- Dates – Grand Final: Saturday, 03 May 1997 – 21:00 CEST
- Host – Venue & Location: The Point Theatre (Point Depot, The Point), Dublin, 🇮🇪 Ireland
- Presenter (s): Carrie Crowley & Ronan Keating
- Musical Director: Frank McNamara.
- Director: Ian McGarry
- Executive Producer: Noel Curran
- Executive Supervisor: Marie-Claire Vionnet
- Multicamera Director: Ian McGarry
- Host broadcaster: Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ)
- Opening Act: Good luck messages from former Eurovision stars.
- Interval Act: “Let the Message Run Free” performed by Boyzone.
- Participants – Number of entries: 25 [🇬🇧 United Kindom (37ª), 🇪🇸 Spain (34ª), 🇳🇴 Norway (34ª), 🇵🇹 Portugal (30ª), 🇦🇹 Austria (35ª), 🇸🇪 Sweden (35ª), 🇫🇷 France (38ª), 🇮🇪 Ireland (29ª), 🇮🇸 Iceland (12ª), 🇬🇷 Greece (19ª), 🇨🇾 Cyprus (16ª), 🇲🇹 Malta (10ª), 🇧🇦Bosnia and Herzegovina (5ª), 🇭🇷 Croatia (5ª), 🇵🇱 Poland (4ª), 🇸🇮 Slovenia (4ª), 🇹🇷 Turkey (19ª), 🇪🇪 Estonia (3ª), 🇳🇱 The Netherlands (36ª), 🇨🇭 Switzerland (38ª), 🇩🇰 Denmark (28ª), 🇩🇪 Germany (38ª), 🇭🇺 Hungary (3ª), 🇮🇹 Italy (33ª), 🇷🇺 Russia (3ª)]
- Debuting countries: —
- Return: 🇩🇰 Denmark (28ª), 🇩🇪 Germany (38ª), 🇭🇺 Hungary (3ª), 🇮🇹 Italy (33ª), 🇷🇺 Russia (3ª)
- Non-returning countries: 🇧🇪 Belgium (37ª), 🇫🇮 Finland (31ª), 🇸🇰 Slovakia (2ª)
- Vote – Voting system: Each country awarded 12, 10, 8–1 points to their ten favourite songs.
- Nil Points: 🇳🇴 Norway (4ª), 🇵🇹 Portugal (2ª)
- Winning song: “Love Shine a Light” – Katrina and the Waves – 🇬🇧 United Kindom (5ª)
About. Dublin’s Point Theatre was – yet again – the venue for the 1997 Eurovision Song Contest. To date it is the last contest that has been held in Ireland. For the first ever the public had a say in the outcome of the competition.
To The Point!. Just like in 1993, 1994 and 1995, Ireland hosted the 1997 Eurovision Song Contest. Despite initial discussions that state broadcaster RTE were to team up with the BBC in Northern Ireland, they decided to go it alone. It was fourth time in five years at that the same country had hosted the event, a record that RTE were said to be extremely proud of. 25 countries participated in 1997 and the audio preselection that was in place the year before was replaced with a new system. From 1997 the average results of all countries in the last give song contests would be measured. Israel withdrew voluntarily, and Bosnia & Herzegovina took their place. Belgium, Finland, Romania and Slovakia were all absent in Dublin that year. Televoting was introduced for the first time in 1997 in the United Kingdom, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland and Germany and it would be extended to almost all participating countries in the following 1998 contest. It was the year the Eurovision Song Contest tried to appeal to the younger generation. Irish boy band Boyzone were the interval act and their lead singer Ronan Keating co-hosted the evening. The opening sequence included messages from former contest stars, including Céline Dion and Morten Harket, beamed onto a massive video wall.
Walking on Sunshine. The United Kingdom won the 1997 Eurovision Song Contest. Katrina & the Waves scored an unprecedented 227 points with their song “Love Shine A Light”. The winning song gave the band their biggest hit since “Walking on Sunshine”.
