Eurovision Song Contest 1996
1996 logo
Theme N/A
Final date 18 May 1996
Venue Oslo Spektrum, Oslo, Norway
Presenter(s) Ingvild Bryn
Morten Harket
Conductor Frode Thingnæs
Executive supervisor Christine Marchal-Ortiz
Host broadcaster Flag of Norway Norway
Norsk rikskringkasting (NRK)
Interval act "Beacon Burning" video and dance act
Number of entries 23
Debuting countries None
Returning countries Flag of Estonia Estonia
Flag of Finland Finland
Flag of the Netherlands.svg The Netherlands
Flag of Slovakia Slovakia
Flag of Switzerland Switzerland
Withdrawing countries Denmark, eurovision Denmark
Flag of Germany Germany
Flag of Hungary Hungary
Flag of Israel Israel
Flag of Russia.svg Russia
Voting system Each country awarded 12, 10, 8-1 points to their 10 favourite songs
Nul points None
Winner Flag of Ireland Ireland
"The Voice" by Eimear Quinn
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The Eurovision Song Contest 1996 was the 41st Eurovision Song Contest and was held in the Oslo Spektrum in Norway following the country's win the previous year with the song "Nocturne" performed by Norwegian-Irish duo Secret Garden. It was hosted by A-ha lead singer Morten Harket and Ingvild Bryn.

It was won by the Irish entry "The Voice" performed by Eimear Quinn, which gave the country its record-breaking seventh win and its fourth in five years. As of 2017, this is the last time the country won the Contest.


Bidding phase


Draw Country Artist Song Language[1] Place[2] Points[2]
01 Flag of Turkey.svg Turkey Şebnem Paker "Beşinci Mevsim" Turkish 12 57
02 Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom Gina G "Ooh Aah... Just a Little Bit" English 8 77
03 Flag of Spain.svg Spain Antonio Carbonell "¡Ay, qué deseo!" Spanish 20 17
04 Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal Lúcia Moniz "O meu coração não tem cor" Portuguese 6 92
05 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Constantinos "Mono gia mas" Greek 9 72
06 Flag of Malta Malta Miriam Christine "In a Woman's Heart" English 10 68
07 Flag of Croatia Croatia Maja Blagdan "Sveta ljubav" Croatian 4 98
08 Flag of Austria Austria George Nussbaumer "Weil's dr guat got" Vorarlbergish 10 68
09 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Kathy Leander "Mon cœur l'aime" French 16 22
10 Flag of Greece Greece Marianna Efstratiou "Emis forame to himona anixiatika" Greek 14 36
11 Flag of Estonia Estonia Maarja-Liis Ilus & Ivo Linna "Kaelakee hääl" Estonian 5 94
12 Flag of Norway Norway Elisabeth Andreassen "I evighet" Norwegian 2 114
13 France France Dan Ar Braz & l'Héritage des Celtes "Diwanit Bugale" Breton 19 18
14 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia Regina "Dan najlepših sanj" Slovene 21 16
15 Flag of the Netherlands.svg The Netherlands Maxine & Franklin Brown "De eerste keer" Dutch 7 78
16 Flag of Belgium Belgium Lisa del Bo "Liefde is een kaartspel" Dutch 16 22
17 Flag of Ireland Ireland Eimear Quinn "The Voice" English 1 162
18 Template:Esc Jasmine "Niin kaunis on taivas" Finnish 23 9
19 Template:Esc Anna Mjöll "Sjúbídú" Icelandic 13 51
20 Flag of Poland Poland Kasia Kowalska "Chcę znać swój grzech..." Polish 15 31
21 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Amila Glamočak "Za našu ljubav" Bosnian 22 13
22 Flag of Slovakia Slovakia Marcel Palonder "Kým nás máš" Slovak 18 19
23 Flag of Sweden Sweden One More Time "Den vilda" Swedish 3 100

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