Eurovision Song Contest 1994

After winning in 1993 on home ground in Millstreet, people shook their heads in disbelief when the country also managed to win for the third consecutive time, again at home in Dublin's Point Theatre. Never before had a country won three times in a row!

They did it again... and again!

For the second consecutive time, Ireland hosted the Eurovision Song Contest, this time in its capital Dublin. Due to the fact that so many countries wished to participate in the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest, the European Broadcasting Union decided to adopt a relegation system. For the 1994 contest, it would mean that the seven countries that finished at the bottom of the 1993 Eurovision Song Contest 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 only the bottom five countries of the 1993 contest in Millstreet - Turkey, Slovenia, Israel, Denmark and Belgium - were relegated. That meant that the total amount of participating countries was 25, just as in the preceding year.

Poland's debut at the Eurovision Song Contest was very successful when their representative Edyta Gorniak came in second with 166 points. However, the Polish song was almost disqualified as Edyta sang her song To Nie Ja! half in English in one of the dress rehearsal which violated the rule that every entry had to be sung in the native language. Nevertheless, even the talented Gorniak wasn't even near to this year's winner, which once again, was Ireland.

About the winner

Never before in the history of the song contest, a country had won three times in a row. The Irish entrants Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan sang Rock 'n Roll Kids, which in the end was 60 points ahead of the runner-up and was the highest score ever at a Eurovision Song Contest to date. This overwhelming victory for Ireland would not be the last in this century, as just two years later in 1996, Ireland would win again.

Facts & figures

The biggest commercial success of the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest was none of the songs though, but the interval act Riverdance. The Irish danc sensation went on to be a world famous stage show, which would be seen by millions of people all around the world.

Facts & Figures


Saturday 30 April 1994


Point Theatre, Dublin, Ireland


Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan from Ireland




Cynthia Ni Mhurchú & Gerry Ryan

EBU Scrutineer

Christian Clausen


Patrick Cowap

Interval Act


The Participants

# Representing country Performer(s) Song title, writer(s) and composer(s) Points Place
01 Sweden
Flag of SwedenSVT
Marie Bergman and Roger Pontare Stjärnorna 048 13
02 Finland
Flag of FinlandYLE
CatCat Bye Bye Baby 011 22
03 Ireland
Flag of IrelandRTÉ
Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan Rock 'n' Roll Kids 226 01
04 Cyprus
Flag of CyprusCyBC
Evridiki Ime Anthropos Ke Ego 051 11
05 Iceland
Flag of IcelandRÚV
Sigga Nætur 049 12
06 United Kingdom
Flag of United KingdomBBC
Frances Ruffelle We Will Be Free (lonely Symphony) 063 10
07 Croatia
Flag of CroatiaHRT
Tony Cetinski Nek'ti Bude Ljubav Sva 027 16
08 Portugal
Flag of PortugalRTP
Sara Tavares Chamar A Música 073 08
09 Switzerland
Flag of SwitzerlandSSR SRG
Duilio Sto Pregando 015 19
10 Estonia
Flag of EstoniaERR
Silvi Vrait Nagu Merelaine 002 24
11 Romania
Flag of RomaniaTVR
Dan Bittman Dincolo De Nori 014 21
12 Malta
Flag of MaltaPBM
Moira Stafrace and Christopher Scicluna More Than Love 097 05
13 The Netherlands
Flag of The NetherlandsNOS
Willeke Alberti Waar Is De Zon 004 23
14 Germany
Flag of GermanyARD
MeKaDo Wir Geben 'ne Party 128 03
15 Slovakia
Flag of SlovakiaSTV
Martin Durinda and Tublatanka Nekovecná Piesen 015 19
16 Lithuania
Flag of LithuaniaLRT
Ovidijus Vyšniauskas Lopšine Mylimai 000 25
17 Norway
Flag of NorwayNRK
Elisabeth Andreasson and Jan Werner Danielsen Duett 076 06
18 Bosnia & Herzegovina
Flag of Bosnia & HerzegovinaRTVBIH
Alma and Dejan Ostani Kraj Mene 039 15
19 Greece
Flag of GreeceERT
Costas Bigalis and the Sea Lovers To Trehantiri (diri Diri) 044 14
20 Austria
Flag of AustriaORF
Petra Frey Für Den Frieden Der Welt 019 17
21 Spain
Flag of SpainTVE
Alejandro Abad Ella No Es Ella 017 18
22 Hungary
Flag of HungaryMTV
Friderika Bayer Kinek Mondjam El Vétkeimet 122 04
23 Russia
Flag of RussiaRTR
Youddiph Vechni Stranik 070 09
24 Poland
Flag of PolandTVP
Edyta Górniak To Nie Ja! 166 02
25 France
Flag of FranceFT2
Nina Morato Je Suis Un Vrai Garçon 074 07


Participant Austria Bosnia & Herzegovina Croatia Cyprus Estonia Finland France Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Ireland Lithuania Malta Norway Poland Portugal Romania Russia Slovakia Spain Sweden Switzerland The Netherlands United Kingdom Points Place
Sweden Sweden
525225310176 48 13
Finland Finland
110 11 22
Ireland Ireland
101012810781210121051281281261010121210 226 1
Cyprus Cyprus
103123555242 51 11
Iceland Iceland
3146343116836 49 12
United Kingdom United Kingdom
1465543123853382 63 10
Croatia Croatia
51012 27 16
Portugal Portugal
56788114125538 73 8
Switzerland Switzerland
582 15 19
Estonia Estonia
2 2 24
Romania Romania
626 14 21
Malta Malta
12727637107410104611 97 5
The Netherlands The Netherlands
4 4 23
Germany Germany
271063312754171012778647 128 3
Slovakia Slovakia
312 15 19
Lithuania Lithuania
- 25
Norway Norway
631082151314857174 76 6
Bosnia & Herzegovina Bosnia & Herzegovina
42101787 39 15
Greece Greece
12414442652 44 14
Austria Austria
527113 19 17
Spain Spain
2852 17 18
Hungary Hungary
835412771012812123124102 122 4
Russia Russia
613116464463102355 70 9
Poland Poland
1288112812108671226776410812 166 2
France France
72468528766103 74 7