Without You” (-6)
  21. Portugal: Rui Bandeira “Como tudo começou” (=)
  22. Ireland: The Mullans “When You Need Me” (-5)
  23. Poland: Mietek Szcześniak “Przytul mnie mocno” (-5)

Watch Eurovision 1999 online

#EurovisionAgain may be over for now, but the Eurovision 1999 grand final remains online… for now You can watch the full show on the official Eurovision YouTube channel.

However, it is only available for an unspecified “limited time”. Based on past #EurovisionAgain uploads, this will probably remain online for one week after the YouTube premiere date.

But why? Before 2004, the copyright for each show belonged to the respective broadcasters. In the case of 1999, that’s Israel’s KAN. For now, the Israeli network has opted to make the show available only temporarily.

From 2004, the rules changed with the EBU taking over ownership of the rights. Hence, the uploads of contests from 2004 onwards have remained online.

#EurovisionAgain is scheduled to return on Saturday 15 August at 21:00 CEST.

What is #EurovisionAgain

Throughout the first 15 weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Eurovision Again team organised mass rewatchings of classic contests on Saturday evenings. The EBU soon came on board and began publishing previously unavailable entire show uploads on its YouTube channel.

The rewatches have since switched to monthly affairs, now taking place on the third Saturday of each month.

As well as organising rewatches, the Eurovision Again team has also added a fundraising element for various LGBTQ+ charities. Details can be found here.

What do you think? Did Charlotte deserve to win the rewatch? Has “Take Me To Your Heaven” aged well? Let us know in the comments.

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Ag89
Ag89
1 year ago

This was the first Eurovision I watched and of course the whole family watched. I was super confused with the voting and at that time didn’t really understand why the same bunch of countries was getting highest points.
I know people in my house wanted Iceland to win while I was not impressed. 🙂
Anyway, after 21 years I would say Croatia was the best by huge margine and I hope they will go back in time and find new motivation for ESC because Croatia was killing in 90’s with fantastic songs.

Last edited 1 year ago by Ag89
JDS
JDS
1 year ago

Was Maria Magdalena (or equivalent local spelling) the only repeated song title from the 1990s. Austria’s 1993 entry had the same title.

Jonas
Jonas
1 year ago

What do people think of Charlotte’s alternate version of her winner? The one that actually featured on her album. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJkY3RJ7304

Last edited 1 year ago by Jonas
Pontus
Pontus
1 year ago

Slovenia 16th, Denmark 17th, Poland last…. eh fans should NOT be voting. Horrible

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
1 year ago
Reply to  Pontus

I love that early stage in the voting where Slovenia was in the lead. How epic it would have been…

Last edited 1 year ago by Mr Vanilla Bean
Jonas
Jonas
1 year ago

Ireland gave Slovenia their 12 points. A jury. Not televote. Juries do have some worth…

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
1 year ago
Reply to  Jonas

If they are fair and have no ulterior motives. Someone always seems to have those. I think Austria gave no points to Germany for ‘Ein bisschen Frieden’. Like, come on, seriously? And you know those special countries we have these days that don’t care about fair play. But yeah, that counts for televoting as well. But juries are actually hand picked, so there’s no excuse for the scandals we keep getting.

Marc
Marc
1 year ago

Austria gave 0 to Nicole and Celine.
The ultimate year was 1985 when Germany could have won and both Austria and Switzerland gave nothing and gave the win to Norway (who got all 12 from Nordic friends)
1981 is another case

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Joe
Joe
1 year ago
Reply to  Marc

Marc – you’re not right on all of that either. No, Austria and Switzerland didn’t give anything to “Für Alle.” Neither did Greece, Italy, or Turkey, and only one country (Cyprus) actually gave them 12. Meanwhile, Germany and Austria each only gave Switzerland one point, Switzerland only gave Austria one point (Germany was significantly more generous and gave them 10), Switzerland wasn’t one of the higher scorers for Norway (six points), and Germany also gave Norway 12. Turkey didn’t give Norway anything and Greece only gave them a point, so I don’t see any kind of conspiracy here. Also, Finland… Read more »

Joe
Joe
1 year ago

No no no. Austria gave Germany one point. It was Luxembourg that didn’t give them anything (and curiously, both of them gave twelve to the UK).

Pontus
Pontus
1 year ago
Reply to  Jonas

i know. Slovenia was really good

Pontus
Pontus
1 year ago

i remember that and i liked it haha.

Una
Una
1 year ago

Colin, if you read this: can you share some things about it – what is it about, the meaning etc. And what’s the spiel with the recorded backings – were they or were they not. I got this song firmly stuck in my head since I first heard it on Eurovision Again and I am confused by all of it. The meaning, the recording backings issue, I mean, what happened there? Thanks so much! 🙂

Una
Una
1 year ago
Reply to  Una

Ohmygod. I was talking about “Marija Magdalena”!!!

PP77
PP77
1 year ago

I like more Croatia version from their national final Dora 1999. With that version, they would collect more points.

stommie
stommie
1 year ago
Reply to  PP77

Agree. The drums and percussion should have been on the backing track in Jerusalem.

