Takeover Throwback: Eurovision 1991


A small glance over the 36th annual Eurovision Song Contest, held on 4 May 1991 in Rome. Winner, voting incidents, returning artists and much more through our point of view.

The Official Results / Scoreboard

The Winner

With 146 points and 4 sets of 12 points, the winner of 1991 was Sweden, represented by Carola with the song “Fångad Av Stormvind” (“Captured By A Stormwind”). This was the third victory for Sweden after 1974 and 1984.There was a tie between Carola and France’s Amina, as both had received 146 points. This necessitated a ‘count-back’, a tie-breaking measure introduced after the infamous four-way tie in 1969. Both Sweden and France had received four sets of 12 points, but Sweden had received five sets of 10 points to France’s two, so Carola was declared the winner.

The Last Place

With 0 points, the last place belongs to Austria. Austria was represented by Thomas Forstner with “Venedig Im Regen” (“Venice in the Rain”). This was his second go at the contest after finishing in the top 5 in Lausanne two years prior.  At the close of voting, it finished last with nul points, the third time overall that Austria had failed to score.

The Returning Artists

Carola, the winner of Eurovision Song Contest 1991 had also taken part in Eurovision Song Contest 1983 in Munich with the song “Främling” (“Stranger”), finishing 3rd with 126 points. She also took part in Eurovision Song Contest 2006 in Athens with the song “Invincible”, finishing 5th with 170 points.

Stefán Hilmarsson, part of Stefán & Eyfi, also took part in Eurovision Song Contest 1988 in Lausanne as a member of the group Beathoven. Their song “Þú og þeir (Sókrates)” (“You and they (Socrates)”) finished 16th with 20 points.

Both Eiríkur Hauksson and Hanne Krogh of Just 4 Fun have given their shot on the Eurovision stage before 1991. Hauksson took part in Eurovision Song Contest 1986 at the debut of Iceland in the competition as part of the group ICY, whose song “Gleðibankinn” (“The Bank Of Fun”) finished 16th with 19 points. On the other hand, Krogh is considered a Eurovision veteran as she has performed on the Eurovision stage for Norway three times. Her first attempt was in 1971 with the song “Lykken Er” (“Happiness Is”), finishing 16th with 65 points while her second was in 1985 as part of Bobbysocks who won the contest with the song “La Det Swinge” (“Let It Swing”).

Thomas Forstner is the last returning artist of Eurovision Song Contest 1991. Despite his 5th place in 1989 with the song “Nur Ein Lied” (“Just A Song”), which was a huge hit in many countries throughout Europe, he didn’t manage to ameliorate his final placing, as his second attempt didn’t get a single point.


Host City

The contest was originally scheduled to be held at Teatro Ariston in Sanremo, where the Sanremo Music Festival takes place annually. It was for the organisers to pay tribute to the Italian festival that inspired the creation of the Eurovision Song Contest. But following the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq and the outbreak of the Gulf War, the host broadcaster RAI decided in January 1991, to better ensure the security of foreign delegations, it would move the contest to Rome. This caused serious organisational problems and delays.

Toto Cutugno’s Kisses

You can see Toto Cutugno presenting Sophia Vossou at 0:20

Toto Cutugno and Gigliola Cinquetti, who won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1990 and 1964 respectively, were the hosts of the contest held in Rome. Toto Cutugno seemed to be fond of the Greek and the British contestants as, before each of them performed, he blew them a kiss while presenting them to the public.

You can see Toto Cutugno presenting Samantha Janus at 1:28

Toto Cutugno’s Pronunciation Difficulties

You can see Toto Cutugno trying to present the turkish entry at 0:10

Toto Cutugno was surely an unforgettable host. One of the things that everyone who has watched Eurovision Song Contest 1991 remember was that Cutugno had some difficulty with the pronunciation of the song titles and names of the artists and conductors. The most vivid example is his failed attempt to pronounce the Turkish song “Iki Dakika” (“Two Minutes”), even with the help of one of the members of the Turkish group, Reyhan Karaca.


All postcards of Eurovision Song Contest 1991

The inter-song postcards were cleverly done: each artist was asked to sing a well-known Italian song as famous Italian landmarks that best represented their individual personalities were superimposed in the background.

Which is your winner of Eurovision 1991? Do you agree with the winner? Let us know in the comments below!

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