It’s the weekly watch-a-long that became a monthly tradition. And on Saturday #EurovisionAgain came back for its November run. This time Eurovision 1990 was the classic song contest of choice.

And while all the performances remained the exact same, viewers voted for a new winner — Yugoslavia’s Tajči with “Hajde Da Ludujemo”. The real-life champion — Italy’s Toto Cutugno with “Insieme: 1992” — finished in third place.

Tajči wins #EurovisionAgain 1990

Listed below are the results for #EurovisionAgain 1990. The rankings are based on the votes of all those who decided to vote for their favourites while rewatching the Eurovision 1990 grand final on Saturday 21 November.

In brackets, we’ve included the differences between the new fan vote and the original result from 30 years ago.

#EurovisionAgain 1990 results

  1. Yugoslavia: Tajči – “Hajde Da Ludujemo” (+6)
  2. Spain: Azúcar Moreno – “Bandido” (+3)
  3. Italy: Toto Cutugno – “Insieme: 1992” (-2)
  4. Iceland: Stjórnin – “Eitt lag enn” (=)
  5. France: Joëlle Ursull – “White and Black Blues” (-3)
  6. Denmark: Lonnie Devantier – “Hallo Hallo” (+2)
  7. Ireland: Liam Reilly – “Somewhere in Europe” (-5)
  8. The Netherlands: Maywood – “Ik wil alles met je delen” (+7)
  9. Turkey: Kayahan – “Gözlerinin Hapsindeyim” (+8)
  10. Norway: Ketil Stokkan – “Brandenburger Tor” (+11)
  11. Israel: Rita – “Shara Barkhovot” (+7)
  12. Austria: Simone – “Keine Mauern mehr” (-2)
  13. Cyprus: Haris Anastasiou – “Milas poli” (+1)
  14. United Kingdom: Emma – “Give a Little Love Back to the World” (-8)
  15. Portugal: Nucha – “Há sempre alguém” (+5)
  16. Belgium: Philippe Lafontaine – “Macédomienne” (-4)
  17. Luxembourg: Céline Carzo – “Quand je te rêve” (-4)
  18. Switzerland: Egon Egemann – “Musik klingt in die Welt hinaus” (-7)
  19. Finland: Beat – “Fri?” (+2)
  20. Germany: Chris Kempers & Daniel Kovac – “Frei zu leben” (-11)
  21. Sweden: Edin-Ådahl – “Som en vind” (-5)
  22. Greece: Christos Callow & Wave – “Horis skopo” (-3)

Upon hearing of the result, Tajči recorded a thank you message for the Eurovision fans who had voted her as the winner of #EurovisionAgain 1990:

Watch Eurovision 1990 online

#EurovisionAgain may be over for now, but the Eurovision 1990 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 1990, that’s Croatia’s HRT (formerly part of Yugoslavia’s JRT). For now, the Croatian 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 19 December at 21:00 CEST for a semi-final special.

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 Tajči deserve to win the rewatch? Let us know in the comments.

Read more #EurovisionAgain news here

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Tibor
Tibor
2 days ago

‘t was the year when the great Serge Gainsbourg got involved with the French entry – and it showed. It’s a shame, Joëlle Ursull didn’t win, she deserved it.

Jonas
Jonas
2 days ago
Reply to  Tibor

Thirty years later, and just one black winner…sad.

JDS
JDS
2 days ago
Reply to  Tibor

It was a great song, and Joelle is such a striking woman, but she wasn’t a great singer. Had she been, I think she’d have won.

Tibor
Tibor
2 days ago
Reply to  JDS

I cannot wholeheartedly contradict you. The song was indeed better than the live vocals. Nonetheless, for 1990 the entry was really different and exciting. She should have won regardless. 🙂

Colin
Colin
2 days ago

It was interesting and nostalgic watching this contest from a perspective from someone who lived that. I was too young to recall this contest, but it was done very well. Helga and Oliver were really good as hosts. Entries were for the most part pleasant and nice. Watching it from today’s perspective, it’s very different seeing how little emphasis there was on the staging (set design is almost entirely absent and choreography is somewhat less present in most cases). There is some charm in this stripped back presentations too. On the first glance, I really liked these songs: Yugoslavia –… Read more »

Colin
Colin
2 days ago
Reply to  Colin

Also, if anyone wants to know the lyrics to Tajci’s song, here is the chorus:

”Come on, let’s get wild tonight!
Come on, fall in love with my eyes!
Your lips are like chocolate,
and I like that!”

