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The Eurovision Song Contest 1993 was the 38th Eurovision Song Contest and was held on May 15, 1993 in Millstreet, County Cork, Republic of Ireland. The presenter was Fionnuala Sweeney. The location for this years edition of the contest was unique, in that Millstreet, with a population at the time of just 1500 people, was the smallest host town ever chosen for Eurovision, and indeed was the most remote. However, the venue, a large indoor well- equipped equestrian centre was deemed more than suitable as the location by RTÉ.
With huge support from local and national authorities, plus several businesses in the region, the town's infrastructure was greatly enhanced in order to accommodate an event of this scale. It was also the largest outside broadcast ever attempted by state broadcaster RTÉ and was deemed a technical triumph for all involved.
In the run-up to this contest, the European Broadcasting Union finally started to grapple with the explosion in the number of potential participating countries, caused by the dissolution of the Eastern bloc, and also by the disintegration of Yugoslavia, which had traditionally been the only communist country that took part in the contest. For the first time, then, a pre-qualifying round was introduced, but only for countries that had either never participated in the contest at all, or in the case of former republics of Yugoslavia, had not previously competed as nations in their own right. This was, however, merely a 'sticking-plaster' measure that was plainly not a sustainable solution for future years, as it would not be seen as remotely equitable. But in the meantime, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Slovenia, Slovakia, Romania and Estonia were left to battle it out in a special competition called Kvalifikacija za Millstreet in Ljubljana on 3 April for the mere three places available at the grand final in Millstreet. After some extremely tight voting, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Slovenia edged through.
Terry Wogan as ever, this is not the best quality contest but watchable, enjoy! :o)
File: The Eurovision Song Contest - 1993 (15th May 1993) [VHSRip (DivX)] DW Staff Approved.avi
Filesize: 2227.13 Mb ( 2,335,315,968 bytes )
Play length: 03:01:35.040 (272376 frames)
Subtitles: Not Present
Video: 512x384 (1.33:1), 25 fps, DivX Codec 5.x or 6.x ~1559 kbps avg, 0.32 bit/pixel
Audio: 48 kHz, MPEG Layer 3, 2 ch, ~147.83 kbps avg
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