JDS
JDS
1 year ago

Btw, while they didn’t confirm at the time how long the 1999 edition will remain online for, they have now confirmed on Twitter that it will be a week (as usual).

JDS
JDS
1 year ago

Stupid question time- why didn’t Croatia check the rules on computerised backing vocals before going to Jerusalem?

Joe
Joe
1 year ago
Reply to  JDS

Maybe they didn’t think this was a thing they needed to check?

JDS
JDS
1 year ago
Reply to  Joe

If they were doing something that hadn’t been done before, then then really should checked.

Una
Una
1 year ago
Reply to  JDS

The situation is not clear to me at all. Who played the master/track? Was it EBU? Was it the Croatian delegation? Did all delegations go to the production studio and inserted their sound tape or did they all have their own sound engineer? Who approved the tapes? Or CDs or whatever they used back in 1999. Why didn’t EBU react after the show but the Norwegians did? Why was the penalty that harsh – minus 1/3 points for 5 years IIRC?

stommie
stommie
1 year ago
Reply to  Una

Dora 1999 is on Youtube. There is an orchestra but you can also hear the choir on the backing track, and there is one female backing.
https://youtu.be/mvcdCJ4RoZE?t=5191

Last edited 1 year ago by stommie
Una
Una
1 year ago
Reply to  stommie

Thanks Stommie but this doesn’t answer my question. EBU had a rule about the recorded backings. Apparently it was broken. Why was that Croatian version allowed in the contest in the first place? Anyways, I don’t want to repeat my questions from the above comment.

Jonas
Jonas
1 year ago
Reply to  Una

The EBU didn’t know anything about it until Eurovision week. They had assumed that Croatia would have backing singers to replicate the sound. They hadn’t. People complained. Doris was already in Jerusalem rehearsing…a complete disqualification would be harsh. The EBU didn’t know what to do, so the performance went ahead – she was punished later. That’s my understanding.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
1 year ago
Reply to  Jonas

Although I’ve never seen her listed anywhere with the reduced points. She remains 4th everywhere. So I suppose there was no actual punishment? Would have been tricky if Croatia had won though.

stommie
stommie
1 year ago

She kept her ranking in the 1999 contest. The deduced points only affected the relegation system, (that was abolished in 2004 I think).

stommie
stommie
1 year ago
Reply to  Una

I guess that back then the preparations for the acts were a lot less strict. Nowadays the delegations have to send their staging plans weeks before the contest to the organising broadcaster and everything is planned in advance. The same way the delegations have to hand over the sound tapes at a very early stage. I guess the time limits were much shorter back then (less competing countries, no semis), who knows, maybe the tapes arrived in Jerusalem together with the delegations.

Una
Una
1 year ago
Reply to  stommie

Yes, that explanation makes sense. But even if delegations brought their recorded version in Jerusalem and, to add, used their own sound engineers – this would *not* necessarily make sense because (1) I doubt each delegation had their own sound engineer or that EBU had no oversight whatsoever and (2) there were some rehearsals before the show so how come the mistake was not identified during the rehearsals? Unless Croatia had used two different tapes. Ohmygod. Mysteries of Eurovision …

Marc
Marc
1 year ago

Some facts. All televotings voted for the following entries but..
– Sweden: all but Croatia
– Iceland: all but Croatia, Slovenia and France
– Germany: all but Cyprus
– Croatia: all but Denmark, Norway and UK
– Israel: all but UK
– Estonia: all but Croatia and Cyprus
(Some countries didn’t use televoting as usual)

Last edited 1 year ago by Marc
Joe
Joe
1 year ago
Reply to  Marc

Cyprus not voting for Germany kinda makes sense. Croatia had weird taste, and their televotes were often outliers back in the day (for three years in a row they didn’t give the winner anything).

Joe
Joe
1 year ago

Just posted my thoughts – hopefully it’ll be approved soon. As ever, I’m a little long-winded, but I have a lot to say about 1999.

Joe
Joe
1 year ago
Reply to  Joe

Oof, and looking it over, I definitely should’ve watched for repeating the same little tics over and over. To quote Sir Terry, “Forgive me, Mother!”

Joe
Joe
1 year ago
Reply to  Joe

I also confused Nayah for Sandrine Francois somehow. Oy!

Joe
Joe
1 year ago

1999! This contest happened about three weeks after I was born (the next one would happen on my first birthday!), and isn’t it serendipitous that twenty years to the month, I’d be celebrating my birthday at Eurovision in the same country, just a different city? But obviously, this isn’t about me. It’s about the last Eurovision of the twentieth century, a Eurovision very different from the ties-and-tails, orchestrated contest held at the beginning of the decade, hosted in a country that didn’t even exist by 1999. Israel, as ever, make for amiable hosts, and even if this one’s more modestly-budgeted… Read more »

JDS
JDS
1 year ago
Reply to  Joe

1999! This contest happened about three weeks after I was born.

Christ, you make me feel old.

Joe
Joe
1 year ago
Reply to  JDS

I figured at least one person would have that reaction.

Badwoolfgirl
Badwoolfgirl
1 year ago
Reply to  JDS

You think that’s old? I was born in 1991 when Carola won Eurovision for Sweden!