Cool song. I’ve heard to playing many times, even recently. Just like Rock Me, it remained evergreen in Croatia and deservingly so.

Una
Una
2 days ago
Reply to  Colin

Hvala! Cho-ko-la-da!! 🙂

Last edited 2 days ago by Una
Maya G
Maya G
3 days ago

I really love the Belgian entry, and gave it my 12 points. Such a beautiful song, wish it got more appreciation.
France also had an awesome song and a groundbreaking staging.
Portugal would most defiantly get the Barbara Dex award had it existed in 1990. Cute song though.
I really don’t like the Icelandic and Danish entries. Uninspired, made for Eurovision without a shred of originality. The Yugoslav song isn’t my cup of tea either, but it was still more interesting musically and the perforformance was so fun and fresh. It really stood out, and did Tajci age well!

Last edited 3 days ago by Maya G
RavensHeart
RavensHeart
3 days ago

Didnt Eurovision Again promise a HD version of 2006 to be uploaded soon, not heard about it since?

stommie
stommie
3 days ago
Reply to  RavensHeart

Yes. That is what they promised to do months ago.

JDS
JDS
3 days ago
Reply to  RavensHeart

I’ve been wondered the same – it’s been coming soon for months!

JDS
JDS
3 days ago
Reply to  RavensHeart

BTW, there is a HQ 2006 upload on YouTube now, it’s the TVP feed so Polish commentary.

JDS
JDS
3 days ago

In these rather miserable times, that heart-warming video from Tajci celebrating her win really lifts the spirits!

TheDr Mistery
TheDr Mistery
2 days ago
Reply to  JDS

Yeah, she’s absolutely lovely. It’s fantastic to see that this win, which is just fun really, means so much to her. ESC experience was very important to her and perhaps she would place higher if it wasn’t a host entry.

I love those results. The best so far.

TheDr Mistery
TheDr Mistery
2 days ago
Reply to  TheDr Mistery

And I’m looking forward to read that memoirs! 🙂

JDS
JDS
2 days ago
Reply to  TheDr Mistery

It really does mean so much to her. It’s such a heart-warming video.

But of course, she should have won the real thing anyway.

Marin
Marin
3 days ago

It’s sad when you realise how many great songs Croatia sent to ESC back then. Yugoslavia’s 1986-1990 entries were all from Croatia and then in 1995, 1996, 1998 and 1999 Croatia delivered more gems. Nowadays, Croatian entries are almost certain non-qualifiers and rightfully so. 🙁

PP77
PP77
3 days ago
Reply to  Marin

Other tv centers also had good songs in Jugovizija but in that times always won TV Zagreb (thanks sometimes for political voting of some tv center )

Milan
Milan
3 days ago
Reply to  PP77

No way! The only non-winning Jugovizija songs from these years which are still quite well-known today are Josipa Lisac with “Gdje Dunav ljubi nebo” (finished 8th) and Massimo Savi? with “Samo jedan dan” (both TV Zagreb). We have to hand it to them, they were simply another league then. I’m re-reading the lineups from 1986-1990 and I don’t remember a single other song. Do you? The only case of political voting that I do remember happened earlier, in 1984, when Ida & Vlado won for TV Podgorica (then TV Titograd, Montenegro) and turned into a massive flop at Eurovision, while… Read more »

PP77
PP77
2 days ago
Reply to  Milan

1986 Saj rode saj( Neda Ukraden (TV SA)
Ne idi od mene ( Mira Besirevic) (TV BG)
1987 Ko mi je kriv (Tereza Kesovija) (TV BG)
Zrno neznosti (Baby Doll) (TV BG)
Manuel (Kaliopi)
Bye bye baby (Moulin rouge)
1988 Johny je moj (Moulin Rouge) TV LJ
….

Milan
Milan
3 days ago
Reply to  Marin

Absolutely agree. 1995, 1996 and 1998. are beyond fantastic!

JDS
JDS
2 days ago
Reply to  Marin

Yes, what has happened to Croatia? They so were so quick out of the blocks in the mid-90s with strong entries, and now have faded so much. They had a period of four out of five years with great entries and strong results (as you said, 1995-1999, with 1997 being the exception.)

PP77
PP77
3 days ago

The Netherlands sound so much better in their national final. With that sound, costume they would be in TOP 7.