Facts and figures. Russia’s Alla Pugacheva lived up to the title of her entry “Primadonna” and was so convinced of victory that she demanded a limousine to pick her up when she arrived at the airport; Icelandic singer Paul Oscar, broke new ground with his performance on a white leather sofa, flanked by four women in leather dominatrix outfits. The song scored will with televoters though; Sweden gave the song 8 points meaning that it ranked third in the national vote and the UK gave 6 points as it came fifth in the popular vote.
|o/r||country||participant(s)||SONG – TRANSLATE – LANGUAGE||Points||rank|
|01||🇨🇾 Cyprus CyBC||Hara & Andreas Konstantinou (Χαρά & Ανδρέας Κωνσταντίνου, Hara Konstantinou & Andreas Konstantinou, Χαρά Κωνσταντίνου & Ανδρέας Κωνσταντίνου)||Mana mou (Μάνα μου, Motherland) Greek||098||05|
|02||🇹🇷 Turkey TRT||Şebnem Paker & Grup Ethnic||Dinle (Listen) Turkish||121||03|
|03||🇳🇴Norway NRK||Tor Endresen||San Francisco Norwegian[c]||000||24|
|04||🇦🇹 Austria ÖRF||Bettina Soriat||One step German[c]||012||21|
|05||🇮🇪Ireland RTÉ||Marc Roberts||Mysterious woman English||127||02|
|06||🇸🇮 Slovenia RTVSLO||Tanja Ribič (Тања Рибич)||Zbudi se (Wake up) Slovene||060||10|
|07||🇨🇭 Switzerland SSR SRG||Barbara Berta||Dentro di me (Inside of me) Italian||005||22|
|08||🇳🇱 The Netherlands NOS||Mrs. Einstein||Niemand heeft nog tijd (No one has time anymore) Dutch||005||22|
|09||🇮🇹 Italy RAI||Jalisse||Fiumi di parole (Rivers of words) Italian||114||04|
|10||🇪🇸 Spain TVE||Marcos Llunas||Sin rencor (Without rancour) Spanish||096||06|
|11||🇩🇪 Germany ARD||Bianca Shomburg||Zeit (Time) German||022||18|
|12||🇵🇱 Poland TVP||Anna Maria Jopek||Ale jestem (But I am) Polish||051||11|
|13||🇪🇪 Estonia ERR||Maarja-Liis Ilus||Keelatud maa (Forbidden land) Estonian||082||08|
|14||🇧🇦Bosnia and Herzegovina RTVBIH||Alma Čardžić (Алма Чарџић)||Goodbye (Довиђења, Goodbye, darling; Zbogom ljubavi) Bosnian||022||18|
|15||🇵🇹 Portugal RTP||Célia Lawson||Antes do adeus (Before goodbye) Portuguese||000||24|
|16||🇸🇪 Sweden SVT||Blond||Bara hon älskar mig (If only she loves me) Swedish||036||14|
|17||🇬🇷 Greece ERT||Marianna Zorba (Μαριάννα Ζορμπά)||Horepse (Χόρεψε, Dance) Greek||039||12|
|18||🇲🇹 Malta PBS||Debbie Scerri||Let me fly English||066||09|
|19||🇭🇺 Hungary MTV||V.I.P.||Miért kell, hogy elmenj? (Why do you have to go?) Hungarian||039||12|
|20||🇷🇺 Russia ORT||Alla Pugacheva (Алла Пугачева)||Primadonna (Примадонна) Russian||033||15|
|21||🇩🇰 Denmark DR||Kølig Kaj||Stemmen i mit liv (The voice in my life) Danish||025||16|
|22||🇫🇷 France FT2||Fanny||Sentiments songes (Dream feelings) French||095||07|
|23||🇭🇷 Croatia HRT||E.N.I. (Е. Н. И.)||Probudi me (Пробуди ме, Awaken me) Croatian||024||17|
|24||🇬🇧United Kindom BBC||Katrina & The Waves||Love shine a light English||227||01|
|25||🇮🇸 Iceland RÚV||Paul Oscar (Páll Óskar Hjálmtýsson)||Minn hinsti dans (My final dance) Icelandic||018||20|
• 🇬🇷 Greece: “An Den Agapissis, Den Tha Agapissi” (Αν Δεν Αγαπήσεις, Δεν Θα Αγαπήσει) (Greek) – Dimosthenis Stringlis (Δημοσθένης Στριγκλής). This was selected but ERT demanded that the composer be replaced by another singer. Stringlis refused so the song was ditched.
