Eurovision Song Contest 1999
The 44th Euro Vision Song Contest took place on 29 May 1999 in Usshishkin Hall at the International Convention Center in Jerusalem. After Oslo had complained that there was in the search for sponsors problems was the "Big -4 " rule introduced, which means that Germany, France, the United Kingdom and Spain are allowed to participate in any competition, no matter how in the previous year had cut off. France benefited as the first of them - otherwise it would not be allowed to participate in 1999. But this year was one of these countries use this rule, namely Spain. They were allowed to participate in 2000, although they were last.
Bosnia - Herzegovina, Denmark, Iceland, Lithuania and Austria were there again. Finland, Greece, Macedonia, Romania, Switzerland and Slovakia had to take a forced break. Russia opted not to participate. Here, it is said that Switzerland has participated in the preliminary round with a German song.
For Germany, the group took Sürpriz entitled Journey to Jerusalem - Kudüs'e seyahat part, who landed in third place. The singer Corinna May was ' easy to win the German pre titled Hear the children. Since the title has already been published in English, it has been disqualified.
Bobbie Singer brought with Reflection tenth place after Austria. The winning song was the Swedish contribution by Charlotte Nilsson Take Me to Your Heaven, but as the Icelandic Items All out of Luck of Selma in Germany and Austria terms of points found little favor. Lithuania was represented by the unsuccessful premiere in 1994 again, but came only 20th position. Bosnia - Herzegovina reached the seventh place.
For the first time there were three presenters, including Dafna Dekel, which was begun serving as an interpreter for Israel in the Euro Vision Song Contest 1992. To qualify the participant for the year 2000, the five- year average was used, thereby also qualified Cyprus with his next to last place.
Finally, after winning titles, all artists sang the winning song from the competition in 1979 " Hallelujah" as a message of peace to the people of the Yugoslav Wars.
The red countries were left out because of their poor five-year points average in the following year 2000.
Almost all participating countries determined by televoting their scoring, except Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ireland, Lithuania and Turkey, which drew upon juries.
* The table is vertically ordered by the appearance order, horizontally to the chronological point Ever reading.
- Participating countries
- Countries that had already participated in a previous ESC, but not in 1999