Eurovision Song Contest 1994
Theme N/A
Final date 30 April 1994
Venue Point Theatre, Dublin, Ireland
Presenter(s) Cynthia Ní Mhurchú
Gerry Ryan
Conductor Noel Kelehan
Executive supervisor Christian Clausen
Host broadcaster Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ)
Interval act Riverdance
Number of entries 25
Debuting countries Flag of Estonia Estonia
Flag of Hungary Hungary
Flag of Lithuania Lithuania
Flag of Poland Poland
Flag of Romania Romania
Flag of Russia.svg Russia
Flag of Slovakia Slovakia
Returning countries None
Withdrawing countries Flag of Belgium Belgium
Denmark, eurovision Denmark
Flag of Israel Israel
Flag of Italy Italy
Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg
Flag of Slovenia Slovenia
Flag of Turkey.svg Turkey
Voting system Each country awarded 12, 10, 8-1 points to their 10 favourite songs
Nul points Flag of Lithuania Lithuania
Winner Flag of Ireland Ireland
"Rock N Roll Kids" by Paul Harrington & Charlie McGettigan
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The Eurovision Song Contest 1994 was the 39th Eurovision Song Contest and was held on 30 April 1994 in the Point Theatre in Dublin, Ireland. As of 2015, it was the last time the contest was held in April. The presenters were Cynthia Ní Mhurchú and Gerry Ryan. The pair hosted the evening in French, English and Irish. Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan from Ireland were the winners of this Eurovision with a song written by Brendan Graham, "Rock 'N' Roll Kids". This was a record sixth victory for Ireland, giving it the outright record number of victories at the Eurovision Song Contest, and also the second time Ireland won on home soil. It was also the first time — and to date the only time — that the contest had been won by the same country in three consecutive years.

The contest opened with a brief film of stars floating in water, fireworks and caricatures dancing around, drinking coffee and biking. The cameras then went live to the venue itself, where dancers dressed in white and wearing caricatured heads of well-known Irish figures, arrived on stage carrying European countries’ flags. The presenters entered the stage spectacularly from a bridge which descended from the roof of the theatre. This year’s video postcards had a literary theme, showing contestants reading, fishing and doing other activities around Ireland. The stage, by Paula Farrell, was four times larger than the Millstreet stage, and its design which included a city scene of skyscrapers and video screens plus a backdrop of an ever-changing night sky was based upon the concept of what a futuristic Dublin might look like with one remaining constant being the river Liffey. The floor was painted with a dark blue reflective paint to give a watery effect.

To cope with the increasing number of countries wishing to participate in the contest, for 1994 the European Broadcasting Union ruled that the seven lowest-placed countries from the preceding year's contest would not participate. Because Italy and Luxembourg withdrew voluntarily, the bottom 5 of the 1993 Contest were relegated. This meant that Belgium, Denmark, Israel, Slovenia and Turkey did not participate this year opening spaces for the new countries. This contest also saw Luxembourg withdraw from Eurovision indefinitely.


Returning artists

Artist Country Previous Year(s)
Evridiki Flag of Cyprus Cyprus 1992
Sigga Flag of Iceland Iceland 1990 (part of Stjórnin), 1992 (part of Heart 2 Heart)
Elisabeth Andreassen Flag of Norway Norway 1982 (for Sweden, part of Chips)
1985 (part of Bobbysocks!, winner)
Marie Bergman Flag of Sweden Sweden 1971 & 1972 (part of Family Four)


Draw Country Artist Song Language Place Points
01 Flag of Sweden Sweden Marie Bergman & Roger Pontare "Stjärnorna" Swedish 13 48
02 Flag of Finland Finland CatCat "Bye Bye Baby" Finnish, English 22 11
03 Flag of Ireland Ireland Paul Harrington & Charlie McGettigan "Rock 'n' Roll Kids" English 1 226
04 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Evridiki "Ime anthropos ki ego" Greek 11 51
05 Flag of Iceland Iceland Sigga "Nætur" Icelandic 12 49
06 Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom Frances Ruffelle "We Will Be Free (Lonely Symphony)" English 10 63
07 Flag of Croatia Croatia Tony Cetinski "Nek' ti bude ljubav sva" Croatian 16 27
08 Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal Sara Tavares "Chamar a música" Portuguese 8 73
09 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Duilio "Sto pregando" Italian 19 15
10 Flag of Estonia Estonia Silvi Vrait "Nagu merelaine" Estonian 24 2
11 Flag of Romania Romania Dan Bittman "Dincolo de nori" Romanian 21 14
12 Flag of Malta Malta Chris and Moira "More than Love" English 5 97
13 Flag of the Netherlands.svg The Netherlands Willeke Alberti "Waar is de zon" Dutch 23 4
14 Flag of Germany Germany MeKaDo "Wir geben 'ne Party" German 3 128
15 Flag of Slovakia Slovakia Tublatanka "Nekonečná pieseň" Slovak 19 15
16 Flag of Lithuania Lithuania Ovidijus Vyšniauskas "Lopšinė mylimai" Lithuanian 25 0
17 Flag of Norway Norway Elisabeth Andreassen & Jan Werner Danielsen "Duett" Norwegian 6 76
18 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Alma & Dejan "Ostani kraj mene" Bosnian 15 39
19 Flag of Greece Greece Kostas Bigalis & The Sea Lovers "To trehandiri" Greek 14 44
20 Flag of Austria Austria Petra Frey "Für den Frieden der Welt" German 17 19
21 Flag of Spain.svg Spain Alejandro Abad "Ella no es ella" Spanish 18 17
22 Flag of Hungary Hungary Friderika Bayer "Kinek mondjam el vétkeimet?" Hungarian 4 122
23 Flag of Russia.svg Russia Youddiph "Vechny strannik" Russian 9 70
24 Flag of Poland Poland Edyta Górniak "To nie ja!" Polish 2 166
25 France France Nina Morato "Je suis un vrai garçon" French 7 74