Participating countries Countries that participated in the past but not in 1997
The Eurovision Song Contest 1997 was the 42nd edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest, held on 3 May 1997 at the Point Theatre in Dublin, Ireland, and presented by Irish television and radio presenter Carrie Crowley and Irish singer Ronan Keating. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Radió Telefís Éireann (RTÉ), the contest was held in Ireland following the country’s victory at the 1996 contest with the song “The Voice” by Eimear Quinn. The 1997 contest was the seventh edition to be staged in Ireland, as well as the fourth to be produced by RTÉ in five years. The Point Theatre served as the host venue for the third time, following the 1994 and 1995 contests, becoming the only venue to have been the site of three Eurovision Song Contests.
Twenty-five countries participated in the contest, with a new relegation system introduced to determine which nations could participate, based on each country’s average points total in previous contests. Italy made its first appearance since 1993, and Denmark, Germany, Hungary and Russia returned after last competing in 1995, having been prevented from competing the previous year after failing to progress from that event’s qualification round. Belgium, Finland and Slovakia, participants in the previous year’s contest, were unable to return after being excluded by the new relegation rules.
The winner was the United Kingdom with the song “Love Shine a Light”, written by Kimberley Rew and performed by Katrina and the Waves. Ireland, Turkey, Italy and Cyprus rounded out the top five, with Ireland earning their fifth placing in the top two within six years and Turkey and Cyprus achieving their best results to date. Five of the competing countries used televoting to determine their points, allowing the general viewing public a say in the results for the first time; following this successful trial all countries were encouraged to use this system starting from the following year’s event. Entries were also permitted for the first time to feature no live music accompaniment, with each performance being able to use only a backing track rather than utilising any part of the orchestra or any live instrumentation from the performers themselves.
1.Location. The 1997 contest took place in Dublin, Ireland, following the country’s victory at the 1996 edition with the song “The Voice”, performed by Eimear Quinn. It was the seventh time that Ireland had hosted the contest, having previously staged the event in 1971, 1981, 1988, 1993, 1994 and 1995, with all previous events held in Dublin except the 1993 contest which was held in Millstreet. This was the fourth edition of the contest that Ireland had hosted within five years, and with this edition Ireland equalled the record for the nation which had staged the most contests, originally set by the United Kingdom in 1982. The selected venue was the Point Theatre, a concert and events venue located amongst the Dublin Docklands which had originally been built as a train depot to serve the nearby port. Originally opened as a music venue in 1988, it was closed for redevelopment and expansion in 2008 and is now known as the 3Arena. The venue had previously hosted the 1994 and 1995 contests, and with this staging it became the only venue to have hosted three Eurovision Song Contests.
2.Production. The Eurovision Song Contest 1997 was produced by the Irish public broadcaster Radió Telefís Éireann (RTÉ). Noel Curran served as executive producer, Ian McGarry served as director, Paula Farrell and John Casey served as designers, and Frank McNamara served as musical director, leading the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Given the financial impact to staging the contest for a fourth time in five years, there was early speculation following Ireland’s win in the 1996 contest that RTÉ might stage the event as a co-production with BBC Northern Ireland, however ultimately the Irish broadcaster decided to organise the event on its own once again.
Rehearsals in the contest venue for the competing acts began on 28 April 1997. Each country had two technical rehearsals in the week approaching the contest, with countries rehearsing in the order in which they would perform. The first rehearsals took place on 28 and 29 April, with each country allowed 40 minutes total on stage followed by a 20 minute press conference, followed by the second rehearsals on 30 April and 1 May lasting 30 minutes. Times were also arranged during the week for the artists to be recorded in the RTÉ studios, with footage used during the postcards between each song. Three dress rehearsals were held on 2 and 3 May, with an audience in attendance during the evening dress rehearsal on 2 May. The final dress rehearsal on 3 May was also recorded for use as a production stand-by in case of problems during the live contest. A tight security presence was felt during the rehearsal week; emergency drills were held by Gardaí, including evacuations of the Point Theatre, as a precaution against potential disruption from loyalist paramilitaries as part of the wider sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland.
Television and radio presenter Carrie Crowley and singer Ronan Keating were the presenters of the 1997 contest. The show was opened by good luck messages from past Eurovision winners and hosts to the contestants in the contest, and short interviews with previous contestants also featured preceding some of the postcards between the entries. As lead singer of the Irish boy band Boyzone, Keating also featured as part of the show’s interval act, with the group performing the song “Let the Message Run Free”. The trophy awarded to the winners was designed by Maura Whelan and Luc Racine, and was presented by the previous year’s winning artist Eimear Quinn.
