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The Eurovision Song Contest 1995 was the 40th Eurovision Song Contest and was held on May 13, 1995 in the Point Theatre in Dublin, Ireland. The presenter was Mary Kennedy.
The favourite to win the contest, as tipped by bookmakers, was Sweden with the pop-ballad "Se På Mej". Other countries in contention for the win were Denmark, Israel, Slovenia, and the eventual winner, Norway. The winning song was something new at Eurovision it contained around 30 words accompanied by long violin solos. The United Kingdom contributed a modern rap number, while last year’s runner-up, Poland, went for something that completely contrasted their début entry.
The stage was designed by Alan Farquharson who also designed the Millstreet 93 set. Although it was quite dark and often gloomy in appearance, it did form the basis for a spectacular opening whereby a giant screen rotated to reveal the presenter who descended a stairway which ultimately disappeared to allow for the arrow shaped stage to come together amid fireworks. The interval act consisted of several well known Irish performers including Clannad, Brian Kennedy (who would go on to actually represent Ireland 11 years later), and was composed by leading musician Michael O'Suilleabhan.
The EBU decreased the number of participants back to 23 to make sure the show wouldn't last longer than 3 hours. 5 of the 6 countries that were relegated last year came back to the contest, Luxembourg decided to stop participating totally and Italy withdrew voluntarily, as in 1994.
There was much speculation in Ireland as to whether RTÉ had deliberately chosen a song perceived as not having a good chance of winning in order to avoid hosting the contest for a fourth time in a row - although this was never verified.
Commentary as ever with Terry Wogan.
File: The Eurovision Song Contest - 1995 (13th May 1995) [VHSRip (DivX)] DW Staff Approved.avi.avi
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