||Spain - Azúcar Moreno - Bandido (Spanish)
Music/Lyrics: José-Luis Abel/Raúl Orellana, Jaime Stinus
Conductor: Eduardo Leyva
Despite a false start, the sisters of Azucar Moreno performed strongly. Their passionate vocal combined with Spanish rhythms and dance beat to provide a very trendy opening to the contest.
| Christos Callow
||Greece - Christos Callow and Wave - Horis Skopo (Greek)
Music/Lyrics: Giorgos Papagiannakis/Giorgos Paleokastriris
Conductor: Michalis Rozakis
Christos is the nephew of top English actor, Simon Callow. The presentation wasn’t helped when the microphone of the female backing singer didn’t work. The song is sensitive and sincere, and well done to Christos for hitting the big high note at the end.
| Philippe Lafontaine
||Belgium - Philippe Lafontaine - Macédomienne (French)
Music/Lyrics: Philippe Lafontaine/Philippe Lafontaine
Conductor: Rory Brack
Philippe wrote this song about his Macedonian wife. There is a romantic, almost monastic feel about it, supplemented by the strong arrangement.
||Turkey - Kayahan - Gözlerinin Hapsindeyim (Turkish)
Music/Lyrics: Kayahan Acar/Kayahan Acar
Conductor: Ümit Eroglu
Kayahan came across as a very likeable, his friendly smile added charm to his folk song. He sat on his stool, strummed his guitar and let the song sell itself.
||The Netherlands - Maywood - Ik Wil Alles Met Je Delen (Dutch)
Music/Lyrics: Alice May/Alice May
Conductor: Harry van Hoof
This is an example of the unpredictability of the contest. Prior to the contest, Maywood was rightly one of the favourites, but the juries combined to put the sisters in 15th place. Ik Wil Alles Met Je Delen is worth a higher placing than that. It is well constructed, memorable, and powerful and was well performed.
| Céline Carzo
||Luxembourg - Céline Carzo - Quand Je Te Rêve (French)
Music/Lyrics: Jean-Charles France/Thierry Delianis
Conductor: Thierry Durbet
The beautiful, sultry Céline was plucked from obscurity by the writers and RTL (Luxembourg’s national broadcaster) to sing this striking, atmospheric ballad. The co-ordinated presentation was just right, but somehow it passed over the heads of the juries.
||United Kingdom - Emma - Give A Little Love Back To The World (English)
Music/Lyrics: Paul Curtis/Paul Curtis
Conductor: Alyn Ainsworth
Emma was 15 at the time of the contest, but was just old enough to compete as she turned 16 in the year of the contest. Give A Little Love Back To The World is a big anthem which she performed well, ably assisted by, amongst others, Miriam Stockley, with whose voice the big note was safe.
||Iceland - Stjórnin - Eitt Lag Enn (Icelandic)
Music/Lyrics: Hördur Olafsson/Adalsteinn Asberg Sigurdsson
Conductor: Jón Kjell Seljeseth
Iceland’s duo were full of energy and they needed to be! Eitt Lag Enn is the type of song the Eurovision Song Contest Is often criticised for; it’s chirpy, fast and fun, and we all need that sort of thing from time to time.
| Ketil Stokkan 1990
||Norway - Ketil Stokkan - Brandenburger Tor (Norwegian)
Music/Lyrics: Ketil Stokkan/Ketil Stokkan
Conductor: Pete Knutsen
Four years after he sang about Romeo, Ketil made the Brandenburg Gate the subject of his second contest entry. It doesn’t sound as serious as maybe it should and is a bit too sing-along for the subject matter.
||Israel - Rita - Shara Barechovot (Hebrew)
Music/Lyrics: Rami Kleinstein/Tzurya Lahav
Conductor: Rami Levine
Barefooted Rita changed the atmosphere. After the carefree feel of the previous two songs came her dramatic, emotive ballad. The camera loved her!
| Lonnie Devantier
||Denmark - Lonnie Devantier - Hallo Hallo (Danish)
Music/Lyrics: John Hatting, T. Leandager/Keld Heick
Conductor: Henrik Krogsgaard
Young Lonnie did her best but looked uneasy and stiff with the very little choreography she was given. It wasn’t necessarily her fault, swaying on the spot was not what her up-tempo song full of zip needed.