3.1.Entries. Each participating broadcaster submitted one song, which was required to be no longer than three minutes in duration and performed in the language, or one of the languages, of the country which it represented. Short quotations from another language, no more than a single phrase repeated a maximum of three times, were permitted. A maximum of six performers were allowed on stage during each country’s performance, and all participants were required to have reached the age of 16 in the year of the contest. Each entry could utilise all or part of the live orchestra and could use instrumental-only backing tracks. This was the first time that a competing song could be accompanied entirely with a backing track following a change to the contest rules, with the previous rules stating that any backing tracks used could only include the sound of instruments featured on stage being mimed by the performers.
Selected entries were not permitted to be released commercially until after 3 February 1997 and after having been selected for the contest. Each country’s participating broadcaster was required to have selected their entry by 10 March, and all entries had to be submitted to the contest organisers by 19 March, including the score of the song for use by the orchestra, a sound recording of the entry and backing track for use during the contest, and the text of the song lyrics in its original language and translations in French and English for distribution to the participating broadcasters, their commentators and juries.
Following the confirmation of the twenty-five competing countries, the draw to determine the running order was held on 28 November 1996.
3.2.Voting procedure. The results of the 1998 contest were determined through the same scoring system as had first been introduced in 1975: each country awarded twelve points to its favourite entry, followed by ten points to its second favourite, and then awarded points in decreasing value from eight to one for the remaining songs which featured in the country’s top ten, with countries unable to vote for their own entry. The points awarded by the majority of countries were determined by an assembled jury of sixteen individuals, which was required to be split evenly between members of the public and music professionals, comprised additionally of an equal number of men and women, and below and above 30 years of age. Each jury member voted in secret and awarded between one and ten votes to each participating song, excluding that from their own country and with no abstentions permitted. The votes of each member were collected following the country’s performance and then tallied by the non-voting jury chairperson to determine the points to be awarded. In any cases where two or more songs in the top ten received the same number of votes, a show of hands by all jury members was used to determine the final placing; if a tie still remained, the youngest jury member would have the deciding vote.
For the first time however, as part of a trial held by the contest organisers, televoting was used to determine the points from five of the participating countries. In these countries viewers had a total of five minutes to register their vote by calling one of twenty-four different telephone numbers to represent the twenty-five competing entries except that which represented their own country. Once the voting phone lines were opened following the performance of the last competing entry, a video recap containing short clips of each competing entry with the accompanying phone number for voting was shown in order to aid viewers during the voting window. Countries using televoting were required to appoint a back-up jury with the same composition as other countries which would be called into action upon technical failure preventing the televote results from being used.
4.Participating countries. Per the rules of the contest twenty-five countries were allowed to participate in the event. Denmark, Germany, Hungary and Russia made a return to the contest after failing to progress from the qualification round in the previous year’s contest, and Italy returned after last competing in 1993. Conversely Belgium, Finland and Slovakia, participants in the 1996 contest, were relegated and prevented from participating in this year’s event.
4.1.Qualification. Due to the high number of countries wishing to enter the contest a relegation system was introduced in 1993 in order to reduce the number of countries which could compete in each year’s contest. Any relegated countries would be able to return the following year, thus allowing all countries the opportunity to compete in at least one in every two editions. The audio-only qualification round used in 1996 had been poorly received among the competing countries, and so a new relegation system was introduced by the European Broadcasting Union for 1997 and future contests. The twenty-five participants in the 1997 contest were made up of the previous year’s winning country and host nation Ireland, and the twenty-four countries which had the highest average points total over the preceding four contests. In cases where the average was identical between two or more countries the total number of points scored in the most recent contest determined the final order. Any countries which were not able to compete in the 1997 contest would then be eligible to compete in the 1998 event.
Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Finland, Macedonia, Romania and Slovakia were therefore excluded from participating in the 1997 contest; however following Israel’s withdrawal due to the date of the final clashing with its Holocaust Remembrance Day Bosnia and Herzegovina was subsequently provided a reprieve and allowed to participate. The calculations used to determine the countries relegated for the 1998 contest are outlined in the table below.