Joe
Joe
1 year ago
Reply to  Joe

BTW, to be more specific: Tuba Önal was the singing voice for Nala in The Lion King, Pocahontas, Mulan, AND Anastasia (a Disney princess by extension)! A Turkish Lea Salonga/Liz Callaway if there ever was one! For those curious (and I’m sure you are), this means she shares roles with: Rita (Israel 1990 – Pocahontas) Guri Schanke (Norway 2007) and Anita Skorgan (Norway 1977/1979/1982 – Guri was the speaking voice of Pocahontas and Anita did the singing! An interesting Eurovision double-whammy considering they both can sing!) Edyta Górniak (Poland 1994 – Pocahontas) Svala (Iceland 2017 – Anastasia) Anita Skorgan again… Read more »

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Ashton
Ashton
1 year ago
Reply to  Joe

WHOA!! No offence, but I thought you were way older because of the very intelligent way you phrase things (not saying that younger people can’t do the same, I myself am under 20).

Joe
Joe
1 year ago
Reply to  Ashton

Lol no worries! I get that a lot (the “sounding older” thing, I mean). I use words good, what can I say?

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
1 year ago

I had to go check out the French UFO woman after reading about that cult thing. And omg, she really looked manic on stage. And she had lots of lipstick on her teeth. haha And in the NF performance, she sang really badly and even forgot parts of the lyrics. Like, how bad were the others for France to choose that? It’s a UFO mystery.

Last edited 1 year ago by Mr Vanilla Bean
Joe
Joe
1 year ago

Did NOT know that when I did my write-up. Didn’t think it was that bad but wow.

JDS
JDS
1 year ago

Yes! I noticed the lipstick too!

Esc addict
Esc addict
1 year ago

The holidays and the life in Austria seem to be so annoying at the point of hating or mocking everything….. and everything coming from France especially it’s again better, most of the time without justifications, but why then….. it’s an UFO mystery…….

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RavensHeart
RavensHeart
1 year ago

Interestingly the broadcast contains numerous appearances of the BBC Archives watermark suggesting the contest was indeed lost when IBA dissolved, and BBC was able to provide the copy. Although legally must now belong to Kan

Jonas
Jonas
1 year ago
Reply to  RavensHeart

Not necessarily. Kan gave their permission, but let’s not assume the broadcaster always supplies the broadcast. Remember when the BBC 1974 show was on #EurovisionAgain and suddenly it broke into German commentary? Where did that come from?

stommie
stommie
1 year ago
Reply to  Jonas

Dutch commentary. There is no copy of the 1974 contest completely without commentary. So they combined several sources.
https://twitter.com/stijnsmulders/status/1262113770068983809

Jonas
Jonas
1 year ago
Reply to  stommie

Dutch, right. I misremembered. Thanks.

Crystal
1 year ago
Reply to  RavensHeart

From what I gathered from the official Eurovision website, the EBU and its member broadcasters have managed to preserve all but two of the full shows: Preparing for Eurovision Again each week was not as easy as it might look. The Eurovision Song Contest archive has been carefully put together over the past few years. With help from many member broadcasters, the EBU has managed to save every show available, apart from the Contests of 1956 and 1964, which sadly got lost over time. It is a possibility that the earliest contests were preserved by kinescope (recording through a camera… Read more »

stommie
stommie
1 year ago
Reply to  RavensHeart

No, I have a copy of this contest from the Dutch broadcaster and it also has the BBC Resources watermark.Yesterday someone wrote on twitter that it has to do with the fact that the BBC provided the score board and the technology behind it was the same as the one in Birmingham.

Joe
Joe
1 year ago
Reply to  stommie

Yes, it was the same deal the year after in Stockholm. The BBC assisted with stuff like that so they put their name on it (same as when you see the little Microsoft logo in 2015).

NickC
NickC
1 year ago

I have mixed feelings about Croatia. While it was the best song, that pre recorded vocals business turns me off a bit. I am not against them, i just do not like cheating. So my vote goes to.. Iceland

Whisker
Whisker
1 year ago

Could someone at Wiwi maybe share with us what happens after the show and winner’s press-conference is over? A big party? Thank you.

Charles
Charles
1 year ago
Reply to  Whisker

It’s a never ending party that starts with the debut of rehearsals, goes on during rehearsals, reaches its peak during broadcasting nights … but then it just refuses to die down due to Pride month, event in which these songs get some sort of after-live since the music industry couldn’t care less about the contest musical content whatsoever.

Whisker
Whisker
1 year ago
Reply to  Charles

Super-cool, thanks!

Whisker
Whisker
1 year ago
Reply to  Whisker

Thanks Robyn! Ya that makes sense.

Joe
Joe
1 year ago
Reply to  Whisker

I was exhausted after the final wrapped up (it was around 1:30 in the morning!), but then there were videos of Duncan and the delegation still popping champagne and performing again at Euroclub, so I guess for others the party could go all night!

Badwoolfgirl
Badwoolfgirl
1 year ago

I’ve always wanted to see this contest after we had 1997 and 1998 consecutively. I was worried it wouldn’t happened because it was owned by KAN’s defunct predecessor, but it looks like it inherited all IBA content. If a month is what it takes to get permission rights from other broadcasters for older contests and present high-quality copies, then it’s worth it.

