Grand Final: 1999

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Duration: 3 hours, 15 minutes

The forty-fourth annual Eurovision Song Contest broadcast from International Convention Center, Jerusalem, Israel.Sweden cruised to a fourth win with Charlotte Nilsson singing "Take Me to Your Heaven."There was speculation that Israel would not be able to host the event due to funding issues and because of protests by Orthodox Jews over last year's transgender winner Dana International, however the contest went ahead as planned.One first for this contest was the abolition of the rule stating that countries could only sing in one of their national languages. Eight still chose to do so with thirteen singing entirely or partly in English.Another huge change was the absence of the Eurovision orchestra which had been used by fewer countries in the past year or so and was seen as a money saving opportunity by the Israelis, although it was a blow to Eurovision traditionalists who argued that the event was becoming more like karaoke.It was also announced that the "Big Four", the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain and France, so called because they are the biggest financial contributors to the contest, would be granted automatic entry to the final regardless of their scores over the last five years.Lithuania returned to the contest after five years. Russia were hoping to join them after being relegated from the previous year's contest, however because they had not broadcast that contest in anticipation of a big come back this year they were disallowed from competing and had to miss another year.

Credits

Commentator
Terry Wogan
Participant
Aiste Smilgeviciute
Participant
Venessa Chinitor
Participant
Lydia
Participant
Doris Dragovic
Participant
Precious
Participant
Darja Svajger
Participant
Tuba Onal and Grup Mystik
Participant
Stig Andre Van Eijk
Participant
Trine Jepsen and Michael Teschl
Participant
Nayah
Participant
Marlayne
Participant
Mietek (Mieczyslaw) Szczesniak
Participant
Selma Bjornsdottir
Participant
Charlotte Nilsson
Participant
Rui Bandeira
Participant
The Mullans
Participant
Bobbie Singer
Participant
Eden
Participant
Times 3
Participant
Surpriz
Participant
Dino and Beatrice
Participant
Evelin, Samuel and Camille

Broadcasts

The Grand Final

Molly (United Kingdom): 'Children of the Universe'

Watch highlights from the Grand Final in Copenhagen

All the acts from Semi-Final Two

Conchita Wurst (Austria): ‘Rise Like A Phoenix’

Videos of all of the songs from the second semi-final

All the acts from Semi-Final One

All the acts from Semi-Final One

Watch clips of all of the performances from the first semi-final

Children Of The Universe (Official Video)

Children Of The Universe (Official Video)

Watch Molly's official entry for the UK at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest

The top 10 ESC Controversies

Conchita Union Jack

What was Eurovision's most controversial moment?

Are these the top 10 Eurovision songs of all time?

Are these the 10 Eurovision songs of all time?

Dr Eurovision investigates

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