Table key:  Qualifier,  Automatic qualifier,  Replacement qualifier,  Did not enter
|Rank||Country||Average||Yearly Point Totals|
|1||🇮🇪 Ireland ||154.75||187||226||44||162|
|2||🇳🇴 Norway ||114.50||120||76||148||114|
|3||🇬🇧 United Kindom ||95.00||164||63||76||77|
|4||🇸🇪 Sweden ||84.25||89||48||100||100|
|5||🇲🇹 Malta ||77.50||69||97||76||68|
|6||🇫🇷 France ||76.75||121||74||94||18|
|7||🇵🇱 Poland ||70.67||166||15||31|
|8||🇭🇺 Hungary ||62.50||122||3||DNQ|
|9||🇭🇷 Croatia ||61.75||31||27||91||98|
|10||🇨🇭 Switzerland ||61.67||148||15||22|
|11||🇳🇱 The Netherlands ||58.00||92||4||78|
|12||🇵🇹 Portugal ||57.50||60||73||5||92|
|13||🇨🇾 Cyprus ||54.75||17||51||79||72|
|14||🇬🇷 Greece ||53.00||64||44||68||36|
|15||🇪🇸 Spain ||52.75||58||17||119||17|
|16||🇩🇰 Denmark ||50.50||9||92||DNQ|
|17||🇩🇪 Germany ||49.00||18||128||1||DNQ|
|18||🇪🇪 Estonia ||48.00||2||94|
|19||🇦🇹 Austria ||46.50||32||19||67||68|
|20||🇮🇹 Italy [ 1]||45.00||45|
|21||🇷🇺 Russia ||43.50||70||17||DNQ|
|22||🇮🇸 Iceland ||43.25||42||49||31||51|
|23||🇮🇱 Israel [b]||42.50||4||81||DNQ|
|24||🇸🇮 Slovenia ||36.33||9||84||16|
|25||🇹🇷 Turkey ||29.33||10||21||57|
|26||🇧🇦Bosnia and Herzegovina [b]||23.25||27||39||14||13|
|31||🇲🇰 FYRO Macedonia||0.00||DNQ|
4.2.Conductors. For those countries which opted to utilise the orchestra a separate musical director could be nominated to lead the orchestra during their performance, with the host musical director, Frank McNamara, also available to conduct for those countries which did not nominate their own conductor. The conductors listed below led the orchestra during the performance for the indicated countries; the entries from Austria, Ireland, Germany and Croatia were performed entirely without live orchestration.
- 🇨🇾 Cyprus – Stavros Lantsias
- 🇹🇷 Turkey – Levent Çoker
- 🇳🇴Norway – Geir Langslet
- 🇸🇮 Slovenia – Mojmir Sepe
- 🇨🇭 Switzerland – Pietro Damiani
- 🇳🇱 The Netherlands – Dick Bakker
- 🇮🇹 Italy – Lucio Fabbri
- 🇪🇸 Spain – Toni Xuclà
- 🇵🇱 Poland – Krzesimir Dębski
- 🇪🇪 Estonia – Tarmo Leinatamm
- 🇧🇦Bosnia and Herzegovina – Sinan Alimanović
- 🇵🇹 Portugal – Thilo Krasmann
- 🇸🇪 Sweden – Curt-Eric Holmquist
- 🇬🇷 Greece – Anacreon Papageorgiou
- 🇲🇹 Malta – Ray Agius
- 🇭🇺 Hungary – Péter Wolf
- 🇷🇺 Russia – Rutger Gunnarsson
- 🇩🇰 Denmark – Jan Glæsel
- 🇫🇷 France – Régis Dupré
- 🇬🇧United Kindom – Don Airey
- 🇮🇸 Iceland – Szymon Kuran
4.3.Participants and results. The contest took place on 3 May 1997 at 20:00 (IST) and lasted 3 hours and 10 minutes. The table below outlines the participating countries, the order in which they performed, the competing artists and songs, and the results of the voting.
The contest featured three representatives who had previously performed as lead artists for the same country. Two artists represented their country for a second consecutive year, with Şebnem Paker returning for Turkey and Maarja-Liis Ilus, after previously participating with Ivo Linna in Oslo, competing as a solo artist for Estonia. Alma Čardžić also made a second appearance in the contest, having previously represented Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1994.
The winner was the United Kingdom represented by the song “Love Shine a Light”, composed by Kimberley Rew and performed by Katrina and the Waves. This was the United Kingdom’s fifth contest win – their first in sixteen years – following victories in 1967, 1969, 1976 and 1981. Ireland’s second place finish earned them their fifth placing in the top two within six years, while Turkey and Cyprus achieved their highest placings yet by finishing third and fifth respectively. Norway meanwhile finished in last place for the eighth time and received their fourth nul points.