JDS
JDS
1 year ago
Reply to  Badwoolfgirl

I think there is a good chance we’ll see 1979 at some stage too.

stommie
stommie
1 year ago
Reply to  JDS

Is already in excellent quality on YT
https://youtu.be/aKtjAT1V9VQ

JDS
JDS
1 year ago

Trivia: this is the latest date (to date) that Eurovision has ever taken place (May 29th).

Kim
Kim
1 year ago
Reply to  JDS

What was The earliest date the contest was held (in recent times)? Also was there a reason why it was so much later?

JDS
JDS
1 year ago
Reply to  Kim

1994 was the last Eurovision (to date) held in April (April 30th).

I don’t why it was so late in 1999, but quite scary that we were just 3 days away from a June contest!

JDS
JDS
1 year ago
Reply to  JDS

Don’t know why*

Kim
Kim
1 year ago
Reply to  JDS

I do wish they brought back hosting at different dates. It’s more spontaneous than having the same time on the same month.

Jonas
Jonas
1 year ago
Reply to  Kim

^ Is that why they gave up hosting? I thought it was just because of the two-in-a-row pressure – the 1979 broadcast had put enough pressure on them. They hadn’t even gone to colour TV at that stage. I think they only pulled out after the Netherlands had agreed to host, and the broadcast date had been set. If they were going to host, they never would have picked that date anyway. I could be wrong…

Joe
Joe
1 year ago
Reply to  Jonas

I think it was a bit of both. Israel turned down hosting again due to expense, then the EBU had trouble finding a replacement (both runner-up Spain and pinch-hit host the UK said no), and by the time the Netherlands agreed to do it, they had a hard time picking a date and couldn’t change it even when Israel said it was impossible for them to compete on Yom HaZikaron.

JDS
JDS
1 year ago
Reply to  Kim

Not only did Israel not host in 1980, they had to withdraw because of Remembrance Day, thereby making them the first country to not defend their Eurovision title.

Due to WWII ending in May, in the 1980s and 1990s (when the Contest moved to May), war remembrance days tended to often rule out countries in certain years (Netherlands in 1991 for example) as the dates clashed.

Joe
Joe
1 year ago
Reply to  JDS

The Netherlands had to pull out twice because of it (1985 and 1991). The only two contests the Netherlands missed for reasons other than relegation. Similarly, Yugoslavia didn’t compete in ’85 either because of the anniversary of Tito’s death, and France’s president died right before the ’74 contest so they also had to pull out.

Joe
Joe
1 year ago
Reply to  Joe

Lately, there’ve been a couple of contests where Israel was pre-drawn for a certain semi because the other was either Yom HaZikaron or Israeli Independence Day (which I believe meant they didn’t even show the first semi in 2016).

Maya G
Maya G
1 year ago
Reply to  Kim

Not quite. IBA declined to host for the second year in a row after the government refused to award them extra funds for that purpose. If they had agreed to host it in 1980 they would obviously set a convenient date. Since the Netherlands took the gig, they scheduled it to a date convinient for them, which coincided with the Israeli Remembrance Day, which is why Israel didn’t participate.

Joe
Joe
1 year ago
Reply to  Maya G

Call me crazy, but Israel pulling out was also the only reason Morocco debuted, right?

Maya G
Maya G
1 year ago
Reply to  Joe

I don’t have any knowledge about it but it makes sense.
Since 1980 Israel and Morocco formed financial ties and for a while also diplomatic ties, Israelis are free to tour Morocco and vice versa, so I guess Israel is not the reason for Morocco’s absence from the contest.

Maya G
Maya G
1 year ago
Reply to  JDS

Being Israeli, I remember the talk around the date for the contest in 1999. Other than the national holidays, there was another issue. The Oslo Accords were signed in between Israel and the Palestinian authority in the early nineties, they determined an interim period in which Israel and the PA were supposed to reach a permanent settlement within this period. In fact, the interim period was set to expire on May 4th 1999 and no permanent settlement was reached. There was a fear that this would not go smoothly, so they set the contest for the latest day possible in… Read more »

Joe
Joe
1 year ago
Reply to  Maya G

It’s really interesting to hear that. It seemed to be the most drama-free of Israel’s hosting gigs on the surface.

JDS
JDS
1 year ago
Reply to  Maya G

I’d forgotten about 2010, I was on a gap year in Australia and 2010 passed me by. To this day, I’ve never seen it. It may be a Eurovision Again year soon!

Whisker
Whisker
1 year ago

“Marlayne” and “Marlain”. Holly Guacamolly!

JDS
JDS
1 year ago
Reply to  Whisker

I do recall some media referring to the 1999 contest as “the battle of the Marlaynes” as both Netherlands and Cyprus were early favourites.

Whisker
Whisker
1 year ago
Reply to  JDS

Terrible songs but if that’s what people used to like, that’s fine by me. The phonetic resemblance is weird tho. I pronounce them the same way. LOL!

Jonas
Jonas
1 year ago

I wonder how well Diamond of Night would have done if it had come just a few years earlier, during the orchestra days. It could have won.

123
123
1 year ago

Since Croatia didn’t win this, they will never win Eurovision.