| Egon Egemann
||Switzerland - Egon Egemann - Musik Klingt In Die Welt Hinaus (German)
Music/Lyrics: Cornelia Lackner/Cornelia Lackner
Conductor: Bela Balint
Clad all in white and armed with a violin (also white) and a cheesy grin, Egon had to be alert to flit quickly between singing and fiddle playing. His song - written by his wife - is melodic, uplifting and very hummable.
| Chris Kempers and Daniel Kovac
||Germany - Chris Kempers and Daniel Kovac - Frei Zu Leben (German)
Music/Lyrics: Ralph Siegel/Michael Kunze
Conductor: Rainer Pietsch
Daniel returned to his native country to represent Germany with Chris, who looked the much more relaxed of the two. It’s German, therefore it’s anthemic with a peace theme which was of the time.
| Joelle Ursull
||France - Joelle Ursull - White And Black Blues (French)
Music/Lyrics: George Ougier de Moussac/Serge Gainsbourg
Conductor: Régis Dupré
Over-rated is the word that springs to mind. Yes, it is original, but that doesn’t mean it’s any bloomin’ good! Joelle sang and danced well and the flavour was very African.
||Yugoslavia - Tajci - Hajde Da Ludujemo (Serbo-Croat)
Music/Lyrics: Zrinko Tutic/Zrinko Tutic, Alka Vuica
Conductor: Igor Kuljeric
The hosts turned to youth rather than experience. Looking like a young Marilyn Monroe, 17 year old Tajci flirted with her backing singers and had a great time performing this rock song, which had a touch of innocence about it.
||Portugal - Nucha - Há Sempre Alguém (Portuguese)
Music/Lyrics: Jan van Dijck, Luis Filipe/Teotonio Pereira
Conductor: Carlos Alberto Moniz
The occasional blast of brass gives the song a bit of life. All the same, it does get slightly lost in the crowd.
| Liam Reilly
||Ireland - Liam Reilly - Somewhere In Europe (English)
Music/Lyrics: Liam Reilly Liam Reilly
Conductor: Noel Kelehan
In an attempt to please everyone everywhere, the lyrics mention almost every country in Europe, together with its major tourist attraction as Liam pines for his holiday romance. It must have been a coach tour of epic proportions! Finishing second, it clearly worked and, desperate lyrics aside, it is a pleasant ballad.
||Sweden - Edin-Ådahl - Som En Vind (Swedish)
Music/Lyrics: Mikael Wendt/Mikael Wendt
Conductor: Curt-Eric Holmquist
Having come close with a rock song one year earlier, Sweden sent another song in that genre. The two sets of brothers gave it their all, but Som En Vind was never going to repeat the success of its predecessor.
| Toto Cutugno
||Italy - Toto Cutugno - Insieme 1992 (Italian)
Music/Lyrics: Toto Cutugno/Toto Cutugno
Conductor: Gianni Madonini
Eighteen years after Italy first won the contest, the second victory was finally achieved. Nothing much was expected after the preview video was very under produced, leading some to wonder if Toto had actually finished writing the song at that stage. These thoughts would not exactly have been dispelled when he turned up at his first rehearsal with a music stand and sheet music. The song is about the creation of a more unified Europe due at the end of 1992 and, as might be expected, is an anthem which builds gradually.
||Austria - Simone - Keine Mauern Mehr (German)
Music/Lyrics: Wolfgang Berry/Mario Botazzi
Conductor: Richard Österreicher
Glamorous Simone was thankful just to have the chance to sing having finished second in the first Austrian final for a few years. Keine Mauern Mehr is a fairly ordinary song about the political changes of the time. Lines like “no walls anywhere” and “tomber le barriers” are used to re-inforce the image.
| Haris Anastasiou
||Cyprus - Haris Anastasiou - Milas Poli (Greek)
Music/Lyrics: John Vickers/Haris Anastasiou
Conductor: John Vickers
Anastasiou (as he was known) livened things up a bit with his energetic, if slightly forced, choreography to his disco tune.
||Finland - Beat - Fri? (Finnish)
Music/Lyrics: Kim Engblom, Janne Engblom, Tina Krause/Tina Engblom
Conductor: Olli Ahvenlahti
The brothers and sisters of Beat stood side by side to perform this soft rock song. While it is decent enough effort, there was a feeling the songs had ended with more of a whimper than a bang.