4.4.All the national selections for Eurovision Song Contest 1997:
• National Selections in 1997:
|🇧🇦Bosnia and Herzegovina||BH Eurosong 1997 (song selection)||Alma Čardžić – “Goodbye”|
|🇭🇷 Croatia||Dora 1997||E.N.I. – “Probudi me“|
|🇨🇾 Cyprus||(Cypriot Selection 1997)||Hara & Andreas Constantinou – “Mana mou” (Μάνα μου)|
|🇩🇰 Denmark||Melodi Grand Prix 1997||Kølig Kaj – “Stemmen i mit liv“|
|🇪🇪 Estonia||Eurolaul 1997||Maarja-Liis Ilus – “Keelatud maa“|
|🇩🇪 Germany||Der Countdown läuft||Bianca Shomburg – “Zeit“|
|🇭🇺 Hungary||(Hungarian Selection 1997)||V.I.P. – “Miért kell, hogy elmenj?“|
|🇮🇪 Ireland||(Irish Selection 1997)||Marc Roberts – “Mysterious Woman”|
|🇲🇹 Malta||(Maltese Selection 1997)||Debbie Scerri – “Let Me Fly”|
|🇳🇱 The Netherlands||Nationaal Songfestival 1997 (song selection)||Mrs. Einstein – “Niemand heeft nog tijd“|
|🇳🇴 Norway||Melodi Grand Prix 1997||Tor Endresen – “San Francisco”|
|🇵🇹 Portugal||Festival da Canção 1997||Célia Lawson – “Antes do adeus“|
|🇸🇮 Slovenia||EMA 1997||Tanja Ribič – “Zbudi se“|
|🇸🇪 Sweden||Melodifestivalen 1997||Blond – “Bara hon älskar mig“|
|🇹🇷 Turkey||Şarkı Yarışması 1997||Şebnem Paker & Group Ethnic / Şebnem Paker and Grup Ethnic – “Dinle“|
|🇬🇧United Kindom||The Great British Song Contest 1997||Katrina & the Waves – “Love Shine a Light”|
• Internal Selections in 1997:
|🇦🇹 Austria||Bettina Soriat – “One Step”|
|🇫🇷 France||Fanny – “Sentiments songes“|
|🇬🇷 Greece||Marianna Zorba – “Horepse” (Χόρεψε)|
|🇮🇸 Iceland||Paul Oscar – “Minn hinsti dans“|
|🇮🇹 Italy||Jalisse – “Fiumi di parole“|
|🇵🇱 Poland||Anna Maria Jopek – “Ale jestem“|
|🇷🇺 Russia||Alla Pugachova – “Primadonna” (Примадонна)|
|🇪🇸 Spain||Marcos Llunas – “Sin rencor“|
|🇨🇭 Switzerland||Barbara Berta – “Dentro di me“|
5.Detailed voting results. Jury voting was used to determine the points awarded by most countries, with televoting used in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The announcement of the results from each country was conducted in the order in which they performed, with the spokespersons announcing their country’s points in English or French in ascending order. The detailed breakdown of the points awarded by each country is listed in the tables below.
|Voting procedure used:  100% jury vote  100% televoting||
|🇳🇱 The Netherlands||5||1||4|
|🇧🇦Bosnia and Herzegovina||22||8||4||2||3||4||1|
5.1.12 points. The below table summarises how the maximum 12 points were awarded from one country to another.
|N.||Contestant||Nation(s) giving 12 points|
|10||🇬🇧United Kindom||🇦🇹 Austria, 🇭🇷 Croatia, 🇩🇰 Denmark, 🇫🇷 France, 🇭🇺 Hungary, 🇮🇪 Ireland, 🇳🇱 The Netherlands, 🇷🇺 Russia, 🇸🇪 Sweden, 🇨🇭 Switzerland|
|3||🇫🇷 France||🇪🇪 Estonia, 🇳🇴 Norway, 🇵🇱 Poland|
|🇹🇷 Turkey||🇧🇦Bosnia and Herzegovina, 🇩🇪 Germany, 🇪🇸 Spain|
|2||🇨🇾 Cyprus||🇬🇷 Greece, 🇮🇸 Iceland|
|1||🇪🇪 Estonia||🇮🇹 Italy|
|🇬🇷 Greece||🇨🇾 Cyprus|
|🇮🇪 Ireland||🇬🇧 United Kindom|
|🇮🇹 Italy||🇵🇹 Portugal|
|🇲🇹 Malta||🇹🇷 Turkey|
|🇷🇺 Russia||🇸🇮 Slovenia|
|🇪🇸 Spain||🇲🇹 Malta|
5.2.Spokespersons. Each country nominated a spokesperson who was responsible for announcing, in English or French, the votes for their respective country. As had been the case since the 1994 contest, the spokespersons were connected via satellite and appeared in vision during the broadcast. Spokespersons at the 1997 contest are listed below.
