1996 PRE-SELECTION

The pre-selection was held on March 20th-21st. There were 29 countries competing to join Norway in the Eurovision, and the top 22 went forward to the contest. The qualifiers were chosen by the votes of 30 juries (one in each of the participating countries plus one in Norway), with 8 members on each jury. The jurors listened to an audio cassette of the 29 songs at least 3 times (over 2 days).

1 Austria Weil's dr guat got 'Cause you feel good George Nussbaumer 80 6th Q
2 Belgium Liefde is een kaartspel Love is like a cardgame Lisa del Bo 45 12th= Q
3 Bosnia Za našu ljubav For our love Amila Glamocak 29 21st Q
4 Croatia Sveta ljubav Holy love Maja Blagdan 30 19th= Q
5 Cyprus Mono gia mas Only for us Constantinos 42 15th= Q
6 Denmark Kun med dig Only with you Dorthe Andersen &
Martin Loft
22 25th

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7 Estonia Kaelakee hääl Sound of necklace Maarja-Liis Ilus &
Ivo Linna
106 5th Q
8 Finland Niin kaunis on taivas The sky is so beautiful Jasmine 26 22nd= Q
9 France Diwanit bugale Let the children be born Dan Ar Braz &
L'héritage des Celtes
55 11th Q
10 Germany Planet of blue Planet of blue Leon 24 24th

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11 Greece Emis forame to himona anixiatika We turn winter into spring Marianna Efstratiou 45 12th= Q
12 Hungary Fortuna Fortuna Gjon Delhusa 26 22nd=

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13 Iceland Sjúbídú Shoobedoo Anna Mjöll 59 10th Q
14 Ireland The voice The voice Eimear Quinn 198 2nd Q
15 Israel Shalom olam Hello world Galit Bell 12 28th

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16 Macedonia Samo ti Only you Kaliopi Gril 14 26th=

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17 Malta In a woman's heart In a woman's heart Miriam Christine 138 4th Q
18 Netherlands De eerste keer The first time Maxine &
Franklin Brown
63 9th Q
19 Poland Chce znac swój grzech I want to know my sin Kasia Kowalska 42 15th= Q
20 Portugal O meu coração não tem cor My heart has no colour Lúcia Moniz 32 18th Q
21 Romania Ruga pentru pacea lumii Peaceful prayer for people Monica Anghel
& Sincron
11 29th

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22 Russia Ja, eto ja Me, it's me Andrej Kosinskij 14 26th=

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23 Slovakia Kým nás máš 'Till you have us Marcel Palonder 36 17th Q
24 Slovenia Dan najlepših sanj Day of the most
beautiful dreams
Regina 30 19th= Q
25 Spain Ay, qué deseo Oh, what a desire Antonio Carbonell 43 14th Q
26 Sweden Den vilda The wild one One More Time 227 1st Q
27 Switzerland Mon coeur l'aime My heart love him Kathy Leander 67 8th Q
28 Turkey Besinci mevsim The 5th season Sebnem Paker 69 7th Q
29 UK Just a little bit Just a little bit Gina G 153 3rd Q

Although Finland & Hungary scored the same number of points, Finland qualified for the ESC as they had a higher top vote. The results above come to a total of 1738 points, whereas the votes of 30 juries should come to 1740 points so 2 points are missing somewhere. If you have any additional information then please mail me: national_finals@hotmail.com

1996 NATIONAL FINALS