PP77
PP77
3 days ago
Reply to  PP77

in real ESC

NickC
NickC
3 days ago

If I remember Turkey and Israel were the only 2 countries that gave 12 points to Yugoslavia that year. And they were the 2 countries that were severely dissed by the juries that year as well.

TheDr Mistery
TheDr Mistery
2 days ago
Reply to  NickC

It’s telling because Israel and Turkey were ESC outsiders in that time with basically no neighbors and different musical compositions than the rest provided. Israel was usually placing higher because they had more accessible performances, for my money. Yugoslavia was also a kind of outsider, the only country for Communist bloc to participate and the only with a Slavic language so that might be it.

Una
Una
2 days ago
Reply to  TheDr Mistery

Very good perpectives. It was 1990 after all.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
3 days ago

This is probably the first time that I’ve liked #Eurovisionagain’s results more than the actual results!

JDS
JDS
3 days ago

Oh, and is this the biggest jump from actual finishing position to an EA win?

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
3 days ago
Reply to  JDS

Yes, it is.
Here’s a full breakdown:

= – 1974, 1976, 1985, 1988, 1991, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2014, 2015
1 – 2007, 2008, 2016, 2018
4 – 2006
6 – 1990

Last edited 3 days ago by Skiwalko
JDS
JDS
3 days ago
Reply to  Skiwalko

Useful, thanks! Is Emma the biggest drop by a U.K. entry when compared to the actual results?

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
2 days ago
Reply to  JDS

That’s precisely the case, in fact Emma is one of only three British representatives (alongside Vikki and Scott Fitzgerald) who did drop in the ranking. On the other side of the spectrum, SuRie climbed from 24th place to top 5.

JDS
JDS
3 days ago

I have to admit, I never thought we’d see this year on Eurovision Again. I mean, when the host broadcaster doesn’t exist, there must surely be a mess with rights? Various people had said to me “oh no, it’ll be fine, the Croatian broadcaster owns the rights.” I still wasn’t convinced, but I guess they were right! I’ve watched 1990 a few times in the past (not recently) but haven’t loved it, so was slightly disappointed when the clue with Tamara came out and I twigged it was 1990 (“My Macedonian Girl.”) However, I ended up really enjoying the show.… Read more »

Last edited 3 days ago by JDS
Jonas
Jonas
2 days ago
Reply to  JDS

The 1999 broadcaster doesn’t exist now, but they were able to show that – so it was always possible…

JDS
JDS
2 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Slightly different though, the 1999 host country still exists, and the change from IBA to Kan wasn’t due to a war…

James
James
2 days ago
Reply to  JDS

I think the best way to describe this is that, assuming TV Zagreb (pre-independence HRT) produced the show, then they have the master copies of it so they are the go-to people for the EBU to ask them for permission. JRT’s other regional networks-turned national broadcasters would also likely have HQ copies of their own as well as they regard themselves as separate continuities of the former state TV network (thus inheriting their own JRT-era archives, assets and whatnot). On a Eurovision-standpoint, that would also count all former Yugoslav entries as their own, depending on how popular they are in… Read more »

Una
Una
3 days ago

Other thoughts – the good:   – The stage layout looked modern and simple a yet the effect pretty amazing. Just looking at it made me happy. – The black-and-white still shots right before the start of the performance were classy, fashionable, modern, dignified. Fab idea. I may watch the contest again just for another look. – The big screen on the left – made of many screens – so that the audience in the hall could have a better look. I don’t remember having seen the big screen in other editions. The pretty schckandalous IMO: – The shade on… Read more »

James
James
3 days ago
Reply to  Una

– The big screen on the left – made of many screens – so that the audience in the hall could have a better look. I don’t remember having seen the big screen in other editions. I recall as early as 1988, there was already a big screen as part of the over-all stage design but I don’t think it was not necessarily integral the same way it was in 1990. On the other hand, the equivalent of today’s LED backdrops existed as far as back in London 1968 where the BBC used projections in the backdrop to show either… Read more »

JDS
JDS
2 days ago
Reply to  James

Video walls were all the rage in late-80s, early 90s Eurovision stages. The one in 1992 was less visible and they were gone by 1993. But yes, this one on the left was really prominent and also did effects. I don’t recall other video walls doing that.