- 🇨🇾 Cyprus – Marios Skordis
- 🇹🇷 Turkey – Ömer Önder
- 🇳🇴 Norway – Ragnhild Sælthun Fjørtoft
- 🇦🇹 Austria – Adriana Zartl
- 🇮🇪 Ireland – Eileen Dunne
- 🇸🇮 Slovenia – Mojca Mavec
- 🇨🇭 Switzerland – Sandy Altermatt
- 🇳🇱 The Netherlands – Corry Brokken
- 🇮🇹 Italy – Peppi Franzelin
- 🇪🇸 Spain – Belén Fernández de Henestrosa
- 🇩🇪 Germany – Christina Mänz
- 🇵🇱 Poland – Jan Chojnacki
- 🇪🇪 Estonia – Helene Tedre
- 🇧🇦Bosnia and Herzegovina – Segmedina Srna
- 🇵🇹 Portugal – Cristina Rocha
- 🇸🇪 Sweden – Gösta Hanson
- 🇬🇷 Greece – Niki Venega
- 🇲🇹 Malta – Anna Bonanno
- 🇭🇺 Hungary – Györgyi Albert
- 🇷🇺 Russia – Arina Sharapova
- 🇩🇰 Denmark – Bent Henius
- 🇫🇷 France – Frédéric Ferrer and Marie Myriam
- 🇭🇷 Croatia – Davor Meštrović
- 🇬🇧United Kindom – Colin Berry
- 🇮🇸 Iceland – Svanhildur Konráðsdóttir
6.Broadcasts. Each participating broadcaster was required to relay the contest live and in full via television. Non-participating EBU member broadcasters were also able to relay the contest as “passive participants”; any passive countries wishing to participate in the following year’s event were also required to provide a live broadcast of the contest or a deferred broadcast within 24 hours. Broadcasters were able to send commentators to provide coverage of the contest in their own native language and to relay information about the artists and songs to their viewers. Known details on the broadcasts in each country, including the specific broadcasting stations and commentators, are shown in the tables below.
|🇦🇹 Austria||ORF||ORF 1||Ernst Grissemann||–|
|FM4||Stermann & Grissemann||–|
|🇧🇦Bosnia and Herzegovina||RTVBiH||Unknown||Unknown||–|
|🇩🇰 Denmark||DR||DR1||Jørgen de Mylius||–|
|🇫🇷 France||France Télévision||France 2||Olivier Minne||–|
|🇩🇪 Germany||ARD||Das Erste||Peter Urban||–|
|🇬🇷 Greece||ERT||Unknown||Dafni Bokota||–|
|🇮🇸 Iceland||RÚV||Sjónvarpið||Jakob Frímann Magnússon||–|
|🇮🇪 Ireland||RTÉ||RTÉ One||Pat Kenny||–|
|🇮🇹 Italy||RAI||RAI Uno||Ettore Andenna||–|
|🇳🇱 The Netherlands||NOS||TV2||Willem van Beusekom||–|
|🇳🇴 Norway||NRK||NRK1||Jostein Pedersen||–|
|NRK P1||Kristian Lindeman||–|
|🇵🇱 Poland||TVP||TVP1||Jan Wilkans||–|
|Polskie Radio Bis||Artur Orzech|
|🇸🇮 Slovenia||RTV SLO||Unknown||Unknown||–|
|🇪🇸 Spain||TVE||La Primera||José Luis Uribarri||–|
|🇸🇪 Sweden||SVT||SVT2||Janne Jingryd||–|
|SR P3||Claes-Johan Larsson and Susan Seidemar||–|
|🇨🇭 Switzerland||SRG SSR||Schweiz 4||Sandra Studer||–|
|🇬🇧United Kindom||BBC||BBC1||Terry Wogan||–|
|BBC Radio 2||Ken Bruce||–|
|🇦🇺 Australia||SBS||SBS TV||Terry Wogan||–|
|🇧🇪 Belgium||BRTN||BRTN TV1||André Vermeulen||–|
|🇫🇮 Finland||YLE||YLE TV1||Aki Sirkesalo and Olli Ahvenlahti||–|
|🇲🇰 FYRO Macedonia||MRT||Unknown||Unknown||–|
7.1.Barbara Dex Award. The Barbara Dex Award was first organised for artists in this year’s contest. The award, created by fansite House of Eurovision, was awarded to the performer deemed to have been the “worst dressed” among the participants. The winner in 1997 was Malta’s representative Debbie Scerri, as determined by the founders of the House of Eurovision site Edwin van Thillo and Rob Paardekam.
