Eurovision Song Contest: The 1990's

Eurovision Song Contest, Vatroslav Liskinki Hall, Zagreb, Yugoslavia, 1990.

Eurovision Song Contest, Cinnecitta Studio 15, Rome, Italy, 1991.

Eurovision Song Contest, Green Glens Arena, Millstreet, Co. Cork, Ireland, 1993.

The last Song Contest to be greeted by the old halo. Can you spot the difference?
This logo was also used in the 1988 Contest in the RDS, Dublin.

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Eurovision Song Contest, Point Theatre, Dublin, Ireland, 1994.

These pictures are a bit bright, apologies. This was the first appearance of the new Eurovision logo, launched to mark the EBU's 40th anniversary. Quite a shock to see the old halo go at the start of this years contest, after all, the halo had stood for those 40 years. But over time, I have grown to like it.

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Eurovision Song Contest, Point Theatre, Dublin, Ireland, 1995.

The 40th Eurovision Song Contest, and the logo was slightly darkened. Over the years this version has become the standard version.

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1996 Contest from Oslo to come....

Eurovision Song Contest, Point Theatre, Dublin, Ireland, 1997.

A bit of a cock up by RTÉ, the new station logo (see RTÉ 1 page) did not appear here. Very unusual. The last of RTÉ's productions of the Song Contest, in which they hosted it FOUR times in 5 years, and 5 times in 9. A record to be proud of?

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Eurovision Song Contest, National Indoor Arena, Birmingham, United Kingdom, 1998.

After years of slagging it from on high, Terry Wogan hosted the show with Ulrika Jonsenn. A quality production, and we wouldn't expect anything less from the BBC.

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Eurovision Song Contest, International Conference Centre, Jerusalem, Israel, 1999.

A return to Eurovision's of old, rough beginning, dodgy links, lost presenters... This one had it all, including a commercial break for the first time. This one will live long in the memory!

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