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The Eurovision Song Contest 1996  was the 41st edition held at the Spektrum in Oslo, Norway on 18 May 1996 thanks to Secret Garden's win in Dublin the previous year. It was co-presented by New York-based news correspondent Ingvild Bryn and the frontman of the popular band A-ha, Morten Harket.

A pre-qualifier was held among 29 nations who wished to compete where juries listened to audio recordings of all the songs (Norway, as the host nation, was exempt), and 22 advanced. Germany, who was the last of the founding seven nations with an unbroken streak of participations, was eliminated.

This contest also marked the first and only use of "virtual reality" during the voting sequence.  It was also the last contest to make use of 100% jury voting with the introduction of televoting the following year.

Ireland won for a record-breaking seventh time with the song The Voice performed by Eimear Quinn and written by Brendan Graham, who had also written the 1994 winner. Finishing second for Norway was Elisabeth Andreassen, who became the fourth person to finish first one year and second another year (she had won previously in 1985 as part of Bobbysocks).

Gina G's eighth-place finisher for the United Kingdom would go on to become a worldwide hit, earning her a Grammy nomination in the United States.

Participants

Norway already qualified to the grand final, being the host. Eliminated entries are displayed in pink.

Pre-Qualifier Round

Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Place[1] Points
01 Flag of Austria Austria George Nussbaumer Weil's dr guat got Vorarlbergish Because you feel good 6 80
02 Flag of Belgium Belgium Lisa Del Bo Liefde is een kaartspel Dutch Love is a cardgame 12 45
03 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Amila Glamočak Za našu ljubav Bosnian For our love 21 29
04 Flag of Croatia Croatia Maja Blagdan Sveta ljubav Croatian Divine love 19 30
05 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Constantinos Christoforou Mono Yia Mas Greek Only for us 15 42
06 Flag of Denmark Denmark Dorthe Andersen & Martin Loft Kun med dig Danish Only with you 25 22
07 Flag of Estonia Estonia Maarja-Liis Ilus & Ivo Linna Kaelakee hääl Estonian Sound of necklace 5 106
08 Flag of Finland Finland Jasmine Valentin Niin kaunis on taivas Finnish So beautiful is the sky 22 26
09 France France Dan Ar Braz & L'Héritage des Celtes Diwanit Bugale Breton May you blossom, children 11 55
10 Flag of Macedonia FYR Macedonia Kaliopi Samo ti Macedonian Only you 26 14
11 Flag of Germany Germany Leon Planet of Blue German, English -- 24 24
12 Flag of Greece Greece Mariana Efstratiou Emeis Forame to Himona Anixiatika Greek We wear spring clothes in winter time 12 45
13 Flag of Hungary Hungary Gjon Delhusa Fortuna Hungarian Fortune 22 26
14 Flag of Iceland Iceland Anna Mjöll Sjúbídú Icelandic Shooby-doo 10 59
15 Flag of Ireland Ireland Eimear Quinn The Voice English -- 2 198
16 Flag of Israel Israel Galit Bell Shalom Olam Hebrew Hello world 28 12
17 Flag of Malta Malta Miriam Christine In A Woman's Heart English -- 4 138
18 Flag of the Netherlands The Netherlands Maxine & Franklin Brown De eerste keer Dutch The first time 9 63
19 Flag of Poland Poland Kasia Kowalska Chcę znać swój grzech... Polish I want to know my sin 15 42
20 Flag of Portugal Portugal Lúcia Moniz O meu coração não tem cor Portuguese My heart has no colour 18 32
21 Flag of Romania Romania Monica Anghel & Sincron Rugă pentru pacea lumii Romanian Prayer for world peace 29 11
22 Flag of Russia Russia Andrej Kosinskij Ja eto ja Russian I am what I am 26 14
23 Flag of Slovakia Slovakia Marcel Palonder Kým nás máš Slovak As long as you have us 17 36
24 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia Regina Dan najlepših sanj Slovene The day of the most beautiful dream 19 30
25 Flag of Spain Spain Antonio Carbonell ¡Ay, qué deseo! Spanish Oh, what desire! 14 43
26 Flag of Sweden Sweden One More Time Den vilda Swedish The Wild One 1 227
27 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Kathy Leander Mon cœur l'aime French My heart loves him 8 67
28 Flag of Turkey Turkey Şebnem Paker Beşinci Mevsim Turkish The fifth season 7 69
29 Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom Gina G Ooh Aah... Just a Little Bit English -- 3 153

Final

Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Place Points
01 Flag of Turkey Turkey Şebnem Paker Beşinci Mevsim Turkish The fifth season 12 57
02 Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom Gina G Ooh Aah... Just a Little Bit English -- 8 77
03 Flag of Spain Spain Antonio Carbonell ¡Ay, qué deseo! Spanish Oh, what desire! 20 17
04 Flag of Portugal Portugal Lúcia Moniz O meu coração não tem cor Portuguese My heart has no colour 6 92
05 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Constantinos Christoforou Mono Yia Mas Greek Only for us 9 72
06 Flag of Malta Malta Miriam Christine In A Woman's Heart English -- 10 68
07 Flag of Croatia Croatia Maja Blagdan Sveta ljubav Croatian Divine love 4 98
08 Flag of Austria Austria George Nussbaumer Weil's dr guat got Vorarlbergish Because you feel good 11 68
09 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Kathy Leander Mon cœur l'aime French My heart loves him 17 22
10 Flag of Greece Greece Mariana Efstratiou Emeis Forame to Himona Anixiatika Greek We wear spring clothes in winter time 14 36
11 Flag of Estonia Estonia Maarja-Liis Ilus & Ivo Linna Kaelakee hääl Estonian Sound of necklace 5 94
12 Norway Norway Elisabeth Andreassen I Evighet Norwegian For eternity 2 114
13 France France Dan Ar Braz & L'Héritage des Celtes Diwanit Bugale Breton May you blossom, children 19 18
14 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia Regina Dan najlepših sanj Slovene The day of the most beautiful dream 21 16
15 Flag of the Netherlands The Netherlands Maxine & Franklin Brown De eerste keer Dutch The first time 7 78
16 Flag of Belgium Belgium Lisa del Bo Liefde is een kaartspel Love is a cardgame 16 22
17 Flag of Ireland Ireland Eimear Quinn The Voice English -- 1 162
18 Flag of Finland Finland Jasmine Valentin Niin kaunis on taivas Finnish So beautiful is the sky 23 9
19 Flag of Iceland Iceland Anna Mjöll Sjúbídú Icelandic Shooby-doo 13 51
20 Flag of Poland Poland Kasia Kowalska Chcę znać swój grzech... Polish I want to know my sin 15 31
21 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Amila Glamočak Za našu ljubav Bosnian For our love 22 13
22 Flag of Slovakia Slovakia Marcel Palonder Kým nás máš Slovak As long as you have us 18 19
23 Flag of Sweden Sweden One More Time Den vilda Swedish The Wild One 3 100

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