Last edited 1 year ago by 123
Jonas
Jonas
1 year ago
Reply to  123

They already have…in a way. A Croatian act won, and the following contest was held in Zagreb.

Una
Una
1 year ago
Reply to  Jonas

1990!!!

Una
Una
1 year ago
Reply to  Una

1989! 1990 in Zagreb. 1991 in Rome. My bad!!

JDS
JDS
1 year ago
Reply to  123

I said that about Portugal in 2008 and Netherlands in 1998, so don’t lose hope!

JDS
JDS
1 year ago

As Rob Holley said in his tweet, the move to monthly gives them more time to speak to broadcasters about opening up their archives, so hopefully we will see more older shows now. I have to admit I never thought we’d see 1999 with IBA being defunct. Maybe it’s rose-tinted glasses, but i don’t remember the songs in ’99 being so crap. I found it hard to pick a top 10. Estonia was my favourite then, and it’s my favourite now. Those postcards were f*cked-up, a few times during the evening I thought I was having hallucinations. Yigal was really… Read more »

Last edited 1 year ago by JDS
Badwoolfgirl
Badwoolfgirl
1 year ago
Reply to  JDS

I guess KAN must have inherited all the IBA content since it was credited in the video for permission. I wonder if next month we’ll get the 2000 contest from SVT, or another random year. I guess it depends who EBU can negotiate within a month. Contest years I would like to see: Any year from the 50s and 60s because we haven’t had those yet, but I guess my most anticipated years would be 1965 and 1969. If 1969 is next or down the line, you guys are going to find the outcome really wild–a four-way tie! I can’t… Read more »

JDS
JDS
1 year ago
Reply to  Badwoolfgirl

I doubt we’ll see 2000 next month, they tend not to show them in order. 1996 seems to be a popular request for a lot of people, I’d be ok with it but I’m not desperate for it. I think they’ll have to do 2012 at some stage, same, I’d be fine with it but not overly mad for it. I’d like (a) 1985, the 80s have been shown once so far, it’s been under-represented (b) 1979, and now we know IBA/KAN are open to releasing their archives, I think it is likely we’ll see it too (c) 1993 as… Read more »

Jonas
Jonas
1 year ago
Reply to  JDS

I hope they don’t feature 2012. Loreen is great, of course, but it’s an hours-long promotion of a horrible regime. Skip it!

Una
Una
1 year ago
Reply to  JDS

Not 2012, please. Apart from the scandalous things that happened locally around the contest, Sweden won again. I don’t want to see that many contests with Sweden as a winner. One was enough (I’ve only seen two so far 2008 and 1999).

JDS
JDS
1 year ago
Reply to  Una

That’s good point but there does seem to be a lot of affection for Sweden on Eurovision Again.

Which is kind of ironic as SVT hasn’t (so far) been generous with its archive.

Karl
Karl
1 year ago
Reply to  JDS

There is a simple reason for that, we have done “too good” in ESC the latest time, some fans can´t accept that. The other topic is indeed strange, SVT has more than enough during MF talking very warmly about that we Swedes is so much in love with this competition. But for some strange reason, SVT has always pointed at EBU when you ask them about seeing older contests, when I explained that EBU was backing EurovisionAgain and that both NRK and RUV (who showed some old contest on their TV channel earlier this spring) has shown or made old… Read more »

HarpyDarper
HarpyDarper
1 year ago
Reply to  JDS

The postcards are a little bit Sunday School.

You could attribute Belgium’s place to Legend of Zelda: Ocerina of Time, which was released the previous Xmas. They were riding the zeitgiest

Karl
Karl
1 year ago
Reply to  HarpyDarper

You thinking of that the guy almost played an exact replica of the Ocarina of Time 😉

Stephanie
Stephanie
1 year ago
Reply to  JDS

Because it was one of the best songs that year!!! That’s why!!!

Gurl
Gurl
1 year ago

My Top 5

1. Iceland
2. Croatia
3. Lithuania
4. Estonia
5. Sweden

Monica
Monica
1 year ago

Charlotte Nilsson was the best winner in 1999. That song, rock. ???? Love it.

Monica
Monica
1 year ago

Why does a question on my writing shows UP.
I did not put a question on my writing.
Strange..

Ieva
Ieva
1 year ago
Reply to  Monica

Maybe you put some emojis that the page cannot load 🙂

Ieva
Ieva
1 year ago

I’m happy about Lithuania’s climb 🙂 To this day “Strazdas” is one of the acts we are most proud of.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
1 year ago
Reply to  Ieva

I’d love to see Aiste back with something similar, but maybe it’s such a special song that it can’t be repeated or matched anyway.

Monica
Monica
1 year ago

Charlotte Nilsson and Sweden won,. ?
I loved that song,. ??

Una
Una
1 year ago

Other thoughts in my opinion of course: The camera work on stage and in the venue was very bad. I felt bad for the artists and the director and the public. It was so sad to see the shadow of the cameraman, the globes against the heads of the performers, people in the public moving around, the drINks on stage and in the hands of people in the audience. And please, the insult of showing the Swedish delegation with one country left to give out their points. So embarrassing. So bad. The male presenter deserves kudos for how well he… Read more »

JDS
JDS
1 year ago
Reply to  Una

I recall at the time being unimpressed with the IBA staging in ’99 but I don’t recall thinking it was a poor year song-wise, but last night I was so underwhelmed by the quality of songs

Jonas
Jonas
1 year ago
Reply to  Una

What was so bad about showing the Swedish delegation with one jury left? We wanted to see their reaction and we got it!

