The Eurovision Song Contest - 1998 (9th May 1998) [VHSRip (DivX)] DW Staff Approved.avi (Size: 2.18 GB) (Files: 1)
The Eurovision Song Contest - 1998 (9th May 1998) [VHSRip (DivX)] DW Staff Approved.avi
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I've jumped the gun in posting this purely because the host Ulrika Jonsson; is currently in the Celebrity Big Brother house and here you can see how she got on presenting the contest! The audio quality on this is amazing! A classic year!
The Eurovision Song Contest 1998 was the 43rd Eurovision Song Contest and was held on 9 May 1998 at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, United Kingdom. The presenters were Terry Wogan and Ulrika Jonsson. Despite being one of the presenters, Terry Wogan still managed to provide commentary to the contest for the BBC.
This year was notable for several reasons: this was the last year with an orchestra, the first year with mass televoting, and the last year with language restriction. The 1998 contest was also memorable because of the suspenseful voting, where the winner was decided on the last nation's points. Greece, France, Switzerland, Malta, Israel and Belgium did not sing with an orchestra, they sang with backing tracks. France did, in fact, use the violin section of the orchestra but as they did not bring a conductor of their own, no conductor was shown before their entry. On the other hand both Germany and Slovenia presented conductors despite using full backing tracks and no orchestra.
The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYR Macedonia) was present for the first time, after their 1996 entry did not make it past the internal selection by the EBU. Belgium, Finland, Israel, Romania and Slovakia all participated after their break from the previous year's contest; Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, Russia and Iceland could not participate because of their low average scores from the past five years. The Italian broadcaster, RAI, decided to withdraw from the contest.
Notable participants were Germany's Guildo Horn. Controversially chosen to represent Germany, he was criticized by his lack of seriousness by the German press. However, after winning by 60% of the vote the German people were firmly on Horn's side. "Guildo-Fever" spread throughout Germany during the weeks leading up to the contest, with Horn becoming front-page material in Germany. He was also noticed in countries around Europe, and the early criticism that had existed in Germany arose in these countries. Not forgetting Dana International who represented Israel.
After the contest, there was a correction made with the Spanish votes, who mistakenly awarded Germany zero points, rather than the 12 that were rightfully theirs. In a BBC interview, future Eurovision entrant Nicki French said that one of her most memorable Eurovision moments was Ulrika's infamous faux pas during the voting.
Russia and Italy did not broadcast the event due to withdrawals. In 1998 the Russian broadcaster Channel One prepared to run internal preselections, but soon organisers realised that because of low average results in previous years Russia would not qualify to compete in 1998 (though there were rumours that Channel One had planned to name Tatyana Ovsienko as their representative, performing "Solntse moyo"). Because Russia did not participate, Channel One decided not to broadcast the 1998 contest. According to other sources Channel One had expected Channel Russia to broadcast the contest.
File: The Eurovision Song Contest - 1998 (9th May 1998) [VHSRip (DivX)] DW Staff Approved.avi
Filesize: 2227.81 Mb ( 2,336,024,576 bytes )
Play length: 02:59:19.679 (268992 frames)
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