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Basic information

Date: 
9 May 1992
Venue: 
Isstadion, MalmöMässan, Malmö, Sweden
Broadcaster: 
SVT
Presenter(s): 
Harald Treutiger and Lydia Capolicchio
About the contest: 

Sweden’s third city, Malmö, was chosen to play host to the 37th contest in the home of the local ice-hockey team. Because The Netherlands returned after withdrawing the year before, and no country pulled out, a new record number of 23 countries took part. Yugoslavia was in its final days as a country, and its break up would have major implications for the future of the contest.

Linda Martin helped Johnny Logan achieve the full set of victories. In 1980, he won as a singer. In 1987 he won as singer/songwriter and this time, he won as the writer. Why Me? Had always been the favourite, although the competition was of a higher standard than Johnny had previously faced.

The United Kingdom had got used to finishing in the top five, but fortunes had recently been on the wane. In an effort to improve things, the BBC changed the selection process from a multi artist contest, to one singer format.  West End star, Michael Ball, was persuaded to take up the baton. The result was a record number of entries for the ‘A Song For Europe’ contest. Eight songs were chosen and the winner was written by three young unknowns, who had been up against more established songwriters.  Michael entertained everyone in Malmö and gave one of the all time great performances in achieving second place.

Serafin, Evridiki and Tony Wegas made their first Eurovision appearances, while Linda Marin, Mia Martini and Sigga from Iceland’s Heart 2 Heart made their second, and Wind its third. 

The points were awarded in the usual way. Juries awarded points from 1-8, then 10 and finally 12.

Trivia: 
Swiss singer Daisy Auvray had finished second in the national final, but travelled to the contest courtesy of a disqualification. Geraldine Olivier had won with the song 'Soliel Soliel', which was in German despite the French title. The song had originally been written in French and entered through the French arm of the Swiss national television company. When it was rejected, the lyrics were changed to German and the song re-entered through the German arm of the television company. After it won, the French company protested and the song was withdrawn, but not before 'Soliel Soliel' had been released as a single with the ‘Eurovision 1992’ pressing.

Results

Pos.CountryParticipant(s)SongtitlePointsRank
1
Spain
Serafin
Todo Esto Es La Música
37
14th
2
Belgium
Morgane
Nous On Veut Des Violons
11
20th
3
Israel
Dafna
Ze Rak Sport
85
6th
4
Turkey
Aylin Vatankos
Yaz Bitti
17
19th
5
Greece
Cleopatra
Olou Tou Kosmou I Elpida
94
5th
6
France
Kali
Monté La Riviè
73
8th
7
Sweden
Christer Björkmann
I Morgon är En Annan Dag
9
22nd
8
Portugal
Diná
Amor D'água Fresca
26
17th
9
Cyprus
Evridiki
Teriazoume
57
11th
10
Malta
Mary Spiteri
Little Child
123
3rd
11
Iceland
Heart 2 Heart
Nei Eða Já
80
7th
12
Finland
Pave
Yamma Yamma
4
23rd
13
Switzerland
Daisy Auvray
Mister Music Man
32
15th
14
Luxembourg
Marion Welter and Kontinent
Sou Fräi
10
21st
15
Austria
Tony Wegas
Zusammen Geh'n
63
10th
16
United Kingdom
Michael Ball
One Step Out Of Time
139
2nd
17
Ireland
Linda Martin
Why Me?
155
1st
18
Denmark
Lotte Nilsson and Kenny Lübcke
Ålt Det Som Ingen Ser
47
12th
19
Italy
Mia Martini
Rapsodia
111
4th
20
Yugoslavia
Extra Nena
Ljubim Te Pesmama
44
13th
21
Norway
Merethe Trøan
Visjoner
23
18th
22
Germany
Wind
Träume Sind Für Alle Da
27
16th
23
The Netherlands
Humphrey Campbell
Wijs Me De Weg
67
9th
About the songs: 
SerafinSerafin Spain - Serafin - Todo Esto Es La Música (Spanish)

Music/Lyrics: Alfredo Valbuena, Luis Miguelez/Luis Miguelez

Conductor: Javier Losada

Serafin gave the contest a melodic and solid opening. Everything was uncomplicated, from the tune to the presentation.

 MorganeMorgane Belgium - Morgane - Nous On Veut Des Violons (French)

Music/Lyrics: Claude Barzotti/Anne-Marie Gaspard

Conductor: Frank Fievez

Sixteen year old Morgane arrived in Malmö fresh from her debut single topping the Belgian charts. Nous On Veut Des Violons was her second release and she performed with the shy charm that had won over the accredited journalists all week during rehearsals. Given the title, there are no surprises contained within the arrangement.

 DafnaDafna Israel - Dafna - Ze Rak Sport (Hebrew)

Music/Lyrics: Kobi Oshrat/Ehud Manor

Conductor: Kobi Oshrat

Dafna came through one of the highest quality national finals of the year. Her backing singers had problems in rehearsals with the positioning of their microphones, which were eventually hung around their necks. Ze Rak Sport is up-tempo and was suitable in what was an Olympic year.

 Aylin VatankosAylin Vatankos Turkey - Aylin Vatankos - Yaz Bitti (Turkish)

Music/Lyrics: Aldogan Simsekyay/Aylin Ucanlar~

Conductor: Aydin Özari

It was a family affair for Turkey. The composer (who somewhat worryingly hit the very high note every time) and his sons made up Aylin’s backing group. The song is flavoured with Turkish and European influences and is a bit underwhelming.  

 CleopatraCleopatra Greece - Cleopatra - Olou Tou Kosmou I Elpida (Greek)

Music/Lyrics: Christos Lagos/Christos Lagos

Conductor: Haris Andreadis

Traditional Greek rhythms and melody made this a strong contender, as did Cleopatra’s performance. 

 KaliKali France - Kali - Monté La Riviè (French)

Music/Lyrics: Kali/Rémi Bellenchombre

Conductor: Magdi Vasco Noverraz

This is the first, and so far last, Eurovision song to be sung in Creole. France continued its recent trend of entering songs with music from specific parts of the world. The tactic had earned it two successive second places, but didn’t work this time.

 Christer BjörkmannChrister Björkmann Sweden - Christer Björkmann - I Morgon är En Annan Dag (Swedish)

Music/Lyrics: Niklas Strömstedt/Niklas Strömstedt

Conductor: Anders Berglund

The hometown favourite had a lovely ballad. However, while it moves along freely and unspectacularly, it lacked the impact to make it memorable in a field of 22 songs. 

 DináDiná Portugal - Diná - Amor D'água Fresca (Portuguese)

Music/Lyrics: Dina/Rosa Lobato de Faria

Conductor: Carlos Alberto Moniz

Diminutive Dina was very lively and so she should have been. There are more fruits than a supermarket in her song, which is a cheerful clap-along full of bounce. 

 EvridikiEvridiki Cyprus - Evridiki - Teriazoume (Greek)

Music/Lyrics: George Theophanous/George Theophanous

Conductor: George Theophanous

Written by Evridiki’s husband, Teriazoume is quietly powerful. The false endings keep the listener guessing and Evridiki was seductive in her performance.

 Mary SpiteriMary Spiteri Malta - Mary Spiteri - Little Child (English)

Music/Lyrics: Georgina Abela/Raymond Mahoney

Conductor: Paul Abela

Mary’s big ballad came across very well in the Isstadion, but unfortunately, some of the grandness was lost through the camera lens. Mary had the voice necessary to give the vocal performance the song needed to be a contender.

 Heart 2 HeartHeart 2 Heart Iceland - Heart 2 Heart - Nei Eða Já (Icelandic)

Music/Lyrics: Fredrik Karlsson, Grétar Örvarsson/Stefán Hilmarsson

Conductor: Nigel Wright

Heart 2 Heart was essentially Stjórnin, the group that represented Iceland in 1990, with a few more members. The song was a crowd pleaser and a mood lifter. 

 PavePave Finland - Pave - Yamma Yamma (Finnish)

Music/Lyrics: Pave/Heikki Haarma

Conductor: Olli Ahvenlahti

Pave seemed to have aspirations to be a rocker, but rock songs don’t have lyrics like Yamma Yamma does. The whole chorus is that one word repeated several times 

 Daisy AuvrayDaisy Auvray Switzerland - Daisy Auvray - Mister Music Man (French)

Music/Lyrics: Gordon Dent/Gordon Dent

Conductor: Roby Seidel

Daisy was only in the contest because the song that won the Swiss final was disqualified. They should have stuck with the other song! Mister Music Man is really just The Stripper with lyrics. 

 Marion WelterMarion Welter Luxembourg - Marion Welter and Kontinent - Sou Fräi (Luxembourgish)

Music/Lyrics: Jang Linster, Ab van Goor/Jang Linster, Ab van Goor

Conductor: Christian Jacob

Sou Fräi is only the second cong to represent Luxembourg is Luxembourgish instead of French. Her outfit looked not so much spray painted as splash painted. The song is a nice mid-tempo number which you will hum along to, but won’t make you dash for the ‘repeat’ button.

 Tony WegasTony Wegas Austria - Tony Wegas - Zusammen Geh'n (German)

Music/Lyrics: Dieter Bohlen/Joachim Horn-Bernges

Conductor: Leon Ives

A big personality with a big voice; it’s one of Austria’s best, but perhaps it’s position in the running order, plonked immediately before the eventual top two, did it no favours. Tony’s voice sounded slightly strained in some sections of his epic ballad.

 Michael BallMichael Ball United Kingdom - Michael Ball - One Step Out Of Time (English)

Music/Lyrics: Paul Davies, Tony Ryan, Victor Stratton/Paul Davies, Tony Ryan, Victor Stratton

Conductor: Ronnie Hazlehurst

Michael earned every penny of the large fee he was reported as having been paid by the BBC. His voice, charismatic stage presence and dynamic performance lifted One Step Out Of Time beyond where this up-tempo song would otherwise have finished. 

 Linda MartinLinda Martin Ireland - Linda Martin - Why Me? (English)

Music/Lyrics: Johnny Logan/Johnny Logan

Conductor: Noel Kelehan

Johnny Logan completed his hat-trick of victories with another ballad. Linda was an experienced singer and paced herself to be at her peak on the big night. 

 Lotte Nilsson and Kenny LübckeLotte Nilsson and Kenny Lübcke Denmark - Lotte Nilsson and Kenny Lübcke - Ålt Det Som Ingen Ser (Danish)

Music/Lyrics: Carsten Warming/Carsten Warming

Conductor: Henrik Krogsgaard

This is not a lovey-dovey duet expressing eternal love. It’s a couple trying to sort out their relationship but, being Danish, it’s done in a jolly way.

 Mia MartiniMia Martini Italy - Mia Martini - Rapsodia (Italy)

Music/Lyrics: Giuseppe Dati/Giancarlo Bigazzi

Conductor: Marco Falagiani

Having finished second in the Sanremo festival, Mimì, as she was affectionately known, was asked to perform in the Eurovision Song Contest for the second time.  This is a true Italian song, full of sincerity, emotion, intensity, with a hint of desperation. 

 Extra NenaExtra Nena Yugoslavia - Extra Nena - Ljubim Te Pesmama (Serbo-Croat)

Music/Lyrics: Rade Radivojevic/Gale Jankovic

Conductor: Anders Berglund

This proved to be Yugoslavia’s last entry. In fact, the country was already started to disintegrate.  It went out in style with a song that starts softly and builds verse by verse to end the song and Yugoslavia’s participation on a high musically, if not high on the scoreboard. 

 Merethe TrøanMerethe Trøan Norway - Merethe Trøan - Visjoner (Norwegian)

Music/Lyrics: Robert Morley/Eva Jansen

Conductor: Rolf Lôvland

Perky Merethe won many friends with her jolly personality while she was in Malmö. She even found time to laugh while she performed her anthem to save the planet, a theme that would crop up with boring regularity in years to come. 

 Wind 1992Wind 1992 Germany - Wind - Träume Sind Für Alle Da (German)

Music/Lyrics: Ralph Siegel/Bernd Meinunger

Conductor: Norbert Daum

The same name, but a very different line up to the Wind of the 1985 and 1987 contests. The subject matter is the same, ’peace for all’, but the result was more deserved than the previous two. 

 Humphrey CampbellHumphrey Campbell The Netherlands - Humphrey Campbell - Wijs Me De Weg (Dutch)

Music/Lyrics: Edwin Schimscheimer/Edwin Schimscheimer

Conductor: Harry van Hoof

The accordion made a rare appearance. Wijs Me De Weg tries to be a floor filler of a dance tune, but doesn’t quite achieve it. That said, it’s still a worthy tune and may have benefited from using a backing track rather than the orchestra. 

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