Selma deserved to go through in 2005. The one semi-final system worked against her.

Una
Una
1 year ago
Reply to  Jonas

I think EBU and broadcasters found that bad too because the hosts “controlled” a lot better the process when the winner was known with one or more sets of points to be announced. I just felt it was rude to give it to Sweden when a country equal with the rest of the countries was giving out their votes. The Swedish delegation should have held their horses for a minute or two. Shouldn’t be hard. Or is it? About 2005 – I have no idea. I have seen Selma’s performance a few years ago and I didn’t like it to… Read more »

Jonas
Jonas
1 year ago
Reply to  Una

Yeah, okay the stage version did it no favours. Just judging on the studio version, though, it’s great!

Also that was actually the moment when Sweden won – they were mathematically ahead and couldn’t be caught. A bit like when Conchita was officially announced the winner with fanfare with three countries left to give their votes.

Badwoolfgirl
Badwoolfgirl
1 year ago
Reply to  Jonas

I can’t stand it when the winner is technically declared before all the votes have finished even it’s mathematically true.

Whisker
Whisker
1 year ago
Reply to  Badwoolfgirl

I don’t like that either.

Maya G
Maya G
1 year ago
Reply to  Badwoolfgirl

I actually prefer that over playing dumb about an obvious truth everyone is aware of.
I really liked it in the 2013 contest when they started announcing the winner when it was a done deal, I felt it was more respectful to my intelligence as a viewer. Anyway, I prefer the current system for keeping the suspense until the very last moment.

HarpyDarper
HarpyDarper
1 year ago
Reply to  Una

The show was slowly moving towards arenas rather than conference centres at the time, but it looks like the organizers wanted Jerusalem. It looked a bit of a step backwards size wise but I’ve Googled the place and am quite impressed how they fitted that stage in there, and the commentary booths at the back must have been a bit pokey. Productions looks like how I’d expect something from 1999 to look like, compared to today’s expectations. Very little internet back then, less stuff around the contest, smaller reach. Was there much controversy about it being there at the time?… Read more »

Una
Una
1 year ago
Reply to  HarpyDarper

I don’t know what was going on at that time with one exception: come Eurovision 2019 there were talks about how Israel would organize the show on a Saturday and a jury show on Friday. Because that was supposed to be a problem for some people back in 1999. Having said that I think that the camera work was very poor. Very bad angles, slow reactions of the person/s guiding and managing the cameras, the shadow of the cameraman was visible at least twice including onto the body of the Croatian act, the globes with spikes that looked like Ko-roh-nah… Read more »

Monica
Monica
1 year ago

I loved sweden, take me to your heaven, with Charlotte Nilsson. The best song won. ?

PP77
PP77
1 year ago

For me that year overrated Sweden,Israel,Estonia,Denmark,Austria,
Underrated Lithuania,Belgium,France,Malta,Turkey,Cyprus,Poland

HarpyDarper
HarpyDarper
1 year ago

I was nine years old at the time, and had never heard of Eurovision (and was on holiday during this time). Nevertheless this edition really reminds me of that year, from it’s production to it’s sound. The UK, Cyprus, Austria, Netherlands and Norway all sound look and sound particularly of that time period, whilst the winner is very ABBA-esque and (I’ve always thought) Christmassy. There seems to be a few sound issues, as some of the vocals are a bit shaky (or just a little under-rehersed). Iceland’s dancers remind me a bit of Inspector Gadget (which had a reboot that… Read more »

Una
Una
1 year ago

As for the rest outside my top 10 below in order of appearance: Turkey: I did not like this entry. I kind of liked the backings coming front of the stage by the end of the song – a nice touch but not enough for me to like it. Norway: officially one of the most ridiculous entries I’ve had the pleasure to see in Eurovision. It’s so generic and pleasant and average it could have been taken straight from a radio station from ‘merica. Was this a thing back then? And let me do not start talking about their fashion.… Read more »

stommie
stommie
1 year ago

A real transition year. IBA wanted to host in Jerusalem, despite the fact that the city didn’t have a suitable venue. Binyanei Ha’uma was even for that year considered very small. Croatia lost some of it’s relegation points due the prerecorded backing vocals. Cyprus entered the contest as a fan favourite, but crashed and burned on the night itself. The French singer was part of an UFO cult, members of which were present in Jerusalem. Lydia’s rainbow dress by Agatha Ruiz de la Prada was intended as support for gay rights. Both Bosnia-H and Germany send their runner up to… Read more »

Whisker
Whisker
1 year ago
Reply to  stommie

So nice of you to share this! Thank you! The UFO cult, LOL, sounds so unexpected, what’s the name? Awesome and daring attempt to support gay rights as the CC was/is quite powerful in Spain?, but it just looked silly. I can understand why they wanted to organize it in Jerusalem.

stommie
stommie
1 year ago
Reply to  Whisker

International Raëlian Movement 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raëlism

Whisker
Whisker
1 year ago
Reply to  stommie

Thanks!