- [a] Determined by totalling all points awarded in the past four contests and dividing by the number of times that country had participated.
- As Israel decided not to participate the eliminated country with the next highest average points total, Bosnia and Herzegovina, was awarded their place.
- Contains some lyrics in English.
- [d] Alma Čardžić was internally selected to represent Bosnia & Herzegovina at Eurovision 1997. The song “Goodbye” that Alma performed at Eurovision was selected through a national final with 10 songs.
- [e] The five-piece female group Mrs. Einstein was internally selected to represent Netherlands at Eurovision 1997. Members of Mrs. Einstein: Linda Snoeij, Marjolein Spijkers, Paulette Willemse, Saskia van Zutphen, Suzanne Venneker. The song “Niemand Heeft Nog Tijd” that Mrs. Einstein performed at Eurovision was selected through the Nationaal Songfestival with six songs.
9.Trivial / Fun facts.
- Irish boy band Boyzone were the interval act and their lead singer Ronan Keating co-hosted the evening.
- The opening included messages from former contest stars, including Céline Dion and Morten Harket, beamed onto a massive video wall.
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|Countries (in order of appearance)|
|Final||Cyprus ⦁ Turkey ⦁ Norway ⦁ Austria ⦁ Ireland ⦁ Slovenia ⦁ Switzerland ⦁ The Netherlands ⦁ Italy • Spain ⦁ Germany ⦁ Poland ⦁ Estonia • Bosnia and Herzegovina • Portugal ⦁ Sweden ⦁ Greece ⦁ Malta ⦁ Hungary ⦁ Russia • Denmark ⦁ France ⦁ Croatia • United Kingdom (winner) ⦁ Iceland|
|Artists (in order of appearance)|
|Final||Hara and Andreas Konstantinou ⦁ Şebnem Paker and Grup Ethnic ⦁ Tor Endresen ⦁ Bettina Soriat ⦁ Marc Roberts ⦁ Tanja Ribič ⦁ Barbara Berta ⦁ Mrs. Einstein ⦁ Jalisse • Marcos Llunas ⦁ Bianca Shomburg ⦁ Anna Maria Jopek ⦁ Maarja-Liis Ilus • Alma Čardžić ⦁ Célia Lawson ⦁ Blond • Marianna Zorba ⦁ Debbie Scerri ⦁ V.I.P. • Alla Pugacheva ⦁ Kølig Kaj ⦁ Fanny ⦁ E.N.I. ⦁ Katrina and the Waves (winner) ⦁ Paul Oscar|
|Songs (in order of appearance)|
|Final||“Mana mou” (Μάνα μου) ⦁ “Dinle” ⦁ “San Francisco” ⦁ “One Step” ⦁ “Mysterious Woman” ⦁ “Zbudi se” ⦁ “Dentro di me” ⦁ “Niemand heeft nog tijd” ⦁ “Fiumi di parole” ⦁ “Sin rencor” ⦁ “Zeit” ⦁ “Ale jestem” ⦁ “Keelatud maa“ • “Goodbye” ⦁ “Antes do adeus” ⦁ “Bara hon älskar mig” ⦁ “Horepse” (Χόρεψε) • “Let Me Fly” • “Miért kell, hogy elmenj?“• “Primadonna” (Примадонна) • “Stemmen i mit liv” • “Sentiments songes” • “Probudi me” ⦁ “Love Shine a Light” (winner) ⦁ “Minn hinsti dans”|
|Non-participating entries: Greece: Dimosthenis Stringlis (Δημοσθένης Στριγκλής) – “An Den Agapissis, Den Tha Agapissi” (Αν Δεν Αγαπήσεις, Δεν Θα Αγαπήσει)|