Una
Una
3 days ago

So many thoughts, so many things to say!! My top 5: 5. Denmark: too much red but I liked everything about this song. A bit average and it felt like I had heard it in the past but I liked it. The female lead was amazing. Very good performer. The dancers – waaaaay OTT. I laughed so hard. The comedic effect was huge. 4. Switzerland: I liked it. The instrumental was complex enough with the added string. And the deep voice of the singer – very pleasant. Good entry overall – I preferred the verses which had some “wow” moments… Read more »

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
3 days ago
Reply to  Una

“Hajde da ludujemo” is a pretty straightforward love song – the protagonist simply wants to “go crazy tonight” with her dream guy. She doesn’t care about his money or looks – all she desires is for him to treat her well, give her a flower and say “I love you”.
By the way, the music video, in which Tajci is running around the historic center of Dubrovnik, is pretty fun too. It’s a pity that her music career was ended abruptly by the outbreak of Yugoslav Wars.

Last edited 3 days ago by Skiwalko
Charles
Charles
3 days ago

This voting really shows how post-2000 fans are when it comes to judge the music in the contest … The uptempo numbers always above the ballads. But I also think that Toto’s awful reputation as an arrogant SOB here and when hosting in 1991 played a very big role.

TheDr Mistery
TheDr Mistery
2 days ago
Reply to  Charles

He still placed third which surprised me.

Una
Una
2 days ago
Reply to  Charles

His reaction when Ireland awarded him 12 points. M g.

JDS
JDS
2 days ago
Reply to  Charles

EA voters don’t really go for ballads.

mark dowd
mark dowd
3 days ago

hugely deserved victory!

Whisker
Whisker
3 days ago

The joy of watching an ESC edition for the first time! I am so happy! The stage was very nice and there was quite good camera work. I didn’t like the hosts at all. However, the male host did a much better job with his French than many, MANY other Eurovision hosts. My rankings: 22 Spain: I didn’t like the song at all. What a frightening performance. 21 Luxembourg: I didn’t like her voice and I didn’t like the song. 20 Austria: it didn’t make me feel anything, no interest whatsoever. 19 Israel: lovely hair and dress. The song and… Read more »

JDS
JDS
3 days ago
Reply to  Whisker

Oliver was pretty talented with languages. If he hadn’t been able to speak Italian, god knows how long that mess with the Italian spokesperson would have gone on for.

Whisker
Whisker
3 days ago
Reply to  JDS

So good that you mentioned that! I thought the rules allow the use of only English, French, and the language of the host country on the stage? Anyway, it all worked out.

JDS
JDS
3 days ago
Reply to  Whisker

Yes, but if he hadn’t switched to Italian, it would have gone on for hours.

Whisker
Whisker
3 days ago
Reply to  JDS

I didn’t mind that at all, it’s just that I wasn’t sure about the rules.

JDS
JDS
3 days ago
Reply to  Whisker

I think Italy wasn’t too worried about keeping to the rules regarding language, as we saw in 1991.

Whisker
Whisker
3 days ago
Reply to  JDS

That year was quite hectic!

Una
Una
2 days ago
Reply to  Whisker

I had thought the same even when I heard the gorgeous Israeli male host from Israel 1999 with his German.

Nobody Important
Nobody Important
3 days ago

Today, 30 years later, Hajde da Ludujemo is still a massive hit in many Ex-Yu countries! You can regularly hear it at weddings and other celebrations! Insieme and Bandido were also big hits in Serbia back in the day! Ah, so many memories! Congrats Tajci! You deserved it! <3

stommie
stommie
3 days ago

First time the fan voting is completely different and nowhere close to the actual result.
Overall this contest was a lot worse then I remember it to be. The only song I really like is Turkey.

Robert
Robert
3 days ago

Sweden’s Som en Vind is actually 1 of my faves of this year.. Nice to see the Netherlands in the top 10

stommie
stommie
3 days ago
Reply to  Robert

Everyone always talks about how Greece 91 was butchered by the saxophone player, but the trumpet player in Zagreb ruined Maywood’s performance by stepping on the amplifier cable during his solo.

Charles
Charles
3 days ago
Reply to  stommie

Everyone talks about it because it was a loud and clear embarassing moment we could not pretend nobody was noticing…
Compared to it this unheard NL missed solo was nothing.

Last edited 3 days ago by Charles
stommie
stommie
3 days ago
Reply to  Charles

It does if you compare it with the national final performance.