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
1 year ago
Reply to  stommie

Frightening.

Whisker
Whisker
1 year ago
Reply to  stommie

Bonkers!

JDS
JDS
1 year ago
Reply to  stommie

You’re right, 1999 was unfortunate in that it was stuck between two Eurovision eras, we had no orchestra, free language but still small venues, and voters who just wanted an ABBA impersonator.

Una
Una
1 year ago
Reply to  stommie

I don’t understand the issue about IBA wanting to host in Jerusalem. I thought that EBU were very strict about the rules for venues and cities. Or were the rules more lax then?

Funny you should say that Cyprus were a fan favourite.

I don’t get what you’re saying about the free language rule as I always thought that singing in English was “better” for the voting points.

stommie
stommie
1 year ago
Reply to  Una

So the advantage the UK, Ireland and Malta had was gone. And it immediately showed in the results.

Una
Una
1 year ago
Reply to  stommie

Oh ok – other countries could use English. Duh. Thanks.

JDS
JDS
1 year ago
Reply to  Una

I remember 1999 was the first year I looked up fan sites online (there weren’t many- does anyone else remember Euronet?). It was all Cyprus, Cyprus, Cyprus amongst the fans. Honestly, I don’t recall exactly why she failed so badly, though I think it might have been a few smaller factors coming together – not taking advantage of free language, running order between the two hot favourites, out of tune in places

Maya G
Maya G
1 year ago
Reply to  Una

Up until the 90’s the contest was often held in concert halls, many of them not much bigger than the 1999 venue and quite a few even smaller. It wasn’t this huge event as it is now, the fandom was much smaller and polite and didn’t travel to the host country every year. The the audience was older and more dignified. 2000 was a pivotal year in that respect, the Swedes set a new standard.

JDS
JDS
1 year ago
Reply to  Maya G

It’s interesting actually, you can see some of the audience in tuxedos, and some casual. Just showing again how this edition was stuck between two different eras.

Maya G
Maya G
1 year ago
Reply to  JDS

The casual wear is probably more due to it being in Israel, Israelis are very informal in most aspects of life. With the exception of perhaps their own weddings, most of them dress very casually and consider wearing a button-up shirt as dressing up.

Una
Una
1 year ago

Hi Wiwibloggs and thank you so much for the opportunity of giving comments on this event!!! I found it difficult to make a top 10. It’s only the first 5 songs that I really liked to different extents though. 1. Bosnia and Herzegovina: I recognized Dino since his 2011 entry used to be my fave from Bosnia and Herzegovina!! I love this entry in Bosnian and French. I still cannot get my head around the choreography and staging and imaginary around the act but I just *loved it*. This is my winner. The instruments. The subtle rap. The chemistry between the… Read more »

Marc
Marc
1 year ago
Reply to  Una

I love both Dino Merlin entries as well. Better and more interesting than the former winners in 1999 and 2011.
At least to my taste

Una
Una
1 year ago
Reply to  Marc

Absolutely. I agree completely!! It’s so sad that generic Swedish pop/schlager (the 2011 was written by Swedish) win in the detriment of real creativity and local languages and singers/songwriters.

JDS
JDS
1 year ago
Reply to  Una

Wasn’t there a rumour at the time Amina was going to be the female singer?

Una
Una
1 year ago
Reply to  JDS

OMG how would I know that? I have no idea!!

JDS
JDS
1 year ago
Reply to  Una

I’m not saying you do! I’m just making the comment as I seem to recall that rumour, and maybe someone else reading does too.

Una
Una
1 year ago
Reply to  JDS

Oh OK 🙂

Marc
Marc
1 year ago

I love Croatia (winner), Germany and Bosnia.
Israel was also very good and enjoyable. Made me think of other entries like Estonia 2001 and how people at home will always enjoy and vote for this kind of entries unlike fans.
Estonia was also good.
There were many 90’s sound songs and in that sea, a dated song like Sweden probably stood out more. I prefer Iceland tho.

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stommie
stommie
1 year ago

Did KAN inherit the copyright from IBA?

Ana
Ana
1 year ago
Reply to  stommie

Obviosly. Did you think that IBA will take the whole Israeli public broadcasting archive to the grave with them? It’s not theirs. It belongs to the public.

Stephanie
Stephanie
1 year ago

Come on!!! You can’t be serious!!! Sweden? Really? I thought the songs of Iceland and Germany were better, but okay… Positive finally some recognition for Belgium, thank you!!!

Whisker
Whisker
1 year ago

The positives: the creative postcard concept; the hosts were very much ok. The negatives: the overwhelming silver, grey, white, and bad fashion, which I found it so annoying; the stage; no jury votes. My rankings are the following: 23.Cyprus: when I saw her in the beginning of the performance, I thought she was like a mermaid on a ship’s prow. Her vocal was shaky. I don’t think this song is meant for a live show. I didn’t enjoy this performance. 22.Malta: I didn’t like it. And stop using the same fabric for outfits when you have more than one person… Read more »

JDS
JDS
1 year ago
Reply to  Whisker

Regarding the fashion, why did most women in ’99 wear a skirt with trousers underneath??

