||Norway - Kate Gulbrandsen (Norwegian)
Music/Lyrics: Rölf Lovland/Hanne Krogh, Rölf Lovland
Conductor: Terje Fjaern
Sporting hair that defied gravity, Kate opened the contest with a charming performance of her sub-anthem ditty.
| Datner and Kushnir
||Israel - Datner and Kushnir - Shir Habatlanim (Hebrew)
Music/Lyrics: Zohar Laskov/Zohar Laskov
Conductor: Kobi Oshrat
The Israeli Minister of Culture threatened to resign if this song represented his country! Dressed as the Blues Brothers, Datner and Kushnir couldn’t be accused of taking things too seriously as they ‘danced’ their way through their fairly amusing spoof.
| Gary Lux
||Austria - Gary Lux - Nur Noch Gefühl (German)
Music/Lyrics: Kenneth Westmore/Stefanie Werger
Conductor: Richard Österreicher
The third, last and best of Gary’s songs. Previously, he had entered an up-tempo and an anthem song. This time, he entered a piano based ballad full of beauty.
| Halla Margarét
||Iceland - Halla Margarét - Hægt Og Hljótt (Icelandic)
Music/Lyrics: Valgeir Gugjonsson/Valgeir Gugjonsson
Conductor: Hjálmar Ragnarsson
After a messy debut the year before, Iceland returned with a mellow ballad, which is well constructed and subtle. The presentation was simple with Halla standing by the piano before walking slowly across the stage.
| Liliane Saint-Pierre
||Belgium - Liliane Saint-Pierre - Soldiers Of Love (Flemish)
Music/Lyrics: Liliane Keuninckx, Guyri Spies/Liliane Keuninckx, Guyri Spies
Conductor: Freddy Sunder
The hosts went all rocky as they went for a second victory in a row. Soldiers Of Love is very memorable and the two guitarists are very entertaining as they fling their instruments with gusto.
| Lotta Engberg
||Sweden - Lotta Engberg - Boogaloo (Swedish)
Music/Lyrics: Mikael Wendt/Christer Lundh
Conductor: Curt-Eric Holmquist
With shades of the Caribbean in sound and appearance, the Swedes had a song that, if it was a school report, would have the comments ‘could do better.’
| Umberto Tozzi and Raf
||Italy - Umberto Tozzi and Raf - Gente di Mare (Italian)
Music/Lyrics: Umberto Tozzi, Raf Riefoli/Giancarlo Bigazzi
Conductor: Giancarlo Lombardi
Umberto won the Sanremo festival as part of a trio which Raf wasn’t a part of. This isn’t the song that won the festival, but its quiet power and melodic tune made it a strong contender to win Sanremo’s big brother.
||Portugal - Nevada - Neste Barco à Vela (Portuguese)
Music/Lyrics: Alfredo Azinheira, Jorges Mendes/Alfredo Azinheira
Conductor: Jaime Oliveira
Suitably attired in seafarers style suits, the third male duo of the evening had an ocean themed song. It was one of the better songs of the contest, but probably lacked the ability to appeal to enough jury members.
| Patricia Kraus
||Spain - Patricia Kraus - No Estás Solo (Spanish)
Music/Lyrics: Rafael Martinez, Rafael Trabucchelli/Patricia Kraus
Conductor: Eduardo Leyva
Did she have an accident in make up? Her appearance might have distracted from her song. Some would argue that wouldn’t be a bad thing. The two guitarists trying to steal the limelight did her no favours either. For the record, the song is dramatic and isn’t actually that bad.
| Seyyal Tanner and Lokomotif
||Turkey - Seyyal Tanner and Lokomotif - Sarkim Sevgi üstüne (Turkish)
Music/Lyrics: Olcayto Ahmet Tugsuz/Olcayto Ahmet Tugsuz
Conductor: Garo Mafyan
All the chest wiggling and general prancing around was probably too much for most viewers. The performance is more memorable than the song, which tries to be a sing-along.
||Greece - Bang - Stop (Greek)
Music/Lyrics: Thanos Kalliris Vassilis Dertilis/Thanos Kalliris Vassilis Dertilis
Conductor: Yiorgos Niachros
Bizarrely compared to 80’s pop stars, Wham! by Terry Wogan (it takes more than just being a male duo to be Wham!), the Greek chaps gave us possibly the most un-Greek song that the country has sent to the contest. It has lots of brass and backing singers in strange outfits.
||The Netherlands - Marcha - Rechtop In De Wind (Dutch)
Music/Lyrics: Peter Koelewijn/Peter Koelewijn
Conductor: Rogier van Otterloo
Marcha sang all the songs in the Dutch final in 1987. The song chosen for her to perform in the contest is at times dark, and at other times, lively. Her two keyboard players were almost as involved in the performance as she was.
| Plastic Bertrand
||Luxembourg - Plastic Bertrand - Amour Amour (French)
Music/Lyrics: Roger Jouret, Alec Mansion/Roger Jouret, Alec Mansion
Conductor: Alec Mansion
Plastic certainly couldn’t be faulted for his lack of effort. He bounded all over the stage as he gave a rock style vocal to a synth based pop song.
||United Kingdom - Rikki - Only The Light (English)
Music/Lyrics: Rikki Peebles/Rikki Peebles
Conductor: Ronnie Hazlehurst
At the time, 11th was the worst position for any United Kingdom entry to finish, the tartan sash did him no favours! His song, which actually deserved a higher placing, is about an alleged UFO sighting.
| Christine Minier
||France - Christine Minier - Les D'amour N'ont Pas De Dimanche (French)
Music/Lyrics: Marc Minier/Gérard Curci
Conductor: Jean-Claude Petit
This is the style of song the French do best. Christine was charming as she performed her floating ballad. Somehow, the juries failed to see the merits of what they were listening to.
||Germany - Wind - Laß Die Sonne In Dein Herz (Germany)
Music/Lyrics: Ralph Siegel/Bernd Meinunger
Conductor: Laszlo Bencker
A different song, but essentially the same message as their 1985 entry. The style this time was a mix of calypso and reggae. As in 1985, they finished second when second last would have been more appropriate.
||Cyprus - Alexia - Aspro Mavro (Greek)
Music/Lyrics: Andreas Papapávlou/Maria Papapávlou
Conductor: Jo Carlier
Alexia had previously been in the contest when Cyprus debuted in 1981. This song is far more contemporary and infectious with a look to match. Arguably, it’s one of the best songs Cyprus has sent to the contest.
| Vicky Rosti
||Finland - Vicky Rosti - Sata Salamaa (Finnish)
Music/Lyrics: Petri Laaksonen/Veli-Pekka Lehto
Conductor: Ossi Runne
This is one of Finland’s most popular entries among fans. It’s certainly a lot more modern and continental than songs entered by Finland in previous years, a sign perhaps that the Finns were starting to understand what was required.
| Anne-Catherine Herdorf
||Denmark - Anne-Catherine Herdorf and Bandjo - En Lille Melodi (Danish)
Music/Lyrics: Helga Engelbrecht/Jacob Jonia
Conductor: Henrik Krogsgaard
While it is quite melodic, the Danish song is also rather twee but was probably sung around camp fires all over the country. The faces pulled by the members of Bandjo didn’t help the presentation.
| Johnny Logan
||Ireland - Johnny Logan - Hold Me Now (English)
Music/Lyrics: Sean Sherrard/Sean Sherrard
Conductor: Noel Kelehan
Having won the contest in 1980 with a song written by someone else, Johnny, aka Sean Sherrard, wrote his second winner himself. As with his 1980 winner, the song is based on personal experience as it was written about his then wife. It was clear when the preview videos were released (these were the prehistoric days before the internet!) that Hold Me Now was the one everyone else would struggle to beat.
| Novi Fosili
||Yugoslavia - Novi Fosili - Ja Sam Za Ples (Serbo-Croat)
Music/Lyrics: Rajko Dujmic/Stevo Cvikic
Conductor: Nikica Kalogjera
There were so many ‘hics’, you’d think the band had had a few drinks before going on stage! The performance had no ’hiccups’, but it wasn’t going to be enough to pull this fairly weak song victory.
| Carole Rich
||Switzerland - Carole Rich - Moitié Moitié (French)
Music/Lyrics: Jean-Jacques Egli/Jean-Jacques Egli
A very nervous looking Carole moved carefully on stage and seemed to be thinking about the next piece of choreography as much as anything else. Moitié Moitié is a pop/rock crossover.