Good evening, Europe! 1998… long time ago, was it?
The Netherland’s Edsilia Rombley introduced #Eurovision – 1998 participant for her country and one of the 2020 hosts, nearly 22 years later.
The BBC very kindly agreed to allow the EBU to stream this show from the official Eurovision YouTube channel for one week. It was incredible to see it in high quality for the first time in so many years.
Catherine gave us a bit of a context of the contest, which would see televoting dominate proceedings, and a nail biting finish which saw Dana International snatch the crown, becoming the first openly trans person to both participate in and win the Eurovision Song Contest. An icon.
Our online poll ended like this:
There was some justice for Germany and Netherlands creeping up the table, while Malta dropped down on reflection. Hungary bombed.