Whisker
Whisker
1 year ago
Reply to  JDS

It must have been a fashion trend at that time? Also, those below the knee trousers see Lithuania and Malta? At first I thought they saved on the fabric. I believe Charlotte Nilsson’s trousers could have been an inch or two longer. And I think she wore a wig.

Jonas
Jonas
1 year ago
Reply to  Whisker

I doubt she wore a wig. A bit risky considering her final head swirl.

Whisker
Whisker
1 year ago
Reply to  Jonas

There are ways to secure wigs very very well. Her hair looked like the hair of a doll, really plastic. No judgement tho.

JDS
JDS
1 year ago
Reply to  Whisker

I thought she looked so pretty here, what happened between then and 2008?

Whisker
Whisker
1 year ago
Reply to  JDS

Ya, she looked so pretty. I don’t want to speculate because that would be too unkind. The entertainment business is cruel and sadly, too many people lack self-esteem and self-confidence.

Jonas
Jonas
1 year ago
Reply to  Whisker

I’m not sure if Charlotte is one of those people…she pulled out of the 2000 contest because they wouldn’t give her enough self-promotion time on the broadcast. She changed her name mid-career. She came back to Melodifestivalen after her non-qualification in 2012. All admirably self-confident!

Jonas
Jonas
1 year ago
Reply to  JDS

Nine years of life. Career highs and lows. Marriage. Motherhood. Stress. She announced her break-up shortly after the contest – so it was a tough time. I think she looked fine, though.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
1 year ago

An interesting year for me because this year produced a couple of evergreens, in my opinion. I’m fine with the top 2. Two catchy songs which are still enjoyable today. It was also the last year to date that uncle Ralph would compete for the trophy with a real chance. Besides the top two, I love Lithuania, Slovenia and Estonia. I suppose Estonia did okay, but Slovenia and Lithuania were terribly underrated.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
1 year ago

In fact, Strazdas is Lithuania’s best ever!

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
1 year ago

Special shout-out to Croatia and boo to a certain petty Norwegian dude.

stommie
stommie
1 year ago

Disagree. Prerecorded backing vocals were not allowed back then. JOS had every right to complain. The fact that twenty years later we have a different approach to certain rules, doesn’t change that that choir had no place on the backing track.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
1 year ago
Reply to  stommie

What baffles me in this case is how the track got approved and played in the contest then?

Una
Una
1 year ago

I was wondering about that too. Unless Croatia had submitted one version and used another one in the contest. It was still EBU that must have had the tracks because they played them, not Croatia. Broadcasters are supposed to send the masters to EBU well in advance of the contest.
I wouldn’t necessarily blame the Norwegians for complaining because there should be one rule for everyone.EBU comes bad out of this but so does Croatia because Croatia must have known about that rule.

123
123
1 year ago
Reply to  Una

Croatian HoD recently said in an interview that she found out that it was a set up and that they intentionally didn’t say anything until the moment when nothing could be changed anymore…I’m not saying that’s true, but that’s what she said.

Una
Una
1 year ago
Reply to  123

I do’t know what she said or what really happened but the optics of the situation for most parties is pretty bad.

123
123
1 year ago
Reply to  stommie

Thankfully, Croatia didn’t have prerecorded vocals…Only synthetic sounds that were imitating male voices…The same think Jowst was allowed to do and who is, ironically enough, from Norway…But ofc Jon Ola didn’t have a problem with THAT

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Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
1 year ago
Reply to  123

An awful dude through and through. As EBU boss, he never had a problem overlooking numerous of his institution’s own rules.

Una
Una
1 year ago
Reply to  123

OK but then why did EBU penalize Croatia?

Una
Una
1 year ago
Reply to  stommie

Stommie – yes and why didn’t Croatia have male backings there on stage? The female backing in black seemed to have forgot to sing at one point and approached the microphone *after* the chorus had started. Good lord all these details. 1999 was not a very good year.
I mean, why did EBU chose it if not to remind us that Sweden had won that year. It was a pretty lame year.

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stommie
stommie
1 year ago

Skamp disagrees.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
1 year ago
Reply to  stommie

No, she doesn’t.

Whisker
Whisker
1 year ago
Reply to  stommie

Who’s Skamp?

Una
Una
1 year ago
Reply to  Whisker

I want to know that too. Or do I?

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
1 year ago
Reply to  Una

Lithuania 2001. The year of Dr Death and The Tooth Fairy.

stommie
stommie
1 year ago
Reply to  Whisker

The best act to compete in eurovision ever
https://youtu.be/yr_b_uKmknA

Whisker
Whisker
1 year ago
Reply to  stommie

What am I looking at exactly? And she’s awfully off-tune.

stommie
stommie
1 year ago
Reply to  Whisker

You are insulting Erica Jennings.

Whisker
Whisker
1 year ago
Reply to  stommie

Not my intention at all.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
1 year ago
Reply to  stommie

Oh, come oooon. Not even the best of its year. Slovenia’s victory was stolen… I don’t know how. Maybe the French UFO lunatic woman from 1999 cursed Eurovision.

Whisker
Whisker
1 